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Building Toy Story Mania

Disney, Interview, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

Posted by Thomas • February 9, 2008

The New York Times has a sizeable, 5 page article on the building of Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios, FL. 

The article extensively details the process Disney has undertaken to make sure we are all entertained when visiting the attraction, which even includes a robotic Mr Potato head (pictured) to greet visitors as they enter. The article also has a time-lapse video of the workers constructing the attraction itself.
Thanks Martin.

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Michael Arndt On Toy Story 3

Animation, Pixar, Pixar Employees, Toy Story 3

Posted by Thomas • February 8, 2008

As some of you may be aware, Little Miss Sunshine screenwriter, Michael Arndt, is now working at Pixar, penning the script for Toy Story 3 which is due for release in 2010. Fora.tv has a video from what looks like a press conference for his new book, Little Miss Sunshine: The Shooting Script.

He mentions that Pixar hired him back in 2005, during the shooting of LMS, so at which time, Pixar hadn’t even seen LMS. He also tells us how production is scheduled week-by-week all the way until 2010 and the release of TS3, and that he jokes that he is already behind schedule. He also talks about the creative process at Pixar, and how quickly they solve problems there compared to working in live action, and how he’d love to bring some of that process to live action filmmaking. 
It’s an interesting video for amateur screenwriters, but if your just in it for TS3, skip to 52:40min or click Q17- Toy Story 3 in the sidebar on the right. Thanks Will.

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Mark Walsh Chats With The Independant

2D Animation, Animation, Disney, Interview, Pixar, Pixar Employees, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • February 8, 2008

The Independant talks with Pixar’s, Mark Walsh in a recent article. They discuss a variety of topics including, Ratatouille, the process of creating an animated movie as well as Pixar bringing computer animation to the masses. Here is a piece I found interesting:

One downside is a problem most computer users suffer – hardware and software that’s out of date all too soon. "To resurrect the Toy Story characters for the third Toy Story [due in 2010] we had to find an old machine somebody still had," Walsh says. "It was being used as a coffee table. If they hadn’t saved it, we’d have lost the original Buzz and Woody animations."

You can read the rest here. Thanks Guido.

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Steve Jobs Didn’t Want Toy Story 3

Disney, Pixar, Steve Jobs, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

Posted by Thomas • January 17, 2008

ValleyWag points to a New York Post article on David Price’s book, The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, in which the article provides and excerpt from the book on why Steve Jobs didn’t want Toy Story 3 to go ahead, even under Pixar’s command. 

Two years ago, Pixar was bought by Disney, following often unpleasant negotiations fueled by bad blood between Pixar’s Steve Jobs and Disney chief Michael Eisner. Price writes that as the deal finally was about to be green-lighted, Jobs hauled off with a slap at the company that Mickey Mouse built, saying he felt "sick about Disney doing sequels [to Pixar films], because if you look at the quality of their sequels, like ‘The Lion King 11/2’ and their ‘Peter Pan’ sequels and stuff, it’s pretty embarrassing."

says the article. The article also details how the stress of working on the original Toy Story led an animator to forget about his baby in the car. By the sound of this article, it’s going to be a good book. It’s due out in May.

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An Aussie At Pixar

Animation, Interview, John Lasseter, Pixar Employees, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3

Posted by Thomas • January 13, 2008

The West Australian as a delightful article on 39-year-old, father of four, Brian Green from Melbourne. 

The article tells of how Green got a job at Pixar back in 1997 when he was working at Animal Logic (Happy Feet), and how email was relatively new and exciting to them all, so Green searched up Pixar, found an email, sent off his resumé, and to his surprise he receives a phone call from Pixar, wanting to fly him over for an interview. Green mentions he is currently working on Toy Story 3.
The author also chats with John Lasseter and poses the question of a sequel to 2003 blockbuster, Finding Nemo.

"There’s nothing to say about that," Lasseter abruptly replies. 

So Finding Nemo 2 is not on Pixar’s drawing boards? 

"I can’t really talk about that. Sorry," Lasseter, shutting down the question with a look that says do not ask anything more about it. 

Pixar is famously secretive about future projects, so the terse response adds to speculation Finding Nemo 2 is indeed on its way.

adds the article. It’s an enjoyable read, so why not check it out here.

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Toy Story 3 ‘being prepared’.

Cast, Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3

Posted by Thomas • January 11, 2008

In what is probably the most obvious piece of news today, InTheNews.co.uk is reporting on Tom Hanks’ appearance on the Jonathon Ross show on Friday night, in which Hank’s says on the topic of Toy Story 3, the producers are "preparing the third one right now".

Thank you Tom for that insightful piece of news. Toy Story 3 is being directed by Lee Unkrich (Co-Director of Toy Story 2), and is scheduled to be released in 2009* with the full support of Hanks and co-star, Tim Allen.
*This is the date that the article has reported, and although this was the year that TS3 was originally slated for, it was later pushed back to 2010.

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THQ Not Creating Toy Story 3 VG

Ratatouille, THQ, Toy Story 3, UP, Video Game, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • December 5, 2007


GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that THQ are not creating the video game for Toy Story 3, due out in 2010, because it doesn’t have the rights to do so. Currently, THQ only have a deal for 4 video games after the merger, starting with Ratatouille. The deal also includes WALL•E, Up and the unannounced 2011 project.

Farrell noted that THQ never had any rights to Toy Story 3, so it was no surprise to them that Disney has decided to develop the videogames internally. The film itself is currently scheduled for a 2010 release.

Because THQ’s current licensing agreement gives them the rights to develop videogame sequels, it won’t actually expire until 2014.

says the article.

Read the full deal here.

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