2010 was a big year. Pixar released Toy Story 3, which made over $1 billion on its way to becoming the biggest animated film of all time. Critics loved it, audiences adored it (tears and all), and now the film is being considered for awards from the most respectable organizations. What some feared would be a stretching of a franchise past its prime did not come to pass. Far from it. Pixar showed us that the quality of a film does not need to be inferior just because it is a second sequel. Toy Story 3 made filmmaking look easy, but if you hear the many stories from the 4-year process it took to bring the film to the big screen, those Pixar employees poured their heart and artistic creativity into their work. Oh, what creativity it was.
Even though Toy Story 3 has held onto the spotlight, we should not forget about the other film Pixar put out this year: Day & Night. By handing him the reins of a short film, the animation studio gave director Teddy Newton the means to display his creative genius. The premise of having characters representing day and night interacting with one another was simple, but the implementation was breathtaking. Additionally, its message of celebrating others’ differences to work together in order to truly live is one that is always welcome.
2010 was also the year that The Pixar Times was born. It started out simply as another Pixar news blog, of which there are some great ones out there already. Pursuing a way to infuse something different into the site, I was able to convince illustrator Jerrod Maruyama to join the team. An exciting new section of the blog was imminent. Our PixArt page made its debut in October, collecting a diverse set of Pixar-related artwork (most which were made exclusively for us). Jerrod and I have been ecstatic with the results and what is to come. We’ve got some very nice pieces in the pipeline, with a few surprises in-store. Stay tuned.
Now, 2011 looks to be another incredible journey. Pixar is set to release Cars 2, along with a brand new Toy Story short. One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a great adventure!