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Disney Teases ‘Disney Infinity’ Disney/Pixar Crossover Game!

Disney Infinity, John Lasseter, Video Game

Posted by Brkyo614 • December 21, 2012

Back in 2010, Avalanche Software put out an unexpected hit with Toy Story 3: The Video Game, an anomaly among the usual heap of rushed movie tie-in games. The game’s unique Toy Box mode, which incorporated Toy Story characters into an open-world sandbox, proved a success among critics and players alike. Expanding on this idea, the studio is now developing a similar game featuring a slew of Disney and Pixar characters called Disney Infinity.

Though not set to be formally announced until January 15 at El Capitan Theatre, Polygon recently received an inside scoop about the game, set to launch on all major platforms including iOS and Android. According to their sources, players will assume the roles of characters from major Disney and Pixar franchises, including Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles, and Wreck-it Ralph, and explore a variety of open-world environments. The game will include standard modes like capture the flag and an Angry Birds-esque castle-destroying game, but players will be encouraged to come up with their own objectives.

It’s also been rumored that, in the vein of Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders franchise, content may be able to be unlocked in-game by purchasing real-life figurines and scanning them through a NFC device. This would certainly make sense given the profitability of Skylanders, but Polygon found no evidence of the concept in the material they received.

Keep in mind that none of this has been made official, but the developers at Avalanche have a brilliant idea on their hands if these concepts are present in the final product. Check back for the official announcement on January 15, which will be presented by John Lasseter and Disney Interactive’s John Pleasants.

Would you be interested in a game like Disney Infinity?

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New ‘Brave’ Clip and Pixar Studio Tour!

Brave, John Lasseter

Posted by Brkyo614 • May 17, 2012

Following last week’s clip, a new look at Brave has arrived, courtesy of AOL.

The clip shows us what an average dinner is like for Merida and her family; King Fergus shares the tale of his battle with the malicious demon bear Mor’du, like he has countless times before. The animation and dialogue are charming, showing some contemporary twists that will certainly make the family more relatable.

Also new is a piece from Bloomberg exploring the inside of Pixar Animation Studios. Aside from a short new clip from Brave, the video contains some new interviews with Pixar staff, including John Lasseter as he shares a few words on the late Steve Jobs.

Brave opens on June 22.

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Lasseter Talks Pixar’s “Mind” Project!

John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Pixar

Posted by Martin • December 5, 2011

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, John Lasseter revealed another example of girl-power in Pixar’s production pipeline.
Although the studio has had a history of strong women in their films, it won’t be until next year’s Brave that a true female lead will take center stage. On that note, another leading lady may be poised for Pixar’s line-up in Pete Docter’s upcoming "Inside the Mind" project:
"Pete Docter, from Monsters, Inc. and Up, is doing a new film that takes place inside a girl’s mind and it is about her emotions as characters, and that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen."
Don’t miss John Lasseter’s full interview with Charlie Rose. Pixar’s chief creative officer remembers Steve Jobs, talks about the early days of Pixar, takes a look at the future of the animation studio and much more.
Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind is set to open May 30, 2014.
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John Lasseter and Ed Catmull Remember Steve Jobs! [UPDATE]

Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Steve Jobs

Posted by Martin • October 5, 2011

On this day, the world lost a true visionary.

As the genius behind Apple, Steve Jobs will never be forgotten thanks to his abundant contributions to the world of electronics and digital media. In addition, we must remember his efforts to invigorate a once fledgling hardware company into the leading animation powerhouse that we know today as Pixar Animation Studios.

John Lasseter and Ed Catmull remind us of Jobs’ contributions to the Lamp in a newly released statement:

"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."

-John Lasseter & Ed Catmull

Update: The Pixar homepage has been updated to reflect Jobs’ passing.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

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John Lasseter Lands Vanity Fair ‘Establishment’ List!

John Lasseter

Posted by Martin • September 4, 2011

John Lasseter, legendary Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief, cracked the top 10 in this year’s Vanity Fair New Establishment list.

Honoring the most powerful media icons of our time, the likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (number one for the second year in a row) and Google’s Sergey Brin are not an uncommon sight. The Pixar honcho sits comfortably between Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Lady Gaga at an impressive (but well deserved) number eight.

Lasseter is not only being honored for his years of leadership and creative vision at Pixar, but also for his more recent effort to revamp Walt Disney Animation Studios. In his career, he has directed and/or produced some of the most successful films of all time, truly making the Pixar CCO a powerful and influential legend.

Find out who else landed on the list by clicking here.

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(via Vanity Fair)

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A Day in the Life of John Lasseter!

Cars 2, John Lasseter

Posted by Martin • July 12, 2011

In a newly released mini-documentary, fans can experience the fun and stress of a day in the life of John Lasseter.

One can only imagine what it would be like heading both Disney and Pixar Animation Studios as Chief Creative Officer, consulting for the theme parks and being a full time movie director. The following clip highlights one of Lasseter’s typical days on the final lap of Cars 2 production:

That’s dedication! Recommend this much-watch to your friends!

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(via Disney Netherlands/StitchKingdom/PixarTimes)

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Lasseter’s Hawaiian Shirt Collection + Visiting Agents on a Mission Tour!

Cars 2, John Lasseter

Posted by Martin • May 21, 2011

Just how many Hawaiian shirts does John Lasseter own?

The Cars 2 director took the San Francisco Chronicle into his closet to reveal just that! Also in this post, check out some pictures of the "Agents on a Mission" tour stop in Miami. I’ve included remaining tour dates in which to meet Mater, McQueen and Finn below the embedded video:

Agents on a Mission Tour Dates:

• Atlanta, GA — 5/22-5/23

• Charlotte, NC — 5/26-5/28

• Dallas, TX — 6/1

• Phoenix, AZ — 6/5-6/6

• Las Vegas, NV — 6/9

• San Diego, CA — 6/11-6/12

• Los Angeles, CA — 6/22

• San Francisco, CA — 6/25

For more information, including specific locations to visit the "Agents on a Mission" tour, click here.

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Mater’s News Tow-In! [04/07/11]

Blu-Ray, Cars 2, John Lasseter, Ratatouille

Posted by Martin • April 7, 2011

Welcome to Woody’s… I mean, Mater’s News Tow-In!

With Cars 2 a little over two months away, I thought I’d switch things up a bit. Here are the headlines Mater towed in today.

Three Vintage Cars 2 Posters Premiere:
 With each new Pixar film, I always seem to look forward to the eye-popping "vintage" posters released. CinemaBlend.com has obtained high-resolution images of three brand new one-sheets. The Cars 2 posters were seen hanging in the atrium when we visited the studio, although I’ve never seen them in detail like this!

[via CinemaBlend]

New Ratatouille Box-Art: Can you see the trend here? Disney/Pixar has been re-packaging its library of films to follow a certain aesthetic. See the new cover of Ratatouille on Blu-ray (re-released July 5, 2011) for example; just like Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and the new Cars Blu-ray, one side features the film’s protagonists while the other features the logo on a colored background. Expect this trend to continue with re-packagings of Up and TS3. How do you feel about the uniform box-art?

[via Pixar Talk]

Coming Soon’s John Lasseter Q&A: How did the rising price of gasoline affects Cars 2? Where did the spy-angle come from? All this and more has been answered in great detail thanks to ComingSoon.net’s Q&A with Cars 2 director, John Lasseter.

[via The Pixar Blog]

Mater’s News Tow-In; keep it or dump it?

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Pixar on The Simpsons: What’s Mixar?

John Lasseter, Pixar

Posted by Martin • February 22, 2011

Here at Upcoming Pixar, we love catching references to our favorite studio on FOX’s The Simpsons.

Pixar cameos are certainly not uncommon on the long running animated sitcom, but the show’s creators have never taken it this far. Ever heard of Mixar? Play the video below and be amused:

Watch the full episode, "Angry Dad: The Movie", at this link. Fans of filmmaking, animation and the awards season in general will especially like this one!

Note: The embedded video comes from Hulu, meaning readers from outside the US will unfortunately not be able to play it.

Pixar references on The Simpsons: Good or Bad?

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Woody’s News Round-Up (2010 Pre-Oscars Edition) [UPDATE]

Academy Awards, Awards, John Lasseter, Jonas Rivera, Pete Docter, Round-Ups

Posted by Martin • March 7, 2010

The 2010 Academy Awards are finally upon us! But there’s some reading to do before you can watch the Oscars, mister…

Below you’ll find a selection of Oscar themed stories starring your favorite Pixarians.

John Lasseter Keeps Hopes Up For Oscar Gold: Did you know that it wasn’t just the analysts who were uncertain of Up’s success? Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, explains that Pete Docter’s latest made him the most nervous out of all of the studio’s films. That is, until he saw the Married Life sequence. In his latest interview with Reuters, Lasseter talks about Disney’s 2010 Oscar hopefuls, Up and The Princess and the Frog, and an assortment of other fun topics.

Two Dreams Come True for Up Producer: Jonas Rivera is a family man. But unlike most other dads, he’s got the distinction of being a Best Picture nominee this year for Up! Rivera spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about his history at Pixar which has culminated in what he calls a "dream come true." The producer of Up has got quite a story to tell as Pixar’s first production intern back in 1994 and as the proud father of two daughters; both stories from SF Chronicle.

Doc[ter] Hollywood: A trip to Hollywood from Northern California has become routine this time of year for Up’s director Pete Docter. But would he have imagined such a life back when he was growing up in a small Minnesota town? A local NBC station recently spoke to the Doc himself for comments on his recent Academy Award nominations and everything Pixar. He said he’s always loved the industry, but would rather shy away from the cameras. In the article, his parents and family comment on his success as well.

Update: Check out one of the latest For Your Consideration ad promoting Up featuring Ellie in her last moments with Carl. Again, the studio has been shying away from Best Picture and focusing on more attainable goals like Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. Via Awards Daily.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 starting at 8ET/5PT PM LIVE on ABC! Watch the Upcoming Pixar blog and Twitter feed for updates on everything Pixar at the Oscars including sightings, wins and commentary.

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