Sunday, August 31, 2014

Episode 031 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our interview with Pixar Animator Aaron Hartline, News from 'Inside Out', 'LAVA', 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' and More


In episode 031 of the Pixar Post Podcast we discuss a bevy of great Pixar news, but the great news is that this month's Pixar Pipeline interview with Aaron Hartline served two purposes - to discuss the Animation department as well as his role as the Supervising Animator on LAVA. Below is a summary with time codes for your reference:

Pixar Post Website Updates

  • At the top of the episode we chat about the wrap-up of last month's Book Club discussion of The Pixar Touch as well as the announcement of our next book, The Art of WALL•E. Be sure to check out more details on the Book Club page.

Pixar News

  • Starting at 4:09 into the podcast - we chat about the amazingly hilarious Toy Story That Time Forgot Sky Broadband commercial.
  • Starting at 13:40 into the podcast - we chat about the release of the Toy Story of TERROR! Blu-Ray and play our favorite clips from the vintage toy commercials (including a lot of laughter) - we even dig into the Pixar employees who worked on these three pieces. Finally, we cover the Partysaurus Rex director's commentary which certainly tops the list as one of our favorite commentaries to date.
  • Starting at 28:00 into the podcast - we chat about the Inside Out sneak-peek that was released and cover our thoughts on our first glimpse at Riley.
  • Starting at 34:19 into the podcast - we chat about the first clip of LAVA which was recently released as well. We cover our thoughts on the song, visual elements as well as our anticipation for the entire short being released ahead of Inside Out.

Part Five of The Pixar Pipeline Project

  • Starting at 42:38 into the podcast - We are excited to bring our fifth 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 fifth interview is with Aaron Hartline from Pixar's animation department. We chat about everything from a day-in-the-life of an animator, to his work as the Supervising Animator on LAVA (with additional insights and details from the project).
  • Finally, we wrap up with a discussion on Aaron's journey to Pixar as well as some amazing stories of inspiration and perseverance on getting into animation.
  • Like we mentioned in the podcast, we want to hear from you - did Aaron's interview inspire you, did it make you think deeper about the career path you're on? Let us know - send us an email (info@pixarpost.com) or leave us a voicemail and we may even play it on our next episode (voice mail line (415) 799-7678[POST]).

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sharon Calahan's Historic 'American Society of Cinematographers' Membership


History was made earlier this year as Pixarian Sharon Calahan, ASC was the first CG Director of Photography accepted into the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). The ASC was the first organization in the film industry exclusively devoted to honoring professional achievement. Membership is extended only by invitation to those who are actively engaged as directors of photography and have demonstrated outstanding ability. Calahan's induction into the ASC is a complete game-changer, carving the path for future directors of photography within the animation field.

Lighting example from Finding Nemo

Calahan's induction comes as no surprise to us as her eye for subtle details has always left in awe - as well as the work of her team. Although every department puts their stamp on the film, there is no greater impact to the finished product (visually) than the brilliant work that Sharon and her team have developed over the years. Her 20-year career (all with Pixar) spans a multitude of Pixar's most beloved films including - Toy StoryA Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Cars 2 and Ratatouille.

Cinematography Database recently had a discussion with Calahan to discuss her career, advice for upcoming artists as well as other technical details. Below are a few standout questions, but be sure to read the entire detailed interview on Cinematography Database.

First Clip of Pixar's Upcoming Short 'Lava'


Pixar's Volcanic love story is set to hit theaters alongside Inside Out on June 19, 2015 - but today we have our first glimpse of the poignant short thanks to Yahoo! Movies. The clip, shows Uku (pronounced ooh-koo) singing a love song in hopes of finding love for himself - but how does an immovable formation of earth find love? That's the element that director, James Ford Murphy (Jim) wants to tell in a way that moves you emotionally and visually.

Check out this clip below, uploaded to Pixar's YouTube channel.


You can tell from the clip above that Uku seems to be the only one who is alone - heck, even the clouds are coupled-up and seem to have arms outstretched towards each other. So, how do you make a giant volcano show his emotions when he can't easily move? The Yahoo! Movies article mentions -
To create the face of the mountain, Murphy used an amalgam of the faces of Kuahna Torres Kahele, the musician who is the voice of the mountain; Honeymooners star Jackie Gleeson, and the bulldog in the Chuck Jones animated classic Feed the Kitty, which Murphy considers perhaps his all-time favorite cartoon. “That cartoon has so much heart and so much of the humor comes from genuine emotion,” he says. “That was a major inspiration for us.”

Lava recently had it's premiere at the Hiroshima Film Festival in which famed Hawaiian singer, Kuahna Torres Kahele (voice of Uku), posted some photos from the festival on his personal Facebook page. Be sure to check out the Forum post (started by Dan the Pixar Fan) to view some additional details and more photos. In addition to the great photos, we also think we have found three additional film festivals in which the short may be shown as well (read our finding in the Lava Forum post).

Potential Film Festivals that Lava may be shown at:


Photo of Kuahna Torres Kahele, Producer-Andrea Warren &
Director-Jim Murphy from the Hiroshima Film Festival

Very excitingly, we talked with Lava supervising animator, Aaron Hartline on August 27 as part of episode 31 of the Pixar Post Podcast (which will be released tomorrow, Friday August 29 - stay tuned). In the interview, Aaron talks about some of the technical challenges, working alongside Jim Murphy as well as another facial inspiration for Uku which wasn't mentioned in the Yahoo! Movies article. So, what are your thoughts on the first public clip of Lava?

Related Posts:
- New Lava still images and a news interview with Kuahna Torres Kahele
Additional Details Surrounding Pixar's Upcoming Short, Lava
Pixar's Next Short Lava Will Premiere Ahead of Inside Out in Theaters & More Inside Out Details

Pixar Post - T.J.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Battlesaur Sky Broadband Commercial


At this year's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Pixar held a Toy Story That Time Forgot panel moderated by famed compose, Michael Giacchino. Guests of the panel were treated to background storyboards, still images and even saw a sneak peek of the short along with images of the Battlesaur toys (which will be released this holiday season). Although the half-hour television special isn't premiering until December 2, 2014, Sky (A UK-based media company which also released a Toy Story of TERROR! clip last year) has just released a hilarious commercial allowing us to get a glimpse at the "dangerously delusional" band of Battlesaurs. Be sure to watch the commercial which is uploaded on our PixarPost YouTube channel below.


The hilarious fifty-one second commercial was directed by veteran television-spot and Partysaurus Rex director, Mark Walsh and we have to say that the character development by Steve Purcell-and-team is just brilliant - the Battlesaurs draw you in right away and make you want to see more. Speaking of Steve Purcell, not only is he the director of the half-hour special, but he also voices the hilarious and somewhat goofy, Cleric (pictured below).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Take a look Behind-The-Scenes of Pixar's 'Inside Out' - First Look At Riley

Riley from Inside Out

Disney Movies Anywhere has just launched a two minute behind-the-scenes sneak peek at Pixar's highly anticipated Inside Out (bundled along with the Monsters University Summer Movies To Go video). Hitting theaters on June 19, 2015, Inside Out will take us into the mind of Riley, a 11-year-old girl who is uprooted from her midwest life to start anew in San Francisco, California. As Riley grows up and enters her teenage years, her emotions and personality change too. Although Riley is an important part of the movie, her emotions are the film's main characters: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust.

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The sneak peek, introduced by Pete Docter (Director) and Jonas Rivera (Producer), gives us our first look at Riley, shows some great test animation of the emotions and also discusses the throwback animation style the team used in the movie. Rivera said, "We really wanted to push and caricature and squash and stretch and go back to some of those principles that got us loving animation". Hearing Pete and Jonas discuss the the old Hollywood style of animation really excites us - it's going to feel so fresh and nostalgic at the same time.

Test animation of the emotions roasting marshmallows over Anger's fiery temper
Pete Docter watching Jerome Ranft work on a sculpt of the emotion Disgust

Click the image above to watch the video on Disney Movies Anywhere

Be sure to chat about the sneak peek video and view even more discussions about Inside Out in the Pixar Post Forum.

Disney Movies Anywhere – Watch Your Disney, Pixar and Marvel Movies! Download the iOS app using the link below & be sure not to miss the Inside Out Sneak peek! Additionally, if you don't have an iOS device, you can also log into Disney Movies Anywhere directly on their website.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Breaking - Inside Out Behind-The-Scenes Sneak Peek Coming Next Week [u]

Inside Out concept artwork

UPDATED - The behind-the-scenes video has now been posted to Disney Movies Anywhere - read our updated post for more details.

Breaking - Disney Movies Anywhere notified members to keep an eye out for the final week of the Pixar Summer Movies To Go promotion, but they also subtly mentioned that a "behind-the-scenes peek at Pixar's latest, Inside Out", would also be releasing somewhere between August 26 and September 1. We're assuming it will launch on August 26 alongside the final Monsters University Pixar Summer Movies To Go promotion in which all Pixar movies will be priced at $14.99 USD each between the dates listed.

Disney Movies Anywhere promo mentioning Inside Out

It will be interesting to see what details are revealed within the Inside Out sneak peek, but we're assuming that Director, Pete Docter, may do something similar to what Dan Scanlon did when he displayed concept artwork and covered the storyline for Monsters University highlighting brief moments of animation while introducing the main characters. Again, we don't know for sure, but we're speculating this will be similar. 

Additionally, if you haven't read our review of the Toy Story of TERROR! Blu-Ray, be sure to take a look at that post as we spotted what appears to be a piece of Inside Out concept artwork in the background as well.

Toy Story of TERROR! Blu-Ray extra with potential Inside Out concept art.

Disney Movies Anywhere – Watch Your Disney, Pixar and Marvel Movies! Download the iOS app using the link below & be sure not to miss the Inside Out Sneak peek! Additionally, you can also log into Disney Movies Anywhere directly on their website.



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"A Fantastic New Story" for The Good Dinosaur is Underway


Just about a year ago, we learned that The Good Dinosaur lead director Bob Peterson would be stepping off the project, leaving co-director Peter Sohn at the helm (though a new lead director has yet to be confirmed by Pixar). Shortly thereafter, Pixar announced that The Good Dinosaur would be delayed from a May 30, 2014 release to November 25, 2015 and with that delay would come a hefty storyline change - and possible role changes as well. In a recent interview with Collider (via /Film), John Lithgow says:
“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.” 
As Lithgow stated the entire film is being "completely reimagined", the original storyline asked the question what if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film followed a Apatotosaurus family as Arlo (the teenage Apatosaurus) befriends a young human boy named Spot.

John Lithgow & Fran McDormand - two upper-right images

During the interview when asked about looming role changes Lithgow answered "...me and Frannie McDormand, we’re still playing Momma and Poppa dinosaur." This confirmation has us excited about the new story but also wondering if Bill Hader, Judy Greer, Lucas Neff and Neil Patrick Harris characters have made the cut and are still in the film. While this is only speculation as we do not have confirmation from Pixar of any role/character changes we can only add that we are excited to see what The Good Dinosaur will bring us late next year and what the reimagined story will be.

Be sure to share your thoughts on the Pixar Post Forum - thanks to forum user maxxie03 for spotting this and posting it to the forum.

Related Posts
- Confirmed Bob Peterson is off The Good Dinosaur Project
- The Good Dinosaur Pushes Release Date to November 2015

Pixar Post - Julie