Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tom Hanks Begins Work on 'Toy Story 4'

Work on the next installment in Pixar's Toy Story saga is well underway as actor Tom Hanks, who has been the voice of Sheriff Woody for twenty years now, returned to Pixar early this month to begin recording for Toy Story 4.

On December 2, Hanks posted a time lapse video of his drive to the Emeryville animation powerhouse on Twitter.

Though the cast for the film has yet to be officially unveiled, it's probably safe to assume that the rest of the original cast members will reprise their roles. The Toy Story franchise has one of the most diverse and talented ensembles in any animated film series, ranging from big stars like Hanks to legendary comedians like Don Rickles. If you've ever seen behind-the-scenes footage of the actors recording their dialogue, you'll know how much fun the actors seem to have doing their job. If you haven't, well, have a look:

Toy Story 4 is slated for release on June 15, 2018.

Michael Giacchino Will Score 'Incredibles 2'

The long-awaited sequel to Pixar's acclaimed The Incredibles is finally on the way, although it won't be here for a while. That didn't stop Brad Bird, director of the original film, from dropping some news regarding the new film's score a few weeks ago.

On Thanksgiving, Bird tweeted out a video of hailed composer Michael Giacchino signing to compose the score for The Incredibles 2. Giacchino has written the music for five of Pixar's films, including the first Incredibles.

Giacchino's work never ceases to be astounding, but the scores he has done for Pixar films are, I'd say, among his finest accomplishments, particularly his score for The Incredibles. His jazzy themes for the film evoke a real sense of wonder, thrill, and excitement, and I am excited to see, or rather, hear what he brings to the table the second time around.

The Incredibles 2 hits theaters June 21, 2019. In the meantime, enjoy some of Giacchino's masterful music from the first film's soundtrack:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

ABC Special to Commemorate Toy Story's 20th Anniversary

Two decades ago, Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang made their way onto the big screen and captivated the hearts and imaginations of audiences all over the world in the first-ever computer-animated feature film. Toy Story was not only a groundbreaking technological achievement, but the film that put Pixar on the map with its relatable characters and organic themes of acceptance and friendship. It has since given rise to two critically-acclaimed sequels (with a third on the way), three short films, and two television specials.

The studio's beloved classic celebrated its 20th anniversary two weeks ago, and to commemorate this milestone ABC is airing a new television special, Toy Story at 20: To Infinity And Beyond. tonight at 8/7 central.

The special will delve into Pixar's early years as well as the making and legacy of the worldwide phenomenon, featuring interviews with the film's crew and some of its cast members, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Annie Potts.

Catch Toy Story at 20 tonight, Thursday, December 10, on ABC at 8:00 PM / 7:00 PM CST.