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Toy Story 4 details surface

Jim Morris, Rumors, Toy Story 4

Posted by Simoa • March 4, 2015

New details on Toy Story 4 have emerged. Since the project was announced last November, the reaction to it hasn’t been the most welcoming. Kyle recently shared an interview with Pixar’s president Jim Morris, and he had some interesting things to say about the 2017 feature. Bonnie 1

The interview appeared on Disney’s Latino News blog. What can be gathered from my translation is that this fourth film is not a continuation of the third one. If that’s the case, does this mean it’s not part of the trilogy at all? Is Toy Story 4 going to function as a separate film entirely? Is it, as Kyle also wrote, more in the vein of the shorts and specials?

Morris also mentioned that the film will be a romantic comedy. And that’s not all, the relationship the toys have with children and people will not be explored. Now this is interesting, because we would have to infer that Bonnie’s role won’t be expanded further, since that’s the only child Woody and the gang interact with. And if this is true, it’s pretty disappointing. We knew from the press release that Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) were on hand for the script and that a love story would be the focus of the fourth film. We also know that Jones’ involvement is the strong female voice John Lasseter wanted in the writing.

As of now all we have is speculation, but this is certainly an intriguing set of developments! Toy Story 4 is set to be released in June of 2017, with Lasseter sitting in the director’s chair.

What do you think of these new Toy Story 4 details?

 

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Will there be a Pixar musical?

Dia De Los Muertos, Lee Unkrich, Randy Newman, Rumors

Posted by Simoa • February 17, 2015

We’re not entirely sure.

But sites have been buzzing about the possibility of a Pixar musical after an interview Randy Newman gave for Classic FM, in which he mentioned that Lee Unkrich is currently working on a musical.

Immediately speculation arose about whether this musical was Unkrich’s untitled Dia de Los Muertos film (the Mexican holiday celebrating the dead, translated to Day of the Dead), which was announced in 2012. There haven’t been a lot of updates on the film since then, but that is to be expected as Pixar operates on a high level of secrecy concerning films in the pipeline. As this film doesn’t have a release date yet, it makes sense that not too much information or artwork has been revealed.

You can hear Newman at the 0:39 mark in the soundclip on Classic FM say: “He [Unkrich] isn’t gonna work with me again. He’s doing a musical now.”

Neither Unkrich nor Pixar have confirmed Newman’s comment, but we still have a long time to wait before we know whether his statement is accurate. What’s more telling about this interview is Newman’s assertion that he doesn’t get along with directors and that he may not work with Pixar again, as the byline for the article reads.

Randy Newman has scored and performed the music for a number of Pixar films, winning Oscars for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. and “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, which Unkrich directed. Newman remarked that he wasn’t keen on the temporary score he created for the film, but Unkrich fell in love with it.

Whether Lee Unkrich is working on a musical (and whether Randy Newman will no longer create lasting, memorable music for Pixar) remains to be seen.

But the idea of a Pixar musical is a tantalizing one. That’s a territory the studio has yet to cover, and would prove the studio’s willingness to experiment with the new. Of course a Pixar musical would also invite the possible unfair comparisons to its parent company Disney. And if Lee Unkrich’s day of the dead film is the musical in question, it would certainly invite comparisons to Reel FX’s The Book of Life.

We can be sure nonetheless that the film will be bold and intriguing no matter what direction it’s taken in.

Are you for or against Pixar releasing a musical?

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Is Pixar Planning Another Sequel?

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Posted by Brkyo614 • May 11, 2013

After two sequels and a prequel (with Brave squeezed in between) over the past 4 years, many are eagerly awaiting the three original movies in Pixar’s pipeline. After Monsters University, Finding Dory is the only Pixar sequel in the foreseeable future – or is it? During a recent stockholder conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger may have let it slip that there are more sequels on the way from the studio.

Bleeding Cool picked up on Iger’s wording:

On the animation front, Pixar continues to create great value for our company too. We are very excited about Monsters University which opens next month. Pixar’s slate of films for the next five years includes fantastic original stories as well as some great sequels to their previous hits. And as we recently announced, we are in production on one of those sequels, Finding Dory, featuring Ellen DeGeneres once again as the voice of Dory, one of the most beloved characters from Finding Nemo which was one of the most popular and profitable movies to date.

Could this just be some poor phrasing in reference to Finding Dory and Monsters University, or is there be a third unannounced sequel in the works? It certainly wouldn’t be surprising; just don’t expect an announcement anytime soon.

Which Pixar film would you most like to see a continuation of?

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New Toy Story Short: Hawaii?

Cars 2, Rumors, Short Film, Toy Story

Posted by Martin • December 19, 2010

The first of what’s sure to be a long legacy of Toy Story Toons has been revealed— Hawaii!

Pixar might not be so happy about it, though.

You’ve met Floyd Norman before, the veteran Disney and Pixar animator that always seems to let things slip. Here’s what he tweeted recently:

"Saw the Pixar "Hawaii" short. Cute."

…followed by a description,

"Ken and Barbie want to go to Hawaii. I don’t know what it’s gonna be attached to. Fun stuff, however."

The forums were abuzz about a short entitled Dream Vacation a while back. It’s easy to assume that Hawaii is the aforementioned short and that it will, in fact, be attached to Cars 2.

Lee Unkrich confirmed that a Toy Story short would precede Pixar’s high-octane sequel earlier this year. No director (or official details, for that matter) has been revealed since.

Your thoughts?

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Dinosaurs, Planes and Rumors! Oh, My!

Rumors

Posted by Martin • July 17, 2010

Question: What’s a sure fire way of generating traffic to your movie website?

Answer: Write a story about Pixar.

I guess we would know. After all, this entire site is devoted to Pixar fandom and the servers haven’t been able to keep up with the amount of visits lately. We thank you for your time/apologize for that.

But this phenomenon certainly isn’t exclusive to the internet. Discovery Channel was able to get quite a lot of hype for their TV special, Reign of the Dinosaurs, with misleading reports about Pixar’s (non) involvement — until they had to correct themselves.

My point is simple — rumors about Pixar come and go. Sometimes they turn out to be true, and other times they just fizzle away into the internet’s abyss. Like… nevermind. This brings us to the main event.

Before you begin to think that I was completely oblivious to the ‘Planes" reports making the rounds lately, I’d like to set things straight. I realize that posting about the subject just fuels the flames of the rumor, but I honestly have no reason to believe that Pixar is making a direct-to-video spin-off of Cars. The original source, Movieline, only claims to have "heard" (from who? Lasseter; the studio; an anonymous Pixarian?) about such a project.

As Pixar Talk noted, all of this sounds like a bad April Fool’s joke. It’s almost like one of our annual Upcoming Pixar pranks has begun to run wild.

Now, you might be asking, "How are you so sure that Planes isn’t a real project?" I’m not here to claim that it is or isn’t — I don’t actually know for sure. All I’m saying is, don’t be alarmed. This kind of thing happens all the time…

Update: Just as I privately suspected, the Animation Guild blog reports that Planes is being produced at DisneyToon Studios — not Pixar. Think Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; no story details have been revealed.

Your thoughts?

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

Cars 2, Monsters, Inc., Newt, Rumors, The Bear and The Bow (Brave)

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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Sneak Peek at a New Pixar Production Featuring a Boy and His Dinosaur? [UPDATE]

Rumors, UP

Posted by Martin • August 26, 2009

It’s typical to find concept art all over a Pixarian’s wall, but it isn’t everyday when an unannounced character shows up hidden in a Pixar featurette.

That’s why the still above is so interesting. That’s Greg Dykstra, a character sculptor at Pixar showing his model for a young version of Carl during an Up featurette. Behind him (circled, click to view larger) you’ll notice a boy and a dinosaur.

Does anyone know what this could be? Bryko614, who noticed the concept art above while watching the Up B-Roll, took that question to Ronnie del Carmen. Via del Carmen’s Twitter: "@Bryko614 I do. But not telling. Nothing to do with anything Toy Story, tell you that." Understandable.

Hmm… Could it be concept for a feature? Definitely not Cars 2; sounds kind of farfetched for The Bear and the Bow or Newt. With this, I’ve come to a conclusion that it’s probably art for an upcoming short film.

Update: The Pixar Touch author David A. Price pointed this blog post out to me via e-mail although I did not have time to update. The post by animator Austin Madison features a group of Pixarians including Greg Dykstra at a dinosaur dig. Sounds like a research trip to me…

We’ll let you know if anything develops further like plot details or other announcements as they come. Your thoughts…?

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Monsters, Inc. 2? Is Pete Docter Hiding Something?

Monsters, Inc., Pete Docter, Rumors

Posted by Thomas • July 30, 2008

The Pixar Blog points today to an article from MTV Movie Blog by Shawn Adler where Pete Docter supposedly hinted at a Monsters, Inc. sequel is in the works. Adler’s words where,

"When I followed up with Doctor about [the ideas for a sequel being considered] all he would say is "I can neither confirm nor deny". (And he did it in a nervous voice)."

Is this really proof? Mike from The Pixar Blog seems to think it indicates a sequel is indeed in the works. He cites Disney CEO Bob Iger’s comments on a Cars sequel being "a relatively good bet" as evidence for his cause. He mentions that 2 months and 2 days after Iger’s comments, the Cars sequel was announced. 

However, I’m going to disagree with Mike on this one. I don’t think a Monsters, Inc. sequel is fully in the works. I know my track records isn’t spotless either. I gave more than my fair share of poo-pooing to a Cars sequel. I blatantly rejected all the evidence piled up in front of me because I didn’t want it to be true. His Monsters, Inc.-esque neither confirmation or denial of a sequel seems to be typical Pixar answers for future products. It’s almost textbook stuff on what to say when questions like that are posed.
But as for Pete Docter’s nervousness, well I think that could be put down to character. I’m sure Pixar have tossed around some ideas for a sequel, and Docter does mention this, but I don’t think any of those ideas have come into full realisation yet. Call me a cynic, but I don’t think we will see a Monsters, Inc. 2 in the near (<2015) future.
Thoughts?

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More BURN•E Details? [Updated]

BURNE, Rumors, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • June 26, 2008

/Film reader DC sent into the site some more information on BURN•E.

In the feature film there is a sequence where Eve and WALL-E fly around the Axiom Starliner, and enter through a door locking a poor welder bot on the outside of the ship. The bot bangs his fists against the door after he realizes that he has been locked out.

says the article. /Film adds that bot is complete with a logo akin to our mockup (pictured). Read the article to see what /Film’s Peter Sciretta thinks the short will be about. 

UPDATE: An anonymous comments points out that BURN•E can be seen in the "A Space Journey In Sound" featurette quite clearly at about :58 seconds. 

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Disney•Pixar/WB To Film In Pompeii?

1906, Animation, Brad Bird, Disney, John Carter of Mars, Pixar, Rumors, Warner Bros.

Posted by Thomas • April 15, 2008

Newsweek‘s Barbie Nadeau writes today about the Pompeii ruins in Italy, and the possible restriction of visitors to the site. What has this to do with Pixar? Well Campania’s (region in Italy of which the Pompeii ruins are a part of) regional heritage councilor, Claudio Velardi wants to limit visitors to the site, but offer it up the venue for rent to large foreign companies. One of these companies is Disney•Pixar/Warner Bros. 

Nadeau writes: 

Undeterred, he also plans to talk to Pixar and Warner Bros. about leasing the ruins as movie sets after Roman Polanski’s film "Pompeii," which is stalled in production, was shot in Spain.

Pixar filming in Pompeii? The only Disney•Pixar and Warner Bros. collaboration that we know of is Brad Bird’s live action debut, 1906. Now there are 3 possible reasons offered as to why Pixar might want to film in Pompeii. 

The first of which comes from me. Pompeii has extensive ruins, perhaps Brad Bird wants to film the ruins to and digitally enhance it with 3D animation to make it look like a ruined San Francisco. Although this does seem very unlikely, as I am sure Pixar could create a very realistic ruined San Francisco without the need of Pompeii. Peter from /Film offers up the the possible solution that Brad Bird has written in a scene, including Pompeii in some shape or form. The final solution comes from MB1000 at The Pixar Blog. He suggests that it could be for some part of John Carter of Mars, or another live-action film that is yet to be announced. 

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