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Pixar’s Josh Hollander Talks ‘Incredibles’ 3D, ‘Ratatouille’ 3D, and More

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Posted by Brkyo614 • March 17, 2014

Over the last few years, Pixar has welcomed the revival of 3D with open arms. In addition to releasing all of their features since Up in 3D, they’ve rolled out 3D theatrical re-releases of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. At this month’s 3D Creative Summit, Pixar’s director of 3D production Josh Hollander shared insight into the studio’s approach to the format and discussed their future 3D plans.

According to Hollander, the studio is hard at work developing 3D versions of The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He notes that "[they’re] trying to figure out exactly what the release strategy for that will be," so whether these will be full-fledged theatrical releases or just 3D Blu-rays (like Cars 3D) is unclear.

In addition, Hollander also hinted at what to expect from next year’s Inside Out in 3D:

"The movie is just pure magic […] We’re looking at how translucency and opacity is used, which plays really well in 3D. There’s not much more I can share about it but it will build upon our use of 3D, supporting ‘emotions’ and emotional moments."

For those interested in where Pixar could go after 3D, with projection techniques like high frame rate, 4K resolution, and HDR imaging on the rise, Hollander had this to share:

"Of those, the High Dynamic Range seems most interesting to us because there are entire worlds of colour that we’ve not been able to show you and not be able to represent in our films because of the limited colour space of the display technologies. 4K is also interesting to us – that added clarity. High Frame Rate isn’t something we’ve been digging into yet, we’re doing some testing but it’s not banging down our door and begging for us to use it right now."

To read more from his talk on the state of 3D cinema, head over to ScreenDaily for the full story. Based on Hollander’s statements, Ratatouille 3D is near-complete, while The Incredibles 3D is still knee-deep in production. Stay tuned for further details on those releases.

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First Trailer for ‘Monsters, Inc.’ 3D!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • September 5, 2012

Following last week’s poster for the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. is a new trailer courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers. There’s nothing new to see for anyone familiar with the movie, but it’ll give audiences a first glimpse of the movie’s 3D makeover when it’s screened in  theaters. Check it out below.


Monsters, Inc. returns to theaters in 3D on December 19.

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (08/24/12)

Cars, Disney Digital 3D, Finding Nemo, Monsters University, Round-Ups

Posted by Brkyo614 • August 24, 2012

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.

(Via Stitch Kingdom)

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 Wazowski in 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.

(Via Coming Soon)

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.

(Via Pixar Post)

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Trailer: ‘Finding Nemo’ 3D!

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Posted by Martin • January 12, 2012

After a pseudo-preview on the Ellen show, a new trailer has been released for the 3D theatrical re-issue of Finding Nemo.

I’ve always thought the underwater environment in Nemo would work amazingly in 3D, so I’m excited to see Pixar’s 5th back on the big screen. Fans will be able to catch the Andrew Stanton-directed feature when it dives into megaplexes later this year. Check out the trailer below: 

Finding Nemo 3D opens September 14, 2012.

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‘Finding Nemo’ 3D Featured on ‘Ellen’!

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Posted by Martin • January 9, 2012

Late last year, Disney announced its plan to re-release four animated movies in 3D-capable theatres beginning in 2012.

Two of these films happen to be some of Pixar’s most beloved, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Appropriately, the first in line to make its 3D debut, Finding Nemo, was recently featured on Ellen Degeneres’ namesake talkshow. Take a look at the “preview” footage:

Finding Nemo 3D opens on September 14, 2012.

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Description of the First Toy Story 3 Image

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Posted by Martin • April 2, 2009

Ain’t It Cool News visited ShoWest this week and at Disney’s presentation, they were among the first public audience to see an image from Toy Story 3. Here is how Quint described the concept art:

"They showed a piece of artwork from Toy Story 3 that I hadn’t seen before. It was kind of a haunting image, actually. Woody has his back to u, overlooking Andy’s room. Woody’s head hangs low. Andy’s room is now a teenager’s. There is a hill of dirty clothes in the middle of the room, a guitar in one corner, car poster on the wall, etc. No toys to be seen excpet Woody himself. Like I said, a sad image."

Sounds epic! Can’t wait to see the picture when it’s released online. Toy Story 3 is in theatres June 18th, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D, directed by Lee Unkrich.

Read more about ShoWest’s Disney presentation here, where Disney Digital 3D was the focus.

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Disney•Pixar Feature Animation Slate Images

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Posted by Thomas • April 9, 2008

Group PhotoI have put together a set of photos and images from the Disney•Pixar feature film slate announcement today, including a few images from the event, as well as promotional images for the films.

Click here to view them.

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BREAKING: Pixar Film Slate Announced

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Posted by Thomas • April 8, 2008

Disney/Pixar have announced their upcoming film slates in this press release

Pixar’s release schedule is as follows:
  • Jun 27, 2008 – WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)
  • May 29, 2009 – Up (Pete Docter/Bob Peterson)
  • Oct 2, 2009 – Toy Story in 3-D (John Lasseter)
  • Feb 12, 2010 – Toy Story 2 in 3-D (John Lasseter)
  • Jun 18, 2010 – Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
  • Summer 2011 – newt (Gary Rydstrom)
  • Christmas 2011, The Bear and the Bow (Brenda Chapman)
  • Summer 2012 – Cars 2 (Brad Lewis)
Also we now have the voice talent for WALL•E:  Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, John
Ratzenberger and Kathy Najimy. Thomas Newman is composing the score. 

The synopsis for Up, is as follows:

From the Academy Award® nominated team of director Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.") and co-director Bob Peterson comes "Up," a comedic adventure taking off (and lifting spirits) in summer 2009. Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. "Up" takes audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer — look "Up."

It’s voice talent includes: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai. newt‘s synopsis is as follows:

What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other? That’s the problem facing Newt and Brooke, heroes of "newt," the Pixar film by seven-time Academy Award® winner for sound Gary Rydstrom, and director of Pixar’s Oscar-nominated short, "Lifted." Newt and Brooke embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice. Love, it turns out, is not a science.

The Bear and the Bow‘s synopsis is as follows:

A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure "The Bear and the Bow." The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. Director Brenda Chapman ("The Prince of Egypt," "The Lion King") and the storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale.

It’s voice talent is as follows: Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson.

Cars 2 accompanies the following synopsis: 

All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the "Cars" saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe. "Cars 2" is being directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®- winning film "Ratatouille."

I guess those rumours were true. Along with these announcements is the announcement that Disney•Pixar will endeavor to release every animated film starting with Up, in Disney Digital 3-D. Find out a whole lot more here.

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UP Enters The Third Dimension

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Posted by Thomas • March 10, 2008

We do know (or at least one does hope the other knows), that Pixar’s 2009 release, UP, directed by Pete Docter, is going to be a 3D animated film. Pixar aren’t going to 2D, yet. In addition to this, ComingSoon.net, reporting from ShoWest, said that Disney have announced that the film will also be exhibited in 3-D. It seems it will go hand-in-hand with the three Toy Story releases over 2009-2010, that will also be in 3-D.

However, Peter Sciretta from /Film, does make a very good point. Is Disney having a negative influence on Pixar? He says:

And I’ve always loved Pixar’s view on sequels and 3D. Things like “Sequels are not part of our business model” and “We’ll only do 3D if the story compliments it” have been said many times in many interviews. 

Then last year it was announced that the Bay-area based animation studio would be making a third Toy Story film. And then, in January, Disney made the big announcement that it would be released in Digital Disney 3D following the rerelease of the original two films, which would be remastered for three dimensional viewing.

Add this onto the rumours that Disney•Pixar are going to make a Cars 2 and are eyeing a 2011 release date, and it just doesn’t sound like Pixar at all. Is it really necessary for the unstoppable duo to release these films in 3-D? I’ve never actually seen a film in 3-D, but it really just sounds like a cheap gimmick. But please, correct me if I am wrong. Leave a comment below and share your opinion.

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