Thursday, March 26, 2015

New 'Inside Out' Exhibit at Disney's Hollywood Studios Features Amazing Concept Art

Photo courtesy of WDW News Today
Pixar fans who are visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida over the next few months are in for a very special treat. As of yesterday, the rotating concept art exhibit located in the Magic of Disney Animation building (at Disney's Hollywood Studios) is now giving guests an 'inside' look into the film, Inside OutThe gallery consists of three glass display cases with various concept/character development sketches as well as maquette statuettes of the five main emotions. Look closely and you'll notice subtle changes to the characters as the film progressed during the 5-year production period.

Our favorite piece included in the exhibit is a sketch done by a Production Designer (pictured below), that portrays the day-to-day life from his daughter's point of view and what tends to be important points of interests in the eyes of a child. This particular piece adds the personal touch to the research of the film - mirroring what Pete Docter explained during a recent radio interview.

Photo courtesy of WDW News Today
Photo courtesy of WDW News Today

Thanks to WDW News Today for sharing this with us. To view the numerous other photos from the exhibit visit WDW News Today. We hope to see more great concept art in the 'Art of Inside Out' book set to release on May 26, 2015.



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pixar Post's 3-Year Anniversary Giveaway!


Three short years ago, over dessert on a quiet evening, we (Julie and I) decided that we wanted to start a website. A website where we could chat about and share one of our greatest passions - Pixar Animation Studios. As we look back across our three years of posts, product reviews and podcasts we wanted to celebrate by launching a giveaway for not one, but two individual giveaways!

The first giveaway is for a brand-new exclusive Pixar Studio Store T-Shirt (size Large) and the second is for a copy of the current issue of D23 Magazine which is an exclusive of D23 Gold members. But why are we giving away a copy of the magazine? It actually includes a brief article on Simon Christen and K.C. Royer - a pair of Pixar animators with a very unique office which looks like the wreckage of a vintage plane in the South American jungle. We were lucky enough to have been in Simon and K.C.'s office and it is astounding to see all the work and detail they have included. Although the article is short, it's still worth looking at a few photos and learning a bit more about the pair who wrapped on Inside Out not too long ago.

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All you have to do to enter either giveaway is read the rules and qualifications below for verification purposes, decide if you want to enter one or both giveaways and finally, fill out the form below.

Pete Docter Explains Importance of Infusing Personal Experiences Into Pixar Films


Director, Pete Docter recently sat down with CBC Radio (a Canadian-based radio program) where he discussed his journey into the making of Inside Out. The 20-minute conversation is sprinkled with details regarding the research of the film, as well as interesting facts - such as one of Riley's fears being, her Grandmother's vacuum. As the interview continued, Docter was asked to explain Pixar's secret of bringing emotional truth to each of their films. While there is no 'secret', Docter explained the importance of infusing truth from some sort of personal situation and proceeded to share his own story which helped create the storyline for Sulley in Monsters, Inc.
"Monsters, Inc. was born out of the fact that I love my work, I love my job and my wife and I had a kid. So now suddenly, I am wanting to be at work but then missing his first smile at home and how I want to be at both places - and I can’t. So, that’s really what Sulley from Monsters, Inc. is dealing with. This idea of loving work and being all about scaring and his job and now he’s stuck with a kid, and that becomes his obsession and he doesn’t know how to play his life. It’s those real-life experinces that are complex and hopefully that a lot of people can relate to that really become the heart of the film". - Pete Docter

Be sure to view the entire interview above and share your thoughts on Inside Out with other Pixar fans on The Pixar Post Forum.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Pete Docter Reveals That He Voices a Character in 'Inside Out' During a Canadian Talk Show


The Inside Out press tour is in full-swing as director, Pete Docter and producer, Jonas Rivera were featured on the Canadian early morning talk show, Breakfast Television. During the five-minute interview the duo revealed their excitement for the film as well as their appreciation for the vocal cast. We always enjoy hearing stories of collaboration on Pixar films and it was great to hear that both Bill Hader (the voice of Fear) and Amy Poehler (the voice of Joy) worked with the team during the entire project.
"She (Amy Poehler) is just fantastic! We've gotten to actually write with her, so she's been an intrigual part of creating the character and the whole story - so that's fantastic". - Pete Docter.


As the interview came to an end Pete Docter was asked if he could reveal any easter eggs, "Well, I get to be a voice...I am the voice of dad's Anger". This exciting confirmation now has us wondering if perhaps, Docter was able to animate any particular scenes in addition to lending his voice to the film. What do you think? Share your thoughts on Inside Out with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Official Character Descriptions of Riley's Emotions


As we quickly approach the theatrical release for Inside Out, it seems that we are treated daily to new and exciting details on this highly anticipated film. Today, Pixar has released the official character descriptions for the five character emotions inside Riley's mind. While we have already seen these hilarious characters in action (from the numerous trailers and toolkits), it is fun to read a little backstory and get inside 'their' minds.

JOY (voice of Amy Poehler) Joy’s goal has always been to make sure Riley stays happy. She is lighthearted, optimistic and determined to find the fun in every situation. Joy sees challenges in Riley’s life as opportunities, and the less happy moments as hiccups on the way back to something great. As long as Riley is happy, so is Joy.

FEAR (voice of Bill Hader) Fear’s main job is to protect Riley and keep her safe. He is constantly on the lookout for potential disasters, and spends time evaluating the possible dangers, pitfalls and risk involved in Riley’s everyday activities. There are very few activities and events that Fear does not find to be dangerous and possibly fatal.

ANGER (voice of Lewis Black) Anger feels very passionately about making sure things are fair for Riley. He has a fiery spirit and tends to explode (literally) when things don’t go as planned. He is quick to overreact and has little patience for life’s imperfections.

DISGUST (voice of Mindy Kaling) Disgust is highly opinionated, extremely honest and prevents Riley from getting poisoned – both physically and socially. She keeps a careful eye on the people, places and things that Riley comes into contact with – whether that’s broccoli or last year’s fashion trend. Disgust always has the best of intentions and refuses to lower her standards.

SADNESS (voice of Phyllis Smith) None of the other Emotions really understand what Sadness’s role is. Sadness would love to be more optimistic and helpful in keeping Riley happy, but she finds it so hard to be positive. Sometimes it seems like the best thing to do is just lie on the floor and have a good cry.

Be sure to join other Pixar fans in the numerous discussions regarding Inside Out on The Pixar Post Forum.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

New International 'Inside Out' Trailer Showcases Dramatic Lighting & Riley's Sense of Sadness


Just a day ago, Disney Espana released the first International Inside Out trailer which centered around how the emotions were first created inside Riley's mind. The trailer showcased the humorous side of the characters with the main lighting and color scheme of the featured clips being bright and cheerful. As of late yesterday, a second International Inside Out trailer has been released - via the official Disney Japan YouTube Channel. This trailer was drastically different in emotion (compared to the Disney Espana version) as it focused on Riley's sense of loneliness/sadness.


The artistry of the newly released clips showcase a mood-changing grey scale lighting - along with the spot-on animation of Riley's outward sadness (as shown in her facial features and body language). We continue to be blown away by the developing storyline and with the release of this trailer we are even more thrilled with the realism of adolescence that is being displayed. Many Pixar fans have begun theories of their own wondering if Riley attempts to run away - what do you think? Join the conversation on The Pixar Post Forum and share your thoughts. Thanks to forum user "shadowjonathan" for spotting the trailer and to forum user "happyland" for translating the trailer.

Rough translation - "Secret hidden in sorrow"
Rough translation - "Fate of Riley?"

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Spanish 'Inside Out' Trailer Features Baby Riley & How the Emotions are Created - Updated


Last week Pixar released their second official Inside Out trailer which contained different lands and a few new characters within Riley's mind. Pixar fans were thrilled with the new footage from the second trailer and the theories and conversations have been plentiful on The Pixar Post Forum - many about the secretive Bing Bong character. 

Well, today a new international Inside Out trailer (Spanish version) has just been released on Disney Espana YouTube Channel featuring many more scenes as well as a young (and adorable) Riley. The new animation highlights the moment when Riley is born and how the five emotions enter the 'Headquarters' based on Riley's experiences. The first emotion to appear is Joy, followed quickly by Sadness - which was a nice touch to highlight these two first as we know the duo wind up lost together inside Riley's mind.


While we do not speak Spanish (translation added to the comments below) one thing is clear, emotion is universal and we were nearly in tears over the new scenes of Riley's pure innocence and discovery from this trailer. It should also be noted that we appreciate that the character Bing Bong is still shrouded in mystery. While we believe this character will be a main focal point, we love that the "cotton candy, hobo, elephant" is left to our own imagination.

Updated March 17 - After viewing the trailer a few times, we noticed the first Easter Egg in Inside Out. During the quick scene where Riley is building a castle out of cards you will notice that the cards have an "R" on the back of them - look even closer and you will see images of Riley (in place of the Jack), Riley's Mom (in place of the Queen) and Riley's Dad (in place of the King)!


What do you think about the new trailer? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in The Pixar Post Forum. Thanks to Maxxie03 for spotting the trailer.

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