April 23, 2014

'La Luna' News

Close-Up: ‘La Luna’ Maquette

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Last summer, a cryptic tweet from La Luna director Enrico Casarosa read: “A glimpse of something special we are working on …” and included a small image with a familiar eye. That was it. No other information was given. Was it a vinyl figure? Was it a plastic toy? Interests were piqued to say the least. Months later, Casarosa unveiled a maquette of the short’s central character, Bambino. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these gorgeous little guys and let me tell you – it was worth the wait.

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

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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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Stunning ‘La Luna’ Concept Art

Art by Dice Tsutsumi

Each year, Pixar and Chronicle Books team up to release an art book based on the newest feature film from the animation studio. However, we have seen far less artwork from the pre-production of Pixar shorts – we saw a selection in The Art of Pixar Short Films hardcover (currently out of print) and in the recent Art of Pixar book. Artist Dice Tsutsumi, who worked with director Enrico Casarosa on La Luna‘s visual development, has released some stunning pieces of concept art created long before the short made its debut in theaters. Take a look at the artwork’s beauty after the break! [Read more...]

On Sale Now: ‘La Luna’ Hardcover

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These days, Brave is the Pixar film that is getting most of the attention, with a huge ad campaign promoting its upcoming release. While the feature film is nearing its final days of production, the new short La Luna wrapped in 2011, premiering at the Annecy International Film Festival last summer. It is making its worldwide debut with Brave in June, but a new book featuring the film’s story has just been released today. [Read more...]

Watch: Animated Shorts Oscar Panel Hosted by Brad Bird

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Last night the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosted its annual discussion with the filmmakers of the Oscar nominated animated short films. Incredibles and Ratatouille director Brad Bird hosted the event, which spotlighted shorts Dimanche (Sunday), The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Pixar’s La Luna, A Morning Stroll, and Wild Life. Clips from all the shorts were presented, followed by an extensive conversation between Bird and the filmmakers. Watch the entire panel after the jump! [Read more...]

Magical New ‘La Luna’ Image Features A Long Climb

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After releasing a new clip from La Luna earlier this week, Disney/Pixar has unveiled a brand new still through our friends over at Stitch Kingdom. Aside from the few who have had the opportunity to view the Oscar-nominated short, the general public has been kept in the dark when it comes to the plotline. Now, couple the new clip with the following image and you can start making informed guesses. Take a look at the magical new image after the jump! [Read more...]

Watch: New ‘La Luna’ Clip In HD

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Pixar’s newest critical darling, La Luna, is currently vying for an Academy Award in the Animated Shorts category. It is in a unique position for a Pixar short – all recent shorts from the animation studio have been released widely before being nominated, but La Luna will not get its wide release until June of this year. This means that many have yet to see the beautiful new short. A brief clip was released last year after the announcement of the film’s existence, but it provided more character development than plot. Now, Disney/Pixar has unveiled a new clip, which you can view in HD after the jump! [Read more...]

Watch: Trailers For Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

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The difficulty with evaluating the Oscar nominated shorts is that many of the short films are not widely released. Pixar has been screening shorts worldwide with its feature films, but many of the other studios’ films tend to evade Oscar viewers. Five animated shorts have been nominated for an Academy Award this year: Dimanche, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Pixar’s La Luna, A Morning Stroll, and Wild Life. Check out plot synopses, clips and trailers from all the nominees after the jump! [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Director Enrico Casarosa Reacts To Oscar Nomination

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It is always an early morning when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announces Oscar nominees, but if you are one of those nominees, the morning is likely to be a bit easier to handle. La Luna is Pixar’s representative at the Academy Awards this year, which has the director of the short, Enrico Casarosa, “over the moon.” He released a statement thanking the Academy and expressing his gratitude. Read on to check out his full statement. [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Nominated For Animated Short Oscar

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The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, with the usual surprise or two making an appearance (cough, Extremely Loud, cough). The nomination for Pixar’s newest short, La Luna, however, did not come at a shock, as the film has been capturing the hearts of critics all over the world. Nominated in a field of five in the Animated Short Film category, the short is the directorial debut of Enrico Casarosa. Jump ahead to view all five nominees! [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Hardcover Coming Soon

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La Luna has been receiving an extraordinary amount of attention in the awards sector for its charming visuals and plot. It was recently shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an Oscar in the “Best Animated Short” category, and it hasn’t even seen wide release yet (it is coming to theatres nationwide with Brave on June 22). The beautiful short is all set to become one of the most beloved Pixar shorts (it’s that good), so there will surely be shoppers looking to own a piece of the film. As luck would have it, they will have the chance – a La Luna hardcover will be making its way into bookstores later this year. [Read more...]

‘Cars 2′ and ‘La Luna’ Nab 8 Annie Nominations

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Last year, Pixar and Disney sat out the Annie Awards, which focus on the animation industry, as the studios had issues with the voting process. News arrived a few months ago, though, that the problems had been resolved to the animation studios’ liking. Following the controversy, Pixar submitted Cars 2 and La Luna for consideration by the International Animated Film Society. Nominations have just been announced and the two Pixar films are contesting for eight awards. Check out all the nomination categories after the jump. [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Shortlisted For Animated Short Oscar

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First there were 44, and now there are only 10. Ten animated shorts have advanced to the next part of the voting process on the path to the Academy Awards. La Luna, the animated short Pixar submitted to the Academy, is one of the 10 moving along. Pixar has been a mainstay in this category, just like with animated feature, so it comes with no surprise that the Enrico Casarosa-directed short is playing in the big leagues. La Luna is easily one of the best shorts to come out of the studio, and it definitely has a shot at claiming the prize on Oscar night. More details and the full press release after the jump. [Read more...]

Interview: Enrico Casarosa Discusses ‘La Luna’

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit down with La Luna director Enrico Casarosa and talk to him about his work on the short that has been generating a good deal of buzz. Topics of discussion include the short’s journey from inception of the idea to getting it made, how Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter suggested they screen it at film festivals, that the short will be eligible for eligible for accolades this awards season, and the bold visual and sound choices made to give the film a unique voice. We also briefly hit upon a certain Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs that Casarosa will be working on next. For the first time, I am also including the audio of the interview, so if you would rather listen to our discussion, you have that option. Continue on for my in-depth interview with the director of one of Pixar’s newest (and most magnificent) shorts. [Read more...]

New ‘La Luna’ Image Features Closer Look At Main Character

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Disney has provided us with a new image from Pixar’s newest short, La Luna. It gives us a closer look at the young boy who is the main character in the 7-minute film. In the Enrico Casarosa-directed piece, the boy accompanies his father and grandfather in their unusual line of work. The audience gets to experience the journey alongside the young character, as it is his first time soaking in his family’s eye-opening job. Take a look at the image in hi-res here! [Read more...]

Go Behind The Scenes Of ‘La Luna’

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La Luna was screened on Sunday evening at the Japan Society in New York City in conjunction with the Films For Hope Festival. The one-day festival was held as a benefit for those affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11. As part of the centerpiece, the Pixar short was screened along with Dai Sato’s Five Numbers, a short anime piece. La Luna director Enrico Casarosa was there, along with Sato, to provide the audience with an in-depth look at the behind the scenes process of bringing the short to the big screen. Read on for some snippets from his presentation! (Note: I have kept it spoiler-free.) [Read more...]

D23 2011: ‘La Luna’ Early Review

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In all the hustle and bustle of the D23 Expo, Pixar quietly screened La Luna during a panel celebrating 25 years of shorts. For me personally, this was a highlight of the entire expo. The short, directed by Enrico Casarosa, has been playing in animation festivals around the world. It premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June of this year and will make its theatrical debut in front of Pixar’s Brave next summer. Expo goers were lucky to catch this special screening of the film amid some of the studio’s most popular short subjects. [Read more...]

D23 2011: La Luna Will Play Before Brave, New Toy Story Toon Title Announced

D23 2011 - Pixar Shorts Panel

Pixar had a few surprises up its sleeve during their shorts panel at D23, where they showcased many of the studio’s shorts in celebration of the animation giant’s 25th Anniversary. Not only did La Luna play before one of its largest audiences – there was also confirmation from director Enrico Casarosa that the short would play before Brave. Also, while we knew that the next Toy Story Toon would play before The Muppets in November, we had not heard any details about the storyline or even the title of the short. Well, we have news on that now, too – the new short will be called “Small Fry.” Read on for more about these exciting tidbits! [Read more...]

D23 2011 Live Blog: Pixar Shorts Panel

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Coming up later today at 2:30 PM PST (5:30 EST), I will be live-blogging the Pixar shorts panel, where several Pixar shorts will be shown and some of the directors will be there talking about the films. While La Luna will be shown and director Enrico Casarosa will be there, I will not be providing an in-depth description of the short, as it has not been released nationally at this point. I will have a post up later with my spoiler-free thoughts about La Luna, so stay tuned for that! [Read more...]

La Luna North American Premiere Dates Set

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With Pixar’s newest short, La Luna, playing the festival circuit, film fans around the world are clamoring for the short to screen in their backyard. The short enjoyed its world premiere at the Annecy Film Festival in France and is actually playing at the Paris Film Festival on July 7, as part of a celebration of Pixar’s 25 years. The short film will premiere in North America on the opening night of the LA Shorts Fest and will also screen with a making-of talk by director Enrico Casarosa a few days later. Read on for more details about the premiere in Los Angeles and when we might see screenings in other cities! [Read more...]