Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New 'Inside Out' Stills Showcase Orbs and the Train of Thought

With just five months to go until the release of Inside Out, promotion for the film is beginning to pick up speed. Two new stills from the film have surfaced, the first of which features Joy and Sadness aboard the literal embodiment of the Train of Thought. In the background, we get our first real look at the expansive world of 11-year-old Riley's mind beyond the control hub that has been showed in all previous stills and trailers. This is the first time we get to see just how vast the mind really is.

The second still shows Joy in the aforementioned control hub of the mind, with shelves in the background stocked with the memory orbs that appear to play a large role in the film. From the looks of things, each orb takes on the color of the emotion linked with the particular memory stored in that orb. The yellow orbs contain happy memories, the green ones have memories of disgust, and so forth.

Overall, Inside Out remains shrouded in secret, but personally I think that is for the best. It is hard to know what to expect in a film this ambitious, and the folks at Pixar are using this to their advantage, teasing us bit by bit, leaving us hungry for more. It's a brilliant strategy, really.

Expect to see many more stills and other promotion material for Inside Out in the coming months as the film's release draws nearer.

Inside Out hits theaters June 19th!

Side note: this marks the 500th post on this blog!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Logo and Concept Art for 'The Good Dinosaur'

The marketing campaign for Pixar's Inside Out, hitting theaters in June, is well underway, but let's not forget that the studio is treating us to two new full-length films this year, the second one being The Good Dinosaur, which is set for release in November.

The last month has seen a few minor bits of Dinosaur news, including the release of the two gorgeous pieces of concept artwork for the film seen above. The art book for this movie is going to be a thing to marvel at.

We also now have an updated logo for the film. It's pretty similar to the previous one, except the dinosaur silhouette has now been removed altogether, and the "The" has been underlined.

Lastly, this promotional image bearing the new logo made its way onto the web recently, and while the film's characters are nowhere to be seen, we get a nice look at a gorgeous background for the film. Also, for you toy collectors out there, the line of toys based on The Good Dinosaur arrives in stores in September, so keep an eye out!

Again, nothing really groundbreaking, and still no word on when we can expect a trailer, but keep in mind that the film is still ten months away. In the meantime, however, we have Inside Out to keep us busy, so that should help make the wait more tolerable.

The Good Dinosaur hits theaters November 25th.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

'Inside Out': New Trailer, Posters, and More

It's been a hectic couple of months for this blogger, so unfortunately I have not been able to update this blog as often as I would have liked to, but fear not, I should be back on top of things in the new year. The good news is that as 2015 approaches (it may have already arrived depending on where you are), the flow of Pixar news is returning to its regular pace with two new Pixar films on the way. Here are a few bits of news regarding Pixar's upcoming Inside Out you may have missed.

Of course, the first full-length trailer for the film was released this month, and if you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat. Check it out below:

Rather than following the standard trailer formula and showing brief clips from different parts of the movie, this trailer gives us a taste of Inside Out's look and feel through a quick scene from the film, showing a dinnertime exchange between the film's primary "setting", 11-year-old Riley, and her parents. We know the film will revolve around Riley and her emotions, but what's interesting about this trailer is that we also get a glimpse inside the heads of both her mother and father, making for a clever and hilarious scene. Also, notice how Sadness seems to be the driving force in the mother's mind, while in the father's mind Anger is the leader. In Riley's mind, however, there seems to be a lack of order and cooperativeness among the different emotions.

Pixar also released these colorful individual posters for each of the film's main characters; Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger, as well as a short video for each of the emotions, which you can watch on the studio's official YouTube channel.


Lastly, two stills from the film (below) as well as a lovely piece of concept art (above) made their way online this week. Whether the film is good or bad (although I am quite confident that it will be the former), one thing is for sure; the film will be visually stunning, which is to be expected, of course, with it being a Pixar release and all.

With every new piece of promotion that is released for Inside Out I get more excited, and by the looks of it people around the world in general seem to be looking forward to the film as well. With the seemingly infallible Pete Docter at the helm, this film looks all set to become yet another classic in the Pixar library.

Inside Out hits theaters June 19th of this new year--happy new year, by the way!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Airs TONIGHT!

Just a friendly reminder; Pixar's second television special ever, and their first Christmas-themed one, Toy Story That Time Forgot, airs in just a little less than an hour on the West Coast (if you're on the East Coast, then you may have already seen it!). Tune in to ABC at 8 o'clock sharp and set your DVR. If you miss the special, don't sweat it - it will be be aired again throughout the holiday season.

Be sure to share your thoughts on Pixar's new holiday special here after you've seen it!

Friday, November 7, 2014

'Toy Story 4' Set for 2017 Release, Lasseter Will Direct

I think it's safe to say that this is one announcement no one saw coming. There had been murmurings of a fourth Toy Story on several occasions before, but most fans had taken them with a grain of salt. Millions of jaws smacked the ground hard today when Disney and Pixar confirmed that Toy Story 4 is indeed happening.

Disney CEO Bob Iger broke the news during an earnings call, and confirmed that Pixar and Disney Animation honcho John Lasseter, who helmed the first two Toy Story films, will return to direct the fourth installment in the series.

Toy Story 4 will arrive in theaters on June 17th, 2017 and will reportedly be a love story. Lasseter said this of Pixar's approach towards sequels in an interview the the LA Times:

"A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it's pure passion. We only make sequels when we have a story that's as good as or better than the original. We don't just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we're going to do a sequel and then figure out what we're going to do."

John Lasseter and the crew behind Toy Story 4

In true Pixar fashion, Lasseter and studio veterans Lee Unkrich (who directed Toy Story 3), Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton came up with the story for the film over lunch one day in his office, he told the LA Times. He and Stanton spent the past two years crafting the story and later brought in Rashida Jones and Will McCormack to pen the script, having seen their 2012 comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever. Galyn Susman, producer of last year's television special Toy Story of Terror and the upcoming Toy Story That Time Forgot, will produce the fourth full-length Toy Story film.

I will have a post with my full thoughts on Toy Story 4 up in the next few days, but for now I leave you with a song from this year's Muppets Most Wanted which, funnily enough, predicted today's big announcement.