Sunday, September 27, 2009
The advance screening here in Toronto was yesterday but at an insane time and location (at least for me). So I'll be seeing it when it opens in theatres like all/most of you.
Question: Are you as excited as I am?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The sixth and final video in this series (originally it was supposed to have been seven), John Lasseter talks about the Toy Story Collection Buzz Lightyear figure and shares some interesting trivia about the character.
As a side note, there is now an official Disney/Pixar channel on YouTube, but there are currently no new videos except the "Ask John Lasseter" video blogs taped back in July during Comic-Con.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Both of these do a good job explaining the double feature to a perhaps unfamiliar audience.
(via Upcoming Pixar)
The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and /Film, among other outlets, have full coverage of Cook's "shocking" resignation, which comes on the heals of relatively poor performance for recent Disney releases.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The film was great and I got to meet director Don Hahn and Disney animator Mark Walton (voice of Rhino in Bolt) and they both told me that they've read The Pixar Blog ―very cool.
Read my full account at The Disney Blog.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
A new theatrical trailer for 'TS3', featuring never-before-seen clips from the movie, was screened in 3-D for the enthusiastic audience. The trailer begins with "home video" of the toys' owner Andy growing up, culminating with his high school graduation picture.
Several major additions to the cast were also announced. Whoopi Goldberg (this is her first time working with Pixar), Bonnie Hunt (you heard it here first), and Jeff Garlin will each be lending their voices to new characters in the film. The original voice of Andy, the now grown-up John Morris, will be reprising his role from Toy Story and Toy Story 2.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Made by Thinkway Toys, the deluxe 16″ Woody toy (with stand) is as close to an exact replica of the character from the Toy Story films as possible, produced directly from Pixar's original data files.
As John Lasseter has pointed out, the quality really is superb; the fabric and stitching on Woody's clothing especially stands out. You'll be surprised at the detail when you open the package. The pictures you've seen online simply can't convey that.
The voice recognition feature also works pretty well, but the pull-string is so much more fun for some reason! About that, Woody says a total of fifty different phrases in two different modes.
Honestly, major fun to play with, even if you're an adult. Doctors should hand these out as antidepressants.
All the toys from the Toy Story Collection (including Buzz, RC, and Rex) are now shipping from the Disney Store online and will be in brick-and-morter stores soon.
The announcement was made as part of a Disney presentation (with John Lasseter) held today in London, where the 'Venice clip' and a brand-new Toy Story 3 trailer were shown.
Also revealed were some additional Cars 2 plot points involving Mater and a new character, an Aston Martin named Finn McMissile.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
The clip takes place early on in the film, with Andy packing for college...
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Speaking at the ceremony, Lasseter called the accolade "a tremendous honour", one he shares with his "best friends and brothers" in filmmaking, his fellow directors at the studio.
"Our dream is always simple: to entertain our audiences around the world, everybody," he continued, summarizing Pixar's goal when making movies.
About George Lucas, who was selected by the festival to present the award to the team, Lasseter later told reporters: "I think anybody else when they sell a company and the company goes on to be very successful, they would feel like they missed out, [but] George Lucas is so proud of us and we are so thankful to him."
(Sources: Associated Press, AFP; Photo via Stitch Kingdom)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The lawsuit stems from Luxo's discontent at the soon-to-be-released Luxo Jr. Premium Combo Pack of the Up Blu-ray, which will include a working replica Luxo Jr. lamp and also the giant audio-animatronic Luxo Jr. at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Pixar's c. 1986 agreement with the Norway-based lamp manufacturer has long allowed the studio to use the Luxo name in connection with the character from Pixar's first short film Luxo Jr. and to use the character in its logo. But Luxo holds that the making of actual goods, especially functioning lamps, with the name is an infringement on their trademark not covered by the agreement.
While Luxo's statement in their complaint that the Luxo Jr. replicas will "cause devastating damage to Luxo and dilute the goodwill which Luxo has built up" is utter nonsense, someone at Disney's legal department really should have checked with the company as to whether they had any objection to the expanded uses for the character.
Interested to see how this will play out in court...
*For the legally inclined, the case is officially Luxo AS v. The Walt Disney Company et al, 09-cv-7689, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan)
- Vancouver studio to be located in trendy Yaletown neighbourhood [Globe and Mail, reference]
- Sci-Tech Awards nomination for Pixar, for "point-based color bleeding" [Hollywood Reporter]
- Q&A with audio engineer Vince Caro [Mix]
Friday, September 4, 2009
In related news, a Disney Consumer Products spokesperson informed me yesterday that there are indeed plans for a Toy Story Collection Jessie doll to "roll out in Spring/Summer 2010", something I had previously wondered about.