Day & Night

Day & Night – The Pixar Short Of The Week

Day & Night, Pixar Short of the Week, Short Film, Shorts, Teddy Newton

Posted by Joanna • December 7, 2018

“Day & Night” is the much-loved Pixar short that played before Toy Story 3 in 2010, and it still stands as one of the most unique shorts in the studio’s history.

It explores the inspired 2D-3D world of Day and Night – two polar opposite characters with, to begin with, a total lack of empathy for each other. The short opens with a fully 3D animated scene, and the audience is lulled into a false sense of familiarity: Pixar does 3D animation! This is what we’ve all come to expect (the genius Ratatouille short “Your Friend the Rat” is a clear exception here, along with lots of creative credits scenes). This is where “Day & Night” hits us with the first of many clever surprises – this 3D world we’ve been looking at is all inside not one, but two 2D animated characters. Inside Day are sunny fields, bright mornings and singing birds, while inside Night are moonlit meadows, glinting stars and chirping crickets.

These two characters live in the same world – in fact, the entire short only uses a single camera – but the “Day & Night” crew managed to pull off this seamless day-night contrast between scenes inside each of the characters. They live in the same world, but they see it so differently. It’s only as they discover more about each other that they begin to see the beauty in their opposite’s perspective. This is such an important message – one that can apply to absolutely everyone who’s had the joy of watching the short.

There are so many things to appreciate about “Day & Night”: the particularly relevant message, the knitting together of wildly different animation techniques, the use of sound… Initially, director Teddy Newton wanted to use only natural sounds to create the soundtrack of the film, but eventually Michael Giacchino was enlisted to compose music for it too. The music was only used where music would naturally be – playing on a radio on the beach, or blasting out of Las Vegas casinos.

There are so many smart visual and audio gags in “Day and Night” – ducks quacking to mimic laughter, squeaky bicycle wheels to imitate Day rubbing his eyes. Here, Night is hanging off a cliff edge.

The finale to “Day & Night” is perhaps what sticks with people the most – Day and Night are distracted by a radio broadcast, which is a snippet from a Dr Wayne Dyer (author and motivational speaker) lecture.

“Fear of the unknown. They are afraid of new ideas. They are loaded with prejudices, not based upon anything in reality, but based on … if something is new, I reject it immediately because it’s frightening to me. What they do instead is just stay with the familiar. You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe are the most mysterious.”

It’s after hearing this recording that Day and Night finally understand the beauty in one another’s world views – it’s people’s differences that make our world so full of wonder. A synchronised sunrise and sunset show that Day and Night may be very different, but it’s still possible to connect with one another.

In the commentary for “Day & Night” from director Teddy Newton and Camera Polisher and Stereographer Sandra Karpman, Newton comments on the fact that many viewers’ favourite part is when Day and Night almost seem to become each other and switch places. He explains that they don’t turn into each other. “They’re still who they are. They’re still the same person. It’s just that the thing inside them has changed. They come out of the experience seeing the world in a new way, empathising with the other’s world view.”

That’s a pretty brilliant message to be putting out there.

Some fun facts:

  • Director Teddy Newton would hear this recording of Dr Wayne Dyer while he was growing up because his mother owned an audio recording of one of his lectures. He felt the quote so perfectly fit the theme of “Day & Night” and it couldn’t not be included.
  • Pixar treated Dr Wayne Dyer to a screening of “Day & Night” as a way of saying thank you.
  • Initially, Newton came up with the idea of a keyhole character with the 3D world inside it. In the end, he decided the characters needed to be more mobile to be able to tell a story, so the keyhole concept gradually evolved into the walking and (kind of) talking Day and Night characters that we see now.
  • Newton lent his voice to Chatter Telephone in Toy Story 3 and Mini Buzz in the Toy Story Toon “Small Fry”.

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Teddy Newton and Derek Connolly Developing New Pixar Feature!

Day & Night, Derek Connolly, Teddy Newton

Posted by Brkyo614 • November 29, 2012

Variety broke some big news about Pixar’s future lineup earlier today: Derek Connolly, an up-and-coming screenwriter who made a splash earlier this year with the acclaimed Safety Not Guaranteed, is working with Pixar veteran Teddy Newton on a new feature film!

Connolly’s limited, but strong writing background resembles that of Toy Story 3‘s Michael Arndt, who was hired at the studio after a single writing credit (Little Miss Sunshine).  Speaking with Variety, Connolly described his experience at Pixar to date:

"It’s totally different, the way they do things up here. You’re here everyday. You don’t go away for three months and come up with a script. You’re involved with a director and it’s very collaborative."

That director is Teddy Newton, a name which should be familiar to many Pixar fans. An artist at the studio since the development of The Incredibles, Newton took the director’s chair for the first time with the 2D/3D hybrid Day & Night. With any luck, the same blend of creativity and character will be applied to his first feature.

The movie’s title and release date remain up in the air, but it could be the November 2015 feature which Disney recently announced. Look out for any future news.

Do you think this writer/director team has potential?

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Pixar at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! [UPDATED LIVE]

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Posted by Martin • February 27, 2011

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are here, celebrating the biggest achievements in filmmaking from the past year.

Pixar has a lot to celebrate with a total of six Oscar nominations including a spot in the Best Picture category. Toy Story 3 landed five competitive nods with an additional mention for Day & Night.

Pixar nominations are listed below. During the show, winners will be moved from the "Nominated" list to the "Winners" list. Additionally, Pixar highlights will be posted during the telecast in the "Commentary" section. 

Best Animated Feature FilmToy Story 3 — Lee Unkrich
Best Original SongToy Story 3We Belong Together — Randy Newman

Best Picture — Toy Story 3 — Darla K. Anderson
Best Adapted ScreenplayToy Story 3 — Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Best Sound EditingToy Story 3 — Tom Myers, Michael Silvers
Best Animated Short FilmDay & Night — Teddy Newton

Check out the rest of the nominees here.

7:30 — Darla K. Anderson’s mom appears on ABC’s "mominees" montage.
8:30Toy Story 3 appears in Best Picture montage.
9:05Best Animated Short up, The Lost Thing wins.
9:10Toy Story 3 wins Best Animated Film! Pixar’s sixth win in the category.
9:10 — Lee Unkrich accepts; thanks Academy, Lasseter, Catmull, et al.
9:15Best Adapted Screenplay up, The Social Network wins.
9:50Best Sound Editing up, Inception wins.
10:00 — Sci-Tech montage, Pixar’s David Laur honored for "Alfred" program.
10:05 — Randy Newman performs "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3!
10:20 — Auto-tuned Toy Story 3 yields "We’re Still Here" by Woody himself! 😉
10:45 — "We Belong Together" by Randy Newman wins Best Original Song!
10:45 — Randy jokes about being nominated twenty times; winning twice.
11:35Toy Story 3 featured in Best Picture montage.
11:40Best Picture up, The King’s Speech wins.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Watch the Oscars today (2/27) starting at 8ET/5PT PM LIVE on ABC! International readers, please check your local listings.

Congratulations, Lee Unkrich, Randy Newman and the entire Toy Story 3 crew!

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Day & Night Takes Home VES Award!

Awards, Day & Night

Posted by Martin • February 2, 2011

The 9th Annual VES Awards, held by the Visual Effects Society, yielded one big win and a couple of disappointments.

First, for the bad news: Although Toy Story 3 was nominated in two categories, it did not emerge victorious last night. You win some, you lose some.

However, Pixar was able to secure a key prize. Teddy Newton’s celebrated film, Day & Night, took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short. Newton must be ecstatic!

To see a full list of winners, click here.

Congratulations, Teddy Newton + the Pixar crew!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (01/31/11)

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Posted by Martin • January 31, 2011

Who can keep their mind in the present when we’re always looking forwards and backwards in time?

Why do I bring this up? The stories that follow focus on Pixar’s celebrated achievements of 2010 and give us a taste of an upcoming 2012 project… Enjoy!

Lee Unkrich at Animated Oscar Symposium: Meet Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich at the Academy‘s Oscar Nominated Animated Features Symposium on February 24. Also featuring directors Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon) and Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist), this is shaping up to be an evening that fans of the medium won’t want to miss! Click for details.

Shorts! with Teddy Newton: Day & Night director, Teddy Newton, will make an appearance at an Oscar Nominee symposium as well, appropriately titled "Shorts!" Nominees in both the live-action and animated short form competition are all expected to be in attendance on Feb. 22. Click for details.

Tickets for both Beverly Hills, CA events go on sale tomorrow. General admission (for each event) is $5. [via Pixar Blog]

A Preview of Pixar’s 2012 Short: Although it may not be an image or a clip, Day & Night producer Kevin Reher spoke to Animation World Network about the short film that will be attached to Brave in theatres—

"It’s funny, the new film we’re finishing production on now, which will be attached to Brave in 2012, it’s three characters and two sets, and man, how easy it is. It’s different, there’re no gags… It’s beautiful, it’s lyrical, it’s very different from all the other ones. It’s amazing how easy it can be when you just have 3 characters and 2 sets."  [via Pixar Times/AWN]

Can’t wait to see what he means by that! Read the full interview with Teddy Newton and Kevin Reher here.

Your thoughts?

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Day & Night on Oscars “Short” List!

Academy Awards, Day & Night

Posted by Martin • November 30, 2010

The Academy has made public a list of ten films as they inch closer on the road to Best Animated Short.

Earlier this month, we got to a preview of 33 films, including Pixar’s Day & Night, that could possibly land the category. Here are the lucky ten that did, in fact, capture a preliminary spot:

• The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger — Bill Plympton
Coyote Falls — Matthew O’Callaghan
Day & Night — Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo — Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute — Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing — Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage — Bastien Dubois
Sensology —Michel Gagne
The Silence Beneath the Bark — Joanna Lurie
Urs — Moritz Mayerhoffer

Notice any familiar names? Other than Teddy Newton, a couple of the directors above are also well known Pixarians! 

Nominations are set to be announced on January 25, 2011. The 83rd Annual Academy Award ceremony will be presented on February 27, 2011.

Your thoughts?

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33 Shorts Qualify for Oscar Gold, Day & Night Among Them!

Day & Night

Posted by Martin • November 22, 2010

A total of 33 films, including Pixar’s Day & Night, are qualifiable for the Academy’s Best Animated Short Film category.

According to Cartoon Brew, which broke the news over the weekend, this year’s list is unique in that only three directors have been previously nominated in the category.

Teddy Newton’s innovative combination of 2D and 3D animation wowed audiences last summer, but will its story blow the Academy away? In my opinion, Day & Night‘s message is not only beautiful, but necessary— so I hope it is properly recognized.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 25th, 2011. Oscar’s red carpet rolls out on February 27th, 2011.

Your thoughts?

(via Cartoon Brew)

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Behind the Scenes with Teddy Newton: Day & Night Storybook!

Day & Night

Posted by Martin • August 23, 2010

Directing Day & Night was only part of the job for Teddy Newton.

At the same time, the multi-talented Pixarian was sketching and planning for the accompanying storybook. Go behind the scenes and into Newton’s mind in the latest video from Chronicle Books:

Day & Night is available now from Chronicle Books. You can order your copy directly from the publisher or through for SRP $14.99.

Your thoughts?

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Day & Night Contest — Winners Announced!

Competition, Day & Night

Posted by Martin • August 10, 2010

Remember that little contest from last week — the one we held? Well, Teddy Newton wasn’t able to pick one winner…

Instead he picked three!!! Yup, that means more than one of you can now claim to be proud owners of a signed Day & Night storybook from the folks at Chronicle Books and Pixar! How unexpected, even for me!

Teddy really enjoyed all of your entries — there were just so many good ones — but here are his top three, in no particular order:

Virginia H. from Knoxville, TN — View entry

Sarah K. from Potsdam, NY — View entry

Dan A. from Clarksboro, NJ — View entry

Congratulations! After clicking "View entry", scroll up to see the proper comment. Winners, please check your inbox at the e-mail address provided.

Don’t forget, the Day & Night storybook is now available to purchase from Chronicle Books. I’ll have a review on the blog soon, so look out for that!

Thanks goes out to Teddy Newton for taking the time to review each of your comments! This contest also wouldn’t be possible without the continued support from Chronicle and Pixar who generously provided the fabulous prizes!

Thanks everyone for participating! Congratulations to the lucky winners!

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Contest: Win an Autographed Copy of Day & Night (Book) by Teddy Newton! [WINNERS ANNOUNCED]

Day & Night

Posted by Martin • August 6, 2010

Judging by online discussion, Day & Night has been one of Pixar’s most well received shorts.

Now it’s your chance to tell director Teddy Newton why you love his latest film. Comment on this blog post to enter for the chance to win an autographed copy of his latest release from Chronicle Books, Day & Night!

Many will enter, one will win. Here’s the challenge. Entrants must keep their blurbs short to be eligible for consideration. Teddy Newton will be reading each and every one of your comments entered before 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 8th, 2010 to determine the winner — anything submitted after that date will not be eligible.

The contest’s winner will be notified on this blog post after Monday, August 9th, 2010. Expect a follow up e-mail from Chronicle Books to collect your prize.

Important: Read the entire blog post before commenting. Please remember to submit your current/contactable e-mail address and your name/city. Registered users, submit e-mail in profile. Keep it short and sweet, but by all means, try to stand out. Be civil! Sorry, open to residents of the US and Canada only. Thanks for participating in Upcoming Pixar’s first contest ever!

Update: Our contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated! One winner will be announced soon…

Update 2: Remember how we told you that there would only be one winner? Well, we (unknowingly) lied. Click here to see the winners. Yes, plural!

Good luck, readers!

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