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Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind To Be Pixar Pier’s Next Star Attraction

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Posted by Joanna • May 14, 2019

The next exciting addition to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure has been revealed!

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

The new ride couldn’t have a more fitting name – Inside Out is an emotional whirlwind in itself. Guests will be able to have a whirlwind tour of the shelves of memories by jumping onto one of 8 ‘Memory Movers’. It looks like the ride will be doing a great job of reflecting the colourful look of the movie it’s based on. Pixar Pier will look more magical than ever when the ride is opened this Summer!

The ride has even come with a bunch of beautiful posters, each representing the different areas of Riley’s mind. Take a look at the ‘subconscious’ poster below (where Sadness and Joy encountered all of Riley’s worst fears: Granny’s vacuum cleaner, broccoli, the stairs down to the basement, and Jangles the clown) – is that an oddly familiar ventriloquist doll hiding behind Jangles? A Toy Story 4 reference perhaps?

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Pixar Heroines: Inside Out’s Joy

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Posted by Joanna • March 31, 2019

March is Women’s History Month, and we couldn’t let it pass by without continuing our ‘heroines of Pixar’ series. In case you missed it, here is last month’s spotlight on the strong and adorable Dot from A Bug’s Life.

It’s hard to choose just one Pixar heroine to write about (which is why I’m glad this is going to be an indefinite series) – there are so many influential female characters that have brought out in the best in Pixar’s movies over the years. But I’ve settled on Joy from Inside Out, a film full to the brim with a refreshing variety of heroines.

Making Riley happy is so important to Joy – here she looks up at Riley with total adoration.

Joy is interesting, because for much of the movie, she’s acting as the antagonist without even knowing it. She’s a little like Woody from Toy Story in the way she sacrifices herself for Riley – it’s only later that she discovers she’s been sacrificing others too. Joy is the most dominant of Riley’s five emotions in headquarters. She’s the boss, and she takes her position very seriously. Because she is in charge of expressing Riley’s happiness, it’s understandable why Joy is so determined to take centre stage – being happy is all that matters, right? Inside Out very cleverly reminds us, or even teaches us, that happiness shouldn’t always be the only emotion to aim towards. All emotions are important, and the development of Joy’s character encapsulates this message perfectly.

Why Joy is inspiring:

Joy more than lives up to her name – she explodes onto the screen with confidence, happiness, and determination. She’s funny, in-your-face, and – honestly? – a bit annoying. And that last bit, weirdly, is why she serves as such an inspiration to me. She’s flawed. And by the end of the movie, she completely admits she was wrong while still remaining true to herself. Admitting to your own mistakes, especially if it’s an inbuilt personality trait, is one of the hardest things to do, but Joy does it so well. Joy’s mistake was a drastic one: she valued her own role and her own beliefs above all others, which sent Riley’s emotional state into total chaos. But she fixed it, she changed the error in her ways, and she mended the friendships that she’d harmed along the way. I think everyone can take a little inspiration from that.

People often say they want ‘strong female characters’, and Joy fits into that category pretty well. But it’s her vulnerability that makes her an inspiration. When she falls into Riley’s Memory Dump with Bing Bong, her grief is so deep and raw, but she finds strength in that moment of fragility, picks herself up, and finds a way through it. One minute she’s at rock bottom, and then the next minute she’s flying a rocket in order to start her heroic rescue mission. Go, Joy!

In The Art Of Inside Out, Amy Poehler, the voice of Joy, gives a brief introduction to the book and talks about how much she enjoyed being a part of the process. Playing Joy, she writes, “has added extra years to my life”.

“I was able to spend hours Living in Joy, which meant I could speak from the heart and love with abandon.”

Some little facts about Joy’s character:

  • All of the Inside Out emotions are based off of simple shapes. Joy is based off of a star, which you can see much more clearly in the ‘abstract thought’ scene.
  • In an earlier version of the film, Joy and Fear were the ones that had a journey outside of headquarters instead of Joy and Sadness.
  • Joy was originally going to be called ‘Optimism’.
  • In early versions of the film, Joy was going to appear in the ‘real world’ too, and act as a kind of imaginary guide on Riley’s shoulder.

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Woody’s Round Up 12/7/18

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Posted by Simoa • December 7, 2018

Welcome back to Woody’s Round Up! With all the speculation about Toy Story 4 and the excitement over the Annie and Golden Globe nominations for Incredibles 2, some other noteworthy happenings may have slipped your radar. But no worries, we’ve compiled a list here.

Jolly Holiday at Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land has been decorated just in time for Christmas and the holidays! I’m especially fond of this giant Hamm sugar cookie complete with Santa Hat:

Hope they’ll be selling edible versions in the park…

And check out these ornaments I definitely want on my tree at home!

You can see more of the decorations on the Disney Parks blog. Here’s a video of the decorations going up:

Light it Up Luxo

Pixar Pier at Disneyland also got a lovely addition in the form of animatronic Luxo Jr. atop the marquee. While the technology has not yet evolved for Luxo to bound off its perch and stomp anywhere (or on anything), it would be quite a treat to be welcomed by the energetic lamp to California Adventure. Watch Luxo in action below:

More photos at Laughing Place.

Tears of Candy Galore

Bing Bong’s Sweet Shop opened at Pixar Pier over the summer, and a new statue has been installed inside.

Bing Bong isn’t animatronic, but he does play audio from Inside Out, as reported by WDW News Today. I’m sure everyone who visits will be crying happy tears too! They just won’t taste as sweet.

Teddy Newton’s Sneaks

Teddy Newton, mastermind behind some of Pixar’s most brilliant story ideas and indelible artwork, as well as the director of ‘Day & Night’ will be directing his first feature length film! Although not a Pixar production, Sneaks is worth supporting. The official synopsis describes it as follows:

Sneaks centers on a group of misplaced sneakers that end up lost in New York City and must find a way to work together in order to get back to their “sole mates.”

The film will also be Ohio’s first animated feature, and Pixar production designer Ricky Nierva will also be part of the crew. It’s always wonderful to see Pixarians branching out, and we wish them both great success. Read more about Sneaks at THR.

Expanding Toy Story

A Toy Story 4 graphic novel anthology will be hitting shelves ahead of the film’s release next June. Released by Dark Horse comics in collaboration with Pixar, the anthology is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and comic book stores. More details and art will surface before the May 7th release date, so stay tuned for more!

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Ed Asner to Honor Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera at AutFest

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Posted by Nia • April 21, 2017

Courtesy of AutFest

Courtesy of AutFest

Inside Out director Pete Docter, and producer Jonas Rivera, will be attending AutFest this Sunday as they receive special honors from the festival in celebration of its debut. This weekend will be the 1st Annual AutFest International Film Festival, located in Los Angeles, CA. AutFest is a unique film festival that celebrates autism and strives to promote autism awareness while supporting autistic filmmakers and artists.

Courtesy of AutFest

Courtesy of AutFest

Scott Badesch, President of Autism Society of America, describes AutFest’s goal and motivation as follows: “The first Annual AutFest International Film Festival is a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the role film is now playing in autism awareness. We are proud to honor outstanding filmmakers Ben Affleck, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, for their cinematic portrayals of the complexity of human emotions, as we can see with our two spotlighted films The Accountant and Inside Out.”

Ed Asner will also be honoring Pete and Jonas following a screening of Inside Out and a special Q&A afterwards this Sunday, April 23rd, at 12:20pm. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, be sure to stop by AMC Orange, 30 in Orange County to re-watch Inside Out (or see it for the first time) on the big screen.

For more information on AutFest and other films that will be playing this weekend, check out their website here.

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New Disney/Pixar Gallery Nucleus Exhibition Opens in Los Angeles

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Posted by Nia • December 10, 2016

Have you ever wanted to see some of your favorite artwork from Pixar films in real life? Fear no more, as a new exhibition has just opened up at Gallery Nucleus in LA today. For the first time ever, the gallery will be showcasing brand new images from each of Pixar’s feature films. What makes it even more unique is that John Lasseter himself picked each design for the show. There will also be hand-signed limited edition prints for sale by each artist who worked on the pieces.

Thanks to Oh My Disney for providing the artwork that will be featured at the showcase.

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By Ralph Eggleston

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By Teddy Newton

By Teddy Newton

 

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By Dominique Louis

 

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By Ralph Eggleston

 

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By Sharon Calahan

 

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By Daniel L Munoz

 

Be sure to check out Galley Nucleus and celebrate the art of Pixar if you’re in town – it runs from today, December 10th to January 8th, 2017.

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Inside Out wins Best Animated at the Oscars!

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Posted by Simoa • February 29, 2016

Joy is in the air as Inside Out took home the golden statuette for Best Animated Feature at last night’s 88th Academy Awards! The film was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay. While the win deserves to be celebrated, as many pointed out, it deserved a nomination in the Best Picture category as well.

Woody and Buzz, in a nod to Toy Story‘s 20th anniversary, were part of a brilliant animated segment to present the Oscar. They were stationary onstage before springing to life and engaging in some good natured ribbing. (Can they host next year’s Oscars please?)

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Oscars 1Not surprisingly, Pete Docter’s acceptance speech (watch here) was humble and inspiring. The film has had such a profound impact on audiences and is already starting important conversations about emotions and how to respond to them. Docter took the opportunity to speak to kids growing up, anyone in middle or high school who is having a rough time or suffering. Inside Out is a glowing look at the beautiful and painful process of growing up. But it, like Docter’s speech, does offer hope for anyone struggling to find the beauty in this process. But no matter if you feel sad or angry or scared, you can always make stuff. “It will make a world of difference.” It certainly has for Pete Docter.

 

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Congratulations to Pete, Jonas, and the entire cast and crew for their win!

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Pixar wins big at the Annie Awards

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Posted by Simoa • February 7, 2016

Awards Season is currently in full swing, with the Oscars airing at the end of the month. While the Oscars are notorious (among other things) for the lackluster treatment they afford animated features, the Annie Awards are solely dedicated to the medium and the hundreds of artists responsible for animated films. Directors of animated films are also nominated, unlike the Oscars.

The 43rd Annie Awards were held last night, and not surprisingly, Pixar took home plenty of awards. Inside Out was the big winner with ten! The ten include best animated feature, best writing (Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley), and a best voice acting prize for Phyllis Smith, who played Sadness. Inside Out also won for character animation, character design, directing (Pete Docter), music (Michael Giacchino), production design, and storyboarding.

While Pixar’s other 2015 film, The Good Dinosaur, was overlooked at the Oscars, it rightly won the award for animated effects in an animated production. It was too much to hope for a best cinematography nod at the Academy Awards, so recognition at the Annies is surely appreciated.

“Sanjay’s Super Team” is the only Pixar production that didn’t win. The award for best animated short subject went instead to Don Hertzfeldt’s bizarre and lovely “World of Tomorrow”. Maybe “Sanjay” isn’t a favorite for the Oscar, but that hardly matters when discussing the film’s groundbreaking and artistic merits.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur for their much deserved wins!

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Jonas Rivera Wins PGA Award

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Posted by Nia • January 27, 2016

Congratulations to Inside Out producer Jonas Rivera who took home a Producers Guild Award for Best Animated Feature on Saturday’s ceremony.

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Disney/Pixar

The Good Dinosaur was also nominated along with Anomalisa, Minions, and The Peanuts Movie. The PGA Awards honor the best producing work in film and television and are usually a precursor to what takes home the gold during the Academy Awards. Next to the Oscars, it’s one of the most anticipated events in the industry. Here’s hoping that Inside Out also wins the Oscar for Best Animated Film next month! Best of luck to Jonas Rivera, Pete Docter, and the team at Pixar!

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Pixar at the Oscars

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Posted by Nia • January 16, 2016

Congratulations to the talented folks at Pixar for receiving not one but THREE Oscar nominations during Thursday’s announcement. Inside Out was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and also scored a nomination for Best Original Screenplay; it will be the only animated film competing in that category. Sanjay’s Super Team took home a nod for Best Animated Short Film.

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"Sanjay's Super Team" Comes to the Con ? Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle are taking Pixar Animation Studios' new short to San Diego's Comic-Con International next month for its North American premiere and a peek behind the scenes of the production process. The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short "Sanjay's Super Team," slated for Thurs., July 9 at 11 a.m. in the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront, reveals the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film that features superheroes like never before. The short debuts in U.S. theaters in front of Disney-Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" on Nov. 25, 2015.

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It was indeed great news hearing that Pixar was nominated for several awards, but it’s also hard not to acknowledge the slight disappointments regarding snubs to both The Good Dinosaur and Lava. In an ideal world, all four films released from the studio would have been nominated for Oscars. They all followed the Pixar standard of challenging both art and technology, paving the way for future animated films. The Good Dinosaur alone was revolutionary in it’s technical aspects and successful blend of animation against hyperrealistic backgrounds. Lava also showcased stunning backgrounds that were brought to life through the use of song; depicting the romance between two volcanoes without dialogue but only through a love ballad. Lava‘s catchy song was clearly absent from the Best Original Song nominees. Also missing from the Best Original Score category was Michael Giacchino’s beautiful work on Inside Out.

In the past, an animated film has even been nominated for Best Picture, such as Pete Docter’s last film Up. If an animated film can be nominated for Best Picture, then it’s director should also be recognized in the Best Director category. Inside Out was incredibly inventive and something we haven’t seen before. It cleverly took us inside the mind of a young girl and created relatable characters out of her emotions… not to mention simultaneously hitting us all with a wave of childhood nostalgia. Docter spent 4+ years working on the film; from writing the screenplay, approving every minute detail most audience members might miss, to even guiding a brilliant team of artists into crafting his vision. That time frame is longer than most live action directors work on a film.

In an interview with Screencrush, Pixarian Kelsey Mann explains why animation directors are just as worthy as notable live action directors in receiving acknowledgement from The Academy:

“From the ground up, directors at Pixar are in charge of everything from the story to the individual blades of grass. We start from nothing. Literally nothing. And it all has to be built from the ground up. And Pete is involved in every decision.”

Slowly audiences (and even The Academy) are beginning to realize that animation isn’t only for children, but it’s an art form entirely of it’s own; crafting stories a thousand times better and more original than most of the live action films released in Hollywood. Here’s hoping that one day an animated film will not only be nominated for Best Picture again, but will win it too.

We will definitely be keeping our fingers crossed for Pixar to take home all of the awards on the February 28th Oscar ceremony.

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Inside Out wins Best Animated at the Golden Globes!

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Posted by Simoa • January 12, 2016

Not surprisingly, Inside Out won the top prize at the Golden Globes this past Sunday. If you’re like me and missed the telecast, you can watch Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera accept the award here.

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We want to congratulate Pete, Jonas, and the entire crew for the much deserved win. It’s definitely more reason to jump for Joy!

Here are Pete and Jonas backstage with the Globe.

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via Disney-Pixar

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As 2015 was the first year with two Pixar films, both Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur were nominees at the Golden Globes and could be “competing” once again at the Oscars next month.


The list of Oscar nominees will be announced on January 14th. Check back here to see if both Pixar’s films are in the race once more!

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