April 23, 2014

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

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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...]

‘La Luna’ Director Enrico Casarosa Reacts To Oscar Nomination

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It is always an early morning when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announces Oscar nominees, but if you are one of those nominees, the morning is likely to be a bit easier to handle. La Luna is Pixar’s representative at the Academy Awards this year, which has the director of the short, Enrico Casarosa, “over the moon.” He released a statement thanking the Academy and expressing his gratitude. Read on to check out his full statement. [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Nominated For Animated Short Oscar

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The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, with the usual surprise or two making an appearance (cough, Extremely Loud, cough). The nomination for Pixar’s newest short, La Luna, however, did not come at a shock, as the film has been capturing the hearts of critics all over the world. Nominated in a field of five in the Animated Short Film category, the short is the directorial debut of Enrico Casarosa. Jump ahead to view all five nominees! [Read more...]

‘La Luna’ Shortlisted For Animated Short Oscar

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First there were 44, and now there are only 10. Ten animated shorts have advanced to the next part of the voting process on the path to the Academy Awards. La Luna, the animated short Pixar submitted to the Academy, is one of the 10 moving along. Pixar has been a mainstay in this category, just like with animated feature, so it comes with no surprise that the Enrico Casarosa-directed short is playing in the big leagues. La Luna is easily one of the best shorts to come out of the studio, and it definitely has a shot at claiming the prize on Oscar night. More details and the full press release after the jump. [Read more...]

Interview: Enrico Casarosa Discusses ‘La Luna’

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit down with La Luna director Enrico Casarosa and talk to him about his work on the short that has been generating a good deal of buzz. Topics of discussion include the short’s journey from inception of the idea to getting it made, how Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter suggested they screen it at film festivals, that the short will be eligible for eligible for accolades this awards season, and the bold visual and sound choices made to give the film a unique voice. We also briefly hit upon a certain Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs that Casarosa will be working on next. For the first time, I am also including the audio of the interview, so if you would rather listen to our discussion, you have that option. Continue on for my in-depth interview with the director of one of Pixar’s newest (and most magnificent) shorts. [Read more...]

New ‘La Luna’ Image Features Closer Look At Main Character

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Disney has provided us with a new image from Pixar’s newest short, La Luna. It gives us a closer look at the young boy who is the main character in the 7-minute film. In the Enrico Casarosa-directed piece, the boy accompanies his father and grandfather in their unusual line of work. The audience gets to experience the journey alongside the young character, as it is his first time soaking in his family’s eye-opening job. Take a look at the image in hi-res here! [Read more...]

Go Behind The Scenes Of ‘La Luna’

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La Luna was screened on Sunday evening at the Japan Society in New York City in conjunction with the Films For Hope Festival. The one-day festival was held as a benefit for those affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11. As part of the centerpiece, the Pixar short was screened along with Dai Sato’s Five Numbers, a short anime piece. La Luna director Enrico Casarosa was there, along with Sato, to provide the audience with an in-depth look at the behind the scenes process of bringing the short to the big screen. Read on for some snippets from his presentation! (Note: I have kept it spoiler-free.) [Read more...]

D23 2011: ‘La Luna’ Early Review

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In all the hustle and bustle of the D23 Expo, Pixar quietly screened La Luna during a panel celebrating 25 years of shorts. For me personally, this was a highlight of the entire expo. The short, directed by Enrico Casarosa, has been playing in animation festivals around the world. It premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June of this year and will make its theatrical debut in front of Pixar’s Brave next summer. Expo goers were lucky to catch this special screening of the film amid some of the studio’s most popular short subjects. [Read more...]

D23 2011: La Luna Will Play Before Brave, New Toy Story Toon Title Announced

D23 2011 - Pixar Shorts Panel

Pixar had a few surprises up its sleeve during their shorts panel at D23, where they showcased many of the studio’s shorts in celebration of the animation giant’s 25th Anniversary. Not only did La Luna play before one of its largest audiences – there was also confirmation from director Enrico Casarosa that the short would play before Brave. Also, while we knew that the next Toy Story Toon would play before The Muppets in November, we had not heard any details about the storyline or even the title of the short. Well, we have news on that now, too – the new short will be called “Small Fry.” Read on for more about these exciting tidbits! [Read more...]

La Luna North American Premiere Dates Set

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With Pixar’s newest short, La Luna, playing the festival circuit, film fans around the world are clamoring for the short to screen in their backyard. The short enjoyed its world premiere at the Annecy Film Festival in France and is actually playing at the Paris Film Festival on July 7, as part of a celebration of Pixar’s 25 years. The short film will premiere in North America on the opening night of the LA Shorts Fest and will also screen with a making-of talk by director Enrico Casarosa a few days later. Read on for more details about the premiere in Los Angeles and when we might see screenings in other cities! [Read more...]

La Luna Poster Rolled Out

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Disney/Pixar France has unveiled a beautiful new poster for Pixar’s new short, La Luna, which just debuted at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival yesterday. According to director Enrico Casarosa, the short was the final film of the festival’s opening night, which we are sure was a great honor. Take a look at the simple yet dazzling hi-res poster for the short. [Read more...]

La Luna Debuting At Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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Attendees of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France are in for a real treat this year, as Disney/Pixar has chosen the venue to debut La Luna, a brand new short from the studio. Directed by Enrico Casarosa, the short will premiere on Monday, June 6, giving the general public its first look at the film in action. It was only last month that La Luna was announced to the world, with it officially wrapping production just recently. The first image from the short created a great deal of buzz, as it was a stunning view into what we have heard is a beautiful film. [Read more...]

Get To Know ‘La Luna’ Director Enrico Casarosa

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On Thursday morning, news broke on Pixar’s brand new short, La Luna, a film that is set to play in various festivals throughout the year. The short film’s director and head of story, Enrico Casarosa, may not have directed a film for Pixar up until now, but he has spent quite a bit of time working in the animation industry. Disney/Pixar has released an official bio on Casarosa, which you can check out here! [Read more...]

First Look: New Pixar Short – ‘La Luna’

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Indiewire shared a huge surprise this morning, as the site has debuted a first look at a brand new Pixar short entitled La Luna. Coming later this year from director Enrico Casarosa, the new short is a “fable” of a coming-of-age story. Read on for a preview of the short, including a synopsis and a first visual look at the film! [Updated with a hi-res image and news on where we will be able to see the film.] [Read more...]