Pixar Website Updated with New ‘Inside Out’ Synopsis

Dia De Los Muertos, Inside Out, Lee Unkrich

Posted by Brkyo614 • April 6, 2014

For such a technologically sophisticated company, Pixar hasn’t done the best job keeping their website up-to-date over the years. The site got a sleek redesign two years ago, but it still remains rarely updated; Monsters University was listed as an upcoming film as late as October 2013, for example. This week, Pixar finally updated the upcoming features section of their site with a listing for Finding Dory – over a year after its announcement – as well as an extended description for Inside Out. The new synopsis mostly retreads what we learned from last year’s D23 presentation, but it’s far more detailed than the original two-sentence blurb:

"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."

Also worth noting: the page now refers to Lee Unkrich’s next project as Untitled Lee Unkrich Film. The studio had previously called it The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos.

What do you think of the new description?

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (4/5/14)

Behind The Scenes, Disney Parks, Ratatouille, Round-Ups, The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2

Posted by Brkyo614 • April 5, 2014

Not much could possibly top last month’s exciting sequel news, but enjoy a summary of the latest Pixar stories, including a small Incredibles 2 update, below:

Samuel L. Jackson Talks Incredibles 2:
Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone quickly became a fan-favorite upon the release of The Incredibles, so it’s no surprise to hear that Brad Bird is looking to bring him back in the recently-announced sequel. Speaking with Digital Spy (via Pixar Times), Samuel L. Jackson hinted that we haven’t seen the last of his ice-powered hero:

“Every time I run into Brad [Bird, director] he always tells me Frozone is part of what’s going on, so I have to believe that […] I guess they could be the Incredibles without Frozone, but I think Frozone would be a wonderful addition to what’s already there.”

Ratatouille 3D Blu-ray Coming Soon?: When Pixar’s Josh Hollander shared news on Incredibles 3D and Ratatouille 3D last month, many assumed that the studio was prepping these conversions for theatrical re-releases. However, a report from Disney Next claims that Ratatouille 3D will be released on Blu-ray in Europe this July, accompanying Disneyland Paris’ new Ratatouille attraction. No official announcement has been made.

Ratatouille Ride Update: Meanwhile, construction on the aforementioned Ratatouille ride continues to move along. Disney and More has some great photos of the work-in-progress area, which may open up for annual passholders as soon as late June. Check out the image gallery here.

Pixar Demos Its Latest Animation Software: Since its earliest years, Pixar has mostly relied on in-house software to animate their films. The studio recently rewrote their animation system from the ground up, replacing their original Marionette software with the far more optimized Presto. At this year’s GPU Technology Conference, Pixar’s Dirk Van Gelder and Danny Nahmias shared a detailed look at this new system, which aims to give animators a clearer idea of how their work will appear in fully-rendered frames. Take a look at the fascinating demo below, and for more, watch the full presentation on Ustream.

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Disney Announces ‘Incredibles’ and ‘Cars’ Sequels

Bob Iger, Brad Bird, Cars, Cars 3, The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 18, 2014

At this morning’s annual Disney shareholders’ call, CEO Bob Iger dropped not one, but two Pixar-related bombshells: a sequel to The Incredibles and a third Cars movie are both in development at the studio.

Not much is known about either of the untitled sequels, but Stitch Kingdom reports that Incredibles director Brad Bird is actively involved in that follow-up. I’m sure fans will be thrilled about at least one of these announcements.

With these reveals, Pixar’s announced lineup consists of the following:

Inside Out – June 19, 2015
The Good Dinosaur – November 25, 2015
Finding Dory – June 17, 2016
Untitled Pixar film about Dia de los MuertrosTBA
The Incredibles sequelTBA
Cars sequelTBA

The studio has releases lined up for June 16, 2017, November 22, 2017, and June 15, 2018.

Check back soon for more…

Is Pixar piling on too many sequels, or are you looking forward to these films?

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Pixar’s Josh Hollander Talks ‘Incredibles’ 3D, ‘Ratatouille’ 3D, and More

Disney Digital 3D, Inside Out, Ratatouille, The Incredibles

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 17, 2014

Over the last few years, Pixar has welcomed the revival of 3D with open arms. In addition to releasing all of their features since Up in 3D, they’ve rolled out 3D theatrical re-releases of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. At this month’s 3D Creative Summit, Pixar’s director of 3D production Josh Hollander shared insight into the studio’s approach to the format and discussed their future 3D plans.

According to Hollander, the studio is hard at work developing 3D versions of The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He notes that "[they’re] trying to figure out exactly what the release strategy for that will be," so whether these will be full-fledged theatrical releases or just 3D Blu-rays (like Cars 3D) is unclear.

In addition, Hollander also hinted at what to expect from next year’s Inside Out in 3D:

"The movie is just pure magic […] We’re looking at how translucency and opacity is used, which plays really well in 3D. There’s not much more I can share about it but it will build upon our use of 3D, supporting ‘emotions’ and emotional moments."

For those interested in where Pixar could go after 3D, with projection techniques like high frame rate, 4K resolution, and HDR imaging on the rise, Hollander had this to share:

"Of those, the High Dynamic Range seems most interesting to us because there are entire worlds of colour that we’ve not been able to show you and not be able to represent in our films because of the limited colour space of the display technologies. 4K is also interesting to us – that added clarity. High Frame Rate isn’t something we’ve been digging into yet, we’re doing some testing but it’s not banging down our door and begging for us to use it right now."

To read more from his talk on the state of 3D cinema, head over to ScreenDaily for the full story. Based on Hollander’s statements, Ratatouille 3D is near-complete, while The Incredibles 3D is still knee-deep in production. Stay tuned for further details on those releases.

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New ‘Cars’ Short Will Kick Off Second ‘Cars Toons’ Series

Cars, Cars Toons, Pixar Canada, Short Film

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 14, 2014

Pixar certainly hasn’t held back on producing Cars Toons – they’ve put out enough to warrant a separate DVD release – but, for the most part, those shorts have been based entirely around Mater’s fanciful adventures. Last year’s Tales from Radiator Springs mini-shorts shifted the focus to the larger cast of characters; now, Pixar is expanding them to a full-fledged series of short films, beginning with The Radiator Springs 500 ½.

Directed by Rob Gibbs and Scott Morse, the first six-minute short will debut this spring exclusively on Disney Movies Anywhere, a new streaming service for Disney, Pixar, and Marvel titles. Here’s the synopsis:

A “leisurely drive” planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley, turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race. Meanwhile, the townsfolk, led by a Stanley-costumed Mater, enjoy the planned “leisurely drive” to retrace Stanley’s original frontier route. Thinking they’re on the same course, a wrong turn sends McQueen and the Baja pros on a treacherously wild bid for survival. The misunderstanding leaves the racing professionals in awe of the “legend” of Stanley: the Original Off-Road Racer.

It’s worth noting that this is the final short to be produced in full at Pixar Canada. Entertainment Weekly notes that a second short in the Tales from Radiator Springs series will follow in 2015.

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Ed Catmull Details ‘Inside Out’ Story Meeting in ‘Creativity, Inc.’ Preview

Andrew Stanton, Behind The Scenes, Brad Bird, Ed Catmull, Inside Out, Pete Docter

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 12, 2014

Late last year, Pixar head Ed Catmull announced plans to publish Creativity, Inc., a business-oriented look at his leadership strategies at the studio. With its release soon approaching, Catmull has published an excerpt from the book at Fast Company with some surprising insight into the creative process behind the studio’s next film.

The full article is a must-read, but a key section examines a Brain Trust meeting during the early stages of Inside Out‘s development. Early reactions were enthusiastic, but the group was concerned with the execution of one key scene: "an argument between two characters about why certain memories fade while others burn bright forever." Brad Bird was the first to chime in:

"I understand that you want to keep this simple and relatable," he told [director Pete Docter], "but I think we need something that your audience can get a little more invested in."

Andrew Stanton followed, as Catmull explains:

"I think you need to spend more time settling on the rules of your imagined world," [Stanton] said. […] In Pete’s film, one of the rules—at least at this point—was that memories (depicted as glowing glass globes) were stored in the brain by traveling through a maze of chutes into a kind of archive. When retrieved or remembered, they’d roll back down another tangle of chutes, like bowling balls being returned to bowlers at the alley.

That construct was elegant and effective, but Andrew suggested that another rule needed to be clarified: how memories and emotions change over time, as the brain gets older. This was the moment in the film, Andrew said, to establish some key themes. Listening to this, I remembered how in Toy Story 2, the addition of Wheezy helped establish the idea that damaged toys could be discarded, left to sit, unloved, on the shelf. Andrew felt there was a similar opportunity here. "Pete, this movie is about the inevitability of change," he said. "And of growing up."

This set Brad off. "A lot of us in this room have not grown up—and I mean that in the best way," he said. "The conundrum is how to become mature and become reliable while at the same time preserving your childlike wonder. People have come up to me many times, as I’m sure has happened to many people in this room, and said, ‘Gee, I wish I could be creative like you. That would be something, to be able to draw.’ But I believe that everyone begins with the ability to draw. Kids are instinctively there. But a lot of them unlearn it. Or people tell them they can’t or it’s impractical. So yes, kids have to grow up, but maybe there’s a way to suggest that they could be better off if they held on to some of their childish ideas."

To see how the Brain Trust debate continues, be sure to read the full article at Fast Company. There’s no doubt that the full version of Creativity, Inc., out on April 8, will feature plenty more fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. You can preorder it now on Amazon.

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Second ‘Party Central’ Clip and Poster Released

Monsters University, Party Central, Short Film

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 5, 2014

This new clip from Party Central takes things a step further than the last one, showing us just how Oozma Kappa plans to lure partygoers from a rival fraternity into their house.

Arriving along with the clip is a great new Party Central poster, shared by Pixar on their official Tumblr. (Be sure to click the thumbnail to enjoy the very detailed high-res version.) This seems to be shaping up quite well; look for it in front of Muppets Most Wanted on March 21.

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Pixar’s Next Short Could Be Titled ‘Lava’

Lava, Short Film

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 5, 2014

Pixar’s latest short, Party Central, is releasing alongside Muppets Most Wanted this month, but the studio has yet to reveal which shorts will be attached to their own upcoming features. Thanks to a Pixar artist’s LinkedIn profile, however, we now have a hint at what’s to come.

Among the artist’s Pixar résumé, which includes work on Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur, and Toy Story That Time Forgot, is a project titled Lava, listed as a 2015 theatrical short. This could just be a code name, but either way, it’s an interesting hint at what’s to come alongside Inside Out or The Good Dinosaur. Expect an official announcement when more details on those films emerge.

(via Animated Views)

What do you make of this name?

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (3/4/14)

Andrew Stanton, Disney Parks, Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Ratatouille, Round-Ups

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 4, 2014

While news on the feature film front has been quiet, there are a few Pixar-related stories from the past few weeks that are worth mentioning. Enjoy:

Andrew Stanton Featured in Google Oscar Ad: Pixar may not have been present at this year’s Oscar ceremony, but some of the studio’s magic still managed to creep into last Sunday’s broadcast. Google premiered a great 60-second spot with sound bites from Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton’s 2012 TED Talk, set to Thomas Newman’s Nemo score. (Thanks to Pixar Post for the embed.)

New Pixar Posters from Mondo to be Showcased This Week: Disney has worked with Mondo to release some impressive Pixar posters in the past, and that collaboration is set to continue. Mondo is exhibiting a collection of Disney/Pixar-inspired posters at the South By Southwest film festival from March 7 through March 11. Tom Whalen shared a peek at his Incredibles poster for the gallery; to see Kevin Tong’s Up and WALL-E prints, head over to Oh My Disney.

Ratatouille Ride Updates: A Ratatouille attraction for Disneyland Paris has been in the works for a while, and the first concrete details have begun to emerge. Disney’s Tom Fitzgerald presented a first look at the attraction, titled Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, earlier this month. Watch his talk below, and check out Inside the Magic for a few more details.

Inside Out Updates: Pixar’s next film is still more than a year off, but production on it is already well underway. Pixar recently shared a photo of Mindy Kaling recording dialogue for the film on Instagram, and Pixarians have begun to voice their enthusiasm about the project on Twitter. Hopefully we’ll get a teaser trailer within the next few months!

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‘Party Central’ Clip Sets Up the Premise

Monsters University, Party Central, Short Film

Posted by Brkyo614 • February 10, 2014

It won’t be long until Party Central hits theaters, but if you’re itching for a peek at the Monsters University-based short, Moviefone has a brand new clip (embedded here via Disney UK):

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come as Mike and Sulley breathe some life into Oozma Kappa’s celebration. Moviefone also shared a new interview with director Kelsey Mann, who notes that Monsters Inc.‘s Muppets-inspired character designs make the short a good fit to play alongside Muppets Most Wanted.

Do you plan on checking out the short next month?

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