VOTD: ‘[the films of] Pixar Animation Studios’

For the past seven months, Kees van Dijkhuizen‘s been releasing tribute videos for his yearlong “[the films of]” project, each showcasing the work of a different director via a montage, and we at /Film have been with him since the beginning. For his newest installment, however, van Dijkhuizen chose to go a slightly different route: Rather than select one auteur to focus on, he’s chosen an entire company. Watch “[the films of] Pixar Animation Studios” after the jump.

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Cars 2 may not have been anyone’s favorite Pixar flick, but even the critics who were disappointed at its lack of heart had to admit it at least looked gorgeous. On a visual level, the characters and their colorful universe were as dazzlingly, distinctly Pixar-ian as any in the studio’s history. Using their signature style — rich colors, clean lines, big friendly eyes — the animators brought a wide variety of vehicles to life. From beat-up tow trucks to Japanese racecars to rugged military Jeeps, cars of all stripes were given lives and personalities.

Now, a bevy of famed cinematic cars have received the (totally unofficial) Pixar treatment as well. Old Red Jalopy isn’t actually associated with the studio, but their reimaginings of notable movie vehicles look so good, we’re almost fooled. Check out the gallery after the jump.

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Last year, it was revealed that Disney was developing a film called Planes, a direct-to-DVD computer animated spin-off from Cars. Its notable that while the trailer mentions the story takes place “from above the world of Cars”, the teaser has no mention of Pixar AT ALL. Even the Disney-Pixar production company logo above the movie title only reads “Disney”. The movie was produced by Disney Toon Studios, the outfit behind many DVD sequels for Disney films.

Remember the last time Disney began doing direct-to-dvd spin-off/sequels of their classic animated films? Yeah, that was a disaster — a disaster that John Lasseter ended in 2007. Well it looks like the mouse house needs more money and Lasseter is on board.

I’m sure Pixar wants no credit what-so-ever. I have no interest what-so-ever in seeing this movie. Watch the one and a half minute teaser trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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VOTD: ‘25 Years of Pixar’

We’ve featured a handful of director montages here on /Film recently, and while this “25 Years of Pixar” compilation isn’t quite that, it’s actually pretty similar. In terms of look, tone, and quality, I’d say Pixar is as consistent as many directors.

For the video, NkMcDonalds pulled scenes from works spanning over decades — from ’80s shorts to this year’s Cars 2. If you like Pixar as much as I do, it’ll definitely make you smile and it might even make you tear up a little tiny bit. Watch it after the jump.

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You might think that the idea to do a Cars sequel came about after Disney looked at their billion dollar sales Cars merchandise reports and fired off an e-mail to the animation studio in Emeryville saying “Do this!” But Pixar head and Cars series director John Lasseter tells an entirely different story — learn how Lasseter came up with the idea for the story of Cars 2 in a short video interview embedded after the jump.

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A Cars spin-off called Planes has been in development for some time by DisneyToon Studios but we’ve known little about the story. All we knew is that it would be a direct to DVD title somehow related to cars, being developed as ““a semi-sequel and spinoff franchise to Cars, one meant to take advantage of the enormously lucrative direct-to-video market.”

Now the film has been officially announced with a story revolving around small-town dreamer Dusty who wants to enter a globe-circling air race, but is afraid of heights. Let me guess: he gives up on his dream of winning the race and takes a job flying movie ad banners low over the crowds at Comic Con instead. Or maybe not. All the official info is in the press release after the break. Read More »

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US Postal Service To Release Pixar Stamps in 2011

The United States Postal Service announced today that they will release a series of Pixar image stamps in 2011.

Based on that success, the Postal Service was eager to work with the Walt Disney Company again, choosing to explore the Disney*Pixar films, which offer exciting, contemporary characters and strong themes involving family and friends. This pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and the robot WALL*E from WALL*E (2008). Since the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was introduced in 2001, all seven Pixar films released since that time have been nominated and five of the seven have won, including Ratatouille, WALL*E and Up.

I’ll need to buy some of these for my rare snail mail usage. The 2011 Disney/Pixar Send a Hello stamps will be released on August 19th 2011.

2010 LucasFilm and Pixar Christmas Cards

Last week we featured LAIKA Animation’s online holiday card on the site (you can see it here). As the news begins to pickup a little in this Holliday lul, I thought we’d take a look at this year’s cards from LucasFilm and Pixar. Hit the jump!

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We recently heard that Pixar is developing a film called Planes, intended to be a spin-off from Cars. The film is meant for direct-to-DVD distribution, and some took the move as a sign of a slide for Pixar. When a studio is able to rule the theatrical animation landscape, why churn out direct disc fodder?

Turns out that report might have been only partially correct, as there’s now a new spin that says, yes, Planes is in development, but from Disney Toon Studios rather than Pixar. Read More »