At the Oscars this year, no Pixar films were nominated for awards but the studio and its filmmakers were present in the spotlight, through montages featured in the show and TV ads playing during the telecast. Most notably, a new Google ad made its debut, which focused on its search engine, and had Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton providing narration on how to tell a story. Watch the ad after the break!
After it became known that director Andrew Stanton was developing a follow-up film to Finding Nemo, speculation ran wild on what the story would involve. Would Nemo get lost again? Would all of the main characters return? It was previously reported that Albert Brooks (Marlin) and Ellen Degeneres (Dory) would be back. Today, we have learned that the film will be titled Finding Dory. Find more details after the break!
Finding Nemo remains one of the most visually stunning Pixar films. While it has been about 10 years since the film arrived in theaters, the underwater world still wows with its incredibly realistic water effects. The 3D re-release of the animated film is just a few weeks away, which means the marketing campaign is well underway. Disney/Pixar has released a new featurette that looks specifically at the 3D conversion. Watch it in HD after the break!
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!
When Toy Story 3 came to an end (spoiler alert!), Andy’s story was finished as he donated his toys to the adorable Bonnie. Pixar has found a way to continue to tell stories involving Buzz, Woody, Barbie, Ken, and the rest of the gang without stepping on the toes of the fantastic trilogy – they have been releasing Toy Story Toons, shorts starring the lovable toys. Attached to Pixar and Disney films, we have already seen two, and now a third has been officially announced. Take a look at the first images and find out the first details of Toy Story: Partysaurus Rex after the break! [Read more...]
Yesterday, the Internet was whipped up into a frenzy over the news that director Andrew Stanton had developed an idea for a follow-up to his Oscar-winning Finding Nemo. Deadline reported that Stanton had worked out a deal with Disney where if he directed Finding Nemo 2, the studio would allow him to direct a live-action film. The big news took over Twitter yesterday, becoming a top trending topic for much of the day, and generated thousands of comments across the web. Stanton stayed quiet on the speculation until late yesterday when he tweeted a semi-response. Find out what he said after the break! [Read more...]
Andrew Stanton has a fantastic track record at Pixar, having directed Oscar winners Finding Nemo and WALL-E. He ventured into live-action recently with John Carter, which was dubbed a flop before it even made it into theaters but still made around $300 million worldwide. It may have lost Disney money, but it was a notably ambitious take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs series that many tried to bring to the big screen yet failed. Now, in the shadow of Finding Nemo 3D‘s release in September, there are reports that Andrew Stanton has returned full-time to Pixar and is working on bringing a sequel to Finding Nemo to theaters in 2016. [Read more...]
What an incredible month of PixArt it has been! We are back with our final post featuring art honoring Pixar’s female characters. Pixar fans – not to mention fans of this blog in particular – are the best, and we’ve got the art to prove it. Check out this last batch of talented tributes, which contains 12 pieces of artwork! Make sure to check out their personal websites for more art. Our thanks this week to Jay Rogers, Martin Gee, Virginie Taravel, Dave Mott, Jenelle Huddleston, Elizabeth Duncan, Chavah Billin, Chris Kennett, Ciara Panacchia, Jonathan Jimison, Jon Lousie Paramel and Cat Oshiro. [Read more...]
Many of us have been drooling over the prospect of a Finding Nemo Blu-ray set for a long while. Over the course of the last several years, Disney has been slowly re-releasing early Pixar films in the Blu-ray format, as the later films have enjoyed simultaneous Blu-ray and DVD releases. The time for Finding Nemo is now almost here! On Tuesday, I was given a tour of Disney’s upcoming toys and other merchandise, in which the film’s new Blu-ray 5-Disc set was featured. Last night, I returned to the Preview and took a few pictures of the packaging, which lists most of the special features. Take a look at the images after the break! [Read more...]
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 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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Our first look at Finding Nemo 3D is hitting multiplexes all over the country this Friday with Beauty and the Beast 3D. To mark the underwater film’s debut in the 3D format, Disney/Pixar has just released a trailer for the film’s debut in September. While it is fine to see the beautiful world all over again on the computer screen, it cannot compare to the 3D trailer that will be playing in theatres this weekend. For now, check out this Finding Nemo 3D trailer…in 2D! [Read more...]
Finding Nemo‘s Dori (EDIT: doh! – meant Dory) is considered one of the funniest characters in the Pixar film catalog, with much of the credit going to the voice delivery by Ellen Degeneres. With Finding Nemo 3D coming to theatres in September of this year, as pointed out by Upcoming Pixar, Ellen decided to feature the film with a spot on her daytime talk show. You can tell that not everything is as it seems when Ellen introduces an ‘updated’ clip from the film. Check it out here! [Read more...]
Yesterday, Disney and Pixar announced that both Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. would return to theaters to play in the 3D format. Nemo is the last feature film in the Pixar library to not make the transition to Blu-ray, but that is about to change, as today Disney has released a teaser trailer for the high-definition release. On a different front, we have another video, but this one is grounded in the real world. A young boy named Evan in Billings, Montana, who is seeking a heart transplant, received a visit from retired Pixar animator Bud Luckey. Needless to say, it is pretty emotional. Watch the videos here. [Read more...]
Disney has just issued a press release announcing that they will be re-releasing several of its films in 3D over the coming years. The films that have been confirmed for release are Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid. Late in 2009, Disney found success with the double-feature release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D. Now, just this past month, The Lion King has added to its already sizable box office gross, with the 3D film taking in about $80 million. Read on to view the full press release. [Read more...]
Disney Publishing Worldwide has released “Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book” for the App Store, and it is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Featuring cute artwork, the app takes readers on an interactive adventure with jigsaw puzzles and scavenger hunts. It is aimed towards a younger audience, so this is an app best used with the children of the family (who will likely be blown away by it). [Read more...]