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‘The Good Dinosaur’: “Dismantled and Reimagined”

Posted by Simoa • August 19, 2014

The Good Dinosaur was planned to be Pixar’s 2014 offering, but after it was announced that longtime Pixarian Bob Peterson would no longer be directing, the release date was pushed to 2015. It was reported that the film ran into numerous story problems which made Peterson’s removal and the change in release dates necessary. This news was met with understandable concern and disappointment by Pixar fans, as Peterson is a beloved employee who lent his considerable voice and story talents to the studio’s films for many years. There hasn’t been much news about the film’s development until recently.

Collider spoke with John Lithgow, one of the principal actors on The Good Dinosaur, who had this to say:

“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur.
 They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a
fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next
month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever
imagined.”

Lithgow is obviously confident about the film’s new direction, and unfortunately, this means that Peterson’s concept has been completely scrapped. We can only guess about the changes taking place, but it’s clear that they are big ones since Lithgow and possibly the other actors will have to rerecord their lines. Lithgow stated that he and Frances McDormand are still playing their respective roles as Momma and Poppa Dinosaur, hinting that there may be major cast changes as well.

Only time will tell if Lithgow’s comments are proven right. The Good Dinosaur is scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015. 

Are you feeling as confident as John Lithgow about the new film?

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Combat Carl PSA: “Cough in your arm!”

2D Animation, Angus Maclane, Blu-Ray, DVD, Toy Story of Terror!

Posted by Simoa • August 17, 2014

"Toy Story of Terror!", Pixar’s first TV special which premiered on ABC family last fall, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD this week and is filled with plenty of bonus features. One of these is a PSA in which Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) warns against the dangers of coughing. It’s a hilarious, tongue in cheek clip animated in 2D which you can watch below.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Combat Carl in future Toy Story shorts and specials! This brief ad is a brilliant way to continue his presence in the franchise. His appearance in "Toy Story of Terror!" made him yet another funny, colorful addition to this amazing cast of characters. The brains at Pixar obviously recognize his appeal in bringing us this gem, and it would be great to see more.

The Pixar Times also reports that two other ads featuring new toys from the special center on Old Timer and Transitron. Whether those ads will also be in 2D remains to be seen, but we can expect them to be as funny and clever as Combat Carl’s urgent PSA. Update: the Old Timer and Transitron ads function as vintage toy commercials and they can be seen briefly in the Blu-ray trailer.

All this and more is included, along with a ‘Team of Specialists’ feature, which has also been released by Disney.
The clip takes audiences behind the scenes of "Toy Story of Terror!", where director Angus MacLane explains the inclusion of certain toys in the special and offers a glimpse into the fascinating animation process.

Be sure to grab "Toy Story of Terror!" on Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th.

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Mindy Kaling teases new image for ‘Inside Out’

Inside Out

Posted by Simoa • August 6, 2014

With Pete Docter’s Inside Out a little under a year away, actress Mindy Kaling, who provides the voice of Disgust, recently posted a new photo of the character to her Instagram account. The image, which features Disgust striking a new pose and facial expression, generated over 25,000 likes.

Although Pete Docter took the stage at the Annecy Festival this past June to discuss the film in depth, information and images of the characters has been relatively sparse. It was in February of this year that Mindy first shared a new image of Disgust (also via Instagram) apart from the official one that was unveiled at D23 last August.

As Mindy is the sole member of the cast using social media, Disgust is the only character fans have been able to see the most of. Nevertheless, Mindy’s enthusiasm is very apparent, and it’s clear that Disgust will be a very fun character to watch and hear onscreen.

Mindy also posted a photo of herself with Pete Docter, and mentioned that she finished her last major recording session for the film. It’s starting to look as if things are wrapping up before the June 19th, 2015 release date.

The only question now is: how long until we have to wait for a teaser?

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