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Toy Story 4’s Oscar win

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Posted by Simoa • February 11, 2020

Toy Story 4 won Best Animated at the Oscars on Sunday! I know I’m a bit late, but I didn’t actually catch the ceremony until after this award was handed out. It was surprising, which I know is a little weird considering that Pixar is usually the favorite, but I genuinely did not expect it to win. Missing Link and Klaus seemed like the major contenders, especially since the former won the Golden Globe. The film is Pixar’s 10th win, but a first for Josh Cooley and producer Mark Nielsen, and Jonas Rivera’s second (Inside Out being his first).

Mindy Kaling presented the award, which was more than fitting considering she starred in Inside Out, and you can even see how warmly she greeted Jonas.

“We take great pride in the fact that we get to make family films. Toy Story 4 is really a love letter to our families, for our parents, our wives, and for our kids.” – Jonas Rivera

“We want to thank the moviegoing audience […] especially those who grew up with Toy Story. We hope that your adventures with Woody and Buzz made growing up a little bit easier. -Josh Cooley

You can also watch Randy Newman’s performance of the Best Original Song nominee, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away.” It was just wonderful, him seated at the piano surrounded by those iconic white clouds! Newman is 76 years old for what it’s worth, and he’s still amazing. I also loved when the camera cut to Jonas Rivera giving Newman a hearty standing ovation at the song’s conclusion.

Check out some more great photos from Oscars night:

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Congratulations to Josh, Mark, Jonas, and the entire cast and crew!

 

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Toy Story 4 Short ‘Lamp Life’ Coming To Disney+

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Posted by Joanna • January 22, 2020

It feels like Disney+ is slowly but surely filling up with Pixar shorts, and we couldn’t be happier. Between the pioneering SparkShorts (you can read our review of the latest SparkShort – Loop – here), the classic shorts that premiered before Pixar’s feature films, Pixar Toons, and originals like Forky Asks a Question, Disney+ is accumulating quite the collection.

A new Disney+ exclusive Toy Story 4 short has just been revealed, and it’s going to be released in just over a week on January 31st. The new short is Lamp Life, and it’ll give us an idea of how Bo Peep lived her life as a lamp between leaving Woody and becoming a lost toy.

We’re still a little blown away by Bo’s incredible comeback, so it’s exciting that we’ll get to see more of her personality shining through, even if only for a brief short.

There are some Mater’s Tall Tales vibes happening too. It’s great to get to see a snippet of a character’s life that didn’t quite fit into a feature length movie, even if some of the snippets may or may not be entirely true.

“That all happened?!”

“Well…more or less.”

Here’s to January 31st!

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Congratulations to Pixar on Three Oscar Nominations!

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Posted by Nia • January 13, 2020

This morning storytellers and film aficionados alike gathered around their TVs, cradled their smartphones, and hunched over their computer monitors awaiting the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations. Despite some obvious snubs and a few shockers, the broadcast concluded with a solid list of nominations, including THREE for Disney/Pixar.

The studio snagged a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category for Toy Story 4, the Best Original Song category for Toy Story 4, and in the Best Animated Short category for Kitbull.

A lot of time and hard work goes into making any kind of animated content and we wanted to congratulate EVERYONE who was involved in Toy Story 4 and Kitbull. Great work!

Now… it’s time to begin the official award show countdown. We can’t wait for the Oscars, which airs on Sunday 9th of February!

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A Breakdown of Toy Story 4’s Award Nominations

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Posted by Joanna • January 8, 2020

Toy Story 4 has been picking up nominations from all over the place this awards season, as is often the case for Pixar movies. It can get a little difficult to keep track of them all and work out when we’ll find out the results for each of the awards ceremonies. With Toy Story 4 recently gaining a couple more nominations this past week, we’ve compiled a list of the more notable nominations plus when the winners will be announced.

Let’s start with the most recent nominations:

BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts): ceremony date February 2nd

Best Animated Film
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
Klaus
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

VES (Visual Effects Society): ceremony date January 29th

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
Klaus
Missing Link
The Lego Movie 2
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4 (Bo Peep)
Frozen 2 (The Water Nøkk)
Klaus (Jesper)
Missing Link (Susan)
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4 (Antiques Mall)
Frozen 2 (Giants’ Gorge)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (The Hidden World)
Missing Link (Passage to India Jungle)
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4
Abominable
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project
Toy Story 4
Alita: Battle Angel
The Lion King
The Mandalorian

And now onto nominations that were revealed last year. Missing Link won Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globe Awards, but we’re sure the whole Toy Story 4 team are beyond pleased with their nomination against such strong contenders.

Annie Awards: ceremony date January 25th

Best Feature
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Klaus
Missing Link
Best FX For Feature
Toy Story 4
Abominable
Frozen 2
Missing Link
Weathering With You
Best Music – Feature
Toy Story 4
AWAY
Frozen 2
I Lost My Body
Spies in Disguise
Best Voice Acting – Feature
Toy Story 4 (Tony Hale – go, Forky!)
Abominable
Frozen 2
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Best Writing – Feature
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Weathering With You
Best Editorial – Feature
Toy Story 4
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Klaus
Missing Link
The Secret Life of Pets 2

Academy Awards (SHORTLISTS): ceremony date February 9th

The nominations haven’t been revealed yet, but Toy Story 4 has been shortlisted for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away by Randy Newman).

Critics’ Choice Awards: ceremony date January 12th

Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 4
Abominable
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link

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Toy Story 4 gets a Golden Globe nomination + more!

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Posted by Simoa • December 10, 2019

If you missed the announcement of the Golden Globe nominees, fear not! We did too, but we are here finally, to talk a little about the Globes and the other nominations Pixar has received. Toy Story 4 was of course, one of three animated sequels released in 2019; it has strong competition in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Frozen 2. While the other nominees are grand in scale, Toy Story 4 was the much more intimate and simple movie, but still an event as the other two. And seeing how it dominated the box office, it was a huge deal for a little movie.

The Annie Awards also announced their 2019 nominees. Toy Story 4 is up for:

  • Best Feature
  • Best FX for Feature
  • Best Music – Feature for Randy Newman
  • Best Voice Acting for Tony Hale (go, Forky!)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Editorial

While I am a bit surprised and disappointed that the film didn’t earn any nominations for storyboard, character design/animation, or direction, it is still being recognized in multiple categories. I thought Pixar’s SparkShorts might also be contenders, but maybe they don’t qualify. If any of our readers have more information on that, do let us know.

Congratulations to Josh Cooley and the crew! You can read all about my visit to Pixar where I learned how Toy Story 4 was created here.

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International Onward Poster Revealed

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Posted by Joanna • September 16, 2019

D23 is over, the next Pixar theatrical release seems an age away, and the ‘buzz’ from Toy Story 4 (pun intended) is slowly fading. It may seem like we’re going through a dry spell on the Pixar news front, but there’s actually plenty happening behind the scenes. Here’s a quick Woody’s Round Up from the past few weeks.

International Onward Poster

A really unique and beautiful Chinese Onward poster has been revealed. It has some paper-cutting and vector influences – very artistic and eye-catching. Take a look below:

Onward‘s scheduled release date is March 6th 2020.

Coco Live Performance

Coco is going to be brought back to life – live! On November 8th and 9th, Coco concerts will be held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, hosted by Eva Longoria and Benjamin Bratt (voice of Ernesto de la Cruz). Miguel actor Alex Gonzelez will also make a guest appearance, along with Alanna Ubach (Mama Imelda) and Jaime Camil (Papa).

What could be more memorable than hearing “Remember Me” live on stage with the stunning visuals of the movie as a backdrop?

Toy Story 4 – Digital/Physical Release

Toy Story 4 is still affecting me all these months later. I’m not over that ending, everyone. But maybe I’ll be able to come to terms with it with repeated viewings at home. As usual, the physical and digital release dates are slightly different – Toy Story 4  will be available digitally from October 1st, and on Blu-ray and DVD on October 8th.

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Pixar sneak peeks at D23

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Posted by Simoa • August 26, 2019

D23, Disney’s official fanclub, hosted its bi-annual expo this past weekend. There’s been a drought of Pixar news recently, barring Toy Story 4‘s billion dollar box office earnings, but now we’ve got a nice trickle of news! Attendees were treated to previews of the newest Pixar films in theaters next year: Onward and Soul. And that’s not all, since the expo is always packed with lots of celebrations and giveaways for fans. This year, there were booths for a sculpting demo with longtime Pixarian Jerome Ranft, the Pixar archives, and designing toys. Guinevere, the truck from Onward, also made an appearance.

Here’s what we can look forward to in 2020!

Onward

Described by director Dan Scanlon as a modern fantasy quest, the film follows two elvin brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, living in a fantasy suburbia that has lost much of the former. Pixar’s films usually bring magic into the real world, but this time they’re taking audiences to an imaginary one where magic has faded.

I absolutely love this poster’s design. I’m a rookie pin collector, but I’d love to get my denim jacket on this level! Notice the cassette tape simply marked with Dad. It’s not as flashy as the others, but my eyes are drawn to it anyway. The Disney Store could even sell some of these pins; I covet that unicorn.

If you’d like to read more about the storyline, Collider has a great write up but beware of spoilers! Knowing how personal this film is for Dan Scanlon, those brief details about the footage screened at D23 is quite moving.

Soul

Pete Docter’s latest venture after probing the human mind in Inside Out will now plumb the depths of the soul. This film is already a challenge since many people don’t even believe in the existence of a soul. Pete hasn’t disappointed us yet though. And it’ll be the studio’s first ever full length film with a black protagonist! The synopsis over on Polygon also has a handful of plot details if you’d rather avoid those.

Soul tells the story of Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), on a quest of his own like the Lightfoot brothers, but an entirely dissimilar one. Tina Fey also joins the cast as 22, along with Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Questlove. The soundtrack will be provided by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Jazz musician Jon Batiste. The newly unveiled character art:

Tina Fey as 22

concept art

Forky+

Pixar’s got a new shorts collection debuting on the new streaming service, Disney+, starring Forky! In “Forky Asks a Question,” Tony Hale reprises his role and revealed the other characters who will be joining our favorite spork as he unravels the answers to life’s questions. 

The Forky series will be available on Disney+’s November 12th premiere, but we still have many months to go before Onward and Soul. Looks like the drought is over!

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Toy Story 4 Becomes 4th Pixar Movie To Surpass $1 Billion

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Posted by Joanna • August 16, 2019

It’s taken under 2 months for Toy Story 4 to cross $1 billion at the global box office, marking it as the fourth Pixar movie to do so. It has joined the ranks alongside Finding DoryToy Story 3, and Incredibles 2.

Sequels may have been causing some controversy lately, but this really shows that Pixar know what they’re doing – and they’re doing it well. Not only have these 4 sequels performed amazingly well, but they’ve also each been remarkable in their own ways. I don’t know about you, but I have seen Toy Story 4 multiple times in theatres already.

With Pixar’s upcoming movies all being originals, it’ll be exciting to see how they perform. The world may generally enjoy franchises and familiar characters, but Pixar movies are in themselves familiar (in a good way!). We can’t wait for more information on Onward and Soul to come out soon.

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The Ending Of Toy Story 4: What Just Happened?

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Posted by Joanna • July 5, 2019

‼️ Warning! Major spoilers ahead for those of you who haven’t seen Toy Story 4 yet. ‼️

Okay, I’ll admit it: I didn’t cry at the end of Toy Story 4.

I could see all this emotion and devastation happening in front of my eyes, but I didn’t cry. Woody was embracing Bo – the love of his life – saying goodbye to his faithful companions of many years, nodding his farewell to Slink, hugging Buzz Lightyear for presumably the last time… And, I didn’t cry.

My main emotion during the climax of Toy Story 4 wasn’t sadness. It was complete disbelief. Weirdly, I could see something like this was coming right from the beginning of the movie. As soon as Woody wasn’t chosen by Bonnie for play time, a pit began to form in my stomach. All the momentum of the film was leading towards this ending, and I could feel it, but I still stubbornly chose not to believe it. Honestly, the toys all seemed much more contented with this ending than I did. “How dare they?” I thought. “How dare they just go along with this?” Woody has Bonnie’s name written on his boot. Woody has a kid. And Bonnie made a promise to Andy! WHAT JUST HAPPENED. I left the cinema feeling betrayed by a cowboy doll and a 4 year old child.

I trusted you, Bonnie.

Needless to say, I did still enjoy the movie. It’s fast-paced, hilarious and beautiful, and I really do admire the direction they took it in. But that ending, though. It’s taking me a while to process.

Seeing it a second time, though, has made me look at the ending differently. In fact, it’s made me look at myself differently. There’s a moment in Toy Story 4 where Woody and Bo are convincing the great Duke Caboom to pull a stunt for them. And this is how Bo changes his mind: she says,

“Be the you who you are today.”

For a second, you can see a lightbulb flicker in Woody’s head. And the same happened for me too.

Toy Story 4 has lots of brave, confident themes. It’s about love, leaps of faith, and loyalty. But it’s also about letting go, and recognising that staying true to your past self isn’t necessarily staying true to yourself. When Woody and Bo are stood on top of the carousel preparing to part ways again, Buzz helps Woody realise that ‘being there for Bonnie’ is a duty that Woody doesn’t have to hold onto anymore. Andy grew up, Bonnie’s growing up, and Woody’s changing too. People can move on, and that’s okay. His past self would have leapt back into that trailer immediately, but he isn’t his past self now. He’s himself!

I think I was guilty of not letting go too. When you think about it, of course Woody is going to be happier living alongside Bo and helping toys around the country find their owners. And of course Bonnie is allowed to have her favourite toys and give Jessie the sheriff badge (in fact, I 100% support that last part in particular). I was stubbornly holding on to the past, and not embracing the joy of the current situation. I didn’t want Woody to leave, but why? Because I wanted things to be how they always were. But that’s impossible.

Anyway, I still didn’t cry at the ending of Toy Story 4 the second time around, but my eyes did begin to well up a bit. Maybe by the third viewing, the disbelief will have subsided and a few tears will be shed.

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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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