The United States Postal Service will release stamps celebrating five Pixar films on Aug. 19, as part of its “Send a Hello” campaign encouraging people to connect with loved ones through the mail. They are: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars; Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille; Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story; Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up; and the robot WALL•E and his potted plant from WALL•E. Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Cars and Ratatouille because they’re not my favorites, but if connecting with loved ones is the theme, then I think I’m allowed to be disappointed that we’re not seeing Finding Nemo and The Incredibles represented instead. (Even Monster’s Inc. would have been great, what with Sulley finding his way back to Boo at the end. “Kitty!”) So while we applaud the USPS for honoring Pixar, let’s take this to a vote…
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“Next summer…,” promises the narrator in the new teaser for Cars 2. “Get ready to roll with the world’s newest secret agents.” Huh? The sequel to Pixar’s wholesome story about talking racecars and small-town Americana is going to be a spy flick set in exotic locations? Yup. No word yet if Lightning McQueen is now an Aston Martin, but check out the brief teaser below.
Is you engine revved up for Cars 2? Is there part of you that hopes this teaser is playing a joke on us? Or are you comforted by Pixar’s flawless track record?
Forget about the boy. Let’s hear it for the girl! Pixar has named its first female director, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Brenda Chapman will direct and write the animated film Brave, due out in June 2012. The story follows Merida, a tomboyish royal with a love of archery. (Sounds like we got ourselves a rival for Robin Hood?) After a fight with her mom, Merida makes a decision with some major repercussions for her father’s kingdom. Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters are all expected to provide voices for the film.
So congrats to Chapman for nabbing this milestone role. Based on the little information I have about the movie, it looks like it could be a good one. But I’m admittedly a sucker for Pixar films. What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you be looking out for the trailer or passing on Brave?
can’t do that know that hearing what an uncensored child says during a Pixar film is part of the experience. What’s the best reaction you witnessed at Toy Story 3? My Father’s Day afternoon screening had plenty of surprisingly well-behaved kids. (On second thought, I’ve never had a problem at Pixar movies because they hold children’s attention.) The moment I was reminded I was surrounded by kids was when (spoiler alert!) Buzz was about to be switched to demo mode. One boy at the back of the theater screamed “Noooooooooo!” The isolated outburst wasn’t annoying, it was heartwarming. You felt how much he loved Buzz and didn’t want him to change.There are those adults who would go to a late showing of Toy Story 3 in an attempt to avoid seeing it with children who haven’t yet learned that one doesn’t talk during movies. Then there are those of us who
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Toy Story 3 was on its way to a record $109 million weekend, I walked into a 7:30 p.m. showing on Saturday, expecting to find a theater consisting of mostly parents and their kids. This was, after all, an animated film or “cartoon” — a label that’s still used derogatorily by some adults. But to my pleasant surprise, my sold-out auditorium was packed with grown-ups, and nearly all of them had arrived sans kids. This made for a particularly satisfying movie-going experience. There were no crying babies or incessantly chatty tots, and while Toy Story 3 is a movie that children will undoubtedly devour, its poignant coda will be appreciated most by those with multiple decades beneath their belts. And so when that moment came — a brief facial expression from a college-bound Andy — my theater was reduced to sniffles.Knowing full well that
There are a couple of possible explanations for why my Toy Story 3 theater contained an adult-to-child ratio of approximately 9-1. On one hand, I went to a 2-D showing. (I’m against wearing those 3-D sunglasses unless a movie, such as Avatar, absolutely demands it.) So maybe parents whisked their kids to the pricier 3-D shows, while we childless adults opted for two dimensions. But I think something else was also at play here. READ FULL STORY