Toy Story 3 Trailer Easter Eggs Revealed

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The new trailer for Toy Story 3 hit the web yesterday. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it now here! As you probably know, I’m an obsessive Pixar fanatic and love finding all of the little easter eggs that the animators/designers hide in the films. In the past we’ve taken a look at the easter eggs in Pete Docter‘s Up, Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E and Brad Bird‘s Ratatouille. So I thought we’d take a look at the new trailer and see what easter eggs we could find (with the help of director Lee Unkrich‘s tweets).
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New Pixar Cars Short: Unidentified Flying Mater

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Directed John Lasseter, Pixar’s co-founder and director of Toy Story 1 & 2, A Bug’s Life and Cars (along with co-director Rob Gibbs), Unidentified Flying Mater is the fifth in a series of Cars short films (originally titled “Cars-toons”). The computer animated short premiered on The Disney Channel on Friday, November 20th 2009.

Mater tells a tall tale about the time he met a UFO and saved him from a group of government scientists in this Cars Toon. Mater finds a small UFO called Mator and they have a night out. When Mator is captured by the military forces, Mater saves him with the help of Lightning McQueen and Mator’s mother.

Also of note: An older press release claims that Mark Mothersbaugh (”Devo”) composed the music for the short film. Watch the full short film, embedded after the jump.

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With 400,000 Americans showing up every year at the Indy 500 and 200,000 more buying tickets to see NASCAR’s premiere event The Daytona 500, you would think that the most creative minds in Hollywood would be looking for a way to cash in with more movies about car racing and car culture. NASCAR has an estimated 75 million fans, and it is second only to the National Football League in terms of television ratings, so where are all the good racing movies?

Universal seems to have answered that question by getting its successful street racing franchise back into the fast lane this weekend with Fast & Furious. The movie, which reunites Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez for the first time since 2001’s original surprise blockbuster, has exploded to a high octane $28M or so on Friday and that could mean a $65M opening weekend. That would make it the all-time #1 opening for a car racing movie.

ALL-TIME TOP 10 OPENINGS FOR AUTO RACING MOVIES
1. Fast & Furious (2009) – $65M opening (projected)
2. Cars – $60.1M opening
3. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) – $50.4M opening
4. Talladega Nights – $47M opening
5. The Fast & The Furious (2001) – $40M opening
6. The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) – $24M opening
7. Speed Racer – $18.5M opening
8. Days of Thunder – $15.5M opening
9. Herbie: Fully Loaded – $12.7M opening
10. Death Race – $12.6M opening

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Pixar and Prince of Persia Lego Coming

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The LEGO Group have announced a new licensing cross-over with Disney Consumer Products (didn’t they invent Robocop?). Set to launch in 2010 are three new lines of interlocking blocks based upon the Prince of Persia movie, Toy Story and Cars. Yep – even more merchandising gold will be reaped by the Cars behemoth.

The first of the brick sets to launch will be the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 kits, out in January of next year. Ouch. Just missing Xmas like that? They must have their reasons but my next letter to Santa will be a little shorter for it. The follow-on Toy Story 3 bricks will hit in May 2010.

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High Res Photos: Pixar’s Tokyo Mater

Disney has sent us high resolution photos of Pixar’s new 3D short film Tokyo Mater, which will be attached to Bolt beginning December 12th.

Full press release and four more photos after the jump.

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See Pixar’s Cars in 3D on December 12th 2008

No, John Lasseter’s Cars is not being re-released in 3D on December 12th, but you will be able to go to your local multiplex and see Pixar’s first short film in Digital Disney 3D. The Cars Toons short Tokyo Mater will be attached to Disney’s Bolt as the film enters its fourth week of release.  In the six minute short film, Mater the tow truck (Larry the Cable Guy) tells Lightning McQueen about his adventure drift-racing in downtown Tokyo.

If you remember, Pixar also did something like this with A Bugs Life, where they added extra blooper reels to the credits in an attempt to get moviegoers to return to the theater again. Bolt is a really great film, but it suffered from being released the same week as Twilight. With the addition of this new Pixar 3D short film, Disney is hoping to recover from the first week’s slump. Also, if you haven’t seen Bolt yet, you should know that the trailer for Pixar’s Up is also attached, presented in 3D.

You can see some photos from the short film on LatinoReview, ComingSoon, and AICN.

Flashback: John Lasseter on Charlie Rose


The other day when I posted Charlie Rose’s interview with the cast and crew of Milk, I commented on how much I loved long form interviews. /Film reader Falcon D sent over a few clips of animation director turned Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief creative officer John Lasseter on the show over the years. Anyone who is a fan of Animation, Disney, or more specifically Pixar will probably be interested in checking these out. First up is an October 1996 discussion with a much younger looking Lasseter joined by a much healthier looking Steve Jobs.

After the jump is a June 2006 interview with Lasseter, who is interviewed by guest host Peter Travers.
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Cars Toons Clips

I’m not sure if anyone watched them, but Pixar aired the first of their series of Cars animated shorts aptly titled Cars Toons this week on Toon Disney (I’m not even sure if I have that channel?). Each of the three shorts that have been produced thus far feature Mater the rusty old tow truck, recounting tall tales from his earlier days. Cars was probably my least favorite of the Pixar films so far, so it might come as no surprise that I’m not super impressed by the Cars Toons. But hey, it’s Pixar, and I’m sure for every person like me that isn’t enthused, there are 100 little kids playing with little Cars toys. You can check out three clips from the three cartoons embedded after the jump. They appear to be from of an interview feature on MSN.
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