On Sunday night, Brave returned Pixar to the Oscar podium once more, as the film won the Best Animated Feature award. While director Mark Andrews and producer Katherine Sarafian were present at the show, most of those who worked on the film were not in attendance. Andrews and Sarafian returned to Pixar on Monday, carrying the golden statuette, ready to celebrate with their co-workers. Watch a news clip showing their celebrated return after the break!
Pixar’s 2012 hit, Brave, continues to bring in awards, but the studio’s animation and technical departments are firmly focused on completing Monsters University in time for its summer release. Although the prequel film is still four months away, the marketing team at Disney/Pixar is already hard at work with a creative campaign revolving around the fictional university. A viral ad and website have already hit the web, and now we have another fantastic video narrated by actress Helen Mirren, no less. Watch the newest video in HD after the break!
Over the last two years, a small crew passionate about Toy Story has been painstakingly shooting the film in live-action form, assembling toys and building their own sets. They recently finished their lengthy shoot, but remained cautious about sharing the film publicly, as they did not want the Disney/Pixar legal team to descend upon them. The crew seems to have been been given some sort of go-ahead as they published the entire project on YouTube yesterday. Watch their labor of love after the break!
The clever viral marketing campaign for Monsters University began with the launch of a website dedicated to the university. It provides a history of the school since its inception in the year 1313, lists school news and events, and lays out a campus map among many other details that are usually found on university websites. A commercial for the school recently debuted, and it once again effectively captures what we have come to expect from a university. Watch the commercial in HD after the break!
When filmmakers put together a movie, they try to fully immerse the audience into the storyline – great films are able to transport us out of the theater and into the film world so that actors are no longer actors, but the characters they are portraying. However, even a great film is susceptible to distractions within a theater, such as talking and smartphone usage. Disney/Pixar has teamed up with AMC to create an awesome new PSA that shows us the danger of talking on a mobile phone while a film such as Finding Nemo 3D is playing. Watch the hilarious PSA after the break!
The team behind the Live-Action Toy Story Project has been working for years to develop an authentic experience for viewers who know the original Pixar film backwards and forwards. They have painstakingly recreated the film shot-for-shot using their own toys and materials. To spread word about its recent completion, they have used their live-action footage to mirror the first trailer released for the film back in 1995. Take a look at it after the break!
Audiences around the world have connected with WALL-E, with many movie buffs ranking the film at the top of their list of favorite Pixar films (or even films in general) – that is no mistake as though WALL-E is a robot, there is something truly humane that can be seen in the character’s eyes and personality. Mike Senna, who lives in Orange County, California, is a big fan of the character – so much so that he decided to bring WALL-E to the real world. Take a look at his faithful creation after the break! [Read more…]
The highly-aniticipated follow-up to Disney’s hit Epic Mickey is set to arrive in the fall. Although the first game in the series was only available for the Nintendo Wii, Epic Mickey 2 is making a big splash by debuting on all major home consoles. What is special about the games is that they honor classic and long-forgotten Disney characters and locales that we have not seen for many years like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who Walt Disney created before Mickey Mouse. Epic Mickey 2 also features musical numbers, channeling classic Disney films. After the break, watch the first musical number from the game in HD! [Read more…]
A group of ambitious young filmmakers has been shooting a live-action version of Pixar’s first feature film, Toy Story. This is not simply a retelling of the groundbreaking animated film in live-action form – it is a shot-for-shot remake of the Pixar film. During production of their challenging project, they have been sharing behind-the-scenes clips along the way. After the break, watch them shoot some scenes with Scud the dog, and another scene where Slinky gets stretched! [Read more…]
Great acting means that viewers forget that they are watching an actor or actress playing a role – the actor fully becomes the character. In Brave, actress Kelly Macdonald voices the main character, Merida, and does a beautiful job at convincing us we are watching the journey of a teenager trying to connect with her mother. With Brave now playing in North America (and starting to expand to theaters around the world) and its video game adaptation available, Macdonald spoke about voicing the fiery redhead for the screen as well as the game console. Watch the video in HD after the break! [Read more…]