Friday, July 31, 2009
Jim Hill Media has discovered, and an independent WHOIS search confirms, that Disney Enterprises, Inc. registered the domain name monsters2.com on Wednesday, another sure sign that Pixar is working on a sequel to Monsters, Inc.
The domain monstersinc2.com remains owned (for the time being, at least) by an apparent domain squatter from Texas.
The new sleek and modern page design is really refreshing. Hopefully something similar can be done to the entire Pixar.com website.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Well, just yesterday, a reader by the name of Matthew Locascio from Pasadena, California emailed me pictures of the two permanent tattoos he got recently, of Pixar favourites Woody (pictured at right) and Carl Fredricksen. "They are there for life, it's awesome!", he says.
I'm at a loss for words.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A very well done teaser, with lots of humour from start to finish. The exaggerated 3-D effects are sure to get audiences excited, as will the recession-friendly offer of "2 movies for the price of 1".
(via Upcoming Pixar)
Monday, July 27, 2009
As a matter of fact, I'm going to be covering the re-release for The Disney Blog in the coming months as a regular guest author, and will be posting on general topics early next month when editor John Frost goes on vacation.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
No new details about "TS3' are revealed, but Unkrich does shed some light on the storied history of the project, for example, why the final plot was selected.
One thing that stands out is how well-spoken Unkrich is. Disney publicity needs to get him on Letterman, Conan, or any of the big daytime or late-night talk shows come next June, perhaps putting him on together with Tom Hanks or Tim Allen.
Friday, July 24, 2009
As expected, John Lasseter and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich were on hand (pictured above on stage), as well as famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyasaki, and a number of other individuals.
The Pixar part of the panel appears to have been surprisingly light on content, but there were highlights. Lasseter spoke about the impending 3-D double feature release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, saying:
"Toy Story came out in 1995. Think of how many kids were born since then. They only know us from the home videos. These films were meant to be seen on the big screen".About 'TS3', Lasseter revealed that the character of Barbie will have "a much larger roll" than in Toy Story 2. ***Go Barbie!*** A never-before-seen clip from 'TS3' featuring Barbie's boyfriend Ken was shown. Many outlets made headlines of the formal announcement by Unkrich that Michael Keaton is voicing Ken, but we've known about that for almost a year now.
In conjunction with today's panel, Disney.com/ToyStory got a very cool update to focus on the 'TS'/'TS2' double feature. The page now informs us that the trailer for the 3-D re-release will arrive online this coming Tuesday, July 28.
The Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3-D double feature opens on October 2. Toy Story 3 arrives in theatres on June 18 next year.
***Supposed to look like pom-poms. Hilarious, isn't it?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A short description of the trailer submitted by a reader can be found on the page.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
While the quality of the image at right is not great, it's a nice preview of what we can expect from Disney's marketing campaign for the release.
Relatedly, I was told recently that the first press/advanced screenings of the films in 3-D will probably happen sometime after 'early September'.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
From Pixar, the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3-D double feature (out in under three months now) and next year's Toy Story 3 will be previewed as part of Disney's very exciting Animation Panel on Friday, July 24 at 12:45 PM.
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter will host the event and will be joined by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich as well as several other big names from the field of animation.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
SIGGRAPH 2009 happens August 3 to 7 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Stay tuned for all the latest.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In the interview, conducted by Nancy Cartwright, famous as the voice of Bart on The Simpsons, for the AWN's Animation World Magazine in print, Bird discusses in detail his successful (to say the least) career in animation. Also a very interesting use of reverse psychology by his mother when he was 13.
Read it on the web here.