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A Bug’s Life on Blu-ray Trailer!

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Posted by Martin • March 21, 2009

Pixar’s sophomore effort A Bug’s Life is coming to Blu-ray on May 19th, and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment wants to give you a taste!

This Spring, experience the high-definition sights and sounds as Flik, Atta, Dot and the gang return like you’ve never seen (or heard) them before. The brand new trailer for this "Epic of Miniature Proportions" re-introduces our favorite misfit bugs, and promises new features such as a filmmakers roundtable, never before seen animated sequences and more!

Click on the image above to view the trailer and learn more about the Blu-ray.

(Thanks, Pegasus from the Pixar Planet Forums!)

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Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray Monstrously Delayed?!

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Posted by Martin • March 13, 2009

In more "delay" news, The Pixar Blog has gotten a tip that the Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray release, planned for this Spring, has been pushed up all the way to the Spring of 2010 (some are reporting November ’09)!!

This shocking news was discovered via a few sites such as HDRoom as well as an e-mail from Amazon.com.
Retailers have been getting rid of promotions and pre-orders of the release due to orders from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, which is surprising since the news of this particular Blu-ray has been circulating quite a bit. This brings up the question: why? I got no comment from Disney or Pixar, maybe they want to do this very quietly. Could it be a glitch, a new short planned for the release, a new promotion, maybe they wanted the Blu-ay market to grow some more, or did marketing think that Monsters would take business away from Bug’s, we’ll have to wait ‘til next year to find out…

Apparently, the May 19th release date for the A Bug’s Life Blu-ray has not been changed. Learn more about the two releases here and enjoy the cover art, one of which we won’t see in a long time.

How does this surprise announcement make you feel? Why do you think WDSHE decided to do this?

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A Bug’s Life and Monsters, Inc. Coming to Blu-ray May 19th [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • February 20, 2009

Much quicker than we expected, Disney has let out the official press release for A Bug’s Life and Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray, both being released on May 19th, 2009!

Earlier today, Blu-ray.com reported some details about the special features, which will be alongside all of the previous DVD supplements.

(Thanks, eerik, from the Pixar Planet Forums)

Update: Now, Upcoming Pixar has all the details on the Blu-ray discs, straight from the press release:

 • Monsters Inc. ALL NEW Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features

Filmmakers Roundtable
Filmmakers Pete Docter (director), Lee Unkrich (co-director), Darla Anderson (producer), and Bob Peterson (story supervisor) reflect on the creation of the film, and share their most memorable anecdotes.

Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek Building Monstropolis in Tokyo
A sneak peak of the newest Monsters attraction in Tokyo Disneyland with interviews of the artists and engineers behind the ride.

Roz’s 100 Door Challenge (Interactive Game)-
Think you have what it takes to be a Monster, Inc. employee? Roz will be the judge of that with her 100 Door Challenge. Deal with whatever is behind each new door. It could be a puzzle, a trivia question, a mini game… it could be crazy! Do your best. Your future employment at Monsters, Inc. hangs in the balance.

BD-Live Features
Movie Chat
Movie Mail
Movie Challenge
Movie Rewards

• A Bug’s Life ALL NEW Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features

Introduction by John Lasseter

Filmmakers Round Table
Filmmaker John Lasseter (director), Andrew Stanton (co-director), Darla K. Anderson (producer), Kevin Reher (producer take a journey back 10 years from when the theatrical release first premiered and discuss what advances Pixar has made in technology, story telling and overall filmmaking process.

A Bug’s Life: The First Draft
Existing story boards from Pixar’s original story treatment brought to life by animating them.

Story Treatment Intro by John Lasseter

BD-Live Features
Movie Chat
Movie Mail
Movie Challenge
Movie Rewards

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I have to say I’m extremely excited for A Bug’s Life: The First Draft, an animated version of A Bug’s Life’s first storyboards!! The roundtables also sound awesome, it’ll be great to hear the filmmakers perspective after many years of release, in A Bug’s Life’s case 10! Speaking of, I think that the "Bug’s" release should have the 10th Anniversary mentioned somehwere and maybe the Monsters, Inc. cover would benefit from some Boo action, maybe a shadow…

Specifications: Monsters, Inc. will be available for $40.99 SRP and A Bug’s Life will be on sale for $39.99 SRP. The movies will be packaged with 2-discs with an added DisneyFile Digital Copy for iTunes or Windows Media Player. The feature film will be presented in 1080p, the best HD quality possible. You can pre-order them on Amazon now, click on the titles above for links.

The above image (not final, click to view larger) is courtesy of HDRoom, which reports that the Blu-ray discs will come packaged in an embossed foil O-sleeve and will include redeemable Up tickets, more details on that will be available later. It is also of note that the two beloved Pixar films will be released 10 days before Up, a great marketing tactic!

Keep it here for updates and reviews soon!

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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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A Bug’s Life 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Coming this Spring?

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Posted by Martin • December 2, 2008

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ UK site, The Film Factory has a little hint at a re-release for Pixar’s second feature, A Bug’s Life coming to Blu-ray this Spring.

The bottom right module reads Blu-ray coming soon: "A Bug’s Life – 06 Apr"

Although no link or further information is added, it is a safe bet that this will be the 10th Anniversary release of the epic of miniature proportions.

We’ll bring you more news on this Blu-ray, such as release dates in the US and availibility as soon as it’s released.
Story developing…

(Thanks, Francesco)

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A Bug’s Life 10th Anniversary

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Posted by Martin • November 25, 2008

Today marks an important moment in Pixar history with the 10th anniversary of A Bug’s Life!

Pixar’s second film, is what assured the company that they weren’t a one-time hit, they were here to stay. Many of you have been asking why A Bug’s Life isn’t appreciated as much as Pixar’s other films. It could be because it was released between the two Toy Story films, or because it was "over-shadowed" by megahits like Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Whatever reason, today is the day to appreciate it’s legacy. 

Congratulations on 10 years of A Bug’s Life to everyone at Pixar!

* You can celebrate other anniversaries for Pixar films and  Pixar related events on the Pixar Planet forums, milestones will be posted here.

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Pixar Tops Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Animated Movies List

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Posted by Martin • September 27, 2008

Once again, Pixar tops the list of best animated movies, this time, on Rotten Tomatoes’ new Best Animated Films feature.

Pixar films ranked on the list as follows:
#29A Bug’s Life
#20Monsters, Inc.
#16Ratatouille
#11The Incredibles
#6Finding Nemo
#5WALL•E
#4Toy Story
#1 – Toy Story 2

Cars unfortunately missed the list by 5%, also remember that the Tomato Meter can be tricky. Anyhow, Pixar did great once again, see the list here.

(Thanks, eerik from the Pixar Planet Forums)

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Disney•Pixar Ultimate Movie Collection

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Posted by Thomas • June 13, 2008

Costco is selling the Disney•Pixar Ultimate Movie Collection online for $99.99 USD after a significant discount from its $239.92 retail price. It includes all eight Pixar films on DVD including the Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition and Toy Story 2 Special Edition.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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John Lasseter in Bee Movie?

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Posted by Thomas • April 29, 2008

Jim Hill takes a look at a potential stab at John Lasseter at the end (pictured) of Jerry Seinfeld’s Dreamwork’s flick, Bee Movie

Hill says that this came about after a chat between Lasseter and Seinfeld at Vanity Fair’s 2006 Oscar Party. The story goes that the topic of Antz/A Bug’s Life came up and how purportedly, Jeffery Katzenberg "stole" the idea from Pixar. The conversation then ended with Lasseter warning Seinfeld about Katzenberg. Now Seinfeld took a little offense to this, as he now considers Katzenberg a close friend after working for quite a few years getting Bee Movie made. Seinfeld then made the efforts to get this little part put into the ending of the movie. 
Head on over to Jim Hill Media for the full details.
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Ed Catmull Speaks at BYU

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Posted by Thomas • March 29, 2008

Brigham Young University celebrated the announcement of a new Center for Animation with Pixar president, Dr. Ed Catmull reports Deseret Morning News. Catmull spoke of teamwork and rising above challenges, as well as detailing the production of A Bug’s Life and Toy Story. 

Pixar and BYU have an agreement where they hire three to four animation graduates each year, and also send their own employees to the University to mentor students. 
"All of a sudden, in the last few years, we have found BYU has risen to the top," said Catmull. "BYU has an extraordinary program here."

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