Tag Archives: Pixar

3 Nights of Disney Fandom to Include Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel Specials

3 Nights of Disney Fandom to Include Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel Specials

Disney XD transforms into Disney Fandom for three nights, starting July 30, 2013. Read More

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Towel Day: 42 Occurrences of The Number 42 in Pop Culture

Towel Day: 42 Occurrences of The Number 42 in Pop Culture

Any good geek knows that the answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything is 42, but were you aware just how often that number has crept up in pop culture? From apartment numbers to Hurley numbers, dates to car registrations, the number 42 is everywhere when you start looking hard enough. Here are 42 examples of the number turning up in pop culture. Read More

Pixar Week: Why Do We Love Pixar Films?

During these weeks leading up to the release of Brave, we GeekMoms have been happily discussing our favorite Pixar films, our favorite characters, and our favorite storylines. Also, we’ve been sharing memories of our first Pixar films and our first experiences with taking our kids to Pixar films on the big screen. At the end of Pixar week, we ask why we love Pixar so much. Read More

Pixar Was Brave to Keep the Accent

I gave up on trying to take notes in the dark fairly early on as I watched Brave, but one of the few I did manage was, “a princess donea stuff her gob.” Why was that noteworthy? Because they left it in.

It would have been all too tempting for Disney to step in and take the dialect out of Brave. Instead, Pixar encouraged the voice actors to make suggestions. There are a lot of vocabulary words that would be totally unfamiliar to the average American child, and there’s even a character that speaks in an incomprehensibly thick Doric accent. Rather than translate him – or anyone – the characters react and move on. That is as it should be. Read More

Disney/Pixar gets Brave

As an avid Pixar fan who has seen all of the Pixar films so many times that I have the scripts memorized, I have been waiting, patiently, for Brave for some time now. I have savored every teaser trailer and stared in wonderment at the beautiful Scottish princess with the wild red hair and blue eyes who is determined to change her fate. So, does Brave live up to the hype? For the most part, yes. I had forgotten that Disney’s acquisition of Pixar allows Disney to put its princess stamp on a Pixar film, even if it muddles and otherwise awesome film. Read More

La Luna: Pixar’s latest animated short is a masterpiece

The latest Pixar animated short La Luna, written and directed by Enrico Casarosa, is nothing short of a masterpiece. La Luna is the longest ever Pixar short at 7 minutes, and is featured at the beginning of Disney/Pixar’s Brave.There is a reason why this short has already been nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for Best Short Film, Animated and 2012 Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject. I am an astrophysicist by training, so its likely that anything with stars and the moon is generally to get acclaims from me, and while obviously not scientifically accurate, this story has the making of a legend. Read More

Anticipating Brave

As the mother of a two and a half year old girl, I can’t help but wonder if pink and princesses are around the corner. (Alternate versions of this sentence include the words: “dread” and, “be scared of the possibility.”) I’m adamant that these things not be forced on her – NOT AN EASY TASK AS… Read More

Learning Through Legos: S.T.E.M. and Back Again

Legos are internationally cherished small plastic interlocking building blocks and minifigures that can be taken apart and used to build other objects. Over the years, Lego has expanded its creations to include products like gears and pulleys and even electronic parts for constructing programmable robots. As a result, there are popular Lego robotics leagues and… Read More

Balancing Board Games and Babies Part II

My Pokemon mentor once said to me, “The family that games together, stays together.” He couldn’t be more correct. A few weeks ago I shared with you how my husband and I balance being parents and gamers. My husband and I encourage our kids to play games as well. It doesn’t matter if it’s a… Read More

The Yearlong Wait for Pixar’s Brave

Halfway through the movie Up, right before we had to leave because my daughter was simultaneously bored and scared, the absence of girl leads in Pixar movies really started to annoy me. Currently she has zero interest in seeing Cars 2, even as part of a friend’s birthday party. There are many Pixar movies we… Read More

Big Brave News From Pixar

Yesterday a ripple went through the internet when Entertainment Weekly published first look images of Pixar’s latest in development, Brave. Yes, Pixar movies are usually something to look forward to, but this one more than most. After many, many rants of mine, this one features – finally – a female lead! It’s happening! Not only… Read More