John Ratzenberger talks about many of his 21 roles in Pixar movies, from "Toy Story" to "Incredibles 2."
Eagle-eyed Disney-Pixar fans have been noticing Easter eggs in their favorite movies for years, making fans wonder if all of Pixar’s beloved characters exist in the same universe. Or that Sully from Monsters, Inc. is etched into a piece of wood owned by Merida in Brave?
'Inside Out' has the inside-track to win, but don't forget these two little-known beauts
Inside Out’s juggling act of a plot takes place simultaneously in two worlds: the first is San Francisco, where an eleven-year-old girl named Riley is struggling with her family’s move from Minnesota, and the second is Riley’s head, where her core emotions (personified as Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust) attempt to cure her blues by recovering Riley’s happy memories. But what would Inside Out be like if it just showed Riley’s adjustment to her new life on San Francisco, minus the scenes inside her head? For one thing, it would be just 15 minutes long. ...
No matter how big its special effects or charismatic its actors, it’s hard to make even a half-way decent movie without a good script. And while writers know that a good script requires structure, foreshadowing, character development, and a host of other important elements, the easiest way to impress and delight an audience is by loading a movie up with fun one-liners and quick quips.
With any luck, you’ve got a whole bunch of days off for the holidays on the horizon, which would make it the perfect time to catch up with all the movies you’ve been dying to see this year. Derived from our ranking of the top 40 films of 2015, here is a visual guide to the top half of that list. Starting with our 20th ranked film — the revealing, heartbreaking documentary about the late musical prodigy Amy Winehouse, Amy — the list has something for everyone: more documentaries (The Look of Silence), searing satires (Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq and Anchorman director Adam McKay’s The Big Short), animated wonders (Inside Out), smash hit biopics (Straight Outta Compton), big budget sci-fi flicks (The Martian) and the best of the Oscar contenders.
When Disney released a little animated film called Toy Story 20 years ago this month in 1995, audiences flocked to the theaters and made it the biggest film of that year. They were charmed by the delightful story of toys come to life. But they were also in awe of the groundbreaking new animation style. After 80 years of hand-drawn cartoons, a little-known company called Pixar had revolutionized the genre, introducing the first fully computer-animated film to the world.
In this exclusive look above at a bonus clip from the movie’s new Blu-ray release, we get a glimpse at some early versions of Riley’s long-lost imaginary friend from Pixar’s animated blockbuster. In the movie, the character is memorably voiced by Richard Kind, but it was another actor who inspired Sasaki’s drawings. “I remember [writer-director] Pete Docter telling me to think about John Candy from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” Sasaki tells Yahoo Movies of Candy’s hilariously clueless travel companion from the 1987 comedy. “With every drawing, I tried to keep John Candy’s voice and performance in the back of my mind.” John Candy, right, in ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.’ (Photo: Everett Collection) Bing Bong also reflects Docter’s own imaginary childhood friend, who happened to be an elephant.
‘Inside Out’ (Disney-Pixar via AP, File) By THR Staff Who is missing from Inside Out? In a new clip from a special Blu-ray/DVD edition of Pixar’s animated blockbuster — which goes into the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley as she and her family move across the country — director Pete Docter introduces some of the emotion-based characters that didn’t make the film. Those left on the cutting-room floor include Pride, Hope, Schadenfreude (the joy of watching others in pain) and Ennui (the feeling of dissatisfaction). Early on, twenty-six emotions were characterized before the cast was narrowed down to five basic emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling), according to the clip shared by USA Today.
According to his theme song, Inside Out’s breakout character Bing Bong is “your friend who likes to play” — but in early drafts of the screenplay, he also liked to protest authority. In this featurette from the Inside Out Blu-Ray (via Collider), director Pete Doctor presents a deleted scene that shows Bing Bong as “a radical nonconformist,” expressing his outrage at changes inside 11-year-old Riley’s brain. Related: Bing Bong: How Pixar Created ‘Inside Out’s’ Breakout Character As Docter explains, the first version of Bing Bong was “a rabble-rouser,” trying “to make Riley stay the way she was, for his own self-benefit.” The deleted scene takes place after Joy goes into Riley’s mind, attempting to recover the long-term memories that she and Sadness accidentally displaced. In the far corner’s of Riley’s brain, she finds Bing Bong, Riley’s long-forgotten imaginary friend, who takes Joy on a tour of all the new construction.
The brains behind Disney-Pixar's 'Inside Out' will be available soon to home theater viewers along with a very special addition: An all-new short film called 'Riley’s First Date?'
If you were to see Pixar’s Inside Out in the United States, then hop on a plane and catch a screening in Japan, you might notice through your jet lag that Riley’s least-favorite food has changed. “For example, in Japan, broccoli is not considered gross.
Like most Pixar films, Inside Out deserves multiple viewings to appreciate the artistry at work — and also appreciate all the sly Easter eggs, in-jokes, and references the creators crammed in. “It’s fun to see how much you can actually spot in there,” co-director Ronnie Del Carmen told us, admitting that even he doesn’t catch them all. The orbs in Headquarters and stacked on the shelves of Long Term Memory contain a plethora of callbacks to other Pixar films.
Given the subject matter, it’s no surprise that Inside Out is an emotional movie. In case you’re wondering how many tissues to bring to the theater, here’s a handy comparison chart to see how the sobs stack up.
Film's co-director spills on origins of Riley's lovable pal, the other imaginary friends who didn't make the final cut, and why Pixar movies are so sad.
To recap: Inside Out is set almost completely inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, but focuses on the anthropomorphized emotions that run her highly organized and mechanized mind, which resembles a large manufacturing plant. Co-writer and director Pete Docter and his team developed an impressively advanced structure for the inside of Riley’s head, which we’ve broken down, Q&A style, for those that got a little bit turned around while watching Inside Out. How does Riley’s head make memories, exactly?
Pixar hasn’t had an animated feature in two years, an absence that had the Cannes audience more than primed at the first screening of its new movie, Inside Out, on Monday (indeed, there was a hearty round of applause just for the studio’s logo).