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Disney Streaming Service To Be Called Disney Play; Will Be Cheaper Than Netflix
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Walt Disney Studios logo - Disney Play

If you are looking for Disney content on streaming services, you are most likely going to find it either on Hulu or Netflix. At least right now. But that will all change come 2019, when the mega studio will launch its own streaming service that will have not only its back catalog of films, but also new and original content like live-action versions of Lady and The Tramp and a new Star Wars television show.

The upcoming service has been unnamed for almost two years since it was announced in 2017. But now, we can refer to it as Disney Play. And for those who are wondering about pricing, there is also some very good news. According to a new report, it will be cheaper than Netflix. More on the story here below.

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Pete Docter, Jennifer Lee Named Head Of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios
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Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee, Pixar and Walt Disney Studios Animation

When it was announced that John Lasseter would be leaving Pixar and Walt Disney Studios Animation at the end of the year, Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney Animation’s Jennifer Lee were immediately rumored as the frontrunners to take his place at the respective companies.

Now it has been confirmed the two will be overseeing operations at Emeryville and Burbank, respectively. More on the story below.

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‘Incredibles 2’: Brad Bird On Making A Bold and Weird Animated Sequel For Everyone
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Incredibles 2

It has been 14 years since the first Incredibles hit theaters in 2004. Back then, superheroes weren’t such a big deal. But now they are at the forefront of the film industry. Most, if not all, are record-breaking films. But what separates Incredibles from the Marvels and the DCs is its timeless classic vibe.

Now Incredibles 2 has finally arrived. The sequel may look like it’s taking place in the ’60s, but it is able to connect to a modern audience with its likeable characters and universal stories. We were fortunate enough to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to the cast and director Brad Bird about the long-awaited sequel. During our time, Bird spoke about why it took so long to do a sequel, some of the changes he made, and making a film for everyone of all ages. Check out what he had to say, below.

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‘Bao’ Interview: Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb On Pixar’s Newest Sweet (and Weepy) Short
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Bao Pixar Short

Like all Pixar films, there is always one short that precedes the feature. And Incredibles 2 is no different. Before audiences get into the thrill of watching the animated superhero sequel, they will get to see the tasty Bao.

Pixar’s latest short is a play on the fairy tale story of the gingerbread man. In Bao, a Chinese mother is now adjusting to her new life as an empty nest parent. But she gets a second chance at motherhood when one of the baos she made comes to life. From there she learns to care for it as if it were one of her own. The word bao actually has two meanings. One means the delicious title food. Another means treasure. Directed by Domee Shi, the short draws a lot of inspiration from her own upbringing. So it makes sense that she use the dual meanings of Bao in the film to reflect upon her life. Where there was plenty of food and her mother treated her as one of her precious treasures.

We had a chance to talk to Shi and producer Becky Neiman-Cobb about capturing the spirit and Asian culture and putting it into the short, what its like to be the first Asian female director for a Pixar short, the road to becoming a Pixar short, and more below.

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‘Incredibles 2’: Samuel L. Jackson On Being A Part Of A Super Family
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The Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 follows the Parr family as they enter a new phase in their lives. Helen Parr aka Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) takes up a new superhero job, leaving her husband Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) to hold down the fort in their new home. But he soon discovers that fatherhood isn’t as easy as it looks. Dash (Huck Milner) has trouble with his math homework. Violet (Sarah Vowell) has a crush on a boy, who had his memory wiped. And Jack-Jack has developed new powers. All of this is happening as Elastagirl is investigating a new villain who is bent on controlling the world through media screens.

So as Mr. Incredible is trying to live up to his name as a father, he will get some big help from his friend Frozone. Samuel L. Jackson returns to reprise the cool and icy hero. If his role in this and the Marvel Cinematic Universe tell us anything, it’s that he plays characters that are the glue that binds his superhero families together. Whether it’s the father-figure in The Avengers or the surrogate uncle Frozone in Incredibles 2, you can always rely on his character to be there.

We were invited to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to Jackson, the cast, and director Brad Bird about their experience on the sequel. Check out what Jackson had to say about his parental-like roles in Incredibles 2 and The Avengers, and if kids recognize if he’s Frozone, below.

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John Lasseter Exiting Disney Animation and Pixar At End Of Year
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John Lasseter

This was the only possible good outcome of this situation. Earlier this year, John Lasseter took a leave of absence from Pixar after allegations of sexual misconduct became public. The once happy animator who was the head of Pixar and helped change Disney Animation Studios to what it is now had two choices: stay on and be a pariah or make a graceful exit. The latter was chosen.

Reports confirm that Lasseter will be staying on at Pixar for the duration of the year. After that, he will no longer be working for the company that he helped build. More on the story here below.

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Movie Review: Incredibles 2
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Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2
Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini
Studio: Disney/Pixar
Rated PG | 118 Minutes
Release Date: June 15, 2018

The Incredibles is that perfect blend of fun and nostalgia. It’s that call back to a time where things were much simpler, but there was still a world that needed saving. There was no social media. Fun actually consisted of going outside and getting fresh air. And yet, the themes explored in that film still felt very relevant to the time of its release. Insecurities, loss, family. Everything about it was signature Pixar. Those poignant themes mixed in with a whole lot of fun. And who doesn’t love a good superhero movie?

Flash forward 14 years later. Superhero movies are now all too common. There are those who are worried about superhero fatigue. Some even roll their eyes at the fact that another is released or are shocked that there is a sequel. But not so much with Incredibles 2. It’s the sequel everyone is waiting for. The entire cast is back for this animated feature and with Brad Bird at the director’s helm for a sequel that proves good things come to those who wait.

Check out my full review here below.

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First Look: Pixar’s New Short ‘Bao’ Looks Delicious
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Pixar logo characters

Pixar’s newest short, Bao will be attached to the upcoming sequel The Incredibles 2. The film will celebrate a few milestones. It will be their first short to be directed by the first female Pixar short director Domee Shi. It also will explore “the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.”

Now we are getting a first look at it with some new images. Check them out below.

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‘The Incredibles 2’ Sneak Peek Trailer: Mr. Incredible’s Adventure In Babysitting
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Pixar's The Incredibles 2

Disney and Pixar dropped a new sneak peek trailer for The Incredibles 2 during the 2018 Winter Olympics primetime coverage.

We saw a teaser trailer at the end of last year, but that didn’t show much. The sneak peek trailer is the best look at the sequel yet, sharing plenty of glimpses at multiple scenes from the sequel. Check out the trailer below.

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Latest ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Trailer Reveals ‘Monsters, Inc.’ World
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Kingdom Hearts III Monsters, Inc. World Trailer

We’ve seen a few trailers and such for the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III over the past four plus years.

But lately new peeks at the game have been arriving more frequently as a release seems to finally be on the horizon. We saw a trailer not too long ago at E3 2017, and a little bit after that came a trailer introducing a new Toy Story world (which I missed at the time). Now another Pixar world, Monsters, Inc., has been introduced in another new trailer shared during the recent D23 Expo Japan 2018.

You can check out the Monsters, Inc. trailer below, as well as the Toy Story trailer for those like me who missed it, and also a newly released Kingdom Hearts III theme song trailer.

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