The fourth instalment in Pixar‘s Toy Story series and directed by Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 sees Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) finding himself left in the closet as the gangs new owner, Bonnie (Madeleine McGrew), doesn’t seem to need him any more. So, when Bonnie’s self-crafted and beloved Forky (Tony Hale) needs some help, Woody makes it his mission to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts), whose adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior.
Pixar’s latest, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, Coco is set in Santa Cecilia, Mexico, and follows 12-year-old aspiring musician Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez). When his family forbid him from playing music, due to an ancestral ban after his great-great-grandmother’s husband abandoned their family to pursue a career in music, Miguel enters the Land of the Dead to find Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), a legendary singer who Miguel believes to be his great-great-grandfather. In an effort to find him, Miguel enlists in the help of Héctor (Gael García Bernal) who claims to know Ernesto, as they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
2015 has ended on a high with the likes of Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens reminding us exactly why we love film and how waiting a whole year for a release can pay off. But now it’s time to look forward to what the new year has to come, with my list of 100 films to look forward to in 2016.
Not only are there plenty of sequels from some of the most recently successful films set to be released, but there’s a handful of films that we’ve been waiting years to see, and some we thought weren’t even an option. From adaptations of mobile phone games, book adaptations that could fill a library, to some of DC and Marvel’s most anticipated superhero origin stories and collaborative war efforts, 2016 is going to be big, and there’s a lot of anticipated releases heading our way.
To help you trawl through the masses of films listed below, which starts off with January’s biggest award contenders, we’ll go through the releases in groups. You can jump to certain pages by clicking the following links:
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Hey Disney fans! Want to know what Disney films are set to be released over the next few years? Well, thanks to Disney’s D23 Expo fan convention, we have a mass selection of new posters and logos for all of the films that they currently have in the works.
Directed and co-written by Pete Docter, the latest film from Pixar, Inside Out, follows a young girl, Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), who is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco. Guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) – who live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind – Riley is advised through her everyday life. But new changes create a struggle, as Riley must adjust to a new life in a new house and meet new friends. Joy must try to keep things positive, but the emotions conflict on how best to navigate all of these new changes, as we see just how hard it is for a young girl to keep her emotions under control.
This year’s Pixar computer-animated family comedy, 2001’s Monsters Inc. prequel Monsters University, looks at the relationship between the inseparable pair we came to love 10 years ago, Mike (voiced excellently by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), during their days at Monsters University. But Mike and Sully weren’t always the best of friends. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and, ultimately, became the inseparable monster duo we all know.
Disney’s Pixar Animated Studios are known for their classic feature-length films including the Toy Story trilogy, Wall-e, and, most recently, Brave, but it would be rude to forget their short films amongst their talent.
Here are my rankings of all Pixar’s original short films, which can also be found, regularly updated, on my Letterboxd account.
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman and produced by Pixar, Brave follows Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), who is determined to carve her own path in life. As she defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land, her actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
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Disney have released eleven new character posters for Pixar’s upcoming 3D fantasy adventure Brave this week, highlighting both the film’s Scottish cast and Pixar’s stunning animation and attention to detail.
Set to close the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, Brave follows the epic battles of Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) in ancient Scotland who, determined to make her own path in life, defies an age-old custom against her parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson).
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Featuring a beautiful song by Scottish singer Julie Fowlis, named Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A’ Chuainv which translates from Gàidhlig as My Love is on The High Seas, the new TV spot shows a different side to the film from what we have already seen in the film’s trailers and clips. Focusing even more on the film’s Scottish heritage, the new clip also highlights the film’s stunning animation with close-ups of the characters and detailed scenery.
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The second poster and trailer for Pixar’s latest animation, Brave, have arrived this week. In keeping with Pixar’s continued push towards more realistic computer-animated textures in its films, this 3D fantasy adventure which follows the epic battles of Princess Merida in ancient Scotland looks pretty magical.
2012 has only just begun, and we’re already talking about some of the amazing films that are set to be released over the next year. With many anticipated films that have already been released in the US that we are yet to see, to the many Marvel films that we are frantically waiting for, we won’t be short of great films to put on the ‘to see’ list. Let’s not forget Peter Jackon’s The Hobbit as well, of course.
So, films of 2012, assemble! Here’s a list of what to look forward to this year, and also a few that you may want to avoid.
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Earlier this week we gave you 7 new images for Pixar’s first fairy tale computer-animation, Brave. Today we have the first full-length trailer for the 3D fantasy adventure which follows the epic battles of Princess Merida in ancient Scotland.
Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is determined to make her own path in life and defies an age-old custom against her parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Granted one wish by an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters), Merida must rely on her archery skills to undo a beastly curse, forcing her to discover the meaning of true bravery.
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This week sees the release of 7 brand new images for Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews’ upcoming 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure, Brave, which is Pixar‘s first fairy tale.
Previously titled The Bear and the Bow, Brave follows the epic battles of Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), a young girl in ancient Scotland who is determined to make her own path in life apart from her parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Granted one wish by an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters), Merida must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
With 2010 being a great year for film with the likes of Toy Story 3, Inception and the first installment of the final Harry Potter film, 2011 looks set to top it with many anticipated sequels.
However, 2011 could also be a bad year for film with many unneeded additions to the barely successful films of previous years; films with the only purpose of being part of this new, and may I say overhyped, trend of 3D technology
So, let’s have a look at what to expect in terms of the highs and lows of film for the upcoming year.
Directed by John Lasseter and the first feature film from Pixar, Toy Story follows a set of anthropomorphic toys which come to life when humans are not present. Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), is a traditional pull-string talking cowboy, who has long enjoyed a place of honour as the favourite of six-year-old Andy (John Morris). But Woody’s status as top toy is put in jeopardy upon the arrival of Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), the coolest space action figure ever made. As Woody plots to get rid of Buzz, things backfire as he soon finds himself lost in the outside world with Buzz as his only companion.