Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"A Fantastic New Story" for The Good Dinosaur is Underway

Just about a year ago, we learned that The Good Dinosaur lead director Bob Peterson would be stepping off the project, leaving co-director Peter Sohn at the helm (though a new lead director has yet to be confirmed by Pixar). Shortly thereafter, Pixar announced that The Good Dinosaur would be delayed from a May 30, 2014 release to November 25, 2015 and with that delay would come a hefty storyline change - and possible role changes as well. In a recent interview with Collider (via /Film), John Lithgow says:
“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.” 
As Lithgow stated the entire film is being "completely reimagined", the original storyline asked the question what if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film followed a Apatotosaurus family as Arlo (the teenage Apatosaurus) befriends a young human boy named Spot.

John Lithgow & Fran McDormand - two upper-right images

During the interview when asked about looming role changes Lithgow answered "...me and Frannie McDormand, we’re still playing Momma and Poppa dinosaur." This confirmation has us excited about the new story but also wondering if Bill Hader, Judy Greer, Lucas Neff and Neil Patrick Harris characters have made the cut and are still in the film. While this is only speculation as we do not have confirmation from Pixar of any role/character changes we can only add that we are excited to see what The Good Dinosaur will bring us late next year and what the reimagined story will be.

Be sure to share your thoughts on the Pixar Post Forum - thanks to forum user maxxie03 for spotting this and posting it to the forum.

Related Posts
- Confirmed Bob Peterson is off The Good Dinosaur Project
- The Good Dinosaur Pushes Release Date to November 2015

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Toy Story of TERROR! Blu-Ray Review - A Look at the Extra Features and More

Do you remember last October when you sat down at home to watch the premiere of Toy Story of TERROR! on ABC? It was such a unique experience to see the premiere of a new Pixar project from our couch that the excitement was palpable as we counted down to 8:00 PM. When we opened our copy of the Toy Story of TERROR! Blu-Ray, those same feelings came back. We were excited to not only view the short again in full 1080p resolution, but also to dig into the behind-the-scenes moments from Pixar's first television special. 

Pixar's presentation of the special is what we've come to expect - the image is stunning with an amazing amount of detail and crispness which couldn't be fully portrayed in the high definition television broadcast. The surround sound also shines with its amazing panning and deep bass (which is even more prevalent in subtle moments like Jessie's heartbeat during her moments of stress). That being said, what would a Pixar release be without the many in-depth looks and extra features that we've come to expect?


Below is a list of the special features included on the Blu-Ray release with our additional comments.
  • Feature - Toy Story of TERROR! (22:00)
  • “Toy Story Toons” Shorts
    • Hawaiian Vacation (5:50)
    • Small Fry (7:07)
    • Partysaurus Rex (6:31)
  • Audio Commentaries
    • Toy Story of TERROR!
    • Hawaiian Vacation
    • Small Fry
    • Partysaurus Rex
  • Team of Specialists
    • Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
  • 3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions
    • Pencil Topper Trilogy
    • Travel Brochures
    • Road Trip Roulette
  • Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions
    • Old Timer
    • Combat Carl
    • Transitron
  • D23 Teaser

It should be noted that there is a difference between the Blu-Ray and DVD releases - the DVD version does not contain the 3 additional deleted scenes with editor introductions. The Disney Movies Anywhere edition doesn't contain the audio commentary tracks.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pixar Villain Vinylmation Series Now Available at the Disney Store

Vinylmation Villains 5 Series Figure - 3'' 

A new Pixar Villain Series of Vinylmations have been released today at the Disney Store and Disneystore.com. This is the fifth in the villain series and showcases some of our favorite Pixar villains. The series contains eight characters, including one mystery chaser all which are in the traditional blind boxes.

The figures include (with the artist's name in parenthesis):
  • Thumper - A Bug's Life (Marvin Lao)
  • Dean Hardscrabble - Monsters University, with neck extension (Enrique Pita)
  • Darla - Finding Nemo (Gerald Mendez)
  • Syndrome - The Incredibles (Enrique Pita)
  • Waternoose - Monsters, Inc. (Marvin Lao)
  • Mordu - Brave (Enrique Pita)
  • Charles Muntz - Up (Gerald Mendez)
  • Mystery Figure - which is revealed on our Pixar Post Forum as "The Chicken Man"

An initial set of Pixar Villain Vinylmations were released during the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), but not in the traditional blind boxes like the set released today. The SDCC series was limited to 480 for each character and sold out almost immediately (as most products do at the convention), so if you're searching for them, you'll have to check out eBay.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Summit - Wrap Up Review & Reveals

One element of the wildly successful Disney Infinity game is the Toy Box, where players create their own unique worlds and even download additional puzzles uploaded by users around the globe. With the release of Disney Infinity 2.0 hitting shelves on September 23, 2014, the team at Avalanche Software hosted the inaugural Toy Box Summit this weekend (August 16 & 17) in Salt Lake City, Utah to allow the top Toy Box designers to get their hands on the upcoming version. In addition to some great discussions with some official Avalanche Software team members, the attendees also competed to try and create the best Toy Box they could in less than 24 hours - and the winner would win some pretty amazing prizes. Read more as we recap the events of the weekend and even watch the full live stream of the event below.

August 16

Part #1

Day one of the Toy Box Summit kicked off with a keynote presentation with John Vignocchi (Executive Producer, Disney Interactive) and John Blackburn (VP, GM Disney Infinity) who recapped the successes from Disney Infinity 1.0 as well covered the first version of the Toy Box. Additionally, the pair gave a great high level look at what we can expect from the Toy Box 2.0 while covering the top 10 fan-requested features to be added to the new Toy Box (listed below).

John Blackburn and John Vignocchi

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Toy Story of TERROR! Blu Ray Extra "Team of Specialists" Clip [u]

Pixar Post's Instagram photo of Combat Carl

Along with the Blu Ray, DVD and Digital release of Toy Story of TERROR! on August 19, you'll find an amazing array of extra features that are almost as long as the 21 minute special itself. Our official review will be coming soon (UPDATED - our official Blu-Ray review is here), but Disney•Pixar's YouTube has released an exclusive clip of the behind-the-scenes look at Toy Story of TERROR!, called Team of Specialists. The entire Team of Specialists feature is 11:52 and really digs into so many of the favorite moments from the short along with a ton of humor. 

Also, be prepared to laugh like crazy when viewing the vintage toy commercials that were created for Combat Carl, Old Timer (our favorite) and Transitron. UPDATED August 14 - Since we mentioned the commercials specifically, we happened to spot the Combat Carl Public Service Announcement (brought to you by the National Cough Safety Council). Hilarious - watch it below.

Again, our full review of all of the amazing extras will be coming soon but in the meantime, enjoy the clip and be sure to pre-order your copy today. For a full list of details on the Blu Ray, DVD and Digital release, check out our earlier post.

Order the Blu Ray and DVD on Amazon utilizing the links below.


Related Posts:
Toy Story of TERROR! on Blu Ray & DVD August 19, 2014 Along with Partysaurus Rex, Hawaiian Vacation & Small Fry
Episode 028 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our interview with Pixarian ChloĆ© Kloezeman (2nd Assistant Editor on Toy Story of TERROR!), Radiator Springs 500½ & much more
Toy Story of TERROR! Video Toy Review of Combat Carl, Glow Buzz Lightyear and Jessie figures

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Phyllis Smith Discusses Her Vocal Work as Sadness for 'Inside Out'

Phyllis Smith, the voice of Sadness in Pixar's upcoming, Inside Out, recently say down with Fox News in St. Louis and briefly discussed her experience recording vocal work for the Studio. The video below highlights some of her initial struggles of figuring out how to fall into her new role of voice acting as well recording dialogue with Amy Poehler (voice of Joy). Even in moments where Phyllis is joking with the host, her voice still exudes a sullen undertone - what a perfect fit for the role of Sadness.

I had to laugh when Phyllis said, "I don't know is this is a good thing but usually they have about 4 or 5 sessions, I've had 7 or 8 - so it's either because I'm really good or I'm really awful". Additionally, just a few days ago, a user on the Forum spotted that Mindy Kaling posted another look at her character of Disgust as well as a photo with Pete Docter noting that she wrapped her last major recording session.

Related Posts:
Pixar's Next Short Lava Will Premiere Ahead of Inside Out in Theaters & More Inside Out Details
- Inside Out New Logo & Details from the Annecy International Film Festival with Pete Docter
Michael Giacchino to Score Inside Out - Video Interview

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Episode 030 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our interview with Pixarian Mahyar Abousaeedi, SDCC 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' News and More

In episode 030 of the Pixar Post Podcast we discuss:

Pixar Post Website Updates

  • At the top of the episode we chat about two new changes to our site - the addition of a dedicated Book Club page to help readers more easily identify which book we're reading and the addition of a new Fan Art / Gallery page which should make our images much more viewer friendly. Additionally, the Gallery will now also feature images from Disney Infinity, Pixar movies and even have a section for your own fan art (coming soon).

Pixar News

  • Starting at 4:19 into the podcast - we chat about the exciting news that Angus MacLane's LEGO WALL•E has reached the 10,000 votes mark on Lego Ideas - we chat about what this means and out hopes for the fun project.
Image © Angus MacLane
  • Starting at 8:13 into the podcast - we chat about the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) merchandise news and cover the Pixar Villain Vinylmation news as well as some Toy Story That Time Forgot merchandise.
  • Starting at 15:40 into the podcast - we chat about the SDCC panel discussion surrounding Toy Story That Time Forgot. The links we discussed during the podcast were - Our event summary of the panel, our Live Google Hangout to discuss the news of the day and our forum page where readers have been really digging into the Toy Story That Time Forgot news.

Part Four of The Pixar Pipeline Project

  • Starting at 27:48 into the podcast - We are excited to bring our fourth 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 fourth interview is with Mahyar Abousaeedi from Pixar's layout department. We chat about everything from a day-in-the-life of a layout artist, to some amazing insights into Up and how Mahyar's vision helped tweak a moment from the iconic Married Life sequence.
  • Finally, we wrap up with a discussion on Mahyar's journey to Pixar as well as some great insight as to how someone would navigate their way to a layout position at an animation company.
Mahyar Abousaeedi photo © Pixar Animation Studios

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Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie