Introducing Simoa, Our New Writer!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 2, 2014

Back in 2012, Martin asked me to take over his writing duties at Upcoming Pixar. I couldn’t have been more honored, and the past two-and-a-half years running the blog have been an exciting and educational journey. Now, as I prepare to enter a new chapter in my life, it’s my turn to pass the torch.

Today, I’d like to welcome Simoa, our new lead writer at Upcoming Pixar! I have no doubt that she’ll be able to uphold the blog’s 10-year legacy while still bringing her own fresh voice to the table. Here’s a quick introduction from Simoa herself:

I’ve been a Pixar fan since I was a kid, but I didn’t come to truly love it until May of 2010. I watched Up for the first time and that kickstarted my interest in animation as a storytelling medium. It’s one of the most important movies of my life, and Ellie became my favorite Pixar character of all time. Soon I began seeking out all the short films I hadn’t seen as well as feature films I avoided. I’m really excited to be part of the Upcoming Pixar team, and hope to bring my unique perspective to an already awesome site!

While I’ll still be helping out behind the scenes, this will be my last official blog post. I can’t wait to see where Upcoming Pixar and Pixar Animation Studios go in the coming years — I think we have a bright future to look forward to!

Thanks for reading,
Bryan (Bryko)

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Premiere Date and Huge Cast Revealed at ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ SDCC Panel

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 24, 2014

The Good Dinosaur may be over a year away, but we’ll be able to see another Pixar take on dinosaurs much sooner in Toy Story That Time Forgot. As the synopsis and poster have hinted, dinosaurs will play a big role in the second half-hour Toy Story special. At this morning’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, the cast and crew behind the short finally shed light on these new characters and brought along new concept art, plot details, and a release date.

Many have noted that for a Christmas special, Toy Story That Time Forgot seems only tangentially related to the holiday season. That’s because it was originally conceived as a six-minute Toy Story Toon; it was only when John Lasseter suggested expanding it to a half-hour special that the holiday theme was added. At the center of the story are the Battlesaurs, a lineup of characters spoofing 80s toy lines. They include Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, the bespectacled Ray-Gon, the Godzilla-like Goliathon, and their leader, the Cleric. Like Buzz in the first Toy Story, the Battlesaurs aren’t aware that they’re toys. Rex and Trixie quickly get swept up in their elaborate universe when a post-Christmas play date goes awry.

In addition to the concept art shown above, the panel also featured an extended work-in-progress clip, a peek at some upcoming merchandise, and a brief Q&A session. At the panel, Pixar confirmed that Toy Story That Time Forgot will air on ABC on Tuesday, December 2. Mark your calendars!

(Images and news via and Stitch Kingdom)

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‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ Heads to Comic-Con with New Poster

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 21, 2014

Disney has recently eschewed San Diego Comic-Con in favor of its own D23 Expo, but with D23 taking a year off, Pixar will still be showing up at Comic-Con this weekend. Rather than showcasing its 2015 films, the studio will be pushing its 2014 holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, with a one-hour panel on Thursday. Attendees will receive a gorgeous new poster by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola featuring Reptillius Maximus, a new character voiced by Kevin McKidd. The official panel description reads:

"Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of story Derek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special! (Thursday July 24, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm, Room 6A)"

TV Line (via Pixar Times) also reports that the panel will be moderated by Michael Giacchino and feature Kristen Schaal (voice of Trixie) and Kevin McKidd. Any Pixar fan headed to San Diego this weekend won’t want to miss this.

And here’s the latest synopsis for the short, which airs this winter on ABC:

"During a post-Christmas play date, the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie‘s room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot."

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Pixar Reveals ‘Lava’, Previews ‘Inside Out’ at Press Event [UPDATE]

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 12, 2014

With exactly one year to go until the release of Inside Out, Pixar invited members of the press to a special Inside Out preview event at the Director’s Guild of America last night. Unexpectedly, Pixarian James Ford Murphy took the stage to introduce his directorial debut: Lava, the previously-rumored 2015 short that will play before Inside Out. The official synopsis reads:

"Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, Lava opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, in front of Inside Out."

While The Blue Umbrella examined the smaller details of a bustling city, Pixar’s next romantic short seems to be magnitudes bigger in scale. Early reactions are very positive:

"Just saw Pixar’s next short: The sweet, romantic musical LAVA, about two volcanoes in love. Might’ve teared up a little."
"Just saw a roughly 95% finished version of Pixar’s latest short, LAVA, which will play in front of INSIDE OUT. Lovely & musical & beautiful."
Adam B. Vary, Buzzfeed

Interestingly, an Instagram photo from Eric Chu – posted a week before the short’s reveal – shows that artwork from Lava is already on display in Pixar’s atrium. Look closely toward the back in the photo to the right.

Before Murphy unveiled Lava, though, Inside Out director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera showcased the footage that was screened at Annecy earlier this month. Rivera noted that "we’re pouring our lives into this one," and based on these early impressions, it shows:

"Saw some footage from Pixar’s INSIDE OUT tonight. Looks incredible. Heartbreaking, super funny, and – as expected – gorgeous animation."
"Man, INSIDE OUT looks to be as creative, intelligent and as emotionally resonant as anything Pixar has ever done."
"It’s still a year out, but everything about Pixar’s Inside Out looks phenomenal. First 5 minutes dropped my jaw and put tears in my eyes."
If you’re not wary of spoilers, Cinema Blend and have detailed summaries of the Inside Out footage shown. Like Annecy, Docter and Rivera signed prints after the show, this time featuring yet another new piece of concept art. (via Desiree Eaglin)

Lava and Inside Out release on June 19, 2015.

UPDATE: LA Times has more news on Lava, including the first rendered still of the main character, a volcano named Uku (his love interest is Lele). The paper spoke with director James Ford Murphy on what went into the short:

"I thought it would be so cool to fall in love with a place who’s also a character […] I wanted to make Uku appealing and likable but also look like he’s been carved out of lava flows."

As part of his pitch to executives at Pixar, Murphy learned to play ukulele and wrote a love song, "Lava," which appears in the film and is performed by Hawaiian recording artists Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig.

Head over to LA Times for more.

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Pete Docter Sheds Light on ‘Inside Out’; New Logo Revealed [UPDATE]

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Posted by Brkyo614 • June 10, 2014

Today, Pete Docter took the stage at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival to share details on his next film, Inside Out. Along with the clip from last year’s D23 presentation, Docter revealed more about the inspiration behind the film and screened a never-before-seen sequence. (Also new: a revised logo for the film. Photo via Disney France.)

Pete’s daughter Elie was a major influence on the design and characterization of young Ellie in Up; in fact, she even voiced the character. For Inside Out, Elie provides the inspiration for the main character (and setting), 11-year-old Riley. A new clip from the movie’s opening illustrated the birth of Riley and her first experiences with each of the film’s five emotions: Joy, Angry, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear. The sequence also expanded upon ideas brought up in the Inside Out story meeting detailed in Creativity, Inc. For example, Riley’s memories are stored in globes that glow according to the emotions associated with them – yellow for joy, red for anger, etc.

After the screening, Docter signed autographs and handed out prints of a new piece of art featuring Joy and Sadness. (Photo via Hayleyanimates)

Inside Out releases in the United States on June 19, 2015, followed by a French release on the 26th.

(Thanks to for a summary of the event)

UPDATE: Disney has officially released the new logo treatment and synopsis for the film.

From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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‘Finding Dory’ Gets a Co-Director

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Posted by Brkyo614 • June 5, 2014

Pixar’s reveal of Finding Dory came with the reassuring news that Nemo director Andrew Stanton is on board with the sequel as director. Apparently, though, he won’t be alone in his directing duties. Sharing the work of longtime Pixarian Angus MacLane, Stanton tweeted the following:

From my co-director’s clever Lego “couch” series:AngusMacLane: Tony Stark having a drink on a couch, in LEGO.

Since joining the studio in 1997, MacLane has gradually risen through the ranks at Pixar. After making his directorial debut with BURN·E, he went on to direct the Toy Story short Small Fry and last year’s Toy Story of Terror. Going by Stanton’s tweet, Finding Dory will be his first feature-length film as co-director. MacLane seems to be a smart choice for the role, given his experience at the studio.

MacLane has also made a name for himself outside of Pixar through his unique LEGO creations. You can see hundreds of his projects – including the one shared by Stanton – on his Flickr page.

Finding Dory is scheduled for release on June 17, 2016.

(Thanks to reader Alec for the tip)

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Michael Giacchino to Score ‘Inside Out’

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Posted by Brkyo614 • May 27, 2014

Hot on the heels of his work on Toy Story of Terror, Michael Giacchino already has another project lined up with Pixar. In an interview held at a live performance of his Star Trek Into Darkness score, the composer shared which projects he’ll be involved with in the coming months. In addition to Jurassic World and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, Giacchino noted that he’ll be scoring Pixar’s Inside Out – his second collaboration with director Pete Docter after 2009’s Up.

An attendee recorded the full Q&A with Giacchino, which can be viewed below (via Pixar Post). Inside Out is mentioned around 21:30.

Michael Giacchino isn’t the only composer Pixar has plans with; back in March 2013, Thomas Newman revealed that he would be writing the score for Pixar’s then-2014 release, The Good Dinosaur. It’s unclear whether the film’s delay to November 2015 has affected his involvement.

Inside Out releases on June 19, 2015.

Are you a fan of Giacchino’s work with Pixar?

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‘Toy Story of Terror’ Blu-ray/DVD Confirmed for August [UPDATE: Preorders Available]

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Posted by Brkyo614 • May 16, 2014

Some time has passed since Toy Story of Terror premiered on television last Halloween, but Disney has finally announced plans to release the half-hour special on home video on August 19. In addition to Blu-ray and DVD, the special will also be released on Disney’s new Disney Movies Anywhere service.

Despite being a half-hour special, Pixar hasn’t skimped on the bonus features for Toy Story of Terror. Here’s what to expect alongside the film:

  • Toy Story Toons Shorts: Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, Partysaurus Rex
  • Audio Commentaries: Toy Story of TERROR!, Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, Partysaurus Rex
  • Team of Specialists — Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story of TERROR!
  • 3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions (Blu-ray and digital only): Pencil Topper Trilogy, Travel Brochures, Road Trip Roulette
  • Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions — Old Timer, Combat Carl, Transitron
  • D23 Expo Teaser

The Disney Movies Anywhere release will also include two exclusive extras:

  • A new short piece about film references featuring Mr. Pricklepants
  • Deleted Scene: Bob’s Boatyard with Editor’s Introduction

No word on pricing yet, but expect more details when pre-orders become available. Also worth noting: the next Toy Story TV special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, airs this Winter on ABC.

Did you enjoy Toy Story of Terror enough to seek the home video release?

UPDATE: Amazon now has both the Blu-ray and DVD versions for preorder at $10.49 and $9.99, respectively.

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Pixar To Showcase ‘Inside Out’ At Annecy Film Festival

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Posted by Brkyo614 • May 2, 2014

General audiences still have a long, long while to wait until they can see Inside Out, but eager moviegoers can get an early sneak peek at this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival. During the festival this June, director Pete Docter is scheduled to host A Look Inside Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, a panel which will share an exclusive behind-the-scenes look Pixar’s next feature.

Here’s Annecy’s official description for the June 10 event:

"Join Academy Award® winning director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) for an exclusive introduction to his new film, Inside Out. Coming to theaters in 2015, be one of the first audiences in the world to take a sneak peek into this wildly original idea. Inside Out takes audiences to the most extraordinary location Pixar has ever explored: inside the human mind. Pete Docter will treat the audience to never-before-seen materials, including original concept artwork and a work-in-progress sequence from the film, as he discusses the genesis of the idea and presents a look behind-the-scenes of this truly ambitious film."

This will be the biggest look at the film since last year’s D23 panel, and undoubtedly a must-see for anyone attending the festival. Other highlights include screenings of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Disney’s new short film Feast, and an array of animated features and shorts from across the globe. For more, head to Annecy’s official website.

Inside Out opens on June 19, 2015.

(Via Pixar Times)

Let us know if you’ll be going to Annecy!

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Next ‘Disney Infinity’ Adds Marvel Characters, Toy Box Enhancements

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Posted by Brkyo614 • April 30, 2014

Last year’s Disney Infinity was not only an enjoyable game, but also a huge moneymaker for Disney – from the starter pack to additional toys, Infinity has raked in over $500 million since it launched in August. It’s no surprise, then, that the company is eager to get a sequel out. At a Los Angeles event this morning, Disney Interactive unveiled its plans for the next Disney Infinity, which shifts its focus to Marvel characters while still offering a handful of surprises for fans of the original game.

Though the announcement trailer above focuses almost entirely on the Marvel elements of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, it does hint at one Pixar-related newcomer: Merida from Brave, who briefly appears in the opening of the trailer. At the reveal event, Disney detailed some of the gameplay improvements that will come with the sequel. Characters will now unlock abilities as they level up, and new power discs will feature support characters and alternate costumes. The Toy Box has also been upgraded; terrain can now be drawn with ease using brushes, and buildings with separate interior rooms can be built. Figurines, power discs, and Toy Boxes from the original game will be compatible with the sequel (no word on playsets).

Disney promises that more Disney/Pixar content will be revealed soon. The game launches this Fall on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS.

Which Pixar characters are you hoping to see in the sequel?

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