Lego Disney Minifigures

An image was leaked the other day of a new set of collectable Lego minifigures. They are all based around Disney characters. It is common knowledge that Disney has had a link with Lego for years. So this new series makes perfect sense. I will go through the characters and discuss some others that I think we will see in future series.

Lego Disney Minifigures

The characters in the first series are:

Mickey Mouse

Minnie Mouse

Donald Duck

Daisy Duck

Peter Pan

Captain Hook

Dash

Syndrome

Aladdin

Genie

Buzz

Alien

Stitch

Ursula

Ariel

Maleficent

Alice

Cheshire Cat

I would say this is a great start to a series. We haven’t got all the famous characters out, so they have something to bring out in future lots. I also find it great to see some Pixar characters. I have not seen a single classic Disney film like Aladdin, Snow White, or The Little Mermaid, but I am a massive fan of everything Pixar. If I were to collect these I would probably try and “feel out” the Pixar characters and probably Mickey and Donald, while leaving all the other characters. I was a fan of some of the old Disney cartoons like Recess and Fillmore, so if they decided to bring out some figures from that I would also be interested. I know Stitch is probably a more popular character than those from Recess and certainly more popular than Fillmore, but you can’t blame a guy for dreaming. Who wouldn’t want a minifigure of TJ, Spinelli, Gretchen, Gus, Vince, or Mikey?

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This image above has circulated a few sites recently. This is supposedly some of the figures we can expect from the new series. Some of them seem plausible as we have seven of the characters confirmed. The look slightly different in the real pictures, but the representation is pretty spot on. I don’t buy this image though. Six figures representing Kim Possible? I don’t think so. A Barbie and Ken figure? Unless Hasbro has done a licensing deal with Lego this is never going to happen. That is why I question the validity of the picture. You can believe, but unless most of the figures get made I won’t be.

In the confirmed image, the different properties featured are varied. We have the classic Disney characters like Mickey and Donald, the old cartoon characters, as well as the modern 3D characters. With some of the characters you can almost guess some other characters that will appear.

As we have Buzz and the Alien we can only assume we will have Woody too, maybe even Jessie. I can’t see them being the same as they appeared in the sets a few years ago. The alien still looks the same, but Buzz has lost his special moulded head and has a normal head with a decal. This is why I think Woody and Jessie would also have a normal head and probably have normal length legs too.

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The inclusion of Dash and Syndrome can only mean Helen, Bob, and Violet are to come? I would like to think so. Why would Lego put in the two characters if they didn’t plan on adding the other three characters? I wouldn’t say Syndrome and Dash are the most popular characters. If they do make a figure of the rest of the family I will find it interesting to see how they make the figures portray their special powers. Will Helen and Violet be taller? Will Bob be a bigger figure?

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With it being the first series, it is obvious why they included the favourites of Donald, Mickey, and Minnie. These three characters are Disney personified and are the faces of the company. Putting these main characters in the first series is a good start and hopefully get people in the series. I am slightly bemused by the inclusion of Daisy though. Unless Daisy is more popular in the US than in the UK, I can’t see she has the same kind of pulling power as the other three, but maybe she is there as the “girlfriend” of Donald, like Mickey and Minnie.  These four main characters are good for a start, and it also leaves room for another lot of characters to be the linchpin of the other series. I would like to see Goofy and Pluto in the next series. Characters like Oswald the Unlucky Rabbit, Chip and Dale, and Scrooge McDuck will be some other well-known Disney characters that could be included.

The rest of the characters hint at some more characters we could be seeing. No Lilo with Stitch? No Tinkerbell with Peter Pan? We should be seeing the rest of the characters from the films represented. We will probably see all the Disney Princess represented in future series. I can see Tinkerbell, Lilo, Mad Hatter, Jasmine, and Snow White being made later on to fit in with the characters already here.

This leaves me to question what characters I think they should do. I think having a couple of Princesses in each series will really draw people in. Lego have already made the princesses in the Friends style. I also think a good spread of Pixar characters will see them right. They will probably continue with characters from old films too, like Dumbo, Pinocchio, and Winnie the Pooh.

Now onto the characters that I want to see.

As I have mentioned I would love to see some Recess characters. If they have done Lilo and Stitch they obviously don’t mind taking characters from Disney Toons.

I love the Pixar films so including a few main characters from every film would be great. I don’t think they will try to do any Cars or Finding Nemo characters, but I think they could mould some heads for Bugs Life, Monsters Inc, and Ratatouille characters.  If they could pull off some great likenesses of these characters I will be more than happy.

Now I like Pixar, but I also like some of the original Disney 3D films. Some figures representing this side of Disney would also be cool. I would love to see some Chicken Little, Wreck It Ralph, and Big Hero Six characters.

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What they could look like.

I love Phineas and Ferb too. So some figures of them would be nice. I do know Lego planned to use the two in a Lego game before so you never know!

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Lego Phineas and Ferb Board Game

This has also got me thinking. Will Disney be taking any characters from Live action properties? Will we be seeing High School Musical, Suite Life, or National Treasure characters? I doubt it. What about Muppets?

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I am excited about this development, and will certainly be buying some of the bags. I hope they include some great characters and both sides, Lego and Disney, do well enough from it that they carry it on until almost every Disney character has been done!

 

 

 

Tintin easter eggs

Tintin is often seen as one of the best series of stories. While Herge is often seen as a visionary, political commentator, and genius. So I am not surprised he managed to sneak in some Easter eggs into the series of books.

All the notable easter eggs are from three books: King Ottokar’s Sceptre, The Calculus Affair, and Tintin and the Picaros.

The Easter eggs from King Ottokar’s Sceptre and The Calculus Affair are sneaky cameos of Herge himself.

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In this scene Herge is the chap in the green on the left.

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You can see him again in the crowd, this time on the left.

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Herge is still wearing green at the bottom right of this scene smoking a cigarette.

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The man himself.

Other than himself, Herge likes to pay homage to other famous characters too.

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If you look closely at this scene from Tintin and the Picaros you should be able to see two very recognisable characters. Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse can be seen in the crowd. Herge also includes fellow European comic character, Asterix!

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Herge must also have a soft spot of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comics, as he included Snoopy in the crowd.

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Finally another Disney cameo. I am not sure if you can say Donald Duck is making a cameo as he fairly obvious! Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

These are just a few different Tintin easter eggs that I find interesting. I hope you enjoyed them. Look out for tomorrow’s post about the Easter Eggs in the recent Tintin animated film!

 

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Even though Cars isn’t the most popular Pixar film, the characters are some of the most recognisable. I am sure we have all seen the films and know the premise of it. The world is made of cars; cars with eyes and mouths. So today I will show you how you can make your vehicle, whether a car, truck, bike, or even plane, look like it belongs to the Pixar universe.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

First open up a picture of a car you want to turn into a Pixar character.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Make sure the image is on a separate layer, and the background layer is transparent.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Next select the area of the windscreen using the Quick Selection Tool (W). I find this tool the easiest to select a particular space. You must click and drag the tool over the windscreen to add to the selection. If you have included too much in the selection, just hold down alt to deselect a particular part.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Now delete the windscreen selection. No go to the gradient editor and create a gradient similar to the one pictured. Grey to White then back to Grey will work. Try to slant the gradient to the windscreen’s curve.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

We now need to create a new layer on top of the other two. You can do this by going to Layer>New>Layer.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) create an outline for the eyebrows. I got the curves by creating the points of the lasso close together. Try to give the eyebrows expression.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

With the eyebrows selected, we can go again to the gradient editor. If you click one of the colours in the gradient you should bring up an eye dropper. With the eye dropper select the lightest and darkest colours from the shine on the vehicle. Don’t worry if the colours don’t match exactly. All we need to do is make them look similar. Again, try to slant the gradient relative to the bend in the windscreen.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

While still on the eyebrow layer, go to Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Add a drop shadow to the eyebrows. The settings with the best effects are Angle 90, Distance 20 px, Spread 0%, and Size 5 px. This should give a convincing shadow under the eyebrows.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Next, select the entire windscreen from the image layer and copy it onto a new layer above all the other layers.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Once this is done, use the eraser tool to rub away the area with the eyebrows. I find this gives a better finish as it looks like the eyebrows fit within the windscreen.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Copy and paste this image of an average Pixar style eye into your image twice. I added the extra white circle. You can do this too, by using the ellipse tool (U) and the colour white.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Move the eyes to the windscreen.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

I decided to sink the yes lower into the bonnet. At the moment, the eye is overlapping the edge. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (W) highlight the overlapping area and delete it on both eyes.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

On a new layer, again using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (W), select a space on the front of the vehicle in the shape of a mouth. Then add a grey to white gradient to the selected area.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

With the same tool, cut out a shape from the mouth and delete it.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

Lastly, select the licence plate in the image layer and copy it to another layer. Make sure this new layer is ontop of all the others.

Cars Pixar -ify Vehicle Pixar Style

You should end up with something similar to this. I hope you like this tutorial and find a way to use this.Maybe you could customise a friends car for them. If you do end up trying this out feel free to share it in the comments.

brave and frozen feature inspired?

In 2012, Pixar’s Brave flashed on the big screen for the first time. A year-and-a-half later, Disney unveiled Frozen to audiences all around the world. Brave takes place in medieval Scotland while Frozen seems to take place in mid-1800s Norway. The stories happen in two completely dissimilar locations. However, looking beyond these differences reveals two remarkably similar fairy tales–which begs the question:

Did Brave Inspire Frozen?

Notice the similarities between the two films:

Each tale begins with the main characters as children.

  • Merida is gifted her first bow and arrow as a child and practices archery for the first time. The scene shows little Merida laughing and playing with her mother (the queen), indicating that they had a close relationship at this time.
  • Elsa, casting ice and snow from her hands, turns the inside of the castle into a winter wonderland for her and her sister, Anna to play. Together, they built a snowman and turned the place into an ice skating rink.  This would be one of the last times Elsa was allowed to play with Anna.
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Merida and Elsa as Children

Both films events begin with a family dispute, caused by a main character’s special ability.

  • Brave’s redheaded protagonist, Merida avoided betrothal by handily beating her suitors in her favorite sport: archery. Merida’s actions strained–and nearly broke–her relationship with her mother (the queen). Her mother did not believe that a princess like Merida should be practicing archery. Archery, after all, is un-ladylike.
  • In Frozen, princess Elsa possesses the ability to cast ice and snow out of thin air. She accidentally used this ability on her sister, Anna. Her parents (the king and the queen) reacted by splitting her off from the family and confining her to her room. Elsa spent the rest of her childhood separated from Anna.
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The Two Protagonists Practicing their Respective Powers

One of the main characters is affected by a spell.

  • Merida got more than she bargained for when she asked for a spell to “change” her mom. The spell changed her mom into a bear, which Merida did not expect.
  • The spell that Elsa accidentally cast slowly froze Anna from the inside out.
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The Sad Effects of their Powers

In an attempt to cure the spell, the main characters journey into the woods:

  • Merida visits the same house where she initially bought the spell. She finds that the witch who sold it to her is on vacation. The witch left a holographic message (powered by a spell in a simmering cauldron) revealing that the clock is ticking on the spell. Merida has until the “second sunrise” to cure it. Otherwise, her mother will be a bear forever.
  • Kristoff, Olaf, Anna and Sven journey into the snowy woods until they find the trolls that raised Kristoff (and cured Anna the first time) The gang consults with the elder troll, who reveals that if the spell isn’t cured soon, Anna will freeze forever.
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The Woods and Forests

Both spells are cured by an act of true love–which mends a tattered relationship.

  • Merida mends her mother’s tapestry (she sliced it with a sword in the beginning). After this didn’t cure the spell by itself, Merida broke down, cried and began hugging the giant bear her mom turned into. Through tears of pain, she confessed that she loved her, she wished she’d listened to her and that she needed her back. This breaks the spell, reuniting the duo. Weathering the struggles of the spell strengthened Merida’s relationship with her mother and brought them closer together than ever before.
  • Anna–seconds away from freezing to death–sees Hans (evil guy) with his sword raised into the air with Elsa on the ground. Just as he plunges his sword downward, Anna jumps in front to take the blow. Just before the sword hits her hand, she freezes solid. The sword shatters as it smashes into her hand. Elsa is ecstatic to see her sister, but is soon realizes that she’s solid as ice. Devastated, she clings onto her frozen sister, sobbing. Unexpectedly, Anna begins to thaw–until the color returns to her face and she’s back to normal. The spell is cured! The pain of losing Anna followed by the joy of getting her back strengthened Elsa’s relationship with her sister and brought them closer together than ever before.
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The Acts of True Love

Observing these similarities and noting that Brave was released a full year-and-a-half before Frozen, do you believe that Brave inspired Frozen? Or are all these similarities merely convenient coincidences?

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This post was written by Andy Carr. You can contact Andy via his email andy@restructuring.me. Thanks Andy.

history of Pixar

Thirty years ago today, Feb 4, 1986, one of the greatest animation studios was founded. Known for brilliant storytelling, jaw-dropping scenery, and relateable characters this studio is of course Pixar! The history of Pixar is full of intrigue with each staff having their own story. In my opinion the founding of Pixar is down to 4 men, men who were each good in their own fields…

Ed Catmull (Technical Whizz)

Way back in 1974, Ed completed his doctorate in computer science to then be employed by a gentleman named Alexander Schure to help him with the new Computer Graphics Lab at the New York Institute of Technology. Ed had already been recognised as a leader in the industry by discovering and inventing various subtleties and techniques in computer graphics. His first bit of animation, which he made of his left hand, appeared in the film Futureword, making it the first computer generated graphics in a feature film. It was while at NYIT, that Ed created different bits of software to help people create computer animations. His most notable was simple named “Paint”; this eventually became the computer animation system CAPS that Disney would use for their 2D animation work. With his obvious expertise, Hollywood beckoned. And who could be more Hollywood than George Lucas? George hired Ed to work on a new computer graphics department of Lucasfilm in 1979, named Industrial Lights & Magic.In that same year he was made Vice President of the department. In 1986 Steve Jobs invested in ILM and turned it into Pixar. Ed then created Pixar’s landmark 3D animation software, Renderman. The same software they have made every film from since.

Ed Catmull Pixar History of Pixar

George Lucas (Visionary)

As a man who made money from creating live action films, it makes you wonder why George Lucas was so keen on computer animation. Before he set the Pixar ball rolling, he had already created Star Wars. Remember that the first Star Wars used old-school effects like stop motion and compositing. To Lucas, the initial outlay for computer graphics could make a lot more money in the long run. This is why in 1979, he hired Ed Catmull and John Lasseter to help him create 3D effects for films under the Industrial Lights & Magic department. Lucas could see the potential of 3D graphics and really wanted to make a full feature film, but as he was losing money from his divorce and the drop-off in Star Wars merchandise sales he had to sell up to Steve Jobs.

George Lucas Pixar History of Pixar

John Lasseter (Artist and Animator)

John had had a hard run while working for Disney as an animator. He was fed up with doing 2D animations and wanted to try out 3D. Him and some colleagues tried out a 3D short with a 2D animation over the top based on the book Where the Wild Thing Are. Pleased with the results, John wanted to create a full 3D feature film. He pitched idea of the Brave Little Toaster as a 3D film. Disney did not like the idea as they felt it would be too expensive, and sacked John from their animation department. This meant John was a free agent, and a perfect target for Ed Catmull. Industrial Lights & Magic needed an animator and John fit the bill. They couldn’t call him an animator as Ed was told he wasn’t to hire any. John worked freelance with Lucasfilm where he created the first ever fully 3D animated short, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B. After finding the funding for Brave Little Toaster was gone, he was offered a job by Ed and went to work full-time at ILM. This partnership between Ed and John eventually led to the creation of Toy Story.

John Lasseter Pixar History of Pixar
John Lasseter Pixar History of Pixar

Steve Jobs (Money and Direction)

In 1986 Pixar were a company mainly focused at selling computers and software while animating in their spare time. George Lucas didn’t want to run a computer business, and added to his personal finances, he decided to find investors. In walks Steve Jobs. After recently being fired from Apple, Steve needed something to work on. So in 1986 he bought the Pixar technology and Pixar company for $5 million each. The $5 million for the company was used as an investment in the company, while the other $5 mil was for the rights for the software. Steve knew the company needed money, and selling the computers was not going to pay the bills. Steve suggested doing animated adverts while they worked on the feature films.

Steve Jobs Pixar History of Pixar

These four men created one of the best animation studios that created some the most highly acclaimed films ever. Each man had a part to play, and had a piece to pplace in the Pixar jigsaw. They each had a skill they brought to the table. If you were to take out one of these men Pixar would not be the company it is today; financially or creatively. They are part of the history of Pixar. I can’t believe its been 30 years Pixar, here’s to another 30!

 

 

bug's life vs antz dreamworks vs pixar pixar week

It is no secret that Pixar and Dreamworks are against each other and always will be. They are the two powerhouses for 3D, CGI films, so it is obvious they will be at war. Standing from the sidelines the battle looks fairly mundane with both studios releasing films for the public to enjoy, each trying to create great films. The battle between Pixar and Dreamworks is way more than this; Pixar and Dreamworks have history…

It all starts with a man named Jeffery Katzenberg. Jeffery was brought into Disney by  CEO Michael Eisner in 1984. Eisner wanted him to look into the motion picture division of Disney. At this time Disney was one of the worst performing studios in regards to film making. Katzenberg was able to turn this around by creating some more adult orientated live action movies, as well as some of Disney’s best animated films. These animated films included Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and the Lion King. It was also Katzenberg who agreed the partnership deal between Disney and Pixar.

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Jeffery Katzenberg while at Disney

When Eisner’s second in command died in a helicopter crash, Katzenberg was not promoted to the free position of president. Katzenberg fell out with Eisner, and left Disney in 1994. He also even attempted to sue his old company for money he felt he was owed. This breakup inspired Katzenberg to seek revenge, eventually leading him to create Disney Pixar’s mortal enemy, Dreamworks.

Thus commences the biggest movie studio rivalry known in the business, and a fairly shady movie battle too…

Bug’s Life vs Antz

Backstory

Hyped up by the success of Toy Story, Pixar started work on its next film, A Bug’s Life. Remember that Katzenberg knew John Lasseter and Steve Jobs after Toy Story and Pixar’s collaboration with Disney. To be honest, Katzenberg hindered the process of Toy Story by wanting it edgier and appeal more to adults. It wasn’t until he left Pixar to it, when they were able to create the film they wanted. Katzenberg had already had a run in with the Pixar staff, so when Katzenberg invited John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton for a meeting after his founding of Dreamworks, they should have smelt a rat. Katzenberg was asking them a lot of questions about their “bug” film, and pointing out how close the release date was to Dreamwork’s Prince of Egypt. This meeting was in 1995.  John and the Pixar team started getting word that Dreamworks were also making a CGi film based around insects; this film became Antz. John phoned up Katzenberg who initially said it was a rumour, but later admitted it was true. Jeffrey told John that the Antz pitch had been given to him years before any news of A Bug’s Life. John obviously found this hard to believe and felt he was the cannon fodder between Disney and disgruntled Katzenberg. Katzenberg then phoned up Steve Jobs, and told them he could stop the production of Antz if Disney and Pixar moved the release date of Bug’s Life to avoid it colliding with Prince of Egypt’s date.  Jobs told him it was extortion and refused to move the date. Disney would not have let him anyway. Katzenberg then made the decision of moving Antz’s release date from Spring 1999 to October 1998, just to get an edge on Pixar’s Bug’s Life. The sad thing is that most of the Pixar crew knew and were friends with the PDI crew (PDI being the computer animation group Dreamworks bought and used), and would have supported their new film, had it not been in direct competition with theirs. John Lasseter has even said that he would have closed the studio for the day just to go and see PDI and Dreamwork’s first film. PDI and Pixar were on good terms after the whole debacle, but the competition between Dreamworks and Disney still whirred on.

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Katzenberg and Lasseter together at the Producers Guild Awards

Film’s Similarities and Differences

Similarities

  • Based on insects
  • Main character is a male worker ant that wants to get out of the colony
  • The worker ant falls in love with a princess
  • They both save the colony

Differences

  • In a Bug’s Life the colony is the safe place, while the big city is dangerous. In Antz the colony is bad and the place they try and find is good
  • Antz is not afraid with death with many characters dying, while Bug’s life shows little violence and no deaths
  • Bug’s life is family friendly, whereas Antz tried to be edgy, using satirical and rude humour and violence
  • Antz is the dark side of theme, while Bug’s Life is the light. Antz used darker colours, humour, and plot. Bug’s Life is colourful, juvenile, and much brighter.

Ratings

On Rotten Tomatoes:

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Metacritic:

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Antz metacritic Rating dreamworks a bug's life vs antz

and IMDB:

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Antz IMDB Rating dreamworks a bug's life vs antz

As you can see from the ratings both films are highly acclaimed. They each win out in different areas on different websites. The reason Antz beats A Bug’s Life on some websites is due to the harder hitting story and better voice cast, while Bug’s Life wins for memorable characters and child friendly plot.

Even if their critical reception was similar, Katzenberg’s gamble with Antz beating Bug’s Life didn’t pay off at the box office.

Bug’s Life cleaned up with $363,398,565 in box office sales to Antz’s $171,757,863 worldwide sales. The fact that Antz lost out to Bug’s Life even though it came out earlier speaks kindly to the marketing Pixar did for the film, and the lack thereof from Dreamwork. It also shows that the fact Antz was rushed out into cinemas just to beat Pixar’s efforts was a stupid idea, and thus lacked any real traction in the theatres. Judging by the reviews Antz could have easily been stiff competition for Bug’s Life if it had been marketed better.

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Antz Movie Poster
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A Bug’s Life’s Movie Poster

Summary

In all credit to Katzenberg and Dreamworks, they did bring out a good film with good reviews. So you can only feel the cheap tactics and fired shots between the two studios only really harmed Antz. Had Katzenberg waited for Bug’s Life to come and really finish off the film, it may have beat Bug’s Life in the box office. After Jeffery had laid down the gauntlet there was no real going back; Dreamworks and Pixar were to be long time enemies. From similarities between Shark Tale and Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and Flush Away, and even Disney’s Emperor’s New Groove and The Road to Eldorado only strengthened the animosity between the two even if they were just “coincidences.” After Bug’s Life vs Antz, animation fans actually had two great films to watch and enjoy. So I suppose it wasn’t all bad.

 

 

back-to-the-future-delorean time travel films

Thank you for joining us for Back to the Future week, I have personally really enjoyed the week of festivities, and I hope you did too. This will be the last post of the week. Today, I will suggest some time travel films that I  enjoy as a massive fan of BTTF.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

This film follows two teenagers, Bill and Ted, who have to hand in a history paper for their school. Unfortunately, they are completely stupid and can’t think of anything other than playing their guitars and becoming rock stars. They do become massive rock stars and actually rule supreme over the world in the future, but it wouldn’t have happened unless they passed their history paper. So a guide is sent from the future to make sure that they pass. He comes in a phonebox time machine, and takes Bill and Ted to the past to find famous historical characters to help them with the paper. Thus ensues funny situations between Bill, Ted, and their famous friends. If you enjoy BTTF 3 with its historical setting, you should enjoy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure with the many different time periods they travel back to.

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Bill and Ted – Be Excellent To Each Other

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a film that shows Phil Connors, a local weatherman, get stuck in the same day over and over again. He is meant to be reporting about the weather-predicting Groundhog, Punxsutawny Phil, but when the day is over he has to live it over and over again. He then gets to know exactly what happens each day putting him into some funny situations. With the seemingly endless days stuck in the same day, Phil gets bored and upset and tries to get out of his cycle through many different ways. It isn’t until he acts selflessly when he finally gets himself out of the time loop.

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Hey Phil!

Minute Men

Even though a bit cheesy as it was made by Disney, Minute Men is a film about high school kids who build a time machine and decide to use it for the good of their class mates. The film starts with the main characters Virgil, Derek, and Stephanie starting high school by trying out for various clubs. Virgil opts for American football, but ends up being embarrassed by another new kids named Charlie who turns up to the try-outs on a rocket powered car. Virgil and Charlie are both humiliated by being hung on the school’s statue of their Ram mascot, thus being branded as outcasts for the rest of their schooling, while Virgil’s friends, Derek and Stephanie become popular. Virgil and Charlie end up becoming friends, and stick with each other. Charlie one days tells Virgil he has created a time machine, but didn’t have the expertise to build it. They both had to recruit another outsider, Zeke, to help them build the machine. Once it is finished they use it to go back in time to help other “nerds” when they had problems. Unfortunately, they use the machine too much and cause a black hole…

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Run it back again!

I hope you like these picks, as these are some of my favourite films of all time. You may be able to tell I really love time travel films. Thanks for sticking with Blog Blowfish for Back to the Future week. We will continue to put some great content out over the next few weeks including some more Aardman easter eggs, finishing the history of comics series, and starting a new series about valuable collectables. So remember where we are going we don’t need roads.

Wrong Trousers Easter Eggs

After looking through A Close Shave on Tuesday for easter eggs and enjoying it,  I thought I would do another post about all the easter eggs in the Wrong Trousers. Much like A Close Shave, I have watched this film so many times, but only after constantly pausing the film over and over again did I see all the hidden little details.

One thing that is pretty obvious is the use of items from a Grand Day Out in the Wrong Trousers. Throughout the film you can see the rocket from A Grand Day Out and nods to the film.

Wallace and Gromit Rocket 2
Gromit Loves Rockets!
Wallace and Gromit Wall Rockets
A Nod to a Grand Day Out
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If only he had put his money in Moon Cheese!
Wrong Trousers Sled
Recognise the sled?

This sled appeared in a Grand Day Out in the basement. In A Grand Day Out, the sled had Rose Bud written on it as a link to the classic film Citizen Kane.

Wallace and Gromit Rosebud Sled
A Citizen Kane reference in A Grand Day Out

The film made after the Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, featured a cast of sheep. The Wrong Trousers shows us what to expect from the next movie with many pictures of sheep cropping up.

Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 1
The first picture of a sheep on Wallace’s landing.
Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 2
The second picture of a sheep in Wallace’s bedroom.
Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 3
The third sheep picture found in Wallace’s front room.
Wallace and Gromit Sheep Picture 4
This sheep wouldn’t be out of place in Shaun the Sheep.

When watching the film, the one thing I wasn’t expecting was a postcard from Disneyland featuring Mickey Mouse.

Wallace and Gromit Mickey Mouse
The Mickey Mouse Character at Disneyland Postcard

As well the rocket and sled in Gromit’s room he also two over interesting things. The first is a Batman kite!

Wallace and Gromit Batman
Even Batman gets a reference!

The second is the bookshelf. Take a look at the books… Fish, Penguins, Lassie, Sheep, Stars, and Canines. Seems like a cast list for animals in the Wallace and Gromit films.

Wallace and Gromit Books
An interesting selection of books.

As Gromit looks at the adverts in the newsagent’s window, one advert stands out.

Wallace and Gromit Mr Shifty Advert
Mr Shifty
Shed Remover’s
(No Job Too Small)

The museum that Feather’s burgles also holds a few secrets. The first thing we can see is an exhibit with 5 different penguins like Feathers.

Wallace and Gromit Penguins
It seems like penguins were clever thousands of years ago too.

We now see another character from Creature Comforts, this time it is the lion. He is in the same pose in his exhibit as he is in Creature Comforts.

Wallace and Gromit Creature Comforts Lion
Space, not grass!

This Youtube link shows the Lion in Creature Comforts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpv7DyylO5k

The last interesting item found in the museum are the mummies and the sarcophagus of what looks like old relatives of Wallace and Gromit.

Wallace and Gromit Mummies
Distant Relatives?

 Two things in this film link it with Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The first is an advert for Snoozy Choc as Wallace walks up the museum building.

Wallace and Gromit Snoozy Choc
Snoozy Choc, The Sleepy-Time Drink

You are probably wondering why this is a link to the Were-Rabbit; let me tell you. One idea being banded about during the production of Were-Rabbit was Wallace would learn to play the banjo, and drive Gromit so mad he would put Sleepy Choc in his drink.

The second link to the Were-Rabbit is the Austin A35 van. When Gromit is in the cafe reading the paper, you can see a very familiar van. This is the same model of van, and may even be the same van, that Wallace and Gromit use as the Anti-Pesto van in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Wallace and Gromit Austin A35
The same van?
anti pesto van
The Anti-Pesto Austin A35
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Bloons and Up Dennis the Menace and Angry Birds Despicable Me, Minions, and Where's Wally Mario and Pacman phineas and ferb-catanpixar and fifa tintin and professor laytonwalle and minecraft

Click Each Picture for A Large Image that you can Save and Set As a Desktop Background. I created all these photos from stock images using Photoshop, so I don’t own any of these images.