Monday, December 29, 2008
It's one success after another for WALL-E: The movie recently broke the $500 million mark with its total lifetime box office gross. (See Box Office Mojo for the stats.)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
From the looks of it, Russell and Carl have already arrived in South America in this scene, and Carl is grumpy :) The rock formations seen in the background, though stylized, are typical of the Tepui mountains, that director Pete Docter said served as a major inspiration for the setting of the film.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This is the first time these shorts have been sold individually, unlike Pixar's theatrical shorts which have been for sale on the iTunes Store for a couple of years now.
Thanks Jason for the tip.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Question: Who would have believed 20 years ago that Lasseter or anybody else from the studio would be on a list of "global elite", back when Pixar was only a "sad little company", as journalist Dan Lyons puts it in his piece on Jobs, "trying (and mostly failing) to sell specialized, high-end graphics computers"?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Without going into too much detail, the publicist who responded to my request for verification that the Blu-ray release of 'Bugs' would be coming next spring has taken issue with my use of the word "confirmation" in describing his statement that the "official announce[ment] is currently scheduled for mid-February". Also, my comment that a mid-February announcement would 'put the release date in March' has been deemed to be incorrect.
My apologies for the confusion.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
And it won't just be about the old guy and kid in the flying house: "Giant crazy birds, talking dogs and primordial South American jungles soon come into the picture"!
"Based on what I saw, Pixar has again created a couple of great characters that manage to be funny and completely human at the same time...
There's a montage showing the lives... of Carl... and his wife Ellie that's more touching (in rough form!) than the entirety of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but is still filled with humor."
Monday, December 15, 2008
The clip is an extended version of the "Hi, Mr. Fredricksen... Please let me in!" scene included in the first theatrical trailer.
(via Upcoming Pixar)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The AFI Awards selections are chosen by a 13-person jury composed of film industry professionals, critics, and Institute trustees.
(Expect an update here once the AFI website is updated to include the customary jury rationales.)
The awards luncheon takes place on Friday, January 9 next year.
(via The Envelope/LA Times)
Friday, December 12, 2008
Well, after months of inquiry, countless unanswered emails, and 'you should ask... about that' responses, a member of the Pixar publicity team finally divulged earlier today that Nagai is 'a kid Pixar found at a casting call'. Indeed, a first time actor.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"They're nice people, Pixar ...I loved doing it. We had such fun doing it. It's gorgeous. The first thing that happened was that I was sent this script and I thought, 'Ratatouille? A cartoon? Stop it!' [Then] I read it ...It was a beautiful piece of writing. Then I met Brad and we did it. I got involved in the process. ...Beautiful."
Stanton mentions he isn't expecting an Best Picture Oscar nomination: "Who thinks that's going to happen in their life? Who even thinks they're going to get make a movie, no less that it'll end up in the category of just five select films?"
- Best Animated Feature Film
- Best Original Song – Motion Picture (for "Down to Earth")
The Golden Globes will be presented on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony will be telecast live on NBC at 8 PM EST in the United States.
Update: The Hollywood Reporter got director Andrew Stanton's reaction to today's events.
THR.com reports that Stanton 'wishes things weren't as segregated today', referring to the creation of the Best Animated Feature Film category at the Globes, which prohibited WALL-E from being a contender in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy slot.
He says:"It's nice to know there's a definite place for animation, but it's a little frustrating because with the [HFPA], if you're in the [animation] category, you can't run in any other. Still, it is very exciting to be nominated."
(Updated at 2:30 PM)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Last night's show was not WALL-E's only connection with The Simpsons, of course. Jim Reardon, who co-wrote the WALL-E screenplay with Andrew Stanton, was previously a supervising director of The Simpsons and helmed over 30 episodes.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Achievement Awards will be presented next January 12 at LAFCA's annual dinner.
My expectations for the Golden Globes (noms to be announced Thurs. morning) have just been raised...
Several million copies of WALL-E on DVD and Blu-ray disc have been sold in the three weeks since its release.
In Tokyo Mater, Mater finds himself in Japan, where he's "challenged to a drift-style race against a nefarious gang leader and his posse of ninjas". With 'Dragon' Lightning McQueen by his side, and a few modifications, Mater "attempts to drift to victory" to become "Tow-ke-O Mater, King of all Drifters".
Like all the 'Toons', Tokyo Mater was co-directed by Pixar chief John Lasseter, Victor Navone, and Rob Gibbs.
ComingSoon.net has an exclusive first look that includes the above still from the short. Also, AICN's got more on the film, as well as two additional exclusive hi-resolution stills.
In addition to Best Picture, WALL-E is also a contender in the Best Animated Feature and Best Song categories, the latter for Peter Gabriel's "Down to Earth".
The awards gala will be broadcast live on VH1 on January 8, 2009 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).
Monday, December 8, 2008
Influential TIME critic Richard Corliss writes, in part, that WALL-E is one of very few "great science-fiction love stories" and a 'futurist adventure' that "evoke[s] the splendor of the movie past." A lot of compliments for Andrew Stanton in his role as director as well.
Expect more end-of-the-year recognition for WALL-E in the next few days.
Thanks "R Ginepri Rocks" for the tip
Sunday, December 7, 2008
"The best science-fiction movie in years was an animated family film. WALL-E is a solar-powered trash compacting robot, left behind to clean up the waste after Man flees into orbit. Hugely entertaining, wonderfully well drawn, and, if you think about it, merciless in its critique of a global consumer culture that obsesses on intake and disregards the consequences of output."Check out the complete list of picks at his site.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
- Disney launches official Disney/Pixar Facebook fan page
- Exact release date for Cars 2 reportedly set (June 24, 2011) [Box Office Mojo]
Friday, December 5, 2008
(See Grammy.com for the complete list of nominees.)
The categories WALL-E is a contender in are:
- Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Thomas Newman)
- Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (For the track "Down To Earth"; Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman)
- Best Instrumental Arrangement (For the track "Define Dancing"; Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman)
Monday, December 1, 2008
WALL-E is nominated in the following categories:
- Best Animated Feature
- Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Andrew Stanton)
- Animated Effects (Enrique Vila)
- Character Animation in a Feature Production (Victor Navone)
- Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Ralph Eggleston)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Ronnie Del Carmen)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Ben Burtt)
- Best Animated Video Game (Heavy Iron Studios/THQ)
When it came to shorts, Presto received one nomination for Best Animated Short Subject, while BURN-E recieved none.
Disney's Bolt recieved five noms, including Best Animated Feature and a voice acting one for Mark Walton for his excellent preformance as Rhino. John Lasseter will also be recieving a Winsor McCay award, which recognisises "career contributions to the art of animation".
The awards will be presented on January 30, 2009 and are considered to be "animation's highest honor".