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Woody’s Round Up 12/31/18

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Posted by Simoa • December 31, 2018

Gather round for the final installment of Woody’s Round Up for 2018!

Glimpses and Peeps

Surprisingly, the Parrs weren’t on Pixar’s holiday card this year. (Can’t help but imagine a version with Jack-Jack taking on that raccoon in a picturesque Christmas scene…) The card however is quite lovely, and features characters from the 2019 feature, Woody and…Bo Peep!

Some fans started to speculate that the original romantic storyline between Bo and Woody was scrapped altogether. But her inclusion in the holiday card should lay those doubts to rest. Pixar may be taking their time to reveal Bo Peep in any of Toy Story 4′s promo, but that doesn’t mean she’s gone forever. In fact, quite the opposite. Over the summer, Bo’s voice actress Annie Potts enthused about her big role in the film. And that’s not all – she may even be getting a new look! I think we’re all in for a great surprise come next June.

Pixar in Concert

This series will be heading to four cities in the UK in April 2019. This UK tour will feature iconic music by a live orchestra from Coco, Finding Dory, Cars, Cars 2, the first two Toy Story films, Monsters, Inc., and more. For more information, please visit Broadway World.

Final Battle

The wait for Kingdom Hearts: Final Battle is almost over. The game will be released in just a few more weeks, and a new trailer was unveiled this month. Some familiar Pixar faces make appearances, like Remy, Woody, Buzz, Mike and Sulley. This latest trailer is pretty dramatic and has plenty of exciting moments, as well as some perilous ones. Watch it below:

Renderman’s 30th

The software program that revolutionized the VFX industry and continues to garner awards for groundbreaking effects turned 30 this year. Renderman first got its start at Pixar and is still an integral part of the studio. There’s a video over at Wired that breaks down the software’s sprawling history in honor of its 30th anniversary.

Monsters, Inc. Manga

Another January release: Tokyopop’s Monsters, Inc. manga. Tokyopop has other Disney titles in its catalog but this is just the second Pixar film to get the manga treatment, joining Finding Nemo. The story hasn’t changed, although the characters have a much more cutesy look, except Roz. Cover art is designed by Philly Delphie and Hiromi Yamafuji gets author credit. The manga hits bookstores on January 8th.

We hope you’ve all had a fantastic year! Join us in 2019 for more Pixar news and in the countdown to Toy Story 4. And if you’re currently experiencing cold temps, let Pixar’s fireplace warm you up!

Happy New Year!

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Bob Peterson is Off ‘The Good Dinosaur’; Various Pixar Directors Helming Film

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 30, 2013

Earlier this week, we reported on a very worrying rumor that longtime Pixarian Bob Peterson has been removed as director of The Good Dinosaur. Today, Pixar spoke out and confirmed the truth: Bob Peterson has been pulled off the project and replaced by a makeshift team of directors.

Ed Catmull confirmed the news to the LA Times, going on to explain the rationale behind the decision. "All directors get really deep in their films. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors … are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process."

With no replacement for Peterson and a release date quickly approaching, various members of Pixar’s Brain Trust are working with original co-director Pete Sohn to continue work on The Good Dinosaur; John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, and Mark Andrews are now overseeing various segments of the film. Denise Ream is producing in place of John Walker.

While directorial changes are nothing new for Pixar, having four directors juggle a project nine months before release doesn’t inspire much confidence. Pixar remains committed to the May 30 release date, but personally, I’d rather see them push the release back if it means a more polished result.

The good news: Peterson is still at the studio, set to direct another film.

Your thoughts?

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RUMOR: Bob Peterson No Longer Directing ‘The Good Dinosaur’

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 26, 2013

The Good Dinosaur had a strong showing at this year’s D23 Expo, but there was one noticeable absence: Bob Peterson, the director of the film, didn’t speak about the film at all. It could be that he simply wasn’t available, but Blue Sky Disney (via /Film) is reporting otherwise; the director (as well as producer John Walker) may have been kicked off of the project following story problems.

Directorial changes have become an increasingly common trend for the studio; Cars 2 and Brave both had highly publicized shifts, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the same is happening to The Good Dinosaur. Whether this will affect the film’s release date has yet to be seen.

Whatever happens, it’ll be disappointing if Peterson is replaced; he’s been a longtime member of the Pixar team, proving himself as a versatile story artist, writer/director, and voice actor. A major directorial shift this close to release will drastically impact the movie, for better or for worse. If the rumors are true, expect an official statement in the near future.

Stay tuned…

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (04/29/12)

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Posted by Brkyo614 • April 29, 2012

Welcome to the first news round-up of the year! We have an array of Brave and Pixar stories from the past week to share.

New Russian Brave Poster: MoviePosterDB has put up a great new Brave poster from Russia. It’s easily the most dynamic and exciting poster for the film yet. The movie opens in Russia on June 21, 2012 and a day later in North America.

Bob Peterson Joins Twitter: Bob Peterson, director of the May 2014 film The Good Dinosaur, has opened a new Twitter account. Toy Story 3
director Lee Unkrich brought us along for the ride as he worked on his movie through Twitter, and Peterson is sure to do the same.

First Look at Merida for Disney Parks: Our first peek at Disney’s meet-and-greet Merida from Brave can be seen to the right. Pixar’s first face character is set to officially debut in Disney Parks during the month of May. For now, check out more pictures over at Stitch Kingdom.

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