April 17, 2014

Video of the Day: ‘Toy Story 3′ Finale In Live-Action

Live-Action Toy Story 3

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...]

Video of the Day: WALL-ETHEUS (‘Prometheus’ Parody)

WALL-ETHEUS

I don’t tend to pay a large amount of attention to parody trailers, because the vast majority of them are not that great. However, there are a select few that hit the right note, mostly due to its creator’s close attention to detail. One of those is called WALL-ETHEUS and it is exactly what it sounds like – a WALL-E trailer, featuring the music and design from the trailer of the much-anticipated Alien prequel, Prometheus. The video comes to us from Brad Hansen of CraveOnline. Check it out after the jump! [Read more...]

Videos of the Day: Finding Nemo Blu-ray Teaser, Pixar Veteran Bud Luckey Surprises Child With Visit

Bud Luckey

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...]

Video of the Day: Animator Sings For Pixar To Hire Her

Please Hire Me Pixar

Animator Danielle Albert really, really wants a job at Pixar. So much so, that she has put up a YouTube video singing about how she would love for the animation studio to hire her. Normally, I wouldn’t put up a video of someone pleading for a job at the famed studio, but this particular one was too cute to pass up. Take a look at the video here and see if you catch yourself humming the song a few hours later. [Read more...]

Video of the Day: Alternate ‘Toy Story 3′ Ending

Toy Story 3

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...]

Video of the Day: D23 Pixar Music Panel With Michael Giacchino

MICHAEL GIACCHINO

Stop everything you are doing and clear your schedule for the next hour because we now have video footage from the D23 Music of Pixar panel featuring Michael Giacchino that took place a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we were unable to cover the panel as it ran too close to the Walt Disney Studios panel where Disney and Pixar showcased Brave and Monsters University and also announced two brand new films for 2013 and 2014. I was happy to find that video from the entire panel ended up online, as it turned out to be a captivating look at what brought composer Michael Giacchino to Pixar, while also providing us with a view into how he works. Take a look at the fascinating video here! [Read more...]

Video of the Day: A Reader Tours The Up House

Paul Fraughton  |  The Salt Lake Tribune

The media has been abuzz about the replica of the Up house that Bangerter Homes has built in Utah. The property recently threw open its doors to the public for tours and it has unsurprisingly been a popular spot for visitors. Reader Austin Allen had a chance to visit the unique house and sent over a great video showing off the place’s unique aspects. The first half of his video provides us with an even closer look at the intricacies of Carl and Ellie Fredricksen’s colorful home, while the second half gets a bit more creative. Take a look at the full video here! [Read more...]

Video of the Day: The Sounds of WALL-E

When the main character of your film does not say anything other than “WALL-E” and “Eva,” other aspects of the film have to step up to the plate. Even though WALL-E may not say much, many people would tell you that he is still one of Pixar’s greatest characters. With the lack of speech, his other sounds and the other sounds around him become that much more important. For a film that required an expert in sound, who did Pixar bring in? – Ben Burtt, the man who is essentially the father of R2-D2. The sound genius talks about creating sound for a brand new world. Take a trip behind the scenes of WALL-E and watch how the sound for the film came together. [Read more...]

Video of the Day: Real-Life WALL-E

Real WALL-E

When WALL-E arrived in theaters in 2008, the adorable robot for which the film is named captured the hearts of filmgoers all over. We have seen some great toys created that mimicked the character’s movements, but DJ Sures may have just created one of the cooler models. In a new video, he shows off many of his modified WALL-E’s voice recognition abilities. I assure you, the results are rather hilarious. DJ Sures also shares how he put the cute little thing together. Watch the video here! [Read more...]

Video of the Day: How Pixar Movies Are Made

Pixar Employees

To be able to accurately describe the Pixar movie-making process in a short presentation sounds like a difficult concept but presenters Michael B. Johnson, Ricky Nierva, and Scott Clark did just that at the EG Conference back in April. Sure, presenting every aspect of making a Pixar film would take an incredibly long time, but the three do a fantastic job at providing the audience with snippets of the production process of Up. Read on to watch the fascinating 20-minute presentation here!

UPDATE: The video has been set to private, so it is no longer viewable.

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Video of the Day: John Lasseter Shows Off Hawaiian Shirt Collection

John Lasseter

In early April, Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle toured Cars 2 director John Lasseter’s closet and found exactly what was to be expected – an absolute ton of Hawaiian shirts. The Hawaiian-shirt-aficionado’s closet of 374 unique designs is organized by theme, with Pixar and Disney obviously accounting for a large part of the collection. However, the displayed shirts only represent a sample of Lasseter’s entire collection, as he says he likely owns well over 1,000. Check out the fun video and also find out just how much fun the Lasseters can have on April Fool’s Day! [Read more...]

Video of the Day: Cars 2 Trailer Recreated With Lego

Creating animated films is a very precise process with attention to detail always an important aspect. Now, creating the look of an animated film using nothing but Lego is not exactly a walk in the park either, as Patrick Boivin can attest to. Boivin spent the past few months painstakingly recreating the original Cars 2 full-length trailer using the famous blocks as the building material. Yesterday, he posted the results of his hard work on YouTube. Check it out here and compare it to the original trailer! [Read more...]

Video of the Day: Montage Celebrating Pixar’s 25+ Years

The abundance of video compilations of Pixar films have always been evidence of the animation company’s ever-growing fan base. There seems to have been an increase recently in the amount of montages that have been compiled, as 2011 is the 25th year that the Pixar brand has existed. YouTube user has edited Pixar’s feature-length and short films into one video. Not only do we see all of the films that have been released, but it also includes brief snippets (from trailers) of the upcoming Cars 2 and Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation.

Set Pixar’s films to sweeping music and all of a sudden you have the urge to run out and watch the films all over again. Watch the video below:

Via: The Pixar Blog

Source: YouTube

Video of the Day: Brad Bird’s Hilarious Acceptance Speech

In addition to the usual awards that the Annies handed out, the show also handed out three Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Awards. The award recognizes the great work of individuals within the animation community. Along with Matt Groening and Eric Goldberg, Brad Bird was honored. Before he made it to Pixar, Bird directed the instant classic, The Iron Giant. He was friends with John Lasseter, as they were classmates at the famed CalArts. Bird joined Lasseter at Pixar and went on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille, films that cemented his status as a fantastic director of animation.

He is currently busy directing his first live-action film, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, so he was unable to make it to the show to accept the award. He sent a hilarious video “acceptance speech,” which you can view below. The video includes the tribute montage that highlights his work. Make sure you stay through to the end of the video, as there is a fantastic surprise:

Makes you love Brad Bird even more now, doesn’t it?

Source: Cartoon Brew

Video of the Day: The Beauty of Pixar

We have had fun celebrating Pixar’s 25th Anniversary, as we were able to share a very special piece of Pixar art by animator Chris Chua. Now, what better way to cap off the momentous day than with a collection of clips from their films? The Beauty of Pixar, compiled by Leandro Copperfield, was released a few months ago and instantly went viral. The beautiful images, the conveyed emotion in the faces of the characters, and the background music all come together to form a breathtaking video.

If you have already seen it (which many of you probably have), take a few minutes and enjoy it again. This is the perfect day to appreciate the beauty of Pixar. As you view it below, think about just how many memorable scenes Pixar films have already had, and observe how you feel. You will notice that the studio’s films have always been great at finding ways for the audience to feel something.

We had a blast sharing this great occasion with you!