Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pixar Villain Vinylmation Series Premiering at 2014 SDCC

As the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) begins, many collectors are starting to drool over the amount of incredible toys and collectables that will be available - many of limited quantity. Well, for Disney•Pixar Vinylmation fans, get ready because premiering tomorrow on day one of SDCC will be a series of six Pixar Villain Vinylmations!

This series of six Limited Edition (480 each piece) will include: Skinner, Stinky Pete, Zurg, Hopper, Incrediboy and Randall. In case you can't make it to the SDCC, be sure to click on the name of the Vinylmation villain to utilize our pre-populated search on eBay (or click here to search for the complete set)! Unlike typical Vinylmations, these will not be in a blind box - however, the second series of Pixar Vinylmations will be.

That's right, a second series of Pixar Villain Vinylmations will be available in Disney Stores on August 18 and will be in a blind box set of 8 which will include: Charles Muntz, Mor'du, Henry Waternoose, Syndrome, Darla, Dean Abigail Hardscrabble, Thumper and a currently unknown mystery chaser! Though, our guess/hope is that it's Sid from Toy Story.

We are impressed with many of these new Vinylmations and can't wait to get our hands on the Stinky Pete and Syndrome vinylmation. While we agree that all the characters were villains, one sticks out that we just can't agree with and that would be Dean Hardscrabble. We actually chat about this in depth and discuss a few more details we loved and didn't love in the forum. So, we want to know - who are your favorites? Which character will be the chaser? Leave a comment below or chat about it in the forum.

Thanks to our friends Dan the Pixar Fan and Giovanni who spotted the second series.

Update - some of the initial images of the packaging have been popping up online already as well.

image courtesy of eBay user dragonflylisa29

Pixar Post - Julie & T.J.

Employees Depart Pixar Animation Studios With Grace

Toy Story 3 artwork © Pixar Animation Studios

Working at Pixar Animation Studios is not only a dream job for many fans of the studio, but for its employees as well. Although this dream burns bright, sometimes a new or different adventure calls to us with an intense fervor. Recently, a few employees have chosen to depart from the studio to pursue a series of new adventures and we wanted to pay homage to their amazing contributions within Pixar - and who knows, maybe they'll find themselves back at Pixar one day.


Dice Tsutsumi (Pixar Art Director) announced on his Facebook page that "after 7 years of a dream-come-true time of my life, I decided to leave Pixar Animation Studios to pursue new adventures with yet another former Pixar artist Robert Kondo." Dice continued to express his admiration and gratitude for the studio stating that Pixar was "one of the single most creative environment any artists/filmmakers could ever wish for. It was literally the dream job and I am leaving at the height of my career..." 

Below is the goodbye note that Tsutsumi sent to his friends, co-workers and fans:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Party Central and Toy Story of TERROR! Book Review

Fans of Pixar's first television special, Toy Story of TERROR! and the raucous theatrical short, Party Central, will be thrilled to see the release of two children's books (or adults if you're like us) focused on the projects. The books measure eight inches square, are geared towards kids ages 3-7 and contain 24 pages each. The Toy Story of TERROR! book also includes 34 stickers showcasing many of your favorite characters from the short like Buzz, Woody and Jessie - but there are many others as well like, Mr. Jones, Combat Carl, Transitron, Old Timer, Pocketeer and more.

Both books contain quite a bit of detail from the original stories and contain many great screenshots as well. Check out the short videos from our Instgram below to view a preview of both books - order the books utilizing the Amazon links below.

Related Posts:
- La Luna storybook app review
- Pixar Post Podcast Episode 25 - Our interview with Party Central director, Kelsey Mann
Toy Story of TERROR! Blu Ray & DVD now available for Preorder

Pixar Post - T.J.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Toy Story That Time Forgot Poster Revealed

Attendees of the upcoming Toy Story That Time Forgot first-look panel on July 24 at Comic-Con are in for a special treat. Guests will receive an official poster from Pixar's second television special which they can also get autographed by Pixarians, Steve Purcell (Director), Galyn Susman (Executive producer) and Derek Thompson (head of story).

TVLine first shared the poster this afternoon and also reported that Michael Giacchino will be on hand to moderate the 1-hour panel session at Comic-Con. Does this imply that he will be scoring Toy Story That Time Forgot, much like he did for Toy Story of TERROR!? We would certainly think so - why else would they ask him to moderate?

The edgy poster was created by the famed monster-loving, Mike Mignola, (who has a penchant for large black areas in his prints) certainly leads us to believe that the short may have a dark side with the perfectly placed humor which Pixar is known for. It also appears that the beloved and goofy Trixie may have been converted to become one of the dangerously delusional dinos (with her red eyes, red back plates and fact that she's sporting the same chest symbol as the other four characters). (The chest plate must be from the line of toys they're from.)

Original book cover for The Land
That Time Forgot

The greenery popping out behind the lead dino-action figure in the new poster, Reptillus Maximus, really plays well into our expanding theory that this short will take inspiration from Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Land That Time Forgot book (the first in a trilogy) which takes place inside of a lush, green island known as Caspak, which is full of dangerous dinosaurs and other terrifying natives.

More details on the basic plot line as well as the vocal cast can be found by clicking the Related Posts links below.

What are your thoughts on the poster and the television special? Leave a comment below or chat about it with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum post about the short. As a side note, thanks to forum users maxxie03 and TOM-4319 for uploading the image of the poster in the forum - you even beat us to our post!

Related Posts:
Exclusive First Look at Toy Story That Time Forgot at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con - July 24
Toy Story That Time Forgot Christmas Special Airing on ABC This Holiday Season
Toy Story of TERROR! Soundtrack Review - It's Full of Drama!

Pixar Post - T.J.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Additional Details Surrounding Pixar's Upcoming Short, Lava

Photo Courtesy Disney Insider

Spoilers and additional basic story lines may be found in this post.

Three weeks ago, Pixar surprised fans by announcing the initial details (along with the beautiful poster artwork) of their upcoming short film, Lava, which will be featured along side Inside Out in theaters on June 19, 2015. Today, a few additional details have surfaced from an article on Disney Insider as well as the LA Times, including a look at the shorts main character, Uku. According to the LA Times, Uku is "crusty and prone to eruptions, but with a warm core underneath". Uku is looking for love and finds his match in Lele, another volcano among the oceans off of the Hawaiian islands. (Get the connection...Uku & Lele...Ukulele.)

Although Uku is a volcano, director James Ford Murphy wanted to ensure that he had a lovable side to him as well. In fact, James noted that the idea for the short came while he was on his honeymoon, some 20 years ago. He was so taken by the Hawaiian culture that he started playing ukulele and ended up writing the music behind the short. (Additional details on the music, and initial plot details can be found in our previous post regarding Lava.) With a background like that, the passion that James has put into this short will certainly jump off the screen and touch our hearts.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Exclusive First Look at "Toy Story That Time Forgot" at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con - July 24 - UPDATED

As the Toy Story franchise came to a close in movie theaters in 2010, Pixar was seeking additional avenues to continue to allow audiences to enjoy some of their most celebrated characters - like Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang. October 16, 2013 saw the release of Pixar's first television special, Toy Story of TERROR!, which was met with overwhelming success. The special, directed by Angus MacLane will see a Blu Ray release packed with special features on August 19, 2014, a book released on July 22, 2014 and even saw a special toy set with Combat Carl released as well.

Toy Story of TERROR! concept artwork similar to what
will be revealed at this year's SDCC panel

Fans of the first special didn't have to wait long as Pixar announced in January of 2014 that they would also be producing a second special titled, Toy Story That Time Forgot. After some engaging discussions on our Forum, we found what we believe is a connection to a certain Edgar Rice Burroughs book titled, The Land That Time Forgot. We even dedicated the beginning of our 24th episode of our Podcast to chatting about the book and how it could potentially be worked into a Pixar story.

San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive First Look

Of course everything that we have discussed up to this point is complete speculation, so today we were ecstatic to learn that we'll be getting our first official glimpse of Toy Story That Time Forgot on July 24, 2014 (11:15 AM - 12:15 PM PST) at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) (Room 6A). The details from the SDCC site note -

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Small Fry - Director's Commentary Review of the Hilarious Toy Story Toon

In 2011, Pixar released its second Toy Story Toon, Small Fry ahead of the revamped, The Muppets movie. Pixarian Angus MacLane reprised his directorial role having previously directed the short, Burn-E (and most recently directed Toy Story of TERROR!). The director's chair wasn't the only role MacLane filled during production, he wrote the short as well - crediting his mother and sister (whom are psychologists) for being the inspiration behind the toy support group.

The short begins in a local fast food restaurant, Poultry Palace and if you look closely you'll get a kick out of the silly items listed for purchase. Items such as Hot Oil for a bargain price of 99 cents are on the menu - and who could pass up a large ranch flavored soda! The charm of this short is that we can all remember getting toys from fast food restaurants and of course getting numerous duplicate toys - UGH! MacLane mentioned that for part of his research he visited 15 fast food restaurants (all in one day) in his hometown, just so he could get a glimpse into how the kids meal toys look today.