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More details on The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory

Finding Dory, John Lasseter, The Good Dinosaur

Posted by Simoa • May 20, 2015

After the rapturous reception Inside Out received at Cannes, John Lasseter was on hand to discuss Pixar’s upcoming films. This report comes via Variety, which also mentions new clips along with further details on the films. Lasseter also confirmed both Disney and Pixar’s commitment to diverse characters; more people of color and women. Inside Out takes place inside a young girl’s mind, and its two leading protagonists are female. Pixar’s other 2015 film The Good Dinosaur got an updated plot synopsis earlier this month, and Lasseter has more to share about it. good dino 4

The early clips from this movie played like a cross between “Tarzan” and “Lilo & Stitch.” The story centers on Arlo (Lucas Neff), an Apatosaurus, who after losing his father in a tragic accident, falls into a river, gets knocked out by a rock and finds himself in a land far away. As he makes the trek back home to the Clawed-Tooth Mountains, he befriends a human cave-boy named Spot.

“This is a boy and a dog story, but the roles are reversed,” Lassetersaid. “Arlo, the dinosaur, is the boy in the story and Spot is the dog” — meaning Arlo stands upright and speaks, while Spot travels on his hands and feet and grunts.

There will be a supporting cast of dinosaurs straight out of “Jurassic Park” (only friendlier). “We’re putting our own unique Pixar spin on the dinosaur world,” Lasseter said, as he showed images of a trio of T-Rexes, a Pterodactyl and a shaggy Velociraptor. “The feathers on the Veliraptor look like the haircuts of famous football players,” Lasseter joked.

For any dino connoisseurs out there, the feathered velociraptors should be a welcome addition since they did look like that!

Below is the story for Finding Dory. Finding Dory logo

Even though it’s been 12 years since the original “Finding Nemo,” the sequel takes place just six months later. Dory and Nemo re-team, this time on an adventure to find the title heroine’s family (Ellen DeGeneres, of course, returns as her voice). Dory’s parents, who Lasseter unveiled images of at the presentation, will be played by Diane Keaton (“Neither of us remember a thing?” she says, channeling an aquatic version of Annie Hall) and Eugene Levy.

Among the adventures in store this time: a dip through the Pacific Ocean where shipping containers have fallen off boats; a frightening encounter with a giant squid; wading past a kelp forest on California’s northern coastline; and new friends in the form of an octopus and a whale-shark named Destiny. “She thinks she’s a whale, but she’s actually a shark,” Lasseter said. But will it be better than “Cars 2?”

Lasseter didn’t have anything new to share about Toy Story 4 besides what we know already, but he did say that he’s excited to be back in the director’s chair.

What do you think of these new developments?

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Inside Out at Cannes

Inside Out, John Lasseter, Jonas Rivera, Pete Docter

Posted by Simoa • May 18, 2015

Inside Out premiered today at the prestigious Cannes festival in France, and the response was CFSaXdwWIAA135O overwhelmingly positive. Reviews have started to trickle in, praising the film for its creativity. These reviews aren’t unlike the earlier ones that have come about, but its first major audience has been enthusiastic.

Photos on the right: Director Pete Docter with Pixar chief John Lasseter and producer Jonas Rivera at the Inside Out Cannes photocall.

 

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Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote:

It’s a film that revels in the simple, and yetprofound, wonder of being alive. Oh, the places that Riley, and all of us, too, have yet to go.

The Hollywood Reporter’s review was similarly glowing:

This latest conceptually out-there creation from Pete Docter(Monsters, Inc., Up) serves up some abstractions and flights of deconstructive fantasy that will probably fly over the heads of viewers with ages in the single digits, but this adventurous outing manages the great Pixar trick of operating on two levels—captivating fun for kids, disarming smarts for adults—that sets the studio apart. Reliably big summer grosses appear in store.

Variety:

At the risk of hyperbole, people will still be thinking in terms of these anthropomorphized Emotions long after movies as we know them are gone, in the distant future, when screens are obsolete and immersive stories are beamed directly into your frontal lobe. There’s a reason they call Pixar’s inner team the “Brain Trust”: They can be counted on not only to imagine, but to execute such original ideas as these.

It’s clear that the film is able to execute the concept in an original, inventive way. This is certainly the perfect film to end Pixar’s hiatus.

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Inside Out character videos

Inside Out

Posted by Simoa • May 12, 2015

Over at Yahoo Movies, new clips featuring each of the five emotions in Inside Out are premiering this week. These videos also include short introductions by the voice actors. Today Sadness and Fear, played by Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader respectively, get the spotlight. Check out their videos below!

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Both Smith and Hader highlight the positive attributes of their emotions. Sadness allows you to have a good cry while Fear is all about keeping you safe. But the one thing all of the emotions have in common is that they take care of you. This is a theme that will be illustrated quite touchingly in the film in relation to Riley. This post will be updated with the other emotions throughout the week, so check back in soon!

UPDATE: Disgust and Mindy Kaling

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Disgust helps you avoid poor judgment, and she’s also got impeccable taste. She hates broccoli and mixing spots and stripes. Also, you’ll have that little voice in your head to thank when you make a meaningful social interaction.

Up next: Anger!

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Lewis Black introduces Anger, the feeling you get when you stub your toe, are stuck in traffic, or get your dinner interrupted by a telemarketer. Anger is not like those other touchy feely emotions. He gets the job done and watch out if you’re ever in his way!

JOY! Riley’s primary emotion and the leader in her mind, voiced by the exuberant Amy Poehler, gets her sunny chance in the spotlight today at Yahoo! Movies. Joy is the one you want at the party, and who could blame you?

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These character profiles have been great for new footage such as the one of Joy below. And even better for building up excitement for the film!

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Let us know which video is your favorite!

 

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