Saturday, July 30, 2016

Adrian Belew's Lively 'Piper' Soundtrack Now Available


In Pixar's latest short film, Piper, the title character is nudged from her world of convenience by a loving Mother and a hungry belly. Throughout her journey to becoming a skilled food-seeker, the score (written by Adrian Belew) brilliantly flows along with the visuals of the film. If you've been eager to hear the song from Piper again, you can now (as of July 29) purchase the lively five minute and forty-three second track individually on iTunes or Amazon. Along with the song, a mini two-page PDF booklet is also available which contains the adorable cover art by Pixarian, Jason Deamer, as well as the listing of musicians who brought the score to life.

When listening to the song without the visuals we were able to pick out many more individual elements since we weren't also focused on the adorable characters and stunning landscapes. The subtle string plucking, the airy celeste notes and the ominous timpani drums all jump out at you with great clarity on the score.


Be sure to download your copy today on iTunes or Amazon using our direct links below — let us know your thoughts in the comments section and be sure to also listen to our interview with Piper director, Alan Barillaro on episode 48 of the Pixar Post Podcast. In the podcast we chat about the recording process and working alongside Belew in the studio (and even how Pixar's pool played a role in the score). Additional photos from the scoring process can also be found in our podcast post.




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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pixar Demographics: What The Average Pixar Fan Looks Like?


If you were to guess, what do you think the average profile of a Pixar fan would look like? Although Pixar's medium of computer graphics animation doesn't change from film to film, the variance in the demographic and psychographic profiles of the average viewer may surprise you.

One Pixar fan may be hooked by the action and adventure of The Incredibles. The next may be enthralled by the visual beauty of The Good Dinosaur, while another may be engaged with the emotional story and characters of Toy Story — really, who doesn't love the unstoppable duo of Buzz and Woody?

Well, to get a peek into these differences, audience data gurus, Quantcast, recently dove into the profiles of what the average fan of a Pixar fan looks like across Pixar's three most recent films — Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory — to uncover some similarities and some pretty major differences. Their data (collected over a one month period leading up to each film's release) found that while the average Inside Out searcher was a highly-educated female with an average income of $100,000 (and up), The Good Dinosaur attracted more males in the fields of Information Technology who had in interest in the environment. Looking at the average Finding Dory profile uncovered an even larger variance (shown in the graphic below).

Infographic via Quantcast (Click to enlarge)

Quantcast also points out that across all Pixar film searches in the United States (March - June 2016), the demographic profile skews towards a higher female audience with an index score of 118 (versus a 92 for males). In case you aren't familiar with indices, 100 is the average – so a score of 118 means that females are 18% more likely on average to search for Pixar-related topics than non-Females. We'd like to point out though that the data could be slightly skewed in the gender profile (in our minds) because the sample period was in the months leading up to Finding Dory, which was found to have a higher interest among females.

The data also pointed out that during the time period, the highest group searching for Pixar films was between the ages of 18-24 (index of 118) and was more likely to be Hispanic (index of 116). The interest among Hispanics may bode well for Pixar's upcoming film, Coco (November 22, 2017), which centers around the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Although this holiday is celebrated around the world in pockets, the largest focus is in areas with higher Hispanic populations. 

What are your thoughts on the data?  Leave a comment below.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

'Finding Dory' Becomes The Highest Grossing Animated Film of All Time


Finding Dory continues to smash records as it has recently passed Dreamworks', Shrek 2 to become the highest grossing domestic animated film of all time — and the good news is that the film isn't even out of theaters yet, so it will continue to stretch its lead at the top.

Top 5 Grossing Animated Films of All Time (as of July 17 via Box Office Mojo)
  • Finding Dory (2016) - $445.5 million
  • Shrek 2 (2004) - $441.2 million
  • The Lion King (1994) - $422.7 million
  • Toy Story 3 (2010) - $415 million
  • Frozen (2013) - $400.7 million

As of July 17, the film has netted a box office pull of $722 Million worldwide — well on its way to hopefully reaching the One-Billion mark with some markets still untapped. Be sure to "sea" Finding Dory in theaters again soon.

Disney Emoji Blitz Review - More Than 400 Disney & Pixar Themed Emojis (Game and Keyboard)


Disney Emoji Blitz is a clever new app for Apple and Android devices which combines the fun of a match-3 style game (think Bejeweled, Candy Crush, etc.) that also unlocks Disney & Pixar-themed emojis to use in text messages, Facebook and more. The more you play, the more emojis you can unlock.


When you start playing, you get to choose one emoji to get started — choose between Sulley, Ariel and Simba. Naturally, we chose Sulley and we were off to the races. In addition to matching characters throughout the 60-second round, you can also grab other props and parks-inspired items like the Pixar ball, WALL-E's fire extinguisher or the oh-so-delicious Dole Whip emoji.

As you play, you gather coins and much like the Tsum Tsum game, after you gather enough coins, you can open a box which contains a random character. From the Pixar side of things they have: Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Randall, Woody, Buzz, Green Alien, WALL-E, Nemo, Dory and Hank. Each character has multiple faces which you can use in your keyboard once unlocked – which is really fun (see three samples of Mike Wazowski below).


Although there's a lot to the game/keyboard app, it's not overwhelming – in fact there are great tutorials which explain everything you need to get going! Be sure to download it now from Apple App Store or the Google Play store - even more emojis will be released soon! The app is free to download and play and there are in-app purchases if you'd like to use them, but they are not required. Check out the Disney Emoji Blitz launch trailer below.

Be sure to share your thoughts on the game, your favorite characters and your high scores with other users in the Pixar Post Forum - we're totally hooked on the game and currently have a high score of 1,022,329.





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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Benjamin Bratt to Voice a Character in Pixar's, 'Coco'


Although Pixar's film inspired by the Dia de los Muertos celebration (Day of the Dead) isn't hitting theaters until November 22, 2017, we recently learned that Benjamin Bratt will have a role in the film — making this the first vocal cast news to date. In a recent interview with Collider (while promoting, The Infiltrator), Benjamin reveals (4:18 into the interview) that, "I'm also recording a Pixar movie called, 'Coco'". Of course we don't know any details surrounding his role, but any news about this exciting film that stumbles into the underworld is thrilling — watch the interview below.


For more details regarding Coco, including a summarization of all we know about the film to date, be sure to check out the related posts below. What are your thoughts on Benjamin's voice in the film? Leave a comment below or chat about it with other fans in the Pixar Post Forum Coco thread (thanks to forum user, Pixar Pug, for spotting the interview). We think Benjamin's voice could be a perfect fit for Coco with his confident and authentic delivery.

Synopsis

Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

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'Inside Out' 7" Vinyl Records & Poster Series - Available at the 2016 SDCC Mondo Booth


As if the 2016 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) wasn't shaping up to be exciting enough, a new series of limited edition 7" vinyl records and 18"x24" posters featuring artwork of the Inside Out emotions was announced via Oh My Disney yesterday. The records and a limited supply of the posters will be available at the Mondo booth (#835) during the 3-day event (July 21-24). Each vinyl contains the Bundle of Joy song from the Inside Out soundtrack as well as one additional track themed after the emotion featured on the record (additional details below).

We're most excited about the fact that the color of the physical record will also be themed after the emotions — for example, the Sadness-themed record is a translucent blue color, while the vinyl themed after Riley herself will feature a blended translucent yellow-gold and translucent blue record (just like Riley's memory orbs at the end of the film).


Additional details surrounding the records and prints are below — as you browse the covers, see if you can spot similarities between the artwork (designed by Phantom City Creative) and actual album releases from the past (e.g., Riley and Meg pairing with Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream).


VINYL DETAILS

Side A on all 7" vinyls will be the Bundle of Joy track (Sample on Amazon / iTunes)

Friday, July 8, 2016

What Are You Doing Tonight? 'Finding Dory' Get Pop-Cultured Event July 8


Do you like scavenger hunts? Do you enjoy trivia? If so, be sure to head to your local Barnes & Noble July 8 at 7:00 PM (local time) to enjoy an evening of Finding Dory themed activities — including a scavenger hunt, crafts, and coloring activities — plus free giveaways (while supplies last) including posters, stickers, and bookmarks. The Finding Dory event is part of the Barnes & Noble "Get Pop-Cultured" event which takes place every weekend (through August 6) and is themed after different franchises ranging from DC Comics, Pok√©mon, Harry Potter and more — Head to the "Get Pop-Cultured" site for additional details and to find a location near you.

We'll be at our local Barnes & Noble — will you? Stay tuned to our social media channels and we'll be sure to update the event live.

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