Woody’s News Round-Up! (11/20/12)

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Posted by Brkyo614 • November 20, 2012

As the year comes to a close, the excitement surrounding Brave and other 2012 Pixar releases is settling down; all that’s left is the December 19 release of Monsters, Inc. 3D. Nonetheless, a few worthwhile Pixar stories have made the rounds recently.

Pixar Honors Steve Jobs: Many forget the influence of the late Steve Jobs on Pixar’s upbringing, providing essential financial support and leadership for the company up until his death. The studio’s staff, though, have certainly not forgotten – in honor of Jobs’ legacy, the studio recently erected a sign above the entrance to its main building in Emeryville, officially declaring it "The Steve Jobs Building". (Via Pixar Times)

Enrico Casarosa Unveils La Luna Statue: Following his previous tease, La Luna director Enrico Casarosa recently tweeted a first look at a maquette based on the short’s lead character, Bambino. Just 500 will be available exclusively at the Pixar studio store next month, and a wider release is unfortunately unlikely.

Amazon Lists Monsters, Inc. for 3D Blu-ray Release: A month prior to the 3D theatrical release, Amazon is already listing a 5-disc 3D Blu-ray edition of Monsters, Inc. for pre-order. No release date has been announced yet, but check back in the coming months. (Via Pixar Talk)

First "For Your Consideration" Ad for Brave: With the movie awards season rapidly approaching, Pixar is aiming to drum up some enthusiasm among critics through a new ad for Brave, recently seen in Variety. Likely the first of many, the print ad aims to net the film a few Oscar nods by reminding readers of the visceral beauty of Brave. (Awards Daily, via Pixar Talk)

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Reminder: New Pixar Blu-rays Hit Shelves Tomorrow!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • November 12, 2012

The 13th should be a good day for Pixar fans in the US, as Brave and the second volume of Pixar Short Films Collection both arrive on DVD and Blu-ray in North America.

Brave, coming in standard DVD, 3-disc Blu-ray, and 5-disc Blu-ray 3D packages, includes the feature film, the new short film The Legend of Mor’du (see the first stills at Entertainment Weekly), and Enrico Casarosa’s La Luna. The Blu-ray editions contain a second disc with a plethora of bonus features omitted from the standard DVD. and Examiner both praise the pristine audio/video quality and solid supplemental features, so this should be a near-perfect home video release as expected from Pixar.

Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2 compiles twelve of Pixar’s newer shorts onto one disc (see the full selection on the DVD and Blu-ray Amazon pages) and also showcases student films from John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. DVDizzy and suggest that this one isn’t a must-own, but Pixar loyalists should take interest in the audio commentaries and rare student films.

Both of these titles will be available on Tuesday, November 13. Additionally, be on the lookout for the Finding Nemo Blu-ray on December 4.

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‘Brave’ Returning to Theaters for Labor Day Weekend!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 30, 2012

If you haven’t caught Brave in theaters yet, now could be your last chance before the November 13 DVD release. Like Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 before it, Disney is expanding Brave‘s theater count from 500 to 1,700 this Labor Day weekend to bring in some last-minute cash.

To date, Brave has earned a solid $230 million domestically. With the summer movie season coming to an end after a humdrum August, the movie will leave most theaters following this engagement. Disney’s Dave Hollis explains, "We wanted to try it again and use messaging that says, ‘Get it while you can, one last time before these films head to video.’"

Pixar movies returning to the cinema has become a common occurrence as of late with Finding Nemo 3D, Monsters, Inc. 3D, and the recent Memorial Day AMC engagement. It could be many years, though, before Brave returns to theaters. To see if Brave is playing in your area, head over to Fandango. Otherwise, Brave arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on November 13.

(Via LA Times)

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‘Brave’ Blu-ray Special Features Announced!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 22, 2012

Disney has put out a press release outlining the special features to be included on the 5-disc collector’s edition of Brave on Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Disc 1 Includes:

  • La Luna Theatrical Short – Fans will love this charming short that accompanied the film in theatres. It follows a young boy on his first night working the family business alongside his father and grandfather. 
  • The Legend of Mor’du Short – This rousing new bonus short film will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the legend behind Mor’du, as told by the eccentric witch who transformed him.
  • Brave Old World – Fans will watch as members of the Brave production team investigate Scotland, exploring its land, culture, people and dialects. The research they gathered was brought thrillingly to life in the film. Also, fans will hear what actress Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland.
  • Merida & Elinor – With the creation of Merida and Elinor, the Pixar filmmakers delved deep into the relationship between mother and daughter. Highlighting contrasts in character design, clothing, animation, voicing, and even hairstyle, watch how the filmmakers explored this most important of relationships. 
  • Bears – Take a look inside the art and design behind the bears in Brave. Each of the bears, gentle Mum-bear and terrifying Mor’du, demanded a different approach to creating their physical appearance and personality.
  • Brawl in the Hall – A fascinating and hilarious inside look at the process of creating Brave‘s fighting Scots, through animation, crowd simulation and fight choreography – not to mention a room full of grunting men whose vocal chortles added authenticity to the raucous scene.
  • Wonder Moss – Fans will explore how Brave‘s technical artists examined the real Scottish countryside and studied the laws of nature, then turned these findings into computer codes that would blanket Merida’s Scotland in lush moss, lichen, and bracken.
  • Magic – The magic and mystery of Scotland is revealed to fans in this charming feature about the legends – from mystical potions to the will o’ the wisps – seen in Brave.
  • Clan Pixar – At Pixar, getting into character is a team effort. From making Haggis to Kilt Fridays to celebrating the Scottish poet Robert Burns, fans will see how the Brave production crew truly embraced Scottish themes and customs fueled the Pixar crew throughout the creation of Brave.
  • Once Upon A Scene – A closer look at the evolution of the storylines throughout the production of the film, including alternative openings to the film and many deleted scenes.
  • Extended Scenes – Three separate scenes are highlighted in their extended form. Director Mark Andrews discusses the decision making process that led to the shortened versions of these scenes.
  • Director Commentary

Blu-ray Disc 2 Includes:

  • Fergus & Mor’du An Alternate Opening – Once upon a time, Brave had a different opening scene. Eventually cut from the film, fans can see it in its entirety in this bonus feature narrated by the film’s director Mark Andrews.
  • Fallen Warriors MontageA selection of deleted shots that were cut from the film late in production are presented to fans in various stages of completion through a video montage narrated by director Mark Andrews.
  • Dirty Hairy People – Fans will enjoy this uproarious bonus feature discussing the development of Brave‘s Scots – including the design of their hair, attire, and dirt-crusted physiques.
  • It is English…Sort Of – This bonus feature helps fans interpret some of the more Scottish lines in the film, thanks to the real Scottish actors who play the key characters and contributed their own dialects and sayings.
  • Angus – A look at Merida’s most trusted companion, Angus, a mighty Clydesdale.
  • The Tapestry – Fans will learn the story behind this embroidered emblem of family unity, which was lovingly crafted by Brave‘s team of artists.
  • Promotional Pieces – This bonus includes promotional clips for Brave, including: Feast Yer Eyes, Relics, Clan DunBroch, Launch, and more.
  • Art Gallery – A selection of breathtaking art from the creation of the film, showcasing characters, sets, scenes and stunning landscapes.
  • Wee Gaffes – A video montage of simulation, animation, and shot bloopers.
  • Renaissance Animation Man – Get a look at Director Mark Andrews’ love of Scotland, sword-fighting, music and more!
  • Teasers and Sneak Peeks

Sounds as substantial as we’ve come to expect from Pixar home releases; hopefully the features include a few words from director Brenda Chapman.

Look for the Brave DVD and Blu-ray on shelves on November 13.

(Via Stitch Kingdom)

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First Scoop on ‘Brave’ DVD Short!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 20, 2012

Since the release of Monsters, Inc. and Mike’s New Car, Pixar has typically made it a tradition to include a feature-based short in their home video releases. Often expanding on events occurring alongside the film (Jack Jack Attack, BURN-E), they provide additional insight into characters who didn’t get much screen time. And according to Callum O’Neill, who plays Wee Dingwall in Brave, the movie’s DVD short will shed some light on a few of the film’s minor characters.

Speaking with Female First, the actor divulged that "There is a short film in the Brave DVD, that is being put in there as an extra, it is about two minutes long and is a scene between my character and Julie Walters’ character the witch." He then goes on to describe the solitary nature of the recording process: he never met Julie Walters while working on the same scene.

This is speculation, but it sounds like the short could be a series of vignettes in which each of the film’s three suitors discover the witch’s cottage. It’s a fairly original premise and it’d be a great chance to expand upon the underdeveloped witch. Nothing is official yet, but stay tuned as more DVD details are released.

Brave arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on November 13.

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‘Brave’ Blu-ray Dated for November 13!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 17, 2012

As Brave‘s theatrical run nears its end, Disney is divulging a few more details on the home video release.

The 3-disc Blu-ray and 5-disc ultimate collector’s edition were listed on Amazon about a month ago, but now the Disney Store also has the 3-disc edition up for pre-order. Details are still light, but the product description confirms a November 13 release date. Interestingly, Brave will not share a simultaneous launch with Finding Nemo on Blu-ray on December 4.

The Disney Store also is offering a free lithograph set as a pre-order bonus. The site has yet to list the 5-disc edition of Brave, but it should come alongside more details on bonus features soon.

Pre-order Brave on Blu-ray from the Disney Store or Amazon.

(Via Stitch Kingdom)

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Brenda Chapman Parts Ways with Pixar!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 7, 2012

Despite being pulled from the head directorial spot during the production of Brave in 2010, Prince of Egypt director Brenda Chapman remained at work at Pixar through 2012. As of late last month, however, the mind behind Brave has joined a growing list of Pixar employees, including Doug Sweetland, Lou Romano, and Brad Lewis, who have left the studio.

Pixar Portal claims that Chapman is now working as a consultant for Lucasfilm’s animation department. A creative talent who worked in the story department on classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, we wish her luck at Lucasfilm and can’t wait to see what she works on next.

Still, the growing amount of talent leaving the studio could be a cause for concern. Disney cited "creative differences" as the reason for Mark Andrews taking the helm of Brave, which, combined with Andrews’ action-oriented directorial style, leads me to believe that executives wanted to broaden the appeal of the film to male audiences. A since-removed piece of art on Lou Romano’s blog depicted Pixar characters in chains beneath a Mickey Mouse caricature. Something could definitely be going on behind the scenes at Pixar following the 2006 acquisition by Disney, but we know little for sure.

New talent continues to be cultivated at Pixar, however. Dan Scanlon, Ronnie Del Carmen, and Peter Sohn, who are working as directors on upcoming Pixar productions, are all first-time feature directors at the studio. Brave and La Luna both prove that Pixar continues to release creative and exciting films, and all of their upcoming projects sound inventive and promising.

Regardless of any controversy at Pixar, Brenda Chapman and her creative contributions to Brave should be celebrated. Clearly one of the most talented women in the animation industry, we hope the best for her at Lucasfilm and anywhere else she goes in the future.

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Box Office Watch: ‘Brave’ on its Last Legs?

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 24, 2012

After a month of financial success, Brave‘s major box office run could be nearing its end, with smaller earnings pushing it onward.

During the week of July 16, the film accumulated $6,687,867 at the box office from Monday through Thursday. Against the box office juggernaut The Dark Knight Rises, Brave dropped to #5 over the weekend, taking in $6,024,987 (a 46% drop from last weekend). Likely to make sub-$1 million daily during the coming weekdays, the movie’s final push into the record books relies heavily on casual moviegoers and the dollar theater.

At the moment, Brave‘s domestic total stands at $208,774,173, now beating out Toy Story and Ratatouille as well as Cars 2 and A Bug’s Life. The slow burn of Pixar’s movies in theaters will help move Brave towards a level of success likely around or above that of Cars. The film is also beginning to expand internationally, taking in $70.5 million overseas to date.

Next week, the film will beat The Lorax to become the #1 animated film of the year domestically so far. Stay tuned for more news on Brave at the box office.

(Via Box Office Mojo)

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Box Office Watch: Week 4: ‘Brave’ vs. ‘Ice Age’!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 16, 2012

NOTICE: From now on, we’ll be combining weekday and weekend box office reports for Brave into a single post.

With new family-friendly competition arriving each week, Brave‘s profits have been gradually dropping throughout July. Many assumed that the arrival of Ice Age: Continental Drift this week would signal the end of Brave‘s major box office run. So how did the film perform?

Over the week of July 9 through 12, Brave took in a modest $10,931,456, a 51.6% drop from last week’s weekdays. The real question, though, is how the movie fared against its biggest competitor to date.

Surprisingly, Brave held up pretty well against Ice Age over the weekend; the film took a fairly standard 43.1% drop, taking in another $11,160,522. Its current domestic total stands at $196,061,319.

Ice Age did, though, debut at #1 with a solid $46.6 million, knocking Brave down to #4. However, Ice Age‘s greatest success is in its international performance. Overseas, the film has grossed $339 million to date, in contrast to Brave‘s measly $46.8 million international earnings. Remember that Brave has yet to open in many major territories, including the UK.

Next week, Brave will finally reach the coveted $200 million mark domestically, placing it among Pixar’s previous hits. To see how much farther the film will go, and to stay updated on Brave‘s rising international intake, check back soon.

(Via Box Office Mojo)

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‘Brave’ Blu-ray Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 15, 2012

Although Brave has only been in theaters for less than a month, information on the home video release has already been made public. has two editions of Brave up for pre-order, with a first look at cover art to the right: A five-disc "ultimate collector’s edition" featuring 3D and 2D Blu-rays, a DVD, and a digital copy of the film, as well as a standard version that includes the 2D Blu-ray and DVD. A DVD-only release will inevitably be announced in the future.

Despite no confirmed release date or special features, pre-orders are already on the rise; the 3D Blu-ray is currently the best-selling Blu-ray on Amazon, and the 2D edition is ranked at #7. A full announcement from Disney will likely come around August.

Pre-order the 3D Blu-ray here or the standard edition here.

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