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Can You Find Dory In These Gorgeous New Posters?

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Posted by Nia • February 10, 2016

Yesterday Pixar released four new breathtaking posters for Finding Dory. See them below in their high-res glory:

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Images via Disney/Pixar

Could you find her hiding in each poster? The photos give us more of a glimpse into the world of the film and offer different colorful atmospheres. From the first poster bursting with energy to the last being dark and mysterious, with possible danger lurking behind the seaweed. It’s quite fun trying to figure out what destination she’s off to on the back of those stingrays. Perhaps these are four new key locations for the underwater world that Dory will have to venture to in order to find her family? Whatever the case may be, it’s certainly refreshing seeing Dory again and getting a little bit of a variation in her character with each poster. Finding Dory is out June 17th (only four more months to go!).

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Pixar President Jim Morris Gives Insight Into The Studio’s Creative Process

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Posted by Nia • February 9, 2016

Courtesy of Time Out: Hong Kong and Disney/Pixar.

Jim Morris has been president of Pixar Animation Studios since 2005. He came to Pixar after working for a lengthy period at Lucas Digital. While at LucasFilm, he helped make a slew of films including Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars; just to name a few. During a recent interview with Time Out: Hong Kong, Morris gave readers a little glimpse behind the scenes of Pixar and what it takes to create the animated films the studio is most famous for.

One of the main discussion points during the interview was the fact that Pixar, for the first time in the studio’s history, was able to release two feature length films in 2015. According to Morris, Pixar’s original plan was to have at least one original film every other year, followed by a sequel every other year.

“It’s been a bit of a challenge this year. We’re actually finishing films every eight months. We have enough production capability, but unfortunately that is not the issue! The issue is having the stories developed to the right point so we have enough content to make the films. That is the tricky part. It’s worked out fine so far. It does make a crunch with publicity; everyone gets spread a bit thin. But we’re feeling okay, we’re not at the point of regret, yet!”

The most important aspect behind every Pixar film is undoubtedly the story. Each Pixar film has been able to stand alone because of the unique characters that come along with the blend of animation and technology. In the scheme of storytelling at Pixar, the first step to launching a thousand feels is the emotional core behind each story.

“Usually the first thing that comes is an idea that engages the director. I would say there is some emotional core that motivates them to want to tell a story, and later we can infer a theme from that. Inside Out is an easy one to talk about – [director] Pete Docter was wondering why his daughter had changed. It started out as that core idea, but it evolved. It went through so many iterations. After we have that starting point, the characters get forged from that, and then more about the setting and the world gets forged from that.”

Storytelling aside, actually getting the film up on it’s feet after the initial concept is approved is tough enough. Most of the hours put into a film at Pixar exceed Walt Disney’s standards for his classic, 2-D animated films.

“Something most people don’t realize about our films actually is that, even though the computers are doing the animation, our average film takes 20,000 person-weeks to make. And that is probably a little bit more than most traditional, hand-drawn Disney films took. The amount of labour it takes to make a film like this is huge – the textures and scenes are painted by hand. Our joke used to be that we are where high-tech and low-life collide.”

There has been some criticism towards Pixar for it’s lack of women directors. Brenda Chapman has been the only female director to take the helm of a feature film for 2012’s Brave, but due to creative differences she was replaced by Mark Andrews halfway through production. Morris brought up that Pixar is indeed trying to fix this problem and make the company more diverse in regards to more opportunities for female storytellers.

“One thing we’re trying to do is to expand the roster of directors. We’re trying to build the next generation and make the company more diverse, to get a breadth of voices to tell a range of stories. We’re 37 percent female at the moment, and we’d like to be 50 percent. We don’t have a lot of turnover at Pixar though, which makes that somewhat challenging!”

Before concluding the interview, Morris was able to dish that there is some NEW original content in the works for a series of films on top of the already scheduled (and very anticipated) studio line-up.

“We have a bunch of confirmed titles. There’s Finding Dory later this year. We’re working on The Incredibles 2Cars 3 and Toy Story 4. Dan Scanlon, who did Monsters University is working on an original film. Mark Andrews, who directed Brave, is working on one, too. We have a new director called Brian Phee, who is working on a new movie, and we have a few shorts that are in the works. I can’t say much more than that or I’ll get in trouble!”

It’s certainly strange thinking that far into the future about films at Pixar, but exciting to know there is some awesome content brewing at the studio and a new director in the loop. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview with Jim Morris over at Time Out!

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Daniel Gerson, RIP

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Posted by Simoa • February 8, 2016

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Sad news today coming out of Emeryville. Daniel Gerson, screenwriter on Pixar films Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, and the latest Inside Out died at his home this past Saturday. Gerson was 49, and Variety reports, lost a battle with brain cancer. Gerson also received writing credit on Disney’s Big Hero 6 and voiced the desk sergeant in that film. Fans of Pixar may also note with delight and sadness that he lent his voice to the hilarious pair Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc.

Gerson graduated from Cornell University with an English degree and worked on NBC’s “Something So Right” as a staff writer following graduation. He’s survived by his wife and parents as well as two children.

No doubt Gerson’s death is keenly felt at Pixar and Disney. He played an integral role in bringing some of the greatest animated films to life.


Donations in memory of Daniel Gerson can be made here.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to the Gerson family during this difficult time.

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