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Woody’s Round Up 12/7/18

Disney Parks, Inside Out, Luxo, Jr., Round-Ups, Teddy Newton, Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land

Posted by Simoa • December 7, 2018

Welcome back to Woody’s Round Up! With all the speculation about Toy Story 4 and the excitement over the Annie and Golden Globe nominations for Incredibles 2, some other noteworthy happenings may have slipped your radar. But no worries, we’ve compiled a list here.

Jolly Holiday at Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land has been decorated just in time for Christmas and the holidays! I’m especially fond of this giant Hamm sugar cookie complete with Santa Hat:

Hope they’ll be selling edible versions in the park…

And check out these ornaments I definitely want on my tree at home!

You can see more of the decorations on the Disney Parks blog. Here’s a video of the decorations going up:

Light it Up Luxo

Pixar Pier at Disneyland also got a lovely addition in the form of animatronic Luxo Jr. atop the marquee. While the technology has not yet evolved for Luxo to bound off its perch and stomp anywhere (or on anything), it would be quite a treat to be welcomed by the energetic lamp to California Adventure. Watch Luxo in action below:

More photos at Laughing Place.

Tears of Candy Galore

Bing Bong’s Sweet Shop opened at Pixar Pier over the summer, and a new statue has been installed inside.

Bing Bong isn’t animatronic, but he does play audio from Inside Out, as reported by WDW News Today. I’m sure everyone who visits will be crying happy tears too! They just won’t taste as sweet.

Teddy Newton’s Sneaks

Teddy Newton, mastermind behind some of Pixar’s most brilliant story ideas and indelible artwork, as well as the director of ‘Day & Night’ will be directing his first feature length film! Although not a Pixar production, Sneaks is worth supporting. The official synopsis describes it as follows:

Sneaks centers on a group of misplaced sneakers that end up lost in New York City and must find a way to work together in order to get back to their “sole mates.”

The film will also be Ohio’s first animated feature, and Pixar production designer Ricky Nierva will also be part of the crew. It’s always wonderful to see Pixarians branching out, and we wish them both great success. Read more about Sneaks at THR.

Expanding Toy Story

A Toy Story 4 graphic novel anthology will be hitting shelves ahead of the film’s release next June. Released by Dark Horse comics in collaboration with Pixar, the anthology is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and comic book stores. More details and art will surface before the May 7th release date, so stay tuned for more!

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Woody’s Round Up 11/6/18

Auntie Edna, Bao, Incredibles 2, Round-Ups, The Pixar Story

Posted by Simoa • November 6, 2018

Welcome back to Woody’s Round Up! Today’s installment features amazing costumes, more details on Incredibles 2, out on DVD today, and an addition to Netflix.

A Very Pixar Halloween

We can always count on the folks at Pixar to get into the Halloween spirit with their creative costumes! This year was no exception. Check them out, courtesy of Pixar’s official Instagram page. Baby Bao is the clear winner!

Edna in Auntie Mode

Incredibles 2 is now on DVD today, so be sure to pick up your copy! But even if you’ve got the digital version and have already watched “Auntie Edna” (lucky!), you should still check out this interview with the short’s director and story artist, Ted Mathot. Audiences would need to see a new side to the iconic character while Mathot had to remain faithful to her essence. “Getting her out of her comfort zone a little bit, because she’s always the boss, always in control, was really fun to explore. What happens when she loses some of that control? What does that bring out in her character?” Read more from Mathot’s interview at Animation World Network.

Concept art by Matt Nolte.

Special Effects

Art, story, and technology define Pixar’s approach to filmmaking. Each of those are fascinating to learn about and gives audiences a chance to gain more knowledge about everything that goes into the storytelling we admire so much. Effects supervisor Bill Wattral was interviewed by Shack News about his role and the unique challenges that come with the job.


Wattral discusses the tools Pixar uses; existing ones that serve as foundations and the new programs created by the studio itself. These tools are necessary in making the film look as appealing as possible. One of Wattral’s main priorities is foreseeing problems in the tech department before they become unwieldy. A very informative look at the technical aspects of Pixar’s process.

Coming Soon

The Pixar Story (2007) comes to Netflix on November 18th. The documentary was directed by Leslie Iwerks (granddaughter of legendary animator Ub Iwerks) and is now ten years old. Although much has changed since 2007, the doc is sure to still be a great watch all these years later.

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Pixar at the Parks: Pixar Fest and First Looks at Woody’s Lunch Box

Disney, Disney Parks, Imagineering, John Lasseter, Merchandise, Pixar, Round-Ups, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land

Posted by Nia • October 27, 2017

Do you love Pixar? (Obviously) Do you love going to Disneyland and Disney World? (Duh!) Well, now’s the perfect opportunity to plan your next trip to California AND Florida because, drum roll, please…

  1. Pixar Fest is coming to Disneyland!
  2. Not only that, but a brand spanking new Pixar-themed area will be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios soon!

According to Oh My Disney, Pixar Fest will be coming to both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure beginning April 13th, 2018! That’s only five months away! Unfortunately the event will be for a limited time, but during April you will get to see both parks completely dedicated to the world of Pixar. The parks will include a new fireworks show, two new Pixar-themed parades, new merchandise, food and drinks, and more!

Thanks to Oh My Disney, here’s some of the cool things to look forward to at Pixar Fest:

“Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”

The nighttime spectacular will feature a brand new fireworks display with Buzz Lightyear flying over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The main focus of the show, as the Together Forever title suggests, will be about the special bond between friends and celebrate the true meaning of friendship.

“Pixar Play Parade”

You guessed it, not only will Luxo the Lamp be in this Disneyland parade, but characters from films like Inside Out and Up will also make appearances.

“Paint the Night”

The Disney California Adventure parade will showcase characters from Monsters Inc., Toy Story, and Cars.

Pixar Shorts Film Festival

You can finally watch some of Pixar’s short films at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land.

Pixar Fest Charm Bracelet

Be sure to pick up one of the exclusive merchandise items that will be for sale, which includes Pixar-themed charm bracelets.

So 2018 is obviously going to be a great year for Pixar. Need any more proof? Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, Woody’s Lunch Box (an area that will be in the new Toy Story land section of the park) will be opening! Oh My Disney shared a first look of the area:

As the concept art depicts, Woody’s Lunch Box will feature a plethora of different toys from Andy’s collection, even showing off some of Andy’s lunch box items.

It will certainly be thrilling walking among some of the iconic Toy Story toys in Woody’s Lunch Box AND celebrating the studio with Pixar Fest – it’ll feel like we’re finally apart of the magic behind a Pixar film.

 

 

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Woody’s Round-up (10/17/17)

Coco, Merchandise, Round-Ups

Posted by Simoa • October 17, 2017

We’re dusting the cobwebs off the Woody’s Round-up feature! Simoa and Joanna are here to do a brief run-down of all things Coco!

As the release date edges closer, there’s plenty of cool and exciting things to look forward to, and one of these is merchandise.

Funko Pops: These are the perfect additions to anyone’s collection, featuring designs that are both adorable and lovingly crafted. There are three different versions of the characters:

The Mystery Mini series is extremely cute, but super detailed as well.

The Dorbz series includes a glow-in-the dark Miguel, though it’s limited and available only at Toys “R” Us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And feast your eyes on the Pop! Vinyl series.

Don’t miss out – these Funko pops are available for purchase at Toys “R” Us and Hot Topic.

Coco wrap party: The film is officially complete! A wrap party was held on the 14th – crew members celebrated their hard work finally paying off, and people were treated to a screening. Talented animator and art director Dice Tsutsumi, who has previously worked on a number of Pixar films such as Toy Story 3 and Monsters University, posted a tweet which shows us the theatre where the screening took place.

It’s exciting to see all the positive comments and ‘mini-reviews’ that people have been posting on Twitter after the wrap party. It appears certain that Coco is going to be full of heart, bursting with love, emotion, and character at every seam. Seeing the crew exhibit such a huge amount of pride in their work is very moving, and is sure to make Coco feel all the more special.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Pixar have also been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Instagram. Employees of Hispanic descent have been given the spotlight, with their stories posted alongside a portrait of them. Andrea Aleman, Events Administrator for the Café at Pixar Studios, summed it up perfectly in her post:

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a way to be proud of our roots, show where we came from, and be a part of this melting pot of different cultures, different colors, different traditions, different music, and the hard work that we grew up learning from our parents. There’s an enormous sense of pride that I feel for this month of reflection and celebration.”

You can see all of Pixar’s other Hispanic Heritage Month posts on their Instagram page.

“Remember Me” Jazz Performance: Ernesto de La Cruz’s signature song was featured on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Monday night. The song received a proper showcase, with the colorful costumes and dancing adding some visual flair. Watch the clip below.

Hollywood Film Awards: Coco has also won its first award! The film will be honored on November 5th, although its yet to be released. We’re sure it’ll gain more accolades once the world sees it! Read more about the HFA here.

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Woody’s News Round-up! (3/23/15)

Jonas Rivera, Pete Docter, RenderMan, Round-Ups

Posted by Simoa • March 23, 2015

Quite a fair bit of Pixar news today!

rendermanFirst, Pixar just launched a new Renderman site. Pixar’s Renderman technology has shaped the visual effects in the studio’s animated films as well as those made outside of Pixar. The sleek new site is brimming with tons of great information and resources, as well as a free download of a noncommercial Renderman.

 

 

 

peteOver in Toronto, Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera appeared on Breakfast Television to talk about Inside Out and sing their praises of the voice cast. Pete mentions Amy Poehler, who voices Joy, was such an integral part in “creating the character and the whole story”, who they actually wrote with! And a nice little surprise: Pete provides the voice for Anger in Riley’s father’s head! Inside Out, which Jonas Rivera calls “a love letter to our kids”, is now three months away! (Image on the right courtesy of Pete Docter’s instagram).

 

 

 

And now some good news for fellow Bostonians: a new Pixar exhibit will open at the Museum of Science in June! Capture“The Science of Pixar” promises to be an enriching experience for fans and visitors to learn more about the filmmaking and animation process. From the website:

The Science of Pixar gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the process used to create Pixar’s groundbreaking and award-winning films. The exhibit highlights the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts used every day at Pixar. Hands-on activities and interactive exhibitsinvite visitors to experience different roles, such as lighting designer, animator, or modeler. Videos of real Pixar employees give first-hand accounts of the technological innovations that have revolutionized the field of computer animation.
Tickets for this amazing exhibit go on sale in April, while the opening day is slated for June 28, 2015. Many thanks to Stitch Kingdom for the heads up here.
Be sure to check back in for more news!

 

 

 

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Woody’s News Round Up! 12/28/14

Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Luxo, Jr., Round-Ups

Posted by Simoa • December 28, 2014

We hope everyone had a festive, restful holiday! With 2014 coming to a close, we have a list of Pixar news you may have missed over the past couple of weeks.

Luxo Jr. added to the National Film Registry: The 1986 short, directed by John Lasseter and Bill Reeves, was one of 25 films selected for the 2014 registry. As part of the Library of Congress, the film registry is dedicated to highlighting films for their “cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.” The iconic short, featuring two lamps come to life, was nominated for an Academy Award and was the first 3D animated film to do so. The smaller of the two even became Pixar’s mascot as the instantly recognizable bouncing lamp in the studio’s logo. “Luxo Jr.” joins two other Pixar films in the registry, the 1988 short “Tin Toy” and the 1995 feature Toy Story.

Navajo translation of Finding Nemo underway
: Disney-Pixar are partnering with the Navajo Nation Museum to release a Navajo version of 2003’s wildly popular Finding Nemo. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American population in the U.S., with more than 300,000 members, yet the language is virtually unspoken among children. Tribal leaders are optimistic that a Navajo Finding Nemo will encourage children to become enthusiastic speakers. To learn more about their efforts and just how crucial the language is to this Native American community, continue reading here.

New Inside Out still and concept art: Inside Out is now roughly 6 months away! With two teaser trailers, as well as character introductory videos for the five emotions, and their own individual character posters, there will be plenty more to look forward to in the upcoming months as the film’s release date edges closer. The newest still from Entertainment Weekly features Joy (Amy Poehler) in what appears to be the memory storage room of the mind. The bottom image of Joy is concept art by Ralph Eggleston and Albert Lozano with the glowing memory orbs. Thanks to the Inside Out tumblr page as well as Sammax883 on twitter for the EW image. We’d also like to thank Pixar Post for sharing this new bit of concept art.

Be sure to check back here for more Pixar news in the new year and have a happy 2015!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (4/5/14)

Behind The Scenes, Disney Parks, Ratatouille, Round-Ups, The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2

Posted by Brkyo614 • April 5, 2014

Not much could possibly top last month’s exciting sequel news, but enjoy a summary of the latest Pixar stories, including a small Incredibles 2 update, below:

Samuel L. Jackson Talks Incredibles 2:
Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone quickly became a fan-favorite upon the release of The Incredibles, so it’s no surprise to hear that Brad Bird is looking to bring him back in the recently-announced sequel. Speaking with Digital Spy (via Pixar Times), Samuel L. Jackson hinted that we haven’t seen the last of his ice-powered hero:

“Every time I run into Brad [Bird, director] he always tells me Frozone is part of what’s going on, so I have to believe that […] I guess they could be the Incredibles without Frozone, but I think Frozone would be a wonderful addition to what’s already there.”

Ratatouille 3D Blu-ray Coming Soon?: When Pixar’s Josh Hollander shared news on Incredibles 3D and Ratatouille 3D last month, many assumed that the studio was prepping these conversions for theatrical re-releases. However, a report from Disney Next claims that Ratatouille 3D will be released on Blu-ray in Europe this July, accompanying Disneyland Paris’ new Ratatouille attraction. No official announcement has been made.

Ratatouille Ride Update: Meanwhile, construction on the aforementioned Ratatouille ride continues to move along. Disney and More has some great photos of the work-in-progress area, which may open up for annual passholders as soon as late June. Check out the image gallery here.

Pixar Demos Its Latest Animation Software: Since its earliest years, Pixar has mostly relied on in-house software to animate their films. The studio recently rewrote their animation system from the ground up, replacing their original Marionette software with the far more optimized Presto. At this year’s GPU Technology Conference, Pixar’s Dirk Van Gelder and Danny Nahmias shared a detailed look at this new system, which aims to give animators a clearer idea of how their work will appear in fully-rendered frames. Take a look at the fascinating demo below, and for more, watch the full presentation on Ustream.

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (3/4/14)

Andrew Stanton, Disney Parks, Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Ratatouille, Round-Ups

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 4, 2014

While news on the feature film front has been quiet, there are a few Pixar-related stories from the past few weeks that are worth mentioning. Enjoy:

Andrew Stanton Featured in Google Oscar Ad: Pixar may not have been present at this year’s Oscar ceremony, but some of the studio’s magic still managed to creep into last Sunday’s broadcast. Google premiered a great 60-second spot with sound bites from Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton’s 2012 TED Talk, set to Thomas Newman’s Nemo score. (Thanks to Pixar Post for the embed.)

New Pixar Posters from Mondo to be Showcased This Week: Disney has worked with Mondo to release some impressive Pixar posters in the past, and that collaboration is set to continue. Mondo is exhibiting a collection of Disney/Pixar-inspired posters at the South By Southwest film festival from March 7 through March 11. Tom Whalen shared a peek at his Incredibles poster for the gallery; to see Kevin Tong’s Up and WALL-E prints, head over to Oh My Disney.

Ratatouille Ride Updates: A Ratatouille attraction for Disneyland Paris has been in the works for a while, and the first concrete details have begun to emerge. Disney’s Tom Fitzgerald presented a first look at the attraction, titled Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, earlier this month. Watch his talk below, and check out Inside the Magic for a few more details.

Inside Out Updates: Pixar’s next film is still more than a year off, but production on it is already well underway. Pixar recently shared a photo of Mindy Kaling recording dialogue for the film on Instagram, and Pixarians have begun to voice their enthusiasm about the project on Twitter. Hopefully we’ll get a teaser trailer within the next few months!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (11/15/13)

Awards, Behind The Scenes, Blu-Ray, Ed Catmull, Monsters University, Round-Ups, The Blue Umbrella

Posted by Brkyo614 • November 15, 2013

Now that Toy Story of Terror and the Monsters University DVD are out, it could be a while before we hear any major news on the Pixar front. Still, here are a few updates that have popped up over the last week:

Complete Pixar Blu-ray Collection: If you’ve yet to upgrade your Pixar DVD collection to Blu-ray, now is the perfect chance with this 22-disc collection that includes every Pixar feature and short to date (with the exception of Toy Story of Terror, Small Fry, and Partysaurus Rex). The one caveat: it’s only available in the UK on region B discs. If you’re still on board, order the collection now on Amazon.

Disney Releases Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella Screenplays: Each year, Disney showcases their films for award consideration on the Walt Disney Studios Awards website. Though not yet fully fleshed out, the site has been updated for 2013 with pages for Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella. Most notably, it also features screenplays for both films; check them out here and here. (The Blue Umbrella is a particularly interesting read.)

The Making of The Blue Umbrella: If that screenplay piqued your interest, Indiewire has a feature exploring the earliest steps in the creation of The Blue Umbrella, including some fascinating live-action test footage. Be sure to take a look! (via Pixar Post)

Ed Catmull Details His Experience with Pixar in Upcoming Book: There have been a handful of books detailing Pixar’s rich history over the years – The Pixar Touch and To Infinity and Beyond! come to mind – but we’ve yet to see a substantial firsthand account of the studio’s rise. Now, Pixar founder Ed Catmull is set to collaborate with Amy Wallace on a new book on his time at Pixar: Creativity, Inc. Releasing next April, the book will “provide an inside account of Pixar’s rise from a small, money-losing hardware company to a movie studio with 1,200 employees and a streak of fourteen No. 1 movies in a row that has garnered 30 Academy Awards and earned more than $7 billion worldwide.” Pre-orders are already available on Amazon.

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D23 Expo Round-Up: ‘Toy Story of Terror’, New Cars Toons on the Way

Cars, Cars Toons, Round-Ups, Short Film, Toy Story, Toy Story of Terror!, Toy Story Toons

Posted by Brkyo614 • August 11, 2013

Pixar had a strong feature film showing at this year’s D23 Expo, but that doesn’t mean they neglected their short-form lineup. In addition to revealing the Monsters University short Party Central, the studio shared new details on the upcoming Toy Story of Terror and teased a new pair of Cars shorts.

On Friday, Pixar concluded their segment of Disney’s animation panel by showcasing the first ten minutes of Toy Story of Terror (read a full synopsis over at /Film). Director Angus MacLane and Pixar general manager Jim Morris then shared more at a short-centric panel the following day, describing Terror as the studio’s "first horror film" while still remaining "accessible to everyone." Over the weekend, Variety also dropped an October 16 premiere date for the half-hour special.

At the same panel, frequent Cars Toons director Rob Gibbs also took the chance to reveal two new entries in the series: Radiator Springs 500 1/2 and To Protect and Serve. Both will arrive next year on Disney Channel.

With Party Central attached to The Good Dinosaur in 2014, it looks like it’ll be a while before we see another wholly original Pixar short. Still, Pixar’s franchise shorts continue to act as fun windows into worlds we already know and love.

Which upcoming Pixar short are you most anticipating?

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