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Toy Story Land Opens June 30th

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Coco takes center stage at the 2018 Annie Awards

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Posted by Joanna • February 4, 2018

A huge congratulations is in order for all the talented Pixar employees who helped make Coco a reality – it took center stage at the Annie Awards ceremony last night by picking up 11 trophies!

Coco has been wowing audiences around the world since its release in Mexico last October – it has since picked up the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, and has been nominated for an impressive number of awards. The whole Coco crew had already done themselves proud by receiving 13 nominations at the 2018 Annie Awards, but going away with 11 wins (including Best Animated Feature) at the ceremony last night was truly well deserved. Here are all of Coco‘s winning categories:

Best Animated Feature
Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

You can view the full breakdown on the Annie Awards site.

Amongst those accepting the trophy for Character Design was Daniela Strijleva (who created this incredible concept art for Héctor and his many disguises).

Anthony Gonzalez, at only 12 years old, won the Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting award for voicing the charming, kind-hearted protagonist Miguel. Adrian Molina was amongst those credited for not only the writing award, but also the music and directing awards.

Cars 3 was also nominated for 2 awards (Best Animated Feature and Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production) but failed to pick up any trophies, with Coco really shaping up to be the stand-out Pixar movie of 2017 (or indeed the stand-out movie of 2017).

The next big awards ceremony will be The Academy Awards – exactly one month away (4th March 2018) – in which Coco has been nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. We have a lot to say on the subject of the Oscars so stay tuned! As always, we’d love to hear your predictions.

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Guest post: Coco Across Borders

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Posted by Simoa • January 30, 2018

Today we’re featuring a guest post by one of Upcoming Pixar’s faithful readers, Karla! She discusses her meaningful connection to Coco. 

When I was fifteen, in 2012, Pixar announced that they would be making a movie about Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead. Although I had virtually no information about the production at the time, it felt like my two worlds were colliding as a Mexican and as a long-time Pixar fan. At the 2015 D23 Expo, Coco was officially introduced to the public and as evidenced by my Twitter archive, I went absolutely nuts. After seeing the first public image of Miguel, a boy I felt like I had already met before, I knew it was going to be a very special movie. In that moment, my love for Coco grew exponentially. Although many of my peers were skeptical about the movie being riddled with stereotypes (and rightly so!), I had faith in Pixar.

When I saw Coco for the first time in November, it felt surreal. I had been counting down the days for years and the date had finally materialized itself in front of me. As soon as I heard the beginning notes of the classic “When You Wish Upon a Star” in mariachi-style, I was hooked. From the start, using papel picado (tissue paper with cut-out shapes) as a medium, the story of Miguel’s ancestry was revealed. In his narration, two things Miguel said jumped out at me: “And the mamá? She didn’t have time to cry over that walkaway musician!” and “She found a way to provide for her daughter.” These statements strongly reminded me of the sacrifices mothers make in order to secure a livelihood for their children. Mama Imelda’s resilience and courage are traits that I see in my own mother. Considering I grew up in a big family, much like Miguel, I consider Coco an ode to my parents who taught me that family always comes first.

‘Remember Me’ (Lullaby) is an important song that resonated with the hearts of many immigrants across the world including mine. When people leave their country for a new beginning, a better life, they do so without knowing when they will see their families again. The pain of not being able to be close to your loved ones while they are still alive is resounding. ‘Remember Me’, for that reason alone, brings me to tears every time. It is a testament to the concept that neither love nor resilience can be bound by borders, no matter how many walls are built.

As a DACA recipient, I do not have the privilege of leaving the country and traveling to Mexico to explore my heritage. However, while watching Coco, I was able to immerse myself in a place that I have only been able to experience through stories and pictures. My favorite scene in the movie is when Hector was finally able to cross the bridge made up of brightly-colored cempasuchil from the Land of the Dead to the Land of the Living and visit his family. Hector expressed joy, excitement and relief all at once and although this moment may seem insignificant to some people, it meant the world to me.   

It brings me joy knowing that so many people loved Coco, whether they were of Mexican descent or not. In a rare occurrence, my family felt accurately represented by mainstream media in the United States and I hope this marks a change within the entertainment sector. I also respect Pixar for making Coco available in Spanish in theatres throughout the country. It allowed many people in my community to enjoy this film without relying on the translations of those around them. After watching Coco in my native language, I was able to connect to it in an entirely different level.

I want to take a moment and thank the Coco team for creating a movie that has impacted my life greatly in a short amount of time. It was amazing to see the amount of people who contributed their stories as well as talents to the film. When I was younger, after watching a Pixar movie or flipping through an “The Art of…” book, I would get so excited when I saw a name that sounded like mine in the credits. It still excites me to this day. Thank you and I can’t wait to own Coco on DVD!


(Fun fact: Miguel’s village is named “Santa Cecilia” which refers to the patroness of musicians in Catholicism. Coco premiered on November 22nd, the day the Catholic church acknowledges as Saint Cecilia’s “feast day” or a day of celebration in her memory. Although the date of the movie was entirely coincidental, confirmed by Lee Unkrich, the connection was significant to me because I am a musician named Cecilia and I was confirmed in the Catholic religion under the same saint. Love it!)   

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1/23/18: Pixar’s Oscar Nominations

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Posted by Simoa • January 23, 2018

Oscar nominations were broadcast today, and Pixar secured three nominations in total.

“Lou,” the Dave Mullins directed short that played before Cars 3 (mysteriously overlooked) this summer, was nominated for best animated short film. The full list of nominees is below.

Once again, Coco has been nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, “Remember Me,” written by Disney’s latest and greatest songwriting duo, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez! For some reason, Adrian Molina was not listed as a nominee.

[Update]: This Remezcla article explains why Adrian Molina was excluded as a nominee. The Oscar rules for who receives a nomination are below:

“The designated recipient(s) must be the key creative individual(s) most clearly responsible for the overall achievement. A maximum of two persons may be designated as nominees, one of whom must be the credited director and the other of whom must have a producer credit.”

It’s really unfortunate that Adrian Molina is not being acknowledged as a key creative individual for the film. Nevertheless, his contributions to the film simply can’t be overstated, and he deserves just as much recognition and praise as Lee Unkrich.

Congratulations to Dave Mullins, Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, Darla K. Anderson, Bobby Lopez, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez!

See you on Oscar night! The 90th awards will be presented on March 4th, 2018.

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