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No Toy Story 3 Trailer with Up?

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Posted by Martin • March 13, 2009

Blue Sky Disney is reporting that Up will not have a Toy Story 3 trailer attached, instead they will play a trailer for Disney’s much anticipated fairy-tale, The Princess and the Frog.

This is much like last year’s situation with the Bolt trailer in front of WALL•E so we can expect the TS3 trailer to play with Princess or the Toy Story’s. Speaking of toys, I’m thinking maybe we’ll see a Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D trailer with Up, or maybe with an earlier Disney movie. Think about it, the first of these 3D re-releases comes out two months before Princess. Maybe we’ll get to see both…

Anyways, if the reports are true (and the blog points out the plans could change), this seems to have become a trend, since both animation studios are under Disney, Pixar trailers play with WDAS features and WDAS trailers play with Pixar. It’s all good because Ed Catmull and John Lasseter have been heading both studios, and last year’s Bolt proves that the dream team can make magic happen at both studios.

As a certain Pixar director put it:
"Good things come to those who wait…"

What do you think about this decision?

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A Bug’s Life and Monsters, Inc. Coming to Blu-ray May 19th [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • February 20, 2009

Much quicker than we expected, Disney has let out the official press release for A Bug’s Life and Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray, both being released on May 19th, 2009!

Earlier today, reported some details about the special features, which will be alongside all of the previous DVD supplements.

(Thanks, eerik, from the Pixar Planet Forums)

Update: Now, Upcoming Pixar has all the details on the Blu-ray discs, straight from the press release:

 • Monsters Inc. ALL NEW Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features

Filmmakers Roundtable
Filmmakers Pete Docter (director), Lee Unkrich (co-director), Darla Anderson (producer), and Bob Peterson (story supervisor) reflect on the creation of the film, and share their most memorable anecdotes.

Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek Building Monstropolis in Tokyo
A sneak peak of the newest Monsters attraction in Tokyo Disneyland with interviews of the artists and engineers behind the ride.

Roz’s 100 Door Challenge (Interactive Game)-
Think you have what it takes to be a Monster, Inc. employee? Roz will be the judge of that with her 100 Door Challenge. Deal with whatever is behind each new door. It could be a puzzle, a trivia question, a mini game… it could be crazy! Do your best. Your future employment at Monsters, Inc. hangs in the balance.

BD-Live Features
Movie Chat
Movie Mail
Movie Challenge
Movie Rewards

• A Bug’s Life ALL NEW Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features

Introduction by John Lasseter

Filmmakers Round Table
Filmmaker John Lasseter (director), Andrew Stanton (co-director), Darla K. Anderson (producer), Kevin Reher (producer take a journey back 10 years from when the theatrical release first premiered and discuss what advances Pixar has made in technology, story telling and overall filmmaking process.

A Bug’s Life: The First Draft
Existing story boards from Pixar’s original story treatment brought to life by animating them.

Story Treatment Intro by John Lasseter

BD-Live Features
Movie Chat
Movie Mail
Movie Challenge
Movie Rewards


I have to say I’m extremely excited for A Bug’s Life: The First Draft, an animated version of A Bug’s Life’s first storyboards!! The roundtables also sound awesome, it’ll be great to hear the filmmakers perspective after many years of release, in A Bug’s Life’s case 10! Speaking of, I think that the "Bug’s" release should have the 10th Anniversary mentioned somehwere and maybe the Monsters, Inc. cover would benefit from some Boo action, maybe a shadow…

Specifications: Monsters, Inc. will be available for $40.99 SRP and A Bug’s Life will be on sale for $39.99 SRP. The movies will be packaged with 2-discs with an added DisneyFile Digital Copy for iTunes or Windows Media Player. The feature film will be presented in 1080p, the best HD quality possible. You can pre-order them on Amazon now, click on the titles above for links.

The above image (not final, click to view larger) is courtesy of HDRoom, which reports that the Blu-ray discs will come packaged in an embossed foil O-sleeve and will include redeemable Up tickets, more details on that will be available later. It is also of note that the two beloved Pixar films will be released 10 days before Up, a great marketing tactic!

Keep it here for updates and reviews soon!

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Lasseter and Co. Awarded Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival (Plus More Awards)

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Posted by Martin • January 26, 2009

The Venice Film Festival‘s Golden Lion Award will be given to Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios chief-creative officer John Lasseter.

He will be accompanied by Pixar directors Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird and Lee Unkrich. The award is given to those who have contributed largely to cinema, as these men have. For example, this prize was previously given to Lasseter’s good friend and world renouned animation guru, Hayao Miyazaki. The festival runs from September 2-12 of this year but no date has been specified for John Lasseter and company’s ceremony. From Variety.

And: Jim Morris has won the "Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures" at the Producer’s Guild Awards for his amazing work on WALL•E. This is just another one of of WALL•E’s amazing achievements as of late and it just keeps getting better. See the rest of the winners here.

Also: Animated News named WALL•E the best movie of the year (out of all animation) and also ranked WALL•E (along with Kung Fu Panda) as the third best DVD this year. This is all part of A-N’s Best of 2008 list.

Congratulations to everyone at Pixar!

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Disney•Pixar Feature Animation Slate Images

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Posted by Thomas • April 9, 2008

Group PhotoI have put together a set of photos and images from the Disney•Pixar feature film slate announcement today, including a few images from the event, as well as promotional images for the films.

Click here to view them.

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Up, newt, The Bear and the Bow, Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 Logos

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Posted by Thomas • April 9, 2008

Here are each of the logos, released today, for each of the upcoming Pixar films.

Up is directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, and is set for release, May 27, 2009.

Toy Story 3 is directed by Lee Unkrich and is due for release, June 18, 2010.

newt is directed by Gary Rydstrom and is due for release, Summer 2011.

The Bear and the Bow is directed by Brenda Chapman and is due for release, Christmas 2011.

Cars 2 is directed by Brad Lewis and is set for release, Summer 2012. 
Click each image for a higher-resolution view. 

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Toy Story 3 ‘being prepared’.

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Posted by Thomas • January 11, 2008

In what is probably the most obvious piece of news today, is reporting on Tom Hanks’ appearance on the Jonathon Ross show on Friday night, in which Hank’s says on the topic of Toy Story 3, the producers are "preparing the third one right now".

Thank you Tom for that insightful piece of news. Toy Story 3 is being directed by Lee Unkrich (Co-Director of Toy Story 2), and is scheduled to be released in 2009* with the full support of Hanks and co-star, Tim Allen.
*This is the date that the article has reported, and although this was the year that TS3 was originally slated for, it was later pushed back to 2010.

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Finding Nemo Blu-Ray Details Emerge

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Posted by Thomas • January 5, 2008

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have announced their Blu-Ray initiatives for 2008 at BusinessWire. Among their line-up for this new year, WDSHE will be releasing Pixar’s biggest hit film, Finding Nemo

Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo Blu-ray Disc will debut the first Cine-Explore featuring full motion picture-in-picture (BonusView). This interactive visual commentary with director Andrew Stanton, co-writer Bob Peterson and co-director Lee Unkrich allows the viewer to dive deeper into the making of Finding Nemo without ever leaving the film.

The release will also feature "an all-new enhanced home theater mix in 7.1 surround sound" and an interactive "sticker-book" which allows the user to create their own scenes. 

Although no official confirmation, Finding Nemo was last expected to hit shelves in the US Fall (March-May). (via Gizmodo)

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