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Cars 3 Review

Very Good

It's been six years since the last Cars movie (there were two Planes movies in that time), and the filmmakers have wisely decided to go back to basics for this one. After the sequel's foray into global spy mayhem, this movie keeps its focus on the race track. There's still that nagging lack of logic in the premise: a world of cars living like people, except that there are no people. But the oddest thing about this movie is that its themes are aimed at grown-ups, not children.

It opens as Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is at the top of his career, winning every race and celebrated as a rock star. Then young upstart Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) beats him, using high-tech training methods. To boost his speed, McQueen's sponsor (Nathan Fillion) sets him up with hot new trainer Cruz (Cristela Alonzo). But the old-school McQueen doesn't like simulators; he wants to feel sand in is tyres. So he takes Cruz on a cross-country trip to tap into his roots and show her the purity of racing on a dirt track. This involves seeking out salty old trainer Smokey (Chris Cooper) as McQueen prepares for a make-or-break race. Meanwhile, a TV pundit (Kerry Washington) drastically cuts McQueen's odds of winning any more races at all.

It's unlikely that kids in the audience will be able to identify with the central idea that you need to recognise when it's time to step aside for the younger generation. But then, they're mainly watching these movies for the vroom-vroom action, then buying the merchandise and recreating the races at home. The plot is for the adults, really, and this film provides a very nice story arc for McQueen (and Cruz as well). There is also, of course, a non-stop barrage of automotive puns and sight gags, silly side characters and wacky action. The stand-out scene is a riotous demolition derby in the mud.

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Dug The Talking Dog From 'Up' Is Brought To Life In Disney Hidden Camera Video


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Fans of 'Up', prepare for the most adorable video you'll see all week. In a hidden camera stunt, Disney Pixar have let loose a friendly Golden Retriever in the park to talk to people who are enjoying a day out in the sun. Yes, talk.

'Up'Dug was a character in 2009's 'Up' 

It's the real life talking dog, Dug. And he's 'on a mission to meet new friends' according to the video, which sees a real dog approach several adults and children wearing a collar that feeds Oscar nominated actor Bob Peterson's (the guy who voiced Dug in 'Up') voice through a speaker on the device. As he tells one curious little girl, 'I may talk because my collar allows me to talk'.

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Finding Dory Trailer


Since Nemo and his father were reunited, the residents living in the coral off the great barrier reef have been the best of friends but Dory keeps on finding herself questioning her past. Now, everyone's favourite forgetful fish is about to set out on a mission to find her own parents. 

As Nemo and Marlin are both all too aware of Dory's lack of oceanly experience, they feel that accompanying her on her mission is the only way to make sure she's safe. The two little clown fish and the blue tang soon find themselves in water that they're unfamiliar with. 

Dory's search takes her to new locations outside of the ocean too, whilst at the Monterey Marine Life Institute the forgetful fish meets up with some friends - new and old. 

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Up Review


Excellent
Like Wall-E, this Pixar-produced feature has an unusual structure that continually keeps us off guard. It also tells a story that's refreshingly mature, with moments of heartbreaking sadness and quiet contemplation. Along with the talking dogs and big action scenes.

Since he was a boy, Carl (voiced by Asner) has been obsessed with adventure, following the exploits of the larger-than-life explorer Muntz (Plummer). And Carl shared this yearning with his wife Ellie, although the circumstances of life meant that they never achieved their dream to travel to Muntz' famed Paradise Falls in South America. Now a widower, Carl is finally spurred to action, using helium balloons to fly his house away. But he has company in the form of the eager Russell (Nagai), and they make several strange discoveries in South America.

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Up Review


Very Good
Film critics experience varying degrees of disappointment. Terminator Salvation, for example, disappoints because it's terrible and shouldn't have been made, let alone released. The ironically titled Up, on the other hand, disappoints because it doesn't soar quite as high as its acclaimed Pixar predecessors. Holding each new Pixar flick up to such lofty expectations sounds unfair until you realize the animation factory's outstanding features routinely meet the studio's admittedly sky-high quality bar. And some -- like last year's WALL-E, a very tough act to follow -- raise the bar to even dizzier heights.

Up doesn't manage that. It's good, not great, Pixar -- an elegant and somber reflection on life's unfinished business and our tendencies to put even the biggest dreams on the shelf. And as we discovered with Cars, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, even good Pixar trumps traditional animation from rival studios, and certainly deserves your time.

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Bob Peterson - Tuesday 13th May 2008 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Monsters, Inc. Review


Good

Computer animation leader-of-the-pack Pixar Studios doesn't just create visually astonishing, wildly amusing kiddie cartoons. The company's clever creative team also comes up with the most inventive, least clichéd plots that children's movies have seen in at least a decade.

Any five minutes of "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2" or "A Bug's Life" is more original and more entertaining than the entirety of most flicks aimed at the adolescent demographic -- and Pixar has done it again with "Monsters, Inc.," a witty, warm and wonderful CGI 'toon about the scary, hairy beasts that lurk in our closets and under our beds at night.

The story takes place in a parallel monster world where electrical power is generated through the bottled screams of Earthly children. Big, burly, blue-furred, horn-headed James P. Sullivan (voice of John Goodman) is the top scare-maker at Monsters, Inc. -- the electric utility of the monster world. He's a friendly, blue-collar joe who jumps through dozens of closet doors a day, which rotate through his factory floor work station on a high-tech conveyor, operated by Sulley's best pal, Mike (Billy Crystal) -- a squat, green, walking pool ball with one huge eye that takes up half his body.

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