Outside of naming a certain director for a certain sequel taking place in a galaxy far, far away, I can’t think of a better way for Disney to kick off 2013 than looking ahead to three upcoming Pixar films. This year will bring the prequel Monsters University, but we already know the three films on Pixar’s slate after that. 2014 will bring Bob Peterson‘s The Good Dinosaur, 2015 will bring Pete Docter‘s inside the mind movie, possibly called The Inside Out, and then Lee Unkrich will release his latest film, a still untitled movie about a family that takes place on the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Concept art from all three of those films has just been revealed in the form of a Pixar holiday card and the images are our first real look at work from any of the films. Check it out below. Read More »

From the moment Disney announced its intentions to create a new Star Wars trilogy, one of the big questions has been which filmmaker might get a crack at the iconic franchise. But the directors themselves are fans, too, and even as we’ve been arguing which of them should get the job, many of them are just going through the same emotions we are — surprise, concern, excitement. Hit the jump read their thoughts.

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Here’s a good bit of trivia appropriate for Halloween: as some people may know, Stanley Kubrick did not create the photo seen at the very end of The Shining. Given the general attention to detail lavished by the director upon his projects, one would assume that the photo was crafted expressly for the film. But the photo was, for the most part, actually a picture from 1923, with Jack Nicholson‘s head added.

A page of a photo retouching book published in 1985 now reveals the original image, before Nicholson was comped in, and on the left side of the image above you can see the original, unknown man who became the stand-in for Nicholson’s afterlife image. Read More »

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 »

Last month at CinemaCon Pixar revealed that Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and producer Darla K. Anderson are working on “a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.”

There hasn’t been any additional info on the project until now. And while we still don’t have many details, a new article gives us a little more info on the Pixar project we can expect to see sometime after 2015. Read More »

Selling a 3D movie through 2D technology (like our computer screens) always presents a bit of a challenge, but even more so when it’s a 3D converted movie of a 2D film that first came out nine years ago. After all, there’s no new dialogue or footage to pick over, and little insight to be gained by watching a new cut of the trailer.

Fortunately, in the case of Pixar’s re-release of Finding Nemo, the tale is already so charming in any number of dimensions that it’s still a treat to watch Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) navigating the wild waters, even if we’ve seen it all before. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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At the Disney presentation at CinemaCon 2012, Pixar announced a new project: Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson are working on “a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.”

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Those who are fascinated by the development process at Pixar should now be paying attention to the social media presence of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich. The filmmaker has embraced social media in the past year or more, and now he is using it to open a small window on the creation of his next film.

Last Thursday Unkrich tweeted, “tomorrow is a big day that may determine the next four years of my life. Wish me luck.” Pete surmised that the director was pitching a new film to Pixar. And now it looks like that film, whatever it may be, has begun. Read More »

With three uber-successful features over almost twenty-years, Toy Story and its characters have become an instantly recognizable part of popular culture. It’s hard to even hear the words “Toy” or “Story” without thinking of Woody, Buzz and the gang. Many Pixar fans know that “Toy Story” wasn’t always the title of the film, though. Originally, it was just the working title and Pixar was so stumped as to what to call the 1995 original, they posed the question to the entire company. Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3, co-director of Toy Story 2 and editor of Toy Story, took to Twitter to reveal some of the good – and bad – titles that could have described the world we’ve come to know as Toy Story. Read them after the jump. Read More »

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Pixar’s Lee Unkrich, who won an Oscar this year for Toy Story 3, has been promising that he would post an ’embarrassing video’ if his Twitter account hit one hundred thousand followers. That milestone was passed last night, and today he made good on his promise. What is the video? His appearance on a 1987 episode of Win, Lose or Draw. Here’s to humble beginnings! Read More »