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!
Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
A new Pixar short in the Cars Toon series will premiere on the Disney Channel on July 30th at 9:30pm. The latest of Mater’s tall tales is titled Monster Truck Mater. More information after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
It had to happen eventually. Pixar has flirted with the idea of direct to DVD sequels in the past — notably with Toy Story 2 — and as the studio veers more overtly towards sequels that leverage proven characters (the Toy Story films, Cars 2, Monsters Inc. 2) it is probably inevitable that we’d see a direct to DVD Pixar project.
Reportedly, the first one to actually happen could be Planes, which is intended as a spin-off from Cars. Read More »
Pixar loves to hide Easter eggs in their films, little references to movies and characters from the animation studio’s past and future. two years ago we put together a compilation of WALL-E easter eggs, and last year we published a listing of easter eggs in Up, so we decided to do the same thing for Pixar’s latest film, Toy Story 3. We’ve found over 60 easter eggs and bits of fun trivia, our most extensive easter egg feature to date!
If you haven’t seen the film, be warned that this article references and scenes from the film which may be considered spoilers. I’ve tried to keep plot details out of this or vague. All of the screenshots were compiled through trailers, commercials and the batch of clips that Pixar has released to promote the movie (I’m sure there are many more easter eggs hidden in the 80% of the movie not online). Enjoy!
Posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Chilean-based graphic designer Juan Pablo Bravo put together an awesome infographic showing “100 pixar characters” with their estimated sizes. While it is not perfect (For example, I think Flick from A Bug’s Life is a few times bigger than a normal ant), the graphic gives you a good idea of how most of the Pixar characters measure up.
Bravo created this piece of awesomeness without the help/assistance/encouragement of Pixar, as a personal exercise. It features characters from all of Pixar’s productions — both the short films and the feature films. It even features some of the new toys from the yet-to-be-released Toy Story 3. Check out the full poster after the jump. Click on the image to enlarge.
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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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.
Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2009 by Steve Mason
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
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.