Tin Toy LEGO

Today audiences know Pixar Animation for delivering stunning feature length computer animated movies. But before they were able to complete the incredible feat that was Toy Story, they created computer animated shorts in the late 1980s.

One of their earliest shorts was Tin Toy, a predecessor to Toy Story in more ways than one, and one Pixar fan has given the main character in the film a building block makeover. Now Master builder and Flickr user Koen has recreated Tinny, a tin toy of a one-man band, in LEGO form, and it’s a very well-done version of the toy that captures the simplicity of the early animated short and brings him into the real world.

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The Good Dinosaur trailer

So far we’ve seen two different trailers for Pixar Animation’s second film of 2015, The Good Dinosaur. And while we’ve seen some stunning animation and have a basic idea of the story about a young apatosaurus named Arlo befriending a feral young boy in the wild, we’ve only heard one word of dialogue from the movie.

But that changes today in a quick new The Good Dinosaur trailer from overseas. This one has Spanish voiceover and bumpers, but it doesn’t make the trailer harder to follow because all the dialogue is in English, and it includes more lines from Raymond Ochoa as Arlo, as well as the first dialogue from Sam Elliott as the gruff, intimidating tyrannosaurus rex named Butch and more. Read More »

Pixar Animation tour video

If you’re a lover of animation, then one of the places you’re likely dying to visit is Pixar Animation Studios. Unlike most major production companies, Pixar is nowhere near what people regard as Hollywood. Instead, the Pixar campus is situated far north, in Emeryville, California. And today you can get an idea of what it’s like to be on Pixar’s big, fun campus.

Over the weekend, Disney fan Keith Lapinig had the opportunity to take a private tour of Pixar’s campus, and thankfully, he brought a camera with him so that those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be there can still check it out. So if you’ve got 15 extra minutes, watch the Pixar Animation tour video below! Read More »

The Good Dinosaur D23 Expo

Pixar Animation had plenty to show off at this weekend’s D23 Expo, and one of the projects we’ll get to see sooner than later (this November actually) is The Good Dinosaur. While we’ve already seen a bit of the lead character Arlo and his best friend Spot, Pixar unveiled a first look at three other key characters today. Meet the Good Dinosaur T-Rexes after the jump.

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Inside Out Inception trailer mash-up

Hopefully by now you’ve met the voices inside your head by way of Pixar’s wonderful Inside Out. It’s a touching, funny, wonderful animated tale that will make you have all the feels.

But now filmmaker Nelson Carvajal has given Inside Out a new feeling (no pun intended) by mashing it up with the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Pixar’s emotional adventure gets a little more dramatic by being set to Zack Hemsey’s “Mind Heist” track, making the proceedings that occur in Riley’s mind all the more urgent.

Watch the Inside Out Inception trailer mash-up after the jump! Read More »

Pixar Depression

If you’ve seen Pixar‘s latest film Inside Out, then you likely felt a swell of all the feels a few times throughout the movie. And while it’s easy for some of us to get caught up in the emotions of the film (both as feelings and as characters scrambling on the big screen), there are those who may not be as moved by the struggles 11-year old Riley has in the movie.

A clever new video has surfaced online called Pixar Depression, presented as if it were a prescription commercial for some kind of anti-depressant. In reality, what it does is poke fun at the hardships presented in the movie by pointing out that Riley just has a case of first world problems. Watch Pixar Depression after the jump! Read More »

Sound of Inside Out

While there’s plenty of sound design, editing and recording that has to be done for live-action movies, the job seems a little more difficult when it comes to feature-length animated films. Every single sound you hear has to be manufactured for the film. And that job gets exponentially harder when you have to give sound to a location you’ve thought about, but have never been to, like the inside of an 11-year old girl’s mind.

That’s the challenge that faced director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera and supervising sound editor Shannon Mills from Skywalker Sound with Pixar’s latest film Inside Out. And now SoundWorks Collection dives into how the sounds of the movie were created, and as you would expect, it’s very fascinating. Learn about the sound of Inside Out after the jump! Read More »

Up house demolished

The first 10 minutes of Pixar Animation‘s movie Up are enough to make anyone cry, no matter what age or how tough you are. And now we have another potentially sad story with links to the Pixar movie

You might remember back in 2006 there was the real-life story of an old woman named Edith Macefield who refused a $1 million offer for her 1,000-square-foot house. An investment company was developing a 131,000-square-foot retail center in the area and wanted to tear down her house to use the entire area for their building. But since she refused to sell, they built the entire building around her house (as seen above). But now that house may end up being demolished anyway. Find out if we’ll see the Up house demolished after the jump. Read More »

Inside Out easter eggs

We hope you’ve had time to see Pixar Animation‘s latest triumph, Inside Out, in theaters. It’s one of the best movies of the year so far, and there’s a good chance it will make several year-end lists for being one of the best of 2015 overall.

And like every Pixar movie, it’s ripe with easter eggs referencing all of the animation studio’s movies that came before it. Some are hard to spot, others are pretty easy to see. And we run through as many of them as we can below. Check out all the Inside Out easter eggs after the jump! Read More »

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VOTD: How to Get a Job at Pixar Animation

how to get a job at pixar

If you saw Pixar’s Inside Out this past weekend and you’re an aspiring animator, then you might be wondering just how you can go about getting a job at one of the best animation studios in history. And it just so happens that we have a good resource with some helpful advice.

A couple years ago, back when Monsters University was heading to theaters, director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae shared some helpful advice for anyone with a passion for animation and a desire to work with the people who made Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, WALL-E and many more of the best animated films of the past 20 years.

We never posted this video before, but with Inside Out wowing audiences, we figured there are plenty of people out there who would still find this valuable. Find out how to get a job at Pixar after the jump! Read More »