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A Big Round of Layoffs at Pixar
A Big Round of Layoffs at Pixar

A Big Round of Layoffs at Pixar

Company is cutting 175 employees

(Newser) - Tuesday was a tough day for Pixar employees. Some 175 employees were let go in what the Hollywood Reporter describes as the "biggest restructuring" in the animation studio's history. The layoffs had been expected and the axe didn't swing quite as widely as feared: Around 14% of...

Store That Inspired Toy Story Is Permanently Closing

Co-owner of San Francisco store worked for Pixar for 20 years

(Newser) - The San Francisco toy store that was a big source of inspiration for the makers of Toy Story is closing for good after 86 years—and four generations of family ownership. Jeffrey's Toys, believed to be the city's oldest toy store, will close on Feb. 10. Co-owner Matthew...

Pixar Just Had Its Biggest Round of Layoffs in 10 Years

Producer who saved 'Toy Story 2' has lost her job

(Newser) - The Pixar employee who famously saved Toy Story 2 back in 1998 has lost her job as part of the animation studio's first large-scale layoffs in a decade. Galyn Susman had been working from home after giving birth to her son when almost 90% of the film was accidentally...

Robot Cat Steals Buzz Lightyear's Show
What Critics Think About
the Buzz Lightyear Movie

What Critics Think About the Buzz Lightyear Movie

'Lightyear' is a solid addition to the franchise, but Sox the cat steals the show

(Newser) - Buzz Lightyear breaks out of the Toy Story franchise to showcase the adventure that led to him becoming an action figure in Lightyear , the Disney-Pixar film in theaters Friday. From director and co-writer Angus MacLane, it finds Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans, not Tim Allen) and friends trapped on a...

A Kiss Gets Pixar Movie Banned Overseas

UAE does not look kindly on lesbian show of affection

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature Lightyear from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters, per the AP . The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly will ban the film, raising the possibility other Muslim-majority...

Disney Launches Netflix Competitor
Disney Launches
Netflix Competitor

Disney Launches Netflix Competitor

Disney Plus includes Marvel, Star Wars , Simpsons

(Newser) - Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot. The $7-a-month commercial-free service is poised to set the...

Pondering Death, Toy Story 4 'Feels Exquisitely Alive'
What Critics Are Saying
About Toy Story 4

What Critics Are Saying About Toy Story 4

It's got a 98% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - Cowboy doll Woody tries to wrangle a handmade toy in the midst of an existential crisis in Toy Story 4 , which takes a deep dive into how society shapes us. The first feature film from director Josh Cooley, it has a 98% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes , though several...

Pixar Co-Founder's 'Missteps' Cost Him His Job at Disney

John Lasseter has been on leave for unwanted hugging

(Newser) - The man who co-founded Pixar and is seen as the creative force behind blockbusters such as the Toy Story and Cars franchises will soon be out of a job at Disney. John Lasseter, 61, has been on leave from parent company Disney since November after allegations of improper workplace behavior...

Coco Is No. 1 Again, but Star Wars Arrives Next Week

The Pixar movie added $18.3M to its three-week total

(Newser) - Disney and Pixar's Coco has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi weekend in theaters. Disney estimates Sunday that Coco added $18.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $135.5 million. Justice League took second place with $9.6...

Coco Is No. 1 for Second Week
Coco Wins the
Weekend With $26.1M
Box Office

Coco Wins the Weekend With $26.1M

The Pixar film tops the box office for the second week in a row

(Newser) - Pixar's Coco is the top film at the box office for the second straight week, the AP reports. According to estimates Sunday, Coco led all films with $26.1 million. The acclaimed animated film has already racked up a global total of $280 million.

Pixar's Coco Cruises to No. 1 Spot With $71M
Pixar's Coco Cruises to
No. 1 Spot With $71M
Box Office

Pixar's Coco Cruises to No. 1 Spot With $71M

The film has already broken records in Mexico

(Newser) - Pixar's Coco sang its way to the fourth-best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.' Justice League. Coco rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences to the top spot at the domestic box...

Pixar Finds Its Groove Again With Coco
Coco Is a Feast for
the Eyes and Ears

Coco Is a Feast for the Eyes and Ears

Anthony Gonzalez 'can sing like nobody's business'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy with music in his heart finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead in Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Giving the film a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are singing its praises:
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Rashida Jones Explains Her Exit From Toy Story 4

It doesn't involve advances from John Lasseter

(Newser) - John Lasseter is on a leave of absence from Disney and Pixar over "unwanted hugs" and other alleged misconduct—but screenwriter Rashida Jones says his behavior was not the reason for her departure from Toy Story 4. In a statement seen by Entertainment Weekly , Jones and writing partner Will...

Toy Story Director Lasseter Taking Leave Over 'Missteps'

Apologizes for unwanted hugs and gestures to those he has 'let down'

(Newser) - Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter is taking a six-month leave of absence citing "missteps" with employees. In a vaguely worded memo obtained by the AP on Tuesday, Lasseter says he knows he has made some employees feel disrespected and uncomfortable. He apologized to anyone who...

Coco Represents a Big First for Pixar

The movie is first with minority lead, is already setting records in Mexico

(Newser) - The Mexico-set Coco is Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, and one of the largest American productions ever to feature an almost entirely Latino cast, the AP reports. That makes it something of a landmark event, one that has already set box-office records in Mexico, where...

Video Shows All Pixar Movies Are Connected

'Frankly insane'

(Newser) - Attention, obsessive Pixar fans: There's a non-zero chance Buzz Lightyear and a time-traveling Wall-E could one day meet for lunch in Remy the rat's restaurant. The AV Club reports that—despite being "frankly insane"—something called the "Pixar Theory" started gaining traction on the internet...

It's No Nemo , but Dory Still Makes a Splash
 It's No Nemo
 but Dory Still 
 Makes a Splash 

It's No Nemo, but Dory Still Makes a Splash

Ellen DeGeneres is superb: critics

(Newser) - A flashback to her childhood sends Dory—a blue tang suffering from memory loss—fishing for her family in Finding Dory—Pixar's much-anticipated sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. Despite its threat to real-life fish , critics argue it was worth the wait. Here's what they're saying.
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Have You Spotted 'A113' in Movies? Here's Why

It's an inside joke

(Newser) - If you're an astute viewer of shows and movies like The Simpsons, The Hunger Games, or anything Pixar has put out, you may have noticed a common theme: the sequence "A113" inserted on license plates, signs, products, and other places. "But what does it mean," AV...

'Astonishing' Inside Out Is the 'Reason Pixar Exists'

Latest 'gem' brings studio out of a rut: critics

(Newser) - Emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust must strike a balance in the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she adjusts to a new city and school in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out. With a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , the flick seems destined to become a classic. Here's...

Toy Story 2 Was Almost Destroyed by a Tiny Error

New mom saved the day when Pixar had no backup copy

(Newser) - If it hadn't been for a new mother working from home, we might never have seen Toy Story 2—or any later Pixar film, for that matter, writes Simon Brew at Mental Floss . In his book Creativity Inc, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull tells the story of how most of...

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