July 23, 2014

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


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: 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’ Nominated For Animated Short Oscar


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...]

Interview: Enrico Casarosa Discusses ‘La Luna’


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


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...]

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...]

Reader Review: La Luna

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La Luna, Pixar’s newest short, made its public debut last week at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which gave lucky attendees a sneak peek at the short before the rest of the world. In recent years, new Pixar shorts have premiered with the studio’s feature films, but La Luna will take some time to hit theaters (likely with Brave). Reader Ingrid Mengdehl was one of those lucky few who got a chance to view the short film at Annecy and she was kind enough to send along a report. Read on to check out her spoiler-free review, along with a recap of the entire presentation! [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...]