Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A second full-length theatrical trailer for Toy Story 3, aimed at "international" audiences, was discovered on YouTube today and is embedded above.
Running just under 1:30, it's made up of largely of the same shots seen in the (vastly superior) first trailer released in October, but with a different introduction, editing, and soundtrack. On Twitter, director Lee Unkrich calls it "just an international version" of the first.
Perhaps the best part of this trailer is the soundbite of Andy saying "no one's going to want those old toys" —strikes a real emotional chord. Ouch!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In his presentation, Dylan revealed what looks to be the logo for the Vancouver studio. Quite cool, although the "Canada" could have been made smaller, like the Google Canada logo.
Not much else can be deduced from the photos, so if any readers were at VFS yesterday, please share event details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way, this seems like a good moment to point out that, while I always carefully read each email readers send, I'm unable to respond to all due to the sheer volume of mail I receive. My apologies.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Each of the listings term the satellite studio Pixar Canada, a "wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios". As we've known since the project was announced, "the Vancouver studio will produce short-form animation focusing on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and Cars".
A well-placed source confirms that the new campus will be up and running "sometime in 2010".
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I haven't seen it, considering I got the Blu-ray, so I really can't say much, only that it follows George and A.J. (pictured above) the Shady Oaks retirement home nurses/caretakers who come to take Carl away in the film following his 'public menace' conviction. It runs approx. 4 minutes and was written and directed by Up storyboard artist Josh Cooley.
(via Pixar Talk)
Update: Disney/Pixar posted George & A.J. for free on Facebook today. Pretty funny actually. Watch it here.
(Updated Nov. 19)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
According to A.M.P.A.S. rules, if at least sixteen of the films qualify for competition (and they should) there will be five nominees in the category rather than the usual three. That would be a very welcome change.
Of course, Up remains the front-runner for the feature animation award, as well as a strong contender for a Best Picture nomination, if the Academy's historic bias against the art form doesn't get in the way.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A PDF of the cover article, explaining Carl's 'agreement' to becoming the latest 'celebrity ambassador' for the cause, can be downloaded free of charge at the magazine's website.
Fredricksen is the first fictional person to appear on the cover. Previous celebrities who have taken part include Plácido Domingo, Lindsay Lohan, Rod Stewart, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
(via Total Film)
"I’m mostly focused on the next film that I have in development already. ...I just started. We finished Up, I took some time off, spent some time in Europe and Japan doing publicity over there, so I’ve only been on this for like a couple weeks," he says.Asked whether the project is the long-rumoured sequel to Monsters, Inc., Docter replied:
"I'm not working on ... I'm working on something else, but I cannot announce what it is."
It goes without saying that this is really exciting news. I can't wait to find out what this new, previously unheard-of film is going to be about. But also exciting is the fact that Docter began his response by saying, "I'm not working on... [Monsters, Inc. 2]." (Italics mine.) If you ask me, that wording strongly suggests that somebody else at Pixar is working on it, like so much other evidence suggests.
Check out the complete interview here; it's an excellent read. Discussion highlights include the level of detail visible on the Up Blu-ray and the film's chances at the Oscars.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
- Best Animated Feature
- Best Director
- Best Original Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
- Best Film Editing
- Best Art Direction
- Best Sound Mixing
- Best Sound Editing
- Best Original Score
Theatrical short Partly Cloudy is being advertised less-specifically "For Your Consideration in All Categories", though in actuality it only stands the chance of being nominated for Best Animated Short Film –still a very big deal.
Up's chances of being nominated for Best Picture are higher than any of Pixar's previous animated masterpieces due to this year's rule change which will see ten Best Picture nominees rather than the longstanding five.
The 82nd annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Nominations will be announced just under three months from now on Tuesday, February 2.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Del Carmen answers nine questions about the new short in the interview. Curiously, in a couple of his responses he appears to hint at the chance that we might someday see more of Up's canine characters.
Jobs—co-founder of Apple and Pixar, Chairman and CEO of Apple, former CEO of Pixar, board member and largest individual shareholder of The Walt Disney Company—certainly deserves the title. Apple's outstanding, world-changing products have made Jobs the "arbiter of cool" when it comes to consumer electronics.
It's worth remembering (Fortune should have pointed this out), that from 1997 until 2006 when Disney aquired Pixar for $7.4 billion, Jobs was CEO of the then-independent studio and Apple concurrently. Two seperate, publicly-traded companies sharing a CEO is believed to be a singular achievement in American business.
Read the complete article online at CNNMoney.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Luxo ASA, the Norwegian lamp manufacturer responsible for creating the original Luxo lamp upon which Pixar's Luxo, Jr. mascot is based, withdrew its 2-month-old lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company, Pixar's corporate parent, on Tuesday.
No details on the settlement, which wisely avoided a protracted legal fight, were made public, as is to be expected.
Update: If anyone's interested in taking a look, at right is a copy (click to enlarge) of the official Notice of Dismissal filed in court on November 3, obtained through the U.S. Courts PACER service.
(Updated Nov. 5)
- Up DVD/Blu-ray launch party at Fentons Creamery [/Film]
- Hi-res versions of retro Up posters released [Collider]
- DreamWorks Animation releases craptastic trailer for upcoming film [Film School Rejects]
- Pixar Short Films marathon to air on ABC Family [Upcoming Pixar]