Close-Up: ‘La Luna’ Maquette

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Last summer, a cryptic tweet from La Luna director Enrico Casarosa read: “A glimpse of something special we are working on …” and included a small image with a familiar eye. That was it. No other information was given. Was it a vinyl figure? Was it a plastic toy? Interests were piqued to say the least. Months later, Casarosa unveiled a maquette of the short’s central character, Bambino. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these gorgeous little guys and let me tell you – it was worth the wait.

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Stunning ‘La Luna’ Concept Art

Art by Dice Tsutsumi

Each year, Pixar and Chronicle Books team up to release an art book based on the newest feature film from the animation studio. However, we have seen far less artwork from the pre-production of Pixar shorts – we saw a selection in The Art of Pixar Short Films hardcover (currently out of print) and in the recent Art of Pixar book. Artist Dice Tsutsumi, who worked with director Enrico Casarosa on La Luna‘s visual development, has released some stunning pieces of concept art created long before the short made its debut in theaters. Take a look at the artwork’s beauty after the break! [Read more…]

On Sale Now: ‘La Luna’ Hardcover

La Luna Book

These days, Brave is the Pixar film that is getting most of the attention, with a huge ad campaign promoting its upcoming release. While the feature film is nearing its final days of production, the new short La Luna wrapped in 2011, premiering at the Annecy International Film Festival last summer. It is making its worldwide debut with Brave in June, but a new book featuring the film’s story has just been released today. [Read more…]

Watch: Animated Shorts Oscar Panel Hosted by Brad Bird

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Last night the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosted its annual discussion with the filmmakers of the Oscar nominated animated short films. Incredibles and Ratatouille director Brad Bird hosted the event, which spotlighted shorts Dimanche (Sunday), The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Pixar’s La Luna, A Morning Stroll, and Wild Life. Clips from all the shorts were presented, followed by an extensive conversation between Bird and the filmmakers. Watch the entire panel after the jump! [Read more…]

Magical New ‘La Luna’ Image Features A Long Climb

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After releasing a new clip from La Luna earlier this week, Disney/Pixar has unveiled a brand new still through our friends over at Stitch Kingdom. Aside from the few who have had the opportunity to view the Oscar-nominated short, the general public has been kept in the dark when it comes to the plotline. Now, couple the new clip with the following image and you can start making informed guesses. Take a look at the magical new image after the jump! [Read more…]

Watch: New ‘La Luna’ Clip In HD

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Pixar’s newest critical darling, La Luna, is currently vying for an Academy Award in the Animated Shorts category. It is in a unique position for a Pixar short – all recent shorts from the animation studio have been released widely before being nominated, but La Luna will not get its wide release until June of this year. This means that many have yet to see the beautiful new short. A brief clip was released last year after the announcement of the film’s existence, but it provided more character development than plot. Now, Disney/Pixar has unveiled a new clip, which you can view in HD after the jump! [Read more…]

Watch: Trailers For Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

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The difficulty with evaluating the Oscar nominated shorts is that many of the short films are not widely released. Pixar has been screening shorts worldwide with its feature films, but many of the other studios’ films tend to evade Oscar viewers. Five animated shorts have been nominated for an Academy Award this year: Dimanche, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Pixar’s La Luna, A Morning Stroll, and Wild Life. Check out plot synopses, clips and trailers from all the nominees after the jump! [Read more…]