Pixar, in partnership with Khan Academy, have launched an exciting educational program geared towards kids and teens (or the curious-minded) to learn about the math and science that helps bring their films to life called, Pixar in a Box. The series of free online courses engages students as they explore varying degrees of complexity by pairing education and entertainment — effectively making learning fun & showcasing how education is truly applied in the workforce. The official tagline from Pixar states that as you learn about the technical aspects, "you’ll also learn a lot about Pixar’s filmmaking process. To see how these lessons fit together, it’s helpful to get to know the Pixar production pipeline. We've broken this pipeline into a series of topics for you to explore."
The main topics within the interactive lessons are: An introduction, Environment modeling, Character modeling, Animation, Crowds, Sets & Staging and finally, Rendering (with additional sub-topics along the way such as Editorial, Lighting or Art & Story). Additional topics are planned for future programs as well (such as computer science, arts, and humanities), so this is only the beginning.
To get started all you need to do is head to the Khan Academy site. Although you don't have to sign up to enjoy the lesson plans, doing so will save your progress and as we've explored the lessons, we'd recommend it — there's an amazing wealth of information included. Each lesson should be able to be completed within an hour and each topic is broken into two lessons with recommended grade levels for completion.
Lesson 1: Modeling grass with parabolas - all ages
Lesson 2: Calculating parabolas - grades 7 - high school
In episode 042 of the Pixar Post Podcast we break down all you need to know to be ready for the upcoming release of Disney Infinity 3.0. We invited Will from DisneyInfinity.tv to breakdown which starter pack you need (disc or digital), which of the five play sets or 40+ game figures you can get at launch, along with details about the many power discs coming to the latest release. Will also dives into his experience playing the Inside Out play set, his experience at the Toy Box Summit and the Disney Interactive panel at the 2015 D23 Expo. Heck, we have a great time chatting about the game and what we're excited for as well.
Once you listen, be sure to leave a comment on our post or chat about the game with other users in the Pixar Post Forum - we want to know, what is the first play set and figure you're planning to pick up on launch day?
As the theatrical release for The Good Dinosaur nears we couldn't help but spread the word that a series of activity books, coloring books and reading books (including the amazing The Art of The Good Dinosaur) have been popping up on Amazon to pre-order. The books will be releasing between October 2015 - January 2016 and feature new characters that have yet to be seen in any official trailers or teasers. Below are the titles sorted by release date - click any title to pre-order.
In episode 041 of the Pixar Post Podcast we give our wrap-up discussion of the D23 Expo which took place from August 14-16, 2015 in Anaheim California. We also chat with Lava director, Jim Murphy in our short one-on-one interview and dive into the updated Disney Infinity 3.0 news (The Good Dinosaur) and so much more.
Kicking off the show, we jump right into the D23 Expo and mix in the news over the last few weeks.
More than three years ago on April 24, 2012, Lee Unkrich was gearing up to finally be able to chat about his upcoming project based on the holiday, Dia de los Muertos. The announcement was made at the 2012 CinemaCon and Lee tweeted to his followers that he was "so excited to finally reveal my next movie at Pixar".
Shortly thereafter, the LA Times posted an interview with Lee (May 22, 2012) where he discussed the initial idea of his upcoming film. In fact, the article also mentions that he was a week away from pitching the main story idea to Pixar's "Brain Trust" (a collection of senior employees who offer insights and thoughts on new and in-progress films). Pixar's famous research trips had already begun for Lee as well and the article mentions that he had already been frequenting Mexico to get more details.
The Disney Parks Panel is one of the most anticipated events at the D23 Expo as the presentation is always full of breaking news and announcements regarding new attractions and expansions within the parks. Today it was announced that an 11-acre Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (Florida). Since the closure of the Studio Backlot Tour (back in the Fall of 2014) rumors have swirled over what may go in its place - from a scaled down Cars Land to a Monsters, Inc. rollercoaster fans have imagined numerous possibilities.
Two confirmed attractions revealed during the panel include a Slinky Dog themed family-friendly rollercoaster and an alien saucer attraction featuring "The Claw". As previously reported a third track is already underway for the popular Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction - which will almost certainly help alleviate the 90-minute wait times. While no further details or dates were released, as we looked at the concept art we couldn't help but notice a possible addition of Al's Toy Barn. Fans in the Pixar Post Forum have been discussing their ideas on the expansion - be sure to sign up and share your thoughts with other Pixar fans.
As the excitement of the 2015 D23 Expo continues, news from yesterday's Upcoming Animation keynote presentation hosted by none other than John Lasseter continues to excite fans for the upcoming lineup of Pixar films. Below is highlight of each film presented with a summary of photos, information and a video highlight reel. This is a longer post, but we assure you the information is packed so read along and enjoy.
John Lasseter stepped onto the stage of HallD23 and immediately captivated the crowd of 7,800 fans with his energy, charm and excitement. He quipped about his exclusive Reyn Spooner "Lasseter-style" Hawaiian shirt (available exclusively at the Expo) and then used a t-shirt cannon to give some away before getting to the news of the event. The panel of Disney animated films was up first and covered Zootopia, Gigantic and the gorgeously designed, Moana. Saving the Pixar lineup for the end, the crowd was treated to looks at Riley's First Date, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, the newly titled Coco and some brief news of Toy Story 4.
INSIDE OUT - RILEY'S FIRST DATE
Jonas Rivera, Josh Cooley & Pete Docter
As soon as John wrapped up his introduction, he quickly passed the stage to Inside Out Director, Pete Docter, Producer Jonas Rivera and Josh Cooley. Josh (screenwriter on Inside Out & director of Riley's First Date) told an all-too-true story of how his own daughter's future of dating inspired the short film(releasing with the Inside Out Blu-ray on November 3).
“We were working on Inside Out, we had this connection because we all have daughters. We would talk about our kids and it eventually became fathers-of-daughters support group,” Cooley explained. “One of them said, ‘Just wait until she’s old enough to bring home her first boy.’ That became the premise of the short film.”