Happy 2! Best second parts

Yay! Today is the second birthday of my blog. Yeah, I know I had been quite lazy lately and I promise not to do it again. But, well today is a day to celebrate, and in order to do that I created a list of the best sequels in films.

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4. Toy Story 1, 2 & 3

DIRECTED BY JOHN  LASSETER (1 & 2) AND LEE UNKRICH

WRITTEN BY JOSS WHEDON, ANDREW STATON, JOEL COHEN & ALEC SOKOLOW (PART 1);  ANDREW STANTON, RITA HSIAO, DOUG CHAMBERLAIN & CHRISS WEBB (PART 2) & ANDREW STATON, JOHN LASSETER & LEE UNKRICH (PART 3)

STARRING: TOM HANKS, TIM ALLEN, JOAN CUSACK, NED BEATTY, MICHAEL KEATON, WALLACE SHAWN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, BLAKE CLARK, ESTELLE HARRIS, JODI BENSON, DON RICKLES, JIM VARNEY, ANNIE POTTS, JOHN MORRIS, LAURIE METCALF AND ERICK VON DETTEN 

RELEASE DATE(s): NOVEMBER 22, 1995;  NOVEMBER 24, 1999; JUNE 12, 2010

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL


The Toy Story Franchise is one of the most resent classic in children, and it is of course the master piece of Pixar. Toy Story (1995) is the first movie made entirely using computer generated imagery. It is also a world wide acclaimed film. Toy Story franchise is one of the most seen movies ever, is smart and ingenuous; the movie is easily love for both children and adults. In fact Toy Story 3 had touch more deeply adults than children, when I saw it in the movie theater every single grown up in the the room were crying.  Toys story is the animated film with most award and nomination.

Toy Story is a timeless story that truly understand the magic and even the pains from growing up.  The franchise is a really an open letter to any trilogy how the things should do,  If you’re going to make a part three, you’ve got to aim at least this high.  Also it is a wonderful lesson for children about friendship, sharing and love.  The story of the “Toy Story” films is the story of the cycle of life, and to make a thrilling, emotional, visceral film trilogy of blockbusters that somehow doesn’t rely on the typical storytelling crutches of the modern blockbuster is a truly amazing accomplishment.   There’s no chosen one, no mention of destiny once in three movies, no “chase the doodad” plot where all the energy is spent on plot and none is spent on anything important.  BTW I truly believe that Toy Story it is the best movies for the 3D.

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11. Wall-E

DIRECTED BY ANDREW STANTON

WRITTEN BY ANDREW STANTON & JIM REARDON

STARRING BY: BEN BURTT, ELISSA KNIGHT, JEFF GARLIN, JOHN RATZENBERG, KATHY NAJIMY & SIGOURNEY WEAVER

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 23, 2008

AGE RECOMMENDED: 5 & UP 

Wall-E is one of the most complex movies form Pixar. The movie is a “futuristic” love story and with a theme kind of, dystopia . That had divided the public of the movie, I know several people who don’t like the movie because the silence and the darkness of the subject make the uncomfortable.

The first 40 movies of the movie are almost silent and in some way posses a Chaplin quality on it.  Also poses a cuteness in the way Wall-e keep certain mementos of human civilization. Wall-e is a story of love (the underdog and the supermodel) and a story of re-vindication, the human kind. The movie is perfect, and Time Magazine also thought so raking it fist as the best movie of the decade.

The movie was paired with one of the best (if not the best) Pixar’s short, Presto.  With a story of a conflict between a magician and a rabbit for a carrot.

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13. UP

DIRECTED BY PETE DOCTER & BOB PETERSON

WRITTEN BY PETE DOCTER & BOB PETERSON

STARRING BY: EDWARD ASNER, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, JORDAN NAGAI & BOB PETERSON

 RELEASE DATE: MAY 29, 2009

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL

Another master piece of Pixar. This one is my favorite, is the movie that make you cry and laugh. It is a beautiful exciting story with a series of amazing characters as Kevin, Dug , Carl and the adorable Russell. The movie won 2 Academy Awards: Best Animated Movie, and Best Score, also is the second animated movie to be nominated as best movie. The movie is also in two of the most popular genres of all: the odd couple and the scape of reality.  My favorite part is the first part of the movie the story of the romance between Carl and his wife Ellie, and I’m not the only one just goggle “Up Wedding” and you will find endless blog post about it. 

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21. Pixar Shorts

DIRECTED BY VARIOUS

WRITTEN BY VARIOUS

STARRING BY VARIOUS

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL

Every time you go to see a Pixar at the beginning Pixar will treat us with an amazing short movie that it is almost as good as the actual movie. And in 2009 Pixar release a DVD with the some of them, and I have seen it endlessly. All of them are memorable. This is one of the most seen DVDs ever.

Pixar Animation has officially been in business for over 20 years now and it’s only gotten better with age. Pixar came to live  in 1979 with Ed Catmull created the company, but officially-named Pixar was purchased in 1986 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Then they hire a young animator, John Lassete, who brought an artistic voice to Pixar’s technical environment. All of them work in the develop of demos for the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference. The warm receptions of the crowd planted more seeds in the minds of Lasseter and company, eventually shifting the group’s focus from hardware sales to experimental CG shorts and commercials.

Pixar name became a success during early 1990s when they partener with Disney and created  Toy Story in 1995 and never looked back. The company has gone on to reach amazing levels of critical and commercial success, churning out a near-endless string of terrific films for animation fans of all ages. Pixar still holds short films in high regard, as they continue to craft bite-sized stories for theatrical and DVD release. Often times, younger hopefuls are even given a chance to show their stuff.

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25. Finding Nemo

DIRECTED BY ANDREW STANTON & LEE UNKRICH

WRITTEN BY ANDREW STANTON,  BOB PETERSON & DAVID REYNOLDS

STARRING: ALBERT BROOKS, ELEN DEGENERES, ALEXANDER GOULD, WILLIEM DAFOE, BRAD GARRET & ALLISON JANNEY

RELEASE DATE: MAY 30, 2003

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL

 

Another Pixar movie. As everybody know Pixar is the status of excellence in animation movie and this one, specially, is jaw dropping with the stunning aquatic images. The story is great and cleaver full of  creative gags but the what it makes this movie amazing is the voices. Finding Nemo is a blend of childlike sweetness and adult wit, but in less measure than we’ve become used to.

Finding Nemo is such a bright film with an opening is decidedly dark.  When I saw the trailer of this movie I thought it will the worst Pixar movie, but when I saw it, to my surprise was mind blowing. This is one of the few times when the trailer do not show  the funniest parts of the movie. One of the funniest things about Finding Nemo is that the movie is a road trip movie under the sea.

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44. The Incredibles

DIRECTED BY BRAD BIRD AND BILL WISE

WRITTEN BY BRAD BIRD

STARRING BY: CRAIG T. NELSON, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, HOLLY HUNTER, JASON LEE

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2005

AGE RECOMMENDED: 6 AND UP


Another master piece of Pixar,t
his is the first Pixar movie where the cast was entirely human. I can say that the incredibles are the best superhero movie ever. The movie is inspire by Fantastic 4 and the 60 spy genre, the design of the movie is a cool blend of future-retro use in the Bond kind movies.

Brad Bird is not only the genius behind the Incredibles but also the Iron Giant. The movie is amazing because even when the characters are so amazing but at the same time so easy to identify with.

The Incredibles is easy the mos family friendly movie because is actually of a Family, and in this movie had something that make it very special the amazing thing is not what happened but how it happened. The movie is the second Pixar movie made in Widescreen ratio (the other one was A Bug’s Life).

My favorite character is Jack-Jack, he provides the best scenes of the movie, and if you have the DVD you should see the extra short movie, really enrich the already great movie.

PLOT

The story is set in a world where some people have superhuman abilities. Two of these superpeople, or “supers”, are Mr. Incredible, who is exceedingly strong, and Elastigirl, who can stretch her body into almost any shape. Mr. Incredible has a bright but foolhardy young fan named Buddy, who invents gadgets and wants to be Mr. Incredible’s sidekick. Mr. Incredible rejects Buddy and other would-be helpers, telling them “I work alone.” The film begins in the city of Municiberg, with a busy day of crimefighting and the wedding of Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, who call themselves Bob and Helen Parr. Shortly afterward, lawsuits from injured bystanders lead to a political backlash that forces all superheroes to stop saving the world and live normal lives.

Fifteen years later, Bob and Helen live unhappy suburban lives in the city of Metroville. Their young son Dash can run faster than the human eye can see, and their teen daughter Violet can turn invisible and create protective force fields, but the family is required to hide their powers as part of the government’s Superhero Relocation Program. The baby, Jack-Jack, appears to be an ordinary child. Bob has gained a lot of weight, and he feels frustrated by his office job with an insurance company. He regularly sneaks out to secretly fight crime with his friend Frozone, who can freeze things by spraying them with ice.

One day, Bob is fired from his job for losing his temper and assaulting his boss, who refused to let him rescue an innocent crime victim. However, before he can reveal this to Helen, he finds a video message from a beautiful woman named Mirage, who offers him a large sum of money to stop Omnidroid 9000, an out-of-control robot on a remote island. Bob accepts the offer, is flown to the island, and disables the robot. Afterward, he happily spends time with his family and gets back into shape, still pretending to have his old job. He also takes his torn superhero suit to be repaired by the famous fashion designer Edna Mode. Edna makes a new suit for Bob, but she refuses to add a cape to it, citing numerous cape-related superhero accidents.

On his next trip to the island, Bob is attacked by Omnidroid. Omnidroid and the island are owned by Mr. Incredible’s old fan, Buddy, who now calls himself Syndrome and intends to avenge himself against Mr. Incredible and the other superheroes for shunning him. He has already killed many supers by luring them to the island to fight Omnidroid, improving its design as they revealed its weaknesses. His plan is to make people believe he is a superhero by staging a fake battle with the robot.

While Bob escapes from Syndrome, Helen discovers the repair on his old supersuit and visits Edna, who gives her a set of supersuits for her and the children. After learning that Bob lost his job, Helen locates him with a homing beacon and flies to the island in a jet, with Dash and Violet secretly stowing away and Jack-Jack at home with a babysitter. Syndrome’s security system detects the homing signal and captures Bob, then shoots the jet down with some missiles, but Helen, Dash, and Violet survive and make their way onto the island. After hiding the children in the jungle, Helen sneaks into Syndrome’s facility to rescue Bob, only to find him embracing Mirage, who freed him after a confrontation in which Syndrome refused to save her life. Back in the jungle, Bob and Helen find the children, who triggered the Island’s security system shortly after Syndrome launched a rocket to fly Omnidroid to Metroville. Syndrome eventually captures the family and follows the robot in a jet, but they escape and follow him in a second rocket with help from Mirage.

In Metroville, Syndrome uses a remote-control device to prevent Omnidroid from harming him, but he is knocked unconscious after the robot’s artificial intelligence becomes aware of the device and shoots it off of him. When the Parrs arrive, they and Frozone defeat the robot, and when Syndrome wakes up and tries to kidnap Jack-Jack, Jack-Jack uses his recently emerged superpowers to attack him. Bob and Helen save Jack-Jack after Syndrome drops him in midair, and Syndrome is killed when his cape gets caught in one of his jet’s engines. Three months later, after Dash races with his school track team and Violet makes a date with a boy she likes, a new villain called the Underminer appears and the Incredibles prepare to fight him.

No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for… for ten minutes!

54. A Bug’s Life

DIRECTED BY JOHN LASSETER & ANDREW STANTON

WRITTEN BY JOHN LASSETER, ANDRE STANTON, JOE RANFT

STARRING: DAVE FOLEY, KEVIN SPACEY, JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, DENIS LEARY, HAYDEN PANATIERE

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 25, 1998

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL AGES

This is the first Pixar movie I never saw in a movie theater, and I regret it. A Bug’s Life is a really funny movie inspired by quite and odd mix of sources, first we have the clear influence of Aesop but with a touch if the 7 samurai of Kurosawa.  The movie is the second feature film of Pixar.

This movie may look kind of simple but the story mature every moment and is a well developed film. When this movie was release the movie Antz of Dreamwork was release, the movie is not bad but A Bug’s life is better. This two are some of the famous cases the same movie, which is very popular practice to fight for the box office.

Some of the jokes are sometime quite childish but they work and they are funny with out been silly or condescend.

PLOT

Every season, a colony of ants are expected to gather food for a gang of biker like grasshoppers. One ant, Flik, is a promising inventor who isn’t appreciate due to his inventions causing trouble. While trying out a mechanical harvester, he accidentally knocks the pile of food into a stream just before the grasshoppers arrive. The grasshopper leader, Hopper, gives the ants the rest of the season to gather more but orders double after Flik stands up to him in defense of the Queen’s young daughter, Dot. As a result of his mistake, Flik is admonished by the colony’s council. When Flik suggests that he try to recruit warrior bugs to fight the grasshoppers, Dot’s older sister and the successor to the Queen, Princess Atta, allows him to do so, but only  to get rid of him.

Flik reaches the insect city, which is actually garbage under a trailer. He encounters a troupe of unemployed circus performers whose latest performance has just ended in disaster and mistakes them for the warriors he needs. At the same time, they believe him to be a talent scout who wants to book their act. They return to the colony, to Atta’s surprise, and are greeted as heroes who can fight the grasshoppers. In a conversation, Flik and the troupe realize their misunderstandings with each other which Atta almost overhears. While about to leave the colony, the troupe reconsider when they manage to save Dot from being attacked by a hungry bird.

Flik proposes to build a model bird to scare Hopper away. Whilst working together on the bird, the troupe members bond with the colony. Atta and Flik, who share mutual feelings of pleasing everyone, begin an awkward attraction for each other. At the grasshopper’s hideout, Hopper’s brother Molt suggests that they do not come back, since they have more than enough food and that it will rain. Hopper reminds him and everyone else to keep ants living in fear because of their superior numbers (100 to 1, he estimates), and they all set out to collect their due.

Eventually, circus master P. T. Flea arrives looking for his missing performers and unknowingly exposes them. Upset at Flik’s deception, Atta orders him exiled from the colony, while the other ants rush to collect whatever food they can for Hopper. When the grasshoppers arrive, they are unable to meet his demands, so he takes over the colony and forces them to bring him food. Dot overhears their plans to kill the Queen, catches up with Flik and the troupe, and persuades them to return and put their plan into action. Flik, with help from Dot and her friends, fly the bird, which frightens the grasshoppers.

P. T. Flea, thinking the bird to have injured one of his stars, sets it on fire. Seeing the fake bird, Hopper berates and beats Flik to the ground. Flik, however, is able to stand up and reveals that the ants are more powerful than they are led to believe, with grasshoppers being the weak reliant ones. Realizing this, the colony swarms against the gang and forces all, except a captured Hopper, to leave. However, a rainstorm begins, causing panic in which Hopper grabs Flik and flies off. Atta rescues Flik and they lure Hopper toward the bird’s nest. Hopper corners Flik but the bird grabs Hopper and feeds him to its chicks. The next spring, the colony has adopted Flik’s harvester to speed up grain collection, and Atta becomes the new queen, passing the princess crown to Dot and choosing Flik as her mate.

It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess. One of those Circle of Life kind of things. Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food..

87. Cars

DIRECTED BY JOHN LASSETER & JOE RANFIT

WRITTEN BY DAN FOGELMAN, JOHN LASSSETER, JOE RANFIT, JORGEN KLUBEIN KILE MURRAY, PHIL LORIN, ROBERT L. BAIRD, DANIEL GERSON, BONNIE HUNT, DON LAKE, STEVE PURCELL & DAN SCANLON

VOICES BY BONNIE HUNT, PAUL NEWMAN, OWEN WILSON CHEECH MARIN, MICHAEL KEATON

RELEASE DATE JUNE 9 2006

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL


This is my least favorite film of Pixar. Pixar’s previous films have happened in a world hidden inside our world, eg. Toy Story, Bugs or Monster’s. While Cars create a separate universe, one where humans do not existed, a universe of cars. As a pitch this kind of suck, but only pixar can turn a non  appealing idea an turn it into a multi million industry.

The film is a love story to the road. The beauty end the secrets of an open road, specially Route 66. I will dare to say that the movie is not a just a children movie but a road movie. When McQueen travel the road he meets a bunch of motley crew of characters, as any you meet in the road. Another cool thing about this movies is the actual design of the car. My favorite is Toll Mater.

PLOT

CThe film begins with the last race of the Piston Cup championship, which ends in a three-way tie between Strip Weathers, Chick Hicks and Lightning McQueen. The   tiebreaker race is scheduled for one week later at L.A.  Lightning is desperate to win the race.  Eager to start practice as soon as possible, Lightning pushes his Mack, to travel all night long.

When Mack felt sleep and McQueen roll out of the back of the trailer unnoticed. McQueen wakes up in traffic, becomes lost, and in a panic ends up in the run-down town of Radiator Springs. McQueen is arrested, then tried the next day by the town’s judge and doctor, who want him to leave Radiator Springs immediately; but at the insistence of Sally Carrera, Doc instead sentences him to repave the road.

McQueen initially tries to rush through the job, but makes a sloppy, bumpy mess of the road and is forced to start over again. As the days pass, he becomes friends with many of the townsfolk and learns of their past. Radiator Springs was once a popular stopover along Route 66, but with the construction an interstate allowed people to bypass the town,  causing many of the businesses and residents to leave. McQueen also discovers that Doc is a three-time Piston Cup champion who was forced out of competition after a serious accident ended his career over 50 years ago, but remains adept at racing.

Encouraged by his new friends McQueen successfully completes the road and spends an extra day in town, visiting the local shops to outfit him with new tires and equipment. That night, Mack and the media converge on the town, having been tipped off by Doc as to Lightning’s whereabouts, and Lightning reluctantly sets off for California, much to his dismay. Sally is upset with Doc for thinking only of himself, and the other townsfolk are saddened to see McQueen go as well as McQueen is saddened to leave them. As they retire to their homes, the town’s neon is turned off, and as the town returns to its previous quietness, Doc realizes just how much McQueen meant to them.

As the tie-breaker race begins, McQueen keep thinking  in Radiator Springs and he is distracted from performing well. However, he is surprised to discover that his new friends have come along to serve as his pit crew.  Heartened by their presence and recalling the tricks they taught him McQueen is able to counteract Chick Hicks’ dirty driving tactics and take the lead of the race.

Eventually McQueen returns to Radiator Springs and decides to move his team’s headquarters there, helping to revitalize the town and its businesses, much to the pleasure of his new friends. He and Sally reopen the Wheel Well Inn.

McQueen and Sally parked beneath the tree / K-I-S-somethin’-somethin’-somethin’-T.

99. Monsters, Inc.

DIRECTED BY PETE DOCTER, CO-DIRECTORS LEE UNRIKRICH AND DAVID SILVERMAN

WRITTEN BY ANDREW STANTON, DAN GERSON, ROBERT L. BAIRD RHETT REESE JONATHAN ROBERTS

VOICES: BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, MARY GIBBS, & STEVE BUSCEMI

RELEASE: NOVEMNER 2, 2001

AGE RECOMMENDED: PIXAR IS FOR EVERYONE

First of all in this list you gonna found all the Pixar movies so far. Not only children love them, grown ups the same, this movies are easy to watch at the same time are smart, funny but with a kind message behind. I simply  believe that Pixar is one of the best thing that happened to the film industry.

Monsters, Inc. is the fourth long length movie by Pixar.The movie is among the most popular kids movies ever, when released in DVD sold five million copies in one day. The movie was nominated to the academy award for best animated feature, original score and best original song; only won best original song.

This movies is full with physical humor for the kids and several reference for the adults (CDA- thinking when was release and the anthrax scare, etc)and 50’s sci-fi references.

I don’t know, but it’s been said, I love scaring kids in bed!

At Monsters, Inc. the action turns around a plant in which the job is generated the loudest and frighten shrieks out of kids in order to generated electricity. In order to achieve this  the hard working monsters have to go to the closet of the children in order to scare them. But this monsters are in reality much more scare of this children we could see this when an object children related enter to the plant is treated as a toxic hazard and require the intervention of the CDA (Children detention agency).

Monsters Inc, have a very standard elements in its development;  a hero (Sulley) and his sidekick (Mike) who have an odd relationship, the rival (Randall) who is plotting against the foundation of the world know to the heroes, a “magical creature” (Boo) that change the perspective of the heroes and expand their area of concern and change their perspective in the world and their job.

Monsters, Inc. is a breezy, fast-paced adventure story, with the emphasis on fun and excitement rather than on character development. Still, over the course of the film the characters and their feelings do become quite real.

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