Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Dolby plans to install the system in ten to fifteen cinemas worldwide in time for opening day. Under the supervision of Pixar's master sound designer Gary Rydstrom, Skywalker Sound will prepare an Atmos mix of the film for these screens.
Atmos is more than just the biggest leap in theatre sound since Dolby Surround 7.1 was introduced with Toy Story 3 in 2010. “This is, I think, the biggest breakthrough in sound that has happened in my career,” Transformers: Dark of the Moon sound man Erik Aadahl told The Hollywood Reporter.
With speakers 'positioned around the theater and overhead' for near-complete immersion in sound, the system is "capable of transmitting up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio channels, and renders from 5.1 up to 64 discrete speaker feeds".
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Earlier in the day, Disney released a title logo (pictured) and plot synopsis for the highly anticipated short film Paperman, which will play in festivals this year and, likely, in front of Wreck-It Ralph in November.
Paperman's 'revolutionary' animation technique, Disney revealed, involves 'seamlessly merging computer-generated and hand-drawn animation'. It's also created entirely in black-and-white.
Here's the official blurb verbatim:
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with Paperman.
Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.
Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Paperman pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.
Not to be outdone, Pixar announced a title and new release date for Bob Peterson's formerly untitled dinosaur feature, now called The Good Dinosaur. The film will hit the big screen May 30, 2014. Question: Is it a Barney movie? Pixar could have done better with the title.
Pete Docter's still untitled 'inside the mind' film was pushed back yet again—more than another year—to June 19, 2015. For 2015/2016, the studio announced an untitled Mexican-themed movie, being directed and produced by Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson.
Finally, the audience was treated to the very first teaser trailer for Monsters University, which reportedly got big laughs from the entire audience. /Film's Peter Sciretta tweeted that it "involves Sully pulling a prank on Mike while he sleeps in the dorm."
The editing is a little awkward at times, but other than that, it's a solid reel with a good dose of new footage. I love the impression King Fergus does of Merida; the look on his face is priceless.
Monday, April 23, 2012
I’ve gotta say the buzz was mostly right.
While the central storyline—Pirate Captain’s quest to win the “Pirate of the Year Award”—didn’t grab me (as a comic macguffin, was it meant to?), the movie is a fun experience overall and plays well to audiences regardless of age.
The tongue-in-cheek, historical fiction subplot is admirably original. A besotted Charles Darwin duped into kidnapping a dodo by Queen Victoria, who turns out to be a exotic animal eating menace? Check.
Everyone who sees The Pirates! will absolutely respect the team at Aardman for their artistry. Five minutes in and you’ve forgotten all about its stop-motion origins. The character animation and set design is the best the studio has ever done.
The Pirates! opens in North American theatres this Friday.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Since it's non-animated, my full review is up at The Disney Blog. After seeing the movie, please share your comments there.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The pixelated design, inspired by the 8-bit video games of yesteryear, is strikingly different than every other poster out there. It's the best animated film poster so far this year. But will audiences get it?
Wreck-It Ralph hits theatres November 2.
Also check out the Italian poster for the film, titled Ribelle (Rebel) in italiano.
Friday, April 6, 2012
This collection of 100 postcards featuring Pixar artwork is a sequel to the original Art of Pixar series released in 2005. As you might have heard, there's been a lot of good Pixar movies since then.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Here are a few comments freshly culled from Twitter:
My only beef with the first 30 minute of Brave is that it left me so dazzled I have nothing clever to say about it. Can't wait to see more.— The Pixar Podcast (@ThePixarPodcast) April 4, 2012
Just saw first act of Brave. It's both everything you love about Pixar and yet completely different. Cannot wait to see more.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 4, 2012
I was completely dazzled and moved by the first 30 minutes of Brave. I heart Merida. This film is unexpected in so many wonderful ways.— Pixar Talk(@PixarTalk) April 4, 2012
Brave opens in theatres on June 22.
Teared up after about 10 of the 30 minutes they showed from BRAVE. Mothers and daughters, Pixar finally seems to be telling our story.— kateyrich (@kateyrich) April 4, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Hamish, Hubert, and Harris (a.k.a. The Triplets) is my personal favourite. The one of Merida, on the other hand, is a wee bit lazy; it's the exact same pose as the poster revealed in February.