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.
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...]
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:
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...]
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...]
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...]
Well, 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...]
With 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...]
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.
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.
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...]
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...]
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...]
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
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.
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...]
Back in April, Pixar hosted a “Blogger Day”, where they invited blogs from around the Internet to meet the team behind Toy Story 3. DisneyPixar posted several videos from that day, featuring interviews with some of the creators, Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson. The videos have been available on YouTube, but I’ve assembled all the videos below for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
What Makes Toy Story 3 Different?
What’s the Hardest Part of the Filmmaking Process?
If the Toy Story Characters Were Real?
With the coming of the new entry in the Twilight Saga, it was inevitable that Toy Story 3 would not be able to hold onto the number one spot at the box office for a third straight weekend. However, even with increased competition from Eclipse and The Last Airbender, the new Toy Story film had a $10.4 million take in North America on Friday, July 2, a drop of 42% from the previous Friday. That brings the total North American box office gross for Toy Story 3 to $269.3 million.
This weekend also happens to be a holiday weekend in the United States, as its Independence Day falls on Sunday, July 4. Many businesses will also be closed on Monday, extending the holiday weekend by another day, allowing more families to hit movie theaters. Come Monday, Toy Story 3 may become Pixar’s second film to cross the $300 million mark. The studio’s first film to do so? Finding Nemo ultimately grossed $339.7 million in North America, puting Toy Story 3 on track to take the title of Pixar’s biggest film.
For the second straight weekend, Toy Story 3 grabbed the top spot at the North American box office, grossing an estimated $59 million across the three days spanning June 25-27. Its total gross in the US and Canada now stands at $226.6 million.
After 10 days in theaters, Pixar’s newest critical darling has already become one of the top grossers of the year, standing at number four. The only films released this year that brought in more money in North America are Alice in Wonderland ($334 million), Iron Man 2 (currently at $306 million), and Shrek Forever After (currently at $227 million).
This weekend’s new releases, Grown Ups (estimated $41 million) and Knight and Day (estimated $20.5 million) debuted in the number two and three spots, respectively. Coming in at number four, The Karate Kid grossed an additional estimated $15.4 million to bring its total gross up to $135.6 million after three weekends of release.
Toy Story 3‘s second weekend at the box office had a drop of about 47% from its opening weekend gross of $110 million. Many films that open in the $100 million range tend to drop over 50% in their next weekend. Just this year, Iron Man 2 dropped almost 60% in its second weekend after an opening weekend of $128 million. This shows some momentum for Toy Story 3 as it tries to become Pixar’s highest grossing film. Finding Nemo became the studio’s number one film at the North American box office after being released in 2003, with a total of $339.7 million. If Toy Story 3 continues at this rate, it may have a chance.
Source : Box Office Mojo
The Barbie and Ken dolls that you see in Toy Story 3 are based on real-life figures released by Mattel in the 1980′s. Below are pictures of the toys and the commercials that were made to market the figures.
This is what Barbie looks like in Toy Story 3:
This is what Ken looks like in Toy Story 3:
This is just more evidence of the amount of research Pixar does during development of their films.