Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
It's been quite a while since we first heard that Pixar was making Brave. At the time, the film was entitled 'The Bear and the Bow', and we had only been introduced to a simplified synopsis. Finally, Entertainment Weekly got us our first good look at Pixar's first fairy tale! But it sure doesn't look like your average princess movie! Even though the main character is a princess, remember that it's Pixar making Brave, so there is no need for boys to not watch this movie! Lee Unkrich even once described it as 'gritty' in an interview. So Brave may be a fairy tale, but not your typical 'girly' princess fairy tale, but rather, a spectacular, 'gritty' adventure for all audiences.
This past October, we heard that Brenda Chapman had been replaced by Mark Andrews as director for the film. However, it appears that Chapman will still be credited as co-director for Brave. Another change that EW informed us of today is that Reese Witherspoon will not be playing the lead role in the movie as princess Merida, she has been replaced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald. I think this change was a rather smart move, because Scotland is the setting for Brave, so it makes sense to have a Scottish actress voice a Scottish princess. Below take a look at some more beautiful concept art for the film. Dang, Pixar artists are GOOD!!!
The new, updated synopsis:
The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for Brave, a new tale that joins the lands’ ancient lore stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, Brave is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage. The film also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane. Brave, full of heart, memorable characters and Pixar’s signature humor, takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D in select theaters.
Catch Pixar's 13th on June 22, 2012!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
- Around 1200 employees...or more...work at Pixar Animation Studios.
- The average Pixar movie usually takes 4 to 5 years to create...or in other words, about 1460.97 to 1826.21 days.
- As many people know, Pixar has made 11 films up to date, and will release their 12th film, Cars 2, on June 24, 2011.
- Pixar's highest grossing film, Toy Story 3, earned an estimated $1,063,171,609 at the box office. It became the 5th highest grossing film of all time, the #1 animated film of all time, and the highest grossing film of 2010.
- John Lasseter has directed 4 of Pixar's films to this day, and is set to make his 5th debut as director this year with Cars 2.
- So far, there are 9 hilarious Cars Toons, and more will be released in the years to come.
- Randy Newman has scored 6 Pixar movies, including all 3 Toy Story films.
- John Ratzenberger, considered Pixar's 'lucky charm', has voiced 9 Pixar characters, including Hamm the piggy bank and Mack the truck.
- Ever since the Best Animated Feature Film award was introduced to the Oscars in 2001, Pixar has been nominated 8 times, and has won 6 times.
- Not only has Pixar made many fantastic feature films, but the company has created 19 ground-breaking short films, their most recent being Day & Night. Their 20th short, Hawaiian Vacation, will be played in front of Cars 2.
- Pixar has received 10 Academy Award nominations for their short films, and has won 3 times.
- Pixar was founded in 1986, so the company has existed for 25 years.
- Russel, the 8 year-old wilderness explorer from Up, has over 40 badges!
- In Pixar's Ratatouille, the word 'rat' is used 51 times!
- Sulley, the big, blue, furry monster from Monsters, Inc., has around 2,137,000 hairs in total!
- Carl Fredricksen from Up uses about 10,000 to 20,000 balloons to lift his house up into the air!
- In Toy Story 3, Andy only has 12 toys left...but at Sunnyside Daycare, there are probably over 100 toys!
- In Pixar's Cars, there are, of course, over 200 cars seen in the film...probably a lot more!
- There are exactly 96 days left until the North American theatrical release of Cars 2!!!
Cars 2 hits theaters June 24...only three months and four days to go...
Saturday, March 19, 2011
If you still have not a clue as to what Brave will be about, read the plot below.
In rugged and mythic Scotland, the impetuous, tangle-haired Mérida, though a daughter of royalty, would rather make her mark as an archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Mérida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father's kingdom and her mother's life. Mérida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark ancient curse.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
June is just around the corner, and we have recently gotten to see new trailers for Cars 2, so it was only a matter of time that we got a first good look at the video game for the movie! Cars 2: The Video Game is being developed by Avalanche, with some help from Pixar of course. These are the same companies that developed the TS3 video game, so it is clear that it will be just as fun and entertaining. The game will be released for the Wii, XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and PSP. Watch the trailer below.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Read this official description:
Shu Todoroki is a Le Motor Prototype racer representing Japan and bearing #7 in the World Grand Prix. Shu was raised at the base of the active Mount Asama volcano in Japan, and soon became a champion on the Suzuka Circuit. His sleek design sports a fiery red Ka-Riu dragon, which Shu borrowed from Japanese legend because he relates to the small, yet fierce nature of the dragon. His team legacy is filled with victories – his coach, a Mazda, was the only Japanese car to ever win at Le Mans – and Shu hopes to prove his champion-level racing on the international stage of the World Grand Prix.
Also, check out his turntable video:
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Below is the domestic trailer…a must-watch!!
Below is the UK trailer, with footage not seen in the domestic one. Also a must-watch!
Cars 2 is ought to be the most action-packed Pixar film yet! So much drama…so many explosions….all in one amazing, spectacular, mind-blowing spy movie!! ‘Spy it only in theaters’ on June 24!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Along with all the other Hawaiian Vacation news that has been going around this week, we were introduced to this great new pic of the ought-to-be-awesome short.The still features Mrs. Potato Head, Barbie, Ken, Jessie, the Aliens, and Buzz, all dressed in their fabulous Hawaiian wardrobe! Oh, I just can't wait for June 24...
Watch the clip here:
Read the official synopsis here:
In celebration of their recent Oscar® win for Best Animated Feature, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the “Toy Story 3” gang head to the big screen again this summer in “Hawaiian Vacation,” a 3D animated short directed by seven-time Academy Award®-winner Gary Rydstrom. “Hawaiian Vacation” will appear exclusively with the upcoming “Cars 2” theatrical release, which races into North American theaters on June 24, 2011, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D in select theaters. John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct the follow-up to his 2006 Golden-Globe®-winning “Cars.”
Set in new owner Bonnie’s bedroom, “Hawaiian Vacation” features Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the rest of the favorite “Toy Story 3” toys as they create the ultimate Hawaiian vacation for Ken (voice of Michael Keaton) and Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson). It seems Ken badly miscalculated their travel arrangements, so the gang has to create a dream getaway in Bonnie’s Midwestern bedroom—in the middle of winter. “Hawaiian Vacation” also features the voices of Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenberger.
Rydstrom is a 25-year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios, contributing to the sound design of the studio’s groundbreaking short film “Luxo Jr.” His credits include a variety of Pixar shorts—“Lifted,” “Red’s Dream” and “Tin Toy”—and feature films, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and the Academy Award®-winning “Finding Nemo,” among others.
“Toy Story 3” won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Sunday night, February 27, 2011. Randy Newman earned an Oscar® for Best Original Song for the film’s “We Belong Together.” Pixar, which has earned 29 Academy Awards® and seven Golden Globes®, celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2011."
Catch Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation on the big screen on June 24 right before Cars 2!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Art of Cars 2, hardcover and 160 pages long, will be written by Ben Queen (with Karen Paik), with a foreword by director John Lasseter. You can pre-order it on Chronicle Books or Amazon.
Do you read the 'Art of...' books? Will you be getting The Art of Cars 2?
- 37th People's Choice Awards: Favourite Family Movie
- Satellite Awards 2011: Best Motion Picture (Animated or Mixed)
- 2011 Grammy Awards: Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
- 82nd National Board of Review Awards: Best Animated Film and Top Ten Films
- 9th Washington Area Film Critics Association: Best Animated Feature
- 16th Annual BFCA Critics Choice Awards: Best Animated Feature
- Golden Tomato Awards (Rotten Tomatoes): Best Rating Feature in 2010 (Wide Release) and Best Reviewed Animated Film (Animation)
- 68th Golden Globe Awards: Best Animated Feature Film
- 64th BAFTA Awards: Best Animated Feature
- 83rd Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("We Belong Together" by Randy Newman)
Now isn't that a lot of awards? I think the film definitely deserved all those prizes, as it made many people laugh out loud, amazed them with spectacular animation and many action-packed scenes, and touched the hearts of millions. Congratulations Pixar, for creating another classic, that will remain in the hearts and minds of many forever.