Featured, Reviews / 15.06.2022

In 1995, Andy got a toy from his favourite movie. This is that movie. With these two opening sentences, Pixar instantly establishes the initially confusing context behind Lightyear; a Toy Story spin-off that's not quite a prequel in the purest sense. These are not the adventures of the beloved toy voiced by Tim Allen over the course of four near-perfect films. It's an origin story of a character we have technically never met. It's the movie that inspired the toy in the movies that we know and love. While Lightyear can't quite...

Reviews / 08.03.2022

In their illustrious 27-year history, Pixar Animation Studios has intelligently covered many pertinent topics. From mental health and grief to environmentalism and the meaning of life, their bravery in tackling themes other animation studios wouldn't dare touch has always been one of their greatest strengths. It should come as no surprise to learn their latest effort, Turning Red offers a portrait of something we've never seen in animation before; the perils of puberty. Shrewdly utilising an ancient curse as a smart metaphor for the uncontrollable changes one's body experiences in...

Reviews / 17.06.2021

For those of us who live in nations where international travel is still off-limits, watching a film set in a foreign location is the closest we'll get to an overseas holiday for at least another six months. Just in time for the onset of Australia's brisk winter, the wizards of Pixar Animation are here to provide a joyous trip to the sunny shores of the Italian coast with their latest little gem that typically packs an emotional punch. Crafted with a gorgeously quaint storybook quality rarely seen in Pixar...

Awards Season, Reviews / 21.12.2020

One of the biggest tragedies of all the cinematic casualties of 2020 is the difficult fact Soul will stand as the first Pixar film to not receive a theatrical release. As will undoubtedly be the case for many of you, Soul will sadly be the first Pixar release this film critic does not see inside a cinema. The bitter disappointment is only compounded by the realisation this film is easily their most visually ambitious and experimental to date and deserved to be seen on the big screen. But this...

Reviews / 03.03.2020

By virtue of unfortunate comparison to Pixar's impeccable back catalogue of masterpieces, every new film from the studio faces a dauntingly high bar to clear. Last year, Toy Story 4 somehow managed to defy all expectations and walk off with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in the process. Sadly, Pixar's first of two films this year can't quite meet the dazzling pedigree of many of its contemporaries. While it's naturally wonderful to see Pixar return to fully original storytelling for the first time in three years, the...

Reviews / 18.06.2019

When Pixar brought their Toy Story franchise to an emotional close in 2010, they did so in truly remarkable fashion. Both critically-acclaimed (it remains the last animated film to be nominated for Best Picture) and universally adored (it was the first animated film in history to gross a billion dollars), Toy Story 3 was the perfect farewell to a perfect trilogy. Few truly wanted a fourth film. It wasn't needed. We'd said goodbye. We'd closed that door. We all suspiciously sneered at the announcement of another instalment as a cheap...

Opinion, Reviews / 15.06.2018

After changing the entire animation landscape with their groundbreaking debut 1995 film Toy Story, Pixar have continued to dazzle audiences for the last two decades with their knack for impeccable visuals, stellar storytelling skills, and the innate ability to deliver an emotional impact like few other film animation studios. Their arrival came at a time when animation was beginning to lose the public's interest. Disney was still continuing down its well-worn path of flashy musicals and princess fairytales with mixed results, both commercially and artistically. Pixar's unique vision for...

Reviews / 12.06.2018

It's finally here. The Pixar sequel fans have been demanding for the last 14 years. It's a film many thought may never happen. It's a sequel some even suggested didn't need to exist. The Incredibles is considered by many to be one of Pixar's absolute best films. It's no wonder the wizards of Emeryville have taken their time, especially after the slightly-disappointing Finding Dory, which was equally as anticipated. How do you deliver when expectations are so dizzyingly high?...