PixArt Salutes The Pixar Heroine – Batch 3

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Today is the day! Finally, Brave has been unleashed upon the public here in North America.  What better way to celebrate Merida’s grand debut in theaters than with a super-sized tribute to the many heroines of Pixar films. We’re back with Batch 3 of artwork from our amazing readers. Check out their work and make sure to visit their sites for more samples of their amazing talents. Our thanks to all of the artists in this week’s post: Yosiell Lorenzo, Wayne Harris, Viviane Yamabuchi, SaMtRoNiKa, Phillip Light, Nilah Magruder, Miriam Bos, Marco Luna, Kylea Phillips, Keelin Quigley, Jonathan Jimison, Jackie Williams, Genevieve Santos, Dave Mott, Danny Clark, Courtney Godbey Wise, Bob Ostrom, Andrew Kolb and Alice Reka. Check out the 20 pieces after the break! [Read more…]

Cafe Where Pixar Came Up With ‘A Bug’s Life,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ and ‘WALL-E’ Shuts Down

Hidden City Cafe

Hidden City Cafe is well-known in Pixar lore, as it is the location of a very special lunch that studio employees had – a lunch where they came up with the ideas for four of its films. Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft (RIP) gathered for a memorable meal at the cafe, as they outlined ideas that went on to become A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. The cafe has often been visited by Pixar fans, to get a taste of the birthplace of so many of the studio’s films. However, when one fan recently dropped by, he discovered that the place had been shut down. [Read more…]

PixArt Salutes The Pixar Heroine – Batch 2

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We’re back with more great art celebrating Pixar heroines, as part of our countdown to Brave. Our thanks to everyone who has contributed. We will continue posting new art throughout the entire month of June. Deadline for submissions is June 15th so make sure to get us your piece soon! Contact us if you have any questions about submission requirements or deadlines. After the jump, check out Batch 2 of our artistic salute to Pixar heroines! [Read more…]

New Series Of Pixar Stamps To Honor ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.’ + More

Pixar Stamps - Series 2

Last summer, the USPS collaborated with Disney/Pixar and released a series of postage stamps in celebration of the animation studio’s 25th Anniversary. Titled “Send A Hello,” the stamps included characters from Up, Wall-E, and Ratatouille. The USPS then announced a second series of Pixar stamps, titled “Mail A Smile,” which spotlights A Bug’s Life, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc.. Take a look at the upcoming Pixar stamps after the jump! [Read more…]

A Look at the Voice of Joe Ranft

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Joe Ranft far outpaced many in his storytelling ability, but his vocal abilities also held a special quality. His characters could steal a scene after only a few seconds. Two of the most notable voices he provided were for Wheezy in Toy Story 2 and Heimlich in A Bug’s Life. The characters made audiences laugh but they also made people feel. Ranft injected the voices with life and filmgoers had nothing left to do but fall in love with the animated characters. After a short period of time, the animated characters did not feel so animated anymore – actually, they jumped off the screen with a lifelike quality and Ranft’s vocal talent played a huge role in that. [Read more…]

PixArt: Special Feature – Joe Ranft’s Heimlich

Celebrating Joe Ranft by Andy Wilhite

Celebrating Joe Ranft by Andy Wilhite

Joe Ranft was talented enough when it came to storyboarding, but his skill did not stop there. He also crafted voices for some of Pixar’s most memorable characters – Wheezy in Toy Story 2, Jacques in Finding Nemo, and of course Heimlich in A Bug’s Life. As Heimlich, Ranft raised character humor to a whole new level of hilarity. [Read more…]

The Office Jokes About A Bug’s Life, Antz

A BUG'S LIFE

The Office has been on fire this season with the Pixar related humor. Tonight, one of Michael’s solo interviews in front of the camera featured a hilarious joke about A Bug’s Life and Antz. The joke is not a spoiler at all for what is happening in the story, so if you have not seen the episode yet, you need not worry about having plot details spoiled. I have transcribed the dialogue (and added a video link), which you will find after the jump.

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