June 18, 2010
"It's Toy Hell," Says Toy Story 3 Director
Expectations don't come much higher than those surrounding this week's 'Toy Story 3'. Arriving 11 years after 1999's 'Toy Story 2' upped both the box office and creative ante of the 1995 original, Pixar's threequel faces the daunting challenge of matching two predecessors that have a combined worldwide gross of $847 million and unparalleled critical praise (parts one and two currently sit at 100% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes). More importantly, the films endure as part of audiences' collective experiences; people love this franchise, and it seems only the foolhardy would try and revisit it so many years later. Then again, this is Pixar we're talking about -- if anyone's going to break the curse of the part three, these guys probably have the best shot. RT spent some time with 'Toy Story 3' director Lee Unkrich-stepping into the hot seat having co-directed part two-and asked him what it was like to return to the series.
June 16, 2010
Tomatometer Watch: Will Toy Story 3 Stay Perfect?
"Toy Story 3" is not only one of the season's most anticipated movies, but the critical success of the first two toy-filled adventures give this sequel the unenviable, yet very enviable distinction of having to maintain what could be the most dominant streak of freshness in Tomatometer history. At the time of publication, "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" have combined for 214 reviews, all of which have been fresh.
So while Woody and Buzz are no strangers to pressure and in fact, appear to do their best work under extreme circumstances, the film's level of critical and fan expectation is unprecedented. In this third and possibly final installment, a misunderstanding between Andy and his mom sees the toys wind up at Sunnyside daycare, which initially seems like a joyous, utopian retirement where they'll experience the excitement of being played with when Andy goes to college. However, the toys discover that this move came as a result of a misunderstanding and is not the vacation they thought it was. Before you take a trip into the walls of Sunnyside with the beloved cast, find out if the critics think "3" takes the series to infinity and beyond, and if the spotless Toy Story streak continues with this next installment.
June 7, 2010
10 Must-See 3D Movies On Their Way
It's the future, or so we keep beingg told, but while every second movie seems to be getting the 3D treatment in the wake of Avatar's world-conquering success in the format, when you see Pixar's forthcoming Toy Story 3 -- which makes outstanding use of the third dimension, in service of a great story --- it's easy to see how the horizons of cinema as we know it could well change to embrace the technology. To mark the release of the Disney-Pixar film, Rotten Tomatoes put on the 3D goggles and took a look into the near future, to bring you a preview of 10 of the must-see movies on their way over the next year...
October 5, 2009
Looking Into Buzz and Woody's New Dimension
We know the 3-D versions of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" were a big hit at the box office over the weekend. But how did Pixar add that third dimension? The New York Times takes a look behind the scenes.
October 1, 2009
Critics Consensus: Zombieland Is Bloody Good
This week at the movies, we've got zombie zaniness (Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg); derby dolls (Whip it, starring Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page); funny falsehoods (The Invention of Lying, starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner); financial follies (Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story); and a pair of Pixar classics (Toy Story and Toy Story 2, both in 3-D). What do the critics have to say? For those who think there's nothing left on the carcass of the zombie subgenre to pick over, guess again. Critics say Zombieland is a hilarious send-up of films about the undead - with enough blood and guts to satisfy the gorehound set. With Whip It, Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with a girl-empowerment sports comedy.
September 29, 2008
No New Scenes for 3-D Toy Story, Toy Story 2
If you read the news about Pixar converting "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" into 3-D and worried about the movies changing, fret not: Collider reports they aren't changing a thing. (Except for the 3-D part, of course.)
July 16, 2008
Exclusive: The World of WALL-E
The artists behind this year's freshest film share their story with RT, with exclusive contributions from Andrew Stanton, Ben Burtt, Jim Morris, Lindsay Collins, Angus MacLane, Derek Thompson, David DeVan and Rodrigo Blaas.
November 21, 2007
Box Office Guru Preview: Enchanted Leads Packed Holiday Weekend
This weekend For the first time this decade, a new release seems set to take over the number one spot during the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the North American box office. Studios are cramming a six-pack of new titles into multiplexes nationwide hoping the recent famine in the marketplace will be replaced by a feast.
March 9, 2007
"Toy Story 3" Leads Locked, Hand-Drawn "Frog Princess" Also a Go
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are officially signed up to reprise their beloved roles in "Toy Story 3," which I believe is a sequel to "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." Also, it looks like Disney is making a return to hand-drawn animation with their (eventually) upcoming "Frog Princess." Cool!
March 5, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Audiences Ride with Wild Hogs at #1
Moviegoers rallied behind the star-driven comedy "Wild Hogs," which raced to number one at the North American box office, zooming past all expectations from Disney. Meanwhile, Viacom saw less-than-stellar debuts from its serial killer drama "Zodiac" from Paramount Pictures and the southern fried saga "Black Snake Moan" from arthouse unit Paramount Vantage. Overall, the box office remained healthy and surged well ahead of last year's performance.
August 14, 2006
"Zoom" Tomatometer: Zero
"Zoom" is soaring, flying high into the rarified territory where only seven films before it have ventured. The film, which stars Tim Allen and Courteney Cox, is joining an exclusive club -- films with more than 20 reviews that have garnered not a single "Fresh" rating from critics. In other words, we're talking nada, zilch, zero.
July 31, 2006
Tim Allen Says He's In for "Toy Story 3"
Now that Disney and Pixar are pals again, we can probably expect a few sequels. Disney loves sequels, but Pixar always focuses on the quality, so hey, worse things could happen. And now comes word from Tim "Buzz Lightyear" Allen that he's ready to slide back into the spacesuit.
June 22, 2006
Box Office Preview: Sandler "Clicks" With New Comedy
Although Father's Day has passed, Hollywood brings out two very different stories about dads and their wacky adventures this weekend with Adam Sandler's comedy Click and Tyrese Gibson's actioner Waist Deep, both opening in theaters on Friday. Comedy has been ruling the box office throughout the month of June and that trend should continue until the Man of Steel arrives next week.
June 11, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: "Cars" Parks Itself at #1
The Disney/Pixar animated film Cars raced past the competition to finish in first place at the North American box office. Though it did not open as strong as some of its predecessors, the toon easily outdistanced everything else in the current marketplace outselling the second place film by a three-to-one margin.
May 10, 2006
Toy Story 3 Is In Production. That is all.
During a Disney shareholders meeting, Mouse House honcho Robert Iger made reference to "Toy Story 3" being currently in production. And that's all the news we have on it ... but it's a "Toy Story" movie, so every nugget is worth reporting.
January 27, 2006
Disney Buys Pixar; Toy Story 3 Gets Scrapped
As you've already heard by now, Disney bought Pixar for about $7.5 billion a few days ago, and now comes word that the first new move ... is to scrap the "Toy Story 3" project -- at least for now.
January 24, 2006
Pixar's Board Says Yes to Disney
Pixar's board of directors has approved Disney's offer to acquire the company for $7.4 billion, the Los Angeles Times reports. Under the deal, Pixar CEO Steve Jobs will join Disney's board and will become the combined company's largest shareholder.
January 24, 2006
Disney Close to Acquiring Pixar
According to the New York Times, Disney is close to acquiring Pixar in a stock deal worth about $7 billion. People briefed in the negotiation told the Times that the deal "could fall apart at any time."
January 3, 2006
Disney & Pixar about to Kiss and Make Up?
According to Variety, the very successful partnership between Pixar Animation and the Disney Gang looks to continue unabated ... as long as everyone can agree to play nicely this time and share profits accordingly.
November 28, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: Cars
Those who drove away a little underwhelmed by the inital teaser for Pixar's upcoming "Cars" should take a moment to click here and check out the newest trailer, which is a marked improvement over the previous clips and capably exudes that old-school Pixar magic. Plus it's got cars in it.
August 19, 2005
Pixar's Joe Ranft Falls to a Tragic Death
Pixar Studios veteran Joe Ranft died on Tuesday after the car he was riding in broke through a guardrail and plummeted over 100 feet into the ocean, says The Hollywood Reporter.
August 1, 2005
Animated Penguins Go "Surf's Up" with a Colorful Voice Cast
Sony's animated penguin comedy "Surf's Up" won't hit theaters until the summer of '07, but producers have already locked up a pretty impressive roster of voice-actors, including Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, James Woods, Jane Krakowski, and Shia LeBeouf.
March 15, 2005
So Who's Directing "Toy Story 3"?
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing this 'Business of Animation' blog entry and some big-time cartoon news. Seems the Mouse House has tagged director Bradley Raymond ("The Lion King 1 1/2," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2") to helm the Pixar-free "Toy Story 3."
January 28, 2005
Disney Having Trouble With "Toy Story 3"
Fox411 via IGN FilmForce reports that Disney is having difficulty finding a director for "Toy Story 3." According to sources close to the project, no major directors want to take on the film, which will not be made in conjunction with Pixar, over concerns of alienating the animation company.