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Woody’s News Round-Up! (08/03/12)

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 3, 2012

Though the summer can be a bit dry when it comes to Pixar news, here are a few stories to tide you over until the next major announcement from the studio.

First Look at Pixar-Inspired Disney Cruise: This Fall, Disney is inviting guests into the world of Pixar through a series of themed California coastal cruises. Offerings on the boat include encounters with meet-and-greet characters, art exhibits, talks with Pixar artists, and opportunities to enjoy all of Pixar’s productions, including Finding Nemo 3D. If you’re not convinced that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Disney has put up a promo video featuring words from Pixar’s John Lasseter:

The cruises set off from Los Angeles beginning on September 16.

Pixar in Concert Debuts in San Francisco: Any fan of Pixar or film in general knows that strong music can bring a great story to powerful new heights. Pixar in Concert exists to remind listeners of this through an orchestral compilation of the most memorable Pixar music. The show premiered this past weekend at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Jim Hill Media provided an excellent summary of the proceedings here. The event continues on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Art of Monsters, Inc. Reprinted:
Chronicle Books’ look at the conception of Monsters, Inc. has become a rarity over the years, sometimes fetching hundreds of dollars from online bids. Just in time for Monsters University, though, Chronicle has finally made the sought-after book available on their site once more for $40. Be sure to take a look!

Builder Brings WALL-E to Life: Pixar fan works aren’t uncommon, but rarely is as much effort seen in a project as what Mike Senna put into this real life WALL-E bot. It took over two years of hard work to build the creation, but Senna explains that the touching reactions from children made it all worth it in this video from The Yo Show.

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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 D23Expo.com.

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

(via Coming Soon)

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The Toy Story 3… That Never Was!

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Posted by Martin • November 29, 2010

As many longtime Pixar fans remember, Toy Story 3 wasn’t always in the nurturing hands of Emeryville’s visionaries.

As late as 2006, Disney was holding the franchise hostage in what would later become an amicable deal between the Mouse and the Lamp. "Bob & Rob", the screenwriters tasked with Disney’s version of the toy-threequel, invite us into their now-infamous world.

In a recent blog post, the scipt-crafting duo recount writing the Toy Story 3… that never was. Mind you, they didn’t know Disney’s intentions at the moment, and they love the finished Pixar film, but you can tell that they’re still personally attached to their pitch.

Check out concept art and some uncanny story similarities over at Bob & Rob Professional American Screenwriters.

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Peach Makes a Splash in Disney Cruise Line’s Virtual Porthole

Disney, Finding Nemo

Posted by Martin • December 29, 2009

One of the charms of "live" Disney entertainment is the prominence of character appearances, something Disney Cruise Line is certainly no stranger to. But a major complaint for the boats seems to be that the inner cabins, which lack a balcony, have lesser appeal in part because they have no view of the "big old blue." 

Vacationers want the vistas and Disney wants to fill its inner rooms, so they’ve added what’s called a Virtual Porthole to the less desirable accomodations in their upcoming liner, the Disney Dream. These porthole-shaped LCD screens stream a live feed from cameras along the boat’s body, allowing guests to see… the sea.

Sorry about that last, bad pun. Anyway, what makes the Virtual Portholes especially magical are the random character appearances such as this one from Finding Nemo’s starfish, Peach:

So, what do you think? Would you choose an inner room on the Disney Dream, with its inclusion of Virtual Portholes, when it open in 2011?

(via Jim Hill Media)

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Roy E. Disney (1930-2009)

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Posted by Martin • December 16, 2009

Today a Disney legend has passed away…

Roy E. Disney was 79. He was a preserver of Disney’s true culture, fighting to keep the brand alive and well. Walt’s nephew, Roy, was the true link to his uncle at the company that bears his family name.

This is especially meaningful to Pixar fans because in the studio’s talks with Disney Co. prior to the 2006 acquisition, he was one of the key player’s who helped the companies reconcile. Roy also heralded the revivial of Disney animation (known as their second golden age) and helped save the company twice by ousting corrupt company toppers.

John Lasseter said it best, "[Roy] was a great man who believed deeply in the art of animation. He put his heart and soul into preserving Disney’s legendary past, while helping to move the art of animation into the modern age by embracing new technology" (From CBC obituary)

After winning many battles to preserve the company, he has lost his last fight to cancer. He is gone now, but his legacy surely won’t be forgotten.

R.I.P. Roy Edward Disney (1930-2009)

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Luxo/Disney Settle Over Jr. “Custody Case”

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Posted by Martin • November 4, 2009

A few months back we were all surprised by Luxo AS’s lawsuit over Disney/Pixar’s new uses of it’s iconic mascot, and more importantly, what would come of this court case.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Esq., both companies came to an "amicable settlement" over the conflict. It almost plays out like a custody case determining who has rights to Jr. The mess all started when Disney decided to manufacture and sell Luxo Jr. lamps packaged with the Up Blu-ray. Understandably, the lamp manufacturing giant didn’t take a liking to this move citing that such products would shed their company’s promise of quality in bad light, no pun intended.

With this settlement’s wording, it is not clear if we’ll still see a consumer version of Pixar’s mascot even though a pre-order is still available at Disney Store. On the other hand, we can be sure that Luxo Jr. will still hop into Pixar’s logo before every film. Luxo has agreed that they have no problem with "artistic depictions" of their lamps just like they said back in 1986. No one has to worry that John Lasseter’s inspired caricature may have to suffer a horribly hilarious fate as depicted by College Humor!!

I’m glad both Disney and Luxo AS could come to such an agreement, shows they’re not in it to cheat each other out of their money.

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Rich Ross Named Disney Studios Chair

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Posted by Martin • October 5, 2009

Three weeks ago, the sudden departure of Dick Cook left people wondering exactly who would be taking his place as Disney Studios Chair.

Many analysts speculated that the position would be filled by current Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. In reality, he’s got more than enough on his plate right now and, in my opinion, is just where he belongs. The other popular guess was that Rich Ross, former head of Disney Channel Worldwide, would take over.

Turns out Ross has now been officially named chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. This announcement came today, confirming the aforementioned rumors. Anyway, the position of studios chairman is a huge responsibility encompassing production, distribution and marketing of all Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Miramax and Pixar films.

I don’t quite know how to feel about this decision. He did launch the mega-hits that are High School Musical and Hannah Montana, so he’s unquestionably avid at marketing. On the other hand, those franchises aren’t seen as creative genius by most. Then again, he won’t be able to interfere with Pixar’s heavily guarded properties (although he did collab. with Lasseter on Cars Toons) so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Let’s just hope for the best especially when it comes to the other Disney owned studios!

Congratulations Rich Ross on the new and prestigious position… don’t disappoint us! Your thoughts?

(via NY Times)

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Pixar Steel Book Blu-rays: Future Shop Exclusives

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Posted by Martin • September 25, 2009

Canada’s Future Shop will be releasing exclusive Disney steel book Blu-rays each week starting October 6th for 12 weeks!

Six of the titles coming soon for this special promotion are from Pixar’s catalog. Ratatouille will be available on Week 5 (Nov. 3rd) with Week 6 (Nov. 10th) marking a double release of both Up and Monsters, Inc. The next week will be followed by WALL•E then A Bug’s Life and Cars (Nov. 17th-Dec. 1st) each spaced exactly one week apart from each other.

The first Blu-ray to go on sale from the series will be Disney’s first animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. During the promotion, you’ll also find other Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and The Nightmare Before Christmas in addition to the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

The art on each of these steel book Blu-ray cases is magnificent and definitely worth buying for any serious home video collector who can get their hands on it. If you’re looking for a unique way to display your Pixar collection, Future Shop’s set is the way to go!

Each Blu-ray will be available for pre-order 7 days prior to release.

(via Pixar Talk)

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Dick Cook Resigns as Walt Disney Studios Chairman

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Posted by Martin • September 19, 2009

In shocking news, it seems the Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook, has resigned after 38 years with the company.

This announcement came to the surprise of many with reasons for the resignation undisclosed and being debated. Some sources are even saying that Cook was fired by a displeased Bob Iger. 

The major consensus would have to be that, under his leadership lately, the studio’s movies haven’t been performing all that well. This is especially true in the live action department where Disney lost $12 million even with the success of Up.

The major resignation also brings up the question: who will be taking over? Many are pointing to John Lasseter as the best candidate. Lasseter definitely deserves such a position but one would have to ask, will he be spread out too thin at this point? This could terribly affect our favorite Lamp and the many big wigs that do business with Mickey such as Jerry Bruckheimer, Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis as noted by /Film.

For those who may not be aware, The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group oversees everything from Pixar and Disney Animation Studios to Touchstone and Miramax to Walt Disney Pictures and soon enough Marvel and DreamWorks. 

So as you can see, this move could heavily affect Pixar’s upcoming schedule and management. Please post your opinion in the comments section?

(Main Story via LA Times)

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Lawsuit! Screams Luxo

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Posted by Martin • September 5, 2009

As most Pixar fans know, John Lasseter was inspired by his own Luxo brand lamp for Pixar’s first short film, Luxo Jr.

The Norwegian lamp manufacturer, Luxo ASA, which settled with Pixar over the name "Luxo Jr." more than 20 years ago, is filing a new complaint in New York federal court over the name’s use in limited edition products by Disney.

What do they mean by that? According to the Oslo-based company, Disney/Pixar hasn’t merchandised products using "Luxo Jr." explicitly until now. Apparently this breaches past agreements and would "cause devastating damage to Luxo and dilute the goodwill which Luxo has built up." Luxo ASA is citing the Luxo Jr. Premium Combo Pack and the animatronic Luxo Jr. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as infringing on their trademark.

In my opinion, the complaint is ridiculous considering Pixar and Luxo came to a settlement way back in the 80’s over the use of their name. So why does it matter now? Oh wait, it’s because Disney’s making money off of it in an actual tangible product. I’d have thought that Luxo would be happy about their name being spread by one of the most trusted entities in the movie industry. But it’s all about money isn’t it…

A spokesperson for Disney said he/she hadn’t been informed and wouldn’t comment until he/she read through the complaint. If you’ve read The Pixar Touch, you’ll know that the studio has been slammed with countless lawsuits and typically wins the cases. I wonder how this one will go. Hopefully Disney/Pixar can hop away unscathed.

Your thoughts…?

(via Stitch Kingdom/Source: Bloomberg)

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