How Pixar’s Inside Out Avoided Its Greatest Danger: Becoming An “After-School Special”

Inside Out is a complex film about the human psyche, but it has a really simple message: Sadness is an important part of life. You can’t have joy without sadness, and growing up means accepting that memories can be happy and sad. Director Pete Docter told io9 it was hard to avoid making this feel like an “after-school… »10/06/15 12:18pm10/06/15 12:18pm


11 Great Songs That Prove The Misfits Were Better At Girl Power Than Jem

One of the saddest things about the live-action Jem & the Holograms movie is that Jem’s rival band, the Misfits, are nowhere to be found. That’s incredibly dumb—because the Misfits are an integral part of why the 80s cartoon was so amazing. And, if you believe the opening theme, their songs are actually better. »7/03/15 1:25pm7/03/15 1:25pm

Rejected Princesses: The Weirder Tales Disney Will Never Do

We all know that Disney tends to soften those folk tales that they turn into movies, giving them happy endings, removing the less PG elements. However, there are some stories out there that are just a little too outrageous for even the House of Mouse, and there are quite of few of them that involve maidens. »6/19/14 1:59pm6/19/14 1:59pm

Next Pixar Film Will Take Place Inside the Mind of an 11-Year-Old Girl

Pixar brass have broken their silence (or, you know, just started talking now because they weren't entirely sure before) about the plot of the studio's forthcoming animated feature, due in theaters next summer. Inside Out will take place entirely inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, and it will tell the story of a… »6/11/14 12:40pm6/11/14 12:40pm

All The "Cry Scenes" That Prove Animated Films Are Anguish Porn

I've been crying a lot lately. Frozen, The Lego Movie — even the Mr. Peabody & Sherman screening had weeping into my hat. And then it became clear: all of these animated movies for kids contain at least one hard-hitting "cry scene." Because it's a cartoon, and they can kill all the animated animals they want, without… »3/05/14 3:44pm3/05/14 3:44pm

Cast of Frozen sings for fans live -- and here's why that's a big deal

Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and the rest of the Frozen cast took the stage for a private concert. And that means Disney is finally accepting that sometimes it's better to let the Broadway singers take central stage — instead of hiding them in the shadows and foregrounding terrible pop-recreations of their movie hits. »2/10/14 5:41pm2/10/14 5:41pm

Bee and PuppyCat Is an Adorable and Hilarious New Animated Series

From creator Natasha Allegri — the very same woman who sang the theme on the gender-bending episode of Adventure Time! — comes Bee and PuppyCat, a new series of animated shorts following the lives of human Bee and puppycat PuppyCat. In the first episode, recently fired Bee rescues puppycat, who is either a puppy or a… »7/11/13 9:30pm7/11/13 9:30pm

Finally! A Disney Princess Story with More Black Death

Do you ever watch Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella or Brave and think to yourself "These Olde Europe-based cartoons are great and all, but I wish they would be a more accurate portrayal of the times!"? Of course you do! Luckily, musician and comedian Rachel Bloom has you covered and is ready to… »5/21/13 7:15pm5/21/13 7:15pm