Pixar Short Purl

Last month, we learned about Pixar’s new SparkShorts program. The animation initiative aims to give up-and-coming storytellers the spotlight and allows them to experiment with new storytelling techniques and production workflows. And the first Pixar SparkShorts project has just debuted online for everyone to see.

Purl is directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan. It follows an enthusiastic ball of yarn named Purl who starts working at a fast-paced, high energy start-up called B.R.O. Capital. Needless to say, she doesn’t exactly fit in. So how far is Purl willing to go in order to feel accepted? Watch the Pixar Short Purl to find out. Read More »

Pixarpalooza

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out about Pixarpalooza, an in-house rock concert featuring a ton of Pixar Animation studio’s employees. Plus, learn about the crane camera expertly utilized in Saturday Night Live, and Jurassic World franchise star Bryce Dallas Howard answers the web’s most searched questions about her. Read More »

How Pixar Makes Visual Effects

Pixar Animation is best known for creating heartwarming stories featuring memorable characters and stunning computer animation that changed the medium forever beginning with Toy Story all the way back in 1995. But before that, Pixar was already influencing cinema in another way.

Through the process of visual effects, Pixar has had a massive impact on blockbusters and the process of making the unbelievable seem believable every single year. In fact, Pixar is responsible for making 27 of the last 30 Oscar winners in Best Visual Effects possible, and it’s all thanks to a piece of software called RenderMan. Read More »

Pixar Fireplace

Around the holidays, families love getting cozy around the fireplace, whether they’re roasting chestnuts or not. However, there are some families who just don’t have a fireplace. Thankfully, our advanced technology and readily available access to streaming video has made life without a fireplace not so terrible because we can have a video loop of a toasty fireplace playing in our living rooms. And this year, Disney has delivered a special Pixar fireplace featuring stockings inspired by some of their beloved characters from WALL-E, Toy Story and Monsters Inc.

Check out the Pixar fireplace below and cue it up for the holiday season. Read More »

Toy Story 4 poster

The most recent teaser for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 featured new characters voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele hanging out at a carnival, and now a newly-released poster gives us more clues to the highly-anticipated sequel’s plot. Check it out below. Read More »

 Pixar Short Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a new video from Pixar Animation dives into Easter eggs and fun facts about their third volume collection of short films. Plus, Kelly Clarkson does an incredible new rendition of a tune from The Greatest Showman, and Jonah Hill breaks down the characters he’s best known for on the big screen throughout his career. Read More »

John Lasseter Comeback

It’s been nearly a year since John Lasseter announced that he would be taking a leave of absence from Pixar Animation as a way of getting ahead of any complaints about possible sexual misconduct. In reports that followed, Lasseter was accused by several Pixar employees of “grabbing, kissing, and making comments about physical attributes.” Since then, it was announced that Lasseter would not be returning to work at Disney, and his last day would be at the end of the year.

Now that John Lasseter’s work at Disney is officially ending, word on the street is that he’s out looking for a new job elsewhere in Hollywood. This raises questions about how (or rather if) the industry should support or allow these kind of comebacks from disgraced individuals who have been accused of sexual misconduct, especially if it’s happened on more than one occasion. Read More »

Halloween at Pixar

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how the employees celebrate Halloween at Pixar and get jealous that your company isn’t nearly as cool. Plus, a video essay explores what’s so great about Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and comedy duo The Merkins give a familiar Backstreet Boys tune a movie slasher music video makeover. Read More »

BoxLunch Toy Story Land Tour

Since we’re big theme park buffs here at /Film, we’re all over the opening of Toy Story Land on June 30 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The new theme park section recreates Andy’s toy-filled backyard from Toy Story, featuring all of his favorite toys: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of the gang. And the pop culture novelty shop BoxLunch is celebrating the opening of Toy Story Land with a special tour and exclusive merchandise. Read More »

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Incredibles 2 Vintage Toy Commercials

Tickets for Incredibles 2 are already on sale, complete with some bonuses that you can get exclusively from the likes of Fandango, Regal Cinemas, and Alamo Drafthouse. There’s more information on that over here, but in the meantime, Pixar has revealed a batch of vintage toy commercials focusing on some of the animated superheroes returning to the big screen this summer.

The Incredibles 2 vintage toy commercials highlight Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone, and they feature kids getting a kick out of playing with the various pieces of merchandise associated with each hero. Plus, all three of them get their own theme songs with some cool animation reminiscent of the minimalist art style that has come to be associated with The Incredibles. Read More »