Over the past few years, there have been more shorts produced by Pixar than ever before in its 25+ year history. The staff size at the studio continues to grow, especially with the opening of Pixar Canada, a sister studio that primarily works on shorts of established properties such as Cars and Toy Story. In addition to the yearly Pixar shorts that accompany its feature films, it has been the release of the Cars and Toy Story Toons that have increased its output of short films. While all the Toy Story shorts thusfar have premiered in theaters, the Cars shorts have mostly debuted on the small screen. Three new Cars Toon “shorty shorts” make their debut tonight on the Disney Channel. Find details and images after the break!
Yesterday, Disney provided me with an extensive tour of its upcoming merchandise for the next few months. Unsurprisingly, given their popularity, we will be seeing new toy lines from both the Toy Story and Cars franchises. With Monsters University still a year away, the big focus is on Brave merch at the moment, though, as bow and arrow sets continue to sell out across Disney Stores and other retailers. After the break, get a preview of some of the merchandise based on Pixar films you can expect to see at retailers soon. [Read more…]
Pixar’s upcoming short, Air Mater, is a significant one for a couple reasons. It is the tenth Cars Toon short, with the previous nine premiering either in theatres, on Blu-ray/DVD, or on the Disney Channel. Air Mater, shipping on the Cars 2 DVD and Blu-ray sets, is also the first one to be fully produced by Pixar Canada, the studio’s Vancouver branch. Looking at the previously released clip and the new images from the film (via The German Pixar Blog), it looks like the film’s animation will be up to par with their Emeryville brethren. Take a look at new images from the short (and its logo) here! [Read more…]
Today, we have had quite a bit of Pixar news come out of the Walt Disney Company Investor Conference. One of the larger stories to come out today was that Cars spin-off, Planes, which is not a Pixar production, hits Blu-ray and DVD in 2013. We now have a few more details on Planes, specifically where the airplane characters are set to make their debut. The next Cars Toon short is supposedly going to be the setup for the direct-to-video Planes. [Read more…]
A new Cars Toon in the Mater’s Tall Tales series, entitled “Heavy Metal Mater,” is premiering October 8 on the Disney Channel. The new short is co-directed by John Lasseter and Rob Gibbs. The official synopsis for the episode follows:
Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, “Dad Gum.” Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.
“Heavy Metal Mater,” along with the other Mater’s Tall Tales hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 2. The home release includes two brand new shorts created specifically for the sets, “Mater Private Eye” and “Moon Mater.”
“Heavy Metal Mater” airs Friday, October 8 at 9:30 P.M. ET/PT on the Disney Channel.
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Images from the Cars Toons, “Moon Mater” and “Mater Private Eye”, have shown up online. While other Cars Toon episodes have all aired on television, these 2 episodes are being made especially for the Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales Blu-ray and DVD sets coming on November 2. Check out the images below: [Read more…]
The Disney Movies channel on YouTube has posted an all-new trailer for the upcoming Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales Blu-ray and DVD sets. Clips from the various shorts are shown, including first looks at the never before seen Moon Mater and Mater Private Eye. Those two shorts were created exclusively for the home release, unlike the other seven, which have already been shown on television.
Watch the trailer: [Read more…]