Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RS Team Lightning McQueen - Special Edition Die Cast Car Review

While wandering the isles of Target the other day we happened to spot a unique Cars die cast - a metallic (ransburg) edition of Lightning McQueen in an acrylic display case. We were really surprised to see this car for two reasons - first, we haven't seen this type of special edition release at Target before and second, because upon first glance it looks strikingly similar to the New York Toy Fair release. Check out our review video below and use the links below to purchase the car.

Our video review takes a look at the standard Mattel 1:55 die cast car. The outer box measures in at 7" length x 4" height x 3" depth, while the acrylic box measures in at 7.88" in length, 2.69" in height and 2.94" in depth.

Purchase the RS Team Lightning McQueen at Target or on eBay.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Good Dinosaur Director Confirmed - Peter Sohn

After much speculation, we now have confirmation from Pixar that Peter Sohn will take over the directing reins for The Good Dinosaur, set for a theatrical release on November 25, 2015. Just over a year ago, we learned that The Good Dinosaur lead director Bob Peterson would be stepping off the project as the film had concerns with the story. Peter Sohn, the film's co-Director (at the time) was a natural fit to step in as the new lead director, but Pixar was mum on assigning the role officially until everything was sorted out with the story. (In fact, Pixar management brought in a power-team of veteran directors and storytellers to work out the kinks before announcing the role.)

After the film's delay, fans have been eagerly awaiting news and in August of this year, we learned that the film underwent a substantial story change as stated by John Lithgow, the voice of Poppa Dinosaur. This was the first breath of fresh air that The Good Dinosaur was firing on all cylinders again. The Good Dinosaur will be Sohns' feature film directorial debut, though he previously dazzled audiences with his artistry and storytelling in the heartwarming short that he both wrote and directed, Partly Cloudy

In the video below, Pixar officially broke the news on Twitter as Peter sketches Arlo, the film's main character.

In the background of the video you'll also notice Spot, another one of the film's main characters. This artwork has our mind wondering if perhaps Spot will continue to be in the rewrite of the film and what role he may play. What are your thoughts on today's news as well as Spot's appearance in the background of the video?

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'Monsters University' Baseball Hat Returns to the Disney Store

Monsters University Baseball Cap for Adults

Ever since the removal of the storefront from the amazing, yet fictitious, Monsters University website, we've received many inquiries regarding the Monsters U baseball cap. The number one question is how it can be purchased now that it has been removed from the store. Well, good news friends, the Monsters University hat is back (temporarily) at, so be sure to pick it up before it's gone.

You may notice that this version of the cap has the frayed brim, just like Mike Wazowski's hat did in the film. Previously, this cap (with the frayed bill) was only available in Disney Parks as the prior version had a clean brim. I always enjoyed this extra detail on the hat and thought it added a fun level of authenticity.

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Watch the Monsters University Inspired Short Film, 'Party Central' On Disney Movies Anywhere Now

Pixar Post: Party Central &emdash;

Party Central, the raucous short film inspired by the door technologies at Monsters University is now available to watch in its entirety on Disney Movies Anywhere. The five-minute-and-forty-second short was previously only seen in theaters ahead of Muppets Most Wanted and to date, hasn't been released in any format. This is great news for fans of the short, as the release date has been questioned for some time. For some viewers, this may even be the first time they will be able to view the short film!

You can access Disney Movies Anywhere directly through the website, or on your Apple iDevice by downloading the free Disney Movies Anywhere app.

Thanks to our forum reader and Monsters-super-fan, Randy (a.k.a. mikewazowski2013) for posting the news of Party Central's release. Be sure to check out the related links below for more Party Central news, including our interview with the short film's Director (and Monsters University story supervisor), Kelsey Mann.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Two New Stunning Images From LAVA & Interview With Jim Murphy

Pixar Post: Lava &emdash;

Just two days ago, we posted two great interviews with LAVA director, Jim Murphy, which had some fantastic details and insights into the creation of the musical love story between two volcanoes. These interviews also gave us our first glimpses at some concept art from the upcoming short film which were fantastic. Equally as exciting, today two new stunningly gorgeous still images were spotted (by Everything Pixar) which we found were included with an additional interview with Jim on Collider.

Pixar Post: Lava &emdash;

Check out the interview below and then soak in the beauty of the still images as well. The image of the turtles is astounding - look at the wonderful lighting in the scene and the gorgeous soft focus on the blue water behind the turtles. Wow.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

'Toy Story That Time Forgot' First Television Premiere Commercial

As the December 2 television premiere of Toy Story That Time Forgot approaches, more and more news of the 21-minute special has been hitting the internet. For those that watched the re-airing of Pixar's first television special, Toy Story of TERROR!, on October 15 (8:00 PM) you were treated to the first television commercial highlighting the dinosaur-inspired film. The 30-second commercial sets up a great juxtaposition between the humor of the television special, paired against the intense, gladiator-style battles - check it out below.

To highlight some of the hilarity that was shown cinematic commercial, we have included a few screenshots below. Who couldn't love the crayon smashing scene with Reptillus Maximus with the ultra slow motion debris flying into Buzz and Woody's faces?! Or the all-too-hilarious moment with Rex uttering, "well this seems festive" while sporting his new mechanical arms!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Director of Lava, Jim Murphy, Chats About Geology, Music & The Pixar Pitch Process - Updated with 2 Interviews

Alongside the June 19, 2015 release of Pixar's next feature film, Inside Out, theatergoers will also see the release of Lava, the volcanic short film wrapped around a love story. You may not immediately think of a love story when you think of volcanoes, but in a recent interview with Coming Soon (thanks to a tip from our reader, Bryan L.), Lava director Jim Murphy chats about everything from the beauty of the Hawaiian islands (where the short film takes place), to the emotional elements of music, to the actual pitch process at Pixar. It really helps set up the element of "two ships passing in the night" looking for love - or, lava.

We also found it very interesting to learn more about Pixar's storied research process. Jim mentioned that although they (of course) had to take some liberties with talking volcanoes, they did stay true to one element of the geological history of the Hawaiian Islands. Volcanoes form and grow over hotspots in the ocean and over time, as they continue to drift along with the tectonic plates they drift off and another volcano will take its place. With the story of Lava, Pixar kept true to this premise as we know that the love story takes place over millions of years and involves the movement of Uku (the film's main character) and Lele within the Hawaiian waters.