Monday, July 21, 2014

Toy Story That Time Forgot Poster Revealed

Attendees of the upcoming Toy Story That Time Forgot first-look panel on July 24 at Comic-Con are in for a special treat. Guests will receive an official poster from Pixar's second television special which they can also get autographed by Pixarians, Steve Purcell (Director), Galyn Susman (Executive producer) and Derek Thompson (head of story).

TVLine first shared the poster this afternoon and also reported that Michael Giacchino will be on hand to moderate the 1-hour panel session at Comic-Con. Does this imply that he will be scoring Toy Story That Time Forgot, much like he did for Toy Story of TERROR!? We would certainly think so - why else would they ask him to moderate?

The edgy poster was created by the famed monster-loving, Mike Mignola, (who has a penchant for large black areas in his prints) certainly leads us to believe that the short may have a dark side with the perfectly placed humor which Pixar is known for. It also appears that the beloved and goofy Trixie may have been converted to become one of the dangerously delusional dinos (with her red eyes, red back plates and fact that she's sporting the same chest symbol as the other four characters). (The chest plate must be from the line of toys they're from.)

Original book cover for The Land
That Time Forgot

The greenery popping out behind the lead dino-action figure in the new poster, Reptillus Maximus, really plays well into our expanding theory that this short will take inspiration from Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Land That Time Forgot book (the first in a trilogy) which takes place inside of a lush, green island known as Caspak, which is full of dangerous dinosaurs and other terrifying natives.

More details on the basic plot line as well as the vocal cast can be found by clicking the Related Posts links below.

What are your thoughts on the poster and the television special? Leave a comment below or chat about it with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum post about the short. As a side note, thanks to forum users maxxie03 and TOM-4319 for uploading the image of the poster in the forum - you even beat us to our post!

Related Posts:
Exclusive First Look at Toy Story That Time Forgot at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con - July 24
Toy Story That Time Forgot Christmas Special Airing on ABC This Holiday Season
Toy Story of TERROR! Soundtrack Review - It's Full of Drama!

Pixar Post - T.J.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Additional Details Surrounding Pixar's Upcoming Short, Lava

Photo Courtesy Disney Insider

Spoilers and additional basic story lines may be found in this post.

Three weeks ago, Pixar surprised fans by announcing the initial details (along with the beautiful poster artwork) of their upcoming short film, Lava, which will be featured along side Inside Out in theaters on June 19, 2015. Today, a few additional details have surfaced from an article on Disney Insider as well as the LA Times, including a look at the shorts main character, Uku. According to the LA Times, Uku is "crusty and prone to eruptions, but with a warm core underneath". Uku is looking for love and finds his match in Lele, another volcano among the oceans off of the Hawaiian islands. (Get the connection...Uku & Lele...Ukulele.)

Although Uku is a volcano, director James Ford Murphy wanted to ensure that he had a lovable side to him as well. In fact, James noted that the idea for the short came while he was on his honeymoon, some 20 years ago. He was so taken by the Hawaiian culture that he started playing ukulele and ended up writing the music behind the short. (Additional details on the music, and initial plot details can be found in our previous post regarding Lava.) With a background like that, the passion that James has put into this short will certainly jump off the screen and touch our hearts.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Exclusive First Look at "Toy Story That Time Forgot" at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con - July 24 - UPDATED

As the Toy Story franchise came to a close in movie theaters in 2010, Pixar was seeking additional avenues to continue to allow audiences to enjoy some of their most celebrated characters - like Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang. October 16, 2013 saw the release of Pixar's first television special, Toy Story of TERROR!, which was met with overwhelming success. The special, directed by Angus MacLane will see a Blu Ray release packed with special features on August 19, 2014, a book released on July 22, 2014 and even saw a special toy set with Combat Carl released as well.

Toy Story of TERROR! concept artwork similar to what
will be revealed at this year's SDCC panel

Fans of the first special didn't have to wait long as Pixar announced in January of 2014 that they would also be producing a second special titled, Toy Story That Time Forgot. After some engaging discussions on our Forum, we found what we believe is a connection to a certain Edgar Rice Burroughs book titled, The Land That Time Forgot. We even dedicated the beginning of our 24th episode of our Podcast to chatting about the book and how it could potentially be worked into a Pixar story.

San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive First Look

Of course everything that we have discussed up to this point is complete speculation, so today we were ecstatic to learn that we'll be getting our first official glimpse of Toy Story That Time Forgot on July 24, 2014 (11:15 AM - 12:15 PM PST) at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) (Room 6A). The details from the SDCC site note -

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Small Fry - Director's Commentary Review of the Hilarious Toy Story Toon

In 2011, Pixar released its second Toy Story Toon, Small Fry ahead of the revamped, The Muppets movie. Pixarian Angus MacLane reprised his directorial role having previously directed the short, Burn-E (and most recently directed Toy Story of TERROR!). The director's chair wasn't the only role MacLane filled during production, he wrote the short as well - crediting his mother and sister (whom are psychologists) for being the inspiration behind the toy support group.

The short begins in a local fast food restaurant, Poultry Palace and if you look closely you'll get a kick out of the silly items listed for purchase. Items such as Hot Oil for a bargain price of 99 cents are on the menu - and who could pass up a large ranch flavored soda! The charm of this short is that we can all remember getting toys from fast food restaurants and of course getting numerous duplicate toys - UGH! MacLane mentioned that for part of his research he visited 15 fast food restaurants (all in one day) in his hometown, just so he could get a glimpse into how the kids meal toys look today.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Episode 029 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our interview with Craig Foster of Pixar's Art Department & the News of Inside Out and Lava

In episode 029 of the Pixar Post Podcast we discuss:

Pixar Post Book Club

  • We chat about our lessons learned from the first run-through for Creativity, Inc. and have retooled slightly to put a more centralized focus on the process to engage more readers. Be sure to stay tuned to the Pixar Post Book Club Forum page for more details and get ready - we'll be discussing The Pixar Touch at the end of July.

Inside Out & Lava News

  • Starting at 2:20 into the show - We chat about the Pixar's newly announced short, Lava, covering the official synopsis, the comparison to other musical love stories and a few details on the music. We wrap up the Lava discussion with a little background on the short films director (James Ford Murphy) and producer (Andrea Warren).
  • Starting at 12:15 into the show - We continue our earlier Google Hangout discussion regarding Inside Out and expand on the news from the Director's Guild of America event. We cover the new concept art that was revealed as well as some of the additional story elements which were discussed at the event. 
  • Additionally, we dig into a topic that Dan the Pixar Fan brought up on the Forum in which he explored some of the previous projects (non-Pixar) which have similarities to Inside Out. We chat about Herman's Head, Cranium Command, Reason & Emotion and finally, Body Wars.

Part Three of The Pixar Pipeline Project

  • Starting at 38:00 into the podcast - We are excited to bring our third interview as part of the Pixar Pipeline Project. The Project is a nine-part series of Pixar interviews which will allow us to follow the path of a Pixar movie through it's journey from story to screen. 
  • Our third interview is with Craig Foster from Pixar's art department. We chat about a range of work from his experiences on Monsters University (including the creation of Art's famed Dream Journal), WALL•E and even some of the design work for Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure.
  • Finally, we wrap up with a discussion on Craig's journey to Pixar as well as some inspirational words he shares about working towards your goals.
Craig Foster Photo © Pixar Animation Studios

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Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Danielle Feinberg's "Made With Code" Inspirational Presentation

Google's newly minted initiative, Made with Code, is geared towards educating and inspiring young women to look more closely at computer sciences and coding as a career path. With a 50 million dollar investment over three years, the program pairs local events, real-life mentors and existing "makers" in a community atmosphere. Among the mentors that have profiles on the Made with Code site is Pixar's own, Danielle Feinberg (Directors of Photography for Lighting).

Danielle's profile video briefly chats about an her passion for lighting in computer animation and highlights the importance of confidence in the workplace - but this introduction video really sets the stage for Danielle's Made With Code Launch Party presentation where she really shines (video below). Mindy Kaling, the voice of the emotion "disgust" in the upcoming Pixar film, Inside Out, introduced Danielle to the stage and kicked things off in her usual energetic style.

Throughout the presentation, Danielle drives home the idea of following your own voice and setting your own path. Danielle mentioned how following her interests and not following the pack has led her to Pixar - where she's now been for 17 years. As the Director of Photography for Lighting, Danielle describes that she works to determine the look and feel of an animated scene utilizing lighting, but underneath all the lights that she places in a scene are thousands of lines of code.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Take a Peek Inside the New Ratatouille Themed Ride and Restaurant at Disneyland Paris

Over the weekend, Disneyland Paris unveiled the Ratatouille themed area Place de Remy. While the official opening is set for July 10, Disney invited members of the European press (including our friends from Pixar Planet France) for a special dedication ceremony. Lead by Disney CEO, Bob Iger and Disney Parks Chairman, Tom Staggs, the two were joined onstage by Remy and Linguini for the final ribbon cutting dedication had the press, in the words of Anton Ego, "...hungry for more". 

Luckily, the press were then given exclusive access to Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy (Ratatouille: The Adventure), the newly themed dark ride which features a newer technology of a trackless ride-vehicle system as well as 3D screens and larger than life props that help immerse guests into Remy's world. During the ride guests feel as if they have shrunk down as they explore the kitchen of Gusteau's as rats, only to encounter Chef Skinner who will stop at nothing to get you out of his kitchen.

Photo via DLP Welcome
The restaurant, Bistrot Chez Remy will have guests in pure wonderment as the Disney Imagineers have recreated the ending scene in Ratatouille with decorations to have you feeling as if you were Remy-sized. With chairs that look like bottle caps, Christmas lights in colanders (as chandeliers) and the leaf overhang on the ceiling, you can't help but think there are real rats cooking in the kitchen.