The Dream Factory: Pixar Studios

Programmed by Daniel Frankel


2014-04-04 @ 7:00PM 9:00PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM

Toy Story

(John Lasseter, 1995) · A major work of technical innovation at the time of its release as the first feature-length computer-animated film, Toy Story – Pixar's first film – is still widely considered one of the best animated films ever made. Set in a world where toys act lifeless when humans are looking, Toy Story is at heart a buddy-comedy between Woody (Tom Hanks), a pull-string cowboy doll, and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), an astronaut action figure. To infinity and beyond!

runtime: 81 min format: Blu-ray


2014-04-11 @ 7:00PM 9:15PM

Sun 1:00PM

A Bug's Life

(John Lasseter, 1998) · Flik is an ant with big dreams that cause big problems. So when Hopper (Kevin Spacey) and his vicious gang of grasshoppers come demanding tribute or else, he is determined to save the colony. Setting out for the big city in search of a group of fearsome warrior bugs to fight the locusts, he instead returns home with a misfit troop of circus performers. When the grasshoppers return, it is up to Flik to rally this oddball group of friends to save the day.

The 7:00 showing will be introduced with a short lecture from University of Chicago Professor Eric Larsen, ecologist and expert on all things creepy-crawly.

runtime: 96 min format: 35mm


2014-04-18 @ 7:00PM 9:00PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM

Toy Story 2

(John Lasseter, 1999) · Originally envisioned as a straight-to-VHS sequel to Pixar's first feature, Toy Story 2 was rushed through a nine-month development period after John Lasseter and his team decided to completely rework the film's existing plot. Despite these production issues, the film is a rare sequel that avoids retreading the original's ideas. Instead, it introduces characters like Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack) who are just as memorable as the original cast of toys.

runtime: 92 min format: 35mm


2014-04-25 @ 7:00PM 9:00PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM

Monsters, Inc.

(Pete Docter, 2001) · Follow Boo through her flowered pink door into the parallel universe of Monstropolis, a city powered by the screams of children. Sully, the fuzzy, blue-haired giant, is best friends with the one-eyed, green Mike Wazowski. They're top Scarers at local electricity company Monsters, Inc. Their coworkers include the chameleon-lizard rival Randall Boggs and a Gorgon-headed secretary. Somehow, even the Abominable Snowman manages to make an appearance.

runtime: 92 min format: 35mm


2014-05-02 @ 7:00PM 9:15PM

Sun 1:00PM

Finding Nemo

(Andrew Stanton, 2003) · Finding Nemo follows Marlin's search for his abducted son Nemo. As Nemo plots his escape from an aquarium in Sydney, Marlin and an amnesiac Blue Tang named Dory go on an epic journey to find him. Along the way, they escape a feeding frenzy of sharks, join a rag-tag group of sea turtles, and are swallowed by a whale. With vibrant animation that recalls the diversity of life under the sea, Finding Nemo is a moving ode to the bond between father and son.

runtime: 100 min format: 35mm


2014-05-09 @ 7:00PM 9:30PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM

The Incredibles

(Brad Bird, 2004) · Directed by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant), The Incredibles is the tale of a group of superheroes who are legally required to pretend to be normal people. But when Mr. Incredible is lured to a mysterious island by the prospect of being able to use his powers freely, he uncovers a plot to murder the remaining "Supers." Pulling from 1960s spy films and comic books, Pixar's first film with an all-human cast is a thrilling and touching family story.

runtime: 115 min format: 35mm


2014-05-16 @ 7:00PM 9:30PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM


(Brad Bird, 2007) · Remy the rat's only dream is to become a chef, believing the claim of late restaurant founder Auguste Gusteau that "anyone can cook," but the current head chef of Gusteau's is horrified to find a rodent trying to cook for the Parisian elite. Luckily, Remy befriends garbage boy Linguini, and together they prove that great surprises can sometimes come from the most unexpected places. Featuring the late Peter O'Toole as strict food critic Anton Ego.

runtime: 111 min format: 35mm


2014-05-23 @ 7:00PM 9:15PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM


(Andrew Stanton, 2008) · Can robots fall in love? In the year 2805, a lone trash-compactor robot collects artifacts of human civilization on a waste-covered, abandoned earth. When another robot probe named EVE comes to earth in seach of vegetation, the unlikely couple embarks on a journey into outerspace after finding the world's last seedling. Together, they discover the effects of consumerism and environmental pollution and how they affect both Earth and the human race.

runtime: 98 min format: 35mm


2014-05-30 @ 7:00PM 9:15PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM


(Pete Docter, 2009) · When 78 year-old Carl loses his wife before they can make a long-planned journey to Paradise Falls, he decides to make the trip in her memory. Rather than take a plane, Carl ties thousands of balloons to his home, turning his house into a makeshift airship. On the way, he discovers he's not alone; a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell has tagged along for the ride. The journey that follows is a heartfelt tale of finding friendship in surprising places.

runtime: 96 min format: 35mm


2014-06-06 @ 7:00PM 9:15PM

Sat 3:30PM Sun 1:00PM

Toy Story 3

(Lee Unkrich, 2010) · Released over a decade after Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 asks viewers to consider what will happen to toys when their erstwhile owners head off to a frightening place called college. Woody and the rest of the familiar gang eventually find themselves in Sunnyside Daycare, but the other inhabitants of the place are not as friendly as they first appear. Chief among them is Lotso, a jaded purple teddy bear who rules his kingdom with an iron fist.

runtime: 103 min format: 35mm


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