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Toy Story’s 20th Anniversary

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Posted by Simoa • November 14, 2015

Toy Story turns 20 on the 22nd of this month! Can you believe it’s been 20 years already? Nia and I wanted to do something special for the occasion, and we’re asking you, our readers, to help us.

Most of us were just four or five when we saw Toy Story. We might even be the same age it is now. This movie revolutionized animation in 1995 and made Pixar a household name, after years of short films and commercials. Much more than that though, Toy Story is also meaningful for those of us who grew up with it. Andy’s toys were our toys. We went on adventures with these characters. The first film led to two more, becoming the best trilogy in recent memory, and now a fourth one is on the way. Toy Story 3 turned five back in June of this year, and that too was a meaningful film for high school graduates and college students.

It seems fitting that 2015 marks 20 years of Toy Story. Inside Out was released to widespread acclaim and love this year, and we also have The Good Dinosaur to look forward to this Thanksgiving. Much has changed about Pixar and computer animation. Toy Story is 20 years old and can stand alongside those films and feel just as new. Because of this, Toy Story represents so much more than nostalgia. It’s timeless; its characters, humor, and heart are as vibrant today as they were in 1995.

What we want you, our readers to do, is to tell us all about your Toy Story memories. Did you see it in theaters? How old were you? Do you have any of the toys? What does it mean to you now? Anything at all you’d like to share is welcome. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name before 11:59 pm est on November 21st. That means you have a week. On the 22nd, we’ll put together all your contributions and share the Toy Story love and magic.

So for everyone who has ever wondered if their toys moved when they left the room, for anyone who’s loved a toy, who still watches Toy Story as enraptured as you did so many years ago, this is for you.

To infinity and beyond!

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Inside Out screening

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Posted by Simoa • June 1, 2015

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Last Friday, I was lucky enough to attend an advance screening of Inside Out at the SVA Theater in New York. The theater, which is part of the School for Visual Arts, hosted the screening in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Pictures. Following the screening, there was a discussion with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, moderated by noted animation historian John Canemaker.

As one of the event’s organizers informed us, we were the second audience after the one at Cannes to see the full film! And just like that audience, ours received the film quite enthusiastically. Inside Out is just the perfect film to end Pixar’s two year hiatus on movie screens.

 

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Docter and Rivera were able to provide further insight on the film and its production. Originally, Joy and Fear made the journey into the mind world, with Docter recalling his junior high days, when fear motivated many of his decisions. That version of the story wasn’t working however, although it did spawn a lot of humor. He joked about leaving Pixar and what he would miss the most. He mentioned that his coworkers were people he’d had many joyous times with, but that he also got angry at them too. Realizing that losing contact with friends made him sad allowed him to crack open the story. Sadness replaced Fear, proving to be far more rewarding for the film.

Other important takeaways from this discussion included just how personal the film was. Docter was inspired by his daughter, but Rivera also spoke about what the film meant to him as a father. He said the film should resonate with anyone who has kids or has ever been a kid, and I wholeheartedly agree.

The two also praised Michael Giacchino’s music. He too had a profound connection with Inside Out, having to step away from composing at times because it was so personal.

The film is definitely a strong contender at next year’s Oscars. And it certainly was worth the four year wait.

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Introducing Simoa, Our New Writer!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 2, 2014

Back in 2012, Martin asked me to take over his writing duties at Upcoming Pixar. I couldn’t have been more honored, and the past two-and-a-half years running the blog have been an exciting and educational journey. Now, as I prepare to enter a new chapter in my life, it’s my turn to pass the torch.

Today, I’d like to welcome Simoa, our new lead writer at Upcoming Pixar! I have no doubt that she’ll be able to uphold the blog’s 10-year legacy while still bringing her own fresh voice to the table. Here’s a quick introduction from Simoa herself:

I’ve been a Pixar fan since I was a kid, but I didn’t come to truly love it until May of 2010. I watched Up for the first time and that kickstarted my interest in animation as a storytelling medium. It’s one of the most important movies of my life, and Ellie became my favorite Pixar character of all time. Soon I began seeking out all the short films I hadn’t seen as well as feature films I avoided. I’m really excited to be part of the Upcoming Pixar team, and hope to bring my unique perspective to an already awesome site!

While I’ll still be helping out behind the scenes, this will be my last official blog post. I can’t wait to see where Upcoming Pixar and Pixar Animation Studios go in the coming years — I think we have a bright future to look forward to!

Thanks for reading,
Bryan (Bryko)

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Welcome, Bryko!

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Posted by Martin • April 25, 2012

Hey, wonderful readers! Rarely do I make personal posts, but today I’d like to say goodbye, and also welcome our newest lead writer, Bryko, to the Upcoming Pixar family!

Bryko has been a member of Pixar Planet since June of 2008 and has since made himself a valuable member of the community by showing an unmatched commitment to the Pixar fandom. 

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has gladly accepted the position, taking on the blog’s daily duties. I look forward to his work as I officially take a step back from Upcoming Pixar. Keeping fans up-to-date has been an absolute pleasure, but after four years, I have decided to move on in order to pursue new challenges.

Welcome again, Bryko, and thank you all for loyally reading!

-Martin and the staff of Pixar Planet/Upcoming Pixar

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Happy New Year from Upcoming Pixar!

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Posted by Martin • December 31, 2010

Welcome, 2011! All of us here at Upcoming Pixar/Pixar Planet would like to wish our loyals readers a Happy New Year!

Thanks for continuing to stick with us for all the latest Pixar news. An end of the year post would simply not be complete without a 2010 retrospective. Here’s what stood out to us in the last 365 days:

• The Newt story made waves across the film blogging community. Later in 2010, Disney/Pixar released art from the cancelled film.

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 made their way onto Blu-ray!

• How can we forget Blogger Day at Pixar? A huge thank you goes out to everyone at the studio who helped make one of my dreams come true.

• The biggest Pixar moment of the year was arguably June 18th, 2010. Of course, that marks the release of Toy Story 3. Pixar’s 11th was recently named the highest grossing film of the year, but you guys already knew that since we’ve been following the movie’s box-office every step of the way.

Day & Night won’t soon be forgotten.

The Pixar Treasures finally made its way out of the printer. Definitely a must-own for every Pixar fan.

We hope that 2011 is even better! With the next installment of the Cars franchise as well as a new series of Toy Story shorts right around the corner, you’ll want to keep it here.

Did we miss any essential moments from 2010? Let us know what stood out to you in the comments section below.

2011, here we come!

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Happy New Year from Upcoming Pixar!

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Posted by Martin • December 31, 2009

Goodbye, 2009! Hello, 2010! Welcome, new decade!

Here at Upcoming Pixar and Pixar Planet, we’re very excited about the New Year. First, I’d like to hype everyone up for what’s coming in 2010:

• On March 23rd, 2010 we’ll see the release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray!
• The date we’ve been patiently waiting for, June 18th, 2010, sees the US theatrical release of Toy Story 3!
• Among the numerous tie-ins, we’ll see the official soundtrack and The Art of… book from TS3.
• Don’t forget that there’s also a brand new short attached to the highly anticipated sequel. In early 2010 we should look out for that announcement.
• Supposedly the new Vancouver studio, Pixar Canada, is set to open this year. The studio will create new shorts starring some of our favorite characters.
• Of course we can expect all sorts of other Blu-ray releases like Toy Story 3 (hopefully Finding Nemo and/or The Incredibles) in November.
…and, knowing Pixar, so much more!!

But a Happy New Year post wouldn’t be complete without a short look back at 2009. In the past year…:

• Pixar released its first 3D feature film, Up, which has made about $710 million dollars at the worldwide box-office since it’s opening on May 29th, 2009. This is Pixar’s 10th feature and the second directed by Pete Docter, keeping up Pixar’s tradition for quality as the best reviewed movie of the year!
• Two new shorts premiered. Partly Cloudy, theatrically with Up, and the DVD/Blu-ray exclusive, Dug’s Special Mission. A new Cars Toon also premiered, Unidentified Flying Mater.
• Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were theatrically re-released in 3D as a double feature on October 2nd, 2009.
• Some amazing merchandise was made available in 2009 including The Art of Up, Pixarpedia and the Up Soundtrack.
A Bug’s Life on Blu-ray was released on May 19th, 2009.
Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray and Up on Blu-ray/DVD were both released on November 10th, 2009.

I’d love to look back at the past decade but frankly I’m running out of time to write this. Let’s just say it was immensely successful — because it was. I’ll just put some names out there: Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, Disney-Pixar acquisition, Emeryville studio. You make your own conclusions… 😛

Add your own memories of 2009 and predictions for 2010 in the comments section below!

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Happy Holidays from Upcoming Pixar!

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Posted by Martin • December 25, 2009

It’s that time of year again and the team here at Upcoming Pixar/Pixar Planet would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Lucky for you, we have some jolly presents to give out while you’re here! Well, not exactly, but hopefully you’ll enjoy these links to holiday themed Pixar news:

If you haven’t already… 
Watch this holiday greeting from Buzz and Woody!
• Enjoy some holiday reading with Pixar Planet’s Peach Magazine!
 • Look through Disney/Pixar’s Facebook holiday pictures featuring Mike, Bloat, Wheezy and Bullseye!
• Marvel at the holiday postcards of Pixar’s past over at The Pixar Touch blog.
Listen to the UPular Remix by DJ Pogo, featuring Carl and Russell.
Read about John Lasseter’s involvement in those toys you got under the tree!

Speaking of toys and trees, I’d expect most of you got something Pixar related this season. Personally, I got the controversial Luxo Jr. replica, Up and Toy Story PVCs, and some Disney/Pixar Comics. How about you? Let us know what Pixar related goodies you got today in the comments section below.

Oh, and before you go, here’s a great last minute Christmas gift idea! Since Upcoming Pixar and Pixar Planet are "gifts that keep on giving", with the latest Pixar news and the largest community for fans, it would be a Christmas miracle if you guys could please spare a few dollars as a kind donation to the site. Click here to give.

All the money (yes, 100% of it) goes towards keeping the site running. After all, Pixar Planet exists on love, hard-work, and the generous donations that we get. Remember, it’s the season of giving and with a donation you’ll get access to a special forum on Pixar Planet, details here. The site may even be able to upgrade its servers for even more exclusive content come 2010!

Thank you guys so much for stopping by, from our daily readers to people who have just stumbled upon the blog, you’re the best. Happy Holidays to all!

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Celebrating Upcoming Pixar’s 5th Anniversary!

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Posted by Martin • November 30, 2009

Today marks a joyous and momentous occasion for everyone here at Pixar Planet.

I am proud to say that Upcoming Pixar is now five years old and counting! You don’t know how grateful I am to be part of this project, writing about the greatest studio of all time is something I love to do and hopefully you guys enjoy reading the content too. But maybe Thomas (bawpcwpn), the blog’s founder, can put all the excitement into perspective a little better than I:

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Five years ago, right around The Incredibles’ US theatrical release in November of 2004, I started a little blog called Upcoming Pixar.

I had intensely followed the release of The Incredibles (and to an extent Finding Nemo) on their official websites. I owned Monster’s Inc. on DVD and marveled at the behind the scenes featurettes showcasing Pixar’s new studios in Emeryville, CA. From then on I decided that I wanted to work for Pixar — whatever the cost. It just looks like such great fun, and so my fandom for Pixar was set in stone!

To better understand how Upcoming Pixar came about, you have to know a little bit more about me. I was 13 at the time, going on 14 in December. A young-un – a whippersnapper – a young grasshopper with much to learn. I was, and still am, very much into technology. Web startups highly interest me, and at the time I was reading Luxo, the number one Pixar blog which had been founded not too long before.

I don’t know why, but I thought, "Hey! That looks like fun!" So I created Upcoming Pixar on the Blogger platform. I initially started it just as a relaying service of news articles relating to Pixar. I guess you could say it was much like a Tumblr blog. But I quickly realized it would be better if I actually wrote my own articles, oftentimes citing information from various sources.

At that point, I was trying to make Upcoming Pixar the one stop blog for the latest news on Pixar, it’s employees, and properties. I remember looking at the visitor information for the blog and getting excited at 50 hits a day. This was probably back in 2005. Now I’m proud to say that we get thousands of hits per day depending on the month!

One thing that always set me back was the fact that I live in Australia (then on Norfolk Island), so the movie release dates were dramatically different. Only Cars had the same worldwide release. It was very exciting to see Cars at the same time (or even before) many of my US counterparts (due to time difference.) Release dates are still a problem today, even more so now that I’m back living on Norfolk Island where there are no local theatres that get films at the same time as cinemas in the US or even Australia.

I caught Up recently at the end of its run in Australia when I went on holiday which I am glad of (BRILLIANT MOVIE! And I saw it in 3D which blew my mind.) But sadly, I will miss seeing Toy Story/Toy Story 2 Double Feature in 3D when it rolls over here on December 26. It’s a pity that it will have such a limited run because, unfortunately, I’ll have to miss out on it; it was a big part of my childhood, I remember watching Toy Story countless times when I was 5. I hope to catch Toy Story 3 in 3D mid next year. Who knows, I may afford a trip to San Francisco and watch it at the closest cinema I can find to Pixar.

Anyway, Upcoming Pixar has grown hugely over the past 5 years. We had Pixar Planet come along; Dash and co. kindly took me under their wing and allowed Upcoming Pixar to be a part of the Pixar Planet Network, making Pixar Planet truly the one stop shop for anything Pixar. Lately, I’ve personally had less time for Upcoming Pixar due to holidays, finishing school and work commitments.

For keeping the blog going, I am forever thankful to Martin (martini833) who has kept on posting and bringing fresh new content to the blog each day. I am also thankful to all the other writers who have occasionally contributed to the blog. We don’t get paid here at Upcoming Pixar, and it all comes out of our own pocket, but we keep doing it because it’s a heck of a lot of fun!

Of course, the site wouldn’t be what it is today without many of our devoted and loyal readers who keep coming back, commenting and letting us know what they think. To you all, THANK YOU! The last 5 years have been a blast, and I thank everyone who has been a part of it. Here’s to another successful 5 years of Upcoming Pixar!

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…and the future of Upcoming Pixar looks brighter than ever! I’m happy to announce that the blog will get a much needed update featuring characters from WALL•E and Up very soon. Definitely keep checking back because, as Alex Billington of First Showing puts it "no one out there… covers Pixar-related stories better", and our updates should be coming in daily, as usual. I’d also like to hint at an upgrade to WordPress, more details on that when they are available.

Don’t hesitate to browse through our archives located on the bar to the left. Check out how much the blog, which Peter Sciretta from Slash Film calls "[his] first stop for Pixar news every morning", has changed (yet kept its charm) throughout the years. Also, feel free to leave us a comment with suggestions for the future or just to drop by to say Happy Birthday!

P.S. I completely forgot to make a post for Toy Story 2’s 10th Anniversary! What a bummer that we missed it this past November 24th. It’s never too late, celebrate it over here!

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Position Vacant: Web Designer/Coder

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Posted by Thomas • March 12, 2009

Pixar Planet/Upcoming Pixar are seeking help with their websites. We require a web designer/coder to help out around the sites doing maintenance and other tasks.

Preferred candidates would also have experience in the following (although not required):

 – phpBB2/3

 – Textpattern

 – WordPress

Due to the nature of Pixar Planet/Upcoming Pixar being not-for-profit sites (we pay for hosting etc. out of the goodwill of our hearts), this is not a paid position. 

If you feel you would be able to help us out in your spare time, please do contact myself at thomas at pixarplanet dot com and I’d be happy to chat with you about it.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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Happy Holidays!

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Posted by Thomas • December 25, 2008

On behalf of everyone at Pixar Planet and Upcoming Pixar, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays this holiday season.

See you all in the new year!

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