July 29, 2014

First Details: New ‘Toy Story’ Christmas Special Coming This Year

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Back in October last year, ABC aired the first ever television special from Pixar, Toy Story OF TERROR!, which allowed us the most time with the great toy characters than we’ve been afforded since the release of Toy Story 3. The animation studio had delivered several humorous Toy Story shorts, but after spending just a few minutes with Woody, Buzz, Rex, and the rest of the gang, you were left wanting more. The special provided that without infringing on the toes of the feature film trilogy. ABC has now announced that a Toy Story Christmas special is coming later this year. Find more details after the break!

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Pixar Creates ‘Toy Story Nutcracker’ Short For Holiday ‘World of Color’ Show At Disney California Adventure

World of Color - Toy Story Nutcracker Test

Pixar collaborates closely with the Disney Parks teams often, whether a new Pixar ride is being built or a new show utilizing the studio’s characters is being developed. Obviously, for a task as enormous as building Cars Land at Disney California Adventure (DCA), many Pixar employees contributed to bring Radiator Springs to life. Disney Parks has recently been working on a new holiday-themed edition of its World of Color show, a nightly show at DCA that projects images on massive water effects. A Toy Story segment is being developed, for which Pixar created new animation. Learn more and go behind-the-scenes at Pixar in a new video after the break!

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‘Toy Story’ Play Set Heading To ‘Disney Infinity’

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Toy Story is easily one of the most popular franchises at Disney, so it is only fitting that the series would receive its very own play set for Disney Infinity. Plans to release a play set for the huge property were announced at the D23 Expo in August. Now, we have more details and many more images featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the rest of the gang. After the break, take a look at a collection of new images from the play set, watch a video delving into the set, and find out when you can pick one up!

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‘Toy Story’ Named One Of The Greatest Movies Of All-Time By Entertainment Weekly

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“Greatest of all-time” lists are destined to inspire debate because they are incredibly subjective and no two people have the same taste. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine set out to list the 100 greatest movies, TV shows, music albums, books, and musicals/plays. Pixar cracked the greatest movies list with its first feature film, Toy Story, also the first feature film produced fully with computer animation. Read on to find out where the film landed on the list!

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First Look: ‘Toy Story of Terror’ TV Special

Toy Story of Terror

Following the conclusion of the Toy Story feature film trilogy, there was a question as to how Disney/Pixar would manage the huge property. The cast of toys is too memorable and popular to simply allow to disappear forever, so a smart decision was made to create shorts that continued the story of these characters without treading on the trilogy’s foot. In addition to shorts that were released theatrically, we learned that there would a TV special called Toy Story of Terror featuring Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. Today, this has been confirmed, as the short has been announced to premiere on ABC in October.

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PixArt: January Feature – Pixar Street

Pixar Street by Mario Graciotti

Often times, a location or structure can be just as much of a character in a Pixar movie as any monster, superhero or bug.  This is particularly evident in our first PixArt feature of 2013. Artist and designer Mario Graciotti (aka Mr-Bluebird on DeviantArt) brings us this beautifully designed tribute to some of the iconic buildings from Pixar films.  Take a close look at each carefully constructed location. Graciotti’s attention to detail is what makes this and all of his other work such a feast for the eyes. Take a closer look at Mario’s artwork and read his story after the break!

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Watch: Complete ‘Toy Story’ Film In Live-Action

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Over the last two years, a small crew passionate about Toy Story has been painstakingly shooting the film in live-action form, assembling toys and building their own sets. They recently finished their lengthy shoot, but remained cautious about sharing the film publicly, as they did not want the Disney/Pixar legal team to descend upon them. The crew seems to have been been given some sort of go-ahead as they published the entire project on YouTube yesterday. Watch their labor of love after the break!

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Pictures of the Day: ‘Toy Story’ Rex Cake

Rex Cake

Rex the dinosaur from the ever-popular Toy Story has been in the spotlight recently, with his starring role in the hilarious short, Partysaurus Rex. The anxious character certainly has a large following of fans who have celebrated him in creative fashion. One example of Rex dedication recently surfaced on Facebook, when Nuno Pereira posted several photos of a cake with the likeness of the lovable character. Take a look at a selection of the photos after the break!

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PixArt: November 2012 Feature – Abstract Buzz and Woody

Buzz and Woody

It’s amazing how iconic Pixar characters have become in such a relatively short amount of time. I was reminded of this when I first saw today’s PixArt piece. Even with just basic shapes and large swatches of bright colors, one can still quickly recognize Buzz and Woody. These wonderfully abstract portraits come to us from artist Pintachan. Based in Spain, this whimsical and prolific freelance illustrator has churned out some really fantastic images and designs for magazines, t-shirts and more. Make sure to visit his website for samples of his professional work. Read on for more about the artist in his own words!

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‘Toy Story Of Terror’ TV Special Coming In 2013

Toy Story of Terror

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.

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New ‘Toy Story Partysaurus Rex’ Images Contrast New Toys With The Old

Partysaurus Rex

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!

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Watch: ‘Toy Story: Partysaurus Rex’ 40-Second Clip

Partysaurus Rex

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.)

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Watch: Trailer For Live-Action ‘Toy Story’

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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!

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New ‘Toy Story’ Short ‘Partysaurus Rex’ Revealed

Partysaurus Rex

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...]

PixArt: July 2012 Feature – Amigos

Amigos

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...]

Comic-Con 2012: Exclusive Pixar Collectibles

SDCC 2012 Exclusive - Sulley and Boo

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...]

Awesome: Behind The Scenes Of Live-Action ‘Toy Story’

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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...]

PixArt Salutes The Pixar Heroine – Batch 4

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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 RogersMartin GeeVirginie Taravel, Dave Mott, Jenelle Huddleston, Elizabeth Duncan, Chavah Billin, Chris Kennett, Ciara Panacchia, Jonathan Jimison, Jon Lousie Paramel and Cat Oshiro. [Read more...]

Disney Holiday Gift Preview 2012: Pixar Merchandise

Holiday Gift Preview 2012 - Finding Nemo Blu-ray

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...]

PixArt Salutes The Pixar Heroine – Batch 3

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Today is the day! Finally, Brave has been unleashed upon the public here in North America.  What better way to celebrate Merida’s grand debut in theaters than with a super-sized tribute to the many heroines of Pixar films. We’re back with Batch 3 of artwork from our amazing readers. Check out their work and make sure to visit their sites for more samples of their amazing talents. Our thanks to all of the artists in this week’s post: Yosiell Lorenzo, Wayne Harris, Viviane Yamabuchi, SaMtRoNiKa, Phillip Light, Nilah Magruder, Miriam Bos, Marco Luna, Kylea Phillips, Keelin Quigley, Jonathan Jimison, Jackie Williams, Genevieve Santos, Dave Mott, Danny Clark, Courtney Godbey Wise, Bob Ostrom, Andrew Kolb and Alice Reka. Check out the 20 pieces after the break! [Read more...]