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PIXAR’S Upcoming Film ONWARD Gets New Trailer

Do you believe in magic? The creative minds at Pixar do, and they’re at it again with an enchanting new teaser trailer for their upcoming movie Onward. Starring Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, the movie is set in a magical fantasy world that’s grown past its humble origins and into its own civilized suburban world.  

The trailer opens with some gorgeously animated environments, as we see pegasi fly around and mermaids swim and jump through the water. But then the fantasy world modernizes, and we see airplanes and suburbs taking over the colorful mountains and lakes. It’s then that we’re introduced to Ian Lightfoot (Tom Holland), a lanky elf teenager living in the suburban world of New Mushroomton. But even if it is close to everyday life as we know it, there are still elements of the fantastic here hidden in plain sights, like dragons being kept as pets and wild unicorns running feral in the streets, looking for trash cans to raid. Ian leaves his house and is picked up by his burly older brother Barley (Chris Pratt), who is eager to get started on a “quest,” which Ian seems quite unhappy about. The trailer ends with the two brothers riding in a grungy van down the road towards their quest, or as Ian puts it, their “really fast and strange errand.”

The movie also has a short plot synopsis that was released with the trailer:

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

So there’s a lot to be excited about with this news, but there’s also a bit to be cautious about. To start with though, let’s go over the good. The animation, like always, looks fantastic, and it’ll be really great to see Pixar animation depicting a fantasy world. One can argue that they did that with 2012’s Brave, but not only was that not really fantasy, what with it taking place in Scotland and not, say, Narnia, but it focused more on showcasing the actual real-life land as opposed to making their own new one. Also, they’ve chosen some great actors for this role. Most notably there’s Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, both fresh off of their Marvel roles and hopefully ready to give the movie their all. We know that Pratt can definitely bring it, as he’s done voice work before (like in the two Lego Movie installments), but Holland is still unknown. By the time of Onward’s release he will have been in two other voice roles though: Spies in Disguise and The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle, so we’ll know soon enough just how well he can act with his voice. And they also have Julia Louis-Dreyfus, doing her second Pixar film since 1998’s A Bug’s Life.

In addition to this, the movie looks to be a clever subversion of the fantasy genre. It’s taking place in a fantasy world, complete with elves and centaurs and trolls, but that world has evolved and grown to be much like our own, to the point where magic is nonexistent in this technologically advanced world. Watching our main characters go on a “quest” to see if there is still some magic left in the world not only makes for a great way to get everyone engaged in the fantasy world and how it works, but it serves as a nice parallel to our own, where many try to find that little bit of magic that’s out there somewhere, even amidst all of our TV shows and cell phones.

However, even though there’s promise in this premise and in what we’ve seen so far, that doesn’t mean that the movie is beyond scrutiny. The main issue that pops up to me is that the main duo behind Monsters University is directly behind this movie as well. Now, while it’s not necessarily a bad movie, Monsters University is still definitely one of Pixar’s weakest films, ahead of only a select few like Cars 3 and The Good Dinosaur, so having the same duo behind another movie means that it also has the capacity to be sub-par. Besides this, we still haven’t really seen that much of the movie. If more information and trailers come to light and show that the movie doesn’t actually hold that much interesting content, then we could very well have a stinker on our hands. Only time will tell on that point.

Despite this though, I’m still hopeful for Onward. While it may be unproven and we might not know that much about it yet, I think the concept is unique and has merit, I like the way the animation looks, and I’m a big fan of the voice cast (at least who’s been announced so far). Seeing Pixar take a stab at one of my favorite genres is going to get me into the theaters anyways, and I hope that they deliver a fun, clever, adventure-filled film. Onward is set to release on March 6, 2020.

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New Trailer Released For Disney Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 | Breakdown, Analysis, Predictions

My excitement for this film just continues to build. After seeing the new full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, I can honestly say that it looks to be another stellar entry into this beloved franchise. While there are still some mysteries regarding the cast and the full plot of the movie, what we do know only serves to help hype it up even more.

 

The trailer opens up with Woody introducing the gang to a new toy that Bonnie made in school with a spork. He is a high-strung and stressed out fellow by the name of Forky, a plastic utensil complete with pipe cleaner arms and googly eyes. But even though Bonnie loves Forky most of all, he doesn’t understand why and doesn’t know why he’s a toy when all he wants is to be used to eat food and then thrown away. However, on what appears to be a summer road trip Forky and Woody get separated from the rest of Bonnie’s toys and end up running into Woody’s old flame, Bo Peep, who was noticeably absent from Toy Story 3. Bo helps Woody and Forky escape from what appears to be the villain of the movie, an evil doll named Gabby Gabby who commands a group of oddly terrifying dummies. But when asked to come back with them Bo shows Woody the new life that she’s been living at a carnival, helping toys and being played with by new kids all over. And as Buzz and the rest of Bonnie’s toys rush over to help bring the two of them back, it looks like Woody and Forky need to decide just where it is they belong.

 

The trailer does a great job of shedding some light onto the plot of this new outing for Bonnie’s toys. One of the biggest things we now know is just what Bo Peep has been up to since Toy Story 2. She appears to be living and moving around with a traveling carnival, helping toys in need, like a plastic Xena toy. This also explains the setting of the second teaser trailer, which looked an awful lot like a game at a carnival. This trailer has also confirmed that the film is a road trip movie, and the characters will go through some sort of change by the end of the film. Lastly, and this is thanks to some outside research on IMDB, but we finally know the identity of Keanu Reeve’s mystery character! Yes, John Wick himself is officially joining the Toy Story cast as Duke Caboom, an action figure who can be seen for just a split second in the full trailer. Who he is or how he fits into the story of the film though remains to be seen.

 

However, there are still some questions that have yet to be answered. For instance, we still don’t know how they’re going to handle Mr. Potato Head since his voice actor, Don Rickles, passed away last year. He’s definitely in the trailer, even though he doesn’t get any speaking lines, so just how Pixar is going to go about dealing with this change is unknown. We also don’t know the identity of Patricia Arquette’s character, even though she’s been listed with the cast for a while now on IMDB.

 

Despite this though we can still be pretty certain about just what will happen in Toy Story 4. And if you don’t want to hear my predictions for the film then go ahead and skip this paragraph. Anyway, like before, it’s very clear that this is a road trip movie where the characters, primarily Woody and Forky, will learn more about themselves and the world around them as they go on this journey. And eventually, they’ll have to decide what they want their future to be. Woody’s journey in this movie looks to be the most interesting. On one hand, we have his life with Bonnie and all of his friends, which is all he’s ever known as their leader. Yet, on the other hand, we have the love of his life, Bo Peep, and a new life of excitement and of being loved by kids all over the country. This honestly looks to be the crux of the film, and everyone else’s journeys and growth is centered on Woody’s ultimate choice. Just what exactly that choice is, remains to be seen, but just as long as Pixar doesn’t shy away from the big decisions, which is something they rarely do, we could be in for an emotional ride should Woody decide to leave his friends in order to start a new life.

 

But what do you think? Did you see the trailer for Toy Story 4? What do you think is going to happen to Woody and Buzz and the rest of Bonnie’s toys? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts and opinions. Toy Story 4 is set to release on June 21, 2019. While you’re at it, consider Subscribing by Email to stay tuned for updates on further developments.    

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Solo: A Star Wars Story | The REAL Reason Why It’s Struggling

 

So, Solo: A Star Wars Story is officially struggling at the box office which is coming as a surprise to pretty much everyone. The film was expected to release to a $100M+ opening this past weekend at the domestic box office, but only managed to clear $84M with an additional $18M on Memorial Day, bringing its total up to a little over $103M here in the States. Even overseas the film has been foundering, making only a little over $69M in foreign markets with many already declaring the film a bomb. And it’s resulted in a particularly vile subjection of the Star Wars fandom to celebrate.