You’ve got a friend in us. This week, ahead of Toy Story 4, we’re putting up thirty questions about the animation juggernaut, Pixar. From their humble beginnings in the 1980’s to one of the highest grossing studios in the world, Pixar has come a long way.
Got some new stuff to show off/discuss:
- Cars 3
- Despicable Me 3
- Game of Thrones, Season 7
- The Mummy (2017)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
- War for the Planet of the Apes
The final box office tallies are in for 2016, and Disney made six of the top ten grossing films of the year. Of course, it helps to have Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel in your inventory. Disney’s performance this past year is the first time a movie studio broke $1 billion in ticket sales.
- Finding Dory ($486 million)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($451 million)
- Captain America: Civil War ($408 million)
- The Secret Life of Pets ($368 million)
- The Jungle Book ($364 million)
- Deadpool ($363 million)
- Zootopia ($341 million)
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330 million)
- Suicide Squad ($325 million)
- Doctor Strange ($230 million)
How did genre films fare this year at Hollywood’s biggest night?
As usual, genre films were passed over in the “big” awards. But some of our favorite films from 2015 did not go home empty-handed with Mad Max: Fury Road winning 6 Oscars (the most of any film).
What’s your take on the awards this year?
You came here to watch and/or comment about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. So let’s get right to it.
A rarity for a Summer flick, the fourth Jurassic Park movie has maintained the top slot in the box office for a third week, making $54 million and totaling $500 million since its debut. It has also taken the lead from Avengers: Age of Ultron as the highest grossing film for 2015. The second Avengers movie (which was #10 at the box office this week) has totalled $452 million since it’s debut in May.
Pixar’s Inside Out (reviewed last week), stayed in second for another week at $52 million. Seth McFarlane’s Ted 2 debuted in third with $33 million.
After taking 2014 off, Pixar returns with two films this year (a first for the company). The first of which is a look inside the head of an eleven-year-old girl, Inside Out.
Their second film of 2015 is The Good Dinosaur and debuts in November.
Pixar’s latest outing is their first prequel. Does it live up their usual standards?
The reviews have been lukewarm to say the least and no one here in the Bureau has plans to got see the latest offering from Pixar (that’s pretty telling, right there).
Anyone out there see it? What did you think? Has Pixar finally manufactured its first clunker? Or is it merely a case of reviewers finally finding a small chink in the giant’s flawless armor?