VOTD: New York Times Tours Pixar Animation Studios


The New York Times’ Melena Ryzik was given a behind-the-scenes look at the Pixar Animation Studios complex in Emeryville California. Hit the jump to watch the six and a half minute video tour.

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Cool Stuff: ‘Toy Story 3′ Crew T-Shirts

The people at Pixar are creative in every aspect of their productions, including the crew t-shirts. Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has released photos of all of the Toy Story 3 crew t-shirts for all the various departments who worked on the production of the film. Hit the jump to see photos of the t-shirts.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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When the Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this week, Toy Story 3 got nods for best picture, adapted screenplay, animated feature film, original song, and sound editing. Some of the /Film readers have been wondering — why was Toy Story 3 nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and not Best Original Screenplay. Is it because it is a sequel or based on preexisting story material? Find out after the jump.

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THR’s 2010 Awards Watch Animators Roundtable

It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Earlier this month they posted an one-hour discussion between screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Today we get to watch/listen to the Animators roundtable, which includes Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).

Unfortunately, unlike the screenwriters roundtable, THR has decided not to put the entire video online. Instead they have given us three clips and have a full transcript of the roundtable online only for subscribers. You can still watch over ten minutes of the roundtable in selected clips embedded after the jump.
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Toy Story 3 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 2nd 2010 and Disney has given us an exclusive bonus clip from the release. The clip is entitled “Creating Spanish Buzz” from the bonus featurette Toys! It features animator Carlos Baena (an awesome guy who I’ve met previously, who in addition to working at Pixar is an animation mentor for aspiring animators) discussing the animation of Buzz in Spanish mode after he is reset at Sunnyside Daycare. There’s footage from the film of Buzz doing his flamingo dance, Carlos filming himself performing some of the poses and gestures for reference (which is quite funny, actually), director Lee Unkrich talking about Spanish Buzz, and footage from the animation test with Spanish Buzz and Jessie dancing. Watch the clip now embedded after the jump.
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If you read /Film regularly, you know my love for long form interviews where filmmakers are allowed to go deeper into the art of storytelling and moviemaking. This week Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and screenwriter Michael Arndt appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The 37-minute interview delves into a bunch of interesting subjects. For example, here is the story from Unkrich’s life which inspired the story in the film:

Years ago, my wife Laura and I were moving from one apartment to another and packing everything up. And about a month after we moved to our new place, Laura asked me if I’d seen her beloved stuffed animals, her childhood stuffed animals. And I said: What box were they in? And she said, well, they weren’t in a box. They were in a garbage bag. And my blood instantly ran ice cold because I realized exactly what had happened: I had thrown all of her stuffed animals away in the dumpster behind our building. So I feel terrible to this day that that happened, but I do hope that by immortalizing that moment in the movie, that they somehow have been immortalized themselves.

Arndt gives us a peek into the story development process, admitting that he turned in 60 drafts of the scene where the toys discuss being abandoned.

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