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Pixar Launches New Experimental Shorts Department

30 Years of Pixar, Behind The Scenes, Luxo, Jr., Short Film, SIGGRAPH, Smash and Grab, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B

Posted by Nia • May 28, 2017

It was recently revealed that in August, Pixar will be hosting a panel at SIGGRAPH titled, “Smash and Grab: Off-The-Rails Filmmaking at Pixar.” The summary of the panel gave us some insight into what some of the talented folks have been up to in between projects at the studio:

“Pixar launched an internal, experimental storytelling initiative to create short films without executive oversight, to explore new creative visions and increase studio opportunities. This talk shares Pixar’s six-month journey of creating seven-minute shorts, with limited resources, amidst the backdrop of a busy studio, juggling multiple feature productions.”

Cartoon Brew reported the first film produced through this new division is aptly titled Smash and Grab, and will be directed by Brian Larsen. Larsen himself has plenty of experience at Pixar in the story trenches – serving as Story Supervisor on Brave and Head of Story on Piper, just to name a few.

Pixar’s first few short films, The Adventures of André and Wally B and Luxo JR., initially put the studio on the map and showcased what was to come with technology driving animation. The fact that the studio is continuing to push the boundaries of storytelling with their famed short films, and finding time to make new projects with an already grueling film schedule is quite impressive and inspiring.

We can’t wait to find out more about Smash and Grab, and their new shorts unit.

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App-Enabled Ultimate Lightning McQueen by Sphero

Cars 3

Posted by Simoa • May 28, 2017

Lightning McQueen doesn’t only come to life onscreen. Now the legendary race car zooms right into your home thanks to toy and robotics company, Sphero. Star Wars fans will be familiar with the BB-8 app-enabled droid Sphero launched last year, and now they’ve announced an app-enabled Ultimate Lightning McQueen! This is not merely a talking toy car, but a brilliant replica with animated eyes, animatronic mouth and emotive suspensions.

“From the beginning, we wanted to make Ultimate Lightning McQueen feel as real as he does in the film. In order to create a scaled down version of his big personality, we worked closely with the team at Pixar to ensure we were getting his nuances just right – such as leaning into turns and expressive facial and body movements.” -Paul Berberian, CEO of Sphero

The Ultimate Lightning McQueen app is available on iOS and Android devices. Fans can play games and enjoy a variety of interactive features. You can even watch Cars 3 with Lightning and he reacts to the movie in real time!

Product Details

  • Driving: emotive suspension allows Lightning McQueen to move like a champion
  • Drifting: drift and do donuts with authentic movement
  • Reactive touch: master Ultimate Lightning McQueen‘s latest moves with a simple tap
  • Build strategy: match wits and sharpen your skills through a pit stop inspired mini game
  • Acting studio: build custom scripts that bring existing animations to life

 

Ultimate Lightning McQueen is available for purchase on Sphero.com and Disney Store for $299.99.

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Two Cars 3 Soundtracks

Cars 3, Soundtrack

Posted by Joanna • May 19, 2017

With Cars 3 under a month away, excitement is definitely building, further fuelled by the fact that two new Cars 3 soundtracks are available for pre-order starting today: the Cars 3 Original Score Soundtrack (pre-order digitally or via Amazon), and the Cars 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (pre-order digitally or via Amazon).

The original score is composed and conducted by Randy Newman, who has written the music for a number of Pixar films in the past, including the first Cars movie. Cars 3 appears to be ‘returning to its roots’ in a sense, focusing again on Lightning McQueen as the main protagonist. With Newman reprising his role as conductor for the movie, it seems that this decision is being mirrored in the soundtrack – a decision that is sure to give Cars 3 that classic ‘Pixar’ nostalgic feeling.

Here’s the full track list:

  1. Storm’s Winning Streak
  2. When All Your Friends Are Gone/Crash
  3. Doc’s Painful Demise
  4. Mater on the Horn
  5. Sistine Chapel on Wheels
  6. Temple of Rust-eze
  7. A Career on a Wall/Electronic Suit
  8. Drip Pan
  9. McQueen’s Wild Ride
  10. Biggest Brand in Racing
  11. Fireball Beach
  12. Pull Over, Now!/Cruz’s Racing Dreams
  13. 1.2%
  14. If This Track Could Talk
  15. Letter About You
  16. Smokey Starts Training/A Blaze of Glory
  17. Starting Dead Last
  18. Flashback & Pit Stop
  19. Through the Pack
  20. Victory Lane
  21. The Fabulous Lightning McQueen

In addition to the original score, Cars 3 will also feature an album of eight songs (two of which are bonus tracks), including both covers and originals inspired by Cars 3 with artists Dan Auerbach, James Bay, Brad Paisley, Andra Day, ZZ Ward, Jorge Blanco, and Lea DeLaria (who voices the new Cars 3 character Miss Fritter!). The original song “Run That Race”, written and performed by Dan Auerbach, will play in the movie’s opening, while ZZ Ward’s original song “Ride” will play during the end-credits.

  1. Run That Race by Dan Auerbach
  2. Kings Highway by James Bay
  3. Truckaroo by Brad Paisley
  4. Thunder Hollow Breakdown by Brad Paisley
  5. Glory Days by Andra Day
  6. Ride [feat. Gary Clark Jr.] by ZZ Ward
  7. Drive my Car by Jorge Blanco (The Beatles cover) *BONUS TRACK*
  8. Freeway of Love by Lea DeLaria (Aretha Franklin cover) *BONUS TRACK*

With such varied and exciting soundtracks, it’ll be a joy to sit through the credits in theatres next month (hopefully in anticipation of a bonus end-credit scene!) Cars 3 will be released in North American theatres June 16th.

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Newest Pixar in a Box story lesson!

Pixar in a box

Posted by Simoa • May 11, 2017

Pixar’s collaboration with Khan Academy is truly valuable for learners and fans of all ages. The storytelling courses offered are free and provide a rich opportunity for fans to gain coveted knowledge about Pixar’s famed approach to the art of story. The newest lesson is focused on story structure. Watch the brief clip below for a preview.


Story Structure is the third unit in the course, which can be found here. Be sure to sign up if you haven’t already!

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