From 'Toy Story' to 'Inside Out': Ranking all of Pixar's films

Posted by · 12:21 pm · June 12th, 2015

Twenty years, 15 feature films, and a whole lot of quality work to go around. Ask us again next year and the order might be different, but for now, taking a stab at ranking the films of Pixar Animation Studios…

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INTERVIEW: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ producer Bonnie Arnold

Posted by · 3:53 pm · October 15th, 2010

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Bonnie Arnold was a product of the Watergate generation of journalists, fired up by the state of current political affairs. She sought her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and soon took off to grad school at Boston University, where some dabbling in broadcasting was enough to light a […]

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MONDAY CENTS: Rob bless America

Posted by · 1:54 pm · July 5th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Happy Independence Day everyone! I trust you ate some grilled meat, camped out on a beach for the day and saw some fireworks. I know I did. Apparently, others also went to see a movie called “New Moon” had $186.9 million after six days and so […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Phenom ‘Activity’

Posted by · 5:46 pm · October 11th, 2009

The number one movie at the box office this weekend was Universal’s “Couples Retreat” with $35.3 million. That’s the ninth-biggest October debut in history and the biggest total ever tallied on this particular weekend of the year, but it’s not the biggest success story of the weekend. Not by a mile. No other films were […]

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10/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:04 am · October 2nd, 2009

• Maurice Sendak’s one nit-pick with the adaptation of his “Where the Wild Things Are.” I agree with him. [io9] • Capturing the miniature worlds of the film. [Los Angeles Times] • Adding a new dimension to Woody and Buzz Lightyear. [New York Times]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Great ‘Balls’ on fire

Posted by · 10:57 am · September 27th, 2009

America lined up for seconds as “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, dropping only 19% to $24.6 million. That’s a fantastic hold for the only family film out in the market and makes $100 million a very real possibility, if not a formality. It […]

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‘Toy Story’ and ‘Toy Story 2’ 3D re-release trailers

Posted by · 8:25 am · July 29th, 2009

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Your ranked list of the 10 most influential films of all time

Posted by · 9:43 am · June 10th, 2009

And with that, our poll series comes to a screeching halt.  I’ve already offered some thoughts on how all of this turned out.  I hope readers unfamiliar with some of the films I’ve been harping on will take that to heart and at least seek them out.  You owe it to yourself as a film […]

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Lasseter on his Disney ups and downs

Posted by · 12:29 pm · June 5th, 2009

Total Film has done a notably thorough interview with John Lasseter, which takes the form of a chronological tour through the animation maven and “Toy Story” director’s career. It’s a fascinating read, particularly if you, like me, are not entirely au fait with the early history of Pixar and computer animation. I hadn’t realized how […]

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John Ratzenberger: Pixar’s “good-luck charm”

Posted by · 10:23 am · June 2nd, 2009

I’m glad someone finally got around to doing this story.  In the pages of USA Today this week, Susan Wloszczyna has written up a nice little feature on actor John Ratzenberger, who has provided voice talent to every Pixar film since the studio’s first ground-breaking effort “Toy Story” back in 1995.  Here’s a taste: The […]

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THE LISTS: Ranking 14 years of Pixar

Posted by · 12:34 pm · May 26th, 2009

This weekend, Pixar Animation Studios will be releasing its 10th feature film, “Up.”  For many, with the film having successfully opened this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, the occasion has marked another milestone in the studio’s continued maturation. In my recent review of the film, I wrote, “Watching Pixar Animation grow and develop as a […]

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POLL: the most influential films of all time, round one, part six

Posted by · 4:23 pm · May 20th, 2009

Alright, we’re at the end of round one with a final set of 10 films.  For background on this series, click here. By the way, “Jaws,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Toy Story” were the survivors from the last round.  Have your say in the left sidebar by picking up to three films […]

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TCM’s top 15 most influential classic movies

Posted by · 12:33 pm · April 13th, 2009

Well, here’s something I guess.  Rope of Silicon points us to TCM’s list of the top 15 most influential “classic” films of all time.  I actually started working up such a list for the site a while back but abandoned it for whatever reason.  It was going to include all comers, though, not just classic […]

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Counting down the best of Pixar

Posted by · 1:53 am · June 27th, 2008

In honor of today’s release of Walt Disney/Pixar’s “WALL-E” (it seems we’re sticking with the hyphen), the gang at New York Magazine’s Vulture blog have offered up a countdown of the best films in Pixar’s consistently impressive portfolio. I have to say, I share their opinion that “The Incredibles” simply…isn’t all that.  I was on […]

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