How Pixar Changed All The Rules To Make The Good Dinosaur A Stunning Masterpiece

Pixar’s new movie The Good Dinosaur takes place in a bizarre alternate history—what if the dinosaurs weren’t wiped out 65 million years ago? But the process of making this wild, ambitious film required a very different counterfactual: What if the way animators create scenery and characters had been turned on its head? »10/08/15 12:44pmToday 12:44pm

How Pixar’s Inside Out Avoided Its Greatest Danger: Becoming An “After-School Special”

Inside Out is a complex film about the human psyche, but it has a really simple message: Sadness is an important part of life. You can’t have joy without sadness, and growing up means accepting that memories can be happy and sad. Director Pete Docter told io9 it was hard to avoid making this feel like an “after-school… »10/06/15 12:12pmTuesday 12:12pm

The 7 dark original stories that inspired 7 popular Disney movies

Disney movies almost always have happy endings but in order to get to the living happily ever after part, some pretty dark things usually have to happen. But they’re not as dark as the original stories the movies are based on. Those are basically horrific tales of torture that have been cleverly repurposed to… »10/05/15 9:30pmMonday 9:30pm

Video: 550 million years of evolution in 40 seconds

This is a fun watch, just to see how far we’ve come as little nuggets of nothing to the big dumb bipedal idiots we now are. There’s been a lot of funky things we lost along the way—hair and a tail, come to mind—but I guess we’re better off for it. Anyways, watch the video made for the book EVO below.
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This handmade Futurama title sequence is so much fun

We’ve seen the Futurama intro done up in stunning photorealistic 3D before. And we’ve seen the normal animation sequence before the TV show so many times. Now here’s an old video of the intro being recreated with hand made cutouts. All the images were drawn and props were put together to re-make the original and it’s… »7/28/15 8:20pm7/28/15 8:20pm

A boy letting go of his kite is a metaphor for life

Sometimes you should fight for what you love and keep on trying to make things work and never stop chasing it down but once that’s over and you’ve reached your limit or realized the expiration date already hit, you should let it go. Life works better that way. And in this short animation, a boy realizes that with his… »7/23/15 5:55pm7/23/15 5:55pm

Why Chuck Jones, the creator of Looney Tunes, was such a great artist

Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting does his always wonderful deep dive thing on Chuck Jones, the creator of Looney Tunes, and examines how evolved as an artist. It goes beyond his technical skill and his jokes and his characters his discipline and tells how Jones used the real world to inspire his work in his world. »7/20/15 8:00pm7/20/15 8:00pm

This supercut of Disney movies is basically a time machine to the 90's

There’s a stupid obsession with the 90’s that’s weird because the 90’s were pretty boring and really just speaks to our base desires of wanting to re-live childhood because all of us are old and slowly deteriorating into dust. But still, even cold hearted me can appreciate this supercut of Disney movies from the 90’s. »7/11/15 1:38am7/11/15 1:38am

Beautiful animation blends together the stories of famous books

This ad for Gandhi Bookstores in Mexico is a stunning work of animation and 3D art and splendid visual effects. The tagline is simple, “One book leads to another”, and you see characters you recognize from the most famous of books battle each other for your attention. It’s a commercial meant to take your money but… »7/08/15 11:20am7/08/15 11:20am

The five stages of watching a Pixar movie

We all like to think that we’re unique little human snowflakes but the truth is, most of us act and react to thinks very, very similarly. Like getting homicidal when hungry. Or grouchy when sleepy. Or getting excited when Starbucks sells pumpkin spice lattes and McDonald’s brings back the McRib even if you don’t drink… »6/18/15 8:38pm6/18/15 8:38pm

Video: Cute kid gets animated with a superpower cannon

This adorable little girl gets to live every kid’s dream and turn her arm into an animated rocket cannon that blasts bad guys. The music video for Grades’ song King was made by Taichi Kimura and features Laika Takasu dancing (really well!) around an empty school as animation enemies sprout all around her. »6/17/15 11:40pm6/17/15 11:40pm