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Briefly: We’ll present this mostly without comment, because we just saw the domestic Cars 2 trailer this morning, and this UK version really doesn’t change up much at all. You might expect to to do a bit more to trumpet Michael Caine‘s presence as Finn McMissile, but I’m happy that it just allows us to realize “hey, that’s Michael Caine!”

Mostly, it opens with a list of credits from Pixar and the involved creators, just in case intended audiences don’t realize what is about to follow. Check it out after the break. I’ve also re-embedded the domestic trailer in case you missed it. Read More »

‘Cars 2′ Teaser Trailer #2

We just got full info about the story in Cars 2, which puts John Lasseter back in the driver’s seat along with co-director Brad Lewis. Now there’s a full trailer, which you can see after the break. And it is chock full of Michael Caine! Read More »

Every year, Pixar seems to outdo themselves. We all thought the beauty of Wall-E couldn’t be matched, until Up showed us its balloons. Then we all thought the first 20 minutes of Up was as emotional as animation could get, until we saw the last 20 minutes of Toy Story 3. And when it comes to commercial successes, it’s tough to beat Toy Story 3‘s title as not only Pixar’s biggest film yet, but the most successful animated film of all time.

Next up is Cars 2, which comes out June 24, and it certainly won’t have an easy road ahead of it. Co-directed by Pixar main man John Lasseter (who directed the first Cars) as well as Brad Lewis, who produced Ratatouille, all we’ve seen so far is a short teaser trailer and a bunch of concept art. Now we’ve got the first official image, poster and plot description straight from the Mouse’s mouth. Will the film live up to its Pixar predecessors? Read more about it after the break. And check back Tuesday morning for the first official trailer. Read More »

Early Buzz: Tron Legacy

Hollywood industry insider Jeff Wells has early buzz on Disney’s Tron Legacy and it doesn’t sound good, but is it even legit?
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Pixar and Disney commander John Lasseter has already directed a few shorts based in his Cars universe, and now he’s got a new one about to debut. Heavy Metal Mater is directed by Lasseter and Rob Gibbs, and will premiere on Friday on the Disney Channel. More details after the break. Read More »

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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.

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In February, ComingSoon reported that the Walt Disney Company revealed during their first quarter earnings call yesterday that Pixar’s Cars 2 has been pushed back to a December 2011 release. Disney quickly contacted us claiming that no release date change announcement was made. At the time we just assumed it was a screw up in the transcript of the conference call… But something fishy was definitely going on.

Less then a week later Blue Sky reported a rumor the John Lasseter, director of Toy Story 1 & 2, A Bug’s Life, Cars, and now the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has been spending most of his time at Pixar Animation Studios in Emmeryville, instead of his usual office in Southern California. Rumor had it that Cars 2 was having massive story problems, and that Lasseter had been brought back to Pixar to help fix the issues. At the time we had heard rumblings that he was co-directing the film, helping out Brad Lewis, who is making his directorial debut with the film. At the time it was rumored that Lasseter would not be credited as co-director on the final film. Jim Hill now reports that Disney reps have officially confirmed that Lasseter will be the credited co-director of Cars 2 when it is released in June 2011.

Now don’t jump to any conclusions. This doesn’t mean that Cars 2 is doomed. Any employee of Pixar will be the first to tell you that every movie they’ve made has been a disaster at one point, that the key to their success is reworking and reworking a project until it becomes something great. In fact, this is what happened with Ratatouille and Toy Story 2.

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Cool Stuff: Babyface Toy Story Remote Control Toy

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When Disney released Pixar’s Toy Story, they almost didn’t release a tie-in toy line. None of the toy manufactures wanted the license, so Disney ended up selling the worldwide master license to Thinkway Toys, a small Toronto-based company with a factory in China which mainly produced plastic banks in the form of film characters. Turns out, they were the only toy company that put in a real bid and could produce toys in time for the film’s release. According to The Pixar Touch, John Lasseter pressed Thinkway to produce some of Sid’s scary mutant toys, but the company was only interested in the film’s main characters Buzz Lightyear and Woody. Of course, the film was a huge success, and Thinkaway eventually released toys of almost all the Toy Story characters, including some of Sid’s mutant toys.

But with the new Toy Story 3 collection, Disney has released a remote control version of Side’s toy Babyface, the bald one-eyed dollhead attached to mechanical spider legs. I ran across a video review of the toy by Mike Mozart, in which he lashed out against the parents that have been calling this toy a total FAIL, and declared that it is a Total Epic Win. And I have to agree. And before you comment telling me I’m insane, watch the video below. I’m surprised that Disney would even release such a scary fucked up toy like Babyface, and that’s part of the reason why I think it’s awesome. And I love the detailing on the remote control, which itself, is even composed of broken doll parts and feature’s Sid’s skull logo. The toy sells for around $40 in stores (only $19.99 on Amazon). Check out the video review I mentioned above, along with more information, after the jump.

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