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Here’s Your First Look At Finding Dory

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Posted by Nia • November 11, 2015

Alas! Yesterday the first trailer for Finding Dory premiered with a splash online. Although it was only a teaser trailer, it was enough to give us a glimpse of how Nemo, Marlin, and Dory have been faring since the days of Finding Nemo. By the looks of it, Dory has been living it up with her fantastic new set up in Marlin and Nemo’s neck of the woods. Within the first few seconds of the trailer alone, the score by Thomas Newman swept all of us away with nostalgia. And perhaps those who have been eagerly waiting for the sequel to the first film might’ve shed a few tears… it’s OK – we’re not judging you.

Straight from Pixar, the synopsis of the film is as follows: “The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.” For the first time, Dory is able to remember something important (even though she can’t quite pinpoint what that may be just yet) and realizes that she has family somewhere out there in the big blue sea. With Nemo and Marlin at Dory’s side, she sets up on a quest to find her long-lost relatives.

The trailer only confirms how much we all missed the colorful and expertly detailed world under the sea that Andrew Stanton and crew so beautifully depicted twelve years ago. As Dory would say, “just keep swimming.” Only a *few* more months to go until the film is released in cinemas.

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Woody’s News Round Up! 12/28/14

Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Luxo, Jr., Round-Ups

Posted by Simoa • December 28, 2014

We hope everyone had a festive, restful holiday! With 2014 coming to a close, we have a list of Pixar news you may have missed over the past couple of weeks.

Luxo Jr. added to the National Film Registry: The 1986 short, directed by John Lasseter and Bill Reeves, was one of 25 films selected for the 2014 registry. As part of the Library of Congress, the film registry is dedicated to highlighting films for their “cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.” The iconic short, featuring two lamps come to life, was nominated for an Academy Award and was the first 3D animated film to do so. The smaller of the two even became Pixar’s mascot as the instantly recognizable bouncing lamp in the studio’s logo. “Luxo Jr.” joins two other Pixar films in the registry, the 1988 short “Tin Toy” and the 1995 feature Toy Story.

Navajo translation of Finding Nemo underway
: Disney-Pixar are partnering with the Navajo Nation Museum to release a Navajo version of 2003’s wildly popular Finding Nemo. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American population in the U.S., with more than 300,000 members, yet the language is virtually unspoken among children. Tribal leaders are optimistic that a Navajo Finding Nemo will encourage children to become enthusiastic speakers. To learn more about their efforts and just how crucial the language is to this Native American community, continue reading here.

New Inside Out still and concept art: Inside Out is now roughly 6 months away! With two teaser trailers, as well as character introductory videos for the five emotions, and their own individual character posters, there will be plenty more to look forward to in the upcoming months as the film’s release date edges closer. The newest still from Entertainment Weekly features Joy (Amy Poehler) in what appears to be the memory storage room of the mind. The bottom image of Joy is concept art by Ralph Eggleston and Albert Lozano with the glowing memory orbs. Thanks to the Inside Out tumblr page as well as Sammax883 on twitter for the EW image. We’d also like to thank Pixar Post for sharing this new bit of concept art.

Be sure to check back here for more Pixar news in the new year and have a happy 2015!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (3/4/14)

Andrew Stanton, Disney Parks, Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Ratatouille, Round-Ups

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 4, 2014

While news on the feature film front has been quiet, there are a few Pixar-related stories from the past few weeks that are worth mentioning. Enjoy:

Andrew Stanton Featured in Google Oscar Ad: Pixar may not have been present at this year’s Oscar ceremony, but some of the studio’s magic still managed to creep into last Sunday’s broadcast. Google premiered a great 60-second spot with sound bites from Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton’s 2012 TED Talk, set to Thomas Newman’s Nemo score. (Thanks to Pixar Post for the embed.)

New Pixar Posters from Mondo to be Showcased This Week: Disney has worked with Mondo to release some impressive Pixar posters in the past, and that collaboration is set to continue. Mondo is exhibiting a collection of Disney/Pixar-inspired posters at the South By Southwest film festival from March 7 through March 11. Tom Whalen shared a peek at his Incredibles poster for the gallery; to see Kevin Tong’s Up and WALL-E prints, head over to Oh My Disney.

Ratatouille Ride Updates: A Ratatouille attraction for Disneyland Paris has been in the works for a while, and the first concrete details have begun to emerge. Disney’s Tom Fitzgerald presented a first look at the attraction, titled Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, earlier this month. Watch his talk below, and check out Inside the Magic for a few more details.

Inside Out Updates: Pixar’s next film is still more than a year off, but production on it is already well underway. Pixar recently shared a photo of Mindy Kaling recording dialogue for the film on Instagram, and Pixarians have begun to voice their enthusiasm about the project on Twitter. Hopefully we’ll get a teaser trailer within the next few months!

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Willem Dafoe to Return as Gill in ‘Finding Dory’

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Posted by Brkyo614 • October 7, 2013

Ellen DeGeneres recently tweeted about returning to Pixar’s recording studio for Finding Dory, but she’s not the only actor to begin voicework on the film. In a brief interview with Total Film (via E! Online), Willem Dafoe not only revealed that he’ll be reprising his role as Gill in the upcoming sequel, but that he’s already had his first recording session!

Dafoe was enthusiastic about the Nemo follow-up, claiming “It’s even better than the first. It’s fantastic.” He joins a growing cast that includes Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, and Ty Burrell.

Following The Good Dinosaur‘s delay, Finding Dory is even further off with a June 17, 2016 release date. Hopefully Pixar will take advantage of the extra time to ensure the sequel lives up to the high expectations surrounding it.

Did the delay hamper your excitement for Finding Dory? Or has this new announcement reignited it?

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D23 Expo Round-Up: ‘Finding Dory’ Cast Updates; Story Changes Following ‘Blackfish’?

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 9, 2013

While the bulk of Pixar’s D23 presentation focused on The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, the studio also took the chance to reveal a few more bits of information about Finding Dory, coming in late 2015.

Accompanying Albert Brooks as Marlin and Ellen DeGeneres as Dory are Eguene Levy and Diane Keaton as Charlie and Jenny, Dory’s parents. Ty Burrell also joins the cast as a beluga whale named Bailey. Director Andrew Stanton also teased a bit of the plot: Dory’s "homing instinct" sets in, leading her to go on a search for her family while Nemo and Marlin pursue her.

Interestingly, Stanton may also be altering elements of the film following the controversial water park documentary Blackfish. According to The LA Times, the Pixar filmmakers met with Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite after seeing the film to discuss a story element in Finding Dory. Head over to LA Times to see the point in question — but be warned of spoilers.

It’s great to see Pixar being aware and receptive to change, though it’s unclear if any of these adjustments will make it to the final product; after all, Pixar films go through countless changes while in development, and Dory is still over two years away.

Monsters University reminded me that a sequel doesn’t need to be necessary to be good, so I definitely have some newfound confidence in Finding Dory. The movie releases on November 25, 2015.

(Thanks to The Pixar Times and ComingSoon.net for their coverage of the event)

Let us know your opinion on Finding Dory!

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Pixar Announces ‘Finding Nemo’ Follow-Up!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • April 2, 2013

A sequel to Finding Nemo was essentially confirmed months back, but details about the storyline remained under wraps. We’ve now learned that the sequel, titled Finding Dory, will focus on Ellen DeGeneres’ beloved character from the original.

Read the press release below (and no, it’s not April Fools’ Day):

When Dory said ‘just keep swimming’ in 2003’s Oscar®-winning film Finding Nemo, she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory — an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

‘I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,’ said DeGeneres. ‘I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is — it’s got a lot more Dory.’

Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. ‘There is no Dory without Ellen,’ said Stanton. ‘She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In Finding Dory, she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.’

According to Stanton, Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.

Finding Nemo won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature; the film was nominated for three additional Oscars® (Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing). It was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It’s currently the fourth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 16 million Likes on Facebook, and Dory — with more than 24 million — is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney/Pixar film.

I’m still not convinced that this is much more than a cash grab, but the concept of Dory reuniting with her family sounds interesting enough. We’ll keep you posted on any new information as it comes.

Are you excited about these new details?

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Albert Brooks Signs on for ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • February 12, 2013

With numerous reports from Deadline and even statements from Andrew Stanton himself, the controversial follow-up to 2003’s Finding Nemo has been all but confirmed over the past few months. Further bolstering these rumblings, a new article from Deadline states that Albert Brooks (Marlin) is set to return for the sequel.

Brooks joins a growing cast and crew surrounding Nemo 2, which includes returning director Andrew Stanton, voice actress Ellen DeGeneres, and writer Victoria Strouse. His perfectly balanced role as Marlin was one of the best elements of the original, so his return brings some optimism with it; and, mercifully, it suggests that this won’t be the oft-rumored "Nemo’s son gets kidnapped" story.

We’re still waiting for Disney to formally announce the project and pin a solid release date. For now, expect the sequel to hit sometime in 2016.

(Via /Film)

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‘Finding Nemo’ 3D & ‘Partysaurus Rex’ Hit Theatres Today!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • September 14, 2012

Pixar’s 3D conversion of Finding Nemo, the studio’s first since the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 double feature back in 2009, arrives in American cinemas today alongside the latest Toy Story Toon, Partysaurus Rex.

The 3D re-rendering has been well received by critics, giving the nearly decade-old film a new spark of life; Nell Minow from the Chicago Sun-Times writes, "As Marlin, the little clownfish looks for his young son, Nemo, we feel the bleakness of the ocean’s overwhelming size and power. And when Nemo is captured, we experience the claustrophobia of the small aquarium." Of course, now’s a great time to catch the movie again with the recent confirmation of Finding Nemo 2.

Let us know your feedback if you check out Finding Nemo 3D this weekend.

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Andrew Stanton Confirms ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel?

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Posted by Brkyo614 • September 9, 2012

While discussing the financial letdown of John Carter and its effect on him with LA Times (a worthwhile read), Andrew Stanton may have let it slip that he’s working on the rumored Finding Nemo follow-up.

Buzz surrounding the sequel was backed by multiple outlets back in July, but Disney and Pixar never confirmed nor denied the allegations. When questioned about the motivations behind Finding Nemo 2, however, Stanton himself finally responded to the rumors:

"What was immediately on the list was writing a second ‘Carter’ movie,’ he said. "When that went away, everything slid up. I know I’ll be accused by more sarcastic people that [‘Nemo 2’]‘s a reaction to ‘Carter’ not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit."

Sounds like the sequel is definitely in the pipeline for Pixar, presumably with Stanton at the helm. Whether you support the idea of a Nemo sequel or not, there’s not enough information about the project out right now to take a final stance for or against it.

Finding Nemo 2 could reach theaters sometime in 2016.

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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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