Over the years, we have gotten many glimpses of Pixar’s gorgeous campus. Most of these images and videos have been nothing short of teases of what it is like to walk around the studio, which is based in Emeryville, California. Last week, Disney hosted an in-depth tour through several areas of Pixar, some of which are usually seen only by employees (translation: even if you are lucky enough to get a tour – Pixar is not open to the public – you may not be allowed into some of these areas). After the break, take a tour through some of these spaces you’ve always wanted to see, like the studio’s store. [Read more…]
It is sometimes easy to forget just how far-reaching the popularity of Pixar’s films is – Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Cars are the only three films from the animation studio whose foreign grosses were lower than their domestic intakes. Pixar is undoubtedly an international brand that connects with people of all ages, backgrounds, and languages. The studio puts in a significant amount of work to ensure the films connect to diverse audiences – after the break, watch a video that demonstrates this! [Read more…]
Pixar has conquered the big screen and is now ready to tackle television with its first TV special, Toy Story OF TERROR!. With the entire cast from the film franchise returning, along with the large production team at Pixar working for over two years to produce the special, there is no doubt that this is the next major release from the animation studio. Although its 21-minute running time is considerably shorter than the 90+ minutes we are used to seeing from Pixar’s feature releases, it still allows the studio to pack in enough thrills and heart. Learn more about the special and go behind the scenes in a new video that has just been released. Watch it after the break!
The marketing campaign for Toy Story OF TERROR!, Pixar’s first-ever television special, is ramping up which means a bevy of new images and footage are making the rounds online. Recently, several new images were unveiled, all of which had a darker tone than we are used to seeing from the Toy Story franchise. The animation studio has essentially created a send-up of the horror genre, but has promised the trademark humor and heart we have come to expect from Pixar projects. A brand new clip was released last week, and it again provides that mix of creepy and funny. Watch the 65-second clip in full after the break!
There are numerous great moments in Pixar films, from the first time Woody blinks his eyes to reveal he is a living character in Toy Story to the heartfelt conclusion of Monsters University. Unsurprisingly, great filmmaking inspires passion amongst moviegoers. That passion then inspires…tribute videos on YouTube? There is no shortage in the number of videos posted online that try to capture the greatness of Pixar films by bundling scenes into montages, but once in a while there is one that catches our attention. Watch a four-minute tribute to Pixar’s feature films after the break!
In speaking about the technical aspects of Pixar films, the animation is always the first to be mentioned. There are many other departments that work on these animated films, without which the films would not look or sound as great. The sound design is sadly, often overlooked, but from a Monsters University video recently released, you can see the importance and complexity of sound in a film. A scene from the first challenge of the Scare Games is used to demonstrate how the sound came together. Watch the video after the break!
Since the announcement of Disney Infinity, the new gaming platform that utilizes both Disney and Pixar franchises, much of the focus has been on the customizability of the initiative. The Toy Box mode allows gamers to mix characters from the distinct Disney/Pixar worlds and build a world for them to play in. Today, Disney Interactive has given us another idea of how huge the scope of the level of customization will be – you can build your own tracks for the characters to race on. After the break, you can check out video, photos, and more details of the track builder in Disney Infinity!
Disney Infinity is an upcoming gaming platform that will combine the characters from various Disney and Pixar properties for the first time. Aside from the opportunity to make these distinct characters interact, the platform will also be a venue for entire games starring these characters in their own worlds – Sulley will be able to go around the campus of Monsters University scaring fellow students, while Mr. Incredible can save the citizens of Metroville from harm. Disney Interactive has released Episode 2 of its video series taking a look at the game. Get a better understanding of the game’s starter pack after the break!
Disney Infinity differs from the traditional video game in several arenas, but hardware is where the big difference lies. Physical figurines interact with the software to bring characters to life in the game and power discs are utilized as well to enable power-ups and unlock items, backgrounds, vehicles, and more. Disney Interactive is smartly launching a video series on YouTube that explains the intricacies of the game. Watch Episode 1 after the break!
Many viral ads for films that are created today fail in several areas – they are not creative, they do not generate interest in the film, or the general public has no idea that the advertisement is even a viral ad. The marketing team at Disney/Pixar has set up a campaign for Monsters University that definitely falls on the clever side. Today, two new viral ads were released, which again promote the fictional university. Watch the ads, which feature new footage, after the break!