Thursday, August 27, 2009
The top image, as you can see, is of a herbivorous dinosaur with a person standing next to it. Below that are two images of a small, inquisitive-looking boy. All three images look like they're photos of clay sculptures (compare with the colour and texture of the Carl Fredricksen sculpture in the foreground). Not clearly visible is a fourth image, a drawing, that seem to show another view of the dinosaur.
Everything about these indicate they are concepts for a Pixar film ―announced or unannounced, short or feature― in production. Asked about it on Twitter, Up story supervisor Ronnie del Carmen responded that he, of course, does know what the artwork is for but he's "not telling".
Please tell us.
Update: Pixar Touch author David A. Price just sent me an email pointing me to some interesting postings made by Pixar animator and paleontology buff Austin Madison on his personal blog earlier this month.
Madison recounts a trip taken by a group of dino enthusiasts to the badlands of South Dakota last month, many (most?) of whom were Pixarians. These included a production assistant, Brandon Hyman; a technical artist, Chuck Waite; and an assistant editor, Zack Keller.
Now get this: Greg Dykstra, in who's workspace the 'boy and dinosaur' concept art was spotted in the Up B-roll filmed months earlier, was also on the outing, keenly interested in the topic, as seen in the photographs posted on the site. He is apparently quite a paleontology buff himself.
These facts point to this having been a research trip for an unannounced upcoming film, almost certainly being directed by Dykstra. This would undoubtedly be a short since Dykstra hasn't directed before at the studio.
(Updated at 9:30 PM)
The first video of a seven-part series starring John Lasseter promoting the new Toy Story Collection line of Toy Story toys can now be seen at the DisneyLiving YouTube channel, the official channel of Disney Consumer Products.
In the videos, Lasseter will explain to fans what exactly makes these the "definitive" copies of the toys from the films. (I personally want Woody and RC.)
Read more on the Toy Story Collection here.
Monday, August 24, 2009
It must be noted that a WHOIS search on the domains (example) shows that they were registered privately and does not list Disney as the owner, a probable attempt by Disney/Pixar to have this stay off-the-radar until closer to the film's Summer 2011 release date. Hill's report is therefore currently unsubstantiated.
The subtitle World Grand Prix, however, certainly fits well with what we know about the film's plot so far, that it will follow the adventures of Lightning McQueen and Mater as they travel across the globe.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Written by John Lasseter and Entertainment Weekly writer Steve Daly and originally published in November 1995 prior to Toy Story's debut in theatres, the 128-page book is a "richly illustrated" account of the making of Pixar's first animated feature.
With its excess of concept art, storyboards, and rendered images from the film, Toy Story: The Art and Making of the Animated Film is the forerunner to Pixar's very popular 'art of' series published by Chronicle Books.
The book can now be pre-ordered from Amazon.com and other online retailers.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Lasseter and company will also be holding an Animation Master Class and panel the following day dedicated to Pixar's filmmaking process.
The 66th annual Venice Film Festival or Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia takes place Sept. 2-12, 2009
Beatles + Disney = Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Pixar will be well represented on the fourth and final day of the event. John Lasseter will host the Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios presentation at 11:00 AM local time in the center's arena. He will there "discuss and show materials from" the studios' upcoming slate of animated films, including Toy Story 3.
A presentation focused solely on Toy Story 3 will take place at 6:30 PM, to be followed by the North American/U.S. premiere of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in digital 3-D, the much anticipated double feature.
Concurrently, Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter was elected secretary of the organisation. Lasseter has been a member of the Academy for many years now, serving as governor of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I must say @leeunkrich is becoming a must-read for me personally.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
For a limited time, a special collectors set featuring the Up 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD will also be sold. The "Luxo Jr. Premium Combo Pack" will include Up plus a working collectable replica Luxo, Jr. desklamp, with a stand that doubles as storage for all your Pixar Blu-ray discs.
(Updated Aug. 16)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Pixar's tenth feature will be released on 1-Disc DVD and in a 4-Disc Blu-Ray/ DVD set, which will include the film on hi-def Blu-ray Disc, standard definition DVD, and in the portable media player-friendly DisneyFile Digital Copy format. The suggested list prices are $29.99 and $45.99 USD, respectively, but the discs will of course sell for much less at many retailers.
Currently, DisneyStore.com lists the feature-based short Dug's Special Mission (details here) and theatrical short Partly Cloudy as being the only extras on the 1-Disc DVD. The 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD pack, on the other hand, will include much bonus material, ranging from featurettes and a documentary to alternate scenes, and games on the Blu-ray discs. Click Extended Description on the Disney Store page for a basic list.
Thanks Alex for the tip
Update: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced that there will be an Up 2-Disc deluxe DVD with a good selection of bonus features. This should prove popular with those not inclined to purchase the 4-Disc Blu-ray combo pack.
Now available for pre-order, the suggested retail price for the 2-Disc DVD is $39.99.
(Updated August 11)
Monday, August 3, 2009
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.
While I won't be attempting to cover each of the dozens of items that will go on sale between now and next summer, I do intend to report periodically on the ones that really stand out and are most appealing to fans.
As of now, most exciting is the Toy Story Collection, a line of super deluxe toys manufactured by Thinkway, Pixar's toymaker of choice. These are the most 'definitive, highly detailed, and accurate' replicas produced to date of the toys from the movies.
The collection is comprised of Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Rex action figures, RC remote-control car, Space Alien (aka Little Green Men) squeeze toys, and Bucket O Soldiers plastic figures.
Each features a variety of special features, as described on the respective product pages. The Woody, Buzz, Rex, and RC toys are the most advanced, having several high-tech capabilities.
Worth mentioning are the included Certificates of Authenticity with John Lasseter's printed signature and the fact that the toys boasts "film accurate paint details", the original data files from Pixar being used.
If you're wondering, there's no new Jessie doll available, surprising indeed considering the character's appeal to girls (and male über über-nerds).
Toys from the Toy Story Collection can be pre-ordered separately from the Disney Store online (except for Buzz, available for pre-order soon) and will ship late this month, or you keep an eye out for them at your local toy store in the Fall.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
"Woody's actual full name, never before mentioned, is... "Woody Pride", and has been since the earliest days of developing the original Toy Story."
(via Cinema Blend)