July 23, 2014

The Pixar Perspective on The Pixar Moments in ‘Toy Story 3′

Although the series lives on in shorter form, the final 20 minutes of Toy Story 3 is something of an emotional trip through the wringer (that is, if the film works as intended to the audience). Much in the same way that the opening sequence of Up is called out as an example of Pixar working at its tear-jerking peak, almost nullifying the impact of the rest of the film, Toy Story 3 has a lengthy climax culminating in a curtain call, all of which is meant as a massive payoff to a 15-year trilogy, a firm period on a franchise that could easily be extended on the silver screen for years to come. (Rumors will, of course, abound about a potential fourth Toy Story film; let’s only hope that this never comes to fruition.)

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The Pixar Perspective on ‘Star Wars’

Up and Star Wars

The gravitational pull of the endless Star Wars franchise is inescapable in modern cinema. Though there have only been six live-action films in the series, the vast ocean of toys, theme-park attractions, animated TV series, books, and more make it impossible to avoid, even before there were rumors of a new trilogy. After the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm in the fall of 2012, the rumors became truth: within just a few years (now under 2 years), a new trilogy of Star Wars films would be unveiled, following up on the events of Return of the Jedi. Since that time, it’s been assumed that Disney wouldn’t just make new live-action films in that galaxy far, far away. Why not make more animated films, or spin-off series, and so on? For now, at least, these are rumors.

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The Pixar Perspective on ‘Toy Story OF TERROR!’


Nearly 20 years after their first feature film, Pixar Animation Studios finally crossed over from the big screen to the small one last week with their inaugural television special, Toy Story of TERROR! Most Pixar devotees, if not all, know that before there was Toy Story or even characters like Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody being storyboarded, there was A Tin Toy Christmas. Pixar originally wanted to expand upon its Oscar-winning 1988 short film Tin Toy by situating the title character in a holiday setting, before they decided (partly thanks to Disney’s urging) to ditch the training wheels of television and jump right into making feature films. Now, after decades of critical and commercial success, they chose to move back into television for real, bringing along Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang in the process. [Read more...]

The Pixar Perspective on Popular Culture

Toy Story

Now that Pixar’s moved itself off the 2014 release calendar, it’s quickly becoming apparent how painful that absence will be. (Necessary, clearly, and hopefully beneficial. But it’s also very painful.) The best possible evidence is to look and see what other animated movies are getting unveiled in 2014. If you’ve gone to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 since it opened a couple weeks ago (and if you haven’t, you may want to stay home, even—or especially—if you’re a fan of the far wittier original), you may have seen a peek of the future of animation, with trailers for such films as Free Birds—opening in just a few weeks—and The Nut Job. (The former is a presumably wacky story about turkeys trying to save themselves from being Thanksgiving dinner, and the latter is about a squirrel breaking into a nut store, and why are neither of those jokes?) Though there’s plenty more coming in 2014, such as The Lego Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2, what little has been displayed of what’s to come only serves to emphasize how impactful Pixar’s absence will be.

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The Pixar Perspective on Female Directors

Brave - Merida & Queen Elinor

Over the last two decades, Pixar Animation Studios has been able to top its competitors by reaching an almost unattainbly high level of quality. Pixar isn’t worried, it seems, with topping DreamWorks, but topping only what they’ve done in the past. Those rival studios—really, any studio making a family film, animated or not—are judged against whatever Pixar makes, but the Emeryville, California company raises the bar mostly so they can clear it before anyone else does. We may become rapidly disappointed at their output when they release something like Cars 2 after Toy Story 3, but it’s only because when Pixar delivers on a promise of brilliance, they do so in such unbelievable, ridiculous, unexpectedly moving ways. Their various consecutive runs of quality are unparalleled in the modern film industry, which they’ve worked hard to be separate from. Pixar works with Disney, fully ensconced in the culture of Hollywood, but being placed hundreds of miles north makes them feel totally separate, even now. And yet, there is one disturbing trait they share with the greater film industry, one that needs to be fixed soon: Pixar has a woman problem.

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Al’s Steal of the Day: Get 50% Off Complete ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Cars’ Blu-ray/DVD Box Sets

Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection

Amazon currently has both the Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection and Cars Director’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD box sets discounted by 50%. The Toy Story set is 10-discs and collects all films of the trilogy in Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy formats. The complete 11-disc Cars set holds the two feature films, along with Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales. Additionally, the recent 8-disc Lion King Trilogy set is 50% off as well. This is the last day of the deal, so act fast! [Read more...]

Lee Unkrich Brings Toy Story 3 Oscar Home To Pixar

Toy Story 3 Oscar Homecoming

Yesterday, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich shared many photos of his Oscar experience, tweeting from inside the Kodak Theatre and then from the Governers Ball following the Academy Awards. Today, Pixar Animation Studios held a huge party in honor of Toy Story 3‘s win for Best Animated Feature. Lee continued the barrage of pictures by sharing what is arguably the greatest of them all:

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Toy Story 3′s Big Night At The Academy Awards

83rd Academy Awards

Going into the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Toy Story 3 had been nominated for five Oscars, while Day & Night was up for one. After a broadcast that lasted a bit longer than three hours, the smoke cleared and Toy Story 3 emerged a winner. The film did not walk away with the Best Picture award, but did come away with two more golden statuettes that can now be placed in Pixar Animation Studios’ ever-growing trophy case. [Read more...]

2011 Annie Awards: So THAT Happened

A rocky road lies ahead for the Annie Awards, which honors the year in animation. Controversy has overshadowed the awards show for several years now. It finally boiled over this past August when Ed Catmull released a statement that Disney and Pixar would not be participating in the Annies, as the studios felt that the voting process was not fair. The ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) jury went ahead and added Toy Story 3 and Day & Night to the Annies ballot, which resulted in four nominations between the two. After the 38th annual awards were presented tonight, it is apparent that the controversy is here to stay. [Read more...]

Day & Night Honored At 2011 VES Awards

(L-R) Kevin Reher, Tom Gately, Teddy Newton

(L-R) Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Tom Gately (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images North America)

The 9th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards, a show that honors achievements in visual effects and animation, took place Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton. While Toy Story 3 had been nominated for two awards, it turned out to be a bigger night for Teddy Newton’s Day & Night. [Read more...]

Toy Story 3 Ads – Titanic & Lord of the Rings

Toy Story 3 - Titanic

Toy Story 3‘s push for serious Oscar contention continues as Disney/Pixar has rolled out the newest ad in their previously revealed campaign for Oscar gold. This particular ad is spoiler-ific, so if you have yet to see the film, it is best to turn back now. Read on for some images. [Read more...]

Box Office Roundup: Toy Story 3 Takes Over #9 Spot All-Time

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3Well, that didn’t last long. After passing Transformers 2 just a few days ago, Toy Story 3 passed Spider-Man to become the ninth-highest grossing film in North America. Toy Story 3 officially grossed about $1.5 million the weekend spanning August 20-22 to bring its domestic total to $403.8 million. With the eighth biggest film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, at $423.3 million, Pixar’s newest film will stay in the number nine spot until the end of its theatrical run. [Read more...]

Toy Story 3 Now #10 All-Time in North America

Copyright Disney/PixarWith yesterday’s gross of $332,604 in the U.S. and Canada, Toy Story 3 has broken through into the Top 10 All-Time at the box office. Passing Transformers 2, Toy Story 3 currently stands at a total of $402,280,518 domestically. [Read more...]

Toy Story Trilogy BD/DVD Box Set Up For Pre-Order (Updated with Box Art)

Amazon has now listed a 10-disc Toy Story Trilogy Blu-Ray/DVD collection for pre-order on their website, but before you are sure that this is the epic trilogy box set you have been waiting for, you may want to wait for them to release additional details. No images or details accompanies the listing, except for the fact that it will include 3 discs for Toy Story, 3 discs for Toy Story 2, and 4 discs for Toy Story 3.

UPDATE 1: The trilogy listing is beginning to show up on more websites, and we have some more details on what the box set will include.

UPDATE 2: Amazon.com has lowered their price to be more in-line with Walmart’s.

UPDATE 3: Best Buy has also lowered their price now.

UPDATE 4: Price adjustment at Best Buy, listing shows up at Barnes & Noble.

UPDATE 5: We have box art!

UPDATE 6: There’s been a price-matching war going on recently. I have all the recent updates below.

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Stores Lining Up Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray/DVD Exclusives

Target Exclusive

Walmart and Target have posted exclusive Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray and DVD sets that fans can begin to pre-order, and there are sure to be more coming. As Pixar Talk reported earlier today, Target will be releasing an exclusive Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray/DVD set in November. The full name for the item will be the (get ready for it) Toy Story 3: Infinity And Beyond Ultimate Collector’s Combo Pack and it will essentially be the previously announced Toy Story 3 4-Disc set (2 Blu-Ray discs, 1 DVD, 1 Digital Copy Disc), plus a Buzz Lightyear Action Figure. It is up on Target.com, where you can pre-order it for $34.99. Image after the jump.
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Toy Story 3 Now Highest-Grossing Animated Film In History

Toy Story 3 coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on Nov. 2

BURBANK, Calif. – August 13, 2010 – With record-breaking box office tallies around the world, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 has become the highest-grossing animated film of all time taking in more than $920 million at the global box office to date. This weekend, the critically acclaimed Toy Story 3 is expected to become Disney’s second film to cross the $400 million domestic threshold and currently ranks as the 4th highest grossing film in company history globally. “In 1995, the talented team at Pixar introduced a cowboy, a space ranger and their friends who have gone on to become some of the most beloved characters in the world. The success of Toy Story is due to the tremendously creative and innovative team at Pixar, led by John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, and our incredible marketing and distribution teams around the world,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “In Toy Story 3, director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson and the incredible team at Pixar have given audiences a film that continued the rich storytelling and character building that have become synonymous with every Pixar release.” [Read more...]

Toy Story 3 Now Highest Grossing Pixar Film

Toy Story 3 is now in theaters

This past weekend, Toy Story 3 passed Finding Nemo to become the all-time leader at the box office for Pixar Animation Studios. As of August 8, the North American total stood at over $396 million, with the rest of the world bringing in about $498 million, for a worldwide total of $895 million. During its run in 2003, Finding Nemo accumulated $867 million worldwide. [Read more...]

Toy Story 3 DVD/Blu-Ray Coming Nov. 2nd? (Confirmed)

Toy Story 3 BD/DVD Set

Toy Story 3 coming to DVD and Blu-Ray soon

Digital Bits is reporting that one of their readers saw an in-store advertisement that listed the release date for the Toy Story 3 DVD and Blu-Ray as November 2, 2o1o. The reader snapped a photo, which you can view here. The retail store where the sign was spotted is not given, and no official details have been released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment or Pixar, which means this newest release date is still unconfirmed. UPDATE 1: It has now been confirmed as November 2. UPDATE 2: We now have a list of the special features. [Read more...]

Toy Story 3 Audition Videos (UPDATE)

You think characters were just HANDED roles for Toy Story 3? Well, think again! There was a rigorous audition process, and a few of the short videos have been released for our viewing pleasure:

Mr. Pricklepants Audition

Buttercup Audition

UPDATE: We now have a video for Lotso’s Audition

Note: If not apparent, this post was meant to be read with a sarcastic tone.

It’s Official: Toy Story 3 Is Pixar’s Biggest Film EVER in North America (Updated)

Copyright Disney/Pixar

Toy Story 3 is now in theaters

After debuting with the largest opening weekend ever for an animated feature, Toy Story 3 has officially overtaken Finding Nemo to become Pixar’s most successful film ever in the US and Canda. The box office gross of about $2.8 million for Monday, Jul 12 brings the total gross for the new entry in the Toy Story franchise to an astounding $342 million, enough to pass Finding Nemo‘s $339.7 million. [Read more...]