April 18, 2014

Billy Crystal: Mike Wazowski To Wear Retainer In Monsters University

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

At a 20th Anniversary screening of City Slickers on Friday night, Billy Crystal had a chance to speak about his upcoming role in the prequel film, Monsters University. Returning as the voice of the hilarious Mike Wazowski, Crystal spoke with Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog, who moderated the event. Apparently, the actor had just finished working on an extensive voicing session for the film, and his voice was a bit hoarse. Read on for some thought from Billy Crystal on the highly anticipated Monsters University! [Read more...]

The Pixar Times Is Heading To D23

D23 Expo

The D23 Expo is a baby compared to many of the conventions that have been around for years. The 2011 iteration is only the second time that this all-Disney event is being held, with 2009 being the first. Walt Disney Studios was already a huge film studio – however, add Pixar and Marvel into the equation and Disney is a monster. Disney, Pixar, and Marvel are all set to hold presentations for their films, making the 2011 D23 Expo a can’t-miss event. When all of the Pixar presentations were detailed earlier this week, the final decision was made – The Pixar Times was going to provide D23 coverage from the Anaheim Convention Center. [Read more...]

D23 Expo 2011 Pixar Presentation Schedule

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Disney has updated their schedule for many of the D23 presentations that are set to occur during the convention. This includes the Pixar presentations that were announced just yesterday. I have set up a handy table below to assist those looking to attend these panels, as many of them look to be a must-see. The biggest panel of the weekend, without a doubt, will be the Walt Disney Studios panel, where Disney, Pixar, and Marvel will unveil a look at their upcoming slate of films. Stars of the films will be there, along with some of the crew, so expect a surprise or two. Check out the exciting schedule here! [Read more...]

Pixar To Preview Brave and Monsters University At D23 + More Pixar Panels

D23 Expo

Remember when fans heard that Disney and Pixar would not have a presence at Comic Con, they assumed that the studios would have some great things to show at the Disney-sponsored show, D23? This morning that was confirmed in a big way, as both of the announced Pixar productions are making their presence felt next week – Brave and Monsters University. Additionally, in honor of Pixar’s 25th Anniversary, several panels will be held talking with various creative teams from the studio. D23 just became a must-see event! [Read more...]

Pixar’s RenderMan SIGGRAPH Booth Oozes With Creativity + Pixar Speaker Schedule

Pixar RenderMan Siggraph 2011

We have come to expect the very best of Pixar when it comes to the studio’s films. Another area, we have come to expect creativity is at the studio’s RenderMan booth at the annual SIGGRAPH conference, a show highlighting computer graphics. Given the computer graphics theme, the 38th iteration of the show, taking place in Vancouver this year, features a big Pixar presence – one has to go no further than the design of their booth to know that. Take a look at the very cool booth here! [Read more...]

New Pixar Film Scheduled For 2014

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First, we had an untitled Pixar film scheduled for release on November  27, 2013. Now, we have another brand new film from the animation studio, but nary a detail on what the film will be called. Box Office Mojo is reporting that Disney has updated their release schedule and plopped in a Pixar film for release on May 30, 2014. What could this film be? Original characters or a sequel? [Read more...]

Video: Take A Tour Inside The Up House In Utah

Paul Fraughton  |  The Salt Lake Tribune

Herriman, Utah has been in the spotlight the past month, as Bangerter Homes recently built a great replica of the house from Up in the city. People have descended upon Utah from all over the country to lay eyes upon the home. What places this piece of architecture above all those that have been built previously is the fact that the inside of the home looks just like what we saw in the film as well. Down to the smallest details, such as the handrail and the objects upon the fireplace, this is likely the closest recreation of the Up house we will ever see in the real world. The Salt Lake Tribune, which ignited this story when it first covered it last month, now has a video tour through the inside of the amazing house. Take a peek here! [Read more...]

J.J. Abrams Loves Brad Bird’s Direction On Mission Impossible 4

Brad Bird

Brad Bird has built up some serious cred with but a few films. The Iron Giant did not perform well at the box office, but over time it has been extremely well-receieved, with some calling it one of the best animated films ever. After coming over to Pixar, Bird brought us The Incredibles, easily one of the greatest superhero films. Then, he jumped onto Ratatouille after production had already began, and that film gave us one of the best looks at what it means to be a critic. Now, he is currently working on Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, his first live-action film. Collider was at the CBS TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, where producer J.J. Abrams confirmed what I had already been thinking – Brad Bird is on track to bring us another great film. [Read more...]

Pixar Artists Team Up To Create Creator-Driven Comic Con Event

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Over the past 15 years, San Diego Comic Con has evolved into a monstrous convention. The positive side of that is there has been an explosion of interest in the summer show, also bringing more attention to the comics industry. However, the downside is that Hollywood has swooped in and taken much of the buzz away from the creators who were the primary focus in years prior. The big story in the weeks leading up to the year’s biggest convention was how films such as The Dark Knight Rises, John Carter, and The Avengers would not be presenting panels in the famed Hall H, leading many to believe that Hollywood was abandoning Comic Con. [Read more...]

Silhouette Clues Us Into 2011 RenderMan Walking Teapot Design (Update: Design Revealed)

RenderMan Teapot 2011

SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques) is an annual conference and exhibition highlighting computer graphics. Each year, Pixar’s RenderMan, the studio’s software used throughout the movie industry that renders 3D animation and visual effects, has a great booth at the conference, where talks are held and great giveaways are handed out. Wind-up teapots have become a staple giveaway at the booth, with a line of hundreds winding up and down the show floor, as they wait for a chance to get their hands on the collectible. While last year’s design was based on Mr. Potato Head, this year’s remains a mystery (UPDATE: no more! – the design has been revealed below). The official Facebook page for the Walking Teapot has provided us with a clue, though, which you can view below! [Read more...]

John Lasseter Discusses Brave’s Technical Challenge

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A few days ago, during promotion for Cars 2, director John Lasseter spoke about Brave to Irish Film & Television Academy guests in Dublin. While many of the previous quotes on Brave have revolved around it being Pixar’s first film where the central character is a female, the Irish Film and Television Network quotes him on the challenge that arises from it also being the studio’s first period film. All the employees have to do is some research on how objects looked in medieval Scotland and can then simply translate that to animation – right? Not really. Read on to see why John Lasseter says it is not quite that easy. [Read more...]

Bay Citizen Talks Pixar Fandom

Pixar Press Junket 2011

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...]

‘Mission Impossible’ Release Date Pushed Back A Week

Mission Impossible

Deadline is reporting that Paramount has pushed the release date for Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol back five days. Previously scheduled to open on December 16, the film is now set to open closer to Christmas, on December 21. The Brad Bird directed flick is sitting in a particularly crowded field, as the next entries in the Sherlock Holmes and Alvin & The Chipmunks franchises are set to open on the 16th. Additionally, the U.S. version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is now squatting on the same release date as Ghost Protocol. Then, just two days later, another big-bidget Paramount film, The Adventures of Tintin, is racing into theaters, making for a jam-packed Christmas weekend this year. Read on for more on the change! [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...]

Kelly MacDonald Talks ‘Brave’

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During the recent media circus for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, actress Kelly MacDonald, who plays Helena Ravenclaw (The Grey Lady) in the film, also talked to some outlets about her upcoming role in Brave. Speaking to NBC Connecticut, the Scotland-born actress, who is set to play main character Princess Merida, spoke about what she has seen so far of the animated film. She also briefly described her feelings about working with the film’s other talent. Read on to see what she had to say! [Read more...]

Disney Universe Trailer, Images Showcase The World Of WALL-E

Disney Universe

Disney Interactive Studios is commemorating the 42nd anniversary of mankind’s first steps on the moon by unveiling the space-set world that is inspired by Disney•Pixar’s WALL•E for their upcoming multiplayer action-adventure game, Disney Universe.  Newly unveiled images of the environment and characters give players yet another glimpse into the mischievous world of Disney Universe, the first video game that brings together characters and worlds inspired by both animated and live action films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. [Read more...]

PixArt: July 2011 Feature II – Up, Yema Style

Art by Mercedes Crespo

Here’s something a little different from our friend Mercedes Crespo (aka Yema Yema)! Her distinct style is in top form here as she celebrates Carl and Kevin from Up! Make sure to check out her amazing illustrations and t-shirt designs on her website. Read on for more about this artist in her own words. [Read more...]

Four ‘Harry Potter’ Actors Set To Star In ‘Brave’

Robbie Coltrane

While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is currently smashing box office records left and right, one common question being asked by fans is, “What now?”. The seven book Potter series (and eight part film series) finally reached its conclusion yesterday and people are looking to latch onto another fantasy. When Brave was first announced, I was enthused by Pixar’s first film with a gritty, fantasy feel to it. However, that’s not the only similarity to the series starring the boy wizard. There are four Harry Potter actors who are attached to star in Brave, including Kelly Macdonald, who is voicing the animated film’s main character! [Read more...]

Cars 2 Blu-ray Sets Available For Pre-order

Cars Director's Edition

It feels like Cars 2 just came out in theaters a few weeks ago. Oh, yeah – it did. That hasn’t stopped various online retailers from listing upcoming Blu-ray sets for the film. Amazon recently listed the standard three-disc set, along with a bigger five-disc set. It is interesting to note that while Blu-ray/DVD sets are available for pre-order, a DVD-only set has yet to be listed. Similar to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it seems that Blu-ray/DVD combo packs (along with Blu-ray only sets) are being pushed to the forefront. Read on for more details on the home release of Cars 2! [Read more...]

Watch: John Carter Teaser Trailer

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Disney has officially released the teaser trailer for John Carter, the live-action directorial debut of Andrew Stanton, director of WALL-E and Finding Nemo. The mysterious teaser holds far more back than it reveals, as the plot is barely touched upon. However, this being our first look at footage from the highly-anticipated film, it is exciting to get a glimpse at how the film will look up on the big screen. Read on to watch the teaser trailer for John Carter! And yes, it is perfectly fine to get excited. [Read more...]