Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exclusive First Look at the Upcoming Cars Toon 'To Protect and Serve'

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Fans of the Cars franchise know that each Cars Toons short packs a punch with fast-paced action and quick-witted hijinks. Through the shorts, Mater has found himself in countless conundrums, Guido has wowed crowds with his sign spinning abilities and most recently, we've seen Lightning McQueen challenged to a Baja-style race in Radiator Springs 500½. Today, we have the exclusive first look at Pixar's next Cars Toons adventure titled, To Protect and Serve, in which the residents of Radiator Springs are in a sticky situation with a pair of rookie Sheriffs from Carburetor County. The official synopsis for the short is -

Episode 033 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Exclusive First Look at 'To Protect and Serve', Our Interview with Effects Artist, Jason Johnston & More

In episode 033 of the Pixar Post Podcast we discuss a ton of great Pixar news, including our exclusive first look at To Protect and Serve, the continuation of the Pixar Pipeline Project with Jason Johnston of the Effect team and so much more. Below are our show notes from the episode with time codes for your reference:

Pixar Post Website Updates

  • At the top of the episode we chat about Pixar Post getting on Tumblr. We have some great plans for how to use Tumblr to bring you the latest Pixar products on the web so you don't miss any of your favorite items when they go on sale.

Pixar News

  • Starting at 2:45 into the podcast - we chat about the Toy Story That Time Forgot commercial that aired alongside the re-broadcast of Toy Story of TERROR! a few weeks back.
  • Starting at 6:45 into the podcast - we chat about the two gorgeous images released for LAVA (the turtles and the whale) as well as several interviews with director, Jim Murphy.
  • Starting at 11:18 into the podcast - we chat about the release (and disappearance) of Party Central from Disney Movies Anywhere. UPDATED Oct 30 at 3:00 PM ET - during the podcast we noted that Party Central was removed from Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA). It appears that the short has been re-added to DMA (it must have been a temporary glitch that it was down).
  • Starting at 14:52 into the podcast - we chat about the announcement of Peter Sohn moving into the lead director role on The Good Dinosaur.
  • Starting at 18:30 into the podcast - we chat about our exclusive first look at To Protect and Serve, Pixar's 2015 Cars Toons release. We dig into all the gritty details from the synopsis, to what we can gather from the screenshot, to our predictions for the story elements of the short.

Jason Johnston Image © Debbie Coleman/Pixar

Part Seven of The Pixar Pipeline Project

  • Starting at 32:26 into the podcast - We are excited to bring our seventh 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 its journey from story to screen. 
  • Our interview this month is with Jason Johnston from Pixar's Effects department. We chat about everything from a day-in-the-life of an effects artist, to his Visual Effects Society award winning work on Ratatouille, Up and WALL•E, all the way to his brilliant advice for those looking to get into the effects field.
  • Finally, we wrap up with a discussion on Jason's journey to Pixar.
  • We're certain you'll be amazed with the level of detail and work that goes into the effects team's work - enjoy the interview.

Feel free to listen to the Podcast using the player below, subscribe and listen directly in iTunes, or subscribe and listen on Stitcher.

Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RS Team Lightning McQueen - Special Edition Die Cast Car Review

While wandering the isles of Target the other day we happened to spot a unique Cars die cast - a metallic (ransburg) edition of Lightning McQueen in an acrylic display case. We were really surprised to see this car for two reasons - first, we haven't seen this type of special edition release at Target before and second, because upon first glance it looks strikingly similar to the New York Toy Fair release. Check out our review video below and use the links below to purchase the car.

Our video review takes a look at the standard Mattel 1:55 die cast car. The outer box measures in at 7" length x 4" height x 3" depth, while the acrylic box measures in at 7.88" in length, 2.69" in height and 2.94" in depth.

Purchase the RS Team Lightning McQueen at Target or on eBay.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Good Dinosaur Director Confirmed - Peter Sohn

After much speculation, we now have confirmation from Pixar that Peter Sohn will take over the directing reins for The Good Dinosaur, set for a theatrical release on November 25, 2015. Just over a year ago, we learned that The Good Dinosaur lead director Bob Peterson would be stepping off the project as the film had concerns with the story. Peter Sohn, the film's co-Director (at the time) was a natural fit to step in as the new lead director, but Pixar was mum on assigning the role officially until everything was sorted out with the story. (In fact, Pixar management brought in a power-team of veteran directors and storytellers to work out the kinks before announcing the role.)

After the film's delay, fans have been eagerly awaiting news and in August of this year, we learned that the film underwent a substantial story change as stated by John Lithgow, the voice of Poppa Dinosaur. This was the first breath of fresh air that The Good Dinosaur was firing on all cylinders again. The Good Dinosaur will be Sohns' feature film directorial debut, though he previously dazzled audiences with his artistry and storytelling in the heartwarming short that he both wrote and directed, Partly Cloudy

In the video below, Pixar officially broke the news on Twitter as Peter sketches Arlo, the film's main character.

In the background of the video you'll also notice Spot, another one of the film's main characters. This artwork has our mind wondering if perhaps Spot will continue to be in the rewrite of the film and what role he may play. What are your thoughts on today's news as well as Spot's appearance in the background of the video?

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- The Good Dinosaur Release Date Changed

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'Monsters University' Baseball Hat Returns to the Disney Store

Monsters University Baseball Cap for Adults

Ever since the removal of the storefront from the amazing, yet fictitious, Monsters University website, we've received many inquiries regarding the Monsters U baseball cap. The number one question is how it can be purchased now that it has been removed from the store. Well, good news friends, the Monsters University hat is back (temporarily) at, so be sure to pick it up before it's gone.

You may notice that this version of the cap has the frayed brim, just like Mike Wazowski's hat did in the film. Previously, this cap (with the frayed bill) was only available in Disney Parks as the prior version had a clean brim. I always enjoyed this extra detail on the hat and thought it added a fun level of authenticity.

Related Posts:
Our Monsters University Blu-Ray Review
Fear Tech Takes Over Monsters University Website
Monsters University Four-Arm Sweatshirt - Our Four-Thumbs Up Review

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Watch the Monsters University Inspired Short Film, 'Party Central' On Disney Movies Anywhere Now

Pixar Post: Party Central &emdash;

Party Central, the raucous short film inspired by the door technologies at Monsters University is now available to watch in its entirety on Disney Movies Anywhere. The five-minute-and-forty-second short was previously only seen in theaters ahead of Muppets Most Wanted and to date, hasn't been released in any format. This is great news for fans of the short, as the release date has been questioned for some time. For some viewers, this may even be the first time they will be able to view the short film!

You can access Disney Movies Anywhere directly through the website, or on your Apple iDevice by downloading the free Disney Movies Anywhere app.

Thanks to our forum reader and Monsters-super-fan, Randy (a.k.a. mikewazowski2013) for posting the news of Party Central's release. Be sure to check out the related links below for more Party Central news, including our interview with the short film's Director (and Monsters University story supervisor), Kelsey Mann.

Related Posts:
Episode 025 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Interview with Party Central Director Kelsey Mann, Incredibles 2, Cars 3 & much more

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Two New Stunning Images From LAVA & Interview With Jim Murphy

Pixar Post: Lava &emdash;

Just two days ago, we posted two great interviews with LAVA director, Jim Murphy, which had some fantastic details and insights into the creation of the musical love story between two volcanoes. These interviews also gave us our first glimpses at some concept art from the upcoming short film which were fantastic. Equally as exciting, today two new stunningly gorgeous still images were spotted (by Everything Pixar) which we found were included with an additional interview with Jim on Collider.

Pixar Post: Lava &emdash;

Check out the interview below and then soak in the beauty of the still images as well. The image of the turtles is astounding - look at the wonderful lighting in the scene and the gorgeous soft focus on the blue water behind the turtles. Wow.

Related Posts:
Director of LAVA, Jim Murphy, Chats About Geology, Music & The Pixar Pitch Process
Episode 031 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our interview with LAVA's Supervising Animator, Aaron Hartline
Inside Out's Exciting First Trailer Debut

Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie