MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Inside Out’ Is A Heartwrenching Pixar Feature

Film: Inside Out
Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith

Pixar has a knack for crafting stories based in other worlds or worlds that we can’t see with characters that strike the most emotional of chords with their relatable stories. Now, the studio put emotions at the forefront, as their own individual characters. The huge risk pays off, though. Instead of functioning as a surface-level understanding of Fear, Disgust, Anger, Joy and Sadness, Inside Out digs deep to find what makes these emotions tick and how or why they affect things around them. …


Get Ready To Feel Again – ‘Toy Story 4’ Has Been Announced

It’s true. The increasingly sequel-happy Pixar (despite what Pixar president Ed Catmull said) are bringing back our favorite gang of anthropomorphic toys. It isn’t as another animated short or straight-to-DVD release, either – I see you, Toy Story of TERROR! and Toy Story That Time Forgot. This is Toy Story 4.

Sure, we’d heard rumors of this sequel last year. Yes, a sequel to a movie that made one billion dollars at the box office and amassed five Oscar nominations (Toy Story 3) is more inevitability than pleasant surprise. Now we have confirmation, though, along …


UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: Films For The Whole Family

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation …


Pixar Pushes ‘The Good Dinosaur’ to 2015

For the first time since 2005, 2014 will be a year that is without Pixar. They may not be bringing anything to the movie screen next year, but that is not to say there are no projects on the horizon. The current director-less film The Good Dinosaur has been pushed back from June of next year, until November 25, 2015. That day in November, which used to hold the release for Pixar’s other upcoming project, Finding Dory, has been safely moved to June 17, 2016.

About the move to push The Good Dinosaur back well over a year, Pixar …

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First Trailer For ‘Toy Story’ Halloween Special

We don’t usually cover television on UTG, but in this case we simply had to make an exception.

ABC television has released the first trailer for the upcoming Halloween special, Toy Story Of Terror. The 30-minute short film features the cast of Toy Story in a brand new spooky tale that also serves as the very first made for TV animated special from Pixar. No plot is given in the clip, but many of your favorite characters make an appearance. You can view the trailer below.

The official synopsis for Toy Story Of Terror reads:

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Monsters U Continues To School Its Competition, #1 Two Weeks In A Row

Much to our amazement, after dominating World War Z last week, Pixar’s Monsters University has clung onto its number one spot for the second consecutive week. This week’s newcomers came in strong: The Heat, starring the duo of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, had a great opening weekend with 40 million in sales, with almost 15 million separating it from Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx’s White House Down.

Follow the jump to view the full listing of this weekend’s top ten highest grossing films, provided by Box Office Mojo.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Monsters University

Film: Monsters University
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Directed by: Dan Scanlon

If the purpose of creating a sequel is to recapture the magic of the first film while sending the same characters on a new (though often similar) adventure, then it’s safe to say even animation has struggled to make the oh-so-profitable marketing scheme a true success. While sequels usually mean big bucks at the box office, it rarely leaves audiences feeling the same warm fuzzies of their initial movie-going experience. If that wasn’t the case we probably wouldn’t spend so much time online as a population complaining about …


UTG LIST: Pixar Movies We Want to See Sequels To

You have to really be careful how you word things, because it can get many hopes up. Talking to you, Bob Iger, Disney CEO. Last week Bob mentioned in a conference call that Pixar has “fantastic original stories as well as some great sequels to their previous hits.” That’s not just sequel, which is Finding Nemo’s Finding Dory due out November 2015. That alludes to some other movies in the works, right?

It makes you wonder what they have up their sleeves for some of the movies we already know we love. So here are five movies that we …


NOT A JOKE: Love ‘Cars’? Here’s Your First Look At Disney’s ‘Planes’

You know a spinoff film is destined for greatness when one of the companies behind the original is no longer involved, nor any of the original cast, and the release was bumped from Direct-To-DVD to theatrical. Such is the case with Disney’s upcoming animated feature, Planes.

Made without the help of Pixar, who famously saw a dip in their popularity with the release of Cars, Disney’s Planes hopes to kickstart a new franchise (aka vehicle for toy sales) that will take everyone’s love of talking machinery to the skies. The film was originally scheduled to arrive Direct-To-DVD in …


RUMOR: Disney Pixar Planning 2015 Release For ‘Toy Story 4,’ Tim Allen and Tom Hanks To Return

In an age where sequels are greenlit before official numbers are in for a film’s opening weekend, it may seem peculiar to some that Pixar have yet to speak of plans to continue their ever-popular Toy Story series. The third installment was one of the most successful animated films of all time, and it’s not like Disney to let one of their best-selling franchises go to pasture before their time. That said, the end of the last film pretty much said all there was to say about the adventures of Buzz and Woody, right?

Apparently not.

According to a Columbian …

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MOVIE TRAILER: Monsters University

Please welcome the new trailer for Pixar’s Monsters University, the sequel to Pixar classic Monsters, Inc. While we’ve been shown little short teasers, we finally are given a full trailer that tells a lot more of what the plot of this story will be. I was initially skeptical, but after watching the trailer I’m most certainly sold on returning to this amazing Pixar universe again.

Monsters University tells the story of the franchise’s heroes Mike and Sully, and how they met in college. The two are both studying to be scarers, and the film shows the rivalry that these …


THE SHORT CUT: An Interview with Pixar Director Mark Walsh

The Short Cut is a new column on Under The Gun that showcases the careers of short film directors. Shorts are often overlooked when it comes to the entire spectrum of film, and by including interviews with the directors themselves and information about their creative efforts, this column will highlight the work of some of the medium’s dignitaries that we feel deserve your attention.

For two and a half decades, the brilliant minds at Pixar Animation Studios have been hard at work, collectively creating what have easily become the most beloved animated movies for children and adults alike. From 1995’s …