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If you're one of those students, current or former, who always wondered why it might be good to learn so much math, there's finally at least one reasonable answer. A couple videos have surfaced online looking at how integral math is when working at Pixar Animation. While there's plenty of art that goes into making their stunning animated films, the animation is still done on a computer, which is made possible due to lots of math. Below you can watch a TED talk from Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose as he discusses the importance of math in Pixar's work, and also a way nerdier video diving into one of their animation systems.
We just recently got a funny look at more of Muppets Most Wanted by way of an online promo using some amusing, fake Twitter hype. And for anyone who's already excited to see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all their Muppet pals back on the big screen with stars like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, there's something else to be excited about too. Attached to the Disney film will be Pixar Animation's short film Party Central, taking a cue from the Oozma Kappa fraternity from last year's Monsters University. The film took eight months to make and now we have a first look photo from the short film.
What if the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs missed Earth and dinosaurs kept living? Aw look, it's Arlo and his pet human! Out of nowhere, the first teaser poster for Pixar's next release, The Good Dinosaur, has debuted online thanks to poster blog J Posters (who put their watermark all over this thing). Pixar fans may recall that The Good Dinosaur was just delayed from summer 2014 to November 2015, a huge change even though D23 attendees already saw footage and the project has been in production since 2010 at least. This poster finally gives the public a clear look at the two lead characters, the Apatosaurus named Arlo and his human pet (who doesn't seem to have a name yet). Take a look below as we wait patiently for the trailer.
Last week, there was a rumor from Blue Sky Disney going around that Pixar had removed Up co-director Bob Peterson from their forthcoming project The Good Dinosaur, but we decided to wait and see how it played out. Now the news has been confirmed by LA Times, but they report that a replacement hasn't been hired. Instead, Pixar is relying on a group of people to work on various parts of the film. Those people include John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn, who had originally been on The Good Dinosaur as co-director.
Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Another one of the big reveals at Disney's D23 Expo taking place this weekend is a first look at the actual characters from Pete Docter's new Pixar movie Inside Out, slated for release in 2015. That pitch about the story taking place inside the mind is all they've revealed about this movie—until now. In addition to revealing a first look at the five main characters, which are emotions personified and colorfied, the voice cast for the animated feature was announced including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler and Lewis Black. See below.
"Are you sure you speak whale?" A very interesting story from NY Times' Arts Beat blog today about one of the year's breakout documentaries and the impact it's already having on our society. Blackfish is the doc, from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, which opens the book on Seaworld and the mistreatment of the Orca whales they keep in captivity. I just saw the doc this week myself and it's a powerful, persuasive doc that will leave you with the feeling of never wanting to visit Seaworld (again). It's that feeling that Pixar has already noticed, as an insider at the animation studio tipped off the NY Times that they're changing the ending of the 2015 sequel Finding Dory because of the response the doc is nurturing with the public. Smart move.
"What if the asteroid missed the earth 65 million years ago?" That's where idea for Pixar's next original movie, The Good Dinosaur, began. It addresses the question of: what if the dinosaurs survived and never died off? The answer: they'd be living with humans and interacting with us like it's normal. Disney's D23 Expo is underway in Anaheim today and the first big presentation was hosted by John Lasseter looking at the upcoming Disney Animation slate. They revealed a quick first look at the new Good Dinosaur movie and announced the voice cast, featuring the likes of John Lithgow and Frances McDormand voicing dinosaurs.
One of the more prominent complaints about Pixar Animation over the past few years is their sudden fascination with revisiting their films by way of sequels. The animation house stationed at Disney has always produced stellar original work, but some fans feel that their efforts in the sequel department, with the exception of Toy Story, haven't been up to usual quality standards. It sounds like Pixar has been listening as a recent conversation Pixar's presdient Ed Catmull had with BuzzFeed indicated that they will significantly scale back the number of sequels that go into production and focus more on original ideas.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I am going to scare circles around you." The lovable Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc are back in the prequel Monsters University, the 14th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. While there is no Boo this time, we do meet a whole batch of new monsters including Squishy, Don, Terri & Terry, Art, Johnny and the ominous Dean Hardscrabble. So how is it? Does it live up to Monsters Inc at all, is at as good as that classic, or not even close? Does it have as much heart as there is humor? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pixar's Monsters University.
In 2001, when Monster's, Inc. came out, Pixar was still in its early years. The company had two Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, which some considered a slight disappointment. Adorable as it was, Monster's, Inc. still didn't quite reach the heights of quality storytelling that would come a bit later with films like Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. It's only natural that now, 12 years and ample amounts of that quality later, the company's trek back to the well brings us Monsters University, a prequel. The results are still fine, adorable as ever, with plenty of laughs from audiences both young and old. And maybe that's good enough.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy are joined by Kate Erbland, from MSN Movies & Film School Rejects, to go through their picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and much more. The main topic was a discussion on Pixar's cinematic output since the topic was last broached on the show in 2010, coinciding with Monsters University hitting theaters this week. The group talks over their last few films and how the company has/hasn't changed and where they hope to see them go.
Apparently Disney-Pixar doesn't know the meaning of the word "final." Back in April, the new Monsters University trailer hyping the Scare Games was touted as the final trailer. But earlier this month a short new trailer showed up, and the music of Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia was included, so that was fine. Well, now we're here with the second "final" trailer, but this is called the "final exam" trailer, showing Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) studying their hearts out in college. This looks like it has all the staples of university life we know, plus the heart of Pixar. Watch now!
It's time for the big 5-year update on animation. Walt Disney has confirmed their release plan for the next five years of animated movies from both Disney Animation and Pixar Animation. The news and dates come from ERCBoxoffice (via SlashFilm) but it doesn't contain any titles or information beyond just the dates for a bunch of films coming up through 2018. However, I've organized a complete list of releases, including most of those we do know titles for through 2015 (the last one announced being Finding Dory), but the rest we'll have to wait for the announcement. For now this is just a quick release date update from Disney/Pixar.
Disney and Pixar Animation's summer sequel Monsters University isn't too far away, and following that cute little Mother's Day wish last weekend, the film is now getting some hype courtesy of the trendy online t-shirt company Threadless. They've teamed with Disney and Pixar to sell some custom shirts inspired by Monsters University and Monsters Inc. The cool thing about these shirts is the designs on sale were chosen from 487 submitted designs from artists around the world. Some truly amazing artwork is on these shirts, to the point that I would almost want some of these images up on my wall instead of my shirt. Look!