Monday, December 15, 2014

Lighting Takes Center Stage in 'Toy Story That Time Forgot'

Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot may be full of new and exciting Battlesaur characters (as well as the fan-favorite Angel Kitty), but in our eyes the "character" taking center stage would be the lighting - yes, the lighting. When creating a Pixar film there are many key elements that are put into place from the story conception to the final render, but we feel that the technical achievements paired with Pixar's mastery of the medium add so much they're worth calling out in their own post. The lighting was wonderful throughout the special and while watching closely, we couldn't help but notice how brilliantly the light was used to support the rise in power of the Cleric.

The Cleric was our personal favorite character from the short. His rickety movements as he scooted along on his plastic wheels paired with Steve Purcell's (Director) brilliant vocal work for the character really solidified his placement as our favorite. What may not have been as obvious when you first watched the special is that the background lighting goes from a warm gold color when we're first introduced to his character, to a vibrant purple as he attempts to dispatch the Toy Story crew.  

Using lighting as a tool to reinforce the story is something that filmmakers have done for years but we love how Pixar took the care to include all of these elements for a television special. Where some televisions specials have reduced the quality or moved production to an off-shore animation team, Pixar's attention to detail and quality certainly do not go unnoticed (whether consciously or subconsciously). 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Summary of Pete Docter's Live 'Inside Out' Q&A Twitter Session

Pete Docter, the brilliant mind behind Monsters, Inc., Up and the upcoming, Inside Out participated in a live question and answer session on Twitter this afternoon following the release of the first Inside Out full-length trailer. Pete answered questions ranging from the emotions in Inside Out to general questions about Pixar's studios and working with some amazing vocal talent. Be sure to read below for our summary of the 45-minute session.

Question (Q) Inside Out is all about emotions personified. Which emotion did you have the most fun bringing to life?

Pete Docter's Response (PD) - Anger. Wait, what does that say about me? Actually it's likely because Lewis Black was so great for the role.

(Q) How did you come up with the main character Riley, and all the emotions in her head?

(PD) We did lots of research & talked to psychologists to find what emotions science has identified. (Actually there are more than 5, but we wanted to keep it simple for the film.) For Riley we looked at our daughters & their friends. People think we make this stuff up. Most is real life!

(Q) Joy is Riley’s main emotion. Which emotion is the most significant in your mind?

(PD) It’s impossible to pick one — each is important at different times. We don’t choose emotions, they choose us. But joy seems the most important to me - also the least logical. It's the hardest to define, but basically joy is the reason we take risks and try new things.

(Q) What is your biggest challenge when directing an animated film?

(PD) For this one, this world is completely new and made up — It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. To go in the mind, we couldn't look to toy stores or universities or Scotland to make sure we got it right

Photo via iTunesTrailers
(Q) What movie inspired you to choose filmmaking as a career?

(PD) Dumbo. Cinderella. Ichabod Crane. Classic Disney Features & the Warner Brothers shorts. Can't beat 'em.

(Q) @drawntothemagic: We've heard Riley's parents minds look different inside. What's yours look like? 

(PD) Mine are better looking than I look on the outside.

2-Minute 'Inside Out' Trailer Continues To Build Excitement

Moments ago, the first official full-length trailer for Pixar's insanely anticipated film, Inside Out, premiered on iTunes. The trailer highlights the inner workings of not only the emotions in Riley's head but also that of her Mom and Dad - which was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. While the emotions are the same (Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness) their physical appearance in the 'headquarters' are a bit different in mom and dad (shown below). It was great to see the similarities, yet differences between the emotions (like the glasses on Mom and mustache on Dad's emotions).

With only six months until the release of the film (June 19, 2015), you can expect a lot more details, concept artwork and interviews until the film's release - which is of course great news for Pixar fans. Along with the new Inside Out trailer there was also a new and official synopsis of the film:
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. 
Check out the full trailer below on Pixar's YouTube page - or check it out directly on the Apple Trailers site.

Additionally, we loved the viewpoint of the emotions while in the headquarters. You can really see the incredible amount of detail that each department put in while creating this film - from the lighting, animation to the effects. It was also great to see how the memory orbs are viewed and we definitely chuckled when we were treated to the Brazilian helicopter pilot memory!

Did You Notice? 

There are two different versions of the Inside Out trailer that was released today - one on the Disney UK Facebook page and one that was released on iTunes. Well, in the UK version the dad is watching a memory of a soccer (football) game and the US version has him watching a hockey game - see below.

UK Version 
US Version
Check out the full-length version of the UK trailer below.

Now that you've seen the trailer, don't forget that Pete Docter will be participating in a live Question and Answer session on Twitter today as well - read our summary post for more details (we will update this link as soon as we post the article) as we'll be updating and summarizing Pete's answers from the session as well.

Additionally, we're going to host a Live Google On Air Hangout this evening (December 10) at 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST to chat about the trailer as well as Pete's Twitter Q&A. Be sure to join us on Google+, YouTube or watch the streaming video below when the show starts.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Additional 'Finding Dory' Plot Details Emerge

Photo via Disney•Pixar
As we venture into 2015 the news on upcoming Pixar films is becoming plentiful. While most recently the news has surrounded Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, this past Saturday during the CCXP - Comic Con Experience in Brazil, Omlete, who was in attendance (via /Film) shared the small plot detail that was revealed regarding Finding Dory. This highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo has been shroud in secrecy with only few details emerging until now.

During the presentation titled "Hilarious Mind Pixar" (loosely translated from Portuguese), President of Pixar Animation Studios, Jim Morris showed the crowd newly developed software which was used to create schools of fish as well as unveiled that the main film setting will take place in the Marine Biology Institute of California just a few months from when Finding Nemo left off. While Dory attends a class trip with Nemo she begins to remember moments from her past leading the trio to the Institute (which is more of a rehabilitation center) where they encounter many new characters.

Finding Dory concept art via Disney•Pixar

As Dory continues on her journey learning that she was born in the Institute, then released into the ocean while still young, leaves us speculating that she will reunite with her mom (Jenny, voiced by Diane Keaton) and dad (Charlie, voiced by Eugene Levy) in captivity. Morris also revealed that in addition to Bailey, the Beluga whale (voiced by Ty Burrell) some new characters will also include an octopus and sea lions just to name a few.

As always, we're excited to see Andrew Stanton's vision come to life on the big screen as he guides his team through another story which will most certainly tug at our heart strings. Finding Dory is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2016.

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Additional Vocal Cast & Trailer Details For Pixar's 'Inside Out' - Updated

Top image via USA Today / © Pixar
Lower images courtesy of IMDB (links below)

This afternoon we were treated (via USA Today) to additional details surrounding the vocal cast for the upcoming Pixar film, Inside Out. The director of the film, Pete Docter, revealed who Riley and her parents would be voiced by, but also included a few more notes regarding the story elements as well. Riley's Mother will be voiced by Diane Lane, her Father will be voiced by Kyle MacLachlan and Riley, the 11-year old girl who is the setting for the film's emotions will be voiced by Kaitlyn Dias.

Below we have summarized some of the additional details surrounding the parents from the USA Today post - read the entire article here.

"These guys are the pillars on both sides," says Docter. "They are pivotal parts, knowing how joyful this kid Riley used to be and the young woman she's changing into." 
So while Riley's mind is full of out-there comedic characters (particularly Joy), the parents are more "rooted in reality and very truthful," says Docter. "Both of those actors do that very well." 
Inside Out takes viewers inside the mind of all three human characters. Dad's emotions have Headquarters like a Norad missile defense site and have mustaches. Very male. Meanwhile, Mom's Headquarters features emotions wearing her red glasses and who engage in civil discussion à la The View
"There's our world which we're conscientious of and looking at. So we're driving, eating dinner, whatever. And inside our head there's this whole rich internal dialogue and world no one else knows about," says Docter. "This film gets you inside each character's heads."


Most notably from the article, USA Today also mentions that this Wednesday (December 10, 2014) will also be the release date for another trailer for Inside Out. If early indications we've been hearing are true, this trailer should be 2:08 in length. Previously, we have seen a teaser trailer as well as the series of posters and videos focused on the emotions, but it will be fantastic to see another trailer featuring Riley and the emotions in just a few days.

Thanks to our friends, Dan "the Pixar Fan" & Seth I. for the heads up on the article. Dan first mentioned the news in the Inside Out section of the Pixar Post Forum and we welcome everyone to chat about the news in the comments below or leave a comment on the forum.

UPDATED December 9 - Just moments ago a 17-second teaser trailer was released in anticipation for the full length trailer set to premiere on Wednesday (December 10, 2014). The teaser showcases the characters working together in a unique way. (video via CBMTrailers)

UPDATED December 9 7:00 PM - Tomorrow at 10:15 AM PST / 1:15 PM EST, Inside Out director, Pete Docter will be fielding your questions during a Live Twitter chat. All you have to do is ask your question using #AskInsideOut and he may answer your question. So, what will you ask Pete?

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In-Depth Look at the Easter Eggs Hidden in Toy Story That Time Forgot

Pixar's second television special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, premiered last night December 2 and as we all gazed upon the incredible work of the team we were thrilled to find that the film was full of easter eggs. Take a look at what we have found so far and see if you found any that we haven't yet.

In the opening holiday scene we are greeted by a familiar character, Knick Knack! Stuck in his signature snow globe he seems to fit into the scene so seamlessly that we nearly missed him. In the same frame our eyes were also drawn to a bird near the gingerbread house that resembles one of the characters from the short For The Birds. There was also an ornament on the Christmas tree that reminded us of the ending moon image from the short La Luna - though it could just be a coincidence.

Did you notice the train underneath the Christmas tree in Bonnie's house? You'll notice the famed Luxo ball on the side of the train as well as on the boxes of The Battlesaurs.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

42nd Annual Annie Award Nominations - 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Honored

Pixar's latest 30-minute television special, Toy Story That Time Forgot just received seven well deserved nominations across multiple categories for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards taking place on January 31, 2015. We cannot praise the cast and crew members on each team enough for such a great addition to the Pixar library of films.

Best Animated Special Production 
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC 
  • Dawn of the Dragon Racers - DreamWorks Animation 
  • How Murray Saved Christmas - Universal Television 
  • Polariffic - Bent Image Lab 
  • Toy Story That Time Forgot - Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  • Don Crum - Toy Story That Time Forgot - 
Pixar Animation Studios 
  • Carlo Vogele - Toy Story That Time Forgot 
- Pixar Animation Studios 
  • Ken Kim - Toy Story That Time Forgot - Pixar Animation Studios 
  • Michael Granberry - Tumble Leaf - Amazon Studios 
  • Teresa Drilling - Tumble Leaf - Amazon Studios 
  • Justin Nichols - Wander Over Yonder - Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production 
  • Heiko Drengenberg - Disney Mickey Mouse - Disney Television Animation 
  • Luke Weber, Alonso Ramirez Ramos, Neil Graf & Steve Heneveld - Gravity Falls 
- Disney Television Animation 
  • Joaquim Dos Santos - Legend of Korra -Nickelodeon Animation Studio 
  • Nathaniel Villanueva & Douglas Lovelace - Star Wars Rebels
 - Disney Channel / Disney XD 
  • Brad Ableson, Matthew Faughnan & Stephen Reis - The Simpsons
 - Film Roman 
  • Louise Smythe - Toy Story That Time Forgot 
- Pixar Animation Studios 
  • Mark Ackland - Wander Over Yonder - Disney Television Animation

Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production 
  • Darrick Bachman - Disney Mickey Mouse
 - Disney Television Animation 
  • Dave Tennant, David P. Smith, Chris Mitchell & Will Mata - The Powerpuff Girls
 - Cartoon Network 
  • Rob LaZebnik - The Simpsons
 - 20th Century Fox 
  • Tim Long - The Simpsons - 20th Century Fox 
  • Steve Purcell - Toy Story That Time Forgot - 
Pixar Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production 
  • Illya Owens - Disney Mickey Mouse
 - Disney Television Animation 
  • Ernesto Matamoros - Dragons: Defenders of Berk
 - DreamWorks Animation Television 
  • Mike Elias - Family Guy
 - Super 78 
  • David Suther, Bradley Furnish & David Condolora - Toy Story That Time Forgot
 - Pixar Animation Studios 
  • Todd Raleigh & Doug Vito - Turbo FAST
 - DreamWorks Animation

We continue to be impressed with director Steve Purcell as he did an amazing job leading the team in the production of the television special. From the incredible camera angles that the team chose, to the impeccable animation and character design - Toy Story That Time Forgot proves to be another gem in the Pixar lineup and we hope it is also a big winner at this year's Annie Awards.

For more on our thoughts read our Spoiler-Free Review and be sure to check back and read our Easter Egg Review after the premiere on December 2 at 8PM.

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