June 19, 2015
THOUGH PIXAR is the closest thing in the movie business to a can't-miss studio, there has been grumbling recently that the company's been playing it safe. Pixar spent the first decade of the new century releasing completely original titles, seven in all, then started living off the dividends of sequels - "Toy Story 3," "Cars 2," "Monsters University. " Nit-pickers wondered: Had the company lost its nerve? If so, they've gone to the right fellow to get it back - Pete Docter, the animator who helmed "Up," the movie that concluded and perhaps capped its great 2000-09 run. No one can say Docter is playing it safe with "Inside Out," a boldly imagined animated feature that goes inside the brain of a sad, struggling girl, and breaks her emotions down into individual characters - Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, Sadness - all trying to manage the girl's mood.
March 11, 2015 |
Cosby breaks no silence On Monday, Bill Cosby released a video in which he speaks excitedly on the phone about his upcoming show in Wheeling, W.Va. "You know I'll be hilarious," he says. No mention of anything else. None. Also on the site: "Hey. Hey. Hey. I'm far from finished. " 'Toy Story' wants love They're doing a Toy Story 4 ? Really???? So says Pixar prez Jim Morris to the blog Disney Latino. "It will be a love story," he said. "It will be a romantic comedy.
September 8, 2014 |
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun. Bad for the legions of frazzled parents of birthday-party invitees who have counted on it for a last-minute present and free gift wrap on a Saturday morning. And bad for the guy who drove the hour-and-a-half to it from Jim Thorpe just to buy six pimple balls. O'Doodles toy store, a fixture on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill since 1997, is the bearer of the bad news: It is closing.
July 30, 2014 |
It used to be we would go to the orchestra to avoid commercialism. Now, audiences are paying good money to be pitched to. Playing excerpts from the scores of Pixar films on two nights in Verizon Hall last week, the Philadelphia Orchestra set aside its charge of letting the public in on something interesting, overlooked, or artistically important. Instead, the ensemble played for two hours beneath a screen showing clips from Toy Story ( 1 , 2 and 3 ), Monsters Inc ., Cars ( 1 and 2 )
September 10, 2013 |
The United States' trade deficit with China topped $30 billion last week. In Hatfield, Michael Araten, 43, chief executive of K'nex Brands L.P., the toy company, is making that trend go the other way. President Obama visited K'nex in November to highlight the company's decision to bring back most of its manufacturing from China. In August, K'nex began exporting its toys to China. Question: What struck you about your visit with the president? Answer: He was personally incredibly charming.
June 21, 2013
FAMILY Philadelphia Triathlon "Tri"-ers from across the country converge on the Schuylkill to run and bike on both sides of the river and swim in it (downstream), too. The Please Touch Museum and the Falls Bridge are good spots to catch the (early-morning) action. Parking at 4231 Avenue of the Republic. Adult triathlons: 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (19.3 miles) and 6:30 a.m. Sunday (31.9 miles). Kids' fun run: 11:45 a.m. tomorrow (100 meters to 1 mile), phillytri.com. Manayunk Arts Festival Annual juried show takes over Main Street.
November 2, 2012 |
"WRECK-IT Ralph" is a cheerful little Disney 'toon that invokes two of the company's most popular properties: "Toy Story" and "Tron. " Set in an old-fashioned arcade, its Secret Lives of Video Game Characters story begins inside a game where kids help Fix It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer) repair the damage caused by the hulking Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly). The old-school game is corny, but also one of the most popular in the arcade. As the movie opens, it's celebrating a venerable anniversary, and the game characters gather after hours to pay homage to Felix.
April 16, 2012 |
TOY STORY Toy designer and illustrator Emilio Garcia heads from Barcelona to Philly to discuss the growing subculture of designing collectible toys. Garcia's oft-trippy designs use squiggly brain patterns to create whimsical toys. Stein Auditorium, 3215 Market St., 6:30 p.m., Monday, free, 215-895-1029, drexel.edu/westphal . PUPPET ARMY ATTACKS Eighty puppets, 60 comedians— 100 percent uncensored. That's the vow of "Stuffed and Unstrung," an adult puppet show produced by Henson Alternative, the grown-up wing of the Jim Henson Co. For ages 18+ only!
March 23, 2012 |
TOLEDO, Ohio - Pushed to the bottom of the toy box by video games and other high-tech gadgets, Etch A Sketch is suddenly drawing lots of attention, thanks to a gaffe that has shaken up the race for the White House. Ohio Art Co., maker of the classic baby-boomer toy, is sending a big box of Etch A Sketches to the presidential campaigns to say thanks for the publicity and a boost in sales. It all started when Mitt Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom was asked Wednesday about the candidate's politics now vs. this fall, and he likened the campaign to an Etch A Sketch, saying, "You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.
June 27, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Pixar Animation remains undefeated at the box-office races. The Disney unit's animated sequel "Cars 2" cruised to a No. 1 finish with a $68 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. That makes 12 wins in a row for Pixar since the company's first feature film, 1995's "Toy Story. " "It couldn't be any better than that," said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney. "What an unbelievable track record these guys have. " "Cars 2" added $42.9 million in 18 overseas markets, giving it a worldwide total of $110.9 million.