Pixar has developed a reputation as a studio that can make people cry. In order to make audiences feel for its characters, a connection needs to be made that can only be formed through good storytelling. After all, if a film has a poor story, it is much more challenging for the audience to give a damn. Recently, the Khan Academy, which provides free online courses, teamed up with Pixar to inspire creativity within people of all ages. Now, you can learn how to tell a story, directly from Pixar talent, for FREE. [Read more…]
PixArt Salutes The Pixar Heroine – Batch 3
Today is the day! Finally, Brave has been unleashed upon the public here in North America. What better way to celebrate Merida’s grand debut in theaters than with a super-sized tribute to the many heroines of Pixar films. We’re back with Batch 3 of artwork from our amazing readers. Check out their work and make sure to visit their sites for more samples of their amazing talents. Our thanks to all of the artists in this week’s post: Yosiell Lorenzo, Wayne Harris, Viviane Yamabuchi, SaMtRoNiKa, Phillip Light, Nilah Magruder, Miriam Bos, Marco Luna, Kylea Phillips, Keelin Quigley, Jonathan Jimison, Jackie Williams, Genevieve Santos, Dave Mott, Danny Clark, Courtney Godbey Wise, Bob Ostrom, Andrew Kolb and Alice Reka. Check out the 20 pieces after the break! [Read more…]
Stunning Sketchtravel Book To Be Auctioned On October 17
It has been well known that many Pixar employees are heavily involved in raising money for great causes. One such individual is Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, art director for the acclaimed Toy Story 3 and the upcoming Monsters University, who has co-founded the Sketchtravel project, a unique worldwide art-gathering undertaking. Notable artists such as Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, Disney legend Glen Keane, and Pixar’s own Ronnie del Carmen and Enrico Casarosa, are part of an eclectic group of more than 70 artists who contributed artwork for the project. Now, the mouth-watering collection of all the pieces is being auctioned off. Read on for more details! [Read more…]
Bay Citizen Talks Pixar Fandom
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…]
Disney Dates Untitled 2013 Pixar Film
Box Office Mojo updated its schedule to reflect a new addition made by Disney, an untitled Pixar film due around Thanksgiving 2013. The film will be released in 3-D, but besides that minor detail, Disney and Pixar are silent. We have known for a while that Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter has been working on a secret project, so it is possible that this is his next film. With this addition, there are now two films scheduled for release in 2013 – Monsters, Inc. 2 and this one. We will have more details as they are announced. For now, this untitled Disney/Pixar film is due in theaters on November 27, 2013! Exciting, right?! [Read more…]
The Pixar Times Celebrates Its First Birthday
Last year, during the wait for Toy Story 3, a name popped into my head. The Pixar Times. I had been contemplating starting a Pixar blog for a few months, but I did not feel I had the time. I am currently in graduate school studying for a doctorate in clinical psychology and I work part-time as a manager in retail. However, once I happened upon a name for the blog, I knew I had to make time and go ahead and take the plunge. At first, I simply started a Twitter account where I shared links to other sites covering Pixar news. Soon, that was not that exciting anymore and I felt like I needed more. On June 1, 2010, The Pixar Times officially launched with this post (which seems so long ago) sharing my enthusiasm for the future. While there is much work to be done, I am enthusiastic that I have been able to attain some of those goals. [Read more…]
Talking Cars 2 With The Pixar Podcast
Last week, I had the chance to sit down with Derrick Clements over at The Pixar Podcast. We had an in-depth discussion about Cars 2‘s appearance at Toy Fair and whether we think the film will be another hit for Pixar. The episode is spoiler-free, so you do not have to worry about happening upon significant plot details.
I would like to thank Derrick for putting together another nice episode. If you have not listened to the podcast before, you should know that Derrick has done a wonderful job in the creation of a Pixar podcast. He regularly releases interesting shows covering the latest in Pixar news. Additionally, in the past he has landed some great interviews with folks from Pixar. Highly recommended!
Listen to the new episode of The Pixar Podcast and let us know what you think.
John Carter Of Mars Is NOT A Disney/Pixar Film
John Carter of Mars has been in the news recently, as director Andrew Stanton has offered a few updates on the film. There is a lot of excitement in the air over the live-action film, as it is Stanton’s first directorial role after the immensely successful WALL-E. However, what is alarming is how many newspapers and blogs continue to mistakenly refer to the film as a Pixar production. For clarification purposes, I felt it was important to help clear up the confusion – John Carter of Mars is not a Disney/Pixar film, but is actually a Disney film. [Read more…]
Happy Holidays From The Pixar Times
From those of us at The Pixar Times, I sincerely wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, the happiest of holidays, and an amazing new year.
I leave you with the very cool holiday card that Pixar sent out this year. As expected, it has a Cars 2 theme, with the characters spending some time in London.
A big thanks to Pixar animator Austin Madison for allowing me to repost his image of the card here. (If you haven’t checked out his great blog, you are missing out. View his blog here!)
Pixar Employees Say “It Gets Better” In A New Video
Pixar has always valued their diverse employees, not only employing but also honoring people of different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and orientations. In response to the increase in suicides among the LGBT community, many Pixar employees have gotten together and released a video to support the “It Gets Better Project.”
It is amazing to see the folks at Pixar helping to bring an increasingly important issue to the public’s attention. The participants speak from the heart, so the video gets very emotional at times. Watch it below:
If you are considering suicide or need help, call the Trevor Project now:
Just know this: It gets better.