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Partly Cloudy Selected to Compete For Best Animated Short Film Nomination!

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Posted by Martin • November 20, 2009

The future looks golden (like a sunny summer day) for Partly Cloudy!

Of course, I’m making a reference to a certain golden statuette that Pixar’s latest theatrical short will possibly be in the running for. Yup, that means the Best Animated Short Film Oscar category has been shortlisted and, as usual, Pixar is being considered.

Partly Cloudy is among nine other short ‘toons which were selected out of 37 qualifying submissions this year. The other nine shorts up for consideration include The Cat Piano, French Toast, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, The Kinematograph, The Lady and the Reaper, Logorama, A Matter of Loaf and Death, Runaway, and Variete; you can check many of these out over at /Film. Some are saying that Pete Sohn’s directorial debut is not just a sure bet for nomination, but a clear favorite to win. Can’t say I’m surprised, after all it’s sweet and has gotten a lot of exposure. Let’s hope for the best!

Academy voters in the Short Film and Animation branch will select five of the above ten animated vignettes to be announced on February 2nd, 2010 nominations. The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be televised live March 7th, 2010 on ABC.

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Up Oscar Campaign Aims For Great Heights

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Posted by Martin • November 8, 2009

Every time the studio has a new release, Pixar is continuously and rightfully praised for its outstanding films. Many times they’re even considered the best pictures of their respective years.

Even though these opinions are held high by the majority of film aficionados, movies like WALL•E and Ratatouille never seem to end up in the Best Picture category at the Oscars. Today, an animated film like Up has got the best chances ever to be nominated for Best Picture because of the category’s expantion to 10 spots.

Walt Disney Studios is predicted to push big this year for the adventures of Carl Fredricksen and the film’s accompanying short, Partly Cloudy! But before any big decisions are made, the process begins with For Your Consideration campaigns. According to Disney’s awards site, Pixar’s 10th film hopes to compete in 10 categories including Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score. Pete Sohn’s short, Partly Cloudy, is up for consideration in all categories but probably will only be eligible for Best Animated Short Film.

Hopefully Pete Docter and co. can claim a spot in all of these prestigious categories when nominations are announced February 2nd. Maybe we’ll even see producer Jonas Rivera up there on the big night accepting for the ultimate prize!

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be televised live March 7th, 2010 on ABC!

(via The Pixar Blog)

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Up Blu-ray/DVD Out November 10th; Features & Cover Art Revealed!

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Posted by Martin • August 7, 2009

Adventure is out there and coming to your home as Up lands on Blu-ray and DVD November 10th, 2009!

This release will come in three main variations: a 4-Disc Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays, a Digital Copy for handheld devices, and a standard DVD), a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD (confirmed) and a 1-Disc Standard DVD. The barebones 1-Disc release will only include the shorts Partly Cloudy and Dug’s Special Mission as extras. The 2-Disc would add commentary, a featurette and a digital copy. On the other hand the 4-Disc set is packed with loads of bonus material!

In this collector’s must-have you will find all of the above plus making-of extras such as character focused Geriatric Hero, Canine Companions, Russell: Wilderness Explorer and Our Giant Flightless Friend, Kevin, as well as set, research and music focused Homemakers of Pixar, Balloons and Flight, Adventure is Out There (the much talked about trip to South America) and Composing for Characters. You can also find alternate scenes like Married Life and The Many Endings of Muntz included in the set. Like all other Pixar Blu-rays you’ll also be treated to Cine-Explore (commentary plus visuals) with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson and an exclusive Java based game called Global Guardian Badge Game. To see the detailed description of these features and more click on [Extended Description] at this link.

The 1-Disc release will be retailing for US $19.99 and the 4-Disc Set will be selling for US $34.99 through Disney although the SRP is different according to the press release. You can pre-order Up in those versions at the links above and receive a pin set or through Amazon (which is listing a different price) among others.

There are two other major Pixar releases coming our way November 10th. Stand by for a write up on those.

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Pixar Back at Annecy

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Posted by Martin • June 5, 2009

Pixar is back again this year at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival which runs from the 8th to the 13th of June 2009.

All this week I’ve been trying to find more information on their presentation aside from the tiny snippets on Annecy’s official website. Turns out I totally missed the advertisement on Pixar’s Jobs page.

Anyhow, it’s indicating that the best way to catch Pixar at this year’s event is to attend their discussion on recruiting and hiring. You’ll find Peter Sohn and Kevin Reher, the Director and the Producer of Partly Cloudy, respectively, headlining the event. Also in attendance will be Animator Carlo Vogele and Senior Recruiter Pamela Harbidge. The discussion will be located at Ravel A&B on the 5th floor of the Imperial Palace on Wednesday, June 10th starting at 5:00 PM. It’s open to all (with festival passes?) but seating is limited so come early.

Furthermore, Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn will also have their presentation on the making of Up and Partly Cloudy, respectively. You can learn more about that event, taking place Friday, June 12th, over at the official Annecy website.

Check back there for more information on this and other Pixar related events coming to the most prestigious animation fest!

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Partly Cloudy Hits iTunes

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Posted by Upcoming Pixar • June 2, 2009

Partly Cloudy CoverThe short film that accompanied UP in theaters, Partly Cloudy, is now available through iTunes for $1.99. The 5:49 short is directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Kevin Reher. You will need a US account to download it!  

 A brief synopsis: "Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer lies up in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life. Gus, a lonely and insecure grey cloud, is a master at creating "Dangerous" Babies, Crocodiles, Porcupines, Rams and more – Gus’s beloved creation is a work of art, but more than a handful for his loyal delivery Stork partner, Peck. As Gus’s creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck’s job gets harder and harder. How will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend’s fiery treatment?"

Well worth it!
Marvel at the official poster to the right, click to view larger!

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Pixar.com Partly UPdates! [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • May 30, 2009

Pixar.com, notorious for rarely making changes, has finally updated! 

Update: The section for Up has now been upgraded to "Full Story" status. It includes a synopsis of the movie, characters intro and behind the scenes. There are also subsections for character bios and the inspiration for the movie. Check out concept art, full renders and quotes on the making of Pixar’s 10th film! The usual, but still worth a look through.

The site also features features the latest Pixar mini-productions, Partly Cloudyand BURN•E in the Short Films section. Both pages profile the short itself and the production of each projects, as usual, including some concept art.

The front page of Pixar.com (no changes to the design) has also gotten two new buttons. Replacing the WALL•E website link is a picture of Dug that links to Up’s official site. Peck from "Cloudy" is also on the home page, clicking on him takes you to the afformentioned film’s page.

Strangely, The Theater section of the site (in the Shorts section) has added the new shorts, but clicking on them just takes you back to their main pages.

Let’s hope later in the year we’ll get a Dug’s Special Mission page sooner than the BURN•E one!

Speaking of site updates, don’t forget to check out the brand new site for the Toy Story series!

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Up Projection Website Now Live + TS3 Teaser Premiere Confirmed

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Posted by Martin • May 22, 2009

In the beginning of the month, we revealed the run-times of Up (1:36:06), Partly Cloudy (5:45) and The Princess and the Frog trailer (2:32) totaling up to a full program of 104 minutes.

Now we are proud to present to you the final, live Pixar Projection website for Up. If you are not familiar with it, Pixar updates this page each year for use of projectionists so that they can showcase the movie to the highest standards possible. Anyhow, some cool media is available on the site including a welcome video on the home page by Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera done at one of the sound mixing sessions. As usual, there’s a contest for projectionists only, so if you are one or you know one, let them know, they could win a trip to Pixar! On the site you can also see each reel and the technical specifications for optimum projection.

Speaking of tech. specs., that part of the page has a nice little tidbit. Remember what John Ratzenberger said about the Toy Story 3 teaser being attached to Up? His claim has now been confirmed with this passage in between all the tech talk: "The trailer for TOY STORY 3 is supplied as a single separate encode" That’s right, the trailer will be part of the program, but added separately and ONLY with digital screenings. It was thought that this clip would premiere in front of the 3D re-release of the two Toy Story films, but early reactions may have changed that! Now it seems the full theatrical TS3 trailer will be attached to that release.

Be sure to notify your theatre manager if anything you read about on the Perfect Projection site was missing when you see this film in one week days!

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Up Run-Time + Partly Cloudy & The Princess and the Frog

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Posted by Martin • May 2, 2009

Earlier this year, Pete Docter talked about Up running just under 90 minutes without credits.

Now we have full details on the feature’s runtime which is, drum roll please: 1:36:06! To answer some other questions about the upcoming flick, Up will be presented on 5 reels at a 1.85:1 flat aspect ratio. Let’s not forget the accompanying short Partly Cloudy which will be running for 5:45 and the trailer for The Princess and the Frog which will run for 2:32! Check out the logo designs from the openings of each piece, to the right. 

The full program clocks in at: 01:44:23! That’s about 104 minutes of Disney/Pixar fun! Don’t forget to pre-order tickets on the Up website!

(Thanks, One Movie, Five Views/via Pixar Projection)

Note: Once the full Pixar Projection site goes public we’ll bring you news on the projectionist contest and show you some brand new pictures from the page!

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Forecast Looks Good for Partly Cloudy + Video Preview!

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Posted by Martin • April 24, 2009

Peter Sohn took some time to talk to Animation World Network about his upcoming short film, Partly Cloudy, which has been confirmed to be presented in 3D!

When asked the age old question, "Where do babies come from?", Peter Sohn says, from clouds of course! To recap, this is the story of Gus, a cloud that makes dangerous babies, and his stork Peck, who both get into some sort of a misunderstanding. 

Topics discussed in the interview include the much talked about influences such as classic Disney (Dumbo, Peter Pan) and Sohn’s youth living in a Korean speaking family in America. Also, new tidbits were revealed such as the fact that Gus is actually an invisible model with a 200,000 particle suit that simulates clouds through lighting tricks! After reading the elaborate chat, you’ll find out what the story and technical challenges were on this short, including the feedback given by John Lasseter and the rest of the Pixar Brain Trust! Director Peter Sohn, even talks about his work at Pixar including how he was involved with Russell. Best of all, there’s a 30 second video preview of Partly Cloudy on the site, starting with some storks delivering rather cute babies…

The piece is very detailed (with lots of illustrations and stills) and worth a thorough read. Minor story details are discussed throughout the interview so read with caution if you don’t want to be spoiled. You can find it over here.

Reactions to the first screening of Partly Cloudy were great, it looks to be one of Pixar’s best shorts, and that’s saying a lot!  How do you feel after seeing the interview, videos and pictures?

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Pixar Book Report: The Pixar Treasures/Partly Cloudy + Logo Design

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Posted by Martin • April 22, 2009

In their latest catalog, Disney Press has released some new information on upcoming Pixar books. Cartoon Brew was at the London Book Fair this week and picked up the preview.

Tim Hauser’s next book after The Art of Up called The Pixar Treasures (which he talked about in an interview last year) , was mentioned. CB links to the Amazon page which describes the 64 page book:
"The Pixar Treasures is a scrapbook of instinct and inspiration, experiences readers can touch, and visions that exist only in the imagination… Hauser’s narrative covers the struggles, growth, and successes of an incredible animation studio… Filled with unique removable keepsakes, The Pixar Treasures is an essential collector’s item for every Pixar fan."
The book is available for $60.00 and comes out September 22, 2009, check out the full description here!

Also listed was a preview of the children’s book adaptation of Pixar’s upcoming short film Partly Cloudy which also includes the logo design! You can check out pictures from the book, coming to stores in November (to coincide with the Up DVD) priced at $4.99, right here. Learn more about the short film including images, concept art, reviews and the synopsis here.

(via Cartoon Brew)

Note: Don’t forget to check out our Up Book Report featuring description and links to 10 Up books that were just released and the forthcoming The Art of Up!

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