Monday, December 31, 2007

Disney to release WALL-E on June 6, 2008? [UPDATE]

I've just noticed this on the Disney corporate website. The caption on the picture of WALL-E reads, "Landing in theaters June 6th". If true, this would be huge news because currently the official North American release date is June 27, 2008 (IMDb, IMDb Pro, and the Walt Disney Pictures website all concur). Personally, I think the June 6 date is nothing more than a typo. Or perhaps it's the date of the premiere and they put that up by mistake.

What do you think?
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Update: The caption has been corrected. It took a while...

(Updated on Mar. 6, 2008)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Give animation writers a little respect, says Bird

Ratatouille writer and director Brad Bird talks to Variety about the bias against animation screenwriters.

Link

WALL-E theater displays

Pixar is already placing theater displays for WALL-E. What's amazing is that these things are made out of freakin' cardboard! Wow. (How do they put them together??) And how cute.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Update on the Up/Don Quixote story

It's been a very slow week for news on Pixar. Nothing much to report. Thus, with some extra time on my hands, I have been doing some 'digging' (as promised) on the Up/Don Quixote story, with few results to show for it.

I have tried calling Pixar a bunch of times to try to ask a few questions about the story (and possibly pry some info from a secretary) but nobody's picked up. Holidays probably.

Earlier, I did a WHOIS search on the IP of the anonymous Wikipedia user who made the original entry that set the ball rolling on this rumor. The search came back with very little info, tracing the IP address to Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. EASTERNSHORE-1 /Comcast Cable Communications ILLINOIS-14. I don't even know what that means.

So, that's my update on the story for now. Lame as it is.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

WALL-E trailer to air during Super Bowl?

Quick story here: Variety is reporting that Disney is considering running a trailer (or possibly just an ad) for WALL-E during the upcoming Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLII). This could be interesting...

(Via Cinematical)

Is Up a retelling of Don Quixote? [UPDATE]

Fellow blog Upcoming Pixar is reporting a story based on some information that surfaced earlier today on Wikipedia which states that Pixar's upcoming film, Up, slated for release in 2009, is a retelling of the classic story Don Quixote.

The information has since been removed from Wikipedia as 'unfounded speculation'. I have done some quick research and am fairly certain that the source for the Wikipedia entry was an article posted this afternoon on /Film. I just got to my computer a few minutes ago and so I've had very little time to dig deeper. I'll keep you posted as I look into it. Stay tuned...

Update: So sorry. I got my facts all wrong on this. Upcoming Pixar was the source for the /Film story. Among other things, Upcoming Pixar's time stamp got me confused. Sorry again.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

New WALL-E cast member announced

A new WALL-E cast member has been announced on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). IMDb lists actress Kim Kopf as playing a character named "Hoverchair Mother". Interestingly, the 'voice only' designation is not placed next to her name. Hmm, could this mean another live action character in WALL-E, or is it just a typo?

Link

WALL-E trailer now on Apple Trailers

Monday's WALL-E trailer ("teaser trailer #2") has been posted on the Apple Movie Trailers page. The HD version is spectacular.

Link

Friday, December 21, 2007

John Lasseter talks Blu-Ray

Pixar co-founder and Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter speaks to Sound & Vision Magazine about Blu-ray: Why he loves it, and what he's doing with it. Case in point: The Blu-ray release of Cars.

Read the story here.

(Via blu-ray.com)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Yesterday's WALL-E trailer on YouTube

Thought I'd post it here.

A personal confession...

Okay, I don't know why it's suddenly dawned on me, but I've just noticed how lazily I've been spelling the name WALL-E.

This whole time I've been spelling it as Wall-E, as if it were a proper hyphenated name and not the acronym for "Waste Allocation Load Lifter -Earth-class" that it is. Why? Well, as I said, laziness. Never bothered to think too much about it, really. Also, I subconsciously hate spelling anything in ALL CAPS (childhood trauma).

So, now you know.

(Do expect me to switch to the standard spellings of WALL-E or WALL•E in the near future.)

Monday, December 17, 2007

New Wall-E trailer released online

A new trailer for Wall-E has been released online at ign.com. (This is what was shown on Entertainment Tonight on Friday...)

AFI names 'Rat' one of 10 best films of '07

The American Film Institute (AFI) has named Pixar's Ratatouille as one of it's 10 'movies of the year', calling it, in fact, one of the "10 most outstanding motion pictures of the year".

The awards just keep piling up...

Friday, December 14, 2007

ET airs exclusive Wall-E footage

Daily entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight has just aired exclusive footage from Wall-E. I was not aware that the broadcast was upcoming, and so I only caught the end of it by complete accident. The little I saw can be best described in two words: Simply amazing.

More to come...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ratatouille nominated for Golden Globe

Pixar's Ratatouille has received a nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the upcoming 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which oversees the awards, announced today.

The awards will be handed out on Sunday, January 13, 2008. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Art of Wall-E cover art released

Cover art for The Art of Wall-E book has been released, as pictured here.

Pixar news blog Upcoming Pixar reports that the book will 'hit shelves' on April 17, 2008, while Amazon states the date of release (in the U.S.) as April 30, 2008, with international release dates varying.

The Art of Wall-E will be published by Chronicle Books.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Steve Jobs inducted into California Hall of Fame

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady of California Maria Shriver have inducted Pixar co-founder and now Disney board member Steve Jobs into the California Hall of Fame for his work at Apple Inc. and Pixar.

Congratulations, Steve!

Confirmed: New Wall-E trailer attached to National Treasure 2

Fellow blog JV Pixar News has apparently confirmed what I reported last Tuesday about the next theatrical trailer for Wall-E being released with National Treasure: Book of Secrets. See my original post here. (I was right! Woo-hoo!)

Sorry...

My apologies if anyone got some errors while viewing this page. Blogger is acting funny today...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Your Friend the Rat nominated for Annie

Pixar's short Your Friend the Rat has been nominated for the 2007 Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject in what has been a big day for Pixar, which picked up 13 nominations for Ratatouille (See previous story.)

Also in 'shorts' news, Disney's traditionally animated How to Hook Up Your Home Theater is also nominated in the same category.

Ratatouille grabs 13 Annie Award nominations

Pixar's Ratatouille has received 13 (!) nominations for the upcoming 35th Annual Annie Awards, including:

  • Best Animated Feature

  • Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Brad Bird)

  • Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Brad Bird)

  • Character Animation in a Feature Production (Michal Makarewicz)

  • Animated Effects (Gary Bruins)

  • Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Janeane Garofalo)

  • Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Ian Holm)

  • Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Patton Oswalt)

  • Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Ted Mathot)

  • Music in an Animated Feature Production (Michael Giacchino)

The awards ceremony will be held on February 8, 2008.

For more on the Annies go here.