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New 'Toy Story Of Terror' Halloween Special Coming To TV in 2013

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 9, 2012 6:26 PM
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While technically speaking, Lee Unkrich's soulful "Toy Story 3" was the last entry in the hugely successful franchise, Disney and Pixar have kept the brand alive and well. There's the popular Toy Story Midway Mania ride operating on either coasts at both Disney California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studio and the series of "Toy Story Toons" short films that have appeared in front of "The Muppets," "Cars 2" and the 3D re-release of "Finding Nemo" (each of them beautiful and emotionally complex trifles). Taking the 'Toons' one step further will be a brand new holiday special, timed for Halloween next year, called "Toy Story of Terror," which will air on Disney-owned networks in time for the witching season.

Review: 'Finding Nemo 3D' Is A Freshly Dimensionalized Take On A Certifiable Pixar Classic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2012 11:00 AM
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Last fall's surprise smash rerelease of Disney's "The Lion King," a gimmicky two-week promotional stunt designed sell the movie's Blu-ray release that turned into an extended, nearly $100-million-grossing juggernaut, opened the floodgates for 3D animated rereleases. There are two planned for the back end of this year alone: in December, Disney and Pixar will release "Monsters Inc." back into theaters in stereoscopic 3D, in part to promote the sequel due in theaters next summer. And this month sees the rerelease of "Finding Nemo," Andrew Stanton's maritime marvel, now with fish that really float in front of you. Just like in the case with "The Lion King" last year, the storytelling strength of the actual movie surpasses any amount of added technological wizardry.

Andrew Stanton Reflects On Box Office Failure Of 'John Carter,' Discusses 'Finding Nemo 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2012 1:25 PM
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We're now six months out from "John Carter," Disney's hugely expensive flop based on the beloved novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs about a Civil War vet magically transported to Mars, a land of warring tribes, princesses, and adorable, multi-legged dog thingees (we love you Woola!) Since then, Disney has admitted to losing $200 million on the movie and two of its top executives –Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross and marketing chief MT Carney – were fired in its wake. But director Andrew Stanton, who had made the hugely profitable "WALL-E" and "Finding Nemo" for Pixar and who before the release had maintained an air of bulletproof unflappability, has kept mum. Until now. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the director opens up about the making and marketing of the movie and what's up next.

Watch: Trailer For 3D Re-Release Of Pixar's 'Monsters Inc.'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 1:45 PM
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The 3D-ization train rolls on! After last year's 3D re-release of "The Lion King," initially a limited engagement gimmick meant to promote the Blu-ray release, brought in almost $100 million for the Mouse House, the floodgates opened. This month sees the release of a 3D version of Pixar's aquatic fable "Finding Nemo," (which we saw yesterday, and admit was pretty cool). And come December, "Monsters Inc." will be reissued in a newly stereoscopic format, the poster and trailer for which have just arrived.

New Image From 'Monsters University,' Billy Crystal Reveals Mike Wazowski Wears Retainer In College Set Prequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 23, 2012 2:05 PM
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With all the talk about “Finding Nemo 2,” people have quieted down about Pixar’s other upcoming, wholly unnecessary follow-up, “Monsters University,” a prequel to 2001’s mischievous and heartwarming “Monsters, Inc.,” which illuminates the collegiate background of monsters James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Yes, it is the story we were all dying for. While talking to Entertainment Weekly about some movie we’ve never heard of, Crystal gave some tantalizing details about what to expect from the prequel (due in theaters next summer).

Director Brenda Chapman Says Being Removed From 'Brave' Was "Devastating"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 16, 2012 11:17 AM
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The story of Disney/Pixar's "Brave" is a complicated one, fraught with battle-hardened debates and hurt feelings, and we're just talking about what happened behind the scenes of the Scottish-set fairy tale. Originally conceived as the first feature from a female filmmaker at the notoriously male-oriented studio, it was to be written and directed by Brenda Chapman, an animation vet who shepherded the second Disney Renaissance and directed "Prince of Egypt" at DreamWorks. However, eighteen months before the movie was set to premiere, she was removed from the project and, in subsequent months, the studio. (She recently got a job on a typically secretive project at LucasFilm.) Chapman hasn't said one word about her experience on "Brave." Until now.

Disney Shuts Down Production On Henry Selick's Stop-Motion Animated Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 15, 2012 9:25 AM
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Well this is kind of a shock – Deadline is reporting that Disney has shut down production on "Nightmare Before Christmas"/"Coraline" director Henry Selick's new stop-motion animated feature. This would have been his first for his newly created studio, called Cinderbiter, that was, initially at least, conceived of as Pixar's stop-motion division. (Pixar luminaries like artist Lou Romano found themselves in high-ranking positions at the studio and Cinderbiter reports directly to the vaunted Pixar Brain Trust.) According to the Deadline report, Disney has given Selick the option to shop the project to other studios.

First Photos And Details Emerge For New ‘Toy Story’ Short ‘Partysaurus Rex’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 9, 2012 12:34 PM
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When “Finding Nemo” is theatrically re-released next month, re-formatted for 3D and following a similar trajectory that made “The Lion King” a surprise smash last year, it will come packaged with it a very sizable incentive – a brand new “Toy Story” short film, entitled “Partysaurus Rex,” and centered around our favorite neurotic dinosaur Rex (played, from the beginning, by Wallace Shawn). Today Entertainment Weekly debuted photos from the short, as well as new plot details.

Original 'Brave' Director Brenda Chapman Leaves Pixar For Mystery LucasFilm Project

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 8, 2012 10:40 AM
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Well, this isn't exactly going to be shocking news to anyone who followed the long, sad history of Disney and Pixar's "Brave," but it looks like Brenda Chapman, the film's original director (she still wound up with a co-director credit even though she was removed from the film 18 months before the movie opened), has left Pixar for good. It seems LucasFilm Animation has hired her for an as-yet-unannounced project. Oooo mysterious!

Jon Favreau Conferring With Pixar's Brain Trust On The Developing 'Magic Kingdom'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 25, 2012 2:23 PM
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Jon Favreau was making the press rounds for his new J.J. Abrams-produced world-without-electricity television series "Revolution," but Crave Online, wisely acknowledging that talking about "Revolution" is kinda boring, instead quizzed the "Iron Man" director about his plans for "Magic Kingdom," the Michael Chabon-penned project that would combine mythology from both the Disney films and the Disney parks. While Favreau says not to expect the film anytime soon ("Jersey Boys" will definitely shoot beforehand), he is getting some heavy duty help in the form of Pixar's vaulted Brain Trust (which has included Pete Docter, Brenda Chapman, Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, and Andrew Stanton, at various times).

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