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Full Trailer for Pixar's 'Turning Red' About Becoming a Giant Red Panda

Turning Red Trailer

"This little quirk runs in our family!" Pixar has debuted the full-length official trailer for their next original movie called Turning Red, marking the feature directorial debut of Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi. She also directed the beloved Pixar short film Bao, which played in front of Incredibles 2 in 2018, and later won an Academy Award as well. Turning Red introduces Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she "poofs" into a giant red panda! But what happens next? We'll find out! Sandra Oh voices Ming, and Rosalie Chiang voices Mei Lee. This looks a bit like a superhero movie like Shazam!, where she must learn to use "her powers" responsibly. Oh this is going to be fun! Already laughing so much.

Watch: Pixar Remix - 'Monsters Inc' Remade as a Classic Silent Film

Monsters Inc Silent Film

"Get that little whippersnapper back quick! The company depends on it!" Grab your popcorn and soda, get your 1¢ ticket, and enjoy this old timey presentation of a classic work of cinema. The fine folks at Pixar have released an amusing "Pixar Remix" video taking Monsters Inc and turning it into a classic silent movie. The full 4-minute "short film" is available on YouTube and it's a totally swell way to brighten up your day. I love the attention to detail, all the fun title cards, and I really appreciate that they actually redid the entire movie (which normally runs 92 minutes) as a silent film. Monsters Inc is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, originally opening in the fall of 2001. It's still one of my favorite Pixar movies; actually, it's one of the best animated movies ever made. I can still watch it anytime and I always feel better. Enjoy the show.

Back in Portorosso - Official Trailer for Pixar's 'Ciao Alberto' Short Film

Ciao Alberto Short Film Trailer

"Everything's perfect – especially my new job!" Pixar has debuted a fun short trailer for their Luca short film spin-off Ciao Alberto. Or perhaps a better title – The Adventures of Alberto and Massimo! Streaming on Disney+ in just a few weeks. The short is a follow-up to the story in Luca, focusing on what Alberto is up to in Portorosso after Luca leaves town (staying in touch through letters). With his best friend Luca away at school, Alberto is enjoying his new life in Portorosso working alongside Massimo—the imposing, tattooed, one-armed fisherman of few words—who's quite possibly the coolest human in the entire world as far as Alberto is concerned. He wants more than anything to impress his mentor, but it's easier said than done. Ciao Alberto is directed by McKenna Harris, making her directorial debut after working as a story artist on Luca and Raya and the Last Dragon, and produced by Matt DeMartini. Pixar quality even in short form.

First Teaser Trailer for Pixar's 'Lightyear' Exploring the Origins of Buzz

Lightyear Teaser Trailer

Hello again, Rocketman! Pixar has unveiled the exciting first teaser trailer for Lightyear, one of two brand new Pixar Animation Studios movies arriving in 2022. This one is a sort of prequel to Toy Story, focusing entirely on Buzz Lightyear as a spin-off solo movie about the Space Ranger. Chris Evans will be voicing the real Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut within the Toy Story universe who inspired the action figure. The film will tell "the story of Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond" - but no other details are known about it yet besides that. This is an impressive first teaser, packed with tons of stunning footage of this space adventure. There's so many details hidden in here already! The strange robo-cat hooked into the ship, the introduction of his classic spacesuit. And more characters we don't know anything about yet! But after this tease - I'm completely sold. Bring on the summer of Lightyear! It's opening in theaters next June.

First Trailer for Adorable 'Dug Days' Series About the Dog from 'Up'

Intrusion Trailer

"I am dog, and this makes me – squirrel!" Disney+ has revealed the first official trailer for a new series of short films titled Dug Days, one of the newest Pixar Animation Studios short form offerings coming to Disney+. They recently released the Monsters at Work TV series, a direct sequel to Monsters Inc, and this series is next. Dug Days follows everyone's favorite animted Golden Retriever - Dug from Pixar's Up. The series will focus on Dug and Carl as they reside in Suburbia. Voice actor / filmmaker Bob Peterson, who voiced Dug in the original film, directs this new series - each short features everyday events that occur in and around Dug's backyard, all through the exciting (and delightfully distorted) eyes of our favorite talking dog. I loveeee Dug so much! And I'm glad Carl (and Russell) are back in this series, too. Take a look below.

Fun Teaser Trailer for Pixar's New Giant Red Panda Movie 'Turning Red'

Turning Red Teaser Trailer

"Let the fun begin…!" Pixar has revealed the first teaser trailer for the next original animation project called Turning Red, marking the feature directorial debut of Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi. She also directed the beloved Pixar short film Bao, which played in front of Incredibles 2 in 2018, and later won an Academy Award as well. Here's the concept for this: a 13-year-old girl turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. Which is, apparently, all the time! Beyond that, we're not sure where the story is going. Sandra Oh voices Mei Lee's protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming. And Rosalie Chiang voices Mei Lee, the girl at the center of the film. Of course, this is a hilarious and badass first look, especially with the Backstreet Boys song "Larger Than Life". Ha! What a fun introduction to this original Pixar movie.

Watch: Ash Arnold's Lovely Pixar Tribute - 'To Infinity And Beyond'

To Infinity And Beyond Tribute

"Sully, what about everything we ever worked for, does that matter?" This wonderful tribute was made to celebrate the release of Pixar's 24th feature film, Luca (watch the trailer), arriving this summer. It features footage from all of their films, including a few of their shorts and their excellent SparkShorts series, edited together and it's just beautiful. It's hard not to get watery watching this. For as long as I can remember, I've been a fan of Pixar. I've been lucky to visit the studio a few times, befriend a few animators, and purchase some of their merch. But most of all, I love their movies with all my heart. They're not only made for kids, they're magical and moving adventures that we can never forget, that touch us and change us. "In honour of Luca coming out next week here is my tribute to the wonderful folks at Pixar." Even director Lee Unkrich tweeted about this tribute: "Gave me goosebumps, and I worked on most of ’em." Yes, indeed. Watch below.

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Full Trailer for New Pixar Series 'Monsters at Work' Coming to Disney+

Monsters at Work Trailer

"Scarers are out, jokesters are in!" Disney has unveiled the first full trailer for Pixar's Monsters at Work, their new animated launching arriving on Disney+ this summer. This is a direct sequel to Monsters Inc, the original 2001 movie, and is only the second TV series based on a Pixar movie after Buzz Lightyear of Star Command from 2000. Six months after the events of the original movie, the power plant now harvests the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis. Tylor Tuskmon, an eager & talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team, dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike and Sulley. Of course, Billy Crystal and John Goodman are back as the voices of Mike and Sulley. The new voices include Ben Feldman as Tylor, Mindy Kaling as Val, Lucas Neff as Duncan, Alanna Ubach as Cutter, and Henry Winkler as Fritz. As a big fan of the original Monsters Inc and anything Pixar makes, I'm all for this series, even if it does look a bit more "made-for-TV" than their usual work. But still! It should be fun times at M.I.

Full Trailer for Pixar's 'Luca' Movie Set in Italy About Sea Monsters

Pixar's Luca Trailer

"Everything good is above the surface: walking, air, the sky, the clouds, the sun!" Disney has debuted the full trailer for Pixar's next original movie titled Luca, the feature directorial debut of Italian storyboard artist Enrico Casarosa (who directed the Pixar short La Luna as well). Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the film is about two friends and an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. But both boys are actually sea monsters. Casarosa explains his inspiration: "I wanted to make a movie about those kinds of friendships that help you grow up." The Pixar movie pays homage to Fellini and other classic Italian filmmakers, "with a dash of Miyazaki." But of course! The main voice cast includes Jacob Tremblay as Luca, with Maya Rudolph, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jim Gaffigan, Emma Berman, and Marco Barricelli. Oh come on, this looks wonderful! More charming than adventurous, but I adore everything about Luca already. It looks stunning! So bright and colorful. I really miss visiting Italy…

Watch: Pixar's Superb SparkShort 'Wind' Directed by Edwin Chang

SparkShort Wind

Onward and upward! Disney + Pixar have uploaded another of their SparkShorts to YouTube for everyone to view for free called Wind, written and directed by Edwin Chang, who usually works as in simulation at the studio. Pixar's SparkShorts program for experimental & innovative short films launched in 2019 and after posting half of them on YouTube, Disney stopped allowing them to be seen for free and saved the rest of them for Disney+ only. This short also debuted back in 2019 but is now available for YouTube viewing, along with this message: "Pixar Animation Studios and the SparkShorts filmmakers of Wind are in solidarity with the Asian and Asian American communities against Anti-Asian hate in all its forms. We are proud of the onscreen representation in this short and have decided to make it widely available, in celebration of what stories that feature Asian characters can do to promote inclusion everywhere." The story follows a boy and his grandmother as they try to escape from a dark chasm to a better life above. This one is a must watch.

First Teaser Trailer for Pixar's 'Luca' Movie Set on the Italian Riviera

Pixar's Luca Teaser Trailer

"But there's just one thing… No one can find out." Disney has revealed a teaser trailer for Pixar's next new original movie titled Luca, the feature directorial debut of Italian storyboard artist Enrico Casarosa (who directed the Pixar short La Luna as well). Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the film is about two friends and an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. But both boys are actually sea monsters from the water. Casarosa explains his inspiration: "I met my best friend when I was 11. I was really shy and I found this troublemaker of a kid… I wanted to make a movie about those kinds of friendships that help you grow up." The Pixar movie pays homage to Fellini and other classic Italian filmmakers, "with a dash of Miyazaki." There's no voice cast revealed yet for Luca and Alberto. After the success of Soul, I'm excited to see Pixar back on track with original work and this looks so delightful already.

Watch: VFX Artists Redo the Balloon House in 'Up' with Real Physics

Up Balloon House

"After crunching all of the numbers…" This is super cool! The YouTube creators called Corridor Crew (or Corridor Digital) made a video looking at the balloon house from Pixar's Up with the goal of creating a VFX sequence based on actual physics. How many balloons would it really take and what would that actually look like? Watch this to find out. The video also plays like a short doc, examining the origins of balloons and then taking us through the actual real-life examples of people trying solo flight with actual balloons (see: David Blaine's stunt, Jonathan Trappe's balloon house, etc.) and they reference other cinema videos from The Film Theorists (also on YouTube). So even if we already know the answer to "what would it take?", this is still an entertaining watch as they try to work through the solutions and visualize it. Check out the Up video below.

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