Over the weekend at Disney’s D23 Expo, Pixar announced two new films. One is jokingly called The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs, to be released on November 27, 2013. The film is directed by long-time Pixar veteran and voice actor Bob Peterson (he voiced Dug the dog in Up) and co-directed by Peter Sohn, also a Pixar vet with storyboard and animation experience, and who directed the short Partly Cloudy.

A temp logo was shown off at the expo, and while it doesn’t likely tell us anything at all about the film — it just plays with the joke of the temp titled –  you can now see that image below. Read More »

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Today at the Walt Disney Studios presentation at the D23 Expo, Disney announced two new movies from Pixar Animation Studios. Both films, yet to be officially titled, will be released in the slots following the announced Monsters Inc prequel Monsters University, which hits theaters on June 21st 2013. Learn more about the first of the projects, which involves dinosaurs, after the jump.

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Monsters Inc

After over a year of speculation, yesterday it was finally officially announced that Pixar is working on a Monsters Inc sequel. Not only that, but Monsters Inc 2 even has a release date: November 16th 2012.But the one thing absent from the announcement was any mention of a writer or director. Who is writing Monsters Inc 2? What is Pete Docter‘s mystery project? We delve into these questions and more, after the jump.

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tom mccarthy up

Many people don’t know that Joss Whedon was one of the screenwriters on Toy Story. Pixar often brings in “a stranger from the outside” to help with various aspects of development. Sometimes they are credited, sometimes they aren’t. Some might remember that eight-time nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins was wrought in to help develop WALL-E’s real-life visual aesthetic.

I thought I’d bring up a little trivia tidbit about the creative team behind Pixar’s new film because most people don’t know this yet (it isn’t even on IMDb). BAFTA Award winning screenwriter/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) worked on Pixar’s latest movie Up.

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Do Pixar Movies Tell The Story of Life?

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I just received The Art of Pixar’s Up in the mail from Amazon (the book is amazing by the way, but don’t read it until you’ve seen the movie – tons of spoilers). I was flipping through the pages when I came across a passage that theorizes that when taken as a whole, the 10 Pixar feature films can be viewed as serialized chapters in a single life. I liked the interpretation and thought I’d pass it along (warning: possible first act Up spoiler):

“From sibling rivalry, early attachment (Toy Story) and socialization (A Bug’s Life), to maturation (Monsters, Inc.) separation, and parenthood (Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo); from protecting the nuclear family (The Incredibles), shifting out of the fast lane (Cars), and rekindling passion (Ratatouille), to planning for future generations (WALL-E) and finally, accepting death (Up).”

Some of the associations are a bit of a stretch, but overall you can definitely see a progression. When asked about the theory, Up co-director Bob Peterson (and voice of Doug the Dog) explains that Pixar animators and directors are getting older, developing families, and “you write what you know.” Which makes sense.

Pixar’s Up Featurette: Unlikely Heroes

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Disney has released a new featurette for Pixar’s Up titled “Unlikely Heroes.” Director Pete Docter, co-director/co-writer Bob Peterson, and producer Jonas Rivera talk about the unlikely pairing of Carl Fredrickson and Russell, the young wilderness explorer. John Lasseter says that he believes that the comedy which results makes this “the funniest Pixar film we’ve ever made.” Very strong praise from the guy who made Toy Story. Watch the featurette embedded after the jump.
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Pixar’s Up Teaser Trailer #2

Disney has released a second teaser trailer for Pixar’s Up. The first third again attempts to sell the film based on the animation studio’s past achievements. I think the marketing guys at Disney are probably still unsure on how you go about selling a film like this. I love the fantastical imagery and bright colors. The character of the grumpy old Carl Fredricksen has been growing on us the more and more we see him. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Watch the trailer in High Definition on Disney.com: 480p, 720p, 1080p.

From the Academy Award®-nominated team of director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”) and co-director Bob Peterson comes UP, a comedic adventure taking off (and lifting spirits) in summer 2009.

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. UP takes audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer—look UP.

Pixar’s Up hits theaters on May 29th 2009.

New Poster: Pixar’s Up

Yahoo! Movies has a look at the theatrical teaser poster for Pixar’s Up. As unsure as I am about Pixar’s next film (I want to love it, but nothing I’ve seen so far has me sold), there is no denying the fantastical color scheme used in the early marketing is beyond beautiful. I had previously assumed that the trailer would premiere attached to Bolt in November, but the early release of the theatrical one-sheet has me thinking that it might happen sooner. May-be attached to High School Musical next week?

Official Plot Synopsis: From the Academy Award®-nominated team of director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) and co-director Bob Peterson comes Up, a comedic adventure taking off (and lifting spirits) in summer 2009. Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate, and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell, gives him a new lease on life. Up takes audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer — look Up.

Up hits theaters on May 29th 2009.

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