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One of the cool exhibits hidden inside the animation building in Disneyland’s California Adventure is a zoetrope created by Pixar (I think the zoetrope might also be on display at some of “The Art of Pixar” museum exhibits). I’ve seen it many times in person, and it’s a magical thing to see the toys from Toy Story come to life in front of your eyes. It’s also amazing to see this up close and look at all the various animations going on at the same time, and how they play off each other.
A video of the zoetrope has been making its way around the web this week, so I thought I’d share it. The video comes from one of Pixar’s many dvd/blu-ray releases, and features the animators and directors from the studio explaining how the zoetrope works, and how Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli inspired John Lassetter to create it. Hit the jump for the video.
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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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Well, ‘leaked’ may be the wrong word here, because the source for info on the new Toy Story short comes from Amazon. The site is listing a new kids’ book, Play-cation!, which will be published in August, and the description offers up what seems to be the plot of the new short that is expected to play with Cars 2. Read it after the break. Read More »
The United States Postal Service announced today that they will release a series of Pixar image stamps in 2011.
Based on that success, the Postal Service was eager to work with the Walt Disney Company again, choosing to explore the Disney*Pixar films, which offer exciting, contemporary characters and strong themes involving family and friends. This pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and the robot WALL*E from WALL*E (2008). Since the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was introduced in 2001, all seven Pixar films released since that time have been nominated and five of the seven have won, including Ratatouille, WALL*E and Up.
I’ll need to buy some of these for my rare snail mail usage. The 2011 Disney/Pixar Send a Hello stamps will be released on August 19th 2011.
Since we’ve been doing top 10 movies of the year lists, I thought it was a good time to look at Internet Movie Database’s top 10 highest rated movies of 2010. While it is very easy to discount any of these lists (or any best of list in general), and while it might be easy for many of you to just write off the user ratings on IMDb as fanboy voting, it’s definitely the largest sampling of movie-going opinion that exists today. Hit the jump to check out the list.
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Mature themes are one of the main components that separate Pixar films from most of the other animation that comes out today. In Toy Story 3, it was leaving your past behind, in Up it was loss of a loved one and in WALL-E, it was eternal loneliness. Each of those movies made adults explore their own emotions while simultaneously providing a fun, simple story for the kids to enjoy. Yet even at their darkest, Pixar films are still PG. They have to be. They’re Disney films and that means family friendly.
When you actually think about it, though, Pixar characters lend themselves to much more explicit ratings than the PG’s they’ve been labeled with. WALL-E is a robot that survives all alone on a planet of junk, Buzz Lightyear is a space ranger fighting aliens all across the galaxy and Kevin is one of the last of its species, protecting its family. Those are all high-concept, R-rated action ideas if I’ve ever heard them. Still, it’s slightly off-putting – and cool – to see these characters reimagined as bad ass action heroes. You see a glimpse of Buzz above, but check out more after the jump. Read More »
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Disney is constructing Toy Story-themed lands in the Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong resorts. Pixar gives us a behind the scenes preview of these new theme park additions on the Toy Story 3 DVD/Blu-ray. Why is it that France and China get a Toy Story Land while California is stuck with A Bug’s Life Land and Cars Land? You can watch the featurette now embedded from MTV after the jump.
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