Post by mickeygubitosifan on Feb 23, 2011 13:06:53 GMT -5
Toy Story 3 is on the short list of finalists for the 2011 Academy Awards Best Picture category; not just Best Animated Picture, but Best Picture. I've seen some tremendous animated films make it to the final vote in past years and not win the ultimate prize, but I'm kind of hoping that Toy Story 3 can be the one to finally crest that mountaintop. I don't know if it's realistic to think that it will actually win, though, since its director wasn't nominated in the category of Best Director, and that distinction generally tells a lot about which movies are really in the race for the Best Picture Oscar.
Post by littlerascal4891 on Mar 6, 2011 18:23:44 GMT -5
Oh man... I'd love to vote on this poll but I can't choose. Cars is probably my least favorite. It's good, but I don't think it's as good as the others. A Bug's Life is the most underrated in my opinion (I watched it on ABC Family last night). People tend to forget about it while talking about Pixar films; I'm not sure why. The story is unique and the concepts of the Bug City and the circus were creative.
My favorites are between The Incredibles (I'd rather they come out with a sequel to this than Cars 2), Monsters Inc, and Toy Story 3 (which I saw in theaters last year and it blew me away).
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Mar 7, 2011 1:38:31 GMT -5
I think that the poll is closed to new votes, as it's been a while since this thread was created.
Toy Story 3 may not have taken home the Oscar for Best Picture, but it did win for Best Animated Feature, which is a prize that has basically been owned by Pixar Animation Studios. Since the inception of the award in 2001, six of the eight full-length films produced by Pixar (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3) have earned the Best Animated Feature Oscar. That's an impressive display of dominance.
I do agree with the Academy that Toy Story 3 was deserving of the Best Animated Feature award for this year, but I'm really surprised that Disney's Tangled wasn't at least nominated for the honor. I would have placed it a very close second for the award, ahead of the other animated contenders.
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Mar 9, 2011 1:00:25 GMT -5
In addition to the Toy Story short that's supposed to be attached to the movie about the Muppets, I've heard that a different one will be packaged with Cars 2 when it debuts in theaters in June. I know that Tom Hanks was quoted at the premiere of Toy Story 3 as saying that he would be willing to get on board for a fourth movie, and at least one of the writers said that it would be sad to leave such beloved characters behind forever. Producing an occasional short might be an ideal compromise.
Post by littlerascal4891 on Mar 9, 2011 19:49:58 GMT -5
I love the Toy Story franchise, but I thought it had a perfect ending. As sad as it is for the Toy Story movies to come to a close, I don't think they should make anymore... why spoil a terrific ending? Although I'm sure the people at Pixar could come up with another great Toy Story film; but I'm satisfied with the trilogy.
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Mar 10, 2011 2:06:40 GMT -5
I agree completely. As much as it might be hard to think that we'll never see another Toy Story feature film, I know that there's only a certain amount of quality product to be mined from any one set of characters. Creating movies that will maintain the platinum standard set by the first three Toy Story installments isn't a process that can be kept up forever. It might be more reasonable, though, to think that an occasional short film revisiting the franchise could be done without a noticeable drop in the quality of story or production. Expectations won't be as sky-high as for the feature length movies; people will see it more as an opportunity for an occasional "Hello" from their cherished old friends.
Post by littlerascal4891 on Mar 10, 2011 22:13:00 GMT -5
A short film featuring Toy Story characters is a great idea. I wouldn't mind seeing what the toys would be up to at their new home, or maybe even another visit by Andy or something. But no Toy Story 4... let's not get too carried away, Pixar.
But of all the Pixar movies, I wouldn't pick Cars to do a sequel on. I liked it, but I thought The Incredibles would make a better sequel (I haven't seen Up or Ratatouille). I understand why they're doing it though; they want to appeal to a young male audience, which I can understand. I work at a daycare, and Cars merchandise is hot even though the film is a few years old; I see a lot of boys with Cars clothes, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc. I'm sure a big reason for Cars 2 is that the folks at Disney know they'll make a good profit on it.
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Mar 13, 2011 0:02:38 GMT -5
I wonder if the Toy Story shorts will be set chronologically after the three feature films, or if the writers might decide to cast their lines back in time a little bit and give us an adventure from when Andy was young, and Woody still ruled the room. Either way they go about it, there's a lot of flexibility to what the creative minds at Pixar will be able to do.
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Mar 26, 2011 0:10:29 GMT -5
I was watching A Bug's Life a couple of hours ago, and one thing I noticed is that there seemed to be a high number of bit parts in the film, which of course would call for a large ensemble cast. Sure enough, there are many voice actors credited under the character name "Additional Voices" for the movie (at least thirty-three, according to IMDB). What I hadn't previously known is that three of these "Additional Voices" were players in the 1994 version of The Little Rascals: Travis Tedford (Spanky), Jordan Warkol (Froggy) and Courtland Mead (Uh-Huh). Picking out their voices in particular might well be impossible (or at least close to it), but I still thought that the fact of their collective presence in the movie was an interesting tidbit.
I was watching A Bug's Life a couple of hours ago, and one thing I noticed is that there seemed to be a high number of bit parts in the film, which of course would call for a large ensemble cast. Sure enough, there are many voice actors credited under the character name "Additional Voices" for the movie (at least thirty-three, according to IMDB). What I hadn't previously known is that three of these "Additional Voices" were players in the 1994 version of The Little Rascals: Travis Tedford (Spanky), Jordan Warkol (Froggy) and Courtland Mead ((Uh-Huh). Picking out their voices in particular might well be impossible (or at least close to it), but I still thought that the fact of their collective presence in the movie was an interesting tidbit.
I remember years ago on the Disney Channel the Movie Surfers (a group of kids who took us behind the scene on the latest Disney movies between shows) had a segment where they talked about all the extras on the Bug's Life movie. They had a bunch of people in a room and they would gasp and clap at the same time to create crowd noises. I tried finding it on youtube, but I didn't have any luck.
That's cool that former "Little Rascals" stars were in the movie.
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Apr 8, 2011 0:12:56 GMT -5
Come to think of it, I do remember seeing that installment of Movie Surfers.
June 24 is the date that has been announced for the U.S. theatrical release of Cars 2. It will be a film with a lot to live up to, considering that the last two animated features produced by Pixar ended up being tagged with Academy Award nominations for Best Picture. John Lasseter is the director of Cars 2, which I'd say is a good sign. I still haven't yet watched the original Cars movie, but I'm looking forward to seeing in the near future what both films are like.
Another Pixar feature production that I'm looking forward to is the movie Brave, which is supposed to hit theaters in the summer of 2012. If all goes as planned, it will be the first Pixar non-sequel full-length film since Up came out in 2009. Beyond Brave, I've heard that the prequel to Monsters, Inc., said to be titled Monsters University, will see release in November of 2012, and another stand-alone movie, tentatively called Newt, was initially announced for a 2012 release, but has since been shelved. Of course, the project still may at some point be completed.