To help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY
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Looks like Newt won’t be new(t) to theaters after all come 2012. As first reported in The Pixar Blog, it appears the film — which followed two newts forced to procreate, even though they hate each other — has indeed been canceled. (The film was already plagued with scheduling conflicts, pushed back from summer 2011 to summer 2012.) Disney/Pixar animation head John Lasseter declined to comment to EW about the reports, but a source from the studio says that with Cars 2, Monsters Inc. 2, and Pixar’s first fairy tale Brave all in the works for 2011 and 2012, “We have taken Newt off of our development schedule to allow our creative teams to focus on these upcoming projects.”
It’s a shame. I was excited to see an original film in Disney/Pixar’s line-up, considering how many sequels the studio is popping out in the next few years. (And that’s coming from a rabid fan of Monsters Inc.) Anyone else sad to hear the Newt news? —Reporting by Adam B. Vary
Pixar screened an unfinished cut of Toy Story 3 yesterday at Showest, and early impressions are incredibly positive. Our own Nicole Sperling says it’s great, and the general consensus says the same. Squee! The film opens June 18 — just three short months away! — and includes a slew of new characters, like the robot Sparks, a triceratops Trixie, and Stretch, a glittery octopus
Time to clear off desk space to make room for my new collection of Pixar tsotchkes.
I am absurdly excited for Toy Story 3 (in 3-D!), but now I’m in a pickle: I want so badly for this film to blow me away that anything short of a soul-expanding revelation is going to feel like a letdown. What about you, PopWatchers? How are you managing your expectations? Will TS3 have to go to infinity and beyond, or will you be happy no matter what?
First there was the “untooned” Homer Simpson. Freaky! Then there was “real” Mario, who haunts my nightmares. But Brazilian artist Raoni Nery took a less terrifying approach for this photorealistic digital of what Buzz Lightyear would look like as an actual human:
I thought the chin-dimple would be more pronounced, but still: impressive. Is this how you’d imagine a real Buzz would look, PopWatchers? [Click here to see the image at full size]
Waking Sleeping Beauty is a documentary about Disney’s animation department from 1984-1994, when the studio created The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, among others. A heyday, if you will. Come for the Tim Burton, stay for the John Lasseter:
Those movies are pretty much tattooed on my brain — the word “bonjour” can launch me into impromptu performances of the entire Beauty and the Beast soundtrack — so the politicking and behind-the-scenes power struggles are of particular interest.
Are you getting, uh, animated for Waking Sleeping Beauty, PopWatchers?
Toy Story 3 opens June 18, and the new trailer looks appropriately fantastic.
That’s Kristen Schaal as the voice of the triceratops, Ned Beatty as the pink bear Lotso, and Michael Keaton as Ken. Hee. The movie’s website also has profiles of new characters, like Peas in a Pod, who are so cute your ovary will explode.
One of the the things I love about the first two Toy Story movies — and Pixar movies generally — is that beyond the goofiness or fuzzy warmth, there’s a surprising vein of melancholy, an acknowledgment of the agony of having to grow up. The movies themselves aren’t tragedies by any stretch, but if you can watch Jessie’s flashback of “When She Loved Me” and not cry, you are made of stone.
I can’t wait, PopWatchers. Can you?
I don’t know who gasped more during this new clip from Toy Story 3: Woody, Buzz, et. al. as they weather the harrowing ordeal that is Andy’s decision about who goes with him to college and who goes in the Black Plastic Trash Bag of Doom; or me, watching it all unfold. I’m going to go with me, since my multiple gasps were more of the OMIGOD melodramatic variety. No, I am not ashamed.
Me = Officially hooked. My favorite Pixarian detail: The quick glimpse of the faded toy height chart on Andy’s bedroom door frame as Woody freaks out that, “That’s not trash, that’s not trash!” So are you hooked, P’Dubs? Were you shocked that Andy chose Woody over Buzz? Or are you a heartless human lump of coal for whom two Toy Story films was apparently enough?
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