June 26, 2014

Post 136: "Inside Out" In Less Than a Year!

Pixar Inside Out Movie LogoHi everyone! Well, "Inside Out" might not have a teaser yet but we are slowly getting info on Pixar's 15th motion picture. Here are some more news on the project!


Pixar has also released their official press release for Inside Out (though most of this information was revealed earlier on their official website). With the press release, also came confirmation that the official Inside Out logo will in fact be the updated version seen last week at the Annecy International Film Festival (be sure to check out our wrap up post of the festival for more details on the film).
Pete Docter getting excited for the release of his film
in one year (June 19, 2015) -
Courtesy Disney•Pixar

Inside Out press release details:
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. 
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. 
— Director Pete Docter is the Academy Award®-winning director of “Up.” He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar‘s smash hit “Monsters, Inc.,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film. Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for “Toy Story,” Pixar‘s first full-length feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on “A Bug’s Life” and wrote the initial story treatment for “Toy Story 2.” As one of Pixar Animation Studios’ key creative contributors, Docter garnered an Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Disney•Pixar’s Golden Globe®- and Oscar®-winning “WALL•E.” 
— Jonas Rivera produced the Academy Award®-winning “Up,” for which he was nominated for best picture. Prior to “Up,” he had worked on nearly every Pixar film since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1994, beginning with “Toy Story” for which he served as production office assistant. His subsequent credits include “A Bug’s Life” (as art department coordinator), “Toy Story 2” (as a marketing and creative resources coordinator), “Monsters, Inc.” (as art department manager) and the Golden Globe®-winning “Cars” (as production manager).
An additional piece of concept artwork has shown up online as part of a D23 article highlighting the release of the the news. 
The concept art below shows how Riley’s emotions guide her. You can see Joy operating a control panel that accesses Riley’s memories and real-time interactions throughout her day. It’s called Head-quarters. The film will switch back and forth from the “inside” perspective of her emotions and what it looks like when Riley acts them “out.” The juxtaposition of this is hilarious and heartwarming.

 Empire was one of the media sites in attendance who discussed the special preview of Inside Out as well as the screening of Lava yesterday in Los Angeles. Below is an excerpt from their review - the comments from Docter about channeling Tex Avery has us extremely excited and intrigued.
With the movie now a year away (which Rivera joked would skip by in a minute because animated film schedules go by like dog years), the animation is roughly 50 per cent complete, but already looks very different to other Pixar films. Docter said that he’d pushed the various teams to channel classic Tex Avery and other ‘toons to employ more of a colourfully cartoonish environment than previous work. The result, even in its rough stage, is a fascinating, funky, funny guess at what the mind might look like, or as Docter put it, “an Apple store crossed with It’s A Small World…”
An additional description of the discussion with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera from the Actor's Guild of America event last night, was posted on Coming Soon. The article highlights some amazing new details regarding Inside Out. It discusses in more detail the clip that was also shown at the Annecy Festival last week and contains some spoilers, but it's so fascinating and really gets us even more excited for the story's plot. Thanks for the heads up on this article, Dan.
 A new article from Animation Scoop, also mentions some additional details on Inside Out (spoiler) and notes that -
In terms of the unique character design of the five emotions, Docter and his team came up with forms of energy comprised of particle simulations on top of self-illuminating screens. These are as squashy and stretchy as you will ever see at Pixar, and they even leave wisps of particle trails. And I understand that Poehler's Joy (who reminds me of Tink) is the star of the movie and proved the most challenging to develop and animate.
Are you excited for the movie to be released? See you soon!

Post 43: "Lava": Pixar's 16th Original Short

Since 1984, the Pixar crew has made short films that present their animation and storytelling from "The Adventures of Andre' and Wally B." to last year's love story, "The Blue Umbrella" , Pixar loves making them and in front of "Inside Out", Pixar is doing a new love story...with volcanoes.


"Pixar has just released additional details about their upcoming feature film Inside Out as well as officially confirmed their new musical short, Lava (releasing in theaters ahead of Inside Out on June 19, 2015). With the breaking news of Lava, individuals who have already been lucky enough to have viewed a sneak peek (watching the short in its almost finalized state) are already raving about it's beauty and sweet nature.
Courtesy of Kyle Buchanan's Twitter
Courtesy of Adam B. Vary's Twitter

The official synopsis for Lava:
Pixar Short Lava PosterInspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “Lava” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. 
From Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, “Lava” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, in front of “Inside Out.”
From the description of this being a musical love story, we can't help but think of the simplicity and beauty of The Blue Umbrella as well. It will be interesting to see the contrast between the two stories, which on the surface, could sound similar - although we bet they won't be similar at all. The poster for Lava is stunning and depicts many pairs of animals in love - but the star of the show, the volcano, appears to be missing a mate.

The short will be directed by James Ford Murphy, a studio veteran who started back in 1998 on A Bug's Life as a character designer and animator. With Murphy's eye as an animator (6 Pixar projects), supervising animator (For The Birds, Mater and the Ghostlight) and directing animator (Cars), we're certainly looking forward to his unique take on this love story. It will also be intriguing to see how the musical element will play into the film - as well as who the composer will be?

Lava's producer, Andrea Warren also started on A Bug's Life as Art Department Production Assistant and worked among the Art department as a Manager and Coordinator before taking on the role of Production Manager for WALL•E and Brave.

As a side note - interestingly, there has a 
lingering rumor of a short titled Lava in production at Pixar for quite some time. We're glad that the rumor is true and even more intrigued now that we have more information.
From this article on Coming Soon, it appears that James himself has composed the song for Lava (on ukulele). It is a hawaiian-inspired song that attempts to get you to feel the same emotional touches of Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
It should also be noted that
Animation Scoop is also reporting that vocal work for the song will be completed by famed hawaiian vocalists Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Grieg Makua.

Here is a 
link to Kuana Torres Kahele's beautiful rendition of Haleluia on iTunes, (A.K.A. Lenoard Cohen's Hallelujah, made famous by Jeff Buckley) and a link (YouTube) to Napua Grieg Makua singing her popular song Lawakua. Wow, with all of this emotion in their voices, this seems like Lava will be a poignant short." - Pixar Post

Are you excited for LAVA? See you soon! 

June 7, 2014

Post 135: "Finding Dory" Finds Co-Director


"It looks like Finding Dory now has a co-director: Angus MacLane.
Director Andrew Stanton himself, who also directed the first film and WALL-E, confirmed this on Twitter recently…
andrew stanton @andrewstanton    
From my co-director's clever Lego "couch" series: “@AngusMacLane: Tony Stark having a drink on a couch, in LEGO. http://tinyurl.com/q9pkjpm 
Pixar has little by little been letting people outside of the Lasseter-Docter-Stanton-Bird circle helm films. We saw Lee Unkrich completely handle Toy Story 3 and he has another film (based on the Day of the Dead holiday) in the works, Brad Lewis was given a shot with Cars 2 only to get replaced at the eleventh hour by John Lasseter when the project ran into problems. The same thing happened to Brave, which was originally set to be directed by Brenda Chapman but she was then replaced by Mark Andrews, also a first-time director at Pixar. Dan Scanlon directed Monsters University, and before he was removed, Bob Peterson was set to direct 2015′s The Good Dinosaur. Teddy Newton and Mark Andrews are directing currently untitled projects.
It’s quite interesting to see MacLane get the co-director gig. MacLane first directed the WALL-E short BURN-E, and then helmed the Toy Story toon Small Fry. After that, he got to direct the well-received Toy Story of TERROR! special that aired last autumn. Of TERROR! was a roughly half-hour entry in the Toy Story franchise that showed that Pixar could tell a good story in that amount of time, MacLane is a very solid choice for a co-director on this film. Maybe this indicates that he’ll eventually direct his own film at Pixar after Finding Dory is completed." -Rotoscopers

How do you feel about MacLane co-directing "Finding Dory"?