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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:22

‘Incredibles 2’ is incredible too

We’ll start with the obvious: like anyone who loves great animated movies (or really, great movies, no qualifiers), I’m in the bag for Pixar. Ever since their initial outing with 1995’s “Toy Story,” the studio has produced an exceptional collection of high-quality fare (and also the “Cars” sequels) – and everybody has their favorites.

For me, while I’ve loved many of the movies that Pixar has given us over the past 15 years – heck, the 2008-2010 run of “WALL-E,” “Up” and “Toy Story 3” is as good a stretch as any studio has ever put up, animation or otherwise – but for me, the best Pixar movie has always been “The Incredibles.”

As you might imagine, my affection for that film meant that I was both excited and apprehensive when I heard about the impending sequel. To think that they were finally revisiting that story, bringing these characters and that world into a moviegoing culture that has not only accepted, but passionately embraced superheroes, well … would it work?

Oh yes. Yes yes yes. A thousand times yes.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:55

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ brimming with life

Exceptional animated offering is beautiful and touching

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:25

‘Cars 3’ runs a good race

Pixar sequel offers simple, unchallenging fun.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:05

Fish out of water Finding Dory'

Pixar sequel an entertaining, emotionally charged offering

I'm in the bag for Pixar.

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Let's just start by saying that Pixar's latest movie 'Inside Out' is amazing. Of course it is. But it's also slightly different than past Pixar offerings and you should probably bring a pack of tissues. Though, this is coming from the office mom, with a degree in crying at movies.

This follows the life of Riley and her inner emotions, Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear. The first emotion on the scene is Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler, TV's 'Parks and Rec') followed almost immediately by Sadness (Phyllis Smith, TV's 'The Office'). They are joined by Anger (Lewis Black, 'The Daily Show'), Disgust (Mindy Kaling, TV's 'The Office') and Fear (Bill Hader, 'Accidental Love'). All is going well as Riley is growing up, and most of the memories she's formed are ones of Joy they form the core of her personality, surrounded by loving family, friends.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 13:43

Back to school with Monsters University'

Pixar prequel takes us back to college days

 

Over the past 20 years or so, no animation studio has produced consistent excellence even close to that put out by the folks at Pixar. It is a singularly impressive body of work even when some of their recent misfires are taken into account ('Cars 2,' anyone?). Of course, most of us are of the opinion that Pixar films are like pizza even the bad ones are still pretty good (again, the aforementioned 'Cars 2' excepted).

'Monsters University' is their latest effort, a prequel to 2001's 'Monsters, Inc.' that takes a look back at the school days of Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal, 'Parental Guidance') and James 'Sully' Sullivan (John Goodman, 'The Hangover Part III').

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 23:06

If it ain't broke Wreck-It Ralph'

Disney film offers glimpse inside the lives of video games

For people of a certain age, there's nothing quite like classic video games. Sure, technology has advanced far beyond the simple arcade games of the 1980s, but for many of us, those are the games that we'll always remember.

Disney has found a wonderful way to capture that sense of nostalgia with 'Wreck-It Ralph,' giving us a brand-new look at some of those iconic characters.

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Pixar, which is famous for its vibrant movies, original and humorous characters, seemed to be able to do no wrong. It could knock sequels out of the park with box office numbers envied by all those around them. So I was incredibly excited when I first started hearing about 'Brave,' which at first was nothing more than a screenshot of a feisty red-haired archer. This was to be Pixar's first female heroine - how cool! Too bad they traded in all of their original and creative storytelling for tired tropes and clichs.

'Brave' centers around Merida, a fiery Celtic princess who is chafing under her mother's lessons in being a lady. She would rather be out gallivanting with her horse Angus and plunking targets with her bow. When she finds out that she's to be betrothed to one of the three eldest sons of the local clans she is determined to change her fate. Stop me if you've heard this one before Oh, you probably have. Hold on, I need to finish.

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