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Help Pixar’s Dice Tsutsumi Raise Funds For Japan!

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Posted by Martin • March 16, 2012

Artists from Pixar and the industry at large have come together to raise money for the victims of last year’s devastating tsunami in Japan.

Dice Tsutsumi (art director, Toy Story 3) formed Artists Help Japan to benefit the cause by auctioning off rare crew gifts, artwork and other collectibles from some of the world’s most beloved animators. Pixar collectors can be sure that for every winning bid, not only will they take home signed knick-knacks, but 100% of their money will go towards alleviating a region that still needs the world’s attention.

Of particular interest to Pixar fans are some of the following items currently up for auction through Artists Help Japan:

• Cars Crew Jacket
The Art of Ratatouille signed by Brad Bird
The Art of Finding Nemo signed by Andrew Stanton
The Art of Toy Story 3 signed by Lee Unkrich
The Art of WALL-E signed by Andrew Stanton
Brave Crew Cap signed by Mark Andrews

New items will be added frequently during the next two weeks. Check out the main auction page for more fantastic collectibles.

Happy bidding and good luck!

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Pixar Memorabilia Auctions to Benefit Haiti [UPDATE X3]

A Bug's Life, Auction, Cars, Charity, Lee Unkrich, Merchandise, Monsters, Inc., Pixar, Poster, Ratatouille, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • January 23, 2010

Toy Story 3 Woody Poster Signed by Tom HanksEver wanted to get your dirty mits on original gear from a Pixar director’s own private collection?

How about an original 1995 Buzz Action Figure signed by Tim Allen or perhaps even a Toy Story 3 poster signed by a cast member? Well today is your lucky day!

Toy Story 3 director, Lee Unkrich, is hosting a series of auctions on eBay for you to score this insanely cool Pixar gear. All of the proceeds from each of these auctions benefits the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

Update: New items added, finished auctions removed!
Here is what you can currently bid on:

Cars Joe Ranft Storyboard Print Crew Gift
Ratatouille Vintage-Inspired Poster Crew Gift
The Incredibles Teddy Newton Artwork Print Crew Gift
Lee’s Personal The Incredibles Hawaiian Shirt
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Disneyland Poster
The Art of The Incredibles Signed By Brad Bird
The Incredibles Screenplay Signed By Brad Bird
Monsters, Inc. Original 2001 Crew T-Shirt
Monsters, Inc. 2001 Mug Signed By Pete Docter
Monsters, Inc. 2001 Lunchbox Signed By Pete Docter
Original Tin Toy Pixar T-Shirt From 1988
Toy Story 1995 SIGGRAPH T-Shirt
Toy Story Original 1995 Crew Shirt
WALL•E Original 2008 Crew Jacket (BnL Edition)
WALL•E Crew Baseball Cap
Monsters, Inc. Hawaiian Shirt
Monsters, Inc. Boxers Worn By Chimp In DVD Featurettes
Monsters, Inc. Picture Book Signed By Ricky Nierva (2, 3)
Up Crew Leather Satchel
Toy Story 2 Jessie Doll Signed By John Lasseter

Lee Unkrich's Personal 2008 Original WALL-E Crew JacketGet your bids in quickly!
Check out past items at this archived post.

These are amazing once-in-a-lifetime offers, and not only will you be getting a cool piece of certified Pixar memorabillia, but you will also be helping people very much in need in Haiti.

Update 2: Lee Unkrich’s auction has raised over $13,000 dollars for Haiti so far! New items added above.

Update 3: Now the tally has gone up to $20,000 dollars raised! Keep helping Haiti, new items added.

That’s it for today! Be sure to stay tuned to Lee’s Twitter feed next week when he posts more signed stuff.

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Autographed WALL•E Video Games Auction

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Posted by PixarVixen • February 26, 2009

Clothes Off Our Back is currently auctioning various WALL•E video games donated by THQ and autographed by Andrew Stanton.

Proceeds will benefit supported charities including Feeding America (formerly named America’s Second Harvest), The Art of Elysium, Hope North and H.E.L.P. Malawi.

You can bid on 2 lots of each unsealed game for Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360. Simply type "stanton" in the search box to locate these items.

Bidding ends March 10 at 5pm PST.

Thanks to Clothes Off Our Back for bringing this to my attention.

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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 TotoroForestProject.org: “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 www.totoroforestproject.org. 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.
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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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Totoro Forest Project A Huge Success!

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Posted by Martin • September 10, 2008

The Totoro Forest Project auction held at Pixar Animation Studios last Saturday was a huge success!

Artists from Pixar and Disney came together to save the Sayama Forest, the ispiration for Hayao Miyazaki, a good friend of Pixar’s, classic animated gem My Neighbor Totoro. Every single piece out of the set of 200 was sold out.
(via AWN)

Enjoy some pictures of the auction at Enrico Casarosa’s photo stream.
(Thanks Fett101 from The Pixar Planet Forums)

Also, look forward to Leo Holzer’s in-depth coverage on the event soon.

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