Finding Dory

Most of the Pixar films have a co-director, yet most everyone who watches a Pixar movie probably has no idea what the co-director does. So while I was doing a long-lead press day for Pixar’s upcoming sequel Finding Dory, I decided to ask director Andrew Stanton to help explain how his co-director Angus MacLane contributes to the overall film.

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Finding Dory opens in theaters this summer, and we all know what that means: a new Pixar short film is on the way. The company’s latest short, Piper, follows a baby sandpiper that must conquer its fear of the water in order to eat. Alan Barillaro directed Piper, which he was inspired to make after witnessing thousands of birds flying away from waves, only to then return to the ocean to eat.

Below, Barillaro discusses his experience of making the Pixar short Piper.

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Zootopia Documentary

Disney’s Zootopia is already one of the most successful films of the year. The film has raked in over $786 million worldwide and it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t gone to see it yet, you’re missing out on one of Disney’s best animated films. Personally, I even think it’s better than Frozen, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6.

If you’ve already seen Zootopia, then you might want to check out a fantastic 45-minute documentary that takes you behind the scenes, showing how the movie evolved during the two years of production that a team from Fusion spent at Walt Disney Animation studios. It’s a thorough and fascinating look at how an animated movie is made and how Zootopia changed during that process.

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Zootopia - Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (2)

Earlier this week we told you how Zootopia was going to be a different movie, originally following Jason Bateman’s character Nick Wilde and featuring an more-in-your-face message. Well you might be surprised that the original idea for Zootopia was a James Bond parody featuring talking animals. How the that idea evolve into whats now on the screen? Read my exclusive interview with directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore and discover how a story like this evolves within the Disney Animation Studios creative process.

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The Good Dinosaur

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with a bunch of the creatives behind the film.

After the jump you will find my interview with director Peter Sohn, who I’ve talked to a few times over the years and seems like a great and talented guy. In the interview, Pete talks about some of his favorite movies he recommends to friends, the evolution of the project over the years, how he got involved as a director, his vision behind the stark contrast between the beautiful, almost photo realistic backgrounds and the cartoony characters, a scene from the film that I felt was a homage to Jaws, the 1400 kid search for the main star of this film, how directing the voice actors for the English version of Miyazaki’s Ponyo helped him in making this film, and find out who directs Peter Sohn when he performs in his own film. All this and more in our Peter Sohn Good Dinosaur interview, after the jump.

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Toy Story 4 D23

John Lasseter took the stage (again) during Pixar’s portion of the animation panel at the D23 Expo 2015 to talk about Toy Story 4, which has been revealed to be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, inspired by Lasseter’s own relationship with his wife.

Lasseter called Toy Story 3 “a perfect story completion,” but the Pixar brain trust “made a pinky promise never to make another one unless they had a story that was worth it.” This idea came up in a meeting for a different movie, leading to Lasseter and Andrew Stanton privately working on this idea for a while. With a treatment eventually written by Stanton, they took it to Pixar. The Toy Story 4 D23 presentation revealed a couple other details, which we have below. Read More »

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D23 Expo 2015 Schedule

Walt Disney Studios has released a list of their presentation and show floor line-up, which will include exclusive looks at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 EXPO 2015, which will take place August 14th-16th 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The highlights include a Friday presentation hosted by John Lasseter on the upcoming films from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, a saturday morning presentation hosted by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn called “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios” which yes will include Star WarsFrozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! and much more. Read the full D23 Expo 2015 press release after the jump.

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Sanjay's Super Team

The next computer animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios is Sanjay’s Super Team, which will be attached to The Good Dinosaur when that feature hits theaters on November 25th 2015.

Thursday at Comic Con, Pixar held a presentation called The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short Sanjay’s Super Team, which also served as the North American premiere of the short. After the jump you can find out what I thought about the film, and the backstory behind the film, which made me experience Sanjay’s Super Team on a level different from other shorts.

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Pixar D23 Expo 2015 Schedule

Disney has made some more announcements for the D23 Expo 2015. This time the announcements involve Pixar’s presence at the Disney fan convention, which includes its first ever D23 Expo floor booth, a bunch of panel presentations and a One-of-a-Kind John Lasseter Hawaiian-Shirt Exhibit. Find out all the details in the Pixar D23 Expo 2015 press release, after the jump.

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