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Pixar Planning 3D Re-Releases Of 'The Incredibles' And 'Ratatouille'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2014 11:22 AM
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The days of Pixar confidently releasing one beautiful and original animated film after another are long gone. Sequels which were once just the domain of the "Toy Story" franchise, have now spread to "Monsters Inc," "Cars" and "Finding Nemo," even while standalone pics like the recent "Brave" don't quite capture the magic of earlier efforts. And it seems Pixar isn't done yet morphing into a machine that seems more concerned these days about re-branding and exploiting their popular properties.

Rumor: Pixar Will Make Their Own 'Star Wars' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 3:02 PM
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Because Disney's "Star Wars" plans are massive, with sequels and spinoffs already planned, the rumor mill won't just be churning around the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII" (though yes, since it's due in 2015, it will be taking center stage of the news cycle). Indeed, fans are most curious about the side movies that aren't part of the main saga, and the other opportunities Disney will exploit to keep milking the money train that is George Lucas' franchise. And now comes an intriguing morsel that is potentially quite exciting.

Pixar Comes To The Rescue Of Ken Loach's New Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 10:30 AM
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Last week we were given the unique opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios in Marin County, California. The sprawling studio has the airy look and feel of a college campus (while we were eating lunch an impromptu soccer game broke out on the green patch of grass in between buildings) and a similarly goofy intellectual vibe. It seems like the kind of place where anything can happen (and often does). Not that the folks at Pixar are content to just keep that magic to themselves. After veteran British director Ken Loach made a desperate appeal for some last-minute editorial supplies, the Pixar editing team saved the day. And even included a little sketch of Mike and Sulley surrounded by spools of film.

First Poster For 'The Good Dinosaur' Plus Director Dan Scanlon Responds To The Movie’s Delay

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 26, 2013 4:14 PM
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The latest frothy animated concoction from the wizards over at Pixar was supposed to be delivered into theaters nationwide in May of 2014, but that has changed. In “The Good Dinosaur,” the asteroid that killed off all the dinosaurs misses the planet completely, so it’s sort of fitting that the movie itself will bypass its original release date, rescheduled for Thanksgiving 2015. Well, the first poster for the film has just debuted (via Bleeding Cool), and we got an exclusive statement from two Pixar principles about the delay.

Pixar Creates New 'Toy Story Nutcracker' Short For World Of Color: Winter Dreams Attraction

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 22, 2013 10:40 AM
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Of all the wonders held within the Disney California Adventure theme park, few dazzle with the kind of fanciful delight of World of Color, a spectacular nighttime water show that combines special effects, mist, fire, projections, and colored lights (it took 15 months to design and build at a cost of $75 million). It's like the dancing fountains outside the Bellagio in Las Vegas but turned up to the nth degree and sprinkled with that singular Disney magic. In a few weeks, the complex show will be completely transformed as World of Color: Winter Dreams, an all-new holiday variation, and it will feature brand new animation from the wizards at Pixar.
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Review: 'Toy Story Of Terror!' Is A Hauntingly Great Halloween Special

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 14, 2013 11:04 AM
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When development began on what would eventually become "Toy Story," back in the early '90s, the project was not envisioned as the first-ever fully computer-generated animated feature. No, back then Disney and Pixar's goal was more modest: it would be a television special, timed to Christmas and based in part on John Lasseter's Academy Award-winning short film "Tin Toy." The team at Pixar still wanted to do a feature, but a 30-minute television special would be the perfect in-between; these were filmmakers who had very limited experience actually hammering out the fundamentals of long-form storytelling. In Disney's estimation (particularly animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg), Pixar had to walk before they could crawl. Of course, that didn't happen.

Watch: New Trailer For ABC's 'Toy Story OF TERROR!' Halloween Special

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 18, 2013 2:01 PM
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One of the highlights of the Disney Animation panel at this year's D23 Expo was getting a chance to watch the first ten minutes of the upcoming Halloween special "Toy Story of Terror" (sorry, that-scene-from-"Planes: Fire and Rescue"). Even though the footage was somewhat rough (and temped with music from "Ed Wood," which was actually kind of neat), it was totally compelling. Instead of being an anthology piece, like the recent "Shrek" Halloween special (and countless "Treehouse of Horror" episodes of "The Simpsons"), it assumes a single narrative thread, appropriating the "spooky motel" conceit of "Psycho" and "Vacancy," as an unseen malevolent force hunts hunt our toys after Bonnie's family stops at a roadside inn on a dark and stormy night. Now a new trailer has been released for the 30-minute-special, so you too can get spookily excited.

Director Bob Peterson Officially Off Pixar’s ‘Good Dinosaur’ But Remains At Studio

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 30, 2013 1:26 PM
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Well, it’s official: earlier this week we reported on the rumors that Pixar director Bob Peterson (who had won an Oscar for co-directing “Up” with Pete Docter) had left what would have been his big debut as a standalone director, “The Good Dinosaur,” a tale of what would have happened if the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs missed earth entirely. Today, Pixar has confirmed the news via the Los Angeles Times, and while they haven't named a replacement, they do say that Peterson intends to remain at the studio, which is very good news indeed.

Pixar Filmmaker Bob Peterson Reportedly Off 'The Good Dinosaur,' Studio Seeking Replacement

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 26, 2013 7:09 PM
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A couple of weeks ago at the D23 Expo, during the lengthy presentation on Walt Disney Animation, there was a noticeable absentee: Pixar alum Bob Peterson, whose debut feature as a director, "The Good Dinosaur" (he co-directed "Up" with Pete Docter), was featured heavily. Co-director Pete Sohn was there, as was producer Denise Ream, plus a few members of the movie's starry voice cast (including Lucas Neff, Judy Greer and Bill Hader). Peterson's absence was conspicuously odd and according to Disney personnel on the scene, Peterson wasn't available due to "scheduling difficulties." But of course it looks like now that isn't the case: Blue Sky Disney is reporting that Peterson is officially off the project and that the movie is frantically looking for a replacement so it can make its May 30th, 2014 release date.

What D23 Says About The State Of Disney Feature Animation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 23, 2013 2:15 PM
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The big news out of last weekend's D23 Expo in Anaheim, a kind of Comic-Con for Disney, was the lack of news relating to the studio's highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." There wasn't any kind of announcement—no release date or subtitle or confirmation of actors who are scheduled to return (and those who will be sitting this one out). In fact, the silence around 'Star Wars' was so deafening that many lost sight of just how much the studio divulged about its upcoming slate of animated features. Not only did they map out the movies that the studio will be delivering through 2016, but they also showcased what will be the pattern for Disney animated features for years and years to come. Only nobody noticed because they were too busy looking for that Death Star.

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