June 27, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Cars 2 Finishes First
This weekend, two new releases opened big as Pixar's 3D animated sequel Cars 2 and the raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher both excited their target audiences pumping in nearly $100M worth of ticket sales at the North American box office. Scoring its twelfth number one hit, Pixar's Cars 2 finished in first place by a mile with an estimated $68M. Meanwhile, Cameron Diaz enjoyed one of the best openings of her career with the raunchy school comedy Bad Teacher which powered well ahead of expectations to debut to an estimated $31M.
June 24, 2011
Critics Consensus: Cars 2 is Stuck in Neutral
This week at the movies, we've got animated autos (Cars 2, with voice work from Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy) and execrable educators (Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake). What do the critics have to say? Pixar's output has been so good for so long that it seemed unfathomable that one of the studio's films would get a less-than-rapturous response from critics. Well, all good things must come to an end, and that now includes Pixar's streak of Certified Fresh releases; critics say Cars 2 looks fantastic, but the studio's trademark storytelling prowess and character development is MIA here, and the result is a decent animated feature that must count as a big disappointment, given the standards that Pixar has set for itself.
June 24, 2011
Total Recall: Pixar Movies
Once upon a time, animation could be neatly divided into two eras: BD and AD, or before and after Disney. That all changed, however, with the release of 1995's Toy Story, a movie that -- although it bore the Disney logo -- marked the feature-length debut of an upstart studio named Pixar, one which signaled the imminent discovery of brand new, computer-generated vistas for kids of all ages. Pixar has released nine films since then, all of them remarkably Certified Fresh -- and with the studio's twelfth outing, Cars 2, landing in theaters this weekend, we thought now would be an opportune time to take a fond look back at the studio's extraordinary full-length filmography in chronological order.
June 23, 2011
The Early Works of Pixar
Before becoming a trusted global brand and before fostering the greatest animation renaissance since the pie-eyed dreams of Walt Disney, Pixar was a small Lucasfilm unit in the 1980s creating industry tools and movie effects. And before even that, John Lasseter, Pixar CFO and chief visioneer for much of the company's life, was working at Disney. Below is a 1983 animation test directed by Lasseter while at Disney, demonstrates the potential of 3D computer graphics with a Where The Wild Things Are adaptation.
June 10, 2011
See the Cars 2 Interactive Mega Poster
Dust off the magnifying glass because we're going on an auto hunt! Disney has released an interactive mega poster for Cars 2, featuring the Pixar cast spread over an international panoramic landscape. There's Lightning McQueen in Tokyo! By the Tower Bridge, it's the Queen! And check out Luigi and Guido lookin' quite at home in Rome. See the mega poster below and discover each of the 27 characters for facts, videos, and more.
February 14, 2011
John Turturro and Eddie Izzard Join Cars 2
Disney has announced that the "Cars 2" voice cast will include John Turturro, who will play Italian race car Francesco Bernoulli, and Eddie Izzard, who will play an oil baron who has himself converted into an electric vehicle.
January 18, 2011
The Sequels of 2011
The year in film just wouldn't be complete without sequels, and 2011 will play host to more than a few. Film.com breaks them down.
February 10, 2010
Disney Bumps Cars 2 to December 2011
What it means for the overall release schedule is yet to be determined, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that "Cars 2" will make its theatrical debut in December of next year, rather than its original June 24, 2011 release date.
September 10, 2009
Plot Details Revealed for Cars 2
Further news from the Disney/Pixar animation showcase in London - John Lasseter has announced plot details for Cars 2. The film will see Lightning McQueen and his pit team, with new boss Mater, race around the world. Concept art revealed locations such as Germany's Black Forest, Italy's 'Porto Corsa' based on the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and a 24-hour race around Paris. The finale will take the characters to London where they'll meet British secret agent Finn McMissle.
September 25, 2008
Cars 2 Races for 2011 Finish
All kinds of news came out of the Walt Disney Showcase yesterday -- including John Lasseter's announcement that Pixar is bumping up "Cars 2" to 2011, and will begin airing a series of brief "Car-toons" on the Disney Channel.