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What Is It About Animated Sequels?


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In a Hollywood atmosphere that currently seems obsessed with stretching even the most moderate of box-office successes into a full blown franchise, sequels and prequels are a ubiquitous presence in cinema multiplexes. But in the world of animated cinema, where the construction of a film requires infinitely more hard work and dedication than a live action picture, sequels tend to emerge that better the original- a much rarer occurrence amongst many Hollywood pictures.

How To Train Your Dragon 2Gerard Butler stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 which has won copious plaudits.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few howlers either, animated studios such as Pixar and Disney are just as susceptible as the rest of the film world in dispensing some truly woeful and misguided follow ups. The likes of Cars 2 and Rio 2 left no-one with the life affirming sense of warmth that truly brilliant animated films of this type should provide. As is universally recognised, a mark of greatness from an animated film is its ability to simultaneously appeal to children and the adults who accompany them to the big screen. The likes of Shrek 1 & 2 and the Toy Story trilogy are prime examples of catering for both age groups through crafty pop culture references and subtle entendre.

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The Incredibles' Elastigirl Beats Lily Potter In Movie Mums Poll


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Holly Hunter's stretchy animated character in The Incredibles has beaten Harry Potter's mother Lily to the top of a new movie mums poll.

Elastigirl, voiced by Hunter, topped the U.K. Mother's Day list of mums, as chosen by visitors to online movie rental and streaming service LoveFilm.

Meryl Streep's Mamma Mia! character, Donna Sheridan, came in third ahead of Forrest Gump's mum, played by Sally Field, and Morticia Addams from The Addams Family.

Brad Bird Worried About Killing Tom Cruise


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Brad Bird feared he might be the director who kills Tom Cruise.

The Oscar-winning helmer was concerned the Hollywood actor might come to an untimely end during their latest movie 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol', which sees the 49-year-old star hanging off the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

When asked if he ever thought he could have been the director who kills Tom, he replied: "Yeah. I think every director that has worked with him in these kinds of films probably has that feeling where your eyes snap open at three in the morning and you go, 'My god, what am I doing?' Definitely."

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Brad Bird Insisted On Imax Mission


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Brad Bird insisted that 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol' be filmed in IMAX.

The 54-year-old director - who is best known for writing and directing Disney Pixar's 'The Incredibles' in 2004 - insisted that the latest film in the sequel starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt should be shot in IMAX, not 3-D, because it is "truly immersive" for the viewer.

He said: "I think that's crucial. We've taken a lot of the showmanship out of how we present movies - the movie palaces are gone, the curtains that pull back to reveal the screen are gone - and for me the last vestige of that showmanship is IMAX. It truly immerses the audience. If your star is going to climb up the outside of a building For Real, then I kinda feel as a director you have a duty to show it."

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Tom Cruise Tested By M:i Iv Stunts


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Tom Cruise was pushed to the limit while filming stunts for 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'.

Director Brad Bird preferred to use real action sequences rather than rely on special effects for the movie and says the star was so committed to his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt he was happy to "dangle" from the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

He told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "It was a very challenging shoot. It's a big film and we had to move around a lot. We were doing a lot of physical effects live - we weren't using special effects. And so it was physically a real challenge.

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Cruise Confirms Bird As Mission: Impossible 4 Director


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Tom Cruise has confirmed The Incredibles' director Brad Bird as the man who will helm MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 - and he's having "a blast" working with the filmmaker.

J.J. Abrams signed up to work with Cruise for the fourth installment in the franchise earlier this year (10), but it was unclear who would be taking on the directing role.

The Top Gun actor has now revealed Bird has signed up to the project - and he's ecstatic at the choice, because he's having such a good time on set.

Cruise tells Empire Online, "We're working with Brad right now. I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about it but everything's signed... Brad is doing it... The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille - Brad is enormously talented and J.J. and I are having a blast, cranking away. We're having a lot of fun. I like working with people I just love hanging out with. You get to hang out and laugh and talk stories and movies and technology: what are we going to do?"

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Up Soars To The Top At The U.s. Box Office


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New family film UP has soared to the top of the U.S. box office to become the third biggest debut for a Disney Pixar film behind The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.

Early estimates suggest the film, about a cantankerous old man, voiced by Ed Asner, who goes on a flying house adventure with a boy scout and a dog, opened with a $68.2 million (£45.4 million) opening weekend take.

Much-hyped horror film Drag Me to Hell failed to scare up huge numbers at the box office in America and opened with $16.6 million (£11 million) to come in third behind Night at the Museum sequel, Battle of the Smithsonian, which took its 10-day tally to $105.3 million (£70.2 million) with a weekend estimate of $25.5 million (£17 million).

Bird Desperate For Incredibles Sequel


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The Incredibles director Brad Bird is desperate to make a follow-up to the hit animated film - but is worried bosses at film company Pixar are against the idea.
The filmmaker, who also wrote the 2004 movie, is passionate about the characters from the superhero adventure, but is keeping any ideas for a sequel under wraps in case it doesn't match the appeal of the original, according to Moviehole.net.
He says, "I love the world. I love the characters, and if I could come up with a story that was as good or better than the original, I'd go there in a second.
"I have pieces of things that I would love to see in a sequel, but I haven't got them all together yet, and I certainly wouldn't want to come out there with something that is less than the original."
But he insists film company Pixar is wary of movie follow-ups, adding, "Sequels are not part of the business plan at Pixar. It's all about the filmmakers being passionate about going somewhere."

Jackson Collects His Own Action Figures


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Hollywood actor Samuel L Jackson collects action figures of characters he has played on the big screen.

The PULP FICTION star always makes sure he gets hold of every action figure made in his likeness.

He says, "They're in my office, in different places. I have a FROZONE doll (from The Incredibles) on my desk that looks down on me as I'm working on the computer.

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Will Smith's Shark Movie Renamed


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Will Smith's animated underwater Mob movie SHARKSLAYER has been renamed Shark Tale to make it more family friendly.

As well as going through a name change, the film has also been moved forward a month, to hit screens on 1 October 2004, in a bid to jump ahead of The Incredibles, out on 5 November 2004.

Shark Tale tells the story of OSCAR, played by Smith, a fish who falsely takes credit for saving the fish community from one of Robert De Niro's shark character DON LINO's sons.

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