Have you ever wanted to see some of your favorite artwork from Pixar films in real life? Fear no more, as a new exhibition has just opened up at Gallery Nucleus in LA today. For the first time ever, the gallery will be showcasing brand new images from each of Pixar’s feature films. What makes it even more unique is that John Lasseter himself picked each design for the show. There will also be hand-signed limited edition prints for sale by each artist who worked on the pieces.
Thanks to Oh My Disney for providing the artwork that will be featured at the showcase.
By Bob Pauley
By Tia Kratter
By Randy Barret
By Pete Docter
By Ralph Eggleston
By Teddy Newton
By Bill Cone
By Dominique Louis
By Ralph Eggleston
By Lou Romano
By Robert Kondo
By Harley Jessup
By Steve Pilch
By Rickey Nierva
By Ralph Eggleston
By Sharon Calahan
By Daniel L Munoz
Be sure to check out Galley Nucleus and celebrate the art of Pixar if you’re in town – it runs from today, December 10th to January 8th, 2017.
At this morning’s annual Disney shareholders’ call, CEO Bob Iger dropped not one, but two Pixar-related bombshells: a sequel to The Incredibles and a third Cars movie are both in development at the studio.
Not much is known about either of the untitled sequels, but Stitch Kingdom reports that Incredibles director Brad Bird is actively involved in that follow-up. I’m sure fans will be thrilled about at least one of these announcements.
With these reveals, Pixar’s announced lineup consists of the following:
Inside Out– June 19, 2015 The Good Dinosaur – November 25, 2015 Finding Dory – June 17, 2016 Untitled Pixar film about Dia de los Muertros – TBA The Incredibles sequel – TBA Cars sequel – TBA
The studio has releases lined up for June 16, 2017, November 22, 2017, and June 15, 2018.
Check back soon for more…
Is Pixar piling on too many sequels, or are you looking forward to these films?
Pixar certainly hasn’t held back on producing Cars Toons – they’ve put out enough to warrant a separate DVD release – but, for the most part, those shorts have been based entirely around Mater’s fanciful adventures. Last year’s Tales from Radiator Springs mini-shorts shifted the focus to the larger cast of characters; now, Pixar is expanding them to a full-fledged series of short films, beginning with The Radiator Springs 500 ½.
Directed by Rob Gibbs and Scott Morse, the first six-minute short will debut this spring exclusively on Disney Movies Anywhere, a new streaming service for Disney, Pixar, and Marvel titles. Here’s the synopsis:
A “leisurely drive” planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley, turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race. Meanwhile, the townsfolk, led by a Stanley-costumed Mater, enjoy the planned “leisurely drive” to retrace Stanley’s original frontier route. Thinking they’re on the same course, a wrong turn sends McQueen and the Baja pros on a treacherously wild bid for survival. The misunderstanding leaves the racing professionals in awe of the “legend” of Stanley: the Original Off-Road Racer.
It’s worth noting that this is the final short to be produced in full at Pixar Canada. Entertainment Weekly notes that a second short in the Tales from Radiator Springs series will follow in 2015.
After an early digital release, Monsters University has finally made its way to DVD and Blu-ray today. Blu-ray.com and High Def Digest both praise the audio/video quality and the abundance of extras included with the film. It’s worth noting that, like most recent Pixar releases, the DVD version is sorely lacking in special features; pick up any of the threeBlu-rayeditions, though, and you’ll be good to go.
Fans of Cars may also be interested in the 3D Blu-ray release of the original film, also hitting shelves today. This is the first time Cars has been released in 3D — High Def Digest has great things to say about the conversion, but points out some inherent issues that come with converting a 2D film into 3D. The same bonus features from the existing Blu-ray are also included.
Be sure to let us know if you pick up either of these releases!
Pixar had a strong feature film showing at this year’s D23 Expo, but that doesn’t mean they neglected their short-form lineup. In addition to revealing the Monsters University short Party Central, the studio shared new details on the upcoming Toy Story of Terror and teased a new pair of Cars shorts.
On Friday, Pixar concluded their segment of Disney’s animation panel by showcasing the first ten minutes of Toy Story of Terror (read a full synopsis over at /Film). Director Angus MacLane and Pixar general manager Jim Morris then shared more at a short-centric panel the following day, describing Terror as the studio’s "first horror film" while still remaining "accessible to everyone." Over the weekend, Variety also dropped an October 16 premiere date for the half-hour special.
At the same panel, frequent Cars Toons director Rob Gibbs also took the chance to reveal two new entries in the series: Radiator Springs 500 1/2 and To Protect and Serve. Both will arrive next year on Disney Channel.
With Party Central attached to The Good Dinosaur in 2014, it looks like it’ll be a while before we see another wholly original Pixar short. Still, Pixar’s franchise shorts continue to act as fun windows into worlds we already know and love.
Which upcoming Pixar short are you most anticipating?
To accompany last Friday’s Disney Channel screening of Up, Disney also aired three brand new Cars shorts. In case you weren’t able to catch them, they’ve just been posted on the Disney website for your viewing pleasure.
Much like the vignettes often released ahead of the latest Pixar movie, these "shorty shorts" clock in at a quick 90 seconds or less. Each was directed by Jeremy Lasky (a frequent director of photography for Pixar) and produced over at Pixar Canada. Watch Hiccups below, and check out Bugged and Spinning at those respective links.
In my opinion, the Cars universe really shines in short form; it allows just enough time with the one-off characters that they don’t overstay their welcome.
When Disney showed off their impressive Disney Infinity game platform last month, they also introduced the three ‘playsets’ that would be included with it: Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles. In addition to these, Avalanche Studios is busy developing separately sold worlds to unlock ingame. The first of these has just been revealed: players will able to explore Radiator Springs from Cars when the game launches this summer!
This is pretty much a no-brainer, as Cars is easily one of the most popular and profitable Disney/Pixar franchises. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Francesco Bernoulli, and Holly Shiftwell will be playable as gamers race and pull off stunts throughout Radiator Springs. The gameplay looks nicely varied compared to, say, the Monsters University world, so there should be plenty of incentive to pick the individual playsets up.
Infinity will launch with six playsets; expect the last two to be revealed closer to the game’s June debut.
Which Disney Infinity world are you most looking forward to exploring?
Rumors have been circulating for months surrounding a revolutionary announcement from Disney’s video game subsidiary. Last December, Polygon provided an extensive early look at Disney Infinity, set to bring together multiple Disney and Pixar franchises in a creative sandbox-style game. Finally, Disney has provided the first official details on this ambitious multi-franchise, multi-platform game!
Turns out the early reports were accurate; Disney Infinity, developed by Avalanche Studios, is a multiplayer "toybox" game coming to Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, and mobile platforms. Disney has taken inspiration from the Skylanders franchise by using a USB "Infinity Base" to scan real-life figurines into the game world. The trailer below should help make things clearer:
Along with character figurines, Disney will also sell game worlds in the form of "playsets." By far the most fascinating element of Infinity, though, is the Toybox mode. Taking pages from Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet, the game features a robust level editor that even includes some programming features, allowing players to create new game modes. Much like LBP, levels and modes can even be shared online and downloaded by others.
Provided that Avalanche Studios can make good on these exciting promises (and I have faith that they will), Disney Infinity could be a much-needed hit for Disney Interactive. We won’t have to wait long to find out, either; Infinity hits shelves this June, alongside a first batch of over 30 character figures sold separately.
This could be a good sign for those wary about the film, as this push suggests that Disney has confidence in the spinoff (keep in mind that Toy Story 2 was also a direct-to-video production before receiving the same treatment). It could, however, just be another result of John Lasseter being more fond of the Cars franchise than most. This should lead to even more confusion over whether Planes is a Pixar production or not, and may even create some unintended box office competition for Monsters University towards the end of its run.
Enjoy these Pixar-related tidbits from the past week to help you get excited for Finding Nemo 3D and Monsters University.
Pixarians Discuss Finding Nemo 3D: Pixar has always employed a subtle, but effective use of 3D with plenty of depth. With Finding Nemo, it’s clear how the film’s deep ocean environments would translate well into the style of 3D used by the studio. To hear about the thought process behind Nemo‘s 3D conversion from the Pixar team, watch this new featurette from Walt Disney Studios New Zealand:
Finding Nemo in 3D arrives in theaters with Partysaurus Rex on September 14.
Billy Crystal Slips Info on Monsters University Plot: The charismatic voice acting in Monsters, Inc. really brought that film to life, and with Billy Crystal reprising his role as Mike Wazowskiin Monsters University, that same energy should return. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Crystal spoke about his role in the new film:
"[Mike and Sully] end up in the same fraternity where they have this scare competition – like Greek Games in college. They have to mobilize a group, sort of like Revenge of the Nerds-monsters, and get them ready to be scary."
Regarding the classic duo of Mike and Sully, he added "They’re 17 and 18 years old in the script. My guy has a retainer even."
Sounds like we’ll get plenty of hilarious banter between John Goodman and Billy Crystal when Monsters University hits the big screen on June 21, 2013.
Cars/Star Wars Die-Casts Unveiled: We don’t blame you if you’ve missed out on most Cars merchandise news in recent years, but this bit of info is worth a look. During a panel at a Disney Consumer Products event, a new lineup of Cars toys was shown off featuring Pixar’s vehicles in Star Wars garb. The mashups are pretty clever, including Luigi and Guido as C-3PO and R2-D2 (of course, no nod to Mater and Jar Jar Bink’s similar polarization among fans.) Check out the full gallery at Inside the Magic.