July 23, 2014

Theory: In The ‘Toy Story’ Films, Andy’s Mom Was Actually Jessie’s Previous Owner

Toy Story 2 - Jessie and her hat

Just a few days after posting an article that shared images of this year’s Best Picture nominees featuring Pixar characters, we have another Internet-developed sensation for you. Jon Negroni, famous for his extensive “Pixar Theory,” which posited that every film from the animation studio took place in the same world, has written about another “connection” which theorizes that in the Toy Story films, Andy’s mother is actually Jessie’s previous owner who abandoned her.

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What If This Year’s Best Picture Nominees Featured Pixar Characters?

Pixar Added To Gravity

The question asked in the headline of this article is a ridiculous one but as we have often seen, the Internet is always prepared for situations like this. Where there is an outlandish idea, there are some creative folks waiting to provide us with a preview of what it may look like. There were no Pixar films nominated for an Academy Award this year, but what if characters in the studio’s catalog appeared in the nine films nominated for Best Picture – what would that look like? Find out after the break!

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Pictures of the Day: ‘Toy Story’ Rex Cake

Rex Cake

Rex the dinosaur from the ever-popular Toy Story has been in the spotlight recently, with his starring role in the hilarious short, Partysaurus Rex. The anxious character certainly has a large following of fans who have celebrated him in creative fashion. One example of Rex dedication recently surfaced on Facebook, when Nuno Pereira posted several photos of a cake with the likeness of the lovable character. Take a look at a selection of the photos after the break!

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Awesome: Hilarious ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ No Talking PSA

FINDING NEMO

When filmmakers put together a movie, they try to fully immerse the audience into the storyline – great films are able to transport us out of the theater and into the film world so that actors are no longer actors, but the characters they are portraying. However, even a great film is susceptible to distractions within a theater, such as talking and smartphone usage. Disney/Pixar has teamed up with AMC to create an awesome new PSA that shows us the danger of talking on a mobile phone while a film such as Finding Nemo 3D is playing. Watch the hilarious PSA after the break!

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Awesome: New ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Concept Art Features Animated John Lasseter

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph may not be a Pixar film, but the latest animated film from Disney has me extremely excited for its creative and original storyline – an arcade game character named Wreck-It Ralph is a villain who is tired of being the “bad guy” and tours various gaming worlds to determine where he would best fit. Disney is looking to give the film an authentic video game feel with cameos from such well-known characters such as Sonic, Bowser, Q*Bert, and Chun-Li (among many others). It was already one of my most anticipated films of the year and then I saw some new concept art which has me even more thrilled. One piece even features a cameo from a certain famous Pixar and Disney personality! [Read more...]

Awesome: Behind The Scenes Of Live-Action ‘Toy Story’

TOY STORY

A group of ambitious young filmmakers has been shooting a live-action version of Pixar’s first feature film, Toy Story. This is not simply a retelling of the groundbreaking animated film in live-action form – it is a shot-for-shot remake of the Pixar film. During production of their challenging project, they have been sharing behind-the-scenes clips along the way. After the break, watch them shoot some scenes with Scud the dog, and another scene where Slinky gets stretched! [Read more...]

Awesome: Minimalist Pixar Posters Exude Character

Pixar Poster by Wonchan Lee - Incredibles

The creative characters and imaginative worlds of Pixar films provide plenty of opportunity for artists to create something special. Wonchan Lee has done just that, designing minimalist posters for several characters from films such as Up, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, and The Incredibles. Even better is that these posters are on sale on Lee’s website. Check out the 10 awesome posters after the jump! [Read more...]

Awesome: Fan Creates Concept Art For ‘The Incredibles 2′

Incredibles 2 Fan Art - Safest City

Ever since Brad Bird directed The Incredibles, there have been fans begging him and the animation studio for a sequel. In interviews for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (which was a good film with great action set pieces if you haven’t seen it), Bird said he has not had much time to think about an Incredibles sequel but wouldn’t be opposed to making it. Well, a fan by the name of Edwin Rhemrev has gone ahead and created some concept art for his vision of The Incredibles 2 (thanks to Animatie Blog for the heads up), and it looks kind of awesome. Take a look at his cool artwork after the jump! [Read more...]

Awesome: Luxo, Jr. Costume

Luxo Jr Costume

The smell of Halloween is in the air, with many people still scrambling to put together a costume that will have others talking. Pixar characters have long been popular choices among costume designers. There is no shortage of characters to pick from – Woody, Buzz, Mr. Incredible, Nemo, Luxo, Jr., Carl and Ellie. Wait…Luxo, Jr.? That’s right. Video of a Luxo, Jr. costume from last year has surfaced (courtesy of Cartoon Brew), and it’s kind of awesome. Check out the video here! [Read more...]

Awesome: Toy Story Short Made Using Real-Life Toys

Toy Story Space Mission

Mattel and Disney have teamed up to create a new Toy Story short, but not the kind we are used to seeing from Disney/Pixar. This short was created using the “Toy Story: Space Mission” toys that were recently released. One of the greatest things the “toymation video short” has going for it is that a child does all the voices for the characters, including that of Buzz, Woody, and Zurg. Similar to Andy in the Toy Story feature films, this takes us inside the mind of a child and exposes us to his imagination. Take a look at the video here and learn some cool facts on how the video was made! [Read more...]

D23 2011: A Conversation With The Pixar Creative Team Panel (Update: Video Footage Added)

PETE HAMMOND, RONNIE DEL CARMEN, PETER SOHN, PETE SOHN, DAN SCANLON, BOB PETERSON, MARK ANDREWS, PETE DOCTER, ANDREW STANTON, JIM MORRIS, JOHN LASSETER

In celebration of 25 years of Pixar magic, the top creatives from the studio sat down for an informal chat at the D23 Expo on Saturday.  On hand for the event were John Lasseter, Jim Morris, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, Mark Andrews, Dan Scanlon, Pete Sohn and Ronnie del Carmen.  Scheduled but missing from the panel was Lee Unkrich. The “nine young men” told stories about Pixar’s past and reminisced about their time with the studio. Each Pixarian was asked to recall their favorite memory while working at the studio.  Some of the stories were new and some famiilar. From the first SIGGRAPH convention to the production of the first Cars film, each panel member had a great story to tell. [Read more...]

Video: Take A Tour Inside The Up House In Utah

Paul Fraughton  |  The Salt Lake Tribune

Herriman, Utah has been in the spotlight the past month, as Bangerter Homes recently built a great replica of the house from Up in the city. People have descended upon Utah from all over the country to lay eyes upon the home. What places this piece of architecture above all those that have been built previously is the fact that the inside of the home looks just like what we saw in the film as well. Down to the smallest details, such as the handrail and the objects upon the fireplace, this is likely the closest recreation of the Up house we will ever see in the real world. The Salt Lake Tribune, which ignited this story when it first covered it last month, now has a video tour through the inside of the amazing house. Take a peek here! [Read more...]

Awesome: Replica Of ‘Up’ House Going On Sale For $400,000

Paul Fraughton  |  The Salt Lake Tribune

Up has left quite a large stamp on popular culture. The beautifully emotional film has one of the quickest ‘happiness to sadness’ transitions in cinema history, driven by the touching relationship of Carl and Ellie. The house, which played such a major role in the animated film, has seen replicas built across the world, demonstrating the love people have of that colorful home. Just a few days ago, news hit from The Salt Lake Tribune that Bangerter Homes (based in Utah) is currently building what you can say is arguably the best recreation of the couple’s house. Read on for some images from the painstaking recreation!

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Awesome: Faux Ads For Businesses From Pixar Films

Awesome - Al's Toy Barn

Over the years, Pixar has built up quite an amount of fictional businesses in their films – Pizza Planet, Al’s Toy Barn, and Harryhausen’s just to name a few. While some may be based on real-life stores and restaurants, they all have some unique qualities that fit in perfectly in the worlds that the animation studio has devised. It is always great to see what fans of Pxiar films can do, as they can churn out some pretty cool stuff. Well, an illustrator by the name of Mario Graciotti (deviantART page) has released some awesome posters advertising some of the businesses from Pixar’s films. Take a look and enjoy the artistry! [Read more...]