April 21, 2014

Pixar Shorts Vol 2 Headed To Blu-ray and DVD On Nov 13

Pixar Shorts Volume 2

Before Pixar’s focus turned to feature films, the studio mastered the art of the short. Back in the 1980s, animation technology was far more limited than it is now, but John Lasseter and company were still able to blow audiences away with revolutionary computer animation but more important than that, stories with heart. After the release of Pixar Shorts Volume 1 , which collected such memorable shorts as Luxo, Jr., Tin Toy, and For The Birds on DVD and Blu-ray, many have been anticipating a Volume 2. The time is now, as the Blu-ray and DVD for the second volume has just gone up for pre-order!

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PixArt: September 2011 Feature II – Monsters Day & Night

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This could very well be the perfect mash-up - Monsters, Inc. meets Day and Night! Thank Canadian artist Ridd Sorensen for this delightful piece. So many wonderful little details. We were thrilled when Ridd agreed to submit something to our little gallery and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Surely you know his work – but if by chance you don’t, you’re in for a real treat. Read on for more about the artist in his own words and find out where you can see more of his great work. We sincerely thank Ridd for his time, talent and effort on this wonderful contribution! [Read more...]

Toy Story 3′s Big Night At The Academy Awards

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Going into the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Toy Story 3 had been nominated for five Oscars, while Day & Night was up for one. After a broadcast that lasted a bit longer than three hours, the smoke cleared and Toy Story 3 emerged a winner. The film did not walk away with the Best Picture award, but did come away with two more golden statuettes that can now be placed in Pixar Animation Studios’ ever-growing trophy case. [Read more...]

2011 Annie Awards: So THAT Happened

A rocky road lies ahead for the Annie Awards, which honors the year in animation. Controversy has overshadowed the awards show for several years now. It finally boiled over this past August when Ed Catmull released a statement that Disney and Pixar would not be participating in the Annies, as the studios felt that the voting process was not fair. The ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) jury went ahead and added Toy Story 3 and Day & Night to the Annies ballot, which resulted in four nominations between the two. After the 38th annual awards were presented tonight, it is apparent that the controversy is here to stay. [Read more...]

Day & Night Honored At 2011 VES Awards

(L-R) Kevin Reher, Tom Gately, Teddy Newton

(L-R) Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Tom Gately (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images North America)

The 9th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards, a show that honors achievements in visual effects and animation, took place Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton. While Toy Story 3 had been nominated for two awards, it turned out to be a bigger night for Teddy Newton’s Day & Night. [Read more...]

Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher Talk Day & Night and 2012 Pixar Short

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Copyright Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The year 2011 has barely begun and Pixar is already finishing production on the short we can expect to see with Brave in 2012. Day & Night director Teddy Newton and producer Kevin Reher sat down with Animation World Network to discuss their recently released film. It is an insightful interview that is a must-read, not only for its in-depth look at Day & Night, but also for the very brief mention of the 2012 short that we have not heard about until now. [Read more...]

Lee Unkrich, Michael Arndt, Teddy Newton, Darla K. Anderson, Randy Newman React to Oscar Nominations

This morning was quite the media circus, as the Academy Award nominations were announced. Toy Story 3 was nominated for five awards, while Day & Night bagged one nomination. EW has compiled several statements that have been released by Lee Unkrich, Michael Arndt, and Teddy Newton, in which they thank the Academy and others. Read on to view their full statements. [Read more...]

Pixar Films Nominated For Six 2011 Academy Awards

Today was a huge morning for Disney/Pixar, as the studio received six Academy Award nominations for the two films that they released this year. Toy Story 3 and Day & Night, which were released together back in June 2010, continue to be critical darlings. Hot off winning Best Animated Film at the Golden Globes just one week ago, Toy Story 3 was nominated for five Academy Awards. Meanwhile, the mind-bending short, Day & Night, received a nomination for Best Animated Short Film. Read on for a complete list of nominated categories. [Read more...]

Live Blogging The 2011 Pixar Oscar Nominations

I will be live blogging right along with the Oscar nominations that are being announced this morning. Watch the nominations announced right alongside The Pixar Times. Keep it right here or follow on Twitter for all Pixar-related Oscar updates:

For a full list of nominations for Pixar films and an in-depth analysis, click here. [Read more...]

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011 and Cars 2.

Day & Night Fireworks

2010 was a big year. Pixar released Toy Story 3, which made over $1 billion on its way to becoming the biggest animated film of all time. Critics loved it, audiences adored it (tears and all), and now the film is being considered for awards from the most respectable organizations. What some feared would be a stretching of a franchise past its prime did not come to pass. Far from it. Pixar showed us that the quality of a film does not need to be inferior just because it is a second sequel. Toy Story 3 made filmmaking look easy, but if you hear the many stories from the 4-year process it took to bring the film to the big screen, those Pixar employees poured their heart and artistic creativity into their work. Oh, what creativity it was. [Read more...]

Day & Night Makes Oscar Shortlist

Today, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences issued a press release revealing the 10 animated short films that are being considered for an Academy Award. Originally, 33 films had been chosen, but these 10 films represent the elite who now have higher hopes of winning that golden statuette come Oscar night. [Read more...]

Disney Updates Awards Site With Pixar Goodness

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Walt Disney Studios has made it clear that they will be pushing Toy Story 3 for award considerations. Now they have relaunched their awards website with information and behind-the-scenes material for Toy Story 3 and the Day & Night short.

Stills, music samples, and review quotes are collected for both films (along with several other Disney films). A highlight is the entire screenplay for Toy Story 3, which you can download and view here. Normally, I wouldn’t say that reading screenplays is particularly exciting, but screenwriter Michael Arndt did such a fantastic job that I’ll personally be downloading this onto my phone for reading while traveling!

Visit the Walt Disney Studios Awards website.

Day & Night Book Now Available (UPDATE: Video)

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When, Day & Night debuted in theaters alongside Toy Story 3, critics and fans fell in love with director Teddy Newton’s short. Now, there’s a way to own a print version as Chronicle Books has released a hardcover adaptation by Teddy Newton himself.

In my review of the short, I wrote about its genius in length. Teddy Newton gave us a piece that was not scared to challenge the ideas that we may hold. The 40-page accompanying book is another book I look forward to placing on my Pixar shelf.

UPDATE: There is a behind the scenes video that Chronicle Books has released. It’s embedded after the jump. [Read more...]

Download Day & Night on iTunes

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Pixar’s Day & Night is now available for download on iTunes for $1.99. [Read more...]

Behind the Curtain: ‘Day & Night’

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Pixar is famous for its feature-length films, but originally they started out making shorts. It was John Lasseter’s ‘The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.’ short that raised eyebrows and brought attention to computer animated features, which had never before been able to have organic objects look and move realistically. The lamp from the short Luxo Jr. became Pixar’s mascot and now, has become famous for jumping its way past the ‘R’, ‘A’, and ‘X’ before jumping and flattening the ‘I’ in their logo prior to the start of their every film.

Lasseter and Ed Catmull, who co-founded Pixar Animation Studios, were determined to animate and release full-length computer animated films. Out of that drive emerged ‘Toy Story’, which went on to become one of the most successful and beloved animated movies of all time.

They started placing shorts before their full-length features, recalling the classic era of films, when short animated movies were rampant. The short playing with ‘Toy Story 3′ is called ‘Day & Night’ and marks Pixar artist, Teddy Newton’s first time in the director’s chair. Early descriptions have the short pegged as “mind-blowing” and “like nothing you have ever seen before”. That may be true, as there is an integration of hand-drawn animation, as well as computer animation. The two characters are Day and Night, and their movements as well as their facial expressions are all hand-drawn. The interesting angle is that their insides are computer animated. Intrigued yet?

Enough with the explaining – how about I show you? For your viewing pleasure, here is an exclusive Comcast video going behind-the-’Day & Night’-curtain:

Teddy Newton’s ‘Day & Night’ makes its debut in theaters alongside ‘Toy Story 3′ on June 18th.