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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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“Suit Up!” – New Incredibles 2 Sneak Peek

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Posted by Joanna • May 11, 2018

Incredibles 2 is set to release in the US in just over a month (June 15th) – can you believe it? You can even book your cinema tickets now! Today we were given an extra sneak peek into the family life and superhero life of the incredible Parr family. Watch below:

This sneak peek is jam-packed with new clips, even in addition to the Japanese trailer that we posted about a couple of weeks ago. We haven’t seen much of Jack Jack’s raccoon friend in trailers released so far (despite it being featured at the initial Incredibles 2 D23 exhibition last year), but this sneak peek has Jack Jack happily chasing the raccoon around the garden with his laser vision.

Jack Jack continues to be very endearing, a stark contrast to his seemingly terrifying superpowers.

It’s great to see those familiar family dynamics coming back into play too – Violet’s seeming a little ‘sassier’ than usual, but what can you expect when your mom has some mysterious new superhero job, even though supers are still a bit of a contentious subject?

“What exactly *is* Mom’s new job?”

Pixar also released a little teaser today – take a look at some of the Incredibles 2 cast (Samuel L. Jackson, who voices Frozone,  Sophia Bush, who voices Voyd, and Craig T. Nelson, who voices Mr Incredible) setting a few “ground rules” below. Look at those amazing crew shirts!

Incredibles 2 comes out in exactly 35 days (!!). What are you most excited about?

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The New Incredibles 2 Trailer is Here!

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Posted by Nia • April 13, 2018

Today Disney/Pixar released an official new trailer for the Incredibles 2, which explodes into cinemas June 15th.

There’s a lot to digest here, so if you haven’t already, take a look at the epic video below (or re-watch it for the 100th time, like me):

The trailer begins as we share dinner with the Parr family, tonight’s special: Chinese food. Dash and Violet are back at it, fighting over minute things like whether or not Dash washed his hands before devouring egg rolls, as siblings are known to do. Before we know it though, we’re back into some serious action as we’re introduced to Helen AKA Elastigirl’s new job. “Help me bring Supers back into the spotlight,” says tycoon Winston Deavor, as he gives an impressive presentation about his plan for this superhero renaissance.

For the rest of the trailer we’re following Elastigirl as she zips across town on her sleek motorcycle, jumping through helicopters, using her parachute powers to stop a moving train, and just well, generally being amazing as she saves the day. Meanwhile, in stark contrast, Mr. Incredible is fighting his own battles at home. He’s not only dealing with Violet’s “adolescence,” Dash’s ridiculously hard math homework, but he’s also got to take care of and manage Jack-Jack’s new range of superpowers.

Even Elastigirl is struggling as she tries to adjust to her new life and reversed role. “You know it’s crazy, right? To help my family, I’ve got to leave it. To fix the law, I’ve got to break it.” Mr. Incredible is supportive and quick to respond with, “You’ve got to so our kids can have that choice.”

Some of the best bits from the trailer:

  • There’s a new villain named Screenslaver, who has a menacing design, complete with a robotic voice that sent chills down my spine. He’s obviously bad news and by the looks of it, he’s able to manipulate viewers by taking over their devices.

  • We’re introduced to the Parr’s gorgeous new mid-century modern home #HouseGoals
  • Frozone’s wife, Honey, is back, and she’s just as sassy as before. Talk about iconic, “Where you going ASAP? You better be back ASAP!”
  • We get to see the family working together to fight crime.

  • And of course there’s Edna Mode going over some new suit tech with Mr. Incredible.

I was lucky enough to visit Pixar on April 4th and 5th for an Incredibles 2 press event where I learned everything about the Parr’s fancy new home, got to find out how they achieved all those intense explosions with the visual effects team, saw some stunning new costume designs, and I even got the run down on some of those key story points that were depicted in the trailer.

Make sure to suit up and come back after April 16th to read all about what I saw and experienced last week.

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‘Bravo, Edna’ – New Incredibles 2 Teaser

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Posted by Joanna • April 9, 2018

You may not have had the chance to watch the new teaser that Pixar released last week for the upcoming Incredibles 2 – this one heavily features the ‘iconic’, ‘explosive’ Edna Mode (no complaints here), and proves that our favourite superhero fashion designer is just as eccentric as ever. Watch the new teaser below:

Edna Mode was a firm favourite in the original The Incredibles, voiced by director Brad Bird. Aside from hearing famous fashion stars such as Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Andre Leon Talley singing Edna Mode’s praises, this teaser also provides us with some new, never-seen-before clips. These mainly take place in Edna’s stylish abode, and she appears to have created a brand for herself – the ‘Mode Collection’.

We’re also shown part of a scene between Helen and Bob Parr – Helen, or Elastigirl, is trying on a supersuit that is shocklingly not designed by Edna Mode. Understandably, the supersuit isn’t really up to par, and definitely not up to Helen Parr’s standards.

“Edna designed this?” “No! Some guy named Alexander Galbaki.”

We’re looking forward to seeing more Incredibles 2 content as the release date (June 15th) inches ever closer.

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Elastigirl is back, and this time she’s in the spotlight

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Posted by Nia • February 15, 2018

Disney/Pixar released a sneak peak of the Incredibles 2 during the Winter Olympics and it’s jammed packed with all of our favorite characters from the first film: Edna, Frozone, the ridiculous villain named The Underminer, and of course the Parr family back in full superhero force; but the real star of this teaser trailer is Helen Parr aka Elastigirl.

Although this was just a little peek of what the film’s to offer come the summertime, it’s refreshing to see Elastigirl taking the helm and being the hero. And honestly – it’s quite fun seeing Bob, otherwise known as Mr. Incredible, struggling with being a parent while his other half is off saving the world and just well, being amazing. It’s something I’ve looked forward to since last summer at D23, when Brad Bird mentioned how this sequel would be focusing heavily on Elastigirl.

Already the roles have reversed compared to the first film. In The Incredibles Bob was off doing top-secret superhero missions and leaving Helen behind to take care of the children, among other things, and she had no idea where he was going or the danger he was putting himself into. Now, in The Incredibles 2, at the request of a mysterious tycoon, who’s all about bringing the superheroes back into the spotlight so they can continue saving the world, Helen gets to show off her unique powers and finally enjoy a glimpse of fame.

We never really saw what she was fully capable of in the first film. Sure we got little snippets of her power and strength while she was off rescuing her husband and transforming into a parachute and then a boat to save her children, but there was clearly so much more behind her character that I hope this second film addresses. I want to see Helen kick major ass and take names and go through her own character arc, like Bob did in the first film.

I’ve got to succeed, so she can succeed,” Bob professes to Frozone, while running around his living room looking after Jack-Jack.

I also loved how supportive Bob was in this trailer and how, despite making a mess out of most things, he’s trying to hold down the fort so his wife can go out there and live her dreams. You could also see the longing in Bob’s face as he watched Helen leave, and the fact that he probably wants to be at her side then more than anything.

We’re truly excited for the Incredibles 2 and it’s mind-blowing that we finally get to say, “The Incredibles 2 is coming out THIS YEAR!

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Incredibles 2 trailer coming soon – the wait is almost over!

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Posted by Joanna • November 11, 2017

With the spotlight understandably on Coco at the moment, it’s easy to forget (and hard to believe!) that the next Pixar film release is going to be Incredibles 2, due in theatres next June. With 2018 very much on the horizon it already seemed likely that we’d be getting our first glimpse of the movie soon, and this assumption has just been backed up by some firm evidence – a rating of an Incredibles 2 trailer by the Ontario Film Authority.

At D23 this year, the audience was treated to some footage of the much-anticipated sequel. All we really know so far is that Incredibles 2 is going to focus more on Elastigirl, or Helen Parr, Jack-Jack’s newly found superpowers are going to be explored, and there’s going to be a raccoon! You can read our post from when the D23 footage was first shown for more details.

It’s been a long wait for Pixar fans, but some new Incredibles content is finally coming our way. Keep an eye on our Twitter page for updates! 

 

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The latest Coco trailer is a symphony of emotions

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Posted by Joanna • September 13, 2017

As promised, Pixar released their latest trailer for Coco this morning at 9am, and it did not disappoint.

Out of all the trailers so far, this one is the most vibrant, touching, and awe-inspiring. It reveals new plot details but, as ever, only just enough to captivate us while not spoiling the movie. There is a larger focus on music as a plot-point in this trailer, so it’s very fitting that the the music chosen to play during the video is so moving. A cover of “Bittersweet Symphony” plays in the background, its title alone perfectly describing many past Pixar movies. Seeing the stunning visuals and heartwarming character interactions against this choice of music leaves us with no doubt that Coco is soon going to sit very comfortably amongst Pixar’s greats.

Miguel’s dog Dante continues to be incredibly lovable, and it’s great to see how well the characters of Miguel and Hector bounce off of each other.

This is also our first time seeing Pepita in action, and she looks terrifying in all the right ways.

With each new trailer, our excitement for the release of Coco this November 22nd has only grown. We’re really getting the feeling that this movie is going to be special, and we can’t wait.

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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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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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