10 New Up Stills Revealed + More Publicity Images

Art, UP

Posted by Martin • May 12, 2009

As we inch closer to the release of Up, more and more press items are becoming available like this set of brand new images from Disney’s PR site.

Film Stills: We have selected a few to display on Upcoming Pixar but you can click on the links below to see the rest in higher resolution:
Picture #1: Carl Goes Up
Picture #2: Dinner with Muntz
Picture #3: Airship Ride
Picture #4: Dogfight
Picture #5: Russell’s Face On Glass 
Picture #6: Approaching the Tepui
Picture #7: Muntz and his Dogs
Picture #8: Ellie and Carl
Picture #9: Kevin Running
Picture #10: Hang On

Progression: Also check out this animated GIF showing the progression of a shot in Up, in these steps, storyboard, layout, set building, animation, simulation, effects and lighting. Click to view larger.

Cast & Crew: Ever wonder what the cast of Up looks like in real life? To the left we have a collage featuring (in order from left to right) Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, and Jordan Nagai. We also have pictures of the crew such as Pete Docter, Bob Peterson (also the voice of Dug), Jonas Rivera and composer Michael Giacchino. Click to view larger.

Concept Art: Disney has also released some concept art which we’ve seen most of. Check it out anyhow:
Concept #1: Carl, Russell, Dug, Kevin Reach the Tepui
Concept #2: Russell
Concept #3: The Gang in the Jungle

Images courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios.


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The Art of Pixar Short Films Out Now!

Art, Art Of:, Short Film

Posted by Martin • February 25, 2009

The much anticipated coffee table book, The Art of Pixar Short Films by Cartoon Brew co-founder Amid Amidi (foreword by John Lasseter) is available for purchase now!

Do you want to get your hands on the latest in the  ‘Art of Pixar’ series? You can enter this contest (sponsored by publisher Chronicle Books) to get a free copy of the book and accompanying DVD. All you have to do is post a comment saying what your favorite Pixar short is, and you could win in the random draw. Otherwise, the book is available to order from the Chronicle Books page or from Amazon.

The Art of Pixar Short Films will be a wonderful addition to your Pixar collection.
For more information, read my book review.

Enjoy some exclusive high resolution images (Courtesy of Chronicle Books):
Click to view larger: Andre & Wally B., Tin Toy, For The Birds, One Man Band.

Exclusive announcement: Amid Amidi has also brought to our attention that in about a month he will be starting on The Art of Toy Story 3! Exciting news. Oh, and don’t forget, The Art of Up by Tim Hauser (TAo WALL•E) is coming in May.

*Image credit: From The Art of Pixar Short Films by Amid Amidi foreword by John Lasseter/Published by Chronicle Books, LLC.

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WALL•E Concept Art


Posted by Martin • November 16, 2008

Head on over to /Film and check out some WALL•E concept art/production stills to promote the DVD that’s coming out in 2 more days! Exciting, huh? This will get you even more excited… if that’s possible!

The article includes sketches of WALL•E and EVE, storyboards, and concept art for "Trash Planet". Also included are images of Pixar employees doing their thing!

Don’t forget to look below for all the pre-order offers!

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Reporting on The Totoro Forest Project Auction

Art, Auction, John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Pixar, Pixar Employees

Posted by Leo Holtzer • September 12, 2008

The world's top film animators, comic book artists and illustrators come together after creating original works of art inspired by the iconic animated film /My Neighbor/ /Totoro/ for an auction to benefit the Totoro No Furusato (Totoro's Homeland) National Fund – also known as the Totoro Forest Fund on September 6, 2008, at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. The Totoro Forest Fund is dedicated to preserving Sayama Forest, a large park outside Tokyo that inspired the beloved film by respected Japanese movie director Hayao Miyazaki. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

By Leo N. Holzer

$200,000 plus and growing. Talk about a green event! 

On Sept. 6, an art auction was held at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville with proceeds benefiting the Sayama Forest, an 8,750-acre patch of Mother Earth in all her glory just outside Tokyo. This area served as the inspiration for master animator Hayao Miyazaki’s film “My Neighbor Totoro.” 
More than 180 artists — including some top illustrators in comics and children’s literature as well as others working at Pixar, Blue Sky, Disney, DreamWorks, LucasFilm and Sony Pictures Animation — contributed 205 pieces. The auction raised both awareness and much-appreciated cash for Miyazaki’s Totoro no Furusato Fund, the Japanese organization leading the efforts to protect the Sayama Forest from urban encroachment. 
After arriving at Pixar and checking in, I headed into the giant atrium lobby with a few friends to take our first look at the art in person. Pictures of the art had been posted online for more than a month before the auction, but many pieces were even more spectacular in person. I found only one that I thought photographed better than it looked close up. 
There was something here for every taste. You couldn’t see the overall collection and not fall in love with a half-dozen or more pieces. 

The world's top film animators, comic book artists and illustrators come together after creating original works of art inspired by the iconic animated film

“As someone who’s learned from and been inspired by Miyazaki-san,” Lasseter said, “I’m honored to help support the Totoro Forest Project” and to have Pixar Animation Studios host the auction. 
Lasseter then introduced Dice Tsutsumi, Ronnie del Carmen, Enrico Casarosa and Yukino Pang, the organizers who’ve spent hundreds of hours planning and preparing for the auction. 
Tsutsumi said the seed of an idea to do a charity art auction hit fertile ground when he shared it with Casarosa and del Carmen. Artists frequently donate pieces to charitable efforts they support and Casarosa organized a smaller fundraising auction about a year ago for an organization that builds hospitals in war-torn and poverty-stricken areas. Those earlier successes gave them the energy to tackle something bigger, something that continued to grow at every stage, something that could have overwhelmed them. So many artists have been inspired by Miyazaki’s films that they wanted to be a part of this very special auction. 
Tsutsumi thanked everyone for making the evening a success, from his fellow organizers and the contributing artists to the volunteers and auction attendees. 
People then enjoyed a bit to eat and drink as silent auction bidding continued. Everything about the evening was fantastic and that certainly included the food. Those who purchased the $100 package got more than their money’s worth in the delicious spread and exquisite $40 auction catalogue.
Bidding continued with some boards closing before the live auction kicked off around 8:15 p.m. A handful of pieces had been preselected for the fun and lively live auction and a half-dozen or so wildcards from the boards were thrown into the mix. 
Casarosa told me that many artists not only contribute their own works to these charity events, but that they also like to buy pieces from others they admire. That was true for the Totoro Forest Project auction, but maybe just a little less so. I know several people — not gifted with artistic talent but who recognize and admire it in others — who were able to take home a piece, or two, or three. 

Totoro Forest, © Arito Suzuki

Lasseter purchased a handful of the live-auction items, including pieces from Tsutsumi, del Carmen and Casarosa that he plans to reframe together after the showing at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. Bob Peterson also made several purchases — a few during the live auction and others from the silent auction boards. A handful of items sold for a couple hundred dollars and a few went for $3,000 to $4,000-plus. 
The proceedings were entertaining with a few good quips by the auctioneer — “The more you pay, the more you’ll love it” — the typical bidding war or two, a couple of quick saves and dozens of paddles up at the opening bid price for several items.
The auctioneer called it the finest grouping of art he’s ever seen sold in a single night. 

Totoro Forest Project Auction Artwork by Pete Docter

The evening was a smashing success, far exceeding the expectations of its key organizers. As Tsutsumi wrote on the blog at “What a memorable night it was. I don’t even know how to begin. We sold all 205 pieces of artwork donated for this project. We made over $200,000, which actually was twice as much as we were shooting for. The energy was insane. A full spirit of human generosity. People were really excited. People were really happy.” 
More than 180 items from the auction will be put on display at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco beginning Sept. 20. 
To see pictures of the art or learn more, visit A limited number of the auction catalogues will also soon be available for purchase from the site.
View the complete set of photos from the event and more here.

Photo 1+3:  The world’s top film animators, comic book artists and illustrators come together after creating original works of art inspired by the iconic animated film "My Neighbor Totoro" for an auction to benefit the Totoro No Furusato (Totoro’s Homeland) National Fund – also known as the Totoro Forest Fund on September 6, 2008, at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. The Totoro Forest Fund is dedicated to preserving Sayama Forest, a large park outside Tokyo that inspired the beloved film by respected Japanese movie director Hayao Miyazaki. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / courtesy of Pixar)
Photo 2: Ellen Moon Lee; John Lasseter; Lou Romano; Bob Peterson
(Photo by Deborah Coleman / Courtesy of Pixar)
Photo 4: Totoro Forest, © Arito Suzuki
Photo 5: Totoro Forest Project Auction Artwork by Pete Docter

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Tickets on Sale Monday For Totoro Pixar Event

Art, Pixar, Pixar Employees

Posted by Leo Holtzer • August 10, 2008


Many of you have been wondering when and how you
can buy tickets for the upcoming Totoro Forest Art Auction Benefit
to be held Sept. 6 at Pixar. The first pre-sale will start at 10
a.m. Monday.

Here’s the options available – Please note that all tickets include the stunning Art of Totoro Forest Book (worth $40)
Forest Friend – $100 regular admission + book.
Forest Sponsor – $200 includes admission + book + signed limited edition print Forest Champion – $300 includes middle VIP live auction seating + book +
signed limited edition print + gift certificate to Blowfish Sushi Forest Hero – $500 includes front VIP live auction seating + book + an original drawing by one of the artists

Onlline tickets sales will begin Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific! Visit for more information and a link to the online ticket sales. There will
be a rather limited numbers of tickets so act quickly if you want to be
part of this very special event.

Remember many of the donating artists will be in attendance, as will some "key figures" in
the film business. It will be a night to remember!! All the “Totoro
inspired” art is up for preview at
Please take a look at these marvelous works by clicking on the gallery
link or alphabetically by artist and see if you don’t find a half-dozen
or more favorites that appeal to your individual taste.

All proceeds will be donated to the Totoro Forest Foundation, to help save
and preserve a wooded area near Tokyo that was an inspiration for Hayao
Miyazaki’s "My Neighbor Totoro."

Organizers are planning to have remote online bidding for those who cannot come to the night of
the event. More details will be posted as they become available.

The $40 book is mainly for auction attendees. Any remaining copies will be on sale at shortly after the auction.

Following the auction, the works will be displayed to the general public at the Cartoon Art Museum, beginning Sept. 20.

Check this site in a couple weeks to learn even more about the benefit auction and public exhibit.

— Information forwarded and edited by Leo N. Holzer

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Afterworks 3 In The Works

Art, Merchandise, Pixar Employees

Posted by Thomas • July 16, 2008

A group of Pixarians who print under the guise of E-Ville Press have put Afterworks 3, an anthology of comics into production. Artists include,

  • Mark Andrews
  • Jennifer Chang
  • Emma Coats
  • Everett Downing
  • Willy Hwang
  • Brian Larson
  • Austin Madison
  • Ted Mathot
  • Scott Morse
  • Jeff Pidgeon
  • John Sanford
  • Dan Scanlon
  • Nathan Stanton
  • Nick Sung
  • Derek Thompson
  • Anthony Wong
  • Alex Woo
And you can see the artwork for the cover being created by Lou Romano above. 

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E-Ville Press At SDCC 08

Art, Merchandise, Pixar Employees

Posted by Thomas • July 1, 2008

The group of Pixarian comic creators that go under the encompassing name of E-Ville Press, will be in attendance at the upcoming 2008 San Diego Comic Con

You will be able to visit Ted Mathot and Derek Thompson at Booth #1534. You can see a map here with the booth highlighted. 
You will be able to purchase their anthology of comics, Afterworks 2, as well a Derek’s new Monster Annual, both parts 1 &2 of Ted’s, Rose & Isabel series, as well as part one of his latest addition, Cora (Pictured).  
Be sure to stop on by and say hi to the guys. 
UPDATE: Scott Morse, Jeff Pigeon and Bill Presing will also be that at booth #4800 under the name, Red Window.  Thanks Ted.

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Eric Tan On Retro Design & WALL•E


Posted by Thomas • June 24, 2008

i09 have talked to Eric Tan on his retro poster designs for WALL•E, Ratatouille and The Incredibles as well as other projects. 

A lot of the creative leads up at Pixar are huge fans of the Disneyland attraction (or ride) posters. A lot of the ones from the 60’s were done in this very simple, colorful style. In fact, you always come across a few pinned up on the walls when you walk through the halls of Pixar.

says Tan. It’s a very interesting article, so take a read here

Thanks Martin for the correction. 

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6 WALL•E Watercolours For Sale

Art, Merchandise, WALL-E

Posted by Upcoming Pixar • June 21, 2008

Sanders Art Studio has six promotional concept art prints from the series inspired by Giclee "Pixar the future is now" by Eric Tan for sale.

Print size is 12 × 18 and cost $165,00


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Art, Merchandise, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • June 13, 2008

David Occhino from David Occhino Design has created a WALL•E inspired font, called GALAX•E that is available for purchase from his website for $20 USD.

GALAX•E is a bold, futuristic font that combines straight angles and rounded edges for an advanced, technological look. A unique feature of this all-caps font is that the capital letters are centered within a circle. Version 2.0 adds lowercase letters and a new version, "Circled." This font was inspired by the lettering from Pixar’s animated movie "WALL•E" with additional characters created and digitized by David Occhino.

David also creates many other professional fonts, including others inspired by famous movies that are available for purchase. Check them out here.

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