Sunday, January 31, 2010
The nominations and wins recognize the work and talent of composer Michael Giacchino in creating the spectacular music of the film.
This win cements Up's position as the frontrunner for the Best Original Score Oscar at the upcoming 82nd annual Academy Awards. On that point, Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday morning at 8:30/5:30 PT and I'll have complete coverage as it relates to Up and Pixar. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
MacLane is well known for his many Lego creations, which include Pixar characters from time to time, but I believe this is the first time a Pixar co-founder has been the subject.
As a side note, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich recently tweeted that he's on the guest list for tomorrow's big Apple event where Jobs is expected to introduce the long-awaited Apple
(Photo credit: Angus MacLane/Flickr)
Monday, January 25, 2010
Rivera did not, however, win the most prestigious prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award for which he was nominated for Up.
Pixar creative chief John Lasseter received the lifetime achievement honor David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures as had been previously announced.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I emailed Lee earlier today asking for a comment on the auction and the reasoning behind it. He replied:
"I've been accumulating a lot of memorabilia over my fifteen years at Pixar, but while it represents good memories of the films I've been lucky to work on, it's still just stuff.
Like everyone else, I've been horrified by what happened in Haiti, and the sheer enormity of dealing with the injured and homeless. I saw these auctions as a simple way to not only do my bit to help, but to also send some memorabilia out into the world that others will appreciate.
Some have said to me, "What about supporting the problems in our own country?" Well, I do, as we all should. But as a human being, I couldn't sit back and do nothing while people were suffering through one of the biggest disasters of our time."
Friday, January 22, 2010
The one at right was taken out by The Walt Disney Studios to celebrate the film's two Golden Globe wins last sunday.
See all (or most) of the FYC ads for Up here.
The international flavour of the film can be easily appreciated from this scene. The cars appear to be traveling through Japan with what looks like a stylized Mount Fuji visible in the background.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
- Animated Film (Pete Docter)
- Original screenplay (Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
- Sound (Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick)
- Music (Michael Giacchino)
The awards will be presented at the BAFTA awards ceremony on Sunday, February 21 in London.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The animation prize, introduced by one of the world's greatest musicians, Sir Paul McCartney, was accepted by director Pete Docter who had an "Ellie Badge" pinned to his tux.
In his heartfelt, humorous acceptance speech, Docter thanked everyone at Pixar and Disney, including writer Bob Peterson and producer Jonas Rivera, and made no secret of his love for the studio. He also mentioned his kids who watched the show from home and his wife Amanda who joined him at the ceremony.
Up's success in the animation category tonight is really spectacular considering that the award was introduced by the HFPA only four years ago and Up is the fourth Pixar feature to win!
Congratulations to everyone at Pixar and Disney for Up's success at the Golden Globe Awards.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Does this mean that the long delayed release of Finding Nemo in the high definition format will finally happen this year worldwide? Or is this just another false alarm? No official announcement has been made by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment regarding a 2010 release.
I'll be looking into this further, scouring the internet and checking with sources as soon as the weekend is over.
Thanks to Adam B. for the tip
Update: Dropped from the Amazon page, it can no longer be pre-ordered. The only option is to "sign up to be notified when this item becomes available". Go figure.
(Updated Mar. 23)
Director Pete Docter was at the ceremony to accept the Best Animated Feature Film prize. He thanked the Up crew, writer Bob Peterson, producer Jonas Rivera, and others.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
A Golden Tomato win is becoming a sort of tradition for Pixar films. Up is the studio's third film in a row (after WALL-E and Ratatouille) to win the top award and the sixth overall.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
(Updated Jan. 7)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
As you can see, the ad zeros in on the Best Picture nomination everyone hopes the film will get from A.M.P.A.S. next month.
Up producer Jonas Rivera (pictured) is nominated in the top category, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, as well as in the animation category.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is the first time the producer of an animated film has been nominated for the Zanuck award. The nomination of Rivera for Up in what is effectively the Guild's "Best Picture" category is thus being recognized as a hopeful sign for the film's Best Picture Oscar chances.
Pixar will be well-represented at this year's PGA awards, which take place on January 24. This past October, the Guild announced that Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter would be receiving the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in recognition of his career in the industry.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Originally, I was expecting only one poster, but Lee sent me three: Buzz, Woody, and the minimalist '3' one I loved so much, all signed by him "Thanks, Mike! Lee Unkrich". On the Woody one he added "The Pixar Blog is awesome". Hahaha! Haven't taken any photos of them but they are large 27" x 41" double sided one-sheets, printed on both sides.
As if that wasn't enough, Lee threw in a Toy Story 3 crew T-shirt in my size. Not available for purchase anywhere (not even the Pixar studio store, which is not open to the public), it's a lightweight American Apparel-made shirt exactly like the one Unkrich is wearing in this picture, with the slightly distressed '3', but silver-coloured instead of black.
I want to make clear that I'm not posting this to show off or anything —or to make anyone seethe with envy :)— I just want to illustrate how cool Pixar is a company, how cool they are are to their fans, you know? James Cameron should take some lessons.