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Detroit Film Critics Name Up Best Picture of the Year!

Awards

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • December 20, 2009

Detroit loves Up! At least, according to the Detroit Film Critics Society which named Pixar’s 10th as their best of 2009!

In the Best Picture category, Up won against the following big-time Oscar buzz generating films: (500) Days of Summer, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds and Up in the Air. Pete Docter also went home with Best Director for Up, competing against each helmer of the aforementioned films.

With Up landing Best Animated in a bunch of this year’s other critic awards, it’s refreshing to see the highest honor bestowed upon Pixar’s latest in the Michigan-based awards. What’s strange is that the DFCS Awards doesn’t appear to have a Best Animated Feature award, not that it needs one. Anyway, you can see the rest of the DFCS winners here.

Here’s hoping the Academy recognize Up as the DFCS has, or if anything else, allows for a Best Picture nomination. But for now, congratulations, Pete Docter and co. on another momentous win!

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German Up (Oben) Poster Auction

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • September 3, 2009

With Up (local translation, Oben) headed to German theatres on September 17th, Walt Disney and Way To Blue are auctioning off an exclusive Up (Oben) theatrical poster!

It’s signed by director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and German dub actor Dirk Bach  for a good cause! When you bid, you’re also donating to a good cause in Germany focusing on homeless children.

About the charity (translated):
"Die Arche" (The Ark) is fighting against child poverty in Germany. In its facilities, it offers children free hot meals, help with homework, leisure activities including sports and music, and a whole lot of attention. "Die Arche" has also taken up the task of increasing media focus on children in need. With its many awards, the charity is fully funded through donations.

You’ll find more information on the auction here.

Note: Post edited by martini833.

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Lego’s Pixar Mini-figs revealed

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • July 24, 2009

Lego BuzzWith the release of Toy Story 3, Lego will be releasing some of its Pixar licenses including their own Mini-figs. A friend of mine that works for Lego in Denmark sent me a link to some of the new products that are expected. and the can be seen in these two Flickr,  Flickr galleries.

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Pixar Oscar Hopes Expand with Best Picture Category

Academy Awards

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • June 24, 2009

Fans of Up now have lifted hopes for the film’s chances at an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.  

The Motion Picture Academy has decided to return to including ten nominees in the most coveted category at the 82nd annual ceremony in 2010 for the first time since 1943.  "There were 10 best pic noms for most of the Academy Awards’ first decade.  In 1935 there was a bumper crop of 12 nominees."

The decision comes into response to controversy that many deserving films are shut out from even competing in the category like high grossing action flicks and of course animated films which have their own Best Animated Feature category.  Only one animated film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 1992, has ever been nominated for Best Picture, and that was nearly a decade prior to the birth of the animation category.

The recent critical and box office success of animated films, particularly from Pixar, as well as major action films like last year’s The Dark Knight have many in the industry believing these films can compete in the category. The Academy hopes the change will make that possible. The new rule should have a particularly significant impact this year as no early front runners have emerged on scene as awards season approaches.

Note: Nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be announced on February 2nd, 2010. Watch the ceremony live from Hollywood on March 7th, 2010!

Your thoughts?

(via Variety. Thanks  to Paul for the heads Up!)

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Partly Cloudy Hits iTunes

Partly Cloudy

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • June 2, 2009

Partly Cloudy CoverThe short film that accompanied UP in theaters, Partly Cloudy, is now available through iTunes for $1.99. The 5:49 short is directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Kevin Reher. You will need a US account to download it!  

 A brief synopsis: "Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer lies up in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life. Gus, a lonely and insecure grey cloud, is a master at creating "Dangerous" Babies, Crocodiles, Porcupines, Rams and more – Gus’s beloved creation is a work of art, but more than a handful for his loyal delivery Stork partner, Peck. As Gus’s creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck’s job gets harder and harder. How will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend’s fiery treatment?"

Well worth it!
Marvel at the official poster to the right, click to view larger!

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New Partly Cloudy Pictures revealed.

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • May 14, 2009

Partly CloudyWe just received some new pictures from the short film "Partly Cloudy" which will be released with "UP" and the news that it will be available on iTunes when "UP" hits the theaters on the 29th.

Pictures are Uploaded in full reselution!

All Pictures are ©Disney/Pixar 2009

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Will Steve Jobs be Re-elected to the Disney Board? [UPDATE Annual Report]

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • January 17, 2009

With Steve Jobs taking a leave from Apple until the end of June, this pressing matter has come up.

Some people are questioning if he will be able to perform his duties at the Disney Board considering his health concerns which are "more complex than [he] originally thought." FT.com thinks he may be challenged, while the Orlando Sentinel say’s there’s nothing to worry about.

Your thoughts?

The team at Pixar Planet sincerely wishes Mr. Jobs a speedy recovery!

Update:
Speaking of Mr. Jobs, Disney has just released their 2008 Annual Report. Not much is mentioned about Pixar but there are a few blurbs congratulating the Studios on their success with WALL•E and a quick preview of Up. Also of interest to Disney•Pixar fans, there’s a brand new image from Disney’s upcoming traditionally animated film The Princess and the Frog as well as a few older pictures from WALL•E and Up. Read the full report here.

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Jim Morris Nominated for Producer’s Guild Award [WALL•E Awards UPDATE]

Jim Morris, WALL-E

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • January 7, 2009

Briefly: Pixar General Manager and WALL•E producer Jim Morris recieved a nomination from the PGA for Producer of the Year in an Animated Theatrical Film. This would be Pixar’s third time being nominated in the category, let’s hope Pixar wins for the third consecutive time (previously they took home the award for Cars and Ratatouille). WALL•E is up against Bolt and Kung Fu Panda this year.

(via TPB)
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And in related news…
WALL•E won the People’s Choice Award for Best Family Film.
Congratulations, Pixar!

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A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc. Officially Confirmed + Best Blu-ray of ’08

A Bug's Life, Blu-Ray, Monsters, Inc., WALL-E

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • January 7, 2009

Pixar’s classic tales A Bug’s Life (1998) and Monsters, Inc. (2001) will be released back-to-back on Blu-ray presumably in Spring of this year.

The long circulating rumor has now been confirmed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in an announcement of their future releases from February to October of this new year. Monsters and ABL will both include a digital copy for viewing on an iPod and will likely feature some sort of new content. An announcement featuring specific details on the two afformentioned releases are expected late this Winter. What a great marketing strategy, think about it: Disney•Pixar’s Up, from the director of Monsters, Inc. (now on Blu-ray)!
Unfortunately, there was no announcement of the long awaited Finding Nemo Blu-ray which has had changing release dates for the past year or two.

Speaking of Blu-rays, IGN has named WALL•E the best BD of the year! Read what they had to say here.

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Five More Pixar Shorts Available on iTunes

iTunes Store, Jack Jack Attack, Mater & the Ghostlight, Mike's New Car, Short Film, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B, Your Friend, The Rat

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • December 23, 2008

Pixar has recently added four movie based shorts and a bonus pre-Pixar short to their iTunes store. New to the list are Mike’s New Car, Jack-Jack Attack, Mater & the GhostlightYour Friend the Rat, and Lucasfilm’s The Adventures of André & Wally B. Each short is priced at $1.99, and for the first time are available individually.

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