Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two New 'Inside Out' International Toolkits Highlight Pixar's Versatility

A new International Toolkit for Inside Out has just been released (via PixarInsideOut Tumblr), this one featuring Joy as her bubbly self trying to cheer up Sadness. While the clip is short in length the amount of detail that is shown is mind-blowing. The incredible animation showcasing the "squash and stretch" style really highlights the talent and versatility of the Pixar animators. If you look closely, you'll notice tiny glittery (pixie dust-like) particles fall from the duo as Joy happily bounces out of frame with Sadness in tow. It's the tiny details like this that make us drool with excitement and we can't wait to see more!

The second International toolkit features the group dancing in a conga line formation, with Joy at the forefront and the group lagging behind.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Peek Inside Pixar's Localization Process For 'Monsters University'

Earlier this month we were lucky enough to chat with Pixar's localization artist, Laura Meyer, and we couldn't help but be intrigued as she described the process that takes place when preparing a film for release outside of the U.S. market. As an artist, Laura is one member of the small, yet bustling localization team (which also has ties to the Post Production department). During our interview, we spent a bit of time discussing examples of Laura's work and rather than just talk about it we wanted to  visually show screenshots from Monsters University (one of the films we discussed) to better illustrate the changes that take place across regions.

Laura Meyer © Debby Coleman / Pixar
To get started, we reached out to our friends, Luis at Pixar Brasil Blog and Fabien at Pixar Planet France to ask for their assistance. Luckily, they were just as excited as we were to help out and we can't thank them enough for taking the time to capture screenshots from their local copies of Monsters University to help with our post.

Additionally, be sure to listen to our entire interview with Laura Meyer included on Episode 34 of the Pixar Post Podcast. We guarantee her personal story will engage and inspire you.

Episode 034 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our Interview with Localization Artist, Laura Meyer & More

In episode 034 of the Pixar Post Podcast we chat about Pixar news updates as well as discuss some of the upcoming merchandise for Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and To Protect and Serve. In addition to the news, we also are wrapping up the Pixar Pipeline Project with our interview with Laura Meyer with the Pixar the Localization/Post Production team. Finally, we chat about a post which puts some of the localization team members' work into visual form. Below are our show notes from the episode with time codes for your reference:

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Michael Giacchino Is Hard At Work On The 'Inside Out' Recording Sessions - Updated

Courtesy Michael Giacchino's Instagram
Inside Out is less than five months away from it's North American release (June 19, 2015) and as all the final pieces are falling into place, we're getting glimpses of the film, product announcements and even sneak peeks at the final score. Today, famed film composer (and Pixar veteran composer) Michael Giacchino posted a few photos and a video with Inside Out director Pete Docter at the Warner Eastwood Scoring Stage. In the video shown below you can even hear a sneak peek of the Inside Out score behind Michael's...uh...snoring! I guess there's no better time to catch some shuteye when you're exhausted!

Courtesy Michael Giacchino's Instagram
Courtesy Michael Giacchino's Instagram

Thanks to Nick S. for the heads up on Instagram.

Updated - January 27, 2015

Our Pixar Post Forum user mynameiskhannie just posted an incredible article from one of the studio musicians working on Inside Out. It's a detailed 'inside' look at how the orchestration is conducted for the film and it's completely spoiler-free!
"First thing Monday morning, Michael Giacchino (the film's composer) went up to the podium with Pete Docter (the director) and his colleagues to greet the orchestra and tell us about the film. Pete started by telling us the general storyline, then talked about his own daughter (who had a speaking part in UP), and the way kids grow up. He then wanted to show us the film's opening before we started recording.."
To read the full article visit the Pixar Post Forum.

Related Posts:
Michael Giacchino to Score Inside Out - Video Interview
Toy Story of TERROR! Soundtrack Review
- Inside Out Train of Thought Concept Artwork at the Walt Disney Family Museum

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'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Dream Elder Sculpt from Grant Alexander

Photo © Grant Alexander 

This past December, Pixar debuted their second 30-minute television special, Toy Story That Time Forgot and it captivated us from the very beginning. The entire team behind the film did a phenomenal job, from the new character designs to the camera angles - oh, and don't forget the amazing storytelling capabilities from the lighting department! Though there has yet to be an official Blu-ray/digital release date to view behind-the-scenes bonus features, thanks to the passionate Pixarians who share their early concept/design work we are all in for a special treat.

This past week, Pixarian Grant Alexander, released some incredible photos of a Dream Elder sculpt that he created to help 'mold' the character from the film. While Grant is a sketch artist at the studio he stated that, "Sometimes it easier to figure something out in 3-dimensions than sketching on paper" (making the Dream Elder sculpt one of few that he has created at Pixar).

As you can see in the photo below, Grant captured the details of the Dream Elder Tower perfectly. It takes great skill, hard work and imagination to come up with and sketch out a functioning toy, in saying that, Grant explains that it was a team effort in creating the design for the character. Often with every department, teamwork is key and as we complete our Pixar Pipeline Project we have learned just how important that theme is throughout the studio.

Photo © Grant Alexander
Be sure to visit Grant Alexander's blog to view all the detailed photos of the Dream Elder sculpt as well as learn more about this incredible sketch artist.

Related Posts
- Lighting Takes Center Stage in Toy Story That Time Forgot
- In-Depth Look at the Easter Eggs from Toy Story That Time Forgot
- Toy Story That Time Forgot Nominated at 42nd Annie Awards

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

"The Art of Ratatouille" Book Giveaway & The 2015 Book Club

Now that 2015 is comfortably underway, we wanted to get everything back underway with the Pixar Post Book Club and what better way to get things going than offer a giveaway of our first book of the year - The Art of Ratatouille. Read more details below on how to enter, the dates for the giveaway and how you can join us as we chat about The Art of Ratatouille.


All you have to do to enter our giveaway for the The Art of Ratatouille is log in (or sign up) to the Pixar Post Forum and leave a comment on the forum post letting us know your favorite character from Ratatouille (be sure to read the rules and qualifications below for verification purposes - entrants that do not meet the giveaway qualifications will be eliminated and another user will randomly be chosen).

To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and live in the 48 contiguous United States. The Pixar Post Forum is free to sign up for and the book is completely free as well (even shipping the book to you).

For our readers who are under 18 years of age, you may have a parent sign up on the forum and enter, but you may not enter our on their behalf.

How many times can you enter? Only one entry per person/user.

The giveaway will remain open from Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time through February 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. One random winner will be chosen once the contest is closed and will be contacted by us through the forum (using the email address you signed up with). Once the winner claims the book, it will also be announced in the forum as well as this original post on (by their first name and last initial).

Log in (or sign up) to the Pixar Post Forum and enter here.


Have you joined us for any of our previous Pixar Post Book Club discussions? If not, there's no better time to read the books associated with your favorite Pixar films and chat about the books with other Pixar fans in a Live On-Air Google Hangout. More details on the Hangout, how to chat about the books and the full list of books we'll read in 2015 can be found on the Pixar Post Book Club page. We hope you join us and share your passion for Pixar and books throughout the year.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

'Inside Out' Train of Thought Concept Artwork at the Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco, celebrates the legacy and imagination of one of the worlds greatest visionaries through its interactive and immersive galleries. Currently, the museum is featuring the All Aboard exhibit (through March 15, 2015) showcasing the importance of and passion for trains in Walt's life. The exhibit not only focuses on the past of locomotion, but also on the future and includes some special concept artwork of the "Train of Thought" from Pixar's summer release, Inside Out (June 19, 2015).

Colin D., A recent guest of the museum (and long-time reader of Pixar Post), spotted the beautiful concept artwork by Ralph Eggleston, Daniel Holland and Shelly Min Wan and sent along some photos to share - special thanks Colin.