Thursday, April 16, 2015

World Premiere of 'Inside Out' To Take Place at The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Early this morning as the official selections of the prestigious 68th annual Cannes Film Festival were revealed, we waited with anticipation to see if Inside Out would be included on the roster. After much speculation this past month, we now have confirmation that Inside Out will have its World Premiere at the festival this upcoming May. This will be director Pete Docter's and producer Jonas Rivera's second time at Cannes - having previously been there for UP (the first animated film ever to be shown as the Festival's Opening Ceremony film). Joining the duo this time around will be co-director Ronnie Del Carmen, along with several members of the English-language vocal cast.
“We are overjoyed at being included in this year's official selection at Cannes,” said Docter. “With ‘Inside Out,’ we spent years imagining – and then building – never-before-seen settings and characters within the mind. It was an incredible, fun and exciting challenge and now we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

In addition to this exciting announcement Disney•Pixar has released a new clip from the film, titled 'First Day Plan'. The clip highlights the emotions getting ready for Riley's first day of school - which focuses on the project manager-like duties of Joy and the lack of responsibility given to Sadness. As the emotions prepare for the big day, it was a fun surprise to see how the Train of Thought comes into frame to deliver (what appears to be) daydreams to the group in the 'headquarters'. It should also be noted how versatile the entire Inside Out team is - the camerawork within this scene along with the additional squash and stretch techniques (especially when Joy talks) continues to impress us.

Be sure to share your thoughts with other Pixar fans on Inside Out in The Pixar Post Forum.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

'Inside Out' To Be Included In The Launch of Dolby Vision

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Dolby Laboratories and Walt Disney Studios have just announced their collaboration to bring the new technology of Dolby Vision to Dolby Cinema locations to enhance your moviegoing experience. The official Dolby Labs press release reveals the technological breakthroughs of the new Dolby Vision - which include a projection system featuring the use of state-of-the-art optics and image processing to deliver enhanced color and contrast ratio that far exceeds any existing image technology on the market today. Thus, allowing the filmmakers to use the full gamut of colors, peak highlights, greater brightness, and amazing contrast, with the confidence that those will be reproduced faithfully on cinema screens that feature Dolby Vision.
"Our studio and our filmmakers put so much into creating high-quality, immersive experiences for audiences, and that includes using the latest, cutting-edge technology to enhance the stories we tell," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "Disney has been a longtime collaborator of Dolby, and we're excited for the continued storytelling possibilities that technologies like Dolby Cinema deliver." 
Collaborating back in 2010 for the release of Pixar's Toy Story 3, Dolby Surround 7.1 was introduced to deliver superior sound. Then again in 2012, the launch of Dolby Atmos which featured "movement in the audio" (including many overhead speakers) to immerse theatergoers into the film, Brave was the first film featured in this format. While there has yet to be a list of cities which will first feature Dolby Vision, we have our fingers crossed that it will be close by so we can experience this breaththrough new technology firsthand.

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Will 'Riley's First Date' Be a Bonus Feature on The 'Inside Out' Blu-ray Release?

About a month ago, it was announced that Pixarian Josh Cooley would take the directing reins alongside of John Lasseter and co-direct the upcoming Toy Story 4 film (set for a 2017 release). In addition, it was also revealed that Cooley had just finished directing a short film for the studio - which takes place inside the world of Inside Out and will appear as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray release. As of today, we now have what appears to be the title of the Inside Out short, Riley's First Date - potentially directed by Cooley (via Stitch Kingdom).

At this time, we cannot confirm if Riley's First Date will be on the Inside Out Blu-ray release or potentially in front of an upcoming Disney theatrical release - similar to the release of the Monsters University short, Party Central which was shown ahead of Muppets Most Wanted. Be sure to share your thoughts with other Pixar fans about Riley's First Date and Inside Out in The Pixar Post Forum.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Episode 035 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our Film Review of 'Inside Out' & Interview with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

In episode 035 of the Pixar Post Podcast we chat about Pixar news updates as well as discuss a multitude of details from our visit to Pixar Animation Studios for the Inside Out press event. We share our thoughts on the film (spoiler-free) and share audio from the roundtable discussion with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera. Below are our show notes from the episode with time codes for your reference:

Pixar News

  • Starting at 2:08 into the podcast, we kick off by discussion the Disney deal which extends IMAX distribution of Disney•Pixar films through 2017 - which means we'll get Finding Dory and Toy Story 4 on an even bigger, big screen. We also chatted briefly about a fun post we did that highlighted the songs from the Inside Out trailers.
  • At 3:36 into the show, we chat about (and include audio from) an interview that Brad Bird had with NPR where he briefly discussed that he was starting writing The Incredibles 2 as well as gave the audience a taste of his brilliant vocal work for Edna Mode.
  • At 8:37, we chat about an update to the Disney Inquizitive app and it's recent update with more quizzes - and we give Julie a live test on-air about her Pixar movie line knowledge.

Inside Out Press Event Details & Roundtable Interview

  • Starting at 10:58 into the podcast - We chat about our experience at the Pixar Press Event for Inside Out. We discuss our thoughts on the experience, the film itself (with a breakdown of some of the characters - spoiler-free), a discussion of the easter eggs that we've already spotted, our time meeting the cast and crew of the film and finally we include audio from our interview with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (starting at 46:40 into the show).
Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Andrea Warren & Jim Murphy

Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the episode below and stay tuned as we'll be releasing audio from all of our group and one-on-one interviews from the press event with even more tips, details and more regarding Inside Out.

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

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Brad Bird Notes That Writing Has Begun on 'The Incredibles 2'

Just over a year ago during the 2014 Annual Disney Shareholder meeting, CEO Bob Iger revealed that a sequel to The Incredibles was in the works. As news traveled across the internet, Pixar fans rejoiced as they would finally be able to visit their favorite superhero family once more. While there were no additional details released about the film during the announcement, fans were left to speculate on possible directors, writers and what the storyline may be. Speculations are starting to clear as Brad Bird has shared in an interview with Ophira Eisenberg on NPR's Ask Me Another show, that he is currently writing The Incredibles 2.

Ophira: The Incredibles 2 is also going to happen?
Brad Bird: It's percolating. Yeah, I mean...I'm just starting to write it so, we'll see what happens (audience cheers). 

It was only two years ago that The Hollywood Reporter discussed the the potential for the frequently fan-requested sequel with Brad Bird, "I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have".

Monday, April 6, 2015

'Inside Out' Press Event Overview

Simply put, Inside Out is a special film. It's the first since the Toy Story franchise which explores the emotional challenge of leaving childhood behind while masterfully tugging at the heartstrings of audiences regardless of demographics. Over the coming days and weeks we will dig deeper into the story, production, animation, lighting and many more details which were discussed during the Inside Out two-day press event. UPDATED - be sure to also listen to our audio review of the film as well as our interview with Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera as part of Episode 035 of the Pixar Post Podcast.

The event began with a screening of Lava, the short will premiere ahead of Inside Out in theaters on June 19, 2015 (North American release date). Jim Murphy (Director) and Andrea Warren (Producer) warmly greeted the group to discuss the Hawaiian-inspired roots behind the film and even included Jim singing the initial version of the song he presented to John Lasseter when initially pitching the idea for the short. Although Lava isn't Pixar's first musically-driven short film, it may contain the most catchy song to date. 

Upcoming Pixar Presentations Include Sneak Peek of 'Inside Out'

There are many ways that Pixarians can inspire us, whether it be through their handwork shown on film or simply voiced in-person on stage during a special presentation. This upcoming May, long-time Pixarians will hit the road, as Ed Catmull is set to address Johns Hopkins University's graduating class and the comedic duo of Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera will present a sneak peek screening of Inside Out

'Inside Out' Sneak Peek Screening

This Spring, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a month-long (April 24 - May 29, 2015) series of animation events/special presentations titled An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI. Taking place in New York, the showcase will feature five events highlighting topics ranging from animation techniques to behind-the-scenes discussions with filmmakers. While each event is not to be missed, Pixar fans who live in the area will be pleased to learn that the closing event (May 29) features a sneak peek screening of Inside Out. Following the screening, the audience will be treated to an 'inside' look at the film - as director, Pete Docter and producer, Jonas Rivera will be on-hand to discuss details from the production of the film.

This is an incredible opportunity to listen to this engaging duo - each of whom have been with Pixar Animation Studios for over 20 years. To purchase tickets to this incredible event click here.

Ed Catmull To Speak At Johns Hopkins University's Commencement 

On May 21, Ed Catmull, President and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios will speak at Johns Hopkins University's commencement. While many of Catmull's speeches have been posted on various online channels, it is worth noting that each one contains inspirational knowledge and insight into the mind of the technological visionary. Back in 2012, Ed Catmull addressed the graduating class of the University of Utah. During the speech the audience was treated to a very powerful story where Catmull explained that there are critical moments in life and business - all which can be measured by two inches.
During a family vacation to Yellowstone the Catmull family (Ed Catmull was 12 years old at the time) narrowly escaped a tragic accident. A minor fender bender on a narrow canyon road almost sent the family and their new 1957 Ford station wagon off the road and down a cliff. The space between life and tragedy for the Catmull family was two inches. 
"Two more inches, no Pixar. I have no way of conceiving the number of two-inch events in the lives of people at Pixar. When I describe those events to people, they say, 'You dodged a bullet,'" said Ed Catmull. "Whatever instinct you have for controlling the future, you have no way of accounting for all the two-inch events." - an except from our original "Two More Inches, No Pixar" post.
We have our fingers crossed that the upcoming commencement ceremony at Johns Hopkins University will be streamed online - so that we too, can be inspired once again by the words and wisdom of Ed Catmull.

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