Toy Story is a huge franchise for Disney/Pixar, as Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the rest of the gang are instantly recognizable and incredibly popular around the world. The three films brought in a little under $2 billion in revenue worldwide and billions more in merchandise sales, so it is with little surprise that both Disney and Pixar want to keep the characters relevant. Rather than extend the trilogy in theaters, they have had the inspired idea to create shorts that do not step on the toes of the trilogy’s masterful ending. Now, a brand new project has been announced – a TV special called Toy Story of Terror!, set to debut in 2013.
Toy Story‘s Rex has consistently been one of the funniest characters in the series due to his exaggerated anxious personality and preference in avoiding confrontations. In the newest Toy Story Toon, Partysaurus Rex, the green dinosaur is given the spotlight in a story where he starts up a party with toys who are stuck at the bottom of the bathtub. Two stills have already been released, along with a 30-second clip, but we now have two more stills that give us a closer look at the new bath toys and also confirm that Woody and the gang are back. Take a look at the hi-res stills after the break!
Last week, Disney/Pixar officially unveiled the third Toy Story Toon, Partysaurus Rex, with first details and two new images from the short. We learned that it would center around Rex leading a rave-style party in a bathtub, which may be challenging to think about before you have seen it. Imagine no longer, as we have our first look at footage from the new short with a 40-second clip. Take a look at the clip in HD after the break! (UPDATE: After being taken down Wednesday, the video is now back up.)
The team behind the Live-Action Toy Story Project has been working for years to develop an authentic experience for viewers who know the original Pixar film backwards and forwards. They have painstakingly recreated the film shot-for-shot using their own toys and materials. To spread word about its recent completion, they have used their live-action footage to mirror the first trailer released for the film back in 1995. Take a look at it 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…]
I had the extreme pleasure of meeting artist Dan Jones this past June. Dan is from Animation Collaborative, located right across the street from Pixar’s studios in Emeryville, CA. This fantastic resource offers students an opportunity to learn from professionals currently working in the field of animation. Their Instructors have a variety of backgrounds, having worked at Pixar, Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Sony, Disney and BlueSky. Students receive critique and feedback on how to raise the quality of their work to a professional level. Dan, who is a student at the animation school, has put together one of the most personal pieces we’ve seen here on PixArt. Take a look at this month’s featured PixArt piece after the break! [Read more…]
Every year, huge crowds flock to San Diego Comic Con to preview upcoming films, shows…and, oh yeah, comic books. Many collectors also venture out to the massive event to add exclusive new items to their collection. Seeing the potential, many toy companies have started to release a limited run of some fantastic collectibles at the show. This year, Funko and Mattel are unleashing exclusive figures, which you can take a closer look at after the break! [Read more…]
A group of ambitious young filmmakers has been shooting a live-action version of Pixar’s first feature film, Toy Story. This is not simply a retelling of the groundbreaking animated film in live-action form – it is a shot-for-shot remake of the Pixar film. During production of their challenging project, they have been sharing behind-the-scenes clips along the way. After the break, watch them shoot some scenes with Scud the dog, and another scene where Slinky gets stretched! [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…]
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…]