Friday, September 16, 2016

Disney Pixar Stickers for iOS10 Messages App Review

Apple's iOS10 was released on September 13 and contained the largest number of upgrades and new functionality over any prior operating system release to date for the famed company. One of the many apps to receive new functionality was the Messages app, which now allows the addition of stickers — small animated GIFs and images that you can enhance your texts with — all working within the native Messages app. What we enjoy the most is that you can send the stickers as normal images, or you can hold and drag the stickers to place anywhere within your chat history.

Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media has launched Disney Stickers, a series of sticker packs that enable Apple iOS10 users to enhance their iMessage communications with Disney characters and props. Disney Stickers users can tell their daily stories through a modern day blank canvas — the iMessage platform — and express their creativity and storytelling through rich, animated stickers featuring characters and art from beloved Disney & Pixar stories. Amp up a vacation photo with a sticker of Stitch from Lilo & Stitch; share your excitement for the weekend with a sticker of Joy from Inside Out; or celebrate epic teamwork through a Han and Chewie sticker from Star Wars.

Disney Stickers from your favorite Disney & Pixar franchises and characters, include: (Click the links below to purchase directly on the Apple App Store and then watch the launch video embedded below from our YouTube channel).

Each Disney Stickers pack includes 21 stickers and costs $1.99 per pack. Disney Stickers packs are available now for download globally in most countries through the Apple iMessage App Store on iOS 10. New packs featuring additional characters and art will launch throughout the year. Although we wish the price of the packs would be more attractive at $0.99, the packs are still a ton of fun — so buy your favorites now.

Leave a comment below or chat about which sticker packs and GIFs are your favorite in the Pixar Post Forum.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Watch What Happens When Dory (Ellen) & Woody (Tom Hanks) Have a Real-Life Conversation

Typically, the only time you'd have a chance to see two separate worlds of Pixar cross would be in the easter eggs that may pop up in the background of a film. But characters from their respective worlds have never spoke — that is until a recent interview between the voice of Woody (Tom Hanks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). Tom and Ellen exchanged some fun lines joking about losing Woody's hat and Dory forgetting who Woody was repeatedly.

As fun as the conversation was, the extra banter about their experience in the audio booth and working with the Pixar team was the real fun of the interview. Be sure to check out the 3:28 video on Ellen's YouTube channel, or embedded below.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

'Finding Dory' Blu-ray (Nov 15), Digital HD (Oct 25) & Disney Movies Anywhere Release Date Confirmed

The film Finding Dory centers around our favorite forgetful blue tang and her journey to find her parents. According to an Amazon pre-sale, Dory can find her way into your home on 3D Blu-ray November 15, 2016, with the digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere release on October 25, 2016. Making the official announcement was the voice of the Marine Life Institute, Sigourney Weaver, with her voiceover playing during the September 7, 2016 episode of the Ellen Degeneres talk show. As with any Pixar home release the bonus features are always an exciting addition to see behind-the-scenes glimpses of the film - below is the complete list of bonus features:

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD (Disney Movies Anywhere)

Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.

Marine Life Interviews (All-New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember our favorite blue tang.

The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s “Team Hank” unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever.

What Were We Talking About? – This piece showcases the complex routes Dory’s story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss.

Friday, September 2, 2016

'Finding Dory' News - Returning to Theaters For 1 Weekend & Emoji Storytelling

Finding Dory is set to return to theaters September 2-5 (for the Labor Day holiday) and if you haven't seen it yet, or just want to see it again on the big screen, now is your chance! The encore appearance of the film will be re-released in more than 2,900 theaters nationwide and will certainly help nudge the film closer to the $1 Billion mark (worldwide box office revenue). Finding Dory is already the highest grossing domestic animated film of all time and is one of the most successful films of 2016 (across all genres of movie). So, are you going to see Finding Dory again this weekend — leave a comment below to let us know.

In addition to the re-release of the film, Disney created a fun rendition of the movie as told by emojis. What's interesting is after we watched the summarized, 3-minute version of the film, we absolutely wanted to head to theaters again to experience Finding Dory one more time! Check it out below – we laughed the most when Destiny pressed send in order to avoid getting hit by the truck.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Incredibles 2 Update - Same Characters & Feel, But Set In New Direction

Its been over a decade since we were transported to Metroville and introduced to the hidden world of superheroes with The Incredibles. The upcoming sequel to the fan-favorite Pixar film was revealed during the 2014 Annual Disney Shareholder meeting with Bob Iger making the grand announcement - making The Incredibles 2 a trending topic online almost instantly. Nearly two years after the announcement little has been revealed about the film, however, EW recently sat down with Writer/Director Brad Bird who shared the sequel is well underway, “It’s very actively moving, and we’re excited about it,” he said. “[We’re] trying to take it in some new directions.”

Though Brad Bird wasn't ready to share character details or plot points of the film he noted that it will take place in different cinematic landscape than the original film, “Hopefully it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction,” Bird added. “I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. It’s repeating yourself, without repeating yourself.” 

It should also be noted that composer Michael Giacchino officially signed on to score The Incredibles 2 - signing his contract on a Twitter video back in November 2015. Giacchino definitely isn't a stranger to Pixar or to Brad Bird, as he has composed both The Incredibles and Ratatouille. The Incredibles 2 theatrical release is on June 21, 2019.

Be sure to share your thoughts and plot predictions on The Incredibles 2 with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Take a Peek at 22 'Finding Dory' Themed Books (Video Review)

What was your favorite moment from Finding Dory? Was it that you were able to revisit some of your old friends — Nemo, Crush or Dory herself? Was it the new cast of hilarious sea creatures — Hank, the otters or Destiny? Whatever your answer may be, one of the best ways to keep reliving the film after you leave theaters is by diving into the many art books, sticker books or coloring books. We reviewed the Art of Finding Dory back in May (check out our video review here), but we now wanted to take a closer look at 22 different books themed after the fishy film - watch our video review below.

Although we truly enjoyed all of the books, if we had to choose a few favorites, we'd have to say the Read-Along Storybook is our favorite of the children's books since it's narrated by none other than Mr. Ray (veteran Pixar employee, Bob Peterson). In addition, we loved There's Always A Way because of the fantastic and huge stickers the book contains. Of course there are many other great reads for Finding Dory fans - the Junior Novelization, Hank the Septopus: A Disarming Tale and Three Little Words for its gorgeous illustrations by Grace Lee. Click any of the links above to buy the books on Amazon, or click to watch the video directly on YouTube as the books are listed in the video description in chronological order of our review.

Additionally, back in February, we posted a list of all of the Finding Dory themed books (sorted by release date) - check it out.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

'Finding Dory' Inches Closer to the 1 Billion Mark After Passing $900 Million Worldwide

Finding Dory continues to inch closer to the massive milestone of $1 Billion dollars in worldwide box-office revenue as it has just surpassed $900 Million (as of August 15). In the approximately 9 weeks since the film released, it has currently grossed approximately $477 Million domestically and $423 Million in global markets. As we discussed in the Pixar Post Forum topic chatting about the milestone, we noted that there are still quite a few upcoming markets with release dates. If you compare the box office totals of Inside Out in those countries, it can give you a somewhat similar barometer for profits (note that the power of Finding Dory being a sequel may increase revenue even further).

Future Finding Dory release countries and dates

  • Lithuania - 19 August - (Inside Out revenue - $90,000)
  • Denmark - 25 August - (Inside Out revenue - $6 Million) 
  • Finland - 26 August - (Inside Out revenue - $3 Million)
  • Norway - 26 August - (Inside Out revenue - $3.3 Million)
  • Sweden - 26 August - (Inside Out revenue - $5.4 Million)
  • Greece - 1 September - (Inside Out revenue - $2.2 Million)
  • Turkey - 2 September - (Inside Out revenue - $1.5 Million)
  • Italy - 15 September - (Inside Out revenue - $27.1 Million)
  • Austria - 29 September - (Inside Out revenue - $3.2 Million)
  • Germany - 29 September - (Inside Out revenue - $31.6 Million)

The countries listed above netted approximately $83.3 Million in revenue for Inside Out and if they generate similar numbers for Finding Dory, that would only leave $16.7 Million in revenue (in already-released countries) to make up in order to reach $1,000,000,000. So, will Finding Dory hit $1 Billion in revenue? Leave your thoughts below or chat about it in the Pixar Post Forum.

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