Friday, May 25, 2012

AMC Theaters and the Pixar Summer Movie Weekend (UPDATE)

I saw WALL•E today as part of AMC's Pixar Summer Movie Weekend. Starting today through Memorial Day (Monday, May 28, 2012), certain AMC theaters are showing 4 Pixar films - Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up and Toy Story 3. There were only about 10 people in the theater, but it was mid-afternoon. I suspect it will be busier throughout the rest of the weekend. My screening also included:
  • Finding Nemo 3D trailer. This is the same trailer that was recently released.
  • Wreck-It Ralph trailer. This is the first trailer for this Disney film coming out November 2, 2012. I enjoyed the trailer, it had some good humor in it. If you want to hear more about this film, Morgan and Chelsea from The Rotoscopers attended an advanced screening of it and discussed it in a podcast.
  • Brave sneak peak. This was awesome! Most of the film clips were from previously released trailers but there was some new material. And besides the film clips it also had some great clips from director Mark Andrews, producer Katherine Sarafian, Kelly Macdonald (Princess Merida), Emma Thompson (Queen Elinor), Billy Connolly (King Fergus) and Craig Ferguson (Lord Macintosh).
  • Introduction by John Lasseter. He was at the soon-to-open Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure with life-size versions of Lightning McQueen and Mater.
  • The short film Presto, which was originally released with WALL•E. I really like this film, there's so much great humor in it. In John Lasseter's introduction he mentioned that there would be a short film before the feature so I'm guessing each feature will have the short that originally preceded it (Lifted, Partly Cloudy and Day & Night).
UPDATE: I just returned from Toy Story 3, and the short before it was Boundin'. So it looks like the shorts are not those that were initially released with the feature films. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who sees Up or Ratatouille regarding which shorts played in front of them.
I really enjoyed seeing WALL•E again on the big screen. It had been a while since I had last watched it. I noticed much more details like how on earth the backgrounds are out of focus (due to all the dust) but how much cleaner it was on the Axiom. I also love the colors while on earth - the flame from the lighter, the color of the sky when WALL•E is sitting on the bench with EVE. And it has that wonderful score by Thomas Newman! I'm listening to it as I type this.

If you have a chance, and you're close to one of the AMC theaters showing these films, I highly recommend you try to make it to at least 1 of the movies, especially to catch the Brave sneak peak!


  1. Saw Ratatouille today. Lifted played in front of it. :)

  2. Lifted? Interesting, since it was also playing with WALL•E. So what's playing with Up?