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The Incredibles 2

Brad Bird, The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2

Posted by Simoa • April 9, 2015

When Bob Iger announced that Pixar would be releasing a sequel to The Incredibles last year, the news was met with a lot of celebration. This is the one Pixar sequel that everyone has been waiting for it seems. And now news has surfaced that Brad Bird has begun writing it. bob1

In an interview with NPR, in which he discussed his upcoming live action venture for Disney, Tomorrowland, Bird mentioned that the project is “percolating” and that he’s just starting to write it. Now all of those sites posting fake news items about the film’s summer 2016 release date can stop. This film is very likely a long ways off, considering Bird has only just started to write it. It seems like he’ll have total control over the sequel, which is encouraging since the world and its characters mean so much to him, and he’s always avoided a sequel unless the right story came along.

What do you think of an Incredibles 2?


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Woody’s News Round-up! (3/23/15)

Jonas Rivera, Pete Docter, RenderMan, Round-Ups

Posted by Simoa • March 23, 2015

Quite a fair bit of Pixar news today!

rendermanFirst, Pixar just launched a new Renderman site. Pixar’s Renderman technology has shaped the visual effects in the studio’s animated films as well as those made outside of Pixar. The sleek new site is brimming with tons of great information and resources, as well as a free download of a noncommercial Renderman.




peteOver in Toronto, Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera appeared on Breakfast Television to talk about Inside Out and sing their praises of the voice cast. Pete mentions Amy Poehler, who voices Joy, was such an integral part in “creating the character and the whole story”, who they actually wrote with! And a nice little surprise: Pete provides the voice for Anger in Riley’s father’s head! Inside Out, which Jonas Rivera calls “a love letter to our kids”, is now three months away! (Image on the right courtesy of Pete Docter’s instagram).




And now some good news for fellow Bostonians: a new Pixar exhibit will open at the Museum of Science in June! Capture“The Science of Pixar” promises to be an enriching experience for fans and visitors to learn more about the filmmaking and animation process. From the website:

The Science of Pixar gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the process used to create Pixar’s groundbreaking and award-winning films. The exhibit highlights the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts used every day at Pixar. Hands-on activities and interactive exhibitsinvite visitors to experience different roles, such as lighting designer, animator, or modeler. Videos of real Pixar employees give first-hand accounts of the technological innovations that have revolutionized the field of computer animation.
Tickets for this amazing exhibit go on sale in April, while the opening day is slated for June 28, 2015. Many thanks to Stitch Kingdom for the heads up here.
Be sure to check back in for more news!




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Toy Story 20 years later

Pete Docter, Toy Story

Posted by Simoa • March 18, 2015

In November of this year, Pixar’s first feature length film, and the first to make the foray into feature length computer animation, will turn twenty years old. That’s right, Toy Story is twenty! Thanks to Bryan Bishop over at The Verge, we now have a little more insight into the film and what it was like making history.

Pete Docter was one of the speakers at Austin’s annual SXSW conference, where music, film, and technology collide. Docter announced that he just wrapped up filming on Inside Out last Friday, which opens in theaters on June 19th. A new Spanish trailer for the film has been released, featuring some awesome footage, as well as a March Madness themed one.

But Docter, along with producer Galyn Susman, Pixar president Jim Morris, and technical director Eben Otsby focused on the challenges of Toy Story, and what it was like when Pixar was a fledgling studio. There are some neat tidbits about the process of making the film, which originally was going to be a holiday special about the main character in their short film, “Tin Toy”. Once they set their sights on making a full length movie, the tin toy evolved into Buzz Lightyear.

Below is an excerpt, in which Docter reveals his always endearing humble quality!

“We still don’t know what the hell we’re doing,” Docter said. “You think I’m joking, but we don’t. Every one of these [movies] has the weird ability to completely scramble your brain and fool you into thinking it’s working, until you show somebody else.” It’s only through their process of creative collaboration, Docter said, that the filmmakers are able to bring their movies together.

Check out some of the early concept art from Toy Story.

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