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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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New Toy Story 4 Poster Sees Woody Walking Off Into The Sunset

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Posted by Joanna • November 28, 2018

A new Toy Story 4 international poster has been revealed! The new poster features Woody standing a similar pose to a previous teaser poster, seemingly tipping his hat and walking off into what looks like a sunset (and a very beautiful sunset at that).

This stance suggests that Woody is saying a farewell of sorts, and if the little teasing comments from Tim Allen and Tom Hanks (voices of Buzz and Woody) are anything to go by, it seems like there’s a reasonable likelihood that this is exactly what the end of Toy Story 4 is going to involve. But remember – Pixar really do like to throw their curveballs! The only thing that can be guaranteed is that it will definitely surprise us.

Also worth noting is the carnival in the background. We’ve already seen a teaser trailer featuring Ducky and Bunny, two characterful fluffy toys that may or may not be carnival game prizes. Pixar have described Toy Story 4 as “a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends” – it looks like the carnival is going to be a significant stop on the toys’ journey.

At this point, we can still only speculate! But with Toy Story 4 coming out in just over 6 short months, we’re sure more details will be revealed in due course.

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Toy Story 4 cast: Keanu Reeves in a mystery role

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Posted by Simoa • November 23, 2018

At this point, most everything about Toy Story 4 is a mystery. This latest reveal about the addition to the film’s cast comes not from Pixar or any of the filmmakers, but one of its stars. Watch the clip below of Tim Allen on The Tonight Show sharing some details with Jimmy Fallon.

Of course, Tim Allen can’t say much about the film, but what he did say leads to more questions than answers!

“They really will surprise you with the toys they come up with.”

Everybody was surprised by Forky (Tony Hale), in that first teaser, but could there be more? Not more sporks, but other wacky creations? And are they in denial about being toys as much as Forky is?

“Characters came back.”

So more than one returning character? It’s hard to believe, but the first mention of Bo Peep’s return was announced three years ago. She’s the only one we know about so far, and it’ll probably be some time before she is mentioned or seen in any teasers and other promo. And as far as other returning characters are concerned, we really will just have to wait and see!

But now to Allen’s comments regarding Keanu Reeves and his role:

“Keanu Reeves has got a great part. […] Even he said – gentle, wonderful guy that he is- ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that. And the guy said, so we calmed him down a little bit, and they reminded me that his toy is only that big.”

Last week, we met Ducky (Keegan Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele). Now that we know about Reeves, could his be the next character we meet? AV Club also offered a bit of…speculation on Reeves’ tiny, mysterious newcomer.

Allen also repeated that the film’s ending caught him off guard:

“But the last scene of that movie was – I couldn’t even get through it. And I thought there was pages after it. And I read it, you know, I had to turn around from looking at it in the studio. […] It was so emotional. It’s a ‘Scarlett, I don’t give a damn’ moment.”

Allen’s description of his recording is similar to what Tom Hanks described a few weeks ago, when he called Toy Story 4 a moment in history. Please also note Allen’s reference to Gone With the Wind (1939), in which Clark Gable as Rhett Butler delivers one of the most famous lines in movie history: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Both Allen and Hanks are setting Toy Story 4 up as a legendary finale. And maybe, just maybe, that’s exactly what it is.

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Ducky and Bunny react to Toy Story 4

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Posted by Simoa • November 13, 2018

Are you excited for Toy Story 4? Are you looking forward to it as much as Ducky and Bunny are? The film’s first teaser premiered yesterday, and now there’s a new one! Perhaps in a nod to all the reaction videos on YouTube, this latest teaser is just that – a reaction to Toy Story 4, but by a pair of carnival plush toys.

Here’s our introduction to Ducky and Bunny (the comedy duo of Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele).

Check out the latest character posters too!

Forky, who appeared in the first teaser yesterday, is voiced by Tony Hale. His poster is great; who knew sporks could have an existential crisis about their dual identity?! And maybe Forky is the most intriguing addition to this series. Ducky and Bunny seem like they’ll be a lot of fun, and in this teaser, their wisecracks are inspired by the actors voicing them.

These latest teasers focus on the humor rather than the emotional punch both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have promised us. A trailer shouldn’t be too far off! More toys (maybe even Bo Peep?!) and surprises await us.

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The Toy Story 4 Teaser Is Here!

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Posted by Joanna • November 12, 2018

Toy Story 4 is set to release in June 2019, so we knew it was only a matter of time before a teaser was coming our way. But that doesn’t make this news any less exciting!

Pixar posted a Toy Story 4 teaser today – you can watch it below:

It’s surprisingly touching to see all these beloved characters in action again, even though we have been spoiled with Toy Story Toons over the past few years. It seems very little is being revealed about the plot at this stage – the toys are simply joyfully holding hands and spinning around in slow motion with the classic ‘Toy Story clouds’ as their backdrop. It’s oddly dreamlike, especially with Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now playing in the background.

With the news that Bo Peep is making a return in Toy Story 4, I was almost expecting her to slowly come into frame as the camera panned round, but perhaps that would have been an obvious twist… The strange spork creature, on the other hand, is not something I could ever have predicted.

Forky – a spork turned toy?

Here is Pixar’s description of Toy Story 4 so far:

“Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.”

So is Forky going to be a central character of sorts? Is the movie going to explore the concept of what makes a toy a toy? Can we assume these ‘old friends’ will include Bo? All will be revealed in time, but it’ll be hard to stay patient!

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Toy Story 4’s historic moment

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Posted by Simoa • November 2, 2018

What could possibly be worse than that infamous incinerator scene in Toy Story 3? Tom Hanks knows…but don’t worry, no spoilers! The actor recently appeared on BBC’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show to discuss his role in Toy Story‘s fourth installment.

“The way you record Toy Story, you’re in a room with the team that has created it. When I went in for my last day of recording, I wanted to have my back to them, because usually you’re facing him so you can look right up and you can talk about it. But I didn’t want to see them and I wanted to pretend they couldn’t see me. When I realized what they were going for, I realized, ‘Oh, this is a moment in history.’”

A moment in history. That’s quite a reveal! Of course, we still don’t know much about Toy Story 4 beyond these sparse details, and the blogosphere will be humming with theories about what Hanks could mean. Is there anything in Toy Story 4 that could equal or even rival the devastating third act in the previous film? Will Toy Story 4‘s ending be the perfect conclusion for this series? It’s still too early to tell, and no doubt people will remain skeptical. But all we can do now is put our faith in Josh Cooley and his crew and hope a teaser is on its way!

Update: Tom Hanks is not the first cast member to discuss the film’s emotional toll. Tim Allen, aka Buzz Lightyear, reported that he “couldn’t even get through the last scene.”

Allen also expressed his disbelief over the film’s ending, since he thought the third film was amazing. How could they top it? We’ll know in about seven months time!

Toy Story 4 opens nationwide on June 21, 2019.

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Toy Story 4 has found its writer!

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Posted by Simoa • January 19, 2018

It was unclear after Rashida Jones’ departure from Toy Story 4 who her replacement would be. But the film’s new writer has been revealed. Stephany Folsom will be penning the script. She previously worked on Thor: Ragnarok, but did not receive writing credit for the film. Trade publications also report that Folsom’s script, 1969: A Space Odyssey Or: How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On The Moon, in which Stanley Kubrick partners with NASA to fake the moon landing, appeared on the Black List. The list includes screenplays for non realized films, though many have been adapted for the screen.

Details on the upcoming installment of Toy Story remain scarce, barring what we have already learned. As Pixar first revealed a few years ago, Bo Peep will be returning, but that’s all we know.

Judging from Folsom’s Black List screenplay, she’ll definitely bring something wholly unique to Toy Story 4, which is due in theaters on June 21, 2019.

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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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Details on The Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4 and more at D23

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Posted by Simoa • July 14, 2017

The d in D23 should stand for dream, because it’s a dream come true for anyone lucky to attend. While your faithful writers here at Pixar Planet weren’t at the convention center in Anaheim, we do have plenty of news that’s sure to get you pumped for Pixar’s upcoming slate!

Coco

Lee Unkrich’s tribute to Mexico’s most famous holiday will be released on Thanksgiving. Coco “explores the universal themes of family bonds as well as celebrating the past.” A new image of main character Miguel with Hector, his guide in the spirit world, was revealed at D23. Anthony Gonzalez, voice of Miguel and Benjamin Bratt, who voices Miguel’s idol Ernesto de La Cruz, performed a song at the panel’s conclusion. It was penned by the duo behind the music of Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

The Incredibles 2

The Parr family returns to the big screen on June 15, 2018. Less than a year away folks! The original cast is back with newcomer Huck Milner voicing Dash. The film picks up just minutes after the events of the first, which means The Underminer gets much more screen time. And in this sequel, Elastigirl has a much more prominent role. This is what we’ve come to expect from Pixar sequels, a focus on new and returning female characters. More details about the film from Coming Soon.net:

“Bob is watching Jack-Jack, but falls asleep on the couch. On the TV, there’s an old black and white movie with cops chasing robbers. Jack-Jack sees a masked bandit on TV and then looks outside to see a raccoon digging through the trash. Thinking that the raccoon looks like the burglar, he confronts it. At first, the raccoon tries to scare the baby off, but Jack-Jack’s powers activate and he chases the critter through the yard Jack-Jack appears to have way more powers than in the short, too! Bob wakes up and finds his son fighting the raccoon and is super excited to learn that his son has powers.”

Check out this video celebrating fashion’s most intrepid designer, Edna Mode!

Toy Story 4

John Lasseter announced that the fourth installment will be directed by Josh Cooley. Cooley shared a director credit with Lasseter, but now the film is being solely directed by him. We’re excited for his debut!

And that’s not all. A new film with was also announced today. Fans should be delighted to learn that Dan Scanlon will be helming this feature, his first since 2013’s Monsters University. “The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You To A Suburban Fantasy World” blends magic with ordinary life. It’s a world inhabited entirely by fantasy beings, but no human ones. One of the clips featured unicorns scavenging for trash. Not the ethereal creatures we usually imagine! Per Variety:

“…the untitled Pixar project will follow two characters who must go on a quest to track down their lost father, a man they known nothing about.” The project has some personal undertones for Scanlon, who lost his father at a young age. Hopefully this newest film will quell any lingering worries about Pixar’s reliance on sequels, and the persistent belief that they no longer are capable of original stories. No release date has been set.

A big thanks to our friends over at The Pixar Times for their coverage! Let us know which films you’re looking forward to most.

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The Incredibles 2 Is Blasting Into Cinemas Earlier Than Expected

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Posted by Nia • October 27, 2016

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It appears the animation Gods are favoring all fans of The Incredibles this week. It was discovered yesterday that The Incredibles 2 will now be released a whole year early, as opposed to it’s original 2019 slot. This is the best news possible for anyone who has been counting down the days to the film’s release after the original announcement, which itself feels like many moons ago. The Incredibles 2 is blasting through the production pipeline and only means great things surrounding the storytelling aspects. We suppose the Parr family are just incredibly excited to finally team up and hit cinemas again. The sequel to the 2004 hit switched places with Toy Story 4, and will now be released on June 15th, 2018. The bad news is that Toy Story 4, for the second time, is now pushed back and scheduled to be released on June 21st, 2019. Despite Toy Story 4 feeling like it’s stuck in production limbo, it most certainly makes us want to do cartwheels around the office knowing we’re going to be reunited with the Parr family sooner than expected.

Stay-tuned for more updates on the film.

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