Kitbull

Pixar has released another short film from their SparkShorts program, and it’s extra special, because it’s hand-drawn. While the studio is known for their pioneering digital animation, their latest short – Kitbull – is entirely hand drawn short. Watch the full Kitbull short below, along with a making-of featurette and an introduction to the filmmakers.

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Lee Unkrich leaving Pixar

Lee Unkrich, who directed Toy Story 3 and Coco, and worked on Monsters, Inc.Finding Nemo, and more, is parting ways with Pixar after 25 years. Unkrich has been with the studio since they started working on their first feature film, Toy Story. His departure surely signifies a major shift behind-the-scenes at Pixar. More on Lee Unkrich leaving Pixar below.

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Purl

The first look at Purl, the latest from from Pixar’s experimental short film program, is here. Pixar previously announced they would begin releasing experimental short films, and kicked things off with Smash and Grab, directed by Brian Larsen. Now Kristen Lester‘s Purl is next. See the first images from Purl below.

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John Lasseter's Replacements

It’s official: Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are replacing John Lasseter at Disney and Pixar, respectively. Lasseter, a long-standing creative force at Disney, is stepping down in light of possible misconduct allegations. Lee and Docter were previously announced as interim replacements for Lasseter, but now it appears their new roles will be permanent.

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iron giant 2

Brad Bird has a new sequel hitting theaters soon, the long-awaited Incredibles 2. That’s exciting, but if you were hoping for more Bird sequels – specifically Iron Giant 2 or Ratatouille 2 – you shouldn’t get your hopes up.

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John Lasseter leaving Disney

John Lasseter‘s days at Disney are coming to an end. Last year, sexual misconduct allegations against the Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios lead to Lasseter taking a leave of absence. Recently, rumors surfaced that Disney might bring Lasseter back in a limited role. Now, word comes that Lasseter will leave Disney by December 31, 2018.

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incredibles 2 box office

Update: The Hollywood Reporter says the new Pixar sequel is now tracking for a $140 million opening weekend, which would make it the highest opening yet for a Pixar movie. Our original article follows.

Audiences have been waiting for Incredibles 2 for over a decade. And perhaps it was worth the wait, at least from a financial standpoint. Early Incredibles 2 box office tracking suggests the film might result in one of Pixar’s biggest opening weekends.

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Pixar Fest

Pixar is one of Disney’s greatest assets, but thus far, the animation giant hasn’t had much of a significant presence in the company’s theme parks. Sure, there’s an occasional attraction here and there (Toy Story Mania, etc.) and even a section devoted to Cars at Disneyland’s California Adventure, but Pixar is about to become a much bigger player there with the upcoming Pixar Pier.

For those who can’t visit the parks in person, we have a few videos below of a new Pixar-branded parade and fireworks show seen during the festivities at the limited-time celebration known as Pixar Fest, as well as a permanent Up-themed addition to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
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Incredibles 2 Footage Reaction
Some super new Incredibles 2 images are here, showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar’s highly anticipated sequel. Below you’ll see some progressions from sketch to final rendering, storyboards, and concept art.

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The Shape of Water References

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, learn about the various homages, references and influences made in The Shape of Water. Plus, watch a musical rendition of Bad Lip Reading using Star Wars: A New Hope, and see how many Easter eggs in Pixar’s Up you were able to spot without being told where they were. Read More »