April 24, 2014

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...]

Stunning Sketchtravel Book To Be Auctioned On October 17

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It has been well known that many Pixar employees are heavily involved in raising money for great causes. One such individual is Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, art director for the acclaimed Toy Story 3 and the upcoming Monsters University, who has co-founded the Sketchtravel project, a unique worldwide art-gathering undertaking. Notable artists such as Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, Disney legend Glen Keane, and Pixar’s own Ronnie del Carmen and Enrico Casarosa, are part of an eclectic group of more than 70 artists who contributed artwork for the project. Now, the mouth-watering collection of all the pieces is being auctioned off. Read on for more details! [Read more...]

Bay Citizen Talks Pixar Fandom

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The Bay Citizen, one of San Francisco’s news organizations, released an article this morning discussing the unique response Pixar receives from its fans. Other than Disney, no other studio seems to have such a devoted following. Pixar has been so successful that the studio has evolved into a brand from which people not only expect but often receive the highest quality of entertainment seen in film. Referencing such unofficial Pixar sites as Pixar Planet, Pixar Talk, and yours truly, the Bay Citizen talks about the inspiration that the studio inspires in fans. Read on for more from the article! [Read more...]

Disney Dates Untitled 2013 Pixar Film

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Box Office Mojo updated its  schedule to reflect a new addition made by Disney, an untitled Pixar film due around Thanksgiving 2013. The film will be released in 3-D, but besides that minor detail, Disney and Pixar are silent. We have known for a while that Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter has been working on a secret project, so it is possible that this is his next film. With this addition, there are now two films scheduled for release in 2013 – Monsters, Inc. 2 and this one. We will have more details as they are announced. For now, this untitled Disney/Pixar film is due in theaters on November 27, 2013! Exciting, right?! [Read more...]

The Pixar Times Celebrates Its First Birthday

Happy 1st Birthday!

Last year, during the wait for Toy Story 3, a name popped into my head. The Pixar Times. I had been contemplating starting a Pixar blog for a few months, but I did not feel I had the time. I am currently in graduate school studying for a doctorate in clinical psychology and I work part-time as a manager in retail. However, once I happened upon a name for the blog, I knew I had to make time and go ahead and take the plunge. At first, I simply started a Twitter account where I shared links to other sites covering Pixar news. Soon, that was not that exciting anymore and I felt like I needed more. On June 1, 2010, The Pixar Times officially launched with this post (which seems so long ago) sharing my enthusiasm for the future. While there is much work to be done, I am enthusiastic that I have been able to attain some of those goals. [Read more...]

Talking Cars 2 With The Pixar Podcast

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Last week, I had the chance to sit down with Derrick Clements over at The Pixar Podcast. We had an in-depth discussion about Cars 2‘s appearance at Toy Fair and whether we think the film will be another hit for Pixar. The episode is spoiler-free, so you do not have to worry about happening upon significant plot details.

I would like to thank Derrick for putting together another nice episode. If you have not listened to the podcast before, you should know that Derrick has done a wonderful job in the creation of a Pixar podcast. He regularly releases interesting shows covering the latest in Pixar news. Additionally, in the past he has landed some great interviews with folks from Pixar. Highly recommended!

Listen to the new episode of The Pixar Podcast and let us know what you think.

John Carter Of Mars Is NOT A Disney/Pixar Film

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John Carter of Mars has been in the news recently, as director Andrew Stanton has offered a few updates on the film. There is a lot of excitement in the air over the live-action film, as it is Stanton’s first directorial role after the immensely successful WALL-E. However, what is alarming is how many newspapers and blogs continue to mistakenly refer to the film as a Pixar production. For clarification purposes, I felt it was important to help clear up the confusion - John Carter of Mars is not a Disney/Pixar film, but is actually a Disney film. [Read more...]

Happy Holidays From The Pixar Times

Pixar Holiday Card 2010

From those of us at The Pixar Times, I sincerely wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, the happiest of holidays, and an amazing new year.

I leave you with the very cool holiday card that Pixar sent out this year. As expected, it has a Cars 2 theme, with the characters spending some time in London.

A big thanks to Pixar animator Austin Madison for allowing me to repost his image of the card here. (If you haven’t checked out his great blog, you are missing out. View his blog here!)

Happy Holidays!

Pixar Employees Say “It Gets Better” In A New Video

Pixar has always valued their diverse employees, not only employing but also honoring people of different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and orientations. In response to the increase in suicides among the LGBT community, many Pixar employees have gotten together and released a video to support the “It Gets Better Project.”

It is amazing to see the folks at Pixar helping to bring an increasingly important issue to the public’s attention. The participants speak from the heart, so the video gets very emotional at times. Watch it below:

If you are considering suicide or need help, call the Trevor Project now:

866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

Just know this: It gets better.

New PixArt Section Launches

To celebrate the fact that the Toy Story 3 release on Blu-ray and DVD is now one month away, we are launching a brand new PixArt section on The Pixar Times Blog. All month long, we will be counting down to November 2 (the release date for the sets in the U.S. and Canada) by putting up new pieces of Toy Story-related artwork done by established as well as up-and-coming artists from all around the world.

After November 2, the PixArt page will shift gears and become a space where new Pixar-related artwork will be unveiled each month. The new page is a work in progress at this point, but is nonetheless an exciting endeavor for us. We have gained a loyal audience of many readers and are also nearing 2,000 followers on Twitter. Again, I’d like to thank each and every one of you. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading Pixar news and reviews, and now viewing new artwork by artists who love Pixar films as much as I do. Stay tuned for more great things in the future.

Without further ado, I give you our first original PixArt piece from artist Jerrod Maruyama:

Art by Jerrod Maruyama

Our new PixArt page would not be possible without Jerrod, as he has been spearheading this project for The Pixar Times. That is why I could imagine none other than his artwork as the first piece at launch. You may have noticed our new site logo, which was also lovingly crafted by Jerrod recently. Expect to see more great artwork from him in the future.

We hope you enjoy our PixArt section immensely. We want to hear from you! What do you think? Comment on the image and let us know!

The Pixar Times Gets A New Logo!

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When I launched The Pixar Times, I wanted a way to express to visitors what they could expect from the blog: Pixar news, previews, and reviews. The original logo was meant to remind readers of the logos used for newspapers. However, over time I realized that it did not express the fun aspect of Pixar. The simple logo has been scratched and replaced with one symbolizing the joy Pixar Animation Studios brings to the world.

I have to thank illustrator Jerrod Maruyama, who worked tirelessly to design a great new logo for The Pixar Times Blog. He is the kindest of individuals who has the special ability to create wonderful artwork and designs. His artwork was recently seen on a t-shirt sold exclusively at the Pixar Studio Store in Emeryville, CA. Here is a peek at his newest piece:

© Jerrod Maruyama

View more of his beautiful artwork on his personal website and his Flickr page.

What do you think of our new logo? Let us know!

Note: The typeface used in the logo is for illustrative purposes only. The Luxo, Jr. lamp image is ©Disney/Pixar.

The Pixar Times Joins Facebook

If you are one of the more than 500 million users of Facebook, you now have one more way to connect with The Pixar Times. Like the page, become a fan, and show your support! I have been looking for other ways to network with everyone who reads the blog. Like with our Twitter page, Facebook allows for easy sharing of information. With a few simple clicks, you can share Pixar news and reviews with all of your Facebook friends. These past few months that I have spent blogging about Pixar have been a great time, and it is all of you who make that possible. Thank you, and I look forward to connecting with all of you!

-Samad

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Pixar Helps Disney With New Muppets Film

The Muppets

The Muppets

Last week, we learned that Disney brought in Pixar to help out Tron: Legacy. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Disney flew out to Pixar’s campus in Emeryville and did a table read on Wednesday for the previously announced Muppets film. The article states that some of the members of Pixar’s well-known “Brain Trust” were present to offer advice. [Read more...]

Pixar Brought In To Help Tron: Legacy

Tron: Legacy comes out on Dec. 17, 2010

Tron: Legacy comes out on Dec. 17, 2010 (Copyright Disney)

EW is reporting that after the primary shooting was completed for the upcoming Tron: Legacy, Disney decided to show an early cut of the film to John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, who were instrumental in the emergence of Pixar. Then, Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt and Pixar director Brad Bird were brought in to help write the re-shoots that were set to occur for the film. [Read more...]

Welcome to The Pixar Times

It begins here. All of my Pixar love is being redirected here, to this brand new news site/blog, and to my recently established Twitter account: ThePixarTimes. What will you find here? Pixar news, all the time. Sprinkled amongst news tidbits, you may also come across reviews of Pixar-associated products. I’ll also provide comments on everything Pixar, and I hope you will do the same. While this new adventure may be run by me, it is a site for all of us. I look forward to enjoying this Pixar journey with each and every one of you. This is only the beginning.