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Don’t fear failure: newest Cars 3 trailer

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Posted by Simoa • April 26, 2017

The latest trailer for Cars 3 debuted today, and it is spectacular! We’ve come to expect only heart pounding thrills with each new teaser, along with the central conflict.

 

Perhaps as a nod to all the Cars merchandise out there, this trailer opens with various Lightning McQueen branded products. As a sleek silver car informs him, his legacy is under threat with each new accident Lightning suffers in his races. The question of retirement ever looms.

But as we know, Lightning McQueen refuses to retire. This is where Cruz Ramirez comes in. She’s his trainer and is determined to help him recapture some of that former glory. Meanwhile, rookie racer Jackson Storm acquires more wins and more time in the spotlight. It’s clear he poses another threat to the McQueen legacy. Lightning will never be as fast, but he can outsmart Jackson.

Cruz also tells him something that will define his journey and the film.

“Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance.”

On June 16th, we’ll finally watch Lightning McQueen take his big chance!

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Watch The First Teaser Trailer for Coco!

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Posted by Nia • March 15, 2017

It’s here! Pixar’s love letter to Mexico! Today the studio released the first of many trailers for their upcoming Day of the Dead inspired film Coco. It is certainly fantastic being able to see these characters we’ve merely read about for months finally breathing with life.

From the first few seconds of the footage alone, it’s obvious this film is going to be spectacular in terms of character design, color, setting, and music.

We instantly bond with Miguel, a young aspiring guitarist, as he lights candles in remembrance for Ernesto de la Cruz, a famous Mexican actor and musician. It’s even later hinted that the famous personality might be Miguel’s father – which is fitting because it’s obvious Miguel has a natural talent after he mimics Cruz’s notes on the guitar.

In the trailer, we see how Miguel reaches the Land of the Dead and what this new world and characters within it will look like. We also get to see Dante, the Xolo dog, in action there – as playful as ever as he rolls around a bridge that appears to be constructed out of flower petals.

Suffice to say, we want more and can’t wait until the film is released on November 22nd.

P.S. We need to hear more of Ernesto de la Cruz’s music!!!

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Ka-chow! Latest teaser for Cars 3 debuts.

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Posted by Simoa • November 21, 2016

If you’ve got a case of the Mondays, prepare for a dose of Cars 3 to jolt you wide awake! The newest teaser was released today and it packs thrills in less than 50 seconds.

Tonally, this teaser switches gears. It’s a much more somber preview of the Cars franchise. This clip might not quell the mostly unenthusiastic response to the third installment, but it’s an outstanding teaser and fans will definitely not be disappointed.

The teaser ends on a breathtaking shot of a slow motion crash that sends Lightning McQueen careening into the air. It’s a beautiful shot, one that deserves to be paused over and highlights the visual brilliance of Cars that is so often dismissed or unacknowledged. While some were shocked by Lightning’s fate, it does offer a clue about the film’s plot which was announced in May of this year. Director Brian Fee remarked that Lightning is now past his prime compared to the rookies who have now emerged onto the racing scene. Is this crash in the teaser further confirmation of Lightning McQueen’s “need to adapt”?

We’ll be looking forward to the answer and plenty more.

Cars 3 hits theaters on June 16, 2017.

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Found Dory!: latest trailer makes a splash

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Posted by Simoa • May 25, 2016

Finding Dory is less than a month away, and the latest and final trailer premiered yesterday on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Key plot points have been revealed but the overall story remains shrouded in guess work. All we can do is speculate until the movie is released. In a scene that mirrors Finding Nemo, Dory is scooped up out of the ocean by humans on a boat, leaving Marlin frantic as he tries to track the boat down in vain. This time he’s accompanied by Nemo. Unlike P. Sherman in the first film, these people attempted to rescue Dory after she was caught in a chain of plastic soda rings. Could there be more commentary on this environmental hazard? We hope so.

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The trailer opens with Dory as a child looking for her parents. Then it transitions to present day Dory also seeking help from other fish. This sets a somber tone, highlighting the loneliness and isolation the blue tang has felt throughout her life. But the somber moments are balanced with levity, particularly from the supporting cast which includes Hank the octopus (Ed O’Neill), Bailey the beluga whale (Ty Burrell), and one very distinctively voiced seal (Idris Elba). There’s also Marlin’s trademark dry wit to look forward to!

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Much of the lighting and atmosphere is subdued and dark, matching the gloomier aspects of the story. The ocean is teeming with even more life and looks to be as gorgeous, if not more so, than Finding Nemo. Shots above water also showcase some stunning scenery. 

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Marlin and Nemo search for Dory while she searches for clues about her past. It’s an intriguing concept and one that promises to deliver, as evidenced by this trailer.

 

Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17th.

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Dive Right In To The First Full Length Finding Dory Trailer!

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Posted by Nia • March 2, 2016

Today everyone was swimming with excitement to finally watch a full length trailer for Pixar’s new film Finding Dory. Some fans have even been waiting for this miraculous moment since the first film was released in theaters way back in 2003. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, check it out below. If you already have, why not re-watch it for the 46327th time? (Just kidding, I’ve only watched it about 2049 times since it launched this morning)

We’ve got some fantastic familiar faces to greet us at the start of the trailer, like our good friend Mr. Ray, but we’re soon thrown into a new adventure. As we already know, Dory is on the search for her family. After Mr. Ray’s speech about instinct triggers old family memories for Dory, she soon becomes motivated to risk everything to find them again. In the trailer, we also spend some time in the aquarium that Dory stumbles upon in her quest. Dory is surprisingly re-united with a long lost Whale Shark pal named Destiny. Come to find out, Dory has hung out with Destiny on many occasions… it’s just that she can’t remember anything they’ve talked about. We’re also finally introduced to Hank the Octopus. Though skittish at first and hiding under sand in a fish tank, there’s a lot to love about him. I think Hank may already be my new favorite character from the sequel. It’s hard not to appreciate his camouflaged skit at the end and his near demise with the garbage disposal.

The underwater world we’re revisiting is filled with even more life and color than in Finding Nemo. One can only imagine how stunning the reef and new locations will look on the big screen come June. It’s also important to wonder just what kind of new technology we’ll see utilized to create all of the backgrounds? I almost want to do a before and after side-by-side comparison to fully grasp the overall quality upgrade to the look of Finding Dory.

I truly can’t wait to see Dory go through a journey of her own to find her family and what new things she’ll discover about herself along the way. Here’s to finally meeting her parents!

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Brand New Finding Dory Teaser Trailer Released

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Posted by Nia • February 28, 2016

On Friday Disney/Pixar released a fun little teaser trailer for their upcoming film Finding Dory.

In the trailer we get to see Dory as her usual forgetful self as she jokingly reads the title of the film. The catchy tune by the Chi-lites, “Have You Seen Her,” plays on in the distance as she swims out of frame. The teaser is a precursor to the theatrical trailer that will be released on Wednesday, March 2nd on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Fittingly enough it was on Ellen herself who released the amazing news that Finding Dory was coming to theaters. Up until now we’ve only seen brief glimpses of Dory, Marlin, and Nemo (in addition to a few new faces), so it will be quite exciting to see some different footage on Wednesday. Be sure to check back in with us then when the trailer is released!

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Here’s Your First Look At Finding Dory

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Posted by Nia • November 11, 2015

Alas! Yesterday the first trailer for Finding Dory premiered with a splash online. Although it was only a teaser trailer, it was enough to give us a glimpse of how Nemo, Marlin, and Dory have been faring since the days of Finding Nemo. By the looks of it, Dory has been living it up with her fantastic new set up in Marlin and Nemo’s neck of the woods. Within the first few seconds of the trailer alone, the score by Thomas Newman swept all of us away with nostalgia. And perhaps those who have been eagerly waiting for the sequel to the first film might’ve shed a few tears… it’s OK – we’re not judging you.

Straight from Pixar, the synopsis of the film is as follows: “The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.” For the first time, Dory is able to remember something important (even though she can’t quite pinpoint what that may be just yet) and realizes that she has family somewhere out there in the big blue sea. With Nemo and Marlin at Dory’s side, she sets up on a quest to find her long-lost relatives.

The trailer only confirms how much we all missed the colorful and expertly detailed world under the sea that Andrew Stanton and crew so beautifully depicted twelve years ago. As Dory would say, “just keep swimming.” Only a *few* more months to go until the film is released in cinemas.

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New U.S. Theatrical Trailer For The Good Dinosaur Released

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Posted by Nia • October 7, 2015

Yesterday Disney/Pixar released a brand new theatrical trailer for The Good Dinosaur, which has gotten practically everyone (if they weren’t already looking forward to the films release) incredibly excited for this colorful prehistoric world to explore.

The premise of The Good Dinosaur has always been simple: “What if the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs missed?” Not only does this new trailer give us a closer look at the relationship between Arlo the Apatosaurus and his cave-boy friend Spot, but we also get to hear more dialogue from Arlo. The trailer gives us more of an introduction to Arlo’s family and a plethora of other dinosaurs; including a T-Rex named Butch that Arlo meets on his journey with Spot.

Despite all of the new dialogue, the most thrilling aspect of this trailer is the interaction between Arlo and Spot. One of the best things about animation has always been the ability to tell stories without dialogue. WALL-E eloquently succeeded in telling a simple story about two robots in love without a word (save for the end of the film when the robots are on Axiom). Even the first five minutes of Up was able to tell the entire story of Carl and Ellie’s relationship without the two characters talking to each other. It’s interesting to think about how the storytellers at Pixar will achieve depicting the friendship of a dinosaur and a cave-boy. From the trailer alone, we see that the two characters don’t really speak the same language but based on their physicality, they’re able to communicate with each other.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to The Good Dinosaur and who knows what kind of adventures await us come November 25th. T-Minus 48 days and counting. Are you guys ready?

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The first trailer for The Good Dinosaur released!

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Posted by Simoa • July 21, 2015

Pixar’s new trailer for The Good Dinosaur is not to be missed. Just over two minutes long, the trailer is effective for a variety of reasons: it shows just enough without revealing key plot elements, the friendship between Arlo the apatosaurus and Spot the human boy is well established, and the animation/art is stunning.

trailer1Certain images within the trailer look as if they came from live action footage. One beautiful example are the leaves which appear to the right. It’s becoming more abundantly clear that this film will indeed be a visual masterwork, blending more realistic landscapes with the cartoony look of Arlo and the other dinosaurs. That’s one similarity Good Dinosaur shares with Inside Out.

This movie has gone through many transformations and an evolution of its own to become the film it is now. What the trailer promises is an adventure fraught with peril, with its fair share of tears along the way. Since Arlo is the only one who speaks, it’ll be interesting to see how he and Spot are able to communicate in this vast terrain.

The Good Dinosaur opens nationwide on Thanksgiving. Let us know what you think of the trailer!

 

 

 

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Inside Out gets emotional

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Posted by Simoa • March 10, 2015

Joy 6There are many new new things to see in the second official trailer for Pixar’s June 2015 release, Inside Out. The plot, which concerns Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) getting booted out of headquarters in the mind of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is finally shown in this trailer. We get to see exactly how they’re separated from the other emotions, and those who have been unfamiliar with the movie’s synopsis have a better idea of what’s going to take place.

 

This trailer builds on the previous one which also showed the emotions in the mind of Riley’s parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan), but with Joy and Sadness also present. If you remember, that first teaser played heavily on the film’s humor, revealing Riley’s emotional state with only Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader) to navigate within headquarters.

Here we get to see the five emotions interact with each other. They all balance each other out, but of course, once Joy and Sadness are forced out, things become chaotic, and Riley becomes moody.

Pete Docter’s vision involves looking at the way emotions evolve through the tumultuous time of growing up. What’s most intriguing is how the memories work. They’re glowing yellow orbs and as Joy fondly notes, most of them are happy. Sadness it seems, has never had a chance to hold a memory, and once she does, it changes. Does the memory itself become sad? Is there something to be said about “holding” onto sad memories? It’s interesting that once the memory shifts, the other emotions panic, with a frantic Fear telling Joy to change it back. Soon after, some of the orbs scatter, and Fear shouts: “The core memories!” What could those core memories be? Joy manages to gather them all before she and Sadness are sucked up into a tube away from the others.

Some other  notable things in this trailer include Long Term Memory, a labyrinthine storage space of hundreds more memory orbs, Imagination Land (where you can spot Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong in the entrance), and Dream Productions, which not only resembles a movie studio, but Paramount pictures. Also, we finally get to hear Disgust speak! Each of the actors does a wonderful job with their respective characters, Lewis Black especially.

Inside Out will definitely be an intricate venture, with loads of details, colors, and innovative approaches to how the mind and emotions work. When the very first teaser debuted, accompanied by clips of previous Pixar films, the emotion was the main focus. Some are predicting that this will be unlike anything Pixar has done before, but that’s only to be expected. We do know for sure this movie will do what Pixar movies have always done: make us laugh, cry, and be joyful.

What are your thoughts on the new trailer? Any favorite scenes?

 

 

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