Add another mystery Pixar project to the pile. Derek Connolly, the writer of the indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, has been revealed to be writing a mystery Pixar script for Teddy Newton, the director of the Oscar-nominated short film Day & Night, which played before Toy Story 3.

We know Pixar has at least four films at different stages of development, none of which are this project. There’s 2013′s Monsters University, 2014′s The Good Dinosaur, 2015′s Untitled Pete Docter Brain movie and the undated Lee Unkrich Day of the Dead movie. It’s also widely known, but unconfirmed from the studio, that Andrew Stanton is working on Finding Nemo 2, and a recent Disney press release dated an untitled Pixar film for November 2015. Timing-wise, that’s unlikely to be Connolly’s film; more likely it is Unkrich’s or something else.

Regardless, we now know of a new Pixar film in the works. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Chances are you saw the new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises and didn’t catch Robin the boy wonder or a reference back to the very beginning of the trilogy: Batman Begins. And you probably also saw Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX but somehow missed the hidden Pixar easter eggs that Ratatouille/The Incredibles director Brad Bird hid within the film. Aren’t you glad we’re here to point them out to you? Find the easer eggs, after the jump.

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First Look: New Toy Story Short ‘Small Fry’

The new Toy Story short, Small Fry, is set to premiere in a couple weeks in front of The Muppets, and that’s the first still from the new Pixar short, above. In Small Fry, Pixar director Teddy Newton voices a miniature version of Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), who replaces the full-size one. Some story info is after the break. Read More »

Awards season is definitely upon us, with the Gotham awards and Independent Spirit nominations kicking things off. Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist of ten animated and live-action shorts that will be considered for Oscar nominations. Three to five nominees will be selected from each category, and the nominations will be announced along with all the other Oscar nominations on January 25 2011.

Check out the full list of c0ontenders after the break. The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on February 27, 2011, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Read More »

Pixar’s Day & Night Easter Egg

In June we posted a huge compilation of easter eggs which could be found in Pixar’s latest feature film Toy Story 3. But what about Teddy Newton‘s awesome short film Day & Night. Did you catch the reference to one of Walt Disney’s classic animated films? No? Hit the jump to find out.

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Day & Night is the new Pixar short film that will run in front of Toy Story 3. We’ve posted a couple of items about the film in the past, and briefly described the way it blends 2D and 3D animation to depict the meeting between two characters, Night and Day. Now there’s a behind the scenes clip that offers up a few fluffy quotes, but also shows clips from the short. Read More »

Exclusive Clip: Pixar’s Day & Night

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Walt Disney Pictures has given us an exclusive clip from Pixar’s next short film, Day & Night, directed by Teddy Newton.

The short, which will be attached to Toy Story 3, features two characters, one filled with day, the other filled with night. While the “inside” of the characters is computer animated, the Day & Night characters themselves are 2D, hand drawn. In Digital Disney 3D, the characters act as a window into a 3D world… its very cool.

You can see what I mean in the exclusive clip after the jump. Don’t worry about spoilers, as the clip is short enough not to give anything away — just a good sample of what to expect.

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For the past couple months, we’ve been speculating about the nature of Day & Night, the new Pixar short film that will be attached to prints of Toy Story 3. We saw one still not long ago that made the film look like a 2D affair, with a real visual callback to some of the wackier 2D animated shorts of the ’60s and early ’70s.

But quotes from Pixar said the characters would be hand-drawn, with CGI images inside. The short was also said to be “unlike anything Pixar has produced before.” Now there is a new image that reflects that, and makes the film look like a very interesting combination of 2D and 3D animation. Read More »

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