There has been a shift in the last few years, where streaming services have dramatically overtaken physical media in usage. Take one look at Netflix – the company that was famous for mail-in DVD rentals is now one of the largest producers of content in the world, due to the convenience of streaming that it popularized. Disney has taken notice and is launching its own service, Disney+, which will house films and shows that include all of its subsidiaries, including Pixar. Why then, you might ask, should you buy a physical set collecting Pixar shorts when they will inevitably end up streaming? [Read more…]
Pixar’s shorts often feature ideas that are more bold than those seen in the studio’s feature films. The shorts allow Pixar to experiment with new technology, while also providing its talent with a space to be more creative. Given that the shorts do not provide Disney and Pixar with much of a financial benefit, the short films are the perfect avenue to take more risks. The animation studio’s next short, Lava, is a musical that stars a volcano searching for love – sound unique enough for you? Watch the first clip from the short after the break! [Read more…]
In recent years, Pixar has adjusted the way it releases shorts. When director Enrico Casarosa completed La Luna a full year before it was meant to be released in theaters with Brave, Pete Docter suggested screening it at animation festivals early and taking it out on the awards circuit before its theater debut. Since then, the studio’s shorts have screened for lucky audiences at festivals such as Annecy in France. This year, the newly announced short Lava is following a similar path, as it will debut in Japan next month.
Inside Out, Pixar’s 2015 feature film, is now less than one year away. The film has been garnering significant buzz in recent weeks, with screenings of clips occurring at the Annecy Film Festival. The studio has customarily attached a short film with its features in theaters, but we did not have confirmation of which short we would be seeing next year – until now, that is. After the break, check out the poster and synopsis for the short entitled Lava.