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Celebrate the Spirit of Pixar with Gorgeous Mondo Posters

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Posted by Simoa • December 6, 2019

Pixar films dazzle the senses, but they burrow so much deeper into our skins apart from sight and sound. The artwork and stories in these films leave such lasting impressions and live on through other artists. Mondo, the Texas based company famous for its bold art designs inspired by indelible films, is presenting their latest gallery, The Spirit of Adventure: A Pixar Poster Show this Friday. Check out some of the posters that will be on display:

This Coco poster by Cesar Moreno is rich with so much color and detail. Although it depicts Miguel’s shrine to his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, his other family members also appear in the doilies. It also makes incredible use of light and deep purple hues to evoke warmth. The Pepita in the foreground reminds me of my own plush sitting on the bookshelf in my room.

And look at this stunning print by Phantom City Creative of A Bug’s Life! This is one of Pixar’s best, though it’s sometimes ignored. I’m really glad that it was included, and making all the characters green, save for Flik, is a brilliant touch. Its vibrancy draws your eyes to the poster.

This Brave poster by Greg Ruth is another favorite. I love the contrast between Merida’s look of confidence and Queen Elinor’s wariness in her massive bear form. And the detailing on that gorgeous fur! It looks as if you could actually feel it if you were to reach out and touch it.

A few more dazzlingly colored pieces are below.

Sara Deck

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“Pixar has a beautiful way of telling timeless stories that resonate with all audiences no matter their age. Their films are bursting with beloved characters, creativity, and imagination that is largely unmatched. In the end, nobody tells a story quite like Pixar. We are incredibly proud and excited to have partnered with our friends at Cyclops Print Works and several of our favorite artists to celebrate various iconic titles from Pixar’s unbelievable catalog of films.”

-Eric Garza, Mondo Creative Director

The Spirit of Adventure kicks off on December 6th in Mondo’s Austin, Texas headquarters. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out! The gallery will display fifteen posters in all. An additional Family Day of events takes place on December 7th.

You can also follow Mondo on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Mondo:

Mondo is an expanding enterprise with a passionate love of film, art, music and pop culture, best known for creating limited-edition posters, vinyl soundtracks, premium collectibles and games. Based in Austin, Texas, the team collaborates with an international network of talented artists and creators to produce the highest quality products inspired by licensed properties and original IPs. Over the last decade, Mondo has partnered with leading entertainment brands including DC Comics, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers, along with dozens of independent studios and filmmakers from around the world. Find out more at mondotees.com.

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Black History Month at Pixar and Beyond

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Posted by Simoa • February 7, 2019

“The Coolest Guy in Show Business” on the Incredibles 2 Blu-Ray and DVD shines a spotlight on one of the film’s stars, Samuel L. Jackson.

The actor discusses his childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where segregation was strictly enforced. Jackson grew up with a love of comic books which predicted the future to him. Ordinary people today resemble those superheroes with their brightly colored hair and wild outfits. To Jackson, the world was limited, but the world of comics represented unlimited possibility.

He also discusses how his grandfather molded him into a storyteller. With a vivid imagination, Jackson was able to make up plenty of stories while playing a multitude of roles. His gifts as a storyteller make him right at home at Pixar!

Although the world has changed a lot since Jackson came of age, so much remains the same. Racism particularly is a blight that is largely ignored or barely addressed by leaders in public office. And so often, regular people dismiss it as a relic of the past, or something that must be blatant and vicious in order for anyone to pay attention to it. Segregation may no longer be acceptable in some parts of the country, but America in 2019 is still limited. And this is why stories exist; to remind us that multifaceted experiences from people of all races matter. That Samuel L. Jackson defied the limits and expectations of a racist society to become a celebrated actor – and superhero! – is what every black child deserves.

This Black History Month and throughout the year, we encourage you to celebrate the achievements of black people in history and in our own communities. Be sure to uplift the black children in your life too. Listen to these stories.

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Incredibles 2 Receives 2 Annie Awards

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Posted by Joanna • February 4, 2019

Awards season is officially here, and Incredibles 2 has already received acclaim at the Annie Awards. Having picked up 11 nominations, it was in with a good chance of at least one category win, so I’m sure the crew are ecstatic to have walked away with awards in both Music in an Animated Feature Production and Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production.

You can find the full list of winners and nominees on the Annie Awards website.

Michael Giacchino is famously the composer for both The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, and the sequel’s score somehow packed even more of a punch than the original.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees at this year’s Annie Awards! It’s always the highlight of the awards season to see the fantastic array of animated features, shorts, and series that we’re lucky enough to co-exist with at the moment.

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Oscar Nominations for Bao and Incredibles 2

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Posted by Simoa • January 22, 2019

Oscar nominations were announced this morning and Pixar has received two for both Animated Short and Animated Feature.

This is Brad Bird’s fourth Oscar nomination for a Pixar film. He was previously nominated for The Incredibles and Ratatouille in the Animated Feature and Original Screenplay categories. Those films won Best Animated in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Producer John Walker was also nominated for the first Incredibles. This is Nicole Paradis Grindle’s third Oscar nomination as producer after The Incredibles, “Sanjay’s Super Team” (Best Animated Short) and Inside Out, the latter of which also won Best Animated in 2016.

“Bao” was unfortunately overlooked in this category for the Annie Awards, so it’s especially wonderful to see it receive this recognition. And it’s all the more exciting because this is Domee Shi’s first ever nomination! That’s quite a feat for a rookie filmmaker’s debut!

Although not a Pixar production, the surreal “Weekends” up for Best Short was directed by Pixar story artist Trevor Jimenez.

It’s still disappointing that the directors and writers on animated films can’t be recognized with nominations (or awards) in other categories besides Best Animated. Inside Out, along with The Incredibles, was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but there should be more animated films to join them. Same goes for Best Director. Nevertheless, we want to congratulate all of the nominees in both categories for some stellar films this year!

Tune in to the 91st Academy Awards on February 24th, 2019.

 

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Brad Bird talks about Pixar’s bright future and more

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Posted by Simoa • December 17, 2018

The Incredibles 2 director was a guest on Deadline’s Crew Call podcast recently. The film has enjoyed massive success since its June debut earlier this year, and has earned an impressive number of nominations at the Annies and Golden Globes. Bird mainly discussed the notable improvements in CGI, a huge leap from the “edge of failure” he and the crew were on in the first film. The technology is continuously evolving with dazzling results.

via Parade

Bird also spoke about his live action ventures. His 1906 epic about that year’s devastating San Francisco earthquake was never formally greenlit due to problems with budget and the story. Bird revealed that tackling the story has posed the most significant obstacle, but he remains enthusiastic about it nonetheless. The film was originally going to be produced by both Pixar and Warner Bros. Is there a chance it could still see the light of movie screens someday? Bird hopes so. But he’s also working on another live action project! He couldn’t say any more beyond that (of course), but it will feature twenty minutes of animation. Immediately I thought of “The Origins of Plus Ultra,” a seriously cool animated sequence that was ultimately cut from Bird’s Tomorrowland.

Besides discussing his films and upcoming projects, Bird offered his thoughts on Pixar’s new direction. I believe this is the first time someone at the studio has directly addressed John Lasseter’s departure. Bird didn’t comment on the allegations of misconduct against the former studio chief, but he did remark positively on where Pixar is headed.

“As long as I’ve been at Pixar, Pixar has been changing. […] It’s never really been exactly the same place, it can’t stay frozen in amber. There’s too many people, and times change and experiences change…There’s an amazing collection of talent there and the foundation of supporting filmmakers’ visions that is kind of, the secret sauce to Pixar’s enduring, continuing success. So I think there is a very bright future for Pixar.”

Brad Bird’s optimism is encouraging and justified. Just as the technology evolves, so does the studio.

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Incredibles 2 Nominated for Golden Globe Award

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Posted by Joanna • December 6, 2018

The nominations for Incredibles 2 keep rolling in – just after receiving 11 nominations at the Annie Awards, it has now been nominated for Best Animated Motion Picture at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Incredibles 2 sits amongst fellow worthy nominees Isle of DogsMiraiRalph Breaks The Internet, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

The Golden Globe awards will air on January 6th, so we’ve just got a month until we find out the result! Regardless of the outcome, it’s great to see Incredibles 2 receiving so much praise – we’re beyond happy for the entire crew.

Following the nomination announcements, director Brad Bird revealed that he was initially worried the sequel wouldn’t prove as popular as the original – he was afraid superheroes wouldn’t be ‘in’ any more. (Ironic, given the fact that the new animated Spider-Man movie has also been nominated for best animated feature.) But he realised that Incredibles is more than a superhero movie – family is at the core of these films, even during those classic fight scenes.

“I thought, two years from now — because it takes a while to make these things — are people going to be sick of superheroes? But then I remembered that what drew me to the idea and made the idea appealing to me in the first place was that it was primarily a film about families — and they just happened to be superheroes. And to me, family is an endlessly fascinating subject because it’s in everyone’s lives.”

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Incredibles 2 scores 11 Annie Award nominations!

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Posted by Simoa • December 3, 2018

It’s a little hard to believe that awards season is very nearly upon us! The 46th Annual Annie Awards, which honors achievements in animation, released its list of nominees today, and Incredibles 2 has been nominated in nearly every category for animated feature. Take a look at the list below.

Best Animated Feature

Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an an Animated Feature Production
Nominees: Greg Gladstone
Tolga Göktekin
Jason Johnston
Eric Lacroix
Krzysztof Rost

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
Nominee: Lance Fite

Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Nominee: Matt Nolte

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Nominee: Brad Bird

Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production
Nominee: Michael Giacchino

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Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Nominees: Dean Kelly
Bobby Rubio

Note: Kelly and Rubio were each nominated separately, so the film received 11 nominations in total.

Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Nominee: Holly Hunter

Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Nominee: Brad Bird

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

Nominees: Stephen Schaffer, ACE
Anthony J. Greenberg
Katie Schaefer Bishop

Congratulations to Brad Bird and crew for their well deserved nominations! Pixar’s production designer Ralph Eggleston will also receive the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award. Adam Burke, Pixar animator who passed away earlier this year, will also be honored with the June Foray Award.

The Annie Awards will be broadcast on February 2, 2019.

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Our favorite things from the Incredibles 2 home release

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Posted by Simoa • November 19, 2018

How many times did you see Incredibles 2 in theaters? But maybe the more important question is how many times do you plan on watching it now that it’s been released on digital and Blu ray? You can watch the movie again (or for the very first time!) in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else with your laptops, iphones, and other devices. But the really amazing thing is that you don’t have just the movie at your fingertips, but a wealth of bonus features. As is the case with Pixar home releases, you can expect both quality and quantity.

 

Joanna and I were so excited about the special features that we teamed up for this post to break them all down. Read on for our favorites!

Audio Commentary

Here, Joanna found some pretty cool highlights:

I’m always a fan of the Pixar audio commentaries, and I remember especially loving it on the original The Incredibles DVD because you had the choice to listen to either the director’s commentary or the animator commentary. The animator commentary makes you see the movie in a whole new light, and it really gives you an insight into how the whole animation process works. It feels like such a treat to have the commentary on Incredibles 2 led by animators again (supervising animators Dave Mullins, Alan Barillaro, and Tony Fucile, and animation second unit and crowds supervisor, and also the voice of Kari, Bret Parker). These animators all worked on The Incredibles back in 2004, and it was so interesting to hear about the technological advances and how much has changed (for the better!) in how animated movies are created.

There are also some great Easter Egg reveals in the commentary – the Godzilla-like creature shown on the TV during the motel dinner scene is actually Jonesy the iguana from “Toy Story of Terror!” And the ‘num-num cookies’ that Jack-Jack will do anything for are based off of the apparently delicious cookies that are served in the Pixar cafeteria.

If you missed Kari the babysitter in Incredibles 2, then you’ll want to keep listening right to the end – in what can only be described as the perfect finale to the commentary, Bret Parker brings her back to life as the credits roll down the screen.

Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird

Brad Bird’s passion for animation is irresistible. Running about 20 minutes long, “Strong Coffee” is a tribute to the director. Joanna says that this featurette really shows how much Brad Bird pushes the team. She always thought The Incredibles was a leap forward for Pixar – there was such a noticeable improvement in human animation, facial expressions, gestures, and performances. Incredibles 2 feels like Pixar have bounded forwards again.

In Simoa’s view, “Strong Coffee” functions as a mini documentary, where the subjects are Brad and animation. The director discusses his beginnings at Disney Animation, where he was mentored by the legendary Milt Kahl when he was still a child. (And that mentorship preceded any official program offered by Disney). Fans of Kahl will also be delighted to see some footage of him, as well as Brad’s fond reminisces of his mentor and Disney’s other elite animators, known as the Nine Old Men, who continue to influence him today.

 

Here is a young Brad Bird, looking exactly the same as he does now, with Classic Hollywood and Disney Legend, Fred MacMurray. Unfortunately we don’t have any more details on this photo, but we’re glad it exists!

Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes

Love hearing Pixarians describe their jobs and the challenges and joys of each film? Paths to Pixar gives viewers just that, but the director, producer, artists, technicians, and animators talk about another job they do at home that’s just as inspiring and challenging: parenting. You may be surprised by this featurette, as some of these Pixarians reveal their vulnerabilities and uncertainties when it comes to both jobs. I think parents and aspiring parents will appreciate this featurette because it’s so honest. Anyone with children of their own can relate to the struggles depicted here, the overwhelming love of family, and the determination, particularly of the women, to be working mothers who don’t have to sacrifice family or work.

Super Scene Breakdowns

With Elastigirl front and center in Incredibles 2, it’s only fitting that one of the bonus features focused on her. A team of women, including producer Nicole Paradis Grindle, animators Amanda Wagner and Jessica Torres, and tailoring lead Fran Kalal were on hand to discuss her expanded role. But that’s not all! They also provided insight into their own roles on the film and how excited they were for her to be in the spotlight.

 

“Racoon Fight” was of course about the film’s scene stealer, Jack-Jack, and how that epic fight came to be. Here, Brad Bird is joined by producer John Walker, story artist Pete Sohn, animator Kevin O’Hara, and layout artist Mike Leonard. This scene was so popular back when Teddy Newton pitched the idea for the first film, and Brad was adamant that it be in the sequel.

Getting to learn about the behind the scenes is always a treat, because everyone’s passion and enthusiasm is tangible, and the details are fascinating.

Easter Eggs

Joanna’s a pro at finding these!

On the UK Blu-ray for Incredibles 2, one of the bonus features listed on the case is simply ‘Easter Eggs’, and I think I may have found them. In the Bonus Features section, while you’re hovering over Bao, press up twice, and you’ll be shown a couple of animation outtakes. One shows Evelyn stroking a teddy bear (?!) while watching Bob and hypnotised-Helen fight. And the other shows Evelyn talking to Helen through the glass of the cold room, pausing to rub off the condensation her breath has made.

If you press right twice while hovering over Bao, you’re shown a hilarious clip of Brad Bird telling a story about the inspiration for the iconic raccoon scene – Brad’s dog had a scary encounter with a raccoon at his old house, and Brad was forced to (in Brad’s words) punt the raccoon off of his beloved pet.

“The raccoon flew maybe 5 feet or something, landed and then just CUSSED ME OUT. And then it was like, ‘I’M COMIN’ BACK FOR YOU, POODLE. THIS ISN’T OVER.’”

It’s absolutely worth a watch just to see Brad’s impeccable impersonations of his dog and the raccoon. Honestly, I wouldn’t have minded Brad adding ‘Raccoon’ to his list of voice acting roles in Incredibles 2.

Heroes and Villains

Once again, I’m just blown away by the amount of attention and detail that characterizes Pixar’s approach to filmmaking. So much about these bonus features is illuminating. I guarantee everyone will learn something new and come away with even more appreciation for the film itself. For example, character and costume designer Deanna Marsigliese based one of the wannabe supers, Brick, on herself.

See the clip below detailing Winston Deavor’s design and personality.

Deleted Scenes

A total of ten scenes ultimately didn’t make the cut, but they would’ve been great additions to the film! Thankfully they are included here, and what I wouldn’t give to see them as actual fully animated shorts! But the storyboard versions are really appealing. Fans who were hoping for more screentime of Frozone’s wife Honey may be disappointed by “Frozone and Honey,” since it rehashes the supersuit gag from the first film. Brad Bird’s favorite of these is “Kari Revisited,” which you can watch below.

This is yet another gem to be added to your collection, if you love Pixar and love moviemaking.

Have you had a chance to watch any of these and the other bonus features? Let us know your favorites!

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Woody’s Round Up 11/6/18

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Posted by Simoa • November 6, 2018

Welcome back to Woody’s Round Up! Today’s installment features amazing costumes, more details on Incredibles 2, out on DVD today, and an addition to Netflix.

A Very Pixar Halloween

We can always count on the folks at Pixar to get into the Halloween spirit with their creative costumes! This year was no exception. Check them out, courtesy of Pixar’s official Instagram page. Baby Bao is the clear winner!

Edna in Auntie Mode

Incredibles 2 is now on DVD today, so be sure to pick up your copy! But even if you’ve got the digital version and have already watched “Auntie Edna” (lucky!), you should still check out this interview with the short’s director and story artist, Ted Mathot. Audiences would need to see a new side to the iconic character while Mathot had to remain faithful to her essence. “Getting her out of her comfort zone a little bit, because she’s always the boss, always in control, was really fun to explore. What happens when she loses some of that control? What does that bring out in her character?” Read more from Mathot’s interview at Animation World Network.

Concept art by Matt Nolte.

Special Effects

Art, story, and technology define Pixar’s approach to filmmaking. Each of those are fascinating to learn about and gives audiences a chance to gain more knowledge about everything that goes into the storytelling we admire so much. Effects supervisor Bill Wattral was interviewed by Shack News about his role and the unique challenges that come with the job.


Wattral discusses the tools Pixar uses; existing ones that serve as foundations and the new programs created by the studio itself. These tools are necessary in making the film look as appealing as possible. One of Wattral’s main priorities is foreseeing problems in the tech department before they become unwieldy. A very informative look at the technical aspects of Pixar’s process.

Coming Soon

The Pixar Story (2007) comes to Netflix on November 18th. The documentary was directed by Leslie Iwerks (granddaughter of legendary animator Ub Iwerks) and is now ten years old. Although much has changed since 2007, the doc is sure to still be a great watch all these years later.

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Your first look at Auntie Edna!

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Posted by Simoa • October 16, 2018

Although brief, this new look at the highly anticipated short film on the Incredibles 2 DVD is something of a throwback to “Jack-Jack Attack.” Unlike Kari the babysitter, Auntie Edna found inspiration in Jack-Jack’s powers. The memorable ending to the previous short had Kari seriously out of her depth, exhausted and relieved to hand the exploding baby over to someone else. In fact, Bob was suffering in a similar way when he discovered his son’s powers, and luckily Edna the babysitter came to the rescue. But as we see in the clip below (and as Edna herself hinted in the film), there was a bit of trial and error when she took on the heroic task of babysitting Jack-Jack.

“Auntie Edna” will feature more of Jack-Jack’s powers and more of the super bond between this powerful and tiny sized duo. We can’t wait to laugh and fall in love with them all over again!

You can see the brand new short when Incredibles 2 drops digitally on October 23rd and on Blu Ray November 6th. Preorder your copy at this link today.

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