Saturday, January 31, 2009
Basically a re-edited, shorter version of the first theatrical teaser trailer, with a different voice over and new footage from the movie right at the end.
Also on Disney.com is the first of a series of Adventures with Carl and Russell vignettes nicknamed "UPisodes". The first UPisode is entitled Animal Calling.
Watch them both here.
Is this possible? I suspect the involvement of Katzenberg's deep pockets.
The complete list of winners is here.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Amid tells me that he got his hands on an advance copy of the finished work yesterday and is "very pleased with how it turned out". I'm getting my advance copy "early" next month courtesy of Amid and Chronicle Books ―woohoo!― and will have some more on the book then.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
NYCC 2009 runs from February 6-8 and is held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Monday, January 26, 2009
In the announcement, festival organisers termed Lasseter "one of the great innovators and experimenters of Hollywood."
Variety reports that Lasseter and company will travel to Venice during the festival to pick up the prize, the first time it will be shared by a team.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
*That is "The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures".
Friday, January 23, 2009
Frankly, it's time that Pixar considered giving the site a complete redesign. Walt Disney Animation Studios (disneyanimation.com) got their new website last year and, honestly, it looks much more modern and sleek than Pixar's looks right now.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
- Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
- Original Screenplay (Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, and Pete Docter)
- Achievement in Sound Editing (Ben Burtt, Matthew Wood)
- Achievement in Sound Mixing (Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, Ben Burtt)
- Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures ―Original Score (Thomas Newman)
- Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures ―Original Song (For "Down to Earth", Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman)
Theatrical short Presto, directed by Doug Sweetland, received a nomination for Best Animated Short Film.
Clearly, and unfortunately, the Academy chose to follow tradition and ignore WALL-E in the Best Picture and Best Director categories.
The 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and will be televised worldwide (live telecast on ABC in the United States).
Update: The Pixar publicity department conveys this statement from Andrew Stanton regarding the nominations:
(Updated at 3:25 PM)
“We are ecstatic and grateful for the Academy's generous and humbling recognition of WALL•E. It is an honor and privilege to make films at Pixar, where we have grown into a great, big family. This is a tribute to all of us at Pixar and Disney who do our best to make films, not just animated films, but films for everyone that just happen to be animated.”
Otherwise kinda predictable, what makes this poster special is that for the first time we see fully-rendered images of Dug and Kevin (that's the dog and the bird for the uninitiated).
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
At CES in Las Vegas the week before last (see 2nd update here), Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter took part in the Sony keynote presentation, pitching the Blu-ray high definition video format and Disney Digital 3-D, which frequently utilises Sony digital cinema projectors at equipped theatres.
At the event Lasseter also showed an extended clip from Up not seen by the general public. Now, as it happens, that clip ―a lengthier version of the scene where the house is being dragged through the jungle― is online and embedded above! It was uploaded by Sony news site SonyInsider.com.
The video quality of the footage is surprisingly good, considering it must have been recorded with a handheld camera, and gives us a preview of the amazing visuals we can expect come May 29, and Michael Giacchino's score.
One question, though: What's going on with the voices of Carl and Russell?
Update: Uh oh! The video's been removed from Vimeo, likely due to a complaint by Disney legal.
(Updated Jan. 23)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This year's Oscars will mark the first time the Academy has allowed studios to advertising movies during the broadcast. (For reasons why, see article.)
As with the expected Super Bowl spot, no details are yet available on the content of the Oscars ad.
Friday, January 16, 2009
- Animated Film (Andrew Stanton)
- Sound (Ben Burtt, Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, Matthew Wood)
- Music (Thomas Newman)
The awards ceremony takes place on February 8 in London. The full list of nominees can be found here.
Somehow, this seems like more than just the usual hyperbole designed to attract potential licensees.
Possibly even more noteworthy, the insert reports that all three of the Toy Story films will see a release on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010, each following its respective theatrical run: Toy Story in the spring, Toy Story 2 in the summer, and Toy Story 3 in the fall or winter.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Using Site Meter, which gives me comprehensive site statistics, I learned that someone at Pixar typed in the words 'monsters 2013 pixar' into Google this morning (see copy of "Visit Detail" report) and subsequently encountered this post (discussing Pete Docter's rumor-fueling "non-denial denial" that a sequel is in the works) where the words appeared.
What other reason could there be for a Pixarian doing a search for 'monsters 2013 pixar' except a sequel coming out then? The original film came out in 2001, the Blu-ray comes out later this year, and the much-anticipated ride at Walt Disney World is slated for a Fall 2011 opening, possibly in anticipation of a sequel.
So, what do you think? Am I totally delusional here from the excitement at the prospect of a Monsters, Inc. 2 or do you agree with my theory, and how excited are you? Comment below, please.
P.S. Yes, most sites wouldn't use such information, at least not publicly, but I have no problem :)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
A lot is discussed in the interview from their reaction to WALL-E's critical success to which scene in the 3-D re-release of Toy Story (out October 2 this year) is really, really amazing.Thanks IncredibleMrD for pointing to this
Stanton says he's "deep into" work on a revised new draft of the script, and that casting discussions are taking place.
"I'm on my next draft of it. We're in pre-production art-wise, and we're starting to talk to actors. So it's full bore".
"Well, it's not being done by the Pixar crew. It's being done by Disney, and I'm sort of being loaned out.
...We're not being purist with Pixar, but Pixar's a brand that you have to trust that's for all ages. This story of John Carter is not going to be an all-ages film," he says, implying strongly that he and co-writer Mark Andrews are aiming for a PG-13 rating.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Golden Globe was presented by Disney stars The Jonas Brothers to a sharply-dressed Andrew Stanton who thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and everyone at Disney and Pixar, in particular Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was in attendance, Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook, John Lasseter, producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins, and the entire WALL-E cast. He also acknowledged and thanked his family for their support.
WALL-E lost in the other category it was nominated in, Best Song for Peter Gabriel's "Down To Earth".
Most of the scenes we have enjoyed before (in the theatrical teaser), but there are a couple of exciting never-before-seen shots, like Carl being dragged by the house/balloons to the edge of a cliff. The preview originally aired on the Disney Channel.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Again, I didn't watch so I don't have too much to add :) but here's a video that apparently shows WALL-E being announced as the winner. Apparently because the stupid thing won't let me watch the video because I'm located outside of the U.S.!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The comics will be out beginning on March 25 and will be part of a larger collection of comics based on Pixar's various films.
(via Upcoming Pixar)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment makes mention of Pixar's fourth feature in a Blu-ray-themed news release issued today in anticipation of the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas starting Thursday, where presentation of advancements in Blu-ray technology, such as those outlined in the statement, are a major draw.
No exact dates are given for the 'Monsters' Blu-ray, but it is mentioned in close proximity to A Bug's Life, which we know is almost certainly due to debut on Blu-ray sometime in the next few months (details are expected to be announced in Febuary).
Surprisingly, and disapointingly, today's news release omits any mention of a Finding Nemo Blu-ray for this year. That suggests that the film has been delayed again, likely until next year.
Note: The above image is a mock-up.
Update: Speaking of CES, a post over at AllThingsD.com mentions that John Lasseter was on hand at the show to "sing the praises of Blu-ray and show off a clip of Up".
(Updated Jan. 8)
Update: An anonymous source with knowledge of the release schedule tells me that the 'Monsters' Blu-ray should be out "around summer".
(Updated Jan. 9)
The special Oscar statuette will be presented to Catmull at the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 7th in Beverley Hills. (Highlights from this ceremony are customarily shown during the televised Academy Awards show.)
Says Academy president Sid Ganis in the official press release:
"Ed is one of the rare individuals who can bridge the space between science and art. His vision, ingenuity and groundbreaking designs have made the impossible possible for filmmakers and movie audiences around the world."
In 2000, he, along with RenderMan designers Rob Cook and Loren Carpenter, was awarded the prestigious Academy Award of Merit for "their significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering". In 2005, also, he shared a Technical Achievement Award.
Monday, January 5, 2009
This year's awards will be handed out the 24th of this month. If WALL-E/Morris wins, it would be the
Thursday, January 1, 2009
THQ's video game based on Up (to be released May 26) can now be pre-ordered from Amazon.com for Mac/PC, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, and Xbox 360. Prices range from $19.99 to $59.99 depending on the platform (U.S. only). (See update #3)
The game's synopsis, perhaps unintentionally, gives away prematurely the name of Up's antagonist: Muntz. "Battle the villainous Muntz in the final level", the summary reads. This is surely the character that is voiced by actor Christopher Plummer.
According to reports from test screenings, early on in the movie, when Carl and his sweetheart Ellie are still kids, she tells him all about her "hero", an explorer named Muntz, who's travelled to the mountains of South America. It's he who serves as Ellie's inspiration for her dream trip to the region that she, of course, never gets the chance to make. But there's apparently no indication to the audience at the time that the character is to be the villain of the film. (Hence the rare "spoiler" alert.)
So Carl will encounter Muntz decades later. This begs the question: Just how old is Muntz?
Update: Reader Bryan points out that there is another product description on the pages that I overlooked. This summary makes mention of the names of the movie's other two major characters: "Dug the talking dog and a female bird named Kevin".
(Updated Jan. 2)
Update: Something else I hadn't noticed: Up's Wikipedia entry gives Muntz's full name as Charles Muntz. The reference provided is to the Febuary 2009 issue of Empire magazine.
(Updated Jan. 5)
Update: As anonymous commenter #8 points out, the video game seems to have been removed from Amazon. The links don't work and all searches for the game are unsuccessful.
(Updated Jan. 23)
Update: Each title is back up for pre-order, with box art.
(Updated Apr. 6)
It's basically a completed rendered image of the scene pictured in the concept art shown on The Art of Up cover out today, with some changes (e.g. no bird, dog, or flowers; more foliage covering the rocks).
Be sure to read Pete Docter's comments included in the EW story.
I sincerely hope this is the final cover and not a preliminary one as happened last year with The Art of WALL-E, where one cover was released and then replaced later on. Although I was happy with the choice to do so last time, this cover is way too cool to be replaced.
Notice the bird and also the dog. This appears to be the same dog who's silhouette could be seen in Ratatouille.
Thanks Jason for the tip.