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Toy Story 4 Continues To Be The Number One Movie In The World

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Posted by Joanna • July 1, 2019

We’re still reeling a bit from seeing Toy Story 4, so here’s a quick ‘Woody’s Round-up’ of how the sequel’s been doing in the theatres since its launch on June 21st.

Toy Story 4 – The Number One Movie In the World!

Toy Story 4 has been the number one movie in the world for two weeks running! If you’re into box-office ratings, then no, it hasn’t been doing as well as other Pixar movies – Incredibles 2 is still staying strong as Pixar’s most successful movie (at least in terms of box-office performance). Toy Story 4 brought in just over $120 million in its opening weekend, so it’s by no means a flop. Are box-office figures the best way to measure a movie’s success anyway? I don’t think so.

Reviews have also been hugely positive – people’s hearts all around the world have been captured by the movie’s surprising messages. Forky has become an instant favourite, Bo’s return has inspired generations, and the ending has sparked debates. We can’t wait to see how Toy Story 4 settles into being part of the franchise, and part of the world!

A Recreation Of Woody’s Old Character Design

Now instead of looking forward, let’s cast our minds back to the original Toy Story. In fact, let’s cast our minds back even further to when the concept of Woody was first being conceived. The toys went through a lot of redesigns – one of Woody’s first looks was of an old, western ventriloquist doll.

Old concept art for Woody by the great Bud Luckey

The Unit Photographer Steven Wong Jr. of Laika Studios is currently documenting, through his Instagram, the process of artist Michelle Mello creating a hand-made puppet of this old Woody design. It’s absolutely fascinating, and the final reveal is very soon! Click on through to Steven Wong Jr.’s Instagram below to catch up:

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With the 4th installment of Pixar’s #ToyStory just around the corner, what better time to step #behindthescenes as talented artist Michelle Mello (@mellomade) brings the original Bud Luckey concept version of Woody to life! ✨ Swipe left to see legendary animator and character designer Bud Luckey’s original concept and follow along for each step as Michelle handcrafts Woody from sketch to finished #puppet!💫 . . . . . . . . . 📸: @stevenwongjr 🎨: Bud Luckey #characterdesign #stopmotionanimation #animation #modelmaking #claymation #miniatureart #makersgonnamake #artistsofinstagram#maker #sculpey #filmmaking #sculpt #miniatures #pixar #makerslife #visualeffects #characteranimation #stopmotion #puppets #handmade #puppetmaking #sculpture #instaart #disneyanimation #disney #toystory4 #disneypixar

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Toy Story 4 Is Only 10 Days Away – Catch Up Now On All The Teasers And News

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Posted by Joanna • June 11, 2019

The wait is nearly over, Pixar fans – Toy Story 4 is only ten days away! Pixar have done a great job with their advertising as usual: lots of trailers, teasers, sponsors, and merchandise, but not so much that we feel like we know the plot inside out already. Yes, we know Bo Peep is back. Forky is definitely going to play a major role. But how central are the characters of Duke Caboom, Gabby Gabby, Giggle McDimples, and Ducky and Bunny going to be?

It’s difficult to keep up with all the new Toy Story 4-related news when we’re so close to the release date, so here’s a quick ‘Woody’s Round-Up’ to bring you all up to speed.

Teasers Galore!

Here is the latest of many Toy Story 4 teasers that have been posted on Pixar’s YouTube channel. You can catch up on all the others here.

A lot of the teasers don’t feature too much new footage, but you can get a better feeling for the pacing of the different scenes in these shorts clips as opposed to the trailers. Here, you can totally tell that Bo and Duke’s relationship is going to be hilarious.

Best Friends 4 Ever

Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz) explored their friendship, both within and outside the Toy Story universe, in Pixar’s video celebrating National Best Friend Day. It’s heartwarming. It’s charming. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted.

“Oh, but I have the most fabulous line you could ever have: ‘Come on, guys!‘”

We should attempt to count how many times Woody says that in the Toy Story series.

The Best Friend Day festivities even continued at Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World, where a press conference was held alongside a Toy Story 4 screening. And the initial reactions have been amazingly positive!

Keanu Reeves is stood next to a giant Buzz Lightyear and everything is okay in the world. From left to right: Tom Hanks (Woody), Annie Potts (Bo Peep), Tim Allen (Buzz), Tony Hale (Forky), Christina Hendricks (Gabby Gabby), Keanu Reeves (Duke Caboom).

Toy Story 4 To Feature Lots Of Easter Eggs

Pixar is famous for throwing in a few well-hidden Easter eggs into their movies – the Pizza Planet truck is always fun to locate, as well as the Luxo ball, throwbacks to previous films, and hints at future characters (remember when Duke Caboom casually showed up in Jack-Jack’s crib in Incredibles 2?). Apparently Toy Story 4 is going to feature a ton of these fun Easter eggs. The antique shop setting lends itself well to this kind of game.

Hey, doesn’t that tin toy look kind of familiar?

 

We can’t wait to discuss Toy Story 4 with you all when it releases in theatres on June 21st!

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New Toy Story 4 Goodies – From Cereal to Books to Topiaries!

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Posted by Nia • May 9, 2019

Well folks, Toy Story 4 is coming to cinemas June 21st, which is NEXT month! And that only means one thing: we’re going to be showered with numerous campaigns and merchandise and all things Toy Story 4 related for the next 43 days and honestly, we cannot be more excited.

Here’s a round-up of some charming Toy Story 4 centred events and products you can pick-up in stores:

  1. If you’re going to be visiting Orlando anytime in the near future, check out the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World – where you’ll see stunning Toy Story 4 topiary set-ups like the one of Bo Peep below:

  2. Do you love cereal?  And most importantly, are you a Toy Story fan? (I mean, you have to be, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this). Well, you’re in luck, because Kellogg’s has released their own Toy Story 4 cereal in preparation for the film’s release. They’re calling their new product “Carnival Berry” which is Kellogg’s spin on the delicious and sugary berry Froot Loops taste.
  3. And finally, there’s a new set of adorable Toy Story 4 books on the market focused on 3-6 year olds. The books are called, Toy Story 4 Toy Box: Words to Play By and there are 5 books that focus on the famous Toy Story characters while highlighting their most inspirational and hilarious “words of wisdom.” The books were written by Suzanne Francis and illustrated by Jerrod Maruyama.

It’s safe to say we’ll definitely be buying ALL the Toy Story 4 cereal boxes and picking up copies of Words to Play By for all of our friends and loved ones. We can’t wait to see what new merchandise products Disney/Pixar release soon. To infinity, and beyond!

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Toy Story 4’s Incredible Promotions Campaign – From Alaska Airlines to McDonald’s

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Posted by Joanna • May 2, 2019

The advertising for Toy Story 4 is really picking up speed now that we’re entering the final stretch – it comes out in just over a month, and Pixar are making full use of their remaining time to get people talking about the latest Toy Story sequel. Disney and Pixar have invited an amazing total of 14 brands to join in with their promotions campaign.

 

1. Alaska Airlines

In June, Alaska Airlines will be launching a Toy Story-themed plane featuring the film’s main characters. This is becoming a fun theme now – specially-themed planes have now been created for Toy Story, Coco, Incredibles 2.

2. Babybel® and The Laughing Cow®

These snacks will feature Toy Story characters on their packaging for a limited time, celebrating the release of Toy Story 4. In-store promotions are also set to start rolling out, as well as family activities on Adventure4Family.com – participants will have a chance to win prizes and Toy Story 4 exclusives.

3. Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

4. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®

5. Bounty

Bounty paper towels will be available in a Toy Story 4 print for a limited time – what better way to announce your love for Pixar by giving even your kitchen essentials a Pixar touch?

6. Chrysler Brand

The brand new ‘Chrysler Pacifica’ minivan has a new TV commercial starring the cast of Toy Story 4. Notice how Woody chooses to listen to Radio Disney. Nice. Watch below:

7. The Clorox Brand

8. Danimals®

9. Go RVing

Interestingly, as Toy Story 4 is following a bit of a ‘road trip’ plot, Disney and Pixar have teamed up with Go RVing to inspire people to take RV road trips of their own.

10. JOANN

The craft store JOANN will be holding multiple events and stocking licensed Toy Story 4 craft kits across the US – be on the look-out for Forky craft kits!

11. Juice Juice®

12. Kellogg’s®

In Walmart stores, specially marked boxes of Kellogg’s® cereal will include a free Toy Story 4 window decal. There will be 5 in total to collect. These special boxes will be available from May 10th.

13. McDonald’s

Toy Story 4 Happy Meals! A total of ten Happy Meal toys will be up for collection – collect them all and you’ll be able to create a whole carnival.

14. Ziploc®

 

As if it wasn’t already hard enough not to think about Toy Story 4, all these advertising campaigns will ensure that Pixar’s new movie and its release date (June 21st) will never stray far from the forefront of our minds. Not long to go now. Let us know if you come across any of these special promotions while you’re out and about!

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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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Woody’s Round Up 12/7/18

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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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