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Woody’s Round Up 12/31/18

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Posted by Simoa • December 31, 2018

Gather round for the final installment of Woody’s Round Up for 2018!

Glimpses and Peeps

Surprisingly, the Parrs weren’t on Pixar’s holiday card this year. (Can’t help but imagine a version with Jack-Jack taking on that raccoon in a picturesque Christmas scene…) The card however is quite lovely, and features characters from the 2019 feature, Woody and…Bo Peep!

Some fans started to speculate that the original romantic storyline between Bo and Woody was scrapped altogether. But her inclusion in the holiday card should lay those doubts to rest. Pixar may be taking their time to reveal Bo Peep in any of Toy Story 4′s promo, but that doesn’t mean she’s gone forever. In fact, quite the opposite. Over the summer, Bo’s voice actress Annie Potts enthused about her big role in the film. And that’s not all – she may even be getting a new look! I think we’re all in for a great surprise come next June.

Pixar in Concert

This series will be heading to four cities in the UK in April 2019. This UK tour will feature iconic music by a live orchestra from Coco, Finding Dory, Cars, Cars 2, the first two Toy Story films, Monsters, Inc., and more. For more information, please visit Broadway World.

Final Battle

The wait for Kingdom Hearts: Final Battle is almost over. The game will be released in just a few more weeks, and a new trailer was unveiled this month. Some familiar Pixar faces make appearances, like Remy, Woody, Buzz, Mike and Sulley. This latest trailer is pretty dramatic and has plenty of exciting moments, as well as some perilous ones. Watch it below:

Renderman’s 30th

The software program that revolutionized the VFX industry and continues to garner awards for groundbreaking effects turned 30 this year. Renderman first got its start at Pixar and is still an integral part of the studio. There’s a video over at Wired that breaks down the software’s sprawling history in honor of its 30th anniversary.

Monsters, Inc. Manga

Another January release: Tokyopop’s Monsters, Inc. manga. Tokyopop has other Disney titles in its catalog but this is just the second Pixar film to get the manga treatment, joining Finding Nemo. The story hasn’t changed, although the characters have a much more cutesy look, except Roz. Cover art is designed by Philly Delphie and Hiromi Yamafuji gets author credit. The manga hits bookstores on January 8th.

We hope you’ve all had a fantastic year! Join us in 2019 for more Pixar news and in the countdown to Toy Story 4. And if you’re currently experiencing cold temps, let Pixar’s fireplace warm you up!

Happy New Year!

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Cars 3: Driven to Win

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Posted by Simoa • April 5, 2017

Buckle up, Cars fans! A new video game for the upcoming Cars 3 has geared into action.

Driven to Win looks like an exciting new addition to the world of racing, offering up plenty of thrills just in time for the film’s June release. We’re sure that avid Pixar enthusiasts will love this game. It features new characters from the film, including Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez, along with Lightning McQueen and Mater. The preview clip showcases some impressive stunts, which no doubt match the intensity of the film.

This is your chance to become a racing champion!

Cars 3: Driven to Win is not yet rated but is available for pre-order.

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Next ‘Disney Infinity’ Adds Marvel Characters, Toy Box Enhancements

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Posted by Brkyo614 • April 30, 2014

Last year’s Disney Infinity was not only an enjoyable game, but also a huge moneymaker for Disney – from the starter pack to additional toys, Infinity has raked in over $500 million since it launched in August. It’s no surprise, then, that the company is eager to get a sequel out. At a Los Angeles event this morning, Disney Interactive unveiled its plans for the next Disney Infinity, which shifts its focus to Marvel characters while still offering a handful of surprises for fans of the original game.

Though the announcement trailer above focuses almost entirely on the Marvel elements of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, it does hint at one Pixar-related newcomer: Merida from Brave, who briefly appears in the opening of the trailer. At the reveal event, Disney detailed some of the gameplay improvements that will come with the sequel. Characters will now unlock abilities as they level up, and new power discs will feature support characters and alternate costumes. The Toy Box has also been upgraded; terrain can now be drawn with ease using brushes, and buildings with separate interior rooms can be built. Figurines, power discs, and Toy Boxes from the original game will be compatible with the sequel (no word on playsets).

Disney promises that more Disney/Pixar content will be revealed soon. The game launches this Fall on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS.

Which Pixar characters are you hoping to see in the sequel?

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‘Disney Infinity’ Delayed to August!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • March 14, 2013

Originally set to release in June, the release of Avalanche Software’s Disney/Pixar crossover Disney Infinity has been pushed back to August, according to Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants.

The delay was confirmed in a New York Times interview, where Pleasants assured that it was not triggered by any development issues: "We could deliver in June if we wanted to […] Will a two-month timing change help us? Sure, of course. It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles and make sure it really sings and pops."

A June release to coincide with the release of Monsters University made sense, but Pleasants and Disney (as well as retailers) hope to take advantage of the more quiet August month and push the game’s launch closer to the holiday season.

Disney Infinity, which prominently features characters from Monsters University, The Incredibles, and Cars, will hit Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo 3DS on August 18 in America and August 20 worldwide.

Do you have high hopes for Disney Infinity?

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Disney Interactive Officially Reveals ‘Disney Infinity’!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • January 15, 2013

Rumors have been circulating for months surrounding a revolutionary announcement from Disney’s video game subsidiary. Last December, Polygon provided an extensive early look at Disney Infinity, set to bring together multiple Disney and Pixar franchises in a creative sandbox-style game. Finally, Disney has provided the first official details on this ambitious multi-franchise, multi-platform game!

Turns out the early reports were accurate; Disney Infinity, developed by Avalanche Studios, is a multiplayer "toybox" game coming to Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, and mobile platforms. Disney has taken inspiration from the Skylanders franchise by using a USB "Infinity Base" to scan real-life figurines into the game world. The trailer below should help make things clearer:

Along with character figurines, Disney will also sell game worlds in the form of "playsets." By far the most fascinating element of Infinity, though, is the Toybox mode. Taking pages from Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet, the game features a robust level editor that even includes some programming features, allowing players to create new game modes. Much like LBP, levels and modes can even be shared online and downloaded by others.

Provided that Avalanche Studios can make good on these exciting promises (and I have faith that they will), Disney Infinity could be a much-needed hit for Disney Interactive. We won’t have to wait long to find out, either; Infinity hits shelves this June, alongside a first batch of over 30 character figures sold separately.

(Via IGN, Kotaku)

What interests you the most about Disney Infinity?

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Disney Teases ‘Disney Infinity’ Disney/Pixar Crossover Game!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • December 21, 2012

Back in 2010, Avalanche Software put out an unexpected hit with Toy Story 3: The Video Game, an anomaly among the usual heap of rushed movie tie-in games. The game’s unique Toy Box mode, which incorporated Toy Story characters into an open-world sandbox, proved a success among critics and players alike. Expanding on this idea, the studio is now developing a similar game featuring a slew of Disney and Pixar characters called Disney Infinity.

Though not set to be formally announced until January 15 at El Capitan Theatre, Polygon recently received an inside scoop about the game, set to launch on all major platforms including iOS and Android. According to their sources, players will assume the roles of characters from major Disney and Pixar franchises, including Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles, and Wreck-it Ralph, and explore a variety of open-world environments. The game will include standard modes like capture the flag and an Angry Birds-esque castle-destroying game, but players will be encouraged to come up with their own objectives.

It’s also been rumored that, in the vein of Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders franchise, content may be able to be unlocked in-game by purchasing real-life figurines and scanning them through a NFC device. This would certainly make sense given the profitability of Skylanders, but Polygon found no evidence of the concept in the material they received.

Keep in mind that none of this has been made official, but the developers at Avalanche have a brilliant idea on their hands if these concepts are present in the final product. Check back for the official announcement on January 15, which will be presented by John Lasseter and Disney Interactive’s John Pleasants.

Would you be interested in a game like Disney Infinity?

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‘Nemo’ News: 3D Re-Release Premiere @ TIFF + New Video Games!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 31, 2012

Finding Nemo recently made a splash around the world with the supposed confirmation of a Finding Nemo 2. With the re-launch of the film in 3D this September and now fresh video game tie-ins, all signs point toward even further growth of the Nemo franchise in the coming months!

Firstly, Big Screen Animation reports that the September 14 3D re-release of Finding Nemo will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Of course, any of Pixar’s works are welcome at an event celebrating the magic of film. An exact date hasn’t been confirmed, but the festival opens its doors from September 6 to 16.

Furthermore, if GameStop listings are to be believed, Nemo will be taking the Cars route by expanding the franchise through video game spin-offs. The game retailer’s product listings for DS and 3DS versions of Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue provide little information beyond a September 11 launch date, but the close proximity to the opening date of Finding Nemo 3D makes plenty of sense. With the alleged date closing in, an announcement from Disney should be on the way.

(Nintendo Gamer Thoughts, via GoNintendo)

Are you enthusiastic about the Finding Nemo brand expanding further?

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Cars 2: The Video Game Developers Closely Collaborate with Pixar!

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Posted by Martin • July 14, 2011

Did you know that Avalanche Software closely collaborated with Pixar Animation Studios to create Cars 2: The Video Game?

In "Pixar Perfect", the developers of the addictive tie-in game discuss their early relationship with the Emeryville animation unit in order to stay true to the film’s vision. Creators of Toy Story 3: The Video Game, the folks at Avalanche continue to defy the stereotype that movie-based games are lacking in quality:

Cars 2: The Video Game is in stores now! This blogger highly recommends it— I’m not a hardcore gamer, but I’ve had a ton of fun racing around iconic locales and going through the different stages. Don’t just take it from me, reviews for the game have been overwhelmingly positive.

Have you had a chance to play Cars 2: The Video Game?

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Cars 2: The Video Game Available Now!

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Posted by Martin • June 21, 2011

Cars 2: The Video Game is now available from Disney Interactive Studios and Avalanche Software.

In the game, players must complete missions set forth by C.H.R.O.M.E., the car world’s top spy training academy. The goal is to become skilled in espionage like Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell.

We had the chance to get our hands on a preview copy (Wii) and have had a lot of fun with it. Cars 2 plays similarly to Mario Kart in that it’s a humorous racer with weapons to level the playing field. Many of the main racers (even the folks from Radiator Springs) are playable from the get go which is a nice touch!

Unlike similar racers, the light story moves play along pretty well. Hardcore gamers may not be satisfied, but if you’re looking to relive the film and expand on its racing scenes, definitely check it out! Coming from the developers of Toy Story 3: The Video Game, this title is solid for a movie adaptation.

Cars 2: The Video Game is now available for all major platforms!

Your thoughts?

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Cars 2: The Video Game Trailer!

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Posted by Martin • March 12, 2011

Follow Mater and McQueen as they travel around the world in Cars 2: The Video Game.

Players enroll in C.H.R.O.M.E. in order to become spies as they conquer missions inspired by the upcoming sequel. The gameplay trailer was recently released, and although I can’t judge its content this soon, I can say that Pixar’s promo animation looks fantastic:

Cars 2: The Video Game arrives June 21, 2011.

What do you think?

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