Back in 2005, Chronicle Books released a Pixar postcard set in time for the studio’s 20th anniversary. The set contained 100 postcards featuring concept art from all of the feature films and short films that had been produced by the animation studio. Now, after a seven-year wait, Chronicle is set to release a Volume 2 in the series, with 100 all-new postcards with artwork from arguably some of Pixar’s greatest films. Find more details and the press release after the break! [Read more...]
Back in 2010, there came shocking news (at least for those who follow Pixar) that the highly-anticipated film, Newt, had been cancelled. Employees had done years of work developing the film, so it was surprising to see the film taken off the production schedule indefinitely. Pixar likely realized how much of the employees’ great work would never be seen, and released concept art online (seen here and here). The film has lived on, though, in the form of an easter egg in Toy Story 3. We have also found what may very well be another easter egg for the now-deceased film in Brave. Take a look at the evidence after the break! [Read more...]
There is something special about enjoying a film in a theater, surrounded by fellow film lovers. Although there has been an increase in annoying cellphone usage in theaters over the past decade, many of us have fond memories of viewing classic films on the big screen. If you are looking to rekindle your appreciation for some Pixar classics, there’s good news, everyone – AMC and Disney/Pixar are teaming up to return four Pixar films to theaters for one weekend only. Find more details after the break! [Read more...]
The folks over at the Live-Action Toy Story Project (Facebook link may only work for those in the U.S.) have been working hard at developing a shot-for-shot live-action re-enactment of the classic Pixar film that started it all. For a class project, the team filmed a live-action version of the final scene in Toy Story 3 – yes, the scene that left millions tearing up behind their 3D glasses. Considering the difficulties of working with plastic toys and a child actor, I think it came out really well. Take a look after the jump! [Read more...]
We’re back with some more PixArt Knick Knack fun! Here’s a few more designs from the many artists who have asked to participate in our little project. Thank you to everyone for their time, effort and talent, especially during this very busy time of year. This will be the last posting of 2011. But don’t worry – we’ve got a lot more artists with templates in their possession. 2012 will bring another impressive line-up of contributing artists. Have you designed yours yet? [Read more...]
Yesterday, Disney and Pixar announced that both Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. would return to theaters to play in the 3D format. Nemo is the last feature film in the Pixar library to not make the transition to Blu-ray, but that is about to change, as today Disney has released a teaser trailer for the high-definition release. On a different front, we have another video, but this one is grounded in the real world. A young boy named Evan in Billings, Montana, who is seeking a heart transplant, received a visit from retired Pixar animator Bud Luckey. Needless to say, it is pretty emotional. Watch the videos here. [Read more...]
Chris Cross Media has made some clever Pixar-related videos in the past and today they are back with one featuring an “alternate ending” to Toy Story 3. If you are one of the last people on this planet who has not seen the Lee Unkrich-directed film, there are obviously spoilers as this video picks up at the end of the film. The fun video has some humorous references to jokes from the films, along with a bizarre crossover with Back to the Future. As a huge fan of the seminal 1980s sci-fi film, I was amused. Take a look at the video here! [Read more...]
Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has collected many trophies throughout the awards season, recently winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Now, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which he attended as a student, is awarding him with the Mary Pickford Foundation Award. The award is given to distinguished alum, a status that an Academy Award more than confirms. [Read more...]
Yesterday, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich shared many photos of his Oscar experience, tweeting from inside the Kodak Theatre and then from the Governers Ball following the Academy Awards. Today, Pixar Animation Studios held a huge party in honor of Toy Story 3‘s win for Best Animated Feature. Lee continued the barrage of pictures by sharing what is arguably the greatest of them all:
Immediately following the Academy Awards last night, the stars proceeded to the Governers Ball. The annual party is always the first stop of (likely) many parties for the winners. Cameras caught Lee Unkrich and Randy Newman celebrating their big Oscar wins in style. Enjoy the photos below.
Going into the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Toy Story 3 had been nominated for five Oscars, while Day & Night was up for one. After a broadcast that lasted a bit longer than three hours, the smoke cleared and Toy Story 3 emerged a winner. The film did not walk away with the Best Picture award, but did come away with two more golden statuettes that can now be placed in Pixar Animation Studios’ ever-growing trophy case. [Read more...]
Welcome to The Pixar Times’ live-blog of tonight’s Academy Awards, where you will find all Pixar-related updates below. Throughout the telecast, we will be posting updates, so hit your refresh button frequently to find out what is happening live! Are you unable to watch The Academy Awards tonight? Already watching but want some commentary to accompany the broadcast? This is the perfect place to be.
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Tonight is the big night, as The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are being held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is nominated for five Oscars, while the studio’s short, Day & Night, is up for one. Read on for a complete list of categories in which they have received nominations. [Read more...]
The marketing team at Disney/Pixar knew that since Toy Story 3 was an animated film, they would need to employ creative tactics to raise awareness of the film come awards season. Not only were they going for Best Animated Film, but Best Picture was also on their minds. They rose to the challenge as they released tongue-in-cheek “For Your Consideration” posters that referenced past Best Picture winners like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, On The Waterfront, The Silence of the Lambs, Slumdog Millionaire, Platoon, and more. Though Disney is in charge of the marketing, it is not difficult to see that whatever Pixar, its films and characters grace (even if it is an advertisement), it is fantastic. [Read more...]
Toy Story 3 was the best-reviewed film of the year, sitting at the top of Rotten Tomatoes’ tracking system with a 99% rating. Further, the film broke records left and right at the box office, ultimately settling in the position of the biggest movie of 2010 and the highest-grossing animated film of all-time. It is true that box office status and Tomatometer ratings do not guarantee a Best Picture win – actually, they, often don’t. However, many (filmgoers and critics) have called Toy Story 3 the best film of the year, so what is standing in the way of the animated film and the most coveted Oscar? History. [Read more...]
Prior to BOOM! releasing comics based on Pixar films, the Pixar brand had never really graced comics. The company did an excellent job at adapting the characters to print, releasing many well-written and beautifully drawn comics based on Toy Story, The Incredibles, WALL-E, Cars, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo. When Disney announced that they had purchased Marvel, there was speculation as to whether BOOM! would continue releasing Pixar comics, or if Marvel would take over. That was answered today, as Marvel officially announced that they would be releasing a brand new line of magazines called Disney•Pixar Presents. [Read more...]
Leading into the Academy Awards, it seems that there is not much that stands in the way of Toy Story 3 capturing the Best Animated Film Oscar. Earlier tonight, the 64th Annual BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards took place and handed out the big animation prize to Pixar’s latest, further cementing the film’s status as the best animated film (and one of the best films) of the year. [Read more...]
At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy bestowed Randy Newman with an award for ‘Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television or Other Media’ for his work on the Toy Story 3 soundtrack. In the Toy Story films, the accomplished composer has created a collection of music that is almost as instantly recognizable as the characters within the movies. Randy Newman’s win for Toy Story 3 is a nice recognition of all of his great work on the film trilogy. [Read more...]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held their annual luncheon for Oscar nominees earlier today. On Twitter, The Academy shared the 2011 class photo of the group of nominees.
There are several folks from Pixar present, including Lee Unkrich, John Lasseter, Darla K. Anderson, Michael Arndt, Teddy Newton, and Andrew Stanton. This is like playing “Where’s Waldo?” except there is a lot less red. See if you can spot all of them (click to enlarge)!
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