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Enough with the origin stories. Film-making has become too risk-averse | Helen O'Hara
Lightyear is the latest example of a studio milking a past glory, and maybe film fans are growing tired of it, says film journalist Helen O’Hara

Helen O’Hara

03, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Monsters at Work review – Pixar spin-off is scarily subpar
Laughter is the new mission for our once fearsome cast of beasts – voiced by the likes of Billy Crystal – but this TV take on Monsters, Inc is far from joyous

Lucy Mangan

07, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Does Pixar’s Luca do a better job at being Studio Ghibli than Ghibli?
The lush and vibrant new animation recalls Hayao Miyazaki’s famed studio, a sign of how far his sensibilities have spread through film

Steve Rose

21, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Luca review – gentle Pixar tale packed to the gills with charm
An unlikely friendship between two shape-shifting boys explores the joys and tribulations of not fitting in

Wendy Ide

20, Jun, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Luca review – Pixar’s charming, if flimsy, tale of sea monster BFFs
One of the studio’s more minor efforts is still a sunny, likable story of two boys finding out who they are while stuck between different worlds

Benjamin Lee

16, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Historic wins for Nomadland – and surprise victory for Anthony Hopkins – at odd Oscars
Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of colour to win best director with her drama about van-dwellers as Hopkins and Frances McDormand won top acting honours

Benjamin Lee in New York

26, Apr, 2021 @3:36 AM

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Mother-in-law jokes a thing of the past? Not at Pixar | Hadley Freeman
The studio’s new movie Soul, starring an ‘annoying’ Tina Fey, has just updated them for a new generation

Hadley Freeman

23, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Soul review – Fantasia meets A Matter of Life or Death
A jazz-loving music teacher ends up in the beforelife in this existential Pixar beauty from the director of Up and Inside Out

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

27, Dec, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Gabbi Bolt used to write love songs. Now she's best known for a TikTok tune about a rat
The Australian songwriter has capped her ‘dumbest, craziest, wildest’ year with an invitation from Broadway for her Ratatouille-inspired show tune

Matilda Boseley

26, Dec, 2020 @7:00 PM

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Why is Pixar so brilliant at death?
From Up’s moving life story to the father-son parting of Onward, the animation powerhouse has never shirked from profound contemplation

Phil Hoad

24, Dec, 2020 @2:07 PM

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Daveed Diggs: 'Pixar wanted feedback from a ton of black folks'
The polymath star of Pixar’s Soul, the Guardian’s No 2 film of the year – who also has an album in our top 50 – on his busy 2020, the necessity of representation, and why horror is especially adept at conveying the black experience

Ryan Gilbey

18, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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The 50 best films of 2020 in the US: No 2 – Soul
In a year that needed it more than ever, Pixar provided a soaring, heart-warming tale of a music teacher who finds an unlikely life after death

Andrew Pulver

17, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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