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

Feel free to listen to the Podcast using the player below, subscribe and listen directly in iTunes, or subscribe and listen on Stitcher.

Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Join Us Live On-Air to Discuss the 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' News From the SDCC Panel - UPDATED

UPDATED July 25 - Thank you to everyone that joined us for the live event and for the patience as we had to delay the event for an hour. You can view the video of the Google Hangout below - then continue the conversation on the forum.

UPDATED 10:02 PM EST - Due to an internet outage we had to move locations and reset. Our show will now begin at 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST. Apologies for the delay and hope everyone can still join us!

Earlier today was packed with tons of great news from the San Diego Comic-Con panel on Toy Story That Time Forgot. Because there was so much news, we wanted to hold a Google On-Air Hangout this evening (July 24 at 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST) and want you to join us to chat about the news as well.

There are two ways you can experience the Hangout:


If you'd like to join us as an online panelist to discuss the news face-to-face all you have to do is read through the details on our Forum page, enter your name, email address and finally submit the form and we'll contact you.


Additionally, you can also watch along without being part of the online panel and submit questions or comments. We encourage you to join us and chat with other Pixar fans and can't wait to discuss the big news of the day.

Join us at 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST

Join us directly on Google+ to ask questions and comment on the discussion. You can also watch the video stream below or directly on YouTube as well (but you cannot ask questions or comment through YouTube).

Let us know if you have any questions or comments ahead of the event and we hope to see you online!

Pixar Post - T.J.

'Toy Story That Time Forgot' San Diego Comic-Con Panel Wrap-up - Premiering on December 2, 2014

Image courtesy Disney Insider
UPDATED July 25 - 10:00 AM - Inside the Magic has uploaded the entire SDCC panel discussion (minus the screening of the short) and we have added it to the bottom of this post. In addition, the folks at /Film and HitFix have also updated articles with additional story details from the special as well.

As noted earlier in the week when the Toy Story That Time Forgot poster was released, today at 11:15 PM PST marks the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the upcoming holiday television special. Stay tuned to this post (by refreshing) as we'll be updating it with news as it becomes available. Most importantly, we have learned that the special will air on ABC on December 2, 2014.

Moderated by composer Michael Giacchino, the hour-long session will feature Kevin McKidd (voice of Reptillus Maximus), Kristen Schall (voice of Trixie), Steve Purcell (director), Galyn Susman (executive producer) and Derek Thompson (head of story).

Guests of the panel will receive a version of the Toy Story That Time poster and will also have an opportunity after the panel, to have their poster signed at the ABC booth. If you are not in attendance, and would like to purchase one of the posters, here is a pre-populated link to search eBay.

Image courtesy of ABC Network

We'll also be holding a Google On-Air Hangout this evening to chat about all the news from the event and get your thoughts on the story - click here for more details!

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.