July 4, 2008 |
In high school, "Wall-E" director Andrew Stanton played the shy Yonkers store clerk Barnaby in the Jerry Herman musical "Hello, Dolly!" Decades later, two of the show's lesser-known songs would play a pivotal part in the critically acclaimed Disney/Pixar animated hit. Though "Wall-E" does feature a new song, "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman over the end credits, the two tunes that factor in both the film's themes and plot --...
June 27, 2008 |
If Pixar Animation Studios has an enviable record of consistent success -- and with a worldwide box-office gross of $4.3 billion from its eight films, it certainly does -- it's because the company has an uncanny gift for pushing things further without pushing too far. Pixar's adventurous new film, the one-of-a-kind "Wall-E," shows how it's done.
July 18, 2008 |
The mobile trash compactor is a symphony of squeaks, thunks and rattles, rolling forward on treads to bring its pivoting eyes to bear on us. Within moments we identify completely, launching "Wall-E," one of the rare films to feature robots as the lead characters. Pixar knows how to create identity in a few signals. Research on "facebots" at MIT shows that the mere impression of a face's essentials -- sympathetic eyes and a mouth -- can evoke emotion from us. We read facial features in machines and take them as social signatures.
August 1, 2008
Disney earnings: An article in the Business section on Thursday about Walt Disney Co.'s third-quarter earnings said the well-received Disney/Pixar Animation film "Wall-E" did not compensate for Disney's underperforming movie "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." "Wall-E" opened June 27, a day before the end of the quarter. Its performance will be reflected in Disney's fourth-quarter results.
August 2, 2012
MUSIC Live it up with the whole family at the very first Pixar concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Enjoy clips of your favorite Pixar animated films including the "Toy Story" trilogy, "Cars," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Wall-E," Up," and more while an orchestra performs the scores live. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. Ticket prices vary. (323) 850-2000. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
May 4, 2008 |
Sigourney WEAVER is back in outer space. No, not as the intrepid Ripley of the "Alien" sci-fi blockbusters, but as a ship's computer in Disney's new Pixar Animation Studios film, "WALL-E," which opens June 27. The film was directed by Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo"). "I think it was given to me because Andrew Stanton loves science fiction and is such a fan of the 'Alien' movies," says Weaver. "And he thought it would be funny after having such an important computer mother in 'Alien,' if I played the ship's computer.