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Tomorrow Disney kicks off its own private fan/press event, D23, which takes place every two years. There will be many new materials revealed from a variety of Disney projects, from Frozen and Big Hero 6 to the Pixar films The Good DinosaurInside/Out from Up director Pete Docter, and Finding Dory from Andrew Stanton. The new Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse will be shown off, and then on Saturday there’ll probably be something from that little Star Wars project.

John Lasseter is talking about the animated side of Disney today in advance of the presentations tomorrow, and you can get some of his big statements below. Read More »

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Some Pixar fans have noticed that the set-up of Monsters University is inconsistant with the backstory presented in Monsters Inc.. How could Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan have met for the first time in college when there is a line in Monsters Inc about the duo knowing each other in the fourth grade? While I was visiting Pixar a couple weeks back, someone asked Monsters University director Dan Scanlon about this continuity error during a roundtable interview. Find out the story of how and why this happened, after the jump.

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With Disney’s announcement earlier today of a Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, set for 2015, it’s extremely interesting that they’d also choose today release a brand new glimpse of Planes. The Dory reveal started a lot of conversation, both on this site and Twitter, about Pixar’s recent penchant for sequels. Planes isn’t a sequel, nor is it a Pixar film, but many fans are going to assume both things when it’s released this Summer. So let’s set the record straight.

Planes is a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars, created by Disney Toons Studios. They’re the company that primarily does Direct-To-DVD films, and this film was originally intended as a video-only release. When John Lasseter (who created and directed both Cars films) got his hands on Planes, he decided it was bigger than that and it’ll get a full theatrical release August 9 under the Disney banner.

What you’ll see below is your first footage from the finished film, which recently announced Dane Cook as the main voice. It looks…incredibly exciting. Visually impressive, lots of speed and action. But it does bring up the issue of Disney going back to the well time and again.

Check out the footage and continue the discussion below. Read More »

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Among Pixar and Disney fans, many regard the Cars movies with a certain degree of apathy. Generally, the sense is that the first movie is okay, the second movie is slightly less okay, and neither ranks anywhere near the best Disney or Pixar has done. However, we also know how much money the franchise makes for the company, thanks to its younger fans and merchandising. We know movies like Cars allow Disney and Pixar to make riskier, interesting films.

I’ll tell you, though. If you’ve been to Disneyland in the last year and visited their latest area, Cars Land, it’ll make you appreciate the movie on a whole new level. In the park, fans are transported to the center of Radiator Springs complete with all the characters and you gain a whole new level respect for the work John Lasseter and his crew put into Cars and Cars 2.

While we have yet to hear any rumblings of a Cars 3, Disney does continue to make short films in the franchise and three new Tales From Radiator Springs have just been released. Directed by Jeremy Lasky, one features Lightning McQueen getting Hiccups, the next is about the fire engine Red getting Bugged and the third shows Guido with a Spinning sign. Check them out below. Read More »

Grownup fans will argue til the cows come home about which Pixar movie is the best (it’s Ratatouille, FYI), but when it comes to the studio’s worst film, there’s a strong consensus that Cars 2 is the studio’s low point. Even the original Cars was beloved more by kids than their parents, and the sequel has the dubious distinction of being the first Pixar movie to ever get a “Rotten” critical score.

Nevertheless, the franchise’s success with the under-12 set can’t be ignored, and so Disney announced a few years ago that a spinoff titled Planes was in the works. (Yes, I mean Disney, not Pixar.) The feature was originally slated to go straight to DVD in the fall of 2013, but now the studio’s changing course with a planned theatrical release next summer. More after the jump.

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Very little is known about Pixar’s upcoming film centered on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Originally, all we were told is it would be helmed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and be released in, or after, 2015. Next, the director revealed the film would explore the Mexican culture’s unique, celebratory view of death. That got many fans wondering how death, even in a positive light, could fit in a family friendly animated Pixar film.

Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Office John Lasseter has now pulled the curtain back just a little bit more. In a new interview he said that the film is a “really a fantastic story of family.” Read more after the jump. Read More »

In the Summer of 1994, while deep in production on their first feature film Toy Story, the key Pixar creatives (including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Joe Ranft) had a now famous lunch in a diner called Hidden City Cafe in Point Richmond. During this lunch meeting they ended up brainstorming the ideas that eventually became the films A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and WALL-E. The story has become mythical, a part of film animation legend and a cornerstone moment in Pixar’s history. It was even featured in the teaser trailer for Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E.

Sadly, the cafe has closed its doors after over 20 years of service, with unconfirmed reports that it was shut down for rats (Ratatouille anyone?).
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For Disney and Pixar fans, if there’s one person they’d love to talk to about future projects, it’s John Lasseter. The Chief Creative Officer has his finger in everything at both companies, offering his helpful criticism and suggestions to even the smallest projects. Of course, he’s now out stumping for Brave, Pixar’s latest film, but as is usually the case, reporters can’t resist asking about other upcoming projects.

We currently know of four Pixar films in development: Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur and then untitled films about the human mind and Día de los Muertos. In a new interview, Lasseter himself offered detailed pitches on The Good Dinosaur and the human mind film, directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, respectively.

In other Pixar news, two new Toy Story TV specials will reportedly air in 2013 and 2014 and three more Toy Story Toons are on the way. Read about this all below. Read More »

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