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First Trailer for ‘Monsters, Inc.’ 3D!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • September 5, 2012

Following last week’s poster for the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. is a new trailer courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers. There’s nothing new to see for anyone familiar with the movie, but it’ll give audiences a first glimpse of the movie’s 3D makeover when it’s screened in  theaters. Check it out below.


Monsters, Inc. returns to theaters in 3D on December 19.

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First Poster for ‘Monsters, Inc.’ in 3D!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 28, 2012

With all of the hype surrounding Finding Nemo 3D coming to theaters next month, it’s easy to forget that the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. was recently pushed forward to December 19, 2012. To help drum up some excitement, here’s a new poster promoting Monsters, Inc.‘s return to theaters from MoviePosters.com.

The clever poster harkens back to classic Pixar marketing campaigns which featured the films’ characters against a white background. Hopefully it’ll arrive in theaters soon and generate some more interest in the re-release.

(Via FirstShowing.net)

Are you excited for Monsters, Inc. 3D so soon after Finding Nemo 3D?

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RUMOR: ‘Monsters’ and ‘Cars’ Expanding into Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 16, 2012

Cars Land was a great success when it opened at Disney California Adventure back in June, and if a report by WDW News Today is to be believed, Pixar’s presence in Disney Parks is only set to grow.

In an attempt to revitalize Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, the company could be planning to bring Cars Land to the park and developing a new Monsters, Inc. ride inspired by the film’s climactic door chase. With the people behind Cars Land roaming the park as of late and numerous reports backing the rumor, Radiator Springs is very likely coming to Florida. The Monsters rumor is less substantiated, however, but it would be a great opportunity to finally see the long-awaited attraction come to fruition.

For more specifics, read the full report at WDW News Today. The revamp of the park may be completed by 2018.

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Interview: David Tanaka on ‘Pixar in Concert’!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 4, 2012

Note: This Q&A was conducted by contributor Leo Holzer.

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The following is an email interview I had with David Tanaka, the Creative Editor of Pixar in Concert. I’d like to thank Tanaka for his detailed answers and Chris Wiggum at Pixar for arranging the interview.

Q: Please tell me about the process. What prompted the Pixar in Concert idea? How easy was it to get everyone on board and how long did it take from idea to this past weekend’s event?
Tanaka: The entire process for Pixar in Concert actually took around two-plus years, starting in 2010. Show produces Brice Parker and Laurel Ladevich and myself were in constant communication with Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, and John Lasseter over that period of time, as we sharpened the conceptual approach to the concert, reached out to all the Pixar directors, producers, and music composers, and refined the evolving edited musical suites for each of the Pixar movies to be featured in the performance.

It really all started with a simple, "What if we did a concert on the music of Pixar?" from Brice Parker to Pete Docter. Pete, whose mother is a music instructor and has a strong musical background himself, loved the idea. Based on his interest in the proposal, I started editing a few "sample cuts" on some of the Pixar films in accordance with the base idea. I believe the first few edits included UP, Finding Nemo and the first two Toy Story movies.

After review with Pete and Jonas Rivera, the results were then shown to Disney Music Publishing’s Chris Montan and Tom MacDougall. They in turn embraced the idea and encouraged us to continue to pursue the project.

A few edited iterations and additions later and we had a formal presentation to show to John Lasseter in one of Pixar’s screening review rooms. John also loved the idea and agreed that the concert should really be only about the music – no dialogue at all from the Pixar movies to interrupt the audience’s pleasure listening to the musical scores, very limited sound effects only to enhance the point of the music if need be, and imagery directly from the movies themselves with no additional "bonus material" such as behind-the-scenes conceptual artwork or crew photos.

This would instead be "all about the music", as it relates to what the audiences members themselves experienced when they first enjoyed the Pixar movies through the years.

With this set of parameters understood and agreed upon, a constant stream of editing was produced and sent to Pete and John as our creative executives over the coming months. Given both individuals’ busy schedules and other company commitments, this often resulted in a lot of QuickTime movie files generated and many "iPad" reviews. They in turn would give Brice Parker, Laurel Ladevich and myself cut content feedback via email or voicemail, with occasional formal review get-togethers wherever possible.

We would also arrange for individuals such as music composer Michael Giacchino to stop by my Avid Media Composer edit suite from time to time to review certain cuts (specifically The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Up in Michael’s case). Michael in particular was very gracious with his time, offering great suggestions not only with musical selections, but also pointers on how, for example, to rhythmically transition from low melodies to extremely fast-paced scores and vice-versa in certain cases.

Q: What was your role as creative editor?
Tanaka: My role as Creative Editor entailed performing all edits for the entire set of Pixar musical concert suites, from the first rough-cut conceptual passes to final online polishing. The process involved collaborating with all of the Pixar directors, producers, and music composers to ensure that my personal selection of music and related animated imagery jibed with their expectations for each of the 13 Pixar animated features to date.

Q: Tell me more about the selection and order of clips to support the underlying music.
Tanaka: I was pretty much left to my own accord regarding how to initially approach musical selection and accompanying Pixar picture content. With the amount of creative control I was given, I thought it best to approach the editing process by simply asking myself as a moviegoer, "What are my fondest memories from each of the Pixar movies?" For that reason picture and music were often cut together, directly from each Pixar movie as they were synced for original feature film release, as a starting point.

(But) we had two major challenges throughout the editorial process regarding edited content:

1 – Core Narrative Theme Per Film: Since this concert project is to celebrate the music of Pixar, we don’t necessarily want to re-tell the entire story of each movie, from start to finish, in some kind of condensed cut version. We knew we could pretty much assume that persons paying for tickets to experience this concert had seen most of the Pixar movies, if not all of them. Therefore, from an editorial standpoint, the challenge became how to craft one’s favorite moments from the films into some central narrative core theme or message per movie.

In the case of Ratatouille, for example, it was Remy’s "joy of cooking" over, say, Linguini’s romance story with Collette or his butting heads with Sous Chef Skinner. For Finding Nemo, it was the father/son relationship between Marlin and Nemo despite how entertaining the banter between Marlin and Dory was to watch. For Up, it was — no question — all about Carl Fredricksen’s love for his best friend and wife, Ellie, despite his newfound relationships with Russell, Kevin the bird and talking dog, Dug, in the movie.

In making these clear cut decisions to focus on specific narrative themes, it helped shape the direction of my edits further away from just being "best of" or "highlights" montage reels.

Adhering to this approach of conveying narrative themes as best as possible, however, sometimes meant breaking with the actual chronological unfolding of events as originally presented in the movies.

For Monsters, Inc., for example, to tell the story of Sully’s caring for Boo we needed to first explain how the factory "scare floor" actually worked, with its access to children’s multiple bedrooms. To show how sad it was for Sully to leave Boo behind before he reopens her bedroom door at the end of the movie, however, I decided to introduce the characters’ sad parting scene in "flashback", right before Sully opens the door. Such an arrangement deviated from the feature film, but gave the best emotional payoff possible for the concert audience while at the same time complementing Randy Newman’s underlying score.

Another example is WALL-E in which it was decided early on that we would focus on the romance between the little trash compacting robot and E.V.E, as opposed to the story of "humans in space". Such scenes struck an emotional chord with moviegoers and also offered some of the most beautiful scores Thomas Newman created for the film. In order to center on the romance theme, however, we felt we needed to remind audiences of WALL-E’s personality first – his humor and sense of awe. Again breaking from original feature film release narrative order, I decided to first showcase scenes in which WALL-E comically sifts through trash in his "day job", as well as when he takes in the wonders of the universe upon leaving Earth. Although WALL-E first meets E.V.E. before leaving his home planet, presenting concert audiences with his tour of the universe first made for a better understanding as to why WALL-E is so awe-inspired by E.V.E.‘s ability to fly (when she was introduced on Earth) and how easy it was to immediately fall in love with her.

2 – Concert Performance Time Constraints: The other challenge to editing this concert was purely logistical: time. Working closely with San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, we determined that a concert event of this type should run approximately 90 minutes in total length, with a 20-minute intermission included. With 13 Pixar feature animated motion pictures to account for, that roughly determined that each of my edited suites should run for as short as four minutes to as long as seven or eight minutes, but no longer. Given the adherence to highlighting particular narrative themes per movie and the ability to shift scenes out of sequence, I could cut in accordance to such time constraints, and as a whole deliver edited concert material within the requested 70-minute total running time.

In the final stages of production, my job as Creative Editor also entailed final video projection quality checks with Brice Parker and Laurel Ladevich prior to the actual live performances at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, connecting with Disney Music Publishing’s team of Johnathan Heely and Ed Kainins to go over technical concerns regarding smooth video projection playback rates and cross-comparing conductor versus audience synced video footage, and also communicating with Music Arranger, Mark Watters, regarding any last (minute) questions or suggestions during rehearsals with Conductor Sarah Hicks and the Davies Symphony Orchestra.

Q: I found it interesting that the music wasn’t shown in chronological order starting with Toy Story and ending with Brave. Knowing Pixar, I knew there was some thought given to the program arrangement. Can you tell me more about the decision-making?
Tanaka: It was such an interesting selection process to go through regarding concert program arrangement, for we definitely had several key points of criteria to consider. Right from the start, however, the one fact we knew didn’t make any sense to adhere to was the chronological order in which the Pixar movies were originally released. "So what," right? As personal fans of cinema ourselves, our love of movies really has no bearing on compartmentalizing feature films to what specific year they were shown to the public for the very first time. (We just love them!)

Bryond starting the concert with Pixar’s first film Toy Story as sort of an homage to "the little film company that could", the program arrangement of the other movies came down to other factors. Those factors included:

  • who the Pixar director and music composer were for each production
  • if that particular production was a Pixar sequel
  • and, the resulting overall tone of the piece I ended up editing to represent each movie.

We really felt that the specific movies per each of our five Pixar directors (Andrews, Bird, Docter, Lasseter, and Stanton) should be equally spread across the program as opposed to being clumped together since there may be aesthetic similarities if we group one filmmaker’s body of work one after another. Why not instead spread them out?

Similarly, we felt that our four Pixar music composers (Doyle, Giacchino, R. Newman and T. Newman) should also be separated across the entire concert so their composing styles could be best appreciated played in contrast to one another, as opposed to being performed one after another.

In addition, it only made sense that Pixar sequels (such as sequels for the Toy Story and Cars sagas) should be separated from one another in the program so they could be appreciated on their own merits, and not unfairly condensed down as if to imply that they together represent just one story and individually nothing more.

Lastly,, the final edited suite I created for each Pixar movie was then assessed for content and the resulting overall tone that was created. For example, The Incredibles and Cars 2  suites I cut really celebrated the action adventure spirit contained in each of those films, therefore they should perhaps not be placed next to each other in order to give the audience variety spread across the entire concert.

On the other end of the spectrum, Finding Nemo and Up evolved into offering two of our most dramatic and emotional suites for the evening, therefore they should intentionally be set apart from each other for optimum audience appreciation.

David Tanaka then volunteered some "closing thoughts":

As mentioned, the entire process lasted for (more than) two years, with much collaboration and back and forth communication from all involved. It was truly a fun process for myself and everyone involved, all in the name of our love of musical scores.

In addition to the satisfaction of representing our Pixar movies, directors, music composers and movie soundtracks as best as possible, having audience members experience and enjoy Pixar’s 13 movies through music and just in the span of a mere 90-minute concert performance was an extremely rewarding experience for me as the project’s Creative Editor, and hopefully for the audience as well!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (08/03/12)

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 3, 2012

Though the summer can be a bit dry when it comes to Pixar news, here are a few stories to tide you over until the next major announcement from the studio.

First Look at Pixar-Inspired Disney Cruise: This Fall, Disney is inviting guests into the world of Pixar through a series of themed California coastal cruises. Offerings on the boat include encounters with meet-and-greet characters, art exhibits, talks with Pixar artists, and opportunities to enjoy all of Pixar’s productions, including Finding Nemo 3D. If you’re not convinced that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Disney has put up a promo video featuring words from Pixar’s John Lasseter:

The cruises set off from Los Angeles beginning on September 16.

Pixar in Concert Debuts in San Francisco: Any fan of Pixar or film in general knows that strong music can bring a great story to powerful new heights. Pixar in Concert exists to remind listeners of this through an orchestral compilation of the most memorable Pixar music. The show premiered this past weekend at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Jim Hill Media provided an excellent summary of the proceedings here. The event continues on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Art of Monsters, Inc. Reprinted:
Chronicle Books’ look at the conception of Monsters, Inc. has become a rarity over the years, sometimes fetching hundreds of dollars from online bids. Just in time for Monsters University, though, Chronicle has finally made the sought-after book available on their site once more for $40. Be sure to take a look!

Builder Brings WALL-E to Life: Pixar fan works aren’t uncommon, but rarely is as much effort seen in a project as what Mike Senna put into this real life WALL-E bot. It took over two years of hard work to build the creation, but Senna explains that the touching reactions from children made it all worth it in this video from The Yo Show.

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‘Monsters’ News: 3D Re-Release Pushed Forward + ‘MU’ Composer Confirmed!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 24, 2012

Fans of Mike and Sully will be thrilled to know that their return to the big screen is coming even sooner than expected.

You may remember that a 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. was announced alongside Finding Nemo 3D, set for January 18, 2013 to build anticipation for Monsters University on June 21. In an interesting move, however, Disney has just pushed up Monsters, Inc. 3D to December 19, 2012 to capitalize on a lack of holiday competition. With this, Brave, and Finding Nemo 3D all hitting theaters in the same year, it’s an exciting time to be a Pixar fan.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

Additionally, in a bit of news that made it past the radar: Bleeding Cool posted an interview with Randy Newman back from the premiere of Brave in which he confirms that he’ll be returning to the Monsters series to score Monsters University. Newman isn’t my favorite of Pixar’s musical collaborators, but his style works well with the franchise’s universe. View the tongue-in-cheek interview below:

Monsters University will be in theaters on June 21, 2013.

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Is “Newt” Dead? Cars 2 Having Production Problems?

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Posted by Thomas • February 12, 2010

Is Pixar's Newt dead?It’s taken a couple of days for us to catch onto this big rumour floating about the interwebs. Disney veteran Floyd Norman posted a comment on The Animation Guild Blog indicating that Gary Rydstrom’s feature film directorial debut, newt, is dead. 

"Oh, and "Newt" is dead." writes Norman. When he was asked to elaborate further, he replies, "Naturally, our pals up north run a tight ship, so it’s not polite to provide details at this time." Michael of Progress City, USA thinks that Monster’s Inc. 2 will fill that gap in the Pixar timeline.

Norman also commented on The Bear and the Bow, "However, I have had the opportunity to speak with Brenda Chapman, and I’m looking forward to her film. As far as the release date, you’ll have to wait for Disney to disclose that."

In related news, Michael writes on Progress City, USA

"In stranger news, I’ve had two sources independently hint to me that Cars 2 is actually having production problems, and I’ve seen that rumor posted anonymously today on the Animation Guild’s blog. Whispering campaign or fact, I don’t know, but it’s something to keep an eye out for."

This is all rumours at the moment and we can only wait for an official word from the Mouse or Pixar. With newt due for release in 2012, hopefully it’s not too long.

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Pixar Memorabilia Auctions to Benefit Haiti [UPDATE X3]

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Posted by Thomas • January 23, 2010

Toy Story 3 Woody Poster Signed by Tom HanksEver wanted to get your dirty mits on original gear from a Pixar director’s own private collection?

How about an original 1995 Buzz Action Figure signed by Tim Allen or perhaps even a Toy Story 3 poster signed by a cast member? Well today is your lucky day!

Toy Story 3 director, Lee Unkrich, is hosting a series of auctions on eBay for you to score this insanely cool Pixar gear. All of the proceeds from each of these auctions benefits the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

Update: New items added, finished auctions removed!
Here is what you can currently bid on:

Cars Joe Ranft Storyboard Print Crew Gift
Ratatouille Vintage-Inspired Poster Crew Gift
The Incredibles Teddy Newton Artwork Print Crew Gift
Lee’s Personal The Incredibles Hawaiian Shirt
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Disneyland Poster
The Art of The Incredibles Signed By Brad Bird
The Incredibles Screenplay Signed By Brad Bird
Monsters, Inc. Original 2001 Crew T-Shirt
Monsters, Inc. 2001 Mug Signed By Pete Docter
Monsters, Inc. 2001 Lunchbox Signed By Pete Docter
Original Tin Toy Pixar T-Shirt From 1988
Toy Story 1995 SIGGRAPH T-Shirt
Toy Story Original 1995 Crew Shirt
WALL•E Original 2008 Crew Jacket (BnL Edition)
WALL•E Crew Baseball Cap
Monsters, Inc. Hawaiian Shirt
Monsters, Inc. Boxers Worn By Chimp In DVD Featurettes
Monsters, Inc. Picture Book Signed By Ricky Nierva (2, 3)
Up Crew Leather Satchel
Toy Story 2 Jessie Doll Signed By John Lasseter

Lee Unkrich's Personal 2008 Original WALL-E Crew JacketGet your bids in quickly!
Check out past items at this archived post.

These are amazing once-in-a-lifetime offers, and not only will you be getting a cool piece of certified Pixar memorabillia, but you will also be helping people very much in need in Haiti.

Update 2: Lee Unkrich’s auction has raised over $13,000 dollars for Haiti so far! New items added above.

Update 3: Now the tally has gone up to $20,000 dollars raised! Keep helping Haiti, new items added.

That’s it for today! Be sure to stay tuned to Lee’s Twitter feed next week when he posts more signed stuff.

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Best of the Decade Lists + Pixar

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Posted by Martin • January 2, 2010

Originally, I was aiming for this post to be online before the decade ended. But, due to some unexpected circumstances, that deadline was not possible.

Anyway, here is a list of end of the decade honors for each Pixar movie released between the years 2000 and 2009.

Monsters, Inc. (2001): Collider #2 along with all below, TimesNews.net unranked w/ all below, Metacritic #90

Finding Nemo (2003): The Washington Post #1, Daily Mail #18, Metacritic #41, Orlando Sentinel unranked, Austin 360 unranked

The Incredibles (2004): Daily Mail UK #4, Metacritic #12, Times Online #16, Flicks New Zealand #31, The Star-Ledger unranked, Rotten Tomatoes unranked

Cars (2006): Pixar Planet’s Special Mention

Ratatouille (2007): At the Movies #2, Metacritic #3, Paste Magazine #32, Daily Mail #37

WALL•E (2008): At the Movies #1, The Dallas Morning News #2, Entertainment Weekly #5, IMDb #8, Metacritic #8, JournalStar.com #12, Flicks New Zealand #20, Oklahoma Daily #39, The Canadian Press unranked

Up (2009): Film School Rejects #13, Oklahoma Daily #13, Paste Magazine #14, IMDb #15, Metacritic #54

Remember, these are rankings out of the thousands of movies released in the past 10 years, so landing on a list at all is HUGE. As an added bonus, here’s a collection featuring Best of 2009 lists that include Pixar’s 10th film, Up.

Up — Best of 2009: Chicago Tribune #1, Epoch Times #1, All Headline News #1TIME Magazine #2, Paste Magazine #2, Entertainment Weekly #2, The Associated Press #5, National Post #8, The New Yorker unranked

Thanks to Pixar Talk for their laborious collection of lists in their news round-ups throughout the last couple of weeks. It helped in the making of this post.

Let us know of any other lists mentioning Pixar that we might have missed by commenting below. While you’re doing that, tell us what your favorite film(s) of the decade was/were, Pixar or otherwise.

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Available Today From Pixar: Up on Blu-ray/DVD, Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray + Much More!

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Posted by Martin • November 10, 2009

November 10th has proven to be a very important date for Pixar fans this year. 

In stores today you’ll find 5 brand new releases from the Lamp. Below I’ve compiled a shopping guide for your convenience:

Up on Blu-ray/DVD: This is easily the most anticipated release from Pixar this year, and all for good reason, check out my review to see why. Directed by Pete Docter, Up will be available in three variations, 4-Disc Blu-ray, 2-Disc DVD and 1-Disc DVD. The best value has got to be the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack which includes exclusive content you can’t find anywhere else. When buying this new release check for any promotions the store is having and look at all the flyers inside for Disney Movie Rewards and more exciting Up offers. Note that all releases include the standard DVD with Dug’s Special Mission, Partly Cloudy, commentary and minimal featurettes. This release is not to be missed by fans!
SRP: $45.99 (Blu-ray) Best Price: $19.99 Amazon Digital Download: iTunes

Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray: Both of Pete Docter’s films will be in the spotlight today as they are newly released on home video. The digital files of Pixar’s 2001 classic, Monsters, Inc., are uncompressed for maximum viewing pleasure. Included in the discs are the Filmmaker’s Roundtable (filmed at Hidden City Cafe), a brand new game, and a look into Japan’s MI ride. Also included in this 4-Disc set is a digital copy and the original DVD release of the film. If you haven’t already, give my review a looksie.
SRP: $40.99 Best Price: $22.99 Amazon

Luxo Jr. Premium Pack: If you want to own a piece of the big Disney/Luxo conflict, you’re in luck. It seems as though the Disney Store is still carrying this controversial set. Included in the package is a replica Luxo Jr. (not made by Luxo ASA) and the Up 4-Disc Blu-ray. The Luxo Jr. Premium Pack will only be available for a limited time so order as soon as possible. It may be your only chance to have a physical Luxo Jr. to match Pixar’s famous intro.
SRP: $199.99 Best Price: $199.99 Disney Store

Cars Blu-ray Ultimate Gift Pack: For the biggest Cars fans out there! This brand new set includes the previously released Cars Blu-ray now packaged with a DVD and two exclusive die-cast cars. It’s the perfect holiday gift for your resident Cars fanatic since it’s packaged with many aspects of The World of Cars franchise.
SRP: $49.99 Best Price: $31.49 Amazon

The Pixar Treasures: Tim Hauser’s (The Art of WALL•E) latest book, The Pixar Treasures, compiles tons of goodies from the world of Pixar. Notable examples include sketches from Pixarians, wrap party invitations and rare photographs. This 64-page coffee table book showcases the history and legacy of Pixar in a new and fresh way!
SRP: $60.00 Best Price: $37.80 Amazon

Happy shopping! Please tell us what you bought and how you liked it below.

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