Mindy Kaling talks Disgust!

Inside Out, Interview, Poster

Posted by Simoa • March 3, 2015

poster 3People Magazine unveiled the official poster for Inside Out on their snapchat today. The poster features bright colors and Joy (Amy Poehler) in the center, blissfully unaware of the varying degrees of negativity surrounding her. If anyone is unfamiliar with the film’s plot up to this point, the poster is extremely effective at piquing interest.

An onlooker would see that the same filmmakers behind Up are responsible for this new feature, and would wonder at the emotions being displayed. The poster even recalls one element of Up; the balloons. It almost looks like a party that only Joy is happy about, while the others are disgusted, frightened, angry, and sad.

Mindy Kaling, the voice of Disgust, was also interviewed by People for her involvement in the film. Her answers pertaining to the film and the pint sized green queen appear below.

Why were you excited to be a part of this movie?
It’s a Pixar movie!

If you didn’t play Disgust, which emotion would you want to play?
I think I could’ve nailed Outrage.

Which of the voices in your head is the loudest? Which are you encouraging to speak up more?
These days I have been feeling so grateful for what I get to work on. Between Inside Out, The Mindy Project and writing my book, I’m so happy. I know actors who are miserable no matter what they are doing and complain constantly about their jobs, and I just don’t identify with that at all. These are such great jobs to have, and it doesn’t feel like hard work when the material is so good.

Any emotion you think was left out of this movie?
Nope, I think the emotions assembled are a great mix and complement each other really well.

The official poster further indicates that a lot of the humor will probably depend on just how oblivious Joy is to the other four, but to see them complement each other will be a real treat!

Disney Pixar also posted a photo to their instagram page of a recording session, with a clip of Joy who appears to be playing a musical instrument!

What do you think of the new poster and Mindy Kaling’s interview?

Sound off below!



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Will there be a Pixar musical?

Coco, Dia De Los Muertos, Lee Unkrich, Randy Newman, Rumors

Posted by Simoa • February 17, 2015

We’re not entirely sure.

But sites have been buzzing about the possibility of a Pixar musical after an interview Randy Newman gave for Classic FM, in which he mentioned that Lee Unkrich is currently working on a musical.

Immediately speculation arose about whether this musical was Unkrich’s untitled Dia de Los Muertos film (the Mexican holiday celebrating the dead, translated to Day of the Dead), which was announced in 2012. There haven’t been a lot of updates on the film since then, but that is to be expected as Pixar operates on a high level of secrecy concerning films in the pipeline. As this film doesn’t have a release date yet, it makes sense that not too much information or artwork has been revealed.

You can hear Newman at the 0:39 mark in the soundclip on Classic FM say: “He [Unkrich] isn’t gonna work with me again. He’s doing a musical now.”

Neither Unkrich nor Pixar have confirmed Newman’s comment, but we still have a long time to wait before we know whether his statement is accurate. What’s more telling about this interview is Newman’s assertion that he doesn’t get along with directors and that he may not work with Pixar again, as the byline for the article reads.

Randy Newman has scored and performed the music for a number of Pixar films, winning Oscars for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. and “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, which Unkrich directed. Newman remarked that he wasn’t keen on the temporary score he created for the film, but Unkrich fell in love with it.

Whether Lee Unkrich is working on a musical (and whether Randy Newman will no longer create lasting, memorable music for Pixar) remains to be seen.

But the idea of a Pixar musical is a tantalizing one. That’s a territory the studio has yet to cover, and would prove the studio’s willingness to experiment with the new. Of course a Pixar musical would also invite the possible unfair comparisons to its parent company Disney. And if Lee Unkrich’s day of the dead film is the musical in question, it would certainly invite comparisons to Reel FX’s The Book of Life.

We can be sure nonetheless that the film will be bold and intriguing no matter what direction it’s taken in.

Are you for or against Pixar releasing a musical?

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New Inside Out Trailer: “Brain Freeze”

Inside Out

Posted by Simoa • February 15, 2015

The latest Inside Out trailer has been released today, the third so far. Although the film tied in some great promotional material earlier this month alongside the Super Bowl and the puppy bowl, this trailer focuses exclusively on brand new clips from the film.

This trailer continues to build on clever jokes, showing what happens when Riley gets a brain freeze, as all the emotions and headquarters become encased in ice. It also highlights the camaraderie of the emotions, as they appear to cheer Riley on during a hockey game. It’s clear that even though Joy is the only “positive” emotion, the others can match her in tone.

What do you think of this new trailer? Does the concept continue to intrigue you? Let us know in the comments!

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New Inside Out Promotional Material: Lots of Joy

Inside Out, Michael Giacchino, Pete Docter

Posted by Simoa • January 26, 2015

Now that Inside Out is less than five months away, there’s lots of new promotional material which will only increase as the release date gets closer. Over the past month there have been new stills, posters, toys, and a new character!

One of the first stills to be released was of Joy and Sadness on the Train of Thought, presumably, with Joy holding one of Riley’s memories. The background is absolutely gorgeous. We have to wonder where the two are headed.

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The next still features a very wistful looking Joy in the main headquarters of Riley’s mind.

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The Argentinian poster shows her with a similar pose, further highlighting her endearing personality. It’s clear Joy is exactly what lots of impatient fans are feeling as they await the film.

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Now onto the toys.

The TOMY edition of the Inside Out toys are figurines with a waxy quality. These were unveiled by Disney Consumer Products a few weeks ago.

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Some Funko Pop editions are also in the pipeline, with that brand’s trademark black eyes. They do still convey each of the specific emotions however.

Last but not least, the plush toys, featuring a new character previously not seen. The purple elephant on the far right is Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend. With his childlike design, it seems that the film’s team wanted to make him look as if he actually came from the mind of a child. He could also prove to be added comic relief. It will definitely be fun to see how he interacts with Riley and the emotions.
No doubt the characters will prove to be a hit when they appear on store shelves this summer.

There’s also the music for the film. Michael Giacchino, who scored Pete Docter’s last film Up, is on board for Inside Out. He recently posted two pictures to his instagram with Pete during what must be a scoring session for the film. Considering the timeless way he captured Carl and Ellie’s love story, along with the epic, sweeping music of Carl’s sojourn through Paradise Falls with Russell, we can’t wait to hear what he comes up with for Inside Out and which emotions will be paired with music.

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Pixar in 2015

Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur

Posted by Simoa • December 30, 2014

As this year ends and the new one begins, we have not one, but two Pixar features to look forward to.

Pete Docter’s ambitious mind film Inside Out will hit theaters on  June 19th. We shared two new images from that film in our last post, and now there’s one more still. In this image, it looks as if one of Riley’s memories is being projected in her mind as the emotions observe. Riley is walking with both of her parents on either side of her, and if I were to guess, I’d say it’s a happy memory. The color in this still is soft, yet vibrant. You can really see how well the lighting is in effect.

The Good Dinosaur, directed by Pete Sohn with former director Bob Peterson taking the story credit, is due for the latter half of 2015, on November 25th. The film’s logo has also been updated. As with the Inside Out logo, this one is relatively simple but with some subtle adjustments. The letters look almost crude owing to the prehistoric time period. It may not be impressive, but the concept art more than makes up for it.

Let the countdown to 2015 begin!

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Woody’s News Round Up! 12/28/14

Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Luxo, Jr., Round-Ups

Posted by Simoa • December 28, 2014

We hope everyone had a festive, restful holiday! With 2014 coming to a close, we have a list of Pixar news you may have missed over the past couple of weeks.

Luxo Jr. added to the National Film Registry: The 1986 short, directed by John Lasseter and Bill Reeves, was one of 25 films selected for the 2014 registry. As part of the Library of Congress, the film registry is dedicated to highlighting films for their “cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.” The iconic short, featuring two lamps come to life, was nominated for an Academy Award and was the first 3D animated film to do so. The smaller of the two even became Pixar’s mascot as the instantly recognizable bouncing lamp in the studio’s logo. “Luxo Jr.” joins two other Pixar films in the registry, the 1988 short “Tin Toy” and the 1995 feature Toy Story.

Navajo translation of Finding Nemo underway
: Disney-Pixar are partnering with the Navajo Nation Museum to release a Navajo version of 2003’s wildly popular Finding Nemo. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American population in the U.S., with more than 300,000 members, yet the language is virtually unspoken among children. Tribal leaders are optimistic that a Navajo Finding Nemo will encourage children to become enthusiastic speakers. To learn more about their efforts and just how crucial the language is to this Native American community, continue reading here.

New Inside Out still and concept art: Inside Out is now roughly 6 months away! With two teaser trailers, as well as character introductory videos for the five emotions, and their own individual character posters, there will be plenty more to look forward to in the upcoming months as the film’s release date edges closer. The newest still from Entertainment Weekly features Joy (Amy Poehler) in what appears to be the memory storage room of the mind. The bottom image of Joy is concept art by Ralph Eggleston and Albert Lozano with the glowing memory orbs. Thanks to the Inside Out tumblr page as well as Sammax883 on twitter for the EW image. We’d also like to thank Pixar Post for sharing this new bit of concept art.

Be sure to check back here for more Pixar news in the new year and have a happy 2015!

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New Inside Out trailer is a clever, mind bending treat.

Inside Out

Posted by Simoa • December 10, 2014

The latest full length trailer for Pixar’s June 2015 Inside Out debuted today, and with unsurprisingly brilliant, witty results. Though eleven year old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is the primary setting for the characters/emotions in her mind, this new trailer also gave us a glimpse into the minds of her parents.

The family of three are all sitting down for dinner when mom (Diane Lane) asks Riley how her first day of school was. She responds less than enthusiastically, which sets off signals in her mother’s brain. We see the emotions that inhabit Riley’s brain in her mother’s as well, although they all resemble mom with brown hair and glasses.

Dad (Kyle MacLachlan) receives the signal, and in his mind’s headquarters are mustachioed emotions (not unlike his own) who are cheering on a game. (Hockey in the US version, and soccer in the UK one).

There are some important cues to pick up on. Mom’s emotions are all female while dad’s are male. The emotions in Riley’s mind are both. And from what we see, it seems that mom’s primary emotion is Sadness while dad’s is Anger. As plot details began to surface a couple of months back, we learned that Joy (Amy Poehler) is Riley’s, but she and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) are booted out of headquarters. The scene in this trailer shows what Riley’s mind headquarters look like without those two. Instead she only has Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Anger (Lewis Black) to rely on.As evidenced by this trailer, having Riley navigate with just those three is going to be extremely hilarious. It’s also worth noting that the emotions in her parents’ minds are just as interesting.

Director Pete Docter was also on hand for a Twitter q&a about the film. He answered most questions through the film’s official account, @PixarInsideOut. The film is a metaphor for growing up, and it is indeed striking that Riley can no longer get in touch with Joy, her defining emotion, as she makes the journey. At least temporarily. Riley’s transition from joy filled to withdrawn was actually inspired by Docter’s daughter, so it’s clear this film is definitely a personal project.

It’s no wonder that a film about the mind would prove to be so clever. Now we just have to wait six months for the release!

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‘Toy Story that Time Forgot’: the perfect gift

Review, Television, Toy Story That Time Forgot

Posted by Simoa • December 3, 2014

The lack of a full length Pixar film this year caused unhappiness for many people. But with 2014 coming to a close, Pixar has not disappointed. ‘Toy Story that Time Forgot’ premiered last night and we were treated to yet another stellar half hour Pixar special.

As with the Halloween themed ‘Toy Story of TERROR!’, this special was female led with Trixie the triceratops (Kristen Schaal).

While ‘Toy Story that Time Forgot’ was advertised as a Christmas special, the holiday is more background than anything else. It does still spread plenty of holiday cheer and warmth.

Bonnie has just celebrated Christmas and is still in the mood for the holiday. Woody is dressed as Santa Claus while Rex and Trixie are reindeers. When Bonnie goes on the hunt for her dinosaur, Trixie is excited because she’ll finally be a dinosaur in one of Bonnie’s game. The excitement is short lived however when Bonnie spies Kittysaurus, or Angel Kitty, (Emma Haduck) an ornament on the Christmas tree.

Trixie voices her frustration, but soon Bonnie and her mother head out for a play date at her friend Mason’s house. Trixie, Rex, Angel Kitty, Woody, and Buzz are the toys of choice. When Bonnie arrives, Mason is playing a video game. Bonnie leaves her toys in his room and the gang set out to find some old friends. And this is when Trixie spots the huge boxes of Battlesaur dinosaur toys.

The Battlesaurs are armor plated dinosaurs who have no idea they’re toys. It’s a theme Pixar has revisited since the first Toy Story film, but always with new results. Sparks fly between Trixie and Reptilius Maximus (Kevin McKidd), clearly the coolest looking dinosaur of the bunch. Meanwhile the Cleric who is leader of the Battlesaurs (voiced by director Steve Purcell) proves to have ulterior motives.

Since the Battlesaurs don’t know they’re toys, they think they’re fighting for real. So this means their battles with other toys are intense and a little violent. What happens when Trixie, Rex, Woody, and Buzz find themselves on deck for battle?

There are new characters who instantly steal your heart in this special. Angel Kitty, adorably wide eyed and who delivers messages of good will and hope in a monotone is definitely going to be popular. And Reptilius Maximus is a real hoot. Even in thirty minutes Pixar celebrated childlike wonder and imagination, as well as a chance for Trixie to save the day and learn something valuable about what it means to be Bonnie’s dinosaur.

If you missed ‘Toy Story that Time Forgot’, be sure to catch these showings.

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The Good Dinosaur: concept art and more

The Good Dinosaur

Posted by Simoa • November 25, 2014

Jurassic World isn’t the only prehistoric movie of 2015. As of today, The Good Dinosaur is officially a year away! A new, gorgeous piece of concept art was posted to Pixar’s official twitter in order to start the countdown.

That’s not the only new bit of concept art. Last week, The Good Dinosaur was featured in an LA Times article, as was its troubled production history and new director Pete Sohn.

Rebecca Keegan quotes Sohn in the article as saying that "The heart of the story remains the same. It’s always been about this young dinosaur growing up. But the world itself has changed a lot. Nature has become a character." And nature’s role is that of antagonist. The story is essentially unchanged, retaining original elements of former director Bob Peterson’s story. These include the asteroid never wiping out the dinosaurs and centers on the friendship of the film’s star, Arlo (an apotosaurus) and his pet, a human boy named Spot.

While The Good Dinosaur would have been released in May of this year, fans should be thrilled that in 2015, we’ll get to see two Pixar features.  That makes up for the lack of one this year.

As the article points out, this film wasn’t quite ready for audiences. As newly appointed president Jim Morris said, the movie wasn’t bad, "it just wasn’t great. We wanted to have a great movie."

A year doesn’t seem too long to wait for it. Travel back in time with The Good Dinosaur in theaters next November.

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Inside Out character posters and more!

Inside Out

Posted by Simoa • November 19, 2014

The publicity machine for Pete Docter’s 2015 feature Inside Out

is in full effect! New posters have been released, as well as character

ones and short videos introducing the characters Sadness and Disgust.

It’s clear this movie is one of the most hotly anticipated for next

year, and one of Pixar’s most inventive.

Even with a concept as intriguing as this one, it’s clear that this film will be character driven. That’s always been the modus operandi at Pixar. We’ll hopefully get more images and promotions for Riley, the young girl whose mind serves as setting for these emotions. You can check out their individual character posters!

Below are the two short videos of Sadness and Disgust. Stay tuned to see the three remaining ones over the next couple of days.

Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.

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