VOTD: ‘25 Years of Pixar’

We’ve featured a handful of director montages here on /Film recently, and while this “25 Years of Pixar” compilation isn’t quite that, it’s actually pretty similar. In terms of look, tone, and quality, I’d say Pixar is as consistent as many directors.

For the video, NkMcDonalds pulled scenes from works spanning over decades — from ’80s shorts to this year’s Cars 2. If you like Pixar as much as I do, it’ll definitely make you smile and it might even make you tear up a little tiny bit. Watch it after the jump.

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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 30 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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Pixar movies are great on their own, so the fact that each begins with equally exciting short is merely icing on the cake. The Pixar shorts are legendary, award-winning and nowadays, almost as anticipated as the features themselves. Rumor has it that Cars 2 will have a Toy Story themed short called Hawaii, starring Barbie and Ken, in front of it, but what about the Pixar films coming out in subsequent years? Kevin Reher, a producer of Day & Night, which was in front of Toy Story 3, dropped a few hints in a recent interview. Read his quotes 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

Day & Night

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 »

Toy Story 3

Earlier today I had the opportunity to watch an early unfinished cut of Lee Unkrich‘s Toy Story 3 and Teddy Newton‘s Pixar short film Day & Night. Due to the uncompleted nature of the feature film, we’ve been asked not to give a full formal review. Instead I’ve recorded a short spoiler-free video blog with Steve from Collider, embedded after the jump. I’ve also put some thoughts in type, after the jump.
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Pixar’s Day & Night: Is it 2D or 3D?

Day & Night

Last week, Walt Disney Pictures released the first photo, a promo title treatment, for Pixar’s next short film, Day & Night, directed by Teddy Newton. The photo, seen above, featured two characters, one filled with day, the other filled with night. At the time we speculated that the short might be a 2D animated film, and not the computer animated short film we’re use to from Pixar. And now people within Pixar are calling it “unlike anything Pixar has produced before.” What does that mean? Is it 2D or 3D? Details after the jump.

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