Disney-Pixar comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in a whole new way this summer, as Disney Parks Blog announced today that “The Music of Pixar Live! A Symphony of Characters,” a new live, limited-time concert complete with appearances from your favorite Disney-Pixar characters. [Read more…]
By Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch
This week we take you around the Walt Disney World Resort and show you what all there is to see for fans of the newest Disney-Pixar film, Finding Dory. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
As a kid who grew up watching “Finding Nemo”, 13 years was definitely a long time to wait for a sequel, but “Finding Dory” definitely delivered. I was laughing the whole time, even the moments with more serious undertones seemed to be sprinkled with humor. The story itself can stand alone in case you haven’t seen “Finding Nemo”, but there are some things you won’t really understand if you haven’t seen it.
“Finding Dory” begins before the events of the first movie when Dory (Sloane Murray/Ellen DeGeneres) is just a baby (So cute!). The first 15-ish minutes of the movie sums up Dory’s life up until she crashed into Marlin (Albert Brooks) in the original movie. The storyline then jumps a year ahead to when Dory starts to remember things about her family and insists Marlin and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) travel with her to California so she can find her mom Jenny (Diane Keaton) and dad Charlie (Eugene Levy). Once she arrives in California, she enters the Marine Life Institute, which is somewhere in-between a Seaworld-like park and an aquarium. As she searches for her parents, she meets new friends like Hank the Septopus (Ed O’ Neill), Bailey the Beluga Whale (Ty Burrell), Destiny the Whale Shark (Kaitlin Olson) and even Sigourney Weaver (Sigourney Weaver).
For those who are worried about the sequel not being as good as the first movie, don’t. It was just as good, just as heart-wrenching, and even funnier. I never actually cried, which is rare for me during a Pixar movie, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’ll definitely be a classic.
The movie runs about two hours long and is rated PG. It’s available in 3D, which I didn’t think was necessary at all. Don’t forget to stay until the very end of the credits!
In the parks
At Epcot you can find Dory and all of her friends from both films in The Seas With Nemo And Friends pavilion – in the ride itself, and Turtle Talk with Crush. You can also find Turtle Talk with Crush at Disney California Adventure and at sea on the Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can watch “Finding Nemo: The Musical”. At Disneyland park in California you can ride Finding Nemo: Submarine Voyage. In Disneyland Paris, you can ride the EAC on a turtle’s shell on Crush’s Coaster.
Three fun shows are on their way to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. [Read more…]
Ever wanted to relive your favorite Disney or Pixar animated film on the big screen? Starting this month, you can – if you live in Orlando or five other U.S. cities. [Read more…]
Disney’s D23 Expo official fan event is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center in California in just about a month, Aug. 14 to 16, 2015. The Expo brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, sneak peeks, shopping and more. [Read more…]
By Matt Roseboom
“Inside Out” is the newest movie from Disney•Pixar. It’s definitely not one of their best, but it’s certainly enjoyable and worth seeing.
The movie is about Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11-year-old who unwillingly has to move to another state because of her dad’s new job. But Riley isn’t really the main character. The emotions in her head are the real stars.
According to Inside Out, each of us are controlled by our emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and the movie portrays them as actual characters inside the movie characters’ heads. These personified emotions control the day-to-day actions inside their headquarters. But that’s just one small part of our huge brains. There’s a lot more to explore out in the long term memory area. Each memory rolls through headquarters as a glowing ball. Some are filed away in long term and a few become core memories that power personality islands that, of course, make up your personality. If all that sounds a bit complicated, it is. But you don’t really need to fully understand it to enjoy the movie.
For Riley, Joy has always been the lead emotion, but things start to change when Riley moves away from her friends and old home to a new one. Sadness starts to become more dominate. Through a mishap, Joy and Sadness get sucked out of Headquarters and into Long Term Memory. The majority of the movie is about their journey to find a way back, the characters they meet along the way, and how it affects Riley in her new life.
Although it may go over young kids’ heads, older kids and adults will notice how the film touches on some serious topics such as depression. It may lead to some grown-up discussions after the movie is over.
There are some very funny moments and some sad scenes in this fun journey of a little girl dealing with some serious issues, from inside her head. It wasn’t one of Pixar’s best movies, but it’s enjoyable and worth seeing.
• “Inside Out” runs about an hour and a half long and is rated PG for some adult issues and mildly scary scenes. It’s available in 3D, but it doesn’t really add a lot to it. There’s no after-credits scene, but there are some funny moments at the start of the credits.
Before you see “Inside Out”, you’ll see a new Pixar short called “Lava”. It’s a cute love story with a catchy tune about two volcanos’ life near each other. Like the feature, “Lava” is good but not great.
In The Parks
“Inside Out” doesn’t have a big presence in the Disney theme parks yet. Besides merchandise, and seeing a preview of the movie at the Magic Eye theater at Epcot (with effects), there’s a production art gallery in the Art of Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (below).
We’ve seen walk-around characters of Joy and Sadness at a Disney Parks Blog Meet-up and at the movie’s Hollywood premier (below). But there are no plans for them at Walt Disney World right now.
Here’s a look in the Animation Gallery:
Here are the Joy and Sadness characters at the Hollywood Premier:
Here’s our interview with Phyllis Smith, who plays Sadness:
Here’s the latest movie trailer:
Here are some Easter Eggs to look for when you see the film:
PICTURE THIS – The background memories on shelves inside or outside of Headquarters are shots from the Married Life scene in “Up.”
ROAD TRIP – As Riley and her parents trek to San Francisco, they come across birds on a telephone wire from production designer Ralph Eggleston’s 2000 short film “For the Birds.”
GLOBAL DÉCOR – The globe in the Riley’s classroom has been used in all the “Toy Story” films.
FAMILIAR FASHION – One of Riley’s classmates is wearing a camo pattern made up of “Toy Story” characters.
STUCK ON YOU – Some of the background city cars of San Francisco have bumper stickers from “Cars.”
TECH SAVVY – Dad’s company, Brang, is a nonsense word intended to sound like a startup that would fit in in the San Francisco tech scene.
SIGN HERE – A sign on a parking meter in San Francisco reads, “Quarters and Dollar Coins or Barter During Burning Man.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION – As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, the filmmakers set Riley’s hockey rink in the exact spot the museum is located in San Francisco.
By Banks Lee
A look back at the week of Tweeted photos from @Attractions Twitter feed [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
By Matt Roseboom
Everything you love about The Muppets is back in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted”. It has LOL moments, an engaging story, catchy songs, guests celebrities and all your favorite Muppets. If you like The Muppets, you’ll enjoy this movie. [Read more…]
You favorite blue and green monsters are back, well, sort of back in time. Monsters University follows Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan (AKA Sully) in their college years. Fans of Monsters Inc. will enjoy Monsters University, even though it doesn’t quite match up to the original. [Read more…]
In the Disney•Pixar film Up, Russell is part of the Wilderness Explorers, and now guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom have the chance to follow in Russell’s footstep and earn their own badges while exploring the park. [Read more…]
Merida, Disney/Pixar’s first princess from the film “Brave,” will be officially joining the Disney Princess family at a special ceremony taking place at the Magic Kingdom. [Read more…]
Today Walt Disney World debuted a new wrap for one of their monorails. The monsters from ‘Monsters University’ have taken over Monorail Teal in anticipation of their new Disney/Pixar film coming out June 21, 2013. [Read more…]
It’s no April Fool’s joke – The sequel to Disney – Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” has been announced. Entitled “Finding Dory,” the sequel will be released on Nov. 25, 2015. The new adventure takes place about a year after the first film and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life. [Read more…]
Disney has announced a new interactive adventure game entitled Wilderness Explorers, coming this spring to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The game is based around the Disney•Pixar film Up and will have guests complete missions to earn badges just like Russell did in the film. [Read more…]
Disney Parks held a presentation at Star Wars Celebration VI at the Orange County Convention Center yesterday where they introduced some upcoming toys that mix some popular Disney characters with the world of Star Wars. [Read more…]
By Jackie Roseboom
Brave, Disney•Pixar’s newest animated film, offers beautifully rendered landscapes, original Scottish music and star studded voices. And it all comes together perfectly to tell a heartfelt medieval tale. [Read more…]
A new cast of characters will stroll the decks and visit with guests aboard the Disney Wonder as Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and other characters from Pixar Animation Studios’ films make their shipboard debut during four special Pixar-inspired seven-night California Coastal cruises Sept. 16 through Oct. 14, 2012. [Read more…]