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Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 10:35pm

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New trailer, guys (from last week).

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So any thoughts on this project from the director of Monsters Inc.?

It will be interesting to see Pixar pulling off a children's flick starring an old man. It looks like it will be lighter than Wall E and Ratatouille, but there are some rumors that

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the old man will die at the end, which I think will be interesting as the trailer says he's been waiting his whole life for adventure, so perhaps after the events of the film he can die in peace? It might be a nice to show children that death can be something bittersweet rather than something that is always horrible (kind of like SPOILER AGAIN Yoda's death). Of course this might be far off.

Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this. The animation looks great as well.

EDIT: Once again I'm really looking forward to Michael Giacchino's score. This looks like a good year for him.
Posted: Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 11:15pm

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Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this.
Yes they have. Well, I guess it wasn't a failure. It's just significantly worse than the rest.

I can't believe I'm saying this about Pixar, but I have a feeling that UP won't be very good. Sure it looks great, but I just don't think there's much of a story there. But then again, I said the same thing about Wall-E, which was by far the best movie of 2008. I really do have high hopes for this though, as it's the last original idea they'll be doing for awhile. 2010 is Toy Story 3, which sounds terrible, and then 2011 is Cars 2.
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 12:47am

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jawajohnny wrote:

Staff Only wrote:

Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this.
Yes they have. Well, I guess it wasn't a failure. It's just significantly worse than the rest.

I can't believe I'm saying this about Pixar, but I have a feeling that UP won't be very good. Sure it looks great, but I just don't think there's much of a story there. But then again, I said the same thing about Wall-E, which was by far the best movie of 2008. I really do have high hopes for this though, as it's the last original idea they'll be doing for awhile. 2010 is Toy Story 3, which sounds terrible, and then 2011 is Cars 2.
Where does everyone figure out all of these movie before they are advertized.
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Movie Kid 4 wrote:

jawajohnny wrote:

Staff Only wrote:

Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this.
Yes they have. Well, I guess it wasn't a failure. It's just significantly worse than the rest.

I can't believe I'm saying this about Pixar, but I have a feeling that UP won't be very good. Sure it looks great, but I just don't think there's much of a story there. But then again, I said the same thing about Wall-E, which was by far the best movie of 2008. I really do have high hopes for this though, as it's the last original idea they'll be doing for awhile. 2010 is Toy Story 3, which sounds terrible, and then 2011 is Cars 2.
Where does everyone figure out all of these movie before they are advertized.
A pretty good site for movie news is RottenTomatoes.com. They have a news feed which picks up articles from various other sites. Also, search for "2009 in film" on Wikipedia and it gives you a mostly accurate schedule for film releases in the current year. They have information about the next few years as well.

EDIT: I forgot to throw in my two cents about 'Up'. They have screened the first 40 minutes, which got rave reviews. If the rest of the film lives up to it, that's awesome. I do have the sinking feeling that this is the last good Pixar film. The old gang is handing over responsibility to new filmmakers, as they move on to bigger positions in Disney or live-action projects. Brings a tear to me eye. "When auld acquaintance be forgot..."
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 2:16am

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Yes they have. Well, I guess it wasn't a failure. It's just significantly worse than the rest.

I can't believe I'm saying this about Pixar, but I have a feeling that UP won't be very good. Sure it looks great, but I just don't think there's much of a story there. But then again, I said the same thing about Wall-E, which was by far the best movie of 2008. I really do have high hopes for this though, as it's the last original idea they'll be doing for awhile. 2010 is Toy Story 3, which sounds terrible, and then 2011 is Cars 2.
I don't understand how you call cars a failure, but praise wall-e as the best film of 2008? I would say that imho Cars is better and for that matter, The Dark Knight destroyed wall-e, and I know some people say that Slumdog Millionaire beet TDK, so I am surprised to hear

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Wall-E, which was by far the best movie of 2008
I just don't understand.


PS The movie looks really interesting. And I am curious to see how they actually decide to pull it off.

EDIT: Just read striders edit and wow, I hope this isn't the last good movie from pixar... that is a scary thought. Maybe they should just quite while they are ahead? JK
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 4:17am

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Here we are with opinions again. For the record, I thought Cars was great, TDK was mediocre (Ledger was awesome), Slumdog was very good but not OMIGODLET'SCOVERITWITHOSCARS-worthy, and Wall-E was one of the most poetic movies ever made.

Up's premise seems incredibly dull to me, but then, it's Pixar, so I'm really looking forward to it.
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 6:58am

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I feel pretty much the same: The Trailer itself looks remotely interesting, as I can't see much of a story in there. But knowing Pixar I'll definately go see it. So far, they're "good" at worst, which is when they're not "brilliant" as usual.

Oh, and Wall-E was fantastic, especially the rather excellent first half of the film.
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 9:28am

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Are you people seriously comparing The Dark Knight, Slumdog Millionaire and Wall-E? Bizarre.

As Sollthar says, I'm UP hasn't really grabbed me yet due to the rather slight story as presented in the trailers - so far it seems like material better suited to a short.

However, it's Pixar, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 10:07am

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Pixar movies have rarely dissapointed really, and they aim at a wide range of ages.

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The Dark Knight destroyed wall-e
You can't compare the dark knight and wall-e together really. They come under different categories and genres.

The question i guess is would you pay to see it at the cinema?
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 4:35pm

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I don't understand how you call cars a failure, but praise wall-e as the best film of 2008? I would say that imho Cars is better and for that matter, The Dark Knight destroyed wall-e, and I know some people say that Slumdog Millionaire beet TDK, so I am surprised to hear
I don't understand.

In a year when such master pieces as High School Musical 3 and Star Wars: The Clone Wars came out why are we talking about rubbish like Wall E and TDK? razz

I myself place Wall E as my favorite film from last year over TDK for several reasons some being that I didn't think TDK was perfect (and yes I thought Heath Ledger and Christopher Nolan were awesome).

To me Batman Begins is still better than TDK. The addition of Heath Ledger's Joker was really (, really, really) awesome yes, but it didn't make up for some of the other issues.

I felt that TDK had to little of the overall Batman feeling from the first. No Batcave, very few shots of the Batsignal, and a very lost cause feeling over the whole Gotham situation. I know Nolan and Co. have stated that they made the sequel with Empire Strikes Back as inspiration, but for one Empire has much more charm than TDK and secondly I'm also one of the guys who likes A New Hope marginally better. Also I thought the re-watch factor of TDK was low. Some scene were simply awesome (like the interrogation of Joker by Batman, or the bank heist) but others were a bit disappointing (like the scenes with Bruce and Rachel which didn't make me care enough about SPOILER her death).

Wall E was really special. I haven't cared as much for characters in a film in a long while. The storytelling and the score are really amazing. The movie is just very touching in several ways. When I saw it the first time I didn't really care about the humans when I saw them at first as they were such a pale reflection of what we are now, but by the end I found myself liking the captain a lot. Also I really enjoyed the villain (even without having seen 2001) and the fact that it ended up being a captain vs his helm. There's just so much that can be said for Wall E, and I don't feel like writing a review, but in my opinion Wall E is better than TDK.

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Where does everyone figure out all of these movie before they are advertized.
I use IMDB for stuff like this. You can check when Pixar's next projects are here or (as I often check) ILM's next (present and previous) projects here.
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 5:13pm

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I can't *wait* for this.

Am I the only one who thinks the old man is the film is kinda adorable? He's going to do for old age pensioners what Nemo did for clown fish.

If there is one thing the Pixar films have always been able to nail, it's comedy timing... which I think is something that lot of the Will Ferrell LOOKATTHEWHACKYCRAZYS***TIMDOINGNOW films could learn a lot from.

Also, you just know this story about a grumpy old man and a curious young boy is going to tug at your heart strings. I don't know quite how they manage it but Pixar films are always so loaded with emotion, probably because you care about the characters, and this is one thing CARS didn't do for me. I didn't care about them.

In fact if Pixar put any more emotion into their films they'd probably grow breasts.

I'm taking the girlfriend and a box of tissues to this one!

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Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 8:28pm

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In a year when such master pieces as High School Musical 3 and Star Wars: The Clone Wars came out why are we talking about rubbish like Wall E and TDK?
I'd say Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an average premiere to what was has become an excellent TV show, a show that has been pretty well received by fans and critics. The problem with the movie is that it was four episodes edited together... they would have worked much better in their proper format on TV. Also, those episodes were some of the earliest ones produced... since then, giant leaps have been made with the animation and stories.

And while The Dark Knight and Wall-E are both excellent films, I think Wall-E was the best movie of the year because it drew me in emotionally. It had so much more going for it from an emotional standpoint. But like Tarn said, you can't put Slumdog, TDK, and Wall-E together and compare them. I don't think Wall-E is better... it's just more significant/meaningful.

As for "UP", I have to agree with Tarn; it does look more like short material.

EDIT: Wall-E was listed as the best film of 2008 by the Boston Society of Film Critics, LA Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, TIME, and both Boston Globe critics, just to name a few.
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jawajohnny wrote:

I'd say Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an average premiere to what was has become an excellent TV show, a show
Have you read your signature lately?
Posted: Thu, 19th Mar 2009, 10:28pm

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Jabooza wrote:

jawajohnny wrote:

I'd say Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an average premiere to what was has become an excellent TV show, a show
Have you read your signature lately?
Heh. Okay. Jar Jar has been in four episodes, and he's the focal point of three of them. So I'll amend my statement and say that basically, 17 out of the 21 aired episodes range from "average" to "excellent" with almost all of them being the latter.

The last three episodes for example, are epic. Storm Over Ryloth features some awesome space battles, and Innocents of Ryloth offers some startling commentary on the devastation caused by war (I'm really surprised Lucas took the series there). Mace Windu's Liberty on Ryloth is just badass, and tomorrows season finale looks even more badass.

So aside from Jar Jar and some questionable droid humor... really great show. In my top three favorites along with Terminator and Fringe.
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jawajohnny wrote:

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Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this.
Yes they have
That was a very good movie.

Have you evan seen it before?
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I'm not big into 3d animated movies, but toy story 1 was good.
Posted: Fri, 20th Mar 2009, 4:20pm

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jawajohnny wrote:

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In a year when such master pieces as High School Musical 3 and Star Wars: The Clone Wars came out why are we talking about rubbish like Wall E and TDK?
I'd say Star Wars: The Clone Wars was an average premiere to what was has become an excellent TV show, a show that has been pretty well received by fans and critics.
I have heard as much. In all fairness I have only seen the first half of the first TV episode and frankly the questionable droid humor you spoke of turned me off before I could give it a real chance.

I probably should.
Posted: Fri, 20th Mar 2009, 4:22pm

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Movie Kid 4 wrote:

jawajohnny wrote:

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Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this.
Yes they have
That was a very good movie.

Have you evan seen it before?
Were you high when you saw Cars? It was not a 'very' good movie. It was a passable movie with moments of 'ehhh....alright'-ness. To me Wall-E was much more than this, but too rushed in other parts and pushy overall.

For my money, I cannot wait for Toy Story 3. The first one set the stage for Pixar and stands as one of their best movies to date; and the sequel was just so fitting and funny and an appropriate follow-up.

I really would love to see what they do now, I think it'd be interesting, since America at least has gone into what Time Magazine called 'the death of the toy'; we've gotten rid of toy stores, action figures, commercials, etc. that market imagination-play in favor of audio/visual entertainment/videogames.

And it's true. Drastically-true when compared to the toy-having-ness of the 90s. Would make an interesting premise and world for the Woody and Buzz of 1995.
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For my money, I cannot wait for Toy Story 3. The first one set the stage for Pixar and stands as one of their best movies to date; and the sequel was just so fitting and funny and an appropriate follow-up.

I really would love to see what they do now, I think it'd be interesting, since America at least has gone into what Time Magazine called 'the death of the toy'; we've gotten rid of toy stores, action figures, commercials, etc. that market imagination-play in favor of audio/visual entertainment/videogames.
So many people are ready to hate Toy Story 3, I'm honestly worried that Pixar is on a slippery slope, even for them. This could be Pixar's first "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull/Phantom Menace". The kind of: "Not that bad alone, but in comparison: pale" feeling (not that I really disliked Crystal Skull for the record). The story outline has received wide-spread disapproval among 20-something-year olds who saw Toy Story when it came out, but hey, if anyone can pull it off it's Pixar.
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So many people are ready to hate Toy Story 3, I'm honestly worried that Pixar is on a slippery slope, even for them. This could be Pixar's first "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull/Phantom Menace".
We'd better not let Bryan see it. razz
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Heh. '20-year-olds who saw Toy Story when it came out'. That was me, and it was my 5-year-old birthday party.

F*cking crazy how long it has been.
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Atom wrote:

Heh. '20-year-olds who saw Toy Story when it came out'. That was me, and it was my 5-year-old birthday party.

F*cking crazy how long it has been.
God, you make me feel old.

There was a time when I was young and hip, you know.

When I was 5 I saw Transformers the Movie. Yes, the cartoon one.
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When I was five I watched TV on a round screen black & white set and we only had two channels. Tarn, your not old yet.... but I do really enjoy most of Pixars films. I like the trailer for UP so I will probably get it when the DVD comes out.

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Toy Story is, like, ingrained in my innermost childhood nostalgia along with the Lion King. Thinking of the movie theater I saw it in makes my insides tickle with cool happy memories from those more naive times. I will see the third one when I'm 20 years old, so that should be interesting. I guess it must be what you old geezers felt like when you watched Transformers, except with more childhood memory destruction.
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Plus, when you grew up in the eighties, most of the films you remember to be great are really just dull and unwatchable now when you're older... Fortunately, Toy Story isn't one of them.
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Atom wrote:

Movie Kid 4 wrote:

jawajohnny wrote:

Staff Only wrote:

Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this.
Yes they have
That was a very good movie.

Have you evan seen it before?
Were you high when you saw Cars? It was not a 'very' good movie. It was a passable movie with moments of 'ehhh....alright'-ness. To me Wall-E was much more than this, but too rushed in other parts and pushy overall.

For my money, I cannot wait for Toy Story 3. The first one set the stage for Pixar and stands as one of their best movies to date; and the sequel was just so fitting and funny and an appropriate follow-up.

I really would love to see what they do now, I think it'd be interesting, since America at least has gone into what Time Magazine called 'the death of the toy'; we've gotten rid of toy stores, action figures, commercials, etc. that market imagination-play in favor of audio/visual entertainment/videogames.

And it's true. Drastically-true when compared to the toy-having-ness of the 90s. Would make an interesting premise and world for the Woody and Buzz of 1995.
That movie was very sucsessfull.
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Movie Kid 4 wrote:

jawajohnny wrote:

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Anyhow, Pixar hasn't failed yet and I don't think they are about to start now, so I'm looking forward to this.
Yes they have
That was a very good movie.

Atom wrote:

It was not a 'very' good movie. It was a passable movie with moments of 'ehhh....alright'-ness.

Movie Kid 4 wrote:

That movie was very sucsessfull.
Ya know, people are allowed to have opinions. There's no point in telling someone that their opinion is wrong if you're not going to give any reason why it was.


Also, the successfulness of a movie isn't entirely relevant to the movie's quality; there's plenty of bad movies that are successful, and plenty of good ones that aren't.
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Sollthar wrote:

I feel pretty much the same: The Trailer itself looks remotely interesting, as I can't see much of a story in there.

Oh, and Wall-E was fantastic, especially the rather excellent first half of the film.
Remember the trailer for WALL-E? It was absolutely terrible. But the general opinion here seems to be that WALL-E was the best film of '08, and I personally feel that it was the best film ever made aside from the LOTR trilogy (keep in mind; that's just my personal opinion).

What I'm saying is that Pixar's films are incredible for all ages, but their trailers are made for kids. They've done a great job of not letting money get in their way of making great films, but it's only logical that a trailer should be driven by box office sales.

This will be an incredible movie! And I love the music, BTW!!

Edit:

I'm also wondering if this could make the difference between 3D being a fad and being a legit movie format. I can't wait to see how they use the medium.
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I have heard as much. In all fairness I have only seen the first half of the first TV episode and frankly the questionable droid humor you spoke of turned me off before I could give it a real chance.

I probably should.
The first one definitely has the most (and least funny) droid humor. In the others, it's been really toned down into slight one-liners that are supposed to point out the droids' shortcomings opposed to clones, and provide the kiddie-humor. However, the entire series is also geared towards adults, as it will be re-airing on TNT and Adult Swim.

As for Toy Story 3, just like "UP", I'm worried about the story. It's pretty rare that a "threequel" lives up to its predecessors.
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When my uncle went to L.A. he met someone who works at pixar and said they were begining to work on a non animated movie!
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Movie Kid 4 wrote:

When my uncle went to L.A. he met someone who works at pixar and said they were begining to work on a non animated movie!
If I understand it correctly, Andrew Stanton (co-writer and director of Wall-E) is heading up an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 'Princess of Mars', though I think he is going through Disney primarily, not Pixar, even though they will be involved. Not sure about that, I'll have to look it up again.

Additionally, Brad Bird (director of 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille') is developing a story about the San Francisco earthquake that took place around the turn of the last century. That I'm pretty sure is not going to be associated with Pixar.
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The Strider wrote:

Movie Kid 4 wrote:

When my uncle went to L.A. he met someone who works at pixar and said they were begining to work on a non animated movie!
Additionally, Brad Bird (director of 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille') is developing a story about the San Francisco earthquake that took place around the turn of the last century. That I'm pretty sure is not going to be associated with Pixar.
This could be what Movie Kid is speaking of. If you check out the companies involved you will notice that Pixar is listed as financial support. That basically means that in 2012 Pixar is changing from only being a production company to being a movie studio as well. Or so it looks. I don't know how that works with thier deal with Disney, but it will be interesting to see if Pixar can make the jump from making one good movie every other year, to releasing several a year and distributing even more. I feel this is the road to becoming a big non-personal company like Disney. The moment Pixar becomes corporation-y (thanks Team America) is the moment the Pixar spell is in danger. As long as John Lasseter and Steve Jobs are still in power over there I think it will go okay though. I mean look at where Disney is now, all these year after Walt Disney died. It makes me feel Pixar will end up there in 50-100 years.

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The first one definitely has the most (and least funny) droid humor. In the others, it's been really toned down into slight one-liners that are supposed to point out the droids' shortcomings opposed to clones, and provide the kiddie-humor. However, the entire series is also geared towards adults, as it will be re-airing on TNT and Adult Swim.
Cool, I guess I'll put it down for the summer holidays. smile
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Pixar has released a 1 minute clip of UP, it looks quite entertaining.

Actually got a smirk out of me smile
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B3N wrote:

Pixar has released a 1 minute clip of UP, it looks quite entertaining.

Actually got a smirk out of me smile
They have been doing a lot of those. They are called UPisodes