Kyle Lambert, a Manchester-based visual artist, creates some wildly inspired things, including Toy Shining, which takes Toy Story characters and inserts them into Stanley Kubrick's imaging of the The Shining. Click here to see more.
The above image was the announcement Ellen DeGeneres made (obviousy with Disney's blessing) this week about the coming sequel to Finding Nemo. Finding Dory will pick up the story of the blue fish with the terrible memory, and evidently will be centered on the waters off California.
Finding Nemo is a movie I've seen countless times. We took our son to it when he was a preschooler, and the subsequent DVD played well over once or twice. The themes of parenting must have resonated too. Plus, those seagulls!
I'm not at all surprised that Pixar is reaching into libraries for sequels (Monsters U. is up next), but the one I want to see the most remains nothing more than good wishes.
The Incredibles, from 2004, is the Pixar movie that really knocked my socks off. I loved the story, I liked seeing how the movie dealt with the contentious themes of encouraging kids to excel rather than merely participate, I loved how it made a meal out of the imagery and ideas of the Silver Age of comics, and I thought so much of Michael Giacchino's score that I bought the soundtrack.
The writer and director, Brad Bird, has mused about putting together a sequel, but nothing has happened yet. Bird has been preoccupied with other things, like the last Mission: Impossible movie and the forthcoming sci-fi movie Tomorrowland, which may or may not have a lot to do with the Disney theme park of the same name, but which will be shooting in Vancouver later this year with the likes of George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.
So, no Dash, Violet or Jack-Jack (the baby who, a subsequent short later showed, has firemonster powers) for the time being. Fingers, though, remain crossed.
The Muppets, the movie that is, is funny enough, but it gets off to a great start with another animated short featuring the Toy Story characters. Small Fry involves Buzz Lightyear getting trapped with a support group made of abandoned Happy Meal-like toys, with a tiny Buzz determined to be played with. It's a hoot, with more sight gags and jokes (my favourite toy: Tae Kwon Doe, a deer that does martial arts) than many full-length features. Here's a taste.
Pixar's next big thing will be Brave, due out next summer. Pixar's trailers can be real teases, and not necessarily indicative of what the film will be. (The Incredibles' first teaser, for instance, had me set up for a very different kind of movie ... although I have to stress I was blown away by what came out.)
Brad Bird's The Incredibles is not only one of my favourite animated movies, it's among my favourite, period. I love the characters, the story, the breezy recreation of silver-age comicdom, the in-jokes, the performances (Sarah Vowell's Violet, Holly Hunter's Elastigirl/Helen and particularly Brad Bird's Edna Mode) and especially the fantastic score by Michael Giacchino. It's a film we watch together at least once a year.
The DVD set itself was good, with extras that included Easter eggs galore, including a hilarious recreation of the plot done with sock puppets. Now there's news of a new edition for Blu-Ray, with new features, set to come out in April.
The catch: we don't yet have a Blu-Ray machine. I've put off the decision for, well, ages. We have, after all, managed. This might be the tipping point.
I've found every Pixar movie enjoyable, some more than others. Up blew me away: a movie that works as an adventure for kids, and as ... well, I'm not sure exactly what it does for, or to, grown-ups. Part fantasy, part meditatation on aging, part envelope-pusher for animation.
As this post in Paste explains, National Geographic recreated Carl's floating house for an upcoming television series, to air in the fall. Check out the gallery: I'm intrigued.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.