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Brad Bird took chances with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” gadgets

Article: Brad Bird took chances with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” gadgets

Tom Cruise’s blockbuster spy-fest, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, and its technical mystique involved more than an occasional exploding message. Director Brad Bird made his feature-length jump to live action for the film after winning Oscars for Disney and Pixar’s “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles.” Bird knew going in that…

A handy guide to the confusing world of IMAX

Article: A handy guide to the confusing world of IMAX

Everyone is talking about the new “Mission: Impossible” sequel “Ghost Protocol” and they’re all saying the same thing: you have to see it in IMAX. Director Brad Bird shot approximately 30 minutes of the film with IMAX cameras, and the results are said to be stunning. I’m not surprised; I remember seeing “The Dark Knight”…

Is the secret to great animated films as simple as skipping the pop culture references?

Article: Is the secret to great animated films as simple as skipping the pop culture references?

While Pixar itself has yet to succumb to smugness, complacency and diminishing returns, their champions could learn something from the studio’s example. There’s a peculiar push-pull attached to the studio and how people evaluate it. For example: every summer, before their newest movie comes out, box-office prognosticators predict imminent failure (people won’t want to watch…

Our Pixar Podcast

Article: Our Pixar Podcast

With “Toy Story 3,” Pixar seems to have created the increasingly rare film that pleases the crowds and the critics alike, children and adults, cinephiles and casual moviegoers just looking for a good time. This week on the IFC News podcast, we talk about Pixar’s 15 years of feature film output (not to mention their…

Animators who have made the live-action leap.

Article: Animators who have made the live-action leap.

It’s a pleasant surprise to see that Brad Bird is being considered as a possible director for “Mission Impossible IV,” a game of musical chairs that is said to include “Zombieland”‘s Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright. Of course, “The Iron Giant” director has never helmed a live-action feature before, though that shouldn’t be a stumbling…

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