Episode #71 for Cars 2 3D, in which our protagonist finds it hard to get in the damn car to begin with, struggles to express his befuddlement and confusion, and then does good business off-camera post-review at a local pub for therapy.
Dear John. I know, my alter ego gets Dear John letters all the time. It’s just our cross to bear, isn’t it?
And now that I’ve bonded us over our very common name, I must say that while I was right to be apprehensive about the Dixar merge–things so far have worked out well. But I’d like to point you back to our list of suggestions for you…and I know you’re probably hard at work on all of them, but:
“Presto,” the short that played in front of WALL-E, was genius. (Was reminded of this while watching the DVD.) And that reminded me: when are we going to see shorts in front of all Disney films? Where was the short in front of Bolt?
I mean, you’ve got this huge stable of beloved characters you can draw upon. And people had said that Mickey Mouse was boring, for example. Below we see what happens when you put Mickey in the hands of some utterly mental animators.
Disney has announced the ten animated feature films that make up their new release schedule through 2012. Plus some Tinker Bell direct to video bits. And you really don’t want the hoobah of the press release talking about how great it is and ooh aren’t we lovely. No, let’s cut straight to the list.
Oh, wait. You do want to know this bit, though:
Starting later this year with the release of Disney’s “Bolt,” all Disney and Pixar animated features will be presented in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3-D(TM). Additionally, newly converted 3-D versions of the beloved classics, “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” are set to debut in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Films are not presently scheduled past 2012 due to the impending singularity, or as John Hodgman would call it: Ragnarok.
That last part we had mentioned previously. And I’ll go ahead and tell you: Incredibles 2 is not on the list. Damn you, Disney. Damn you for breaking my heart. Again.
Oh, one last thing–where is Chazzie-award winning director Brad Bird? Making a live action co-produced film for Warner Brothers and Disney/Pixar, apparently, so he’s not on the list. Come back, Brad! Bring me my Incredibles sequel! Please!
Okay, list. What follows is trimmed from their press release. Our additions and comments are in italics.
Disney is reworking both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 into 3-D. You can expect the 3-D Toy Story to hit October 2, 2009, the 3-D Toy Story 2 to hit February 12, 2010 and then the brand spanking new inherently 3-D Toy Story 3. Now, the first thing you might recall is that back when Disney was going to do Toy Story 3 without Pixar (before their Vulcan mind meld–or, if not a Vulcan mind meld, then some strange version of this–right down to the opening line, “It seemed like a good idea at the time”) they were going to do it 3-D then too.
The obvious question you might ask me is, “Widge, am I pleased or frightened?”
And my answer is: hellifiknow. First up, Disney has this hideous track record of recent years and we’re all extremely gun shy thanks to amount of crap they’ve released. I was afraid they would overpower Pixar with their suck factor.
So I found this papercraft version of Howl’s Castle from Miyazaki‘s latest film. This was pointed out by the fine folks at MAKE Blog. (Update: It’s been taken down and re-found at its new home thanks to PaperKraft.)
An excellent fantasy that marks a return to coherent form over Spirited Away (of which I was one of perhaps five Miyazaki fans who didn’t dig the movie–c’est la guerre), it’s about a young woman (Emily Mortimer) who runs into the Howl (Christian Bale) of the title and winds up with a curse placed upon her by the Witch of the Waste (Lauren Bacall). Her quest to return to normal leads her to meet an array of fantastic characters and of course, the normal other-things you run into in a fantastical quest: danger, villains, mayhem, and hijinks. Not necessarily in that order.
While it’s nowhere near the special edition we’re sure this thing got in Japan, this Buena Vista release gives you the most important part: the movie looking damn good. There’s also a short “behind-the-mic” featurette, interviews with Pete Docter and John Lasseter, a visit by Miyazaki to Pixar Studios, trailers, and the complete storyboards of the film.
When I first heard the story about Disney absorbing Pixar, I was apprehensive, to say the least. Sure, the rumors said that Steve Jobs would wind up the #1 Disney megastockholder, but that didn’t seem like enough insurance to me. Disney, after all, corrupts everything that is good and pure and, you know, original and creative…so I was freaking the hell out.
Written by: Don McEnery, Bob Shaw & Andrew Stanton based on a story by John Lasseter, Joe Ranft & Andrew Stanton
Directed by: John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton
Starring: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Denis Leary, Phyllis Diller
Released by: Disney
My Advice: Own it.
Written by: Dan Gerson & Andrew Stanton
Directed by: Pete Docter, with David Silverman & Lee Unkrich
Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Mary Gibbs
Released by: Disney/Pixar
My Advice: Own it.