In the Summer of 1994, while deep in production on their first feature film Toy Story, the key Pixar creatives (including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Joe Ranft) had a now famous lunch in a diner called Hidden City Cafe in Point Richmond. During this lunch meeting they ended up brainstorming the ideas that eventually became the films A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and WALL-E. The story has become mythical, a part of film animation legend and a cornerstone moment in Pixar’s history. It was even featured in the teaser trailer for Andrew Stanton‘s WALL-E.
Sadly, the cafe has closed its doors after over 20 years of service, with unconfirmed reports that it was shut down for rats (Ratatouille anyone?).
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For Disney and Pixar fans, if there’s one person they’d love to talk to about future projects, it’s John Lasseter. The Chief Creative Officer has his finger in everything at both companies, offering his helpful criticism and suggestions to even the smallest projects. Of course, he’s now out stumping for Brave, Pixar’s latest film, but as is usually the case, reporters can’t resist asking about other upcoming projects.
We currently know of four Pixar films in development: Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur and then untitled films about the human mind and Día de los Muertos. In a new interview, Lasseter himself offered detailed pitches on The Good Dinosaur and the human mind film, directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, respectively.
In other Pixar news, two new Toy Story TV specials will reportedly air in 2013 and 2014 and three more Toy Story Toons are on the way. Read about this all below. Read More »
Back in March, I spoke to the Mondo guys who said they had one more Pixar poster to make. It’s now been revealed. Not surprisingly, it’s Toy Story by Tom Whalen. And, not surprisingly, it’s gorgeous. The poster goes on sale at a random time on Thursday May 10. Check out the full image, the variant, find out about a screening and well as links to 7 (?!) other new Mondo posters after the jump. Read More »
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 »
The Pixar movies have spawned a multi-billion dollar merchandising bonanza. And as kids know, in toy form these characters aren’t limited to playing their specific roles from the movies. Want some of the Cars to have different paint jobs and guns? That can happen. Want the Monsters Inc. monsters to be cuddly and cute instead of scary? That’s possible too. And if you want Rex and Woody to join Buzz Lightyear in an outer space adventure, putting them in spacesuits is completely legitimate.
Mattel is releasing a new line of Toy Story toys called Toy Story: Space Mission and to help with promotion, they’ve teamed up with Disney to make an official stop motion short film using the new toys. Watch Buzz, Woody and Rex take on Zurg after the jump. 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 »
The Toy Story characters are coming back to the big screen later this year. In June, Buzz, Woody and the gang helped Ken and Barbie go on a Hawaiian Vacation before Cars 2, and they’ll return on November 23 in in the next Toy Story Toon called Small Fry, which will play before The Muppets. It’ll be directed by Angus MacLane and, after the jump, you can read the newly revealed plot description. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
For the past seven months, Kees van Dijkhuizen‘s been releasing tribute videos for his yearlong “[the films of]” project, each showcasing the work of a different director via a montage, and we at /Film have been with him since the beginning. For his newest installment, however, van Dijkhuizen chose to go a slightly different route: Rather than select one auteur to focus on, he’s chosen an entire company. Watch “[the films of] Pixar Animation Studios” after the jump.
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