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The newest Soul trailer is dazzling

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Posted by Simoa • March 12, 2020

“Is all this living really worth dying for?”

It definitely recalls Inside Out, but there’s still something totally unique about Soul. For instance, there’s a regular outside world juxtaposed against a stunning interior one. The animation and character designs are also ones we’ve never yet seen in a Pixar movie. Those, along with the premise, are what I find most exciting about Soul. This trailer is also gorgeous: the vibrant colors make me want to jump right into this world. Already seems like a harmonious blend, and in a film with jazz music to boot!

Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before—a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks, and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.

With the voice talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Questlove, Soul will be in theaters on June 19th of this year.

 

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The second official Onward trailer is here!

Onward, Trailer

Posted by Simoa • December 17, 2019

Holy Tooth of Zadar! What a marvelous two minutes and 25 seconds it is!

There’s even a new poster too.

I can’t say anything just yet about the Onward screening I attended back in October, but would you believe that this new trailer inspired the same emotions in me? Mostly awe tinged with sadness. My eyes started welling up, and I’ve watched the trailer three times already. Imagine how much of a mess I’ll be when the actual movie is released!

This new footage reveals quite a bit more, but much of the plot mystery remains intact. Some of the new footage includes the Manticore sending Ian and Barley on their quest. It turns out the mighty and fearsome creature has evolved into a frazzled restaurant manager. And while manticores are usually depicted with the face of a man, Corey the Manticore Manager, is a woman!

Corey however, forgot to warn Ian and Barley about the curse, so now the Lightfoot brothers are in mortal peril! Their mother Laurel sets out after them, and we even get to see her wield a sword! Not since Brave in 2012 have we had a Pixar mom play a vital role and carry a sword!

I found my favorite character. Did I mention she has a sword?

We also see one of the newly unveiled characters from yesterday, Colt Bronco, attempting to escort Ian and Barley home in a police cruiser. There’s a lot of action sequences, but none of it overwhelms.

But it’s not all high speed car chases, sword wielding moms, fire breathing dragons, and tough biker pixies; there’s tender scenes too, and even a baby picture of Ian and Barley.

It’s clear from this trailer and the screening from a few weeks ago that Onward will have quieter moments. Considering the themes of death and grieving, that’s only to be expected. I’m anticipating how the filmmakers strike a balance between this wild fantasy world and the more familiar, human aspects. All while being uproariously funny and sad.

The trailer also treats us to stunning scenery, colors, backgrounds, and landscapes. I’m swooning just thinking of that color script.


Onward will be in theaters in almost three! months – March 6, 2020.

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The New Onward International Trailer Is The Most Magical Yet

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Posted by Joanna • November 26, 2019

A new Onward trailer has arrived, and as with most international trailers, a little bit more plot has been revealed. Watch the new trailer below.

The trailer opens with Ian listening to a cassette tape of his dad. He fleshes out the world for the audience, and touches Ian’s heart with his final words: “I hope there’s a little magic left…in you.”

The whole setting of Onward is steeped in nostalgia, even for those of us who didn’t grow up with cassette players. This might be the most touching scene we’ve seen so far. Maybe it’ll even rank in the most touching scenes of the whole movie – it’ll be hard to beat ‘son listening to his departed dad’s words of comfort and advice in a warmly lit room’.

Onward will in theatres on March 6th – a mere 3 and a half months away! Enjoy some more beautiful stills from the new trailer to help tide you over below.

The lighting here is gorgeous!

Dungeons and Dragons vibes, anyone?

Pixar have totally nailed those cosy interiors.

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The first trailer for Soul is here!

Soul, Trailer

Posted by Simoa • November 7, 2019

And it is gorgeous!

“What would you want to be known for on earth? We only have a short time on this planet. You want to become the person that you were born to be? Don’t waste your time on all the junk of life. Spend your precious hours doing what will bring out the real you; the brilliant, passionate you that’s ready to contribute something meaningful into this world.”

That’s Jamie Foxx’s distinctive voice-over in this new trailer. Gorgeous shots of New York City dominate, as gangly Joe Gardner goes about his day. And it turns out, it’s simultaneously the best day of his life – and the last. With jazzy music and piano undercutting his words, we’re already fully immersed in his world and his mind. He excitedly asks for a haircut because he finally got his dream gig. He avoids pins on the sidewalk, banana peels, even a speeding motorcycle, before he falls into a manhole. Already these few minutes illustrate what we learned about the theme of Soul just yesterday – how we can be so consumed by art to the detriment of everything else.

After his body whooshes downward into the manhole, Joe is transformed into a glowing bluish-green version of himself, his soul. The cityscape is replaced by a vast starry expanse. And there Joe is joined by 22, who speaks with Tina Fey’s unmistakable voice.

Pixar fully convinced me with Inside Out about the way our emotions work, and I’m really eager to see how they portray the inner workings of the soul. This trailer seems to have just enough humor and is also fully grounded in the day to day to balance out the metaphysical.

There’s also a gorgeous poster too!

Be sure to let us know what you think and your own theories! Soul will be released on June 19th, 2020.

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The new Onward trailer tells all and makes us dissolve in laughter and tears

Onward, Trailer

Posted by Simoa • October 10, 2019

Every time I’ve gone to the movies this year, I’ve seen the same preview for Onward, and so has everyone. I could practically recite it by heart. I wondered when we would get new footage and if it would ever play in front of whatever animated movie was screened before the year was out. Well now the newest trailer has officially debuted! And it’s one of the best from Pixar in recent years.

This trailer reveals quite a lot of plot! That’s a first for our favorite animation studio. For the first time, I don’t need to speculate about what’s going on, nor am I left guessing. This can only mean that even bigger surprises are being kept under wraps.

A narrator explains what we already know, namely that this new world once had magic and doesn’t anymore. It is still inhabited by mythological creatures, but they’re just like you and me. It resembles our world a little bit, but it feels like it even more.

Inside and out, the world of Onward looks beautifully fleshed out – familiar and fantastical all at once.

Ian and Barley Lightfoot, in another Pixar first, are siblings who embark on a quest. That’s par for the course in fantasy fare, but this is unlike any other quest you’ve journeyed on with your favorite characters in movies and books. On this quest, they are going to find the rest of their father. They use a wizard staff, gifted to Ian on his birthday by their dad, to bring him back, but only his bottom half! The trailer features one touching moment, that it seems only Pixar could do. Just the tap of a foot and I was reduced to tears.

Anyone who loves Monsters University like I do can see director Dan Scanlon’s distinct MO, which brilliantly blends hilarity with heartbreak. There’s so much going on in the trailer; snarling monsters and unicorns; colorful explosions; car chases; and fire. But it’s edited so well that none of it overwhelms.

Whatever excitement I had for this movie has just had a growth spell put on it. It’s huge!

Onward cometh soon, on March 6th, 2020.

Have a look at the newly revealed poster:

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10 Things You Might Not Have Noticed In The New Onward Trailer

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Posted by Joanna • June 3, 2019

Pixar surprised us with a new trailer for its first 2020 movie on Thursday. You can watch the trailer for Onward (directed by Monsters University‘s Dan Scanlon) below:

It’s a great trailer – it shows off the movie’s weird but stunning world, and also proves its sense of humour and heart. Very little is ever given away in these early-on trailers, but we’ve been doing some detective work to try to glean every bit of information from what we’ve been given. Here are 10 things you may or may not have noticed from the trailer.

1. The ‘Under Bridge’ Transportation Authority

At first glance, it might just look like a troll is operating a toll bridge booth (because why not?). But if you look more closely, these drivers seem to be paying to go under a bridge. This is probably a reference to the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ fairytale, in which a troll lives under the bridge that the three goats want to cross. Notice how the sign underneath the troll worker says ‘cash or riddle’!

2. The skyscrapers have turrets

Take another look at the city in the background – the skyscrapers have turrets! To begin with, it looks like the city itself lacks a lot of the fantastical design, but it seems like fantasy is everywhere. Also – that design on the construction cone? Lovely.

3. Residents of New Mushroomton have satellite

It’s so cool seeing a suburban setting except with mushroom houses. New Mushroomton seems to be the name of elf brothers Ian and Barley’s hometown, and look – they have satellite! A lot of the mushroom houses have been fitted with satellite dishes, but also phone lines and electrical wires.

4. Even New Mushroomton’s garden ornaments are mushroom-inspired

Look behind this pool-lounging mermaid – she has little garden lamps on her lawn, and they look just like toadstools! As an aside – I wonder how mermaids live in the suburbs? Is she trapped in this make-shift pool forever, or..?

5. The plane has a mythical creature logo

We can’t totally make out what the creature is, but if you peer closely at that plane, its branding is definitely based off of a mythical creature. Perhaps a sitting dragon? A unicorn? What do you think?

6. Even the simplest objects look fancy

Once you start looking at a screencap from this trailer, it’s hard not to get wonderfully lost in the details. Even things like lawnmowers and microwaves look like they’d belong in The Lord of the Rings somehow. There’s a kind of floral, elvish design that runs through Ian’s whole home.

7. Barley’s a fan of some great-sounding bands

If you look closely at Barley’s clothes, it’s covered in badges and logos – the one that you can see below is more than likely spelling out ‘HYDRA’, as evidenced by the font’s many dragon-like heads. A hydra is a mythical beast with mutiple, or even multiplying, heads (think back to Disney’s Hercules). Pixar are so amazing at going the extra mile – I’m sure this movie’s going to be brimming with genius logos that many of us will probably never notice.

8. Is Barley’s car called Gwynivere?

The registration plate on Barley’s car spells out ‘Gwniver’, suggesting that it has a name that would fit in great in any classic fantasy novel. The car make is ‘Valor’.

9. The car radio brand is ‘Siren’

When Barley starts up his car, you very briefly get to see this logo on his car’s radio system. It looks like the brand, and it’s called ‘Siren’. This would make sense since sirens, in myth, were said to be dangerous creatures, half-bird and half-woman, who would use song to lure lost fishermen off course. They would then climb onto their ships and kill them, presumably.

10. Halt!

And last but not least – the stop signs in New Mushroomton are not stop signs at all, but rather ‘halt signs’. Very Dungeons and Dragons. This sign can be seen as Ian shoos away those feral unicorns.

 

So – did any of you spot all these details? I think it’s great that even a simple trailer under 2 minutes long has so much to dissect. It just goes to show you how much work goes into a Pixar movie.

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The Final Toy Story 4 Trailer Is The Best Yet

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Posted by Joanna • May 21, 2019

Toy Story 4 comes out exactly one month from today, and to mark this, Pixar have released their final trailer for the eagerly anticipated sequel. And guess what? It’s incredible! You can watch it below:

There’s a lot to take away from this trailer: instantly classic lines from old characters, some more glimpses of all sorts of beautiful scenery, a better idea of the plot, and a few moments of wonderful humour. Pixar are always great at teasing us with new footage but not spoiling the whole movie for us.

The trailer alone really demonstrates how much Woody’s character has evolved over the years. He’s gone from selfless to a fault (“Andy needs me!”) to just…admirably selfless (“Bonnie needs Forky!”). He’s still the same old toy, with the same qualities, but he’s learned from his mistakes over the years.

“He’s posing.”

Seeing Bo in different scenes with interesting lighting shows off how Pixar have managed to update her ‘ceramic look’. It’s stunning. And the way Woody is looking at her, I think he might agree.

It’s not all fun and games though: those terrifying ventriloquist dolls (Gabby Gabby’s henchmen?) look like they’re heading towards being even scarier than the cymbal monkey in Toy Story 3.

We have a feeling that this month will just fly by. We’ll all be queuing up to see Toy Story 4 on June 21st before we know it!

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Toy Story 4 UK Trailer ‘Freedom’ – New Footage, New Lines, and more!

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Posted by Joanna • March 27, 2019

Pixar’s trailers often differ slightly between regions, and the newly released Toy Story 4 UK trailer is no exception. Watch below:

A lot of the trailer is familiar territory, but we see some new footage which really boasts the film’s beautiful lighting and scenery. Bonnie is looking cuter than ever, the close-up and distant shots are all equally stunning, and the old crew of toys are just as lovable as always.

At the moment, we don’t know a whole lot about Forky. He’s an art project of sorts, made by Bonnie at school, but aside from him not really wanting to be a toy, not much of his personality has been revealed. Perhaps this is shaping up to be a little like the Bing-Bong situation when Inside Out was coming out: we didn’t know much about him to begin with. All we knew was that he looked a little ridiculous, being a creation from a child’s imagination. But with Inside Out‘s release, Bing-Bong went from being a silly side character to one of the most loved and mourned characters in Pixar’s history. Will this be Forky’s fate too? We won’t have to wait long to find out now! Toy Story 4 is in theatres June 21st.

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The Final Toy Story 4 trailer is here!

Toy Story 4, Trailer

Posted by Simoa • March 19, 2019

Wow. The latest trailer for Toy Story 4 is quite something. Humor is largely absent, unlike the previous ones we’ve seen. In fact, the overall tone of this trailer is dark and somewhat foreboding. The very subdued and shadowy lighting is mostly responsible, along with thematic hints of trouble. Woody and the rest of Andy’s toys all make an appearance, along with Bo Peep, Forky, and some creepy new additions.

 

The poster below clues us in to how prominent of a role each character will play. Woody, Buzz, Bo, and Forky are a given, along with Ducky and Bunny. But on the far left, we see three new additions. There’s a doll, named Gabby Gabby, and ventriloquist dummies.

UPDATE: Keanu Reeves’ mystery role has also been revealed. He’ll be lending his voice to Duke Caboom, a 1970s toy inspired by “Canada’s greatest stuntman.” He’s the little guy flying near the logo.

 

Sinister! I don’t like Gabby Gabby at all. And judging from her behavior in the trailer, I’m sure I’m not the only one.

As to the plot, Forky is introduced as Bonnie’s new toy, and he is resistant to his new identity.

“I was made for soup, salad, maybe chili, and then the trash!”

So Woody goes after him, and in his adventure to bring Forky back home, finds Bo Peep. And she scoffs at his dearly held beliefs about where toys rightfully belong – with children.

“Woody, who needs a kid’s room when you can have all of this…?”

This trailer is impressive, mostly because plenty of people were so underwhelmed with the first bit of previews. What I’m absolutely sure of is that this film will look gorgeous. And the vibe I’m getting from the story is one that’s wacky, dramatic, and emotional.

Josh Cooley has also let us know that the film clocks in at 89 minutes, the standard for most animated films. But if this trailer is any indication, the fourth installment to this beloved series will be anything but.

Toy Story 4 premieres on June 21st, 2019.

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New Toy Story 4 Trailer Set To Release Tomorrow

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Posted by Joanna • March 18, 2019

Good Morning America have revealed that a new Toy Story 4 trailer is going to be released tomorrow, presumably on their regularly scheduled morning air time.

This trailer news comes amidst a whole load of merchandise character reveals. Funko Pop have just shared their upcoming series of Toy Story figurines, and the DisInsider has provided us with a photo.

Here you can see some new characters that we’re already aware of: Ducky and Bunny, Forky, and we’re familiar with Combat Carl plus Combat Carl Jr. from “Toy Story Of Terror”. But who are Officer Giggle McDimples (?!), Gabby Gabby, and Duke Caboom? Those of you that are particularly observant may recognise Duke Caboom – he appeared as an easter egg in Incredibles 2 when we saw Jack-Jack in a crib with a suspicious-looking doll.

Look to the left of Jack-Jack!

With a trailer less than 24 hours away, we can only hope that a lot of our burning questions will be answered!

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