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Pixar’s First Emmy

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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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