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It's No Nemo, but Dory Still Makes a Splash

Ellen DeGeneres is superb: critics

(Newser) - A flashback to her childhood sends Dory—a blue tang suffering from memory loss—fishing for her family in Finding Dory—Pixar's much-anticipated sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. Despite its threat to real-life fish , critics argue it was worth the wait. Here's what they're saying.
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Have You Spotted 'A113' in Movies? Here's Why

It's an inside joke

(Newser) - If you're an astute viewer of shows and movies like The Simpsons, The Hunger Games, or anything Pixar has put out, you may have noticed a common theme: the sequence "A113" inserted on license plates, signs, products, and other places. "But what does it mean," AV... More »

'Astonishing' Inside Out Is the 'Reason Pixar Exists'

Latest 'gem' brings studio out of a rut: critics

(Newser) - Emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust must strike a balance in the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she adjusts to a new city and school in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out. With a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , the flick seems destined to become a classic. Here's... More »

Toy Story 2 Was Almost Destroyed by a Tiny Error

New mom saved the day when Pixar had no backup copy

(Newser) - If it hadn't been for a new mother working from home, we might never have seen Toy Story 2—or any later Pixar film, for that matter, writes Simon Brew at Mental Floss . In his book Creativity Inc, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull tells the story of how most of... More »

Nemo Sequel Rewritten After SeaWorld Controversy

'Blackfish' documentary inspires change to storyline, Pixar employee tells NYT

(Newser) - Pixar has rewritten the ending of its upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory , following a new documentary that criticizes SeaWorld's practice of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to a Pixar employee, the New York Times reports. The documentary, Blackfish, looks at the 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer... More »

Ellen DeGeneres: Nemo Sequel Finding Dory Is Coming

Disney Pixar film due in November 2015

(Newser) - Finding Nemo fans will be happy to learn that a sequel is coming in November 2015, reports the Huffington Post . Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that she will reprise her voice role as Dory in Finding Dory. "I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long... More »

Steve Jobs Told Pentagon About LSD, Pot Use

Acid, pot nurtured his creativity, says Apple founder

(Newser) - Steve Jobs discovered one definite way to " think different ." The mega-mind behind Apple took LSD some 15 times, and it was a "life-changing experience," Jobs revealed on a 1988 security clearance application he filled out for the Department of Defense. "It was a positive life... More »

Cars 2 May Drive You Nuts

Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson star in Pixar film

(Newser) - Just because it’s Pixar doesn’t mean it’s good, as Cars 2 proves. Its worst offender: sidekick-turned-lead Mater, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy.
  • “Maybe the company was tired of turning out one masterpiece after another and decided to coast for a while,” suggests AO Scott
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Steve Jobs Re-Elected to Disney Board

Despite health fears after he missed 75% of meetings in 2010

(Newser) - Disney shareholders have re-elected Steve Jobs to the company's board of directors despite an advisory firm's concerns about his poor health. The Apple chief—who owns more than 7% of Disney stock and has been on the board since Disney acquired Pixar in 2006—missed nearly three-quarters of board meetings... More »

Lucasfilm Settles Wage-Fixing Case

DOJ targeted studio's hiring deal with Pixar

(Newser) - The force was with some of America's best animators. Lucasfilm, as part of a settlement with the Justice Department, has agreed to cancel a secret agreement with Pixar aimed at preventing a bidding war for top digital animators, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The firms had agreed to notify each... More »

Guys, It's OK to Cry at Toy Story

For those who grew up with cowboys and spacemen, bring a hanky

(Newser) - Owen Gleiberman would like to get something off his chest: He cried at Toy Story 3, and he doesn't mean a few sniffles. "I’m talking about that soppy, awkward thing where you make sounds," the Entertainment Weekly critic fesses up. He also suspects he's not alone among... More »

Toy Story 3 Romps in $109M Debut

Keeps Pixar's record of opening at No. 1 perfect

(Newser) - Movie fans have not outgrown the Toy Story 3 gang. The animated sequel leaped to the No. 1 spot with a $109 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates today, becoming the third animated film to top $100 million in the first weekend. The others were Shrek the Third with... More »

Toy Story 3 Opens Strong

Earns $41M yesterday, on track for $100M weekend

(Newser) - Toy Story 3 has become the favorite plaything for moviegoers as the animated sequel heads to a $100-million-plus opening weekend. The latest hit from Disney's Pixar Animation took in $41 million in its first day yesterday, according to studio estimates. That puts Toy Story 3 on track to join Shrek ... More »

Hail Pixar: Toy Story 3 Is Film of the Year

Incredible studio turns out another incredible movie

(Newser) - It's only June, but Toy Story 3 already has one call for best movie of the year. In fact, Dan Kois of the Awl goes so far as to declare that “the people of Pixar are currently America's most important filmmakers.” This movie is “totally bonkers,”... More »

Toy Story 3 'an Instant Classic'

Pixar brings series to 'dazzling, emotional' finale

(Newser) - Toy Story 3 is a heartwarming masterpiece that easily ranks among Pixar's best, say critics in unanimously positive reviews (as of this writing, it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes ). Andy's headed to college in this one, but instead of being stored in the attic or put out... More »

Biggest Oscar Moment for Some: iPad Ad Debut

But nothing we haven't seen before in 30-second commercial

(Newser) - The Apple iPad made its television debut last night with a 30-second commercial on the Academy Awards telecast, which you can view above. The keen eyes at Mashable caught CEO Steve Jobs on the red carpet, and the spot "explains" why he was there. Alternatively, the Detroit Free Press... More »

Look Out, Pixar: Mr. Fox Is Fantastic

Is it a film for kids? Who cares! gush critics

(Newser) - Wes Anderson is winning raves for his stop-motion take on Roald Dahl's classic Fantastic Mr. Fox, with voices by a raft of stars including Meryl Streep and George Clooney:
  • It's so good, David Edelstein forgot himself. When the flick ended, he writes in New York , he wished "the whole
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Disney Reinventing Stores as 'Imagination Parks'

Apple's expertise will help transform shopping into entertainment

(Newser) - Disney has unveiled ambitious plans to bring the theme park to the shopping mall by turning its network of stores into interactive "Imagination Parks." The overhaul—designed using the expertise of Steve Jobs and his Apple Stores team—will cost some $1 million per store and focus... More »

Going Up? 9.4M Balloons Should Do It

But different sources give widely varied estimates

(Newser) - Pixar stuck 20,622 balloons on a house to achieve liftoff in its animated Up, which wouldn't come close to doing the trick in real life, writes Nina Shen Rastogi on Slate's Explainer blog. If the old Carl character were using typical party balloons, he'd need somewhere around 9.4... More »

Up Hits Box Office Heights

(Newser) - Pixar’s Up floated to the top of the box office this weekend with $68.2 million, USA Today reports. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian came in second with $25.5 million. Though critics loved it, Drag Me to Hell debuted to just $16.8 million, while... More »

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