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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Monday, August 1, 2016

Pixar Employee 'Coco' Crew Shirt and Updated Logo for The Film?

Photo via Lee Unkrich's Twitter

Over last few weeks, Pixar employees who are working on the upcoming November 22, 2017 release, Coco, have begun sharing photos of a beautiful new crew-exclusive t-shirt which provides an additional glimpse into the wonderful design elements and styling of the film. The skull design features a fun look at the main character, Miguel with his guitar, some candles (possibly to light his way in the underworld), along with butterflies and a peacock (among other floral and skull design elements).

The tag which accompanied the shirt (signed by Director, Lee Unkrich, Producer, Darla Anderson and Co-Director, Adrian Molina) read, "To Our Coco Familia: Gracias for all your hard work! We're so proud to be working alongside you on this special film."

Pixarian, Daniel Arriaga (character designer) noted that the design was created by Disney artist Stacey Aoyama (who also crafted this wonderful Inside Out poster) and had finishing touches by production designer, Harley Jessup.

Photo via Daniel Arriaga on Instagram

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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