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Watch: Clip From Pixar Short 'The Blue Umbrella' That Will Play In Front Of 'Monsters University'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:02 AM
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"Monsters University" will be the last sequel we'll have to endure (for now) from Pixar before their more exciting offerings on the slate, including "The Inside Out," "The Untitled Pixar Movie about The Día de los Muertos" and "The Good Dinosaur," arrive. But for those salivating for some original content from the animation studio, their shorts have always delivered, and it looks like "The Blue Umbrella" will be another standout.
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More Concept Art From Pixar's Canceled 'Newt' Emerges

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 4, 2013 9:38 AM
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Of course it’s a crying shame whenever a Pixar project gets put into turnaround because of the obvious potential that any Pixar project inherently has. What’s even more disappointing about the cancellation of “Newt” (which was originally scheduled to hit cinemas in 2012) was brought about due to similarities with Blue Sky Animation’s crushingly mediocre “Rio.” Even if narratively the two films would have been similar, we’re convinced that the Pixar effort would have had more to offer than "Rio" did, and see if you can disagree based on this latest batch of concept art that was created for the film.
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Pixar Reveals Teaser Art For 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside The Mind' & More From Upcoming 2013-2015 Slate

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 1, 2013 12:57 PM
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It's the beginning of the new year, and Pixar are obviously getting into the action early. The studio has released some teaser art for its 2013-2015 slate, and while it's small and brief, it's definitely something that's already creating excited ripples in the animation community. 

Disney’s ‘Cars’ Spin-Off ‘Planes’ Getting A Theatrical Release Next Summer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 21, 2012 3:31 PM
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Well this is somewhat surprising: “Planes,” the direct-to-video spin-off of Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” films, is now getting a wide theatrical release next summer. It will hit theaters on August 9th, alongside Neill Blomkamp’s Matt Damon-led sci-fi extravaganza “Elysium” and “We’re the Millers,” a comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston that is being directed by “Dodgeball” helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber. “Planes” was originally supposed to debut on home video in the fall (a European theatrical release was always planned). The movie is either really, really good or must be tracking really, really well with the guys in Disney Consumer Products. Either way, it’s coming.

Metal Band Mastodon Writing Song For 'Monsters University,' Plus 2 New Posters

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 5, 2012 11:02 AM
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While it seems that Pixar’s unimpeachable run ended with 2011’s “Cars 2,” we’re remaining cautiously optimistic about the studio’s first foray into prequel territory with “Monsters University.” Despite hitting theaters in a little over six months, some details have leaked that are sure to make metal fans excited about the return to Sulley and Mike Wazowski.

'Up' Director Pete Docter's Pixar Mind Movie Now Reportedly Titled 'The Inside Out'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 4, 2012 11:23 AM
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Following the one-two punch of the critical disappointments of “Cars 2” and “Brave,” it’s fair to say that Pixar is off its game, so to speak. Nevertheless, while the next few years will yield two sequels -- “Monsters University” and “Finding Nemo 2” -- the studio has plenty of interesting projects being developed, including “Up” director Pete Docter’s “wildy ambitious” and secretive film that takes place in a young girl’s mind. Originally known as “The Untitled PIxar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind,” Docter’s third feature now has a title.

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Writer Derek Connolly Writing A Pixar Film; Jennifer Lee To Co-Direct Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 29, 2012 2:11 PM
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Who would have thought that “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the low budget sci-fi-ish Sundance hit, would produce some of the most sought after creative talent in the business right now? It was a cute movie and there was certainly some artistry at work, but anyone who thought that the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, would soon be mentioned in the same breath as the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels (and become attached to a highly touted “Flight of the Navigator” remake) is either lying or psychic. Now comes word that Trevorrow’s “Safety Not Guaranteed” collaborator Derek Connolly (who is also working on ‘Navigator’) has a job almost as vaulted as guiding the future adventures of the Skywalker clan – he’s writing a new movie for Pixar.

Watch: Pixar's Oscar Nominated Short 'La Luna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2012 11:27 AM
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With the double whammy of "Cars 2" and "Brave" finding Pixar a bit off their game lately, for those of you looking to be reminded of what they can do when they're firing on all cylinders, the little "La Luna" may be what you're looking for.
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Director Brenda Chapman Says Disney Animation Hired Her Because She Was A Woman

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 20, 2012 1:28 PM
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Animation fans were shocked when, a year-and-a-half before the film’s release, animation giant Pixar fired Brenda Chapman, an animation vet and the studio’s first female director (she was also the only female member of the studio’s vaunted Brain Trust creative committee), from her deeply personal first project, “Brave.” While Pixar maintained that she was still on staff, the writing was on the wall, and earlier this year it was announced she had decamped for an unspecified role at LucasFilm Animation. As one animation vet told me yesterday, “Pixar definitely has a glass ceiling.” A recent blog post by Chapman, who has become more outspoken about how she was treated on the film, claims that the only reason she was hired at Disney Animation, back during the studio’s upswing, was because she was a woman.

‘Buffy’ & ’Mad Men’ Writer Marti Noxon Joins Pixar To Work On New Project

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 19, 2012 4:36 PM
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Today at the Austin Film Festival during a panel on Pixar (and writing), Mary Coleman, a senior development executive at the company, announced that Marti Noxon, a former writer for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Mad Men,” had joined the company on an unspecified project. This is a major development for the notoriously close-knit company, and should at least calm the jangled nerves of animation fans who were surprised and upset by a recent high-profile dismissal.

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