Thursday, September 30, 2010
Simply upload a video with your question to CNN.com iReport by 12:01 AM ET on Sunday, October 3 for the chance to have it answered. Videos must be 30 seconds in length or less.
You can see the new building, scheduled to open for work in the spring, is really starting to take shape. Scaffolding has been removed from part of the structure.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
This may be the strongest evidence yet that Toy Story 3 is coming to 3-D Blu-ray soon. Perhaps even the 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, screened as a double feature last fall, will follow.
Monday, September 20, 2010
According to Animation Magazine, Witkin joined Pixar in 1998 to develop software for creating realistic movement in virtual clothing, hair, fur and water in computer-generated animation. The results of his work can be seen in Sulley's fur in Monsters, Inc. and the eye-popping fire and water in The Incredibles.
In 2006, he won a Sci-Tech Oscar from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for "pioneering work in physically-based computer-generated techniques used to simulate realistic cloth in motion pictures." Most recently, Witkin worked developing new hair simulation techniques for Pixar's upcoming feature Brave.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Chatter Phone Tipline: A113, a short video starring Chatter Telephone from Toy Story 3, was posted to the Disney/Pixar YouTube channel yesterday. Chatter Phone whispers about the famous "A113" in-joke that has appeared in every Pixar film. At 45 seconds long, it doesn't explain "A113" and its origins at CalArts all that well.
Of course, the Finding Nemo Blu-ray has never arrived, despite being officially announced first in early 2008 and scheduled and rescheduled many times since then. Most recently, it was rumoured to be coming this November the same day as 'TS3', but instead we'll be getting Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales.
This is most likely just a simple mix-up at the promotional department, since Ratatouille, available on Blu-ray since 2007, is omitted, and the packaging is not the "combo pack" type Disney is currently using.
But it reaffirms that the 'Nemo' Blu-ray has been basically ready for a few years now, waiting to be sent to production. Why the delay? Perhaps Disney wants to wait until Blu-ray picks up a greater market share from DVD before launching.
In related news, TheHDRoom claims that there's a "good chance" that The Incredibles will be released on Blu-ray next spring. Here we go again.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Starting things off, a generous bonus tied to Toy Story 3's record-breaking success was announced to crew members who worked to bring 'TS3' to the screen. Everyone mentioned in the credits received extra pay.
Details are, naturally, confidential —Pixarians were reluctant to talk to me about it— but judging from their public reactions on Twitter (which I've been asked not to re-publish here), it's fair to assume the bonus was substantial, its amount a very pleasant surprise. I can only imagine the further incentive this gives employees working on future projects like Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters, Inc. 2.
The perks didn't end with extra green. Today was also the third time Pixar has held its company 'air show', actually a friendly paper airplane competition. The event, profiled in the Monsters, Inc. DVD extras, brings out droves of employees to throw paper planes from the atrium bridge at Pixar's Emeryville, CA headquarters.
Today's competition, the first in a few years, looks like it was the biggest ever. Even Lotso got in on the act. Chris Chua (@chrischua007), currently animating on Brave, tells me that the winning plane was named Shadowfax.
With all that, Wednesday's workday didn't include much work.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Monday, September 13, 2010
Toy Story 3 DVD bonus features are as follows:
- Day & Night – The innovative and entertaining short from the imagination of Pixar artist and Director Teddy Newton.
- Toys! – A closer look at all of Toy Story 3’s beloved toys from updating the classic characters to the creation of the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie’s Room toys.
- Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure – Produced in conjunction with NASA, this hybrid animation documentary of Buzz’s visit to the International Space Station focuses on research in zero gravity and Buzz’s triumphant return to Earth.
- Paths to Pixar: Editorial – Pixar editors, past and future share anecdotes about their careers.
- The Gang’s All Here – A touching look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3 and an introduction to the voices of the new characters.
- A Toy’s Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land – A sneak peek at the new Toy Story-themed playland at Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Studio Stories – A series of amusing animated anecdotes about life at Pixar.
- “Where’s Gordon?” – An animator finds a hidden room at Pixar.
- “Cereal Bar” – The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored.
- “Clean Start” – The Toy Story 3 animators shave their heads to mark the start of the film.
- Toy Story Trivia Dash – This cool game challenges you to sprint to the finish with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Rex as you quickly answer questions about all three Toy Story movies.
- Cine-Explore – Commentary by Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson.
- Beyond the Toybox: An Alternative Commentary Track Featuring Leads from Story, Tech, Art and Animation – Commentary by Story Supervisor Jason Katz, Supervising Technical Director Guido Quaroni, Production Designer Bob Pauley and Supervising Animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini.
- Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion – Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
- Bonnie’s Playtime: A Story Roundtable – A roundtable discussion with Director Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the “Bonnie’s Playtime” scene to life.
- Roundin’ Up A Western Opening – The development of the movie’s exciting opening scene.
- Life Of A Shot – Toy Story 3 artists and technicians describe their contributions to a few of the shots in the film’s “Western Opening.”
- Goodbye Andy – An exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene “Andy’s Goodbye.”
- Accidental Toymakers – By creating the Toy Story characters, the Pixar filmmakers found themselves in the unlikely role of toy designers. Meet the toy company that took a chance on manufacturing the now iconic toys and learn of their incredible success that began with a modest number of Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys 15 years ago.
- Making of Day & Night – The story behind the unique 2D/3D blended short.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
According to Blu-ray.com, rumour has it that this special edition, coming about a month and a half after the regular BD and DVD releases, will include 'TS3' in 3-D for viewers with 3-D capable televisions and players.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Update: Pixar animator Chris Chua pointed out on Twitter minutes ago that Merida, the film's heroine, and her mother, another major character, can be seen in the poster. Yes, for real.
Its official name being the Ultimate Toy Box Collection, the box set includes Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 on high-definition Blu-ray Disc, standard DVD, and as digital copies.
The set will be released the same day as the standalone Toy Story 3 Blu-ray/DVD —November 2, 2010.
Friday, September 3, 2010
"As most of you already know, "Newt" is no longer in development at Pixar. However, that doesn't mean we can't share some of the Pixar artists' amazing artwork with our Facebook fans!" reads the album caption.