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Posted by Joanna • September 23, 2020

Autumn is officially here, which means Soul‘s release date suddenly isn’t far away. In the meantime, here’s a quick Woody’s Round-up of the latest Pixar news.

Pixar’s First Emmy

Forky Asks a Question, created, written, and directed by Bob Peterson, is a short-form series exclusive to Disney+. It explores Forky’s adventures into the understanding of our universe, and it’s won Pixar its very first Emmy! It won in the category Outstanding Short Form Animated Program. The episodes are short enough that it’s easy to sit down and watch all 10 in one go, which we would thoroughly recommend. Congratulations to the Forky Asks a Question team!

Onward Coming to UK Disney+

At this point, it really does feel like Onward was released in another age. I went to see it in a cinema with lots of people and no masks. UK Pixar fans will be pleased to know that they can transport themselves back to this worry-free time by watching Onward on Disney+ from October 2nd.

Pixar and Adidas Team Up

Adidas are releasing a Toy Story-inspired collection on October 1st. Which is your favourite? The Buzz shoes might take the win for us.

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Pixar Fest Spotlight: Onward and Quests of Yore board game

Dan Scanlon, Merchandise, Onward

Posted by Simoa • September 6, 2020

Onward was the first Pixar movie with a limited theatrical run after COVID-19 halted regular daily life and forced the closure of movie theaters. It’s also the first to be featured in the new Pixar Fest Spotlight.

Just what is Pixar Fest? Like the name suggests, it’s a festival, but a virtual one from the comfort of home! Every Saturday all month long, fans can tune in to watch a Pixar movie on Disney+ and livetweet with the studio’s official account. But that’s not all: fans can also win prizes, enter giveaways, and get exclusive merch inspired by Pixar Fest. New products will debut each week, so be sure to follow along for updates! (The alien remix ones are my favorites).

As Onward was the first in the series, take a look at the awesome plush collection.

 

 

Pixar’s livetweet of the film also included gorgeous artwork and behind the scenes facts.

Artist credit: Brittney (prismaviolet_ on Instagram)

Laurel concept art by Maria Yi

The bittersweet origin of Onward is captured lovingly in these illustrations by Dan Scanlon:

 

There’s yet another Onward first: a roleplaying board game! Quests of Yore was developed by The OP Games with lots of insight from Dan Scanlon and the film crew.

What makes this game so unique is that it is Barley’s copy – all of his notes are in it, and it was important that the game reflected his personality, particularly the way he encourages and supports Ian. Quests of Yore is also meant to inspire players in the same way. To learn more about the development of the game, check out this video with Game Design Manager Pat Marino and Dan Scanlon.

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LUCA: Pixar Announces a Brand New Film for Next Year!

Enrico Casarosa

Posted by Simoa • July 30, 2020

We are living in some particularly challenging times, but what a comfort it is to still be surprised by new Pixar movies! The studio has just unveiled charming artwork for Luca, pictured below.

This image is so lovely, its gorgeous colors and background recalling Ghibli art. I like that it evokes a sense of tranquility, while the two young boys suspended in euphoria above the glassy sea are anything but! And who are these boys? One of them is our titular Luca and the other is his best friend. EW has provided a splendid synopsis of the film:

The film centers on a young boy named Luca who is secretly a sea monster from another world that lies just below the surface of the water. Appearing as a human, he meets a newfound best friend with whom he shares an unforgettable summer at a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides. But Luca’s secret threatens this idyllic experience.

Everything about this is already unbelievably exciting! A sea monster in disguise! That’s another first for Pixar, along with its Italian Riviera setting. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy and I’m already imagining the seaside in animated form. My favorite film Roman Holiday, also set in Italy, features a very famous scooter ride, so I’m happy that Luca put me in mind of it. The film’s star Audrey Hepburn adored Italy and her son Luca is half Italian as well!

Luca is directed by Enrico Casarosa, who made his directorial debut with the gorgeous “La Luna” (2011) short film. This will be his first full length movie. The movie’s producer is Andrea Warren, whose credits include “Lava” and Cars 3. Casarosa also explained the story’s roots and its major theme:

“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca. So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca.”

The film’s logo is also brilliant, with the lettering in the sea’s blue-green colors and the waves underneath Luca’s name. It’s got a childlike quality, as if it was written with chalk.

Italy was one of the countries greatly impacted by the coronavirus, so it seems like this film will pay a beautiful tribute at just the right time. Luca premieres on June 18, 2021.

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Pixar Scores Two Emmy Nominations

Awards, Coco, Disney+, Toy Story 4

Posted by Simoa • July 28, 2020

Emmy nominations were announced earlier today. Disney+ received an impressive total of 19 nominations, and two of those belong to Pixar.

“Forky Asks a Question: What is Love?” was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program. I’m glad Forky is getting the recognition, as the entire series is delightful. “What is Love?” is also noteworthy for its legendary cast: Mel Brooks, Betty White, Carol Burnett, and the late Carl Reiner.

A Celebration of the Music from Coco, the live concert which premiered on Disney+ earlier this year, was nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program. Have you ever heard of that category before? I know I haven’t!

Tune in to the 72nd Emmy Awards (online!) on September 20, 2020.

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