Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pixar Wins Big at The 43rd Annual Annie Awards (Updated with Video)

With this year marking the first time Pixar Animation Studios has released two feature films within the same calendar year it will certainly make for an exciting upcoming award season. Pixar Animation Studios has received 25 well deserved nominations across multiple categories (nominations announced December 1, 2015) — Sanjay's Super Team (1 nomination), The Good Dinosaur (10 nominations) and Inside Out (14 nominations).

In addition to the film nominations, late Pixarian Joe Ranft was honored with the Winsor McCay award recognizing his career contributions to the animation industry - previous Winsor McCay honorees have included Walt Disney, Mary Blair and John Lasseter. Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera gave a beautiful heartfelt introduction to their late mentor and friend and accepting the award was Joe's brother Jerome Ranft (Pixar sculptor) and Joe's daughter Sophia.

Updated - our wrap-up video summarizing all of the acceptance speeches as well as the honoring of Joe Ranft can be seen below (or direct on YouTube - be sure to subscribe).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pixar Celebrates 30 Years of Artistry and Entertainment

Although Pixar's lineage dates back to the 1970's, it wasn't until Steve Jobs purchased the Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Division from George Lucas on February 3, 1986 that it officially became known as "Pixar". With less than 50 employees on hand after the official formation of the company, there were a surprising number of changes that would happen along the way to producing Toy Story — the groundbreaking film that would forever change the industry. From it's early roots as a hardware-based company, to their unique television commercials, Pixar slowly evolved into the company it seemed destined to become.

Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton images courtesy of Pixar

With Ed Catmull's technical advancements in computer graphics, to John Lasseter's storytelling and animation prowess, the backbone to become a premiere feature film production house was in place early on. Through the passage of time and hiring the right people, the roots for Toy Story would take hold in 1991 when the script began (first draft by John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton). Over the next four years, Toy Story would become not only the first full-length computer generated animated film, but also one of the most beloved animated films of all time.

Due to their enormously successful and ever-expanding list of films, Pixar's distribution partner, Disney, soon realized that the overwhelming majority of their profits in animation were coming from a company they didn't even own. Not wanting to let the deal dissolve over time, Disney acquired Pixar on May 5, 2006 (after a series of negotiations and Pixar shareholder approval) for $7.4 billion dollars.


What a ride it has been - if there's one constant throughout all the background changes that have happened (and will continue to happen), it's that our love and respect for Pixar's artistry has only grown over time. As Pixar passes this 30 year milestone, we congratulate the employees on their hard work and dedication to entertaining audiences around the globe with their unique vision. Their stories have made us laugh and cry (or more realistically...sob). Their technical achievements have made our eyes pop and jaws drop as we witnessed scenes we thought were impossible to craft in a computer. Their films and merchandise have permeated our lives in such a seamless way that it's impossible to imagine a world without Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen or Carl and Ellie Fredrickson.

Although this post is a high level summary of Pixar's history, this is our simple way of thanking Pixar for entertaining us for 30 years with their brilliant artistry. Here's to "infinity and beyond".

We'd love to hear your love for Pixar on their 30th anniversary as well — in one sentence, describe what Pixar means to you, tell us how their work has made you feel, or simply list the film that impacted you the most. Bonus points if you know why we used the character we did in the lead image for this post (comment below)?


The official Walt Disney site posted a 6 minute video of John Lasseter reminiscing about the last 30 years at Pixar. Although a lot of the information has been talked about previously, we really enjoyed when he talked about the wrap party for Toy Story — you could almost see the change in his face and it felt like a very real moment as he reflected on this proud moment.

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'The Good Dinosaur' & 'Inside Out' Shine At The 14th Annual VES Awards

The 14th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards took place February 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Beverly Hills, California). The VES Awards recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created them. Pixar was highly honored at the event as both Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur were nominated for 4 awards each (across 4 categories). After the night was over, The Good Dinosaur took home three-of-the-four awards for its visual mastery, while Inside Out took home the award for Outstanding Animated Performance. Read more details regarding the nominees and winners below.

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

  • The Good Dinosaur - WINNER
    • Sanjay Bakshi
    • Denise Ream
    • Michael Venturing
    • Jon Reisch
  • Inside Out
    • Michael Fong
    • Jonas Rivera
    • Victor Navone
    • Paul Mendoza

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pixar Minute - Toy Story 4 News, Finding Dory Merchandise, What's Next for Pete Docter & More

Welcome to the third installment of the Pixar Minute, where you can catch up on the latest Pixar news in just about a minute. This week we summarize news surrounding Andy's Mom's return to Toy Story 4, a slew of new Finding Dory merchandise, The Good Dinosaur's Blu-ray release date, a quick chat of what's next for Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera...and more.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Something Looks Familiar 'Finding Dory' UK Teaser

A new UK teaser was released on Disney UK's YouTube this morning showing the forgetful Dory swimming around a logo of the movie title wondering what it could be.The film hits theaters on June 17, 2016 in North America, but will hit UK cinemas on July 29,2016. Watch the short teaser (30 seconds) below and then be sure to check out the most recent Finding Dory products (towels, swim toys and more) in our products post.

'Inside Out' Wins at the Producers Guild of America Awards & What's Next For Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

The 27th Annual Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards were held this past Friday (January 23, 2016) and Inside Out Producer, Jonas Rivera took home the award for "Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures". What may be equally exciting as the victory for Jonas and the studio is what Pete Docter (Director) and Rivera said during an interview on the red carpet - they revealed a small detail as to their next project (details below).

The PGA Awards celebrate the finest producing work of the year and honors the achievements of those who have shaped the profession. Pixar Animation Studios was honored with three nominations across two categories with Inside Out (Jonas Rivera), The Good Dinosaur (Denise Ream) and Toy Story That Time Forgot (Gayly Susman) being recognized for the work.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Andy's Mom to Return in 'Toy Story 4'

A few days ago, Laurie Metcalf, the voice of Andy's Mom in the Toy Story franchise was a guest on Andy Cohen's, Watch What Happens Live and during a question-and-answer session, the actress noted that she will return for Toy Story 4 (set for release on June 15, 2018). Although she didn't offer any additional details regarding the film, it is interesting to think that Andy's Mom will make an appearance in the film — we would have thought any connection to Andy or his side of the family wouldn't be included due to the closure in the third film. Looks like this film already has a twist up its sleeve. Watch the brief clip of Laurie's interview below and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment, or chatting about it in the Pixar Post Forum.