Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to animated filmmaking that connects with both adults and children. Intriguingly, this movie will be a very different movie depending on your age, because it explores the point where childish happiness gives way to more complex emotions. The basic idea may not be completely original, but the way director-cowriter Pete Docter (Up) approaches it is inventive, provoking constant laughter and even a few tears.
It's set inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), where the control room is run by Joy (Amy Poehler), who struggles to keep the darker emotions in check. Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust (Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Louis Black and Mindy Kaling) aren't easy for Joy to manage. And when Riley's parents (Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane) move the family from Minnesota to San Francisco, Riley's difficulty fitting into her new environment causes serious turmoil in her mind. Joy and Sadness find themselves lost in the recesses of Riley's memory, and must team up with Riley's forgotten imaginary friend Bing Bong (Richard Kind) to get back to headquarters, where Fear, Anger and Disgust are making a mess of everything.
As expected, the animation is simply gorgeous, combining bright colours and all kinds of textures to create both the real world and the expansive universe inside Riley's head. These things will provide both laughs and thrills, while grown-ups will also engage with an extra psychological layer of meaning, as Joy and Sadness travel through abstract thought to get to the imagination and ultimately to dreams, which are like a full-on movie studio that uses memories to create sleep-time blockbusters. There's also a brief but freaky visit to the subconscious. Through all of this Joy and Sadness discover that they need each other to function, which adds a surprisingly moving kick to everything that happens along the way.
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Uku is a volcano living in the isolated tropical beauty of Hawaii and desperate to find someone to love him. He sings about his lonliness and his attention is soon grabbed by fellow volcano Lele - but does she feel the same way?
'Lava' is a short film directed by James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren. It will be released alongside a new Disney animation entitled 'Inside Out', which stars Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader.
Riley is struggling with her and her family's move from the Midwest to San Francisco after her father lands a new job in the city. Growing up is difficult at the best of times, but now her emotions are really starting to get the better of her. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness live in the Headquarters inside Riley's brain and are constantly at odds - arguing over the best coping mechanism to deal with growing up, her new home, new school and new friends. Joy wants to remain upbeat and optimistic about the future, while Fear can't bear with the new surroundings. Anger and Sadness are lamenting leaving the Midwest, and Disgust will do anything to get Riley away.
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Laura Pickler is the proud and doting wife of long-time butter carving champion Bob Pickler. When Bob is forced to relinquish his title for that year's butter carving competition (an annual event in their small town in Iowa), Laura determinedly decides to step up and submit her own talents in order to keep the title in the family. However, her confidence is diminished when an unusual opponent also enters the competition. That opponent is 10-year-old adopted girl Destiny who is allowed to participate by her accepting but fairly sceptical foster parents Julie and Ethan. If that wasn't enough to spur Laura's determination then what comes next certainly will be. It is revealed that Bob has become hopelessly infatuated by a gorgeous stripper named Brooke who goes by the stage name of Tokyo Rose and who also happens to be entering the competition in a bid to snatch the butter carving champion title from Laura's reach. While the competition initially was created to represent the excellence in butter, it now becomes about power, politics and sex.
'Butter' is set to become a huge hit with its hilarious all-star cast, ridiculous subject matter and humour that is set to win the hearts of movie lovers everywhere. Directed by Jim Field Smith ('She's Out of My League') and the screenwriting debut of up and coming star Jason A. Micallef, you won't have to wait for 'Butter' any longer with a release date that couldn't be any nearer on October 5th 2012.
Aside from the general lack of funny gags, miscasting is the major problem.
There's also an unwillingness to commit to the characters' dark sides, opting instead for gross-out silliness.
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Elizabeth should never have become a teacher, her teaching technique is somewhat 'hands off'; she swears, drinks, smokes pot and is generally a terrible influence on the children. Stuck in a job she hates, she's just waiting for the day when a rich man asks her to marry him and once and for all she can put this daily nightmare behind her.
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Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to...
Uku is a volcano living in the isolated tropical beauty of Hawaii and desperate to...
Laura Pickler is the proud and doting wife of long-time butter carving champion Bob Pickler....
Elizabeth should never have become a teacher, her teaching technique is somewhat 'hands off'; she...