Early this month, I had the opportunity to visit Pixar’s campus in Emeryville, California. While there, I viewed approximately 30 minutes from the studio’s upcoming film, Coco, and learned how the film was made directly from director Lee Unkrich, co-director Adrian Molina, and the rest of the creative team. One of the most fascinating points that I discovered during my two days there was that there is at least one shot in the film that features 7 million lights – the teams working on the film spent years dreaming it up and the results are incredibly breathtaking. Read about the process to bring this magical shot to life after the break! [Read more…]
One of Pixar’s best films of the last 10 years is 2010’s Toy Story 3, which was directed by Lee Unkrich. The incredible story, action, and heart in the film raised interest in what Unkrich’s next project would be. A few years ago, the studio announced his next film would be centered around the Dia de los Muertos holiday. When the film’s title, Coco, was revealed last year, few other details about the film’s story were laid out. Today, we learned significantly more about what to expect from the plot. Read more about Coco‘s story, see gorgeous concept art as well as some of the voice cast after the jump. [Read more…]
In its films, Pixar has tackled a broad number of genres, from the buddy comedy to superhero fare and even science fiction. None of those, however, have been musicals. The closest we have seen to a musical from Pixar was the short Boundin’, but even that had a good deal of narration mixed in. The studio’s next short, Lava, in which a volcano longs for love, is expected to be Pixar’s first real musical. The animation house may also be developing a musical feature film now. Find more details after the break! [Read more…]
There has been much criticism directed at Pixar for the number of sequels and prequels it has released in the past four years. After there being only one sequel, Toy Story 2, out of its first 10 feature films, the last three out of four have been follow-ups. Many had praised the animation studio for producing original films in an age where film studios rely far too much on creating franchises. The accolades turned into negativity after the release of Cars 2, a film that met some commercial success but failed to impress most critics. Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Disney Animation, recently expressed his support of original stories and characters, stating that Pixar is aiming to release an original film every year.
It has been over one year since Disney/Pixar announced the next film from the filmmaking team of director Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson, both of who last worked on Toy Story 3. While we were provided a basic premise, that the film would center around the holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) where people of some Latin American countries celebrate those who have died, the film remained untitled. Given that the Toy Story film was critically lauded and was the first Pixar film to pass the billion-dollar mark at the box office, we have been anxiously awaiting further details on their follow-up film. After a recent trademark filing by Disney, it seems reasonable that the title could simply be Dia de los Muertos.
This past year has been the busiest that we have seen from Pixar, with the release of Brave, La Luna, PartySaurus Rex, Finding Nemo 3D, Monsters, Inc. 3D and the opening of Cars Land in Disney California Adventure. On New Year’s Eve, the animation studio is looking directly ahead, as a number of original films are in the works. Pixar has shared brand new concept artwork for several of its upcoming films over the next few years, which you can take a peek at after the break!
Back at CinemaCon in late April, Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter announced a new project from Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, a “film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.” No further information was given by Lasseter on what the plot of the film would be or the nature of the characters populating the story. Lasseter is currently doing interviews with the international press for Brave, Pixar’s current film, and was asked to provide a look at the studio’s upcoming slate. New details were sparce on The Good Dinosaur (2014) and The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You Inside The Mind (2015), but he used a key word in tandem with his description of The Untitled Día de los Muertos Film – family. Watch the interview after the break! [Read more…]