PixArt: August Feature II – Merida Takes Aim

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The character designs of Samantha Youssef certainly have a lot of charm and personality. But what really shines through is their construction. With each pose and gesture, you see her mastery of life drawing. In a time of heavily stylized characters, it is refreshing to see such fun designs that also happen to be grounded in some serious drawing skills. Whether it’s Bonnie and Clyde or Cleopatra, Samantha brings skill and grace to each creation. A graduate of Sheridan College, Samantha worked in the animation industry (including Disney) for years before founding Studio Technique in Montreal, Canada. In addition to animation freelance projects, she serves as Artistic Director for the studio and teaches life drawing and masterclasses to artists and animators from all over the world. You can check out her site for more examples of her amazing work and read more about the fascinating artist. It will make you want to practice your life drawing! Our sincere thanks to Samantha for contributing this wonderful Merida piece, for which we are so grateful. You can take a closer look at it after the break! [Read more...]

Pixar Has Apparently “Completely Reimagined” ‘The Good Dinosaur’

The Good Dinosaur

Last August, we found out that director Bob Peterson had been taken off The Good Dinosaur after the film apparently hit creative difficulties. A group of Pixar directors including Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (Brave), John Lasseter (Toy Story), and the film’s original co-director Pete Sohn took over. We still do not know who took over as lead director (if anyone did, that is), but we hear that the film’s story has been overhauled. Find more details after the break! [Read more...]

Watch: Pixar Does 2D Animation With Hilarious ‘Toy Story of Terror’ Extra

Toy Story of Terror - Combat Carl Extra

While Pixar films have a great track record and often generate wide acclaim due to their heartwarming stories and complex characters, their home video releases remain underrated. Almost all of the studio’s Blu-ray and DVD releases come with a bevy of special features that not only enlighten audiences about the production process but also dive into discussing the identity of the animation studio. Beyond that, there are also routinely a selection of brilliant extras included that make owning the Pixar discs a must. For Toy Story OF TERROR!, we think that the retro Combat Carl ad will fill that role. Take a look at it after the break! [Read more...]

PixArt: August Feature – Woody and Buzz

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I’m a big fan of Jay Rogers‘ art. The former Cartoon Network art director turns out some fantastic work – clean, appealing and always professional. Skilled in both design and illustration, Jay has done work for an impressive list of clients, including Walt Disney Imagineering, American Greetings, Penguin Books and many more. He’s worked on projects for Universal Orlando and the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland. And now he can add PixArt to the list! We’re so honored and grateful that Jay took some time out of his busy schedule to create this super-fun take on Woody and Buzz Lightyear.  Check out his website for more fantastic images and projects. Take a closer look at the artwork he created for us and read more about him after the break! [Read more...]

Take A Closer Look At The Character Disgust From ‘Inside Out’

Inside Out

When Pixar films are in production, the voice actors are hard at work from the outset. Often, their performances prove to be heavily influential to the final work that we see on the screen. For example, in the lead up to the release of Pete Docter’s Monsters, Inc., Billy Crystal actually had a number of lines that he came up with while in the recording room, which the creative team at Pixar loved so much, they had them put into the film. Inside Out is the next film from Docter, and he has been working on finalizing much of the voice work with the actors, including actress Mindy Kaling. Get another peek at her character after the break! [Read more...]

Watch A Clip From ‘Cars’ Short ‘Radiator Springs 500 1/2′

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Disney and Pixar confirmed earlier this year that Cars 3 was in development. It will not arrive in theaters for a few years, so Pixar is continuing to release Cars shorts in the meantime. Disney recently unveiled its own online video-on-demand service called Disney Movies Anywhere, and that was the venue chosen to debut the most recent Cars short Radiator Springs 500 1/2. Before heading over to watch the short in full, you can watch a brief clip setting up the story of the short after the break! (UPDATE: You can view several pieces of concept art from the short’s development as well.) [Read more...]

Help Make LEGO WALL-E A Reality

LEGO WALL-E Closeup

WALL-E is considered among the best of Pixar’s feature films. It also happens to feature one of the greatest characters to come out of the Emeryville-based studio. The titular character won the hearts of millions from the moment he started appearing in brief promos prior to the release of the film. He may not talk, but his penchant for making beeps and boops where you knew exactly what he was trying to say, along with the gorgeous visuals from Pixar that brought him to life, made him instantly relatable. With the film’s release a few years removed, new merchandise featuring the character is rare, but you can help make a new LEGO WALL-E set a reality. Find out how after the break!

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