Pixar Schedule at D23 2011!

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Posted by Martin • August 18, 2011

The 2011 D23 Expo is just one day away, and in light of that, we’d like to give our readers a preview of the forthcoming Pixar-related panels.

Since D23 is a biennial convention for avid Disney fans, expect to hear a ton of huge announcements straight from Anaheim throughout the weekend. Here are some of the events Pixar fans in attendance would be crazy to miss:

Friday, August 19, 2011

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. —- Stage 23

"Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios with this retrospective screening of the Studio’s legendary shorts."

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
—- Stage 23
"In a grand celebration, the U.S. Postal Service and The Walt Disney Company unveil the new Disney•Pixar Send a Hello stamps."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. —- Stage 28

"In this musical presentation, Michael Giacchino provides an earful of tunes and tales about his early influences for Pixar’s modern-day classic scores"

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Stage 23

"Join us for a rare opportunity to spend time with the key figures responsible for Pixar’s moviemaking magic."

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. —- Stage 23
"Character designers behind Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Monsters University come together to discuss how they bring these wonderful characters to life."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. —- Stage 23

"Join us for an afternoon of conversation and art with Steve Pilcher and Tia Kratter as we uncover the secrets behind Pixar’s detailed process."

For the full D23 schedule, please visit the convention’s official site at this link.

Will you attend the D23 Expo this year?

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No Comic-Con for Disney/Pixar in 2011; Sets its Sights on D23 Expo!

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Posted by Martin • July 7, 2011

Opting out of a presentation at this year’s Comic-Con, Disney/Pixar has taken their big announcements to D23!

As many fans may remember, the D23 Expo is a biennial convention focusing on all things Disney, hosted by the Mouse House itself. A recently released floor schedule reveals one presentation Pixar fans won’t want to miss at the second annual gathering:

Saturday, August 20, 2011 — 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Walt Disney Studios – "A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse at the exciting roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios. From exclusive video clips and live performances to filmmaker discussions and star appearances, this session will be hosted by Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, President of Production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, President of Production, Marvel Studios."

The expo will run from August 19 to August 21, 2011 in Anaheim, California. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

Are you planning to attend this year’s D23 Expo?

(via Coming Soon)

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Pixar at D23 Expo: New Toy Story 3 Casting Announcements & More! [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • September 13, 2009

Pixar had a huge presence at the first annual D23 Expo. I’m on the run so I haven’t decided if I should gradually update this post as more and more details come out or make new threads for each breaking news item.

Toy Story 3, New Casting Announcements: Remember how exciting it was to hear that the whole (living) Toy Story cast would be back for part 3, or how cool it was when, at Comic-Con,  Ken was announced to be played by Michael Keaton. What about last week’s biggie with the ex-007 playing Mr. Pricklepants?

Well, today has got to be the biggest Toy Story 3 casting reveal yet! Let’s start off with Andy Davis, the toy’s owner. It was recently announced that the original voice-actor, John Morris, will be back to play 18 year old Andy! I’m sure many fans will be excited to hear that!

Newly joining the cast are: Pixar regular and (very) funny woman, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin (Captain B. McCrea) and Whoopi Goldberg! No word yet on who they’ll play but I’m sure it’ll be good since they’re some of my favorite supporting voices in Pixar’s films.

Toy Story 3 Trailer Description: Coming Soon has a great description of the Toy Story 3 trailer. It’s pretty much a cut-up version of the VIFF clip with  cameos from the daycare and an escape plot. Apparently Slinky does in fact have some new lines! Very exciting, sounds awesome but beware of possible spoilers. You can see it in front of the October 2nd double feature!

This is all coming from John Lasseter’s Disney/Pixar Animation panel.

Update: The Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D US premiere screening played right before an introduction by TS3 director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson. It seemed to have gone amazingly well and features a 2D animated opening sequence by Adrian Molina!

Check out more from Pixar and Disney Imagineering at D23 Expo here.

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Pixar at D23 Expo: Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D US Premiere and More!

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Posted by Martin • August 19, 2009

The full line up of D23 Expo content from the Walt Disney Studios and beyond has been announced!

For those of you who may not know, the D23 Expo is a convention for Disney fans being held at the Anaheim Convention Center from September 10th to the 13th. Pixar will have a huge presence at this years event amongst other company divisions, from Parks and Resorts to Consumer Products. D23 covers pretty much everything Disney — past, present and future; including screenings, panels, previews and more!

Particularly exciting for animation fans is John Lasseter’s Walt Disney/Pixar Animation Studios presentation, including upcoming animated films such as The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story 3, Rapunzel and more! We can expect some huge news, especially about the much anticipated sequel, to be broken at Sunday the 13th’s panel. The highlight of the week may be convention goer’s US premiere screening of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D Double Feature on the same day at 7:00 PM! Some other events of interest to Pixar fans include meeting WALL•E and the inspiration behind Toy Story Mania!

D23 Expo is the first event of its kind, unfortunately I won’t be able to go, but it sounds like tons of fun! If you are planning on being in Anaheim, California on the dates above and haven’t gotten tickets yet, get them now before they disappear!

Related: The new issue of D23’s publication Disney twenty-three features a story on the Toy Story franchise. You can pick up your copy now!

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Pixar at SDCC ’09: Disney Animation Panel

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Posted by Martin • July 24, 2009

This year was very light on Pixar’s side at Comic-Con.

Sure, we got a lot of toy news and BOOM! Studios exclusives but not much from the film department. Today, John Lasseter came on stage with Hayao Miyazaki (both winners of SDCC’s Inkpot Award) to preview everything animated for the Disney Animation Panel. Representing Pixar this year from The Lamp was Lee Unkrich who talked up Toy Story 3. Here are a few quotes from the panel, moderated by Patton Oswalt (Remy):

"For Toy Story 3 it’s a totally different emotional core that this movie has. We’re really excited for it. "
~John Lasseter
"We’ve made a very emotional, but entertaining movie."
~Lee Unkrich

For Pixar, a preview of Toy Story 2 in 3D was shown for attendees, the opening sequence to be exact. Also shown was a "retro" short 2D clip based on Toy Story 3 called "Groovin’ with Ken" to introduce one of the Toy Story series’ new additions. As we’ve known, Michael Keaton (Chick Hicks) will be performing this voice and will have a more prominent role with Barbie. Strangely enough this announcement is being treated as news even though we reported it almost a year ago.

So although we didn’t get much from this year’s Comic-Con we can expect interviews to start popping up and a new trailer on the new Toy Story site very soon!

(Thanks goes out to everyone who Tweeted live from the event!)

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Pixar Comic-Con Exclusives + Panel Guide

Cars, Convention, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • July 16, 2009

Are you a Pixar fan? I hope so… Planning to attend San Diego Comic-Con International this year? Great, here are some Pixar-related things to look out for at next week’s convention:

Disney•Pixar/BOOM! Studios Hardcover Compilations & Special Edition Comics: As promised, BOOM! Studios will be releasing compilations of the story arcs from each Disney•Pixar comic. For Comic-Con they’ll be selling extra special hardcover versions of The Incredibles: Family Matters and Cars: The Rookie. Besides that, a holographic print of The Incredibles #1 will be on sale. Both are very limited edition. Location: Booth #2543

Exclusive Toy Story and Cars Mattel Action Figures: Earlier this year we got tips from Pixar Collector on exclusive toys coming this year to SDCC. From Toy Story comes the Buzz Lightyear in movie accurate packaging, from The World of Cars comes Rescue Squad Mater with Dalmatian Mia and Tia. Both by Mattel, available to all starting August 3rd on! Location: Booth #2845

Disney•Pixar Animation Panel: Footage, images and discussion profiling Pixar’s Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3-D Double Feature, Toy Story 3, Miyazaki’s Ponyo, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s The Princess and the Frog, Prep & Landing TV Special and Beauty and the Beast in 3-D! In attendance will be legenary directors such as John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki, Lee Unkrich, Ron Clements, John Musker and more! You can read the full details in our earlier post. Location: Hall H | Day/Time: Fri., July 24 at 12:45 PM

The Art of Cars Comics: The good folks at BOOM! Studios worked very hard coming up with stories that fit the continuity of Pixar’s classics but they do try to get a new artistic style for the comics too. See what the artists on The World of Cars, including writer Alan J. Porter, have in store for fans! Speaking of Porter, help him out with names of sleepy towns on Route 66 for upcoming issues. Location: Room 5AB | Day/Time: Sunday, July 26 from 2:00-3:00

Don’t Forget: Artists like Jeff Pidgeon and other Pixarians will be at the Con promoting their own personal works. Some will just be stopping by to check out the festivities so look out for them!

Please visit the convention’s official site for detailed schedules and more information.

Know of anything more that might interest the convention going Pixar fan? Tell us in the comments section!

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Pixar at Comic-Con ’09!

Convention, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • July 9, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con International has grown to become the world’s biggest pop culture event and Pixar has been a regular these past few years.

The celebrated animation studio brought with them behind the scenes looks at films such as Ratatouille, WALL•E and of course Up. Many times, the convention has been a platform for hype of Pixar’s latest, but usually the big summer blockbuster franchises are in the spotlight. This year, Pixar will get to join in the ranks with the unveilments of Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D and Toy Story 3.

According to today’s press release, Walt Disney Pictures animation panel is being headlined by some of animation’s greatest, John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki on July 24th! Alongside will be TS3 director Lee Unkrich with Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker promoting such films as WDAS’s The Princess and the Frog, Prep and Landing (TV special), Miyazaki’s Ponyo, Pixar’s releases for Fall 2009-Summer 2010 and more! Each presenter will have "insights, trailers and select film sequences" on hand.

Remy himself, Patton Oswalt, will be holding a Q&A session with the directors after the panel. Also representing Walt Disney Pictures are directors and producers from highly anticipated upcoming live-action films such as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Tron 2, although it’s on the 23rd!

Comic-Con will be held at the San Diego Convention Center  from July 23-26. Learn more about the event, including scheduled times, at the official site. Tickets are currently sold out. If you are planning to attend, drop us a line and send us those pictures!

(Disney’s Comic-Con press release)

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Pixar at SIGGRAPH ’09

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Posted by Martin • July 7, 2009

For over 20 years now, Pixar has been attending the SIGGRAPH conference. 2009 is no different and once again they’re one of the main events!

The world famous computer graphics exhibition will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana this year at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from August 3rd to August 7th. If you’re planning to attend, remember not to bring your portfolio to the Pixar booth because they won’t be taking it there. You’ll also want to pick up one of Pixar’s famous walking teapots!

Representing the studio prominently will be animator/director Peter Sohn and 3D Supervisor Bob Whitehill among others. Sohn will have a talk about his directorial debut and how he got his vision on film. This presentation is followed by a screening of Partly Cloudy. Learn more about the August 4th event here. As one of the main presenters, Whitehill will be talking about how Pixar implements stereoscopic 3D into their movies without making it feel gimmicky. Alongside the presentations will be 3D screenings of Pixar shorts and clips from features such as Toy Story.  Learn more about the August 6th event here.

Those are just a few among a long list of events including camera, simulation and animation related talks from Pixarians. To learn more about SIGGRAPH check out the official site. If you do attend, drop us a line and don’t forget to pass along those pictures!

(via The Pixar Blog)

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Pixar at Comic-Con Preview

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Posted by Martin • June 16, 2009

Pixar is surely among the studios presenting their newest film(s) at San Diego Comic-Con International this year.

Note that this post is half speculation, so be aware of that while reading. Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, I’m pretty sure Disney will bring along their tent pole films for 2010. That includes the much anticipated Toy Story 3, of course! If that’s so, it’s almost a sure bet Lee Unkrich will be there! He’ll probably show an extended trailer, new footage, reveal new characters or a combination.

I’m also wondering if the re-releases of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D will have presence at the Con. So far we haven’t seen much advertisement for the two week limited engagement, that is, besides a mini ad on the official Toy Story website. Maybe they could show 3D footage from this double feature exclusively to the audience.

Again, the above is all speculation but we do know of some Pixar-related appearances. Cars will have a confirmed presence through Mattel and the BOOM! Comics series! Their presentation will be held in Room 5AB at 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 26, 2009. Expect news on the brand new toys coming next year and maybe, just maybe some announcements on Cars 2. Alan J. Porter, writer of the Cars comics, will also be there to talk about further establishments of The World of Cars comics.

We’ll be bringing you the official announcements and reports on Pixar’s presence at the biggest pop culture convention in the world as soon as it’s available! Learn more about Comic-Con here.

What are your thoughts on Comic-Con ’09? Who/What are you excited to hear about from the convention?

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Up at WonderCon

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Posted by Martin • March 1, 2009

Nothing much new came out of WonderCon from Pixar this year…

But the panel and footage was said to be just as effective! They showed 5 clips and the first 45 minutes of the film, the same as at NYCC. There was crying, laughter and of course the whole audience enjoyed it.

Here are a few early reports:

IESB has a summary of the panel with some questions asked and quotes from Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera. When speaking about audience reactions they said: "many persons in the audience shed tears and sniffles from these emotional scenes." Good to hear this reaction coming from every place this movie tours.

Latino Review tried to get an answer from Pete Docter about the rumored Monsters, Inc. 2, here’s what he got:
Pete: "Well, it’s like anything. We never say no to something, unless there’s no story there. I mean, it’s all about the storytelling. And if we find some story that really works and should be told, we’ll do it but…" Read the article to find out the rest.

BuzzFocus has an interview with Docter and Rivera, when the reporter ask about MI2 the panel "(Both laugh) No… we don’t know much about it…" Pete also tackles the question of why they chose the subject matter. It’s quite an interesting read.

This movie has quite the positive buzz building up. People seem to be enjoying this movie monumentally. Really good news for Pixar and fans alike!
Check back here for more links to transcripts, Q&A’s. and pictures soon.

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