Depending on your age and attitude, it has become very difficult over the last month to not be cynical about the state of affairs at the Walt Disney Company. Though Disney appears to be, financially, as high as they’ve ever been, the company is cutting costs left and right, up to and including letting long-time employees go. Some of the more high-profile layoffs have targeted, inadvertently, one hopes, touchstones of many a Millennial child. Last year, people thrilled at the idea that Disney was now in league with the seminal video-game company LucasArts as part of buying Lucasfilm as a whole. A few weeks ago, those same people were depressed to hear that Disney shuttered the company for good, essentially outsourcing future video games. And now, Disney’s axed a number of their most venerated employees in the hand-drawn animation department, cementing the notion that hand-drawn animation is persona non grata at a company that built its reputation on that illustrative vision.
Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation recently received its own page on Pixar’s official website, providing us some details and a first look at the full logo for the short. Cycling through the short’s page, you come across three separate sections – “The Tale,” “The Characters,” and “Behind The Scenes.” While we already knew much of what is detailed in those three areas, there are small details that had not been known until now. As somebody who has already seen the short (and loved it), you can rest assured that none of this spoils the plot for the film. Take a look at the logo and some screenshots from Pixar’s website here! [Read more…]
After the success of Cars Toons, Pixar knew it had a method for keeping the Toy Story franchise alive: shorts. Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang are some of the most well-known characters in film today and have become an important part of pop culture. On top of that, the toys have become beloved characters to the generation that grew up with the franchise as well as to the new generation of children today. It is not hard to see why Pixar did not want to let go of these characters. Called Toy Story Toons, the first one will make its debut with Cars 2 next month, followed closely be a second, which will accompany The Muppets in November. We have a hi-res image of the Toy Story Toons logo, which you can check out here! [Read more…]