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The Incredibles Comic and does Cars 2 have a name?

Hot on the tail of Monsters, Inc. comic news comes more Disney Pixar comic book news, The Incredibles. Launching Monday 24th August was a The Incredibles #0 which is a prelude issue leading up to the main story arc which starts next month.

Incredible?

Incredible?

Things From Another World gives the following detail on this first issue:

The Incredibles #0 launches an all-new story arc written by legendary scribe Mark Waid with covers by Matt Wagner! Take a quick glimpse at the recent past and witness the action-packed birth of everyone’s favorite super-powered baby-Jack-Jack!

But labor pains were never this difficult! The Parrs will have to fight through a phalanx of evil before the new addition to their family can safely arrive!

I’ll wait for the inevitable trade paperback and read the whole story on one go, and save money at the same time – an all round win!

Onto Cars and Disney recently registered the following domains:

cars2-worldgrandprix.com
cars2worldgrandprix.com
worldgrandprixmovie.com

I’m going to take a wild guess that the second Cars film will be called Cars 2: World Grand Prix – remember you (probably didn’t) here it here first!

World Grand Prix?

World Grand Prix?

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Strange Monsters, Inc. 2 rumours & some encouraging signs?

Searching the internet for news on Monsters, Inc 2 I found this post on KillerMovies.com:

The story picks up twenty years later. Boo is all grown up, and has a family of her own. She runs a toy company that makes stuffed animals. One night, one of the monsters comes into her little girls room to do their normal comedy routine, and sees a stuffed toy of Sullivan (which Boo made from her childhood memories). He reports back to Sully what he found, and he goes through the door to see for himself.

When he enters the room, grown up Boo is asleep on her daughter’s bed, and groggily awakes just long enough to see “Kitty?” Sully jumps back into the closet, and runs off the laugh-floor, leaving the door “hot”.

She follows him in, only to find herself in the plant. She looks around thinking, “This place looks familiar.”

I quite like this idea, bringing it back to the original with the next generation of children makes sense. However, this rumour was soon denied by someone in the know with this post:

Actually all this is incorrect – the OP is a hacker wanting to be creative and wanting some attention. I have direct knowledge of the situation (you’ll just have to trust me). “Monsters Inc. 2”, as all Pixar movies, was addressed in the upper levels of Pixar creative and executive management twice – once in the summer of 2004 and re-touched again in the Spring of 2006. There were two story lines that were considered – one was involving Boo just a few days after Monsters Inc went on-line with the laughter as energy switchover – a more traditional approach. The other story line was more “out there” – a prequel to Monsters Inc. – it involved how the monsters discovered human child screaming energy thing came to be. No Sully and no Mike, and certainly no Boo – a young Roz was mentioned as playing a role, however. Both of these story lines were scratched, as creatively neither could touch the “magic” or originality of the original, and consequently all efforts to build a story for “Monsters Inc 2” were abandoned by summer ’06 as I recall. They felt there was a risk in creating Monsters Inc 2 that other Pixar movies (Incredibles & Toy Story) don’t have – meaning there’s is a built in story line that allows for further story telling. Monsters Inc didn’t have that story telling continuum – it ran its course. No link. No way to verify this, except if Pete decided to speak. Take it or leave it.

wax-monsters_screen

Since this post it has come out that the likeliness of there being a Monsters, Inc 2 film is getting higher and is due out in 2012 if IMDB.com is to be believed!

On July 29th this year Disney Enterprises, Inc registered Monsters2.com and this sent the rumour mill into over-drive! But in realty this could be just stop someone else registering the domain rather than conclusive proof that the sequel to Monsters, Inc. is being made.

I’m going to add some more fuel to the fire by suggesting that the release of Monsters, Inc.: Laugh Factory #1 comic this past Wednesday is to get the franchise back into the public eye before releasing news that yes, Monsters, Inc 2 is going ahead!

Comic screams!

Comic screams!

Add in the recent release of Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray on July 27th and the profile of the franchise is being boosted a lot within a 3 week period.

Monsters, Inc. is my favourite of the Disney Pixar films so a sequel is given the thumbs up by me.

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Film Review: WALL-E

I know this came out a year ago, and as a self confessed Disney geek I really should have watched WALL-E by now, but the arrival of our son threw our world off kilter, in a good way. My wife got the Blu-ray for her birthday last month and tonight we sat down to watch it, at last.

WALL-E

WALL-E

The Film
It took only a few short moments until I connected with WALL-E, as his solitary plight to clean up Earth tugged on my heart strings. His only friend at that time was a cockroach, who lived up to the myth that they can survive anything a few times during the film. The emotion portrayed by WALL-E was quite spectacular for a computer generated robot, though if anyone was going to get that right it would be Disney Pixar.

The arrival of EVE saw WALL-E go into courting mode which was as equally charming as it was funny, especially WALL-E’s attempts to hold EVE’s hand, something that would become the main crux of the film.

Once in space on one of the escape ships and we actually encountered some humans. Almost strange that the humans in WALL-E’s favourite film and in archived footage were actual real humans, but the humans on the ship were computer generated. The characterisation of all the different robots was once again superb and I’m sure I’m not the only one who had an I Robot moment when the auto-pilot turned on the Captain.

Great seeing the Captain walk for what I assume was the first time, baby steps en route to his victory over the auto-pilot! Once back on Earth it was heart-breaking when it appeared WALL-E’s consciousness was gone, despite EVE’s best efforts to mend him. Fantastic moment when the hand holding came full circle and led to the return of WALL-E.

My only complaint is that once Wall-E and EVE were together, the film ended a little bit abruptly. While we saw what happened next, briefly, in the credits – I’d have liked to seen a bit more of this as part of the actual film, even just 5 minutes would have done.

Blu-ray Quality
This will be a short section, the picture was just absolutely stunning and is the best example of high definition I have seen to date. In particular the part where WALL-E and EVE are flying around in space, WALL-E aided by a fire extinguisher, was breath-taking. The sound was perfect when it needed to be but by the nature of the film was more subtle throughout, rather than a room shaking experience like that of Bolt.

Verdict
I think it was very brave of Disney Pixar to put out a film with such little dialogue but it worked. I’m not sure if it works as well for kids as previous Disney Pixar films but I really enjoyed it and even want to watch the making of features which is very rare for me! Back in July I rated the Disney Pixar films and right now I’ll sleep on it before seeing where WALL-E slots in, but I’m thinking around the Cars / Finding Nemo level at the moment. WALL-E was well worth the wait and comes with a huge recommendation – go watch it of you haven’t already.

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Cena’s new film – 12 Rounds

Off the back of The Marine, WWE Champion John Cena is back in the cinemas again (though probably not in the UK) with his latest film 12 Rounds. Like The Marine, this looks like a high octane action film which will have Cena’s character beating the odds to save the day, at a guess anyway!

12 Rounds at WWE.com

Very cheesy and very predictable, I’ll be watching!

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Clone Wars Blu-ray

So, over half a year since it appeared in the cinema I finally got to see the Star Wars: Clone Wars film after buying the Blu-ray. As a PS3 owner the choice between Blu-ray and DVD was a no-brainer – not only was there little difference in price, but the Blu-ray has a ton of extras, most in high definition too.

Going into this film I knew it was targeted it kids and that it had bombed in the box office. However, that didn’t stop me enjoying was an enjoyable romp with a fun story and some interesting characters, old and new.

At first I wasn’t sure about the voices of Obi Wan and Anakin but as the film progressed they became ‘their voices’ and even started to think they sounded like McGregor and Christianson respectively. Speaking of voices (see what I did there?), anyone spot the guy who looked like a young John Cleese and sounded just like him?

The addition of the new Padawan Learner, Ahsoka Tano, under Anakin was a nice touch and the relationship between the two started to develop nicely and provided us with some humourous moments. It’ll be interesting to see how that progresses, and how she inevitably dies – well, she wasn’t in Revenge of the Sith, was she?

The animation was top class and the video and audio quality were superb – a great example of Blu-ray quality. I look to forward to watching the extras and the TV series too. Out of 5 stars, Clone Wars gets a pretty damn good 4.

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Best of 2008

Film – Iron Man*
TV Show – GRΣΣK
Album – Chinese Democracy (Guns N’ Roses)
Song – Human (The Killers)
Concert – Bon Jovi @ Twickenham (28th June)
Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Fables #10 The Good Prince
Sport – Formula 1
Moment – 6th May 2008, 9.25am – My Son, Lucas was born 🙂

*Still to see: Dark Knight, Wall-E, Indiana Jones 4, Wanted, Quantum of Sollace, Prince Caspian, The Clone Wars and Hellboy II

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Cars 2

Cars – arguably the greatest Disney/Pixar film yet, at least on this blog! The fact that my little boy seems to like it is a massive plus point in our household.

June 24th 2011 – the release date for Cars 2 and the continuing adventures of Lightning McQueen, and Sally, and little Lightnings and Sallys???

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