In addition to being known for creating films that can make people of all ages weep, Pixar is seen as a master of easter eggs. Whenever a new Pixar film is unveiled in theaters, we have grown accustomed to spotting (or trying to spot, at least) references to other Pixar films. Whether it is the Pizza Planet truck from the Toy Story films, the ball with the star from the Luxo, Jr. short, or a nod to an upcoming project, Pixar loves hiding easter eggs throughout its films. Toy Story 4 will be no different, either. [Read more…]
There is a fine balance that a marketing team must strike when promoting a film – build excitement among potential viewers without giving too much of the plot away. I would argue that the team that works on Pixar films is one of the best at maintaining that balance. It looks like Toy Story 4 may just continue that, as the director of the film essentially said that the trailers have given away practically nothing. [Read more…]
Within the first act of the original Toy Story, we see Andy playing with toys like Woody, Mr. Potato Head, and Rex. When Andy sets Woody down on his bed and walks away, we get our first look at Woody coming to life and truly existing. Many of the questions that have followed by viewers about the Toy Story universe have been related to the rules of how these toys come to life. Toy Story 4 is planning to tackle the idea of what makes a toy a toy and, oh yeah, tackle the concept of consciousness in the process. [Read more…]
When a movie is great, one of the first things that I want to do is pick up a behind-the-scenes book or watch the special features on the Blu-ray or DVD set. I want to immerse myself in the world of the film and learn, first-hand from the filmmakers, what it took to bring this great piece of art to the big screen. Speaking of art, looking at beautiful pieces of concept art is perhaps my favorite way to dive into the minds of the creatives who brought the film to life. [Read more…]
Inspiration is powerful – you develop a connection with something and it drives you and influences your work. Many creatives often point to characters or moments in Pixar films as a source of inspiration for them. Still, the filmmakers who made those films were also inspired by other pieces of art. Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley is one of those filmmakers, and for his film, he points to Indiana Jones as a major inspiration. [Read more…]
Josh Cooley is a story supervisor at Pixar who has worked several of the studio’s films, such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up, and even contributed a voice to the recent TV special, Toy Story OF TERROR! Like many of us humans, though, he has other interests as well. He has collaborated with Chronicle Books to release a great little book which celebrates famous moments in film through clever artwork. The result is creative and humorous – get a preview after the break!