Lego movie making of

Oscar-nominations are just a few days away and one of the few you can all but lock up is that The Lego Movie will be nominated for Best Animated Feature. Once it’s nominated, the studio has to make a push for the win and they do that by releasing awesome videos like this.

They’ve just released a new featurette online that shows the absolutely stunning detail that went into creating the film. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord talk about the extensive research, influences and so much more that went into making the movie look like it was actually made of Legos. Watch The Lego Movie Making of video below. Read More »

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Frozen Easter Eggs in big hero 6

The team at Disney Animation Studios loves putting Easter eggs in their movies. When you’re working on a single shot for days, weeks, or even months you’ve got to do something to stay focused and interested. Big Hero 6 is no different, and the film is chock full of gags. “I will say we just generally we have a lot of Easter eggs in this movie,” co-director Chris Williams told us last year. “To the point that we had to really tell our artists to knock it off.”

There are definitely some in the Fred’s room scene but there are actually a bunch tied to that other Disney Animated film everyone is still talking about, Frozen. Big Hero 6 hits Digital HD/ Disney Movies Anywhere February 3 and then Blu-ray Combo Pack on February 24th. To tease that announcement, Disney has revealed one of the disc’s features, a video pointing out all the Frozen Easter Eggs in Big Hero 6.

Watch that video below, and read a previously unpublished discussion /Film had with directors Chris Williams and Don Hall about the relationship between Frozen and Big Hero 6. Read More »

Gaston challenged
Disney is great when it comes to casting the costumed characters you see in their theme parks. I’ve seen various characters present so many fantastic off the cuff responses in characters to park guests over the years. The latest to make its way across the interwebs is Beauty and the Beast antagonist Gaston challenged to a feat of strength and got exactly what he asked for. Of course, the character from the Disney animated classic is a narcissist who thinks he is superior to everyone around him. A Disney World park guest challenged the arrogant and egotistical hunter to a push up contest and the costumed character accepted. Watch the resulting Gaston challenge as recorded on a cameraphone (people, lets start recording horizontally and not vertically, okay?) after the jump.

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Peanuts - Snoopy

Star Wars and Jurassic Park aren’t the only classic franchises up for a revival this year. This November brings The Peanuts Movie, the first-ever full-length feature film based on Charles M. Schulz‘s beloved characters.

Though the new film gives the old property a 21st century makeover — complete with CG and 3D — it retains the same timeless quality of the source material. Or it tries to, anyway. We’ll see how that turns out when the movie actually premieres. Watch the new The Peanuts Movie trailer after the jump.

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Boxtrolls best scene

The films from Laika are, in a way, like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood — part of the story of the films themselves is the story of how they are made. The process is very different, of course, as Linklater worked for more than a decade on one film, while Laika uses painstaking stop-motion animation to create the illusion of life over a production period that lasts a couple years per film.

We’ve all seen in-process video of Laika artists at work, but the final shot of the studio’s most recent film, The Boxtrolls, illustrates the process in a beautifully meta fashion. It may be The Boxtrolls best scene — and there are no spoilers involved, even for those who haven’t seen the film. Check it out below.

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abandoned Toy Story 3 concept art

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: In 2005, Disney and Pixar were gearing up to split ways and was Disney Animation was creating its own and very different version of Toy Story 3 without John Lasseter and gang. A ton of new images have found their way online from the abandoned version of Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to see the abandoned Toy Story 3 concept art images now.

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Good Dinosaur Arlo art

Pixar released zero new features in 2014, but the company is making up for that absence by opening two films in 2015. The first is Inside Out, due out in June, and the second is The Good Dinosaur, scheduled for November. While we’ve already seen a trailer for the former, the latter remains a bit more mysterious for now. Still, we’ll take what we can get — and today, that means a new bit of concept art and an updated official logo.

Get a look at The Good Dinosaur concept art and logo after the jump.

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Inside Out Joy

When you start thinking about the narrative possibilities in Pixar’s Inside Out, a headache may be in your future. The film is set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, as her five primary emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger – navigate through her life. So the film will visually represent how numerous functions of your mind work. Things like how you learn, remember, recall old memories, dream, react, move, literally anything you do as a human being can fit into this idea for a movie. It’s mind-boggling.

A new image from Inside Out has just come online showing how one of those things works in the movie. The image shows how the emotions sit down and watch a memory from the past. Check out the new Inside Out image below. Read More »

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