February, 2018

Coco Day in Los Angeles

Adrian Molina, Coco, Darla K. Anderson, Lee Unkrich

Posted by Nia • February 28, 2018

Well, it’s official: February 27th is Coco Day in Los Angeles. Yesterday the City of Angels honored Pixar’s 19th film at a ceremony in City Hall by L.A. City Council Member Gil Cedillo. The honor was not only inspired by the most recent DVD/Blu-Ray release of the film, but the fact that Coco is the first animated film to feature nearly an entire Latino cast. Most of the ensemble has roots in Los Angeles, which made the ceremony very special for some.

(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

The honors were respectfully given to Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson, the Director and Producer of Coco, and these members of the cast were also there to celebrate the success of the film and show their support to the local Latino community: Anthony Gonzalez (Miguel), Renee Victor (Abuelita), Gabriel Iglesias (Clerk), Alfonso Arau (Papa Julio), Selene Luna (Tia Rosita), Lombardo Boyar (Mariachi/Gustavo), Blanca Araceli (Emcee), Dyana Ortelli (Tia Victoria) and Carlos Moreno Jr.

Anthony Gonzalez and the The Mariachi Divas even treated those in attendance with some fan-favorite songs from Coco: “Un Poco Loco” and the Oscar-nominated “Remember Me.”

(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Coco is the first Pixar film to be given a day of celebration and it’s so obvious why – between the depiction of the Latino culture and Day of the Dead, on top of the heartfelt story tackling death and fulfilling your dreams, it’s no wonder that Coco soared it’s way into the hearts of millions. We don’t think anyone’s going to forget about this film anytime soon, and we can only hope it opens up more films that have Latino leads and other stories that focus on underrepresented characters in animation.

Stay-tuned for the Oscar’s this Sunday to see if Coco takes home the gold for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song.

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Los Angeles to celebrate ‘Coco Day’ on February 27th

Coco, Pixar

Posted by Joanna • February 26, 2018

Tomorrow, February 27th, is a day that’s been marked down in Pixar fans’ diaries for a while now – it’s the day Coco will finally be released on Blu-ray and DVD. But now there’s even more reason to look forward to this date: Los Angeles is declaring Tuesday as ‘Coco Day in L.A.’, celebrating the film’s incredible worldwide success and its representation of the Latino community.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, First District, is to declare ‘Coco Day in L.A.’ at the Los Angeles City Hall tomorrow morning. The ceremony will start at 9am, and director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K Anderson, and Anthony Gonzalez (who lent his voice to the Coco protagonist Miguel) will be in attendance. The Mariachi Divas will also be performing “Un Poco Loco” and the award-winning “Remember Me“.

It’s not often that a movie has such a positive effect on the world that within months of its release, it has its very own day of celebration. But Coco is an instant classic that is sure to be remembered for many years to come, not just because of its resonating story and characters, but because of its wonderful representation of Latino culture. It is a movie that is incredibly deserving of all the success that has come its way. So, Happy (almost) Coco Day! How will you be celebrating?

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The passing of a Pixar veteran.

Bud Luckey, rest in peace

Posted by Simoa • February 25, 2018

Bud Luckey, one of Pixar’s key animators, passed away yesterday at the age of 84.

Bud Luckey (July 28th, 1934 – February 24th, 2018). Photo via Animated Views.

If you didn’t know his name or his face, you certainly knew his voice. He portrayed Agent Rick Dicker in The Incredibles, Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3, and Eeyore in Disney’s 2011 Winnie the Pooh film. His voice was so well suited to those stoic, frowning Pixar characters. As Jerry Beck reports at Animation Scoop, Luckey had also recorded his lines for Toy Story 4.

Luckey’s mark can also be seen in the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, and Ratatouille, with his character designs. He is credited as the creator and designer of our favorite cowboy, Sheriff Woody.


Boundin‘, the 2004 short film that premiered with The Incredibles was also written and directed by Luckey, who provided the voice of the bouncing jackalope. The film’s song with its catchy refrain was performed by Luckey on banjo. Boundin’ has abundant charm even if it’s not one of Pixar’s glossier efforts, and it’s all the more impressive with Luckey’s triple duties as director, narrator, and performer. You can watch the short with Luckey’s commentary in the following video.

In addition to Pixar, Luckey was a Sesame Street animator and storyboard artist. Luckey also illustrated numerous children’s books, including Disney’s Golden Books.

Luckey is survived by his son Andy Luckey, who posted the news on facebook. You can read his tribute below.

With great sadness I announce the passing of my Dad: Bud Luckey.

My Dad was best known for his work in animation (PIXAR/Disney/Sesame Street) and as a voice actor (Eeyore, Agent Rick Dicker, Chuckles the Clown et al.). He loved his work but got even greater satisfaction from seeing others enjoy it.

He’ll be deeply missed by his friends, family and colleagues to whom he was just “Bud.” His kind and easy
going demeanor led his PIXAR colleagues to dub him “Bud Low-Key.”

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

In lieu of flowers our family encourages donations to The California Institute of The Arts — Bud Luckey Scholarship Fund.

He will be missed at Pixar and beyond. We want to extend our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at this time.

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Toy Story Land Opens June 30th

Disney Parks

Posted by Joanna • February 16, 2018

Toy Story Land is set to open at Walt Disney World on June 30th!

Pixar announced the news today with a familiar clip from the original Toy Story:

Have you ever wished you were able to walk amongst your favourite characters from the Toy Story universe and see the world from their perspective? In 3 and a half short months, you’ll be able to do just that at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There will be a multitude of Toy Story themed rides, games and snacks, including a Slinky Dog rollercoaster and alien swirling saucers.

You can tell a lot of creative thought has gone into the design of the surroundings as well as the rides.

This in addition to the Pixar Pier in development at Disneyland is great news for us Pixar fans – it’s about time more Pixar themed rides and attractions took pride of place!


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Elastigirl is back, and this time she’s in the spotlight

Brad Bird, Incredibles 2, Trailer

Posted by Nia • February 15, 2018

Disney/Pixar released a sneak peak of the Incredibles 2 during the Winter Olympics and it’s jammed packed with all of our favorite characters from the first film: Edna, Frozone, the ridiculous villain named The Underminer, and of course the Parr family back in full superhero force; but the real star of this teaser trailer is Helen Parr aka Elastigirl.

Although this was just a little peek of what the film’s to offer come the summertime, it’s refreshing to see Elastigirl taking the helm and being the hero. And honestly – it’s quite fun seeing Bob, otherwise known as Mr. Incredible, struggling with being a parent while his other half is off saving the world and just well, being amazing. It’s something I’ve looked forward to since last summer at D23, when Brad Bird mentioned how this sequel would be focusing heavily on Elastigirl.

Already the roles have reversed compared to the first film. In The Incredibles Bob was off doing top-secret superhero missions and leaving Helen behind to take care of the children, among other things, and she had no idea where he was going or the danger he was putting himself into. Now, in The Incredibles 2, at the request of a mysterious tycoon, who’s all about bringing the superheroes back into the spotlight so they can continue saving the world, Helen gets to show off her unique powers and finally enjoy a glimpse of fame.

We never really saw what she was fully capable of in the first film. Sure we got little snippets of her power and strength while she was off rescuing her husband and transforming into a parachute and then a boat to save her children, but there was clearly so much more behind her character that I hope this second film addresses. I want to see Helen kick major ass and take names and go through her own character arc, like Bob did in the first film.

I’ve got to succeed, so she can succeed,” Bob professes to Frozone, while running around his living room looking after Jack-Jack.

I also loved how supportive Bob was in this trailer and how, despite making a mess out of most things, he’s trying to hold down the fort so his wife can go out there and live her dreams. You could also see the longing in Bob’s face as he watched Helen leave, and the fact that he probably wants to be at her side then more than anything.

We’re truly excited for the Incredibles 2 and it’s mind-blowing that we finally get to say, “The Incredibles 2 is coming out THIS YEAR!

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Sneak peek: Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2, Trailer

Posted by Simoa • February 14, 2018

June 15th is still exactly 4 months and 1 day away, but the wait for Pixar’s most eagerly anticipated sequel just got a little easier. Behold the sneak peek that originally aired (for select viewers) during tonight’s Olympics:

The clip is almost two minutes long and packed with tons of awesome footage. Helen Parr aka Elastigirl dons her super suit and jets away to fight crime and be a superhero while Bob aka Mr. Incredible has to play the role of stay at home dad. Helen is getting the glory and looking fabulous while doing so. Bob on the other hand, is fumbling. And the one to deliver wisdom pertaining to his struggles comes from an unlikely source: Edna Mode. “Done properly, parenting can be a heroic act. Done properly.”

Only one new character got some brief screen time in this trailer, Winston Deaver, the tycoon who wants to bring supers back.

Pixar usually takes their time with sequels. This newest trailer is reason enough why it’s taken the Parrs so long to return to the screen. And we can’t wait to watch it again and again!

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New and Incredible Pixar Attractions

Disney Parks, The Incredibles

Posted by Simoa • February 12, 2018

Newly minted Pixar additions to the Disney Parks are coming soon! It was recently announced at D23’s Japan Expo that Pixar Pier’s grand unveiling at Disney California Adventure is on June 23rd.

“This reimagined land will feature four whimsical neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise.”

I love the idea of whimsical neighborhoods, since they perfectly encapsulate the simple charm of Pixar’s elaborate and magical worlds. And not only that, but the Incredicoaster will also arrive on the same day! What kind of thrills can we expect from a ride that’s long overdue?!

Paint the Night Parade will feature an Incredibles themed float with our favorite supers, and there will be some surprises there too. The parade comes to California Adventure during the Pixar Fest on April 13th.

All of this ties in quite well with the release of Incredibles 2 in June. We’re in for an action packed summer with the returning Parrs both on and off screen.

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Incredibles 2 – posters, sneak peaks, and a ‘special look’ coming on the 14th

Incredibles 2, Pixar, Poster

Posted by Joanna • February 11, 2018

“It’s been too long, dahlings.”

Incredibles 2 is set to release on June 15th, over thirteen and a half years after the original The Incredibles came to theatres in November of 2004. Now that a sequel is on the very conceivable horizon, excitement is really mounting, especially with the promise of new trailers, posters, and sneak peaks.

Brand new Incredibles 2 posters have been cropping up for the New York Fashion week, and it just wouldn’t be right if none of them featured the iconic Edna Mode.

The other poster features Bob Parr ironing out his super suit – ironic since it seems that the plot of the long-awaited sequel appears to see Helen experiencing most of the action whilst Bob is left at home with Jack-Jack (although no doubt this will be more action-packed than expected).

If you’ve been keeping up with the 2018 Winter Olympics, you may have been surprised to see some cameos of our favourite family of supers. You can watch some of their brief appearances below:

They’re also teasing a ‘special look’ that will be shown on Wednesday, February 14th during the coverage of the Winter Olympics. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that some brand new clips will be shown, along with some plot details. I have a feeling the Winter Olympics might notice a significant spike in viewer numbers…
If you’re not so keen on watching winter sports or aren’t able to watch the ‘special look’ as it airs live, then don’t worry – we’ll keep you updated!

A quick update: Pixar have released another Incredibles 2 poster.

Not your everyday laundry basket.

Michael Giacchino also tweeted a video of director Brad Bird and himself teasing some work on the score of Incredibles 2. Giacchino wrote the score for The Incredibles, in addition to many other Pixar movies (most recently Coco) – there’s no doubt that this new score will be just as punchy and affecting as the original. Brad Bird also appears to be wearing a t-shirt featuring Jack Jack exhibiting some of his many superpowers! You can watch the video below:

Final update: It’s the day before the ‘special look’ is due to air during the Winter Olympics, and Pixar have just released another teaser poster.

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Ooooooooh: New Concept Art for Toy Story Land

Disney Parks, Toy Story Land

Posted by Simoa • February 8, 2018

I’ve long thought that the rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World are perfect but not living up to their Pixar potential. Now with new expansions to the parks, Pixar films are becoming more of a fixture which is long overdue. The latest concept art for Toy Story Land has been revealed, with everyone’s favorite little green guys, the Pizza Planet aliens!

Here’s the full description of the latest attraction, officially named Alien Swirling Saucers (via Disney Parks):

Once the aliens have powered up their flying saucers, you’ll get to climb into a toy rocket and hang on as aliens lead the way on an interstellar romp set to an out-of-this-world beat. And if you’re really lucky, you just might get “chosen” by the claw!

Sounds like it’ll be a fun galactic addition to Toy Story Land!

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Coco deleted scene: Celebrity tour

Coco, DVD

Posted by Simoa • February 5, 2018

Mark your calendars: on February 13, Coco will be available on digital, with a BluRay release set for February 27th! As usual, there are plenty of goodies and extras to look forward to, and just today, we got a glimpse of a deleted scene. In the clip below, directors Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich explain how Miguel’s buddy Hector was first a tour guide in the Land of the Dead. This clip also explained the concept of memories and why people need to be remembered if they want to continue living in the great city.

There were lots of celebrity cameos in Coco. It definitely would’ve been wonderful to get a close up look at stars like Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete (both of whom inspired Ernesto de La Cruz), Maria Felix and Dolores del Rio (a personal favorite of mine!).

We can’t wait to see what more surprises didn’t make the final film.

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