Thursday, November 26, 2015

Michael Giacchino Officially Signs on to Score 'The Incredibles 2'

Michael Giacchino has officially signed on to provide the score for the June 21, 2019 release of The Incredibles 2. Brad Bird (Writer/Director) tweeted a short video showing Michael signing the contract and solidifying what was most likely assumed by fans already — who else would Brad work with on The Incredibles followup?

As noted by Collider in September, Brad Bird briefly chatted about the superhero sequel and stated, "I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it."

It's not only exciting to hear about updates regarding the film, but it's equally exciting to hear that Brad is welcoming back so many from the original team to craft the new story. What do you think about the news? Leave a comment below or chat about it with other fans in the Pixar Post Forum.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

For Your Consideration: Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Sanjay's Super Team Submitted

The race for the Oscars has officially begun as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the list of 16 films slated for Best Animated Feature. The 16 animated films will be narrowed down to 5 and Pixar could make studio history as both The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out are up for consideration. The final 5 Oscar nominations will be announced on January 14, 1016.

  • “Anomalies” 
  • “The Boy and the Beast” 
  • “Boy and the World” 
  • “The Good Dinosaur” 
  • “Home” 
  • “Hotel Transylvania 2” 
  • “Inside Out” 
  • “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” 
  • “The Laws of the Universe – Part 0” 
  • “Minions” 
  • “Moomins on the Riviera” 
  • “The Peanuts Movie” 
  • “Regular Show: The Movie” 
  • “Shaun the Sheep Movie” 
  • “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water” 
  • “When Marnie Was There”


As the credits roll, Inside Out will not only leave you dabbing tears off your checks, but more importantly thinking back fondly on your own childhood — or, if you're a parent, wanting to keep your kids young for as long as possible. The incredible storyline, musical cues and visual accomplishments has the studio bidding for consideration in both the Best Animated Feature and Best Picture categories. Only three animated films have been nominated in the coveted Best Picture category - Beauty and the Beast, Up and Toy Story 3. While no animated film has yet to win the Best Picture Oscar - could this be the year that animation reins supreme?


Bidding for Best Animated Feature contention, The Good Dinosaur is also vying for numerous other categories including Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction - see below image for the complete list of categories.


Earlier this week (Nov. 19), the Academy announced the Oscar Shortlist for Best Animated Short, which includes Pixar's, Sanjay's Super Team. The full list of contending artists and divisions for the short will be released soon. In past Academy Award ceremonies Pixar has had 11 Animated Short Film nominations and 3 wins (Tin Toy, Geri's Game and For The Birds). Could Pixar make Oscar history winning Best Picture, Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short? Share your thoughts with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Toy Story's 20th Anniversary: A Look Back at 1995

November 22, 1995 was a monumental day in the history of animation — Toy Story made its national theatrical debut (Hollywood premiere was November 19 at the El Capitan Theater). At the time, the determined Pixar crew had no idea that their film would forever change the face of animation and ultimately inspire countless artists from around the globe to want to work for the studio. Sure, they knew they were on to something new and fresh, but I don't think they ever could have imagined the level of success, merchandising and press attention that would soon follow. (Read on and explore our personal connection to the film (and the beginnings of our website, some fun facts from 1995 and much more.)

Even leading up to the film, the media was intrigued by the first 100% computer-generated film. In a 1995 Wired article titled, The Toy Story Story, Burr Snider explored the early history of the company, the technology and profiled the then 38-year-old, John Lasseter as the film was rounding the home stretch. Below are a few highlights from that article, although the entire article is definitely worth a read to flash back in time and get a sense of the humble beginnings of Toy Story and the Pixar crew.


  • It was a big deal for Toy Story to be the first 100% computer generated film, as even Jurassic Park (released in 1993) featured a cumulative 6 minutes of total computer generated imagery.
  • The film required 800,000 machine-hours to produce a final cut.
  • The Renderfarm at Pixar was comprised of 300 Sun processors — for contrast Monsters University utilized 2,000 computers with more than 24,000 processor cores.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Western and World Music: 'The Good Dinosaur' Soundtrack Review

The Good Dinosaur Soundtrack Review

The Good Dinosaur soundtrack, composed by Michael Danna and Jeff Danna is now available and we think you'll be surprised with what you hear. This is Pixar's first western-inspired film and the score definitely mirrors that feeling during moments of levity, but as the film shifts to heavier moments the score also adjusts — almost sounding more like a traditional live-action film score at times. As we continue to discuss the score, please read on carefully as titles will give away spoilers for the film.

Tracks like Chores embody the western spirit with a perfect animation flare — you feel like you're waiting in line for Splash Mountain (Disney World/Land) in Frontierland with eager anticipation. We tended to gravitate towards the more traditional film score tracks like Fireflies or You're Me and More for their emotional gravitas and sweeping moments of strings. Fireflies is the first track that incorporates Michael Danna's signature "world music" sound and we feel it blends perfectly in this moment. 

Other tracks which bring Danna's signature to the forefront are, Swimming Lessons and Pet Collector which blend elements of Asian, Indian, and Australian flare along with toy pianos and cinematic swells. Arlo's theme (reoccurring through the score) is a beautiful, soft, airy flute (watch a clip of this moment being scored at 3:30 in our video above) which weaves in an out of poignant Celtic fiddle — but due to the fiddle, you can't help but sense Brave's score during these moments. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Oscar Shortlist For Animated Shorts Include 'Sanjay's Super Team'

Sanjay's Super Team Concept Art

Award season is upon us and the bid for Oscar contention is already in full swing with the list of eligible Animated Short Films being narrowed down from 60 to 10. Voted by members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the remaining 10 films will be voted upon once again with the top 5 landing official Oscar nominations (announced on January 14, 2016). Included in the list is Pixar's, Sanjay's Super Team releasing in theaters on November 25, alongside of The Good Dinosaur.

In past Academy Award ceremonies Pixar has had 11 Animated Short Film nominations and 3 wins (Tin Toy, Geri's Game and For The Birds).

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

Thanks to forum user ReptilePatrol on the Pixar Post Forum for posting about the news.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Good Dinosaur Hollywood Premiere (Video & Photos)

Hollywood Boulevard was aglow with stars as the cast and crew descended upon the El Capitan Theater for the Hollywood premiere of Pixar's latest film, The Good Dinosaur. The cast was ecstatic to discuss the film in more detail — gushing about the heart of the film, jaw-dropping visuals and even their connection with Director, Peter Sohn.

Watch a video wrap-up of the green carpet (complete with river details) below. One of the most memorable moments from the premiere was John Lasseter mentioning that the film only has about 20% dialogue throughout — watch the learn even more about the film (including Sanjay's Super Team). Remember that once you see the film, head back to the Pixar Post Forum and share your thoughts on the film with other eager fans.


View even more photos from The Good Dinosaur premiere in the Pixar Post Gallery (gallery also embedded below).

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Go Inside The Recording Booth & Explore The Good Dinosaur's Vocal Talent (Video)

Pixar designers, sculptors and character rigging artists (among many more artists) have crafted some of the most beloved characters in all of animation. A simple sketch on a pad of paper eventually grew to become a delusional space ranger, an inventive ant and even a talking dinosaur. As character designs are finalized, animators bring movement to the characters and voice actors bring a special spark that ignites the character's personality. 

In The Good Dinosaur, the vocal team brought to life a several families of working-class dinosaurs, each with their own evolved set of skills. In the video below (Pixar Post YouTube), we edited the best moments from the actors' in-studio b-roll footage — enjoy this peek into the vocal recording process for the film.