Cars 2 On Blu-Ray / DVD

Cars 2 ON Blu-Ray / DVD

Although I have not seen it yet, yes I know its CRAZY, I am excited for the Blu-Ray release!  This may be the first Pixar movie I did NOT see in the theater!

Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally (Bonnie Hunt), and the rest of the gang from Radiator Springs return to the screen in this sequel to Pixar’s Cars (2006). But instead of evoking a nostalgic vision of Route 66 through the American Southwest, director John Lasseter and his artists spoof James Bond films in a fast-paced adventure that mixes espionage and road racing. After a successful season on the track, Lightning is looking forward to some rest at home, but Mater gets him involved in an elaborate three-part international race sponsored by Sir Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard) to promote his new synthetic auto fuel. While serving on Lightning’s pit crew, Mater inadvertently gets mixed up with two British secret agent cars, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), who are investigating a plot to sabotage the race. Myriad complications ensue before Lightning and Mater get back to the (relative) peace of Radiator Springs. The Pixar artists clearly had a lot of fun spoofing locations in Tokyo, London, Paris, and the Italian Riviera, and creating auto versions of sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, Queen Elizabeth II, and a doting Italian mother. The use of 3-D adds adrenaline to the racing sequences. Cars 2 lacks the emotional impact of Toy Story 2, Up, and most of the other Pixar features, but that will do little to lessen its appeal to its target audience, boys who love cars, driving games, and car toys. Cars 2 is screening with Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, a new short with Woody, Buzz, Barbie, Ken, and the rest of the Toy Story gang. (Rated G: minor toilet humor and a few scary moments.)

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Toy Story 1 And 2 In 3D!

Moviegoers are in for twice the fun and triple the thrills as The Walt Disney Studios prepares to debut the Disney Digital 3D versions of Disney-Pixar’s beloved animated features – Toy Story and Toy Story 2 – during a special limited engagement starting on October 2, 2009.

This extraordinary double feature, taking the latest advances in digital 3D technology “to infinity and beyond,” will play exclusively in 3D. Toy Story, the industry’s first ever computer-animated feature and the first feature released by Pixar Animation Studios in 1995, and Toy Story 2, the critically acclaimed sequel that debuted in 1999, were both directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Lasseter. Both films have been meticulously re-rendered in 3D from the original digital files using the latest state-of-the-art technology.


Disney to release all future Pixar movies in 3-D

Disney to release all future Pixar movies in 3-D
Lineup includes ‘Rapunzel,’ ‘Up’ and ‘King of the Elves’


updated 5:14 p.m. ET, Tues., April. 8, 2008
NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its Pixar animation studio is committing to 3-D and will release all of its movies in the format beginning with “Up” next year.

Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter made the announcement in New York at a presentation of Disney’s upcoming lineup of animated movies through 2012.

He said Walt Disney Animation Studios will offer “The Princess and the Frog,” a musical set in New Orleans, in the traditional hand-drawn format for release for Christmas 2009.

Meanwhile, Pixar movies will be released in 3-D and the traditional two-dimensional format, beginning in May 2009 with “Up,” about an elderly widower who embarks on a South American adventure.

Lasseter said he has been inspired by three-dimensional photography for decades.

“I love 3-D. I made a 3-D computer-animated short in 1989 called ’Nickname,’ and in fact my wedding pictures with my beautiful wife Nancy were made in 3-D,” he said.

The lineup from Walt Disney Animation Studios also includes the November release of “Bolt,” the story of an actor dog who believes he has super powers; “Rapunzel,” a retelling of the fairy tale set for release for Christmas 2010; and the modern-day fantasy “King of the Elves,” set for release for Christmas 2012. Those films will be released in both 3-D and two-dimensional formats.

Pixar’s upcoming releases include “Toy Story 3” in June 2010; “newt,” a love story involving the last two blue-footed newts alive, set for the summer 2011; the Scottish fantasy “The Bear and the Bow” for Christmas 2011; and “Cars 2” in the summer of 2012.

Pixar also plans to rerelease the original “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” in the 3-D format.

During its lengthy presentation, Disney also showed a 30-minute clip of “Wall-E,” set for release June 27. It tells a love story between the title character, a robot left alone on Earth for 700 years, and another robot named Eve sent to look for life.

“The population had to abandon Earth for a while, and they left little Wall-E there to clean it up,” said Richard Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

The only clue creators gave for the upcoming “Toy Story 3” tale was that Andy, the boy who owned the toys, has grown up and is about to head off to college.

“Wall-E” is the first Pixar release since last summer’s “Ratatouille,” which grossed more than $620 million at the worldwide box office.

“Ratatouille” was the last publicly disclosed Pixar picture in development before Disney’s acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios in May 2006 for $7.5 billion in stock.

The acquisition put Lasseter as the creative head at both Disney and Pixar studios and revamped the way Disney made animated films.

Lasseter was the director of the first two “Toy Story” hits and a former Disney animator.

In “Up,” 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) puts balloons on his house to fly to South America to fulfill a promise to his late wife to live in paradise.

“We start with unusual premises,” said Ed Catmull, Pixar co-founder and president of Pixar and Disney’s animated studios. “We go down a path where we’re initially always a little scared because we’re doing something brand new. It’s challenging, but out of that challenge comes the new and the interesting.”

Disney’s commitment to 3-D also reflects a move away from Disney’s traditional strength in hand-drawn films, but Catmull said some 600 hand animators remained at the studios.

Disney also planned to release four computer-animated “Tinker Bell” movies straight to DVD and Blu-ray discs every year starting in October.

In a deal announced last month, four studios — Disney, News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox, Viacom Inc.’s Paramount, and Universal Pictures, which is owned by General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal — agreed to help finance and equip 10,000 screens in the U.S. and Canada to accommodate 3-D movies.

The conversion will cost as much as $700 million and take three years.

Box office figures have shown that the enveloping feel of 3-D can attract two to three times more moviegoers who are willing to pay as much as $3 more per ticket, analysts said.

Theater owners and studios hope the offerings will help bring people back to multiplexes for an experience that cannot be matched by increasingly sophisticated home theater systems.

Toy Story Mania !!!

As I plan my latest trip BACK to Disney! (Hey its been a few years, give me a break) I came across this new AMAZING ride Disney is building called Toy Story Mania!!! I think it is ALREADY my new favorite ride!!! Check it out!

Toy Story Mania concept description :

The new attraction will be placed in the former “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” soundstage along Mickey Avenue at the Disney MGM- Studios.

Currently under construction, with an opening date of 2008.

A next generation “Living Character” audio-animatronics figure will be included as part of the pre-show queue area. The 6ft tall Mr Potato head figure will break new ground for an audio-animatronics figure by participating with the audience (similar to Turtle Talk with Crush), and will have the ability to remove body parts (just like the animated Mr Potato Head).

Each ride vehicle will accommodate 8 guests, with seating in 4 groups of 2.

Instead of physical sets, the majority of the environment will be a video display system, making use of 3D technologies.

The ride vehicles will begin by stopping at a training game, to familiarise the riders with the controls. The vehicles will then pass through a number of games, stopping at each to allow for the game play to take place.

The games are able to automatically adjust the difficulty level to suit the player. This means that beginners and expert players can find the game play rewarding and challenging.

The game play will vary with every ride, and it also has the ability to constantly change. Imagineering are not planning to leave the same games in place for the duration of the attractions lifespan. This should really add to the re-ride-ability.

During the games, the riders will be experiencing 3D imagery, wind effects, vehicle motion, water spray, and smells.

Each rider has their own toy canon. One of the unique features however, is that the canon will not be limited to being just a regular canon, as it is in Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin by being a laser blaster. In some games it will fire pies, and in another it will be eggs and balls, and in another, a ring tosser.

Games include midway style ring-toss, dart throwing, ball throwing. Each game booth will be manned by a Toy Story character, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Bo Peep and the Little Green Men.

The real emphasis on this attraction is taking the hugely successful Buzz Lightyear to the next level, and making an attraction that has huge re-ride capability. You are going to want to ride this over and over again, and the way the attraction can increase difficulty on an individual rider basis, and change game play, will really make this happen.

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I just finished watching the latest Pixar movie Ratatouille. As most of you reading this know, I am a huge Disney fan and even a bigger Pixar fan! I was never disappointed in any of the Pixar films and this was no exception. Probably the greatest thing I love about Pixar films is the unknown. What I mean as unknown is when I first hear about a computer generated movie about a fish, monsters, talking toys, cars, a fat super hero, bugs or in this case a cooking RAT, it really makes me wonder, how the HELL are they going to pull this off? You will see a trailer or a commercial and get just a teeny tiny look into the world of Pixar and it is not until the end of the movie can you piece together the vision and the magic of the Pixar vision into the world of say a rat with a passion for cooking.

It was a great movie and defiantly went in its own direction. Brad Bird, the producer’s style and vision is amazing! With Pixar your never going to get a cookie cut, formula driven cheap movie. Instead you get an original classic of animated history! It is really starting to get hard to pick a favorite Pixar movie because they all hold a special place for me as I look back at them.

The animated short called “Lifted” before the movie was very funny and a great piece in itself. You can buy it for two bucks on iTunes!

New “Ratatouille” trailer

Ratatouille Pixar – 9 Minutes Preview

Ratatouille Featurette

Next – Pixar – Ratatouille


This should be interesting! Very curious to see what direction this is going to go in 🙂 Brad Bird is amazing! The title does not seem very Pixar! We will see!

RATATOUILLE is currently slated for a June 29, 2007 release. It’s co-directed by Brad Bird (you know, he directed IRON GIANT and THE INCREDIBLES and Bob Peterson – whose involvement with past Pixar projects ranges rom art/animation to voice work.

Ratatouille is a rat who lives in the sewers near a fancy uptown and upscale restaurant run by a famous but eccentric French chef, Chaz Morinto. This rat fancies himself a gourmand, but his father tells him he should grow up and learn to eat garbage like other rats. When Ratatouille is caught in the restaurant one night, he endangers every rat in the sewer when The Exterminator is called.

Brad Garrett as Chef Chazz
Johnny Depp as Ratatouille
Russell Allman as Snive
Christopher Lee as Pat
Keanu Reeves as Garr
Christopher Walken as Winston
Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Exterminator

The trailer for Diseney/Pixar’s RATATOUILLE is now on-line. This trailer is in French…appropriately enough…and is (presumably) the same material we’ll get in English when it’s attached to CARS (which will be released June 9).

AIC News: ShoWest: Quint has seen Pixar’s RATATOUILLE trailer!!!

You can access the RATATOUILLE trailer Here

Here is the French-to-English translation!

And tonight before dessert, for your enjoyment, we introduce the cheese plate. We have this delicious goat cheese bell, real lite, real sweet. Then, an ewe that will satisfy you with its generous perfume. But, last but not least, a real old and real special…

It’s a rat!

– And there I am. I think I have to reconsider my life. There’s nothing I can do, it’s over my strength, I love good food, ok? And good food is very hard to find for a rat.

– You would find I you weren’t so requiring.
– I don’t want to eat in dustbins, dad… What’s that?
– I have no idea.
– You have no idea, but you eat it anyway, don’t you?
– You know, if you can close the exit after you throw up, you have a whole lot of possibilities for food.
– Voilà! That’s exactly what I meant.

(Over the movie title) Nothing of this would have happened I we did not live in Paris! And it’s sooo easy to find good food in Paris! But… it’s dangerous. [un-freeze].

– You have to reconsider you life!

– You know, he is right!

– Dad, it’s enough!


The title says : Diner will be served… summer 2007.

IMDB : Ratatouille (2007)

Cars from Pixar, Second trailer

The second trailer of Cars froml Pixar is available. Chris was telling me about it the other day and I just got sround to checking it out! Pixar tends to kind of piss me off most of the times. You never really have a clue about any of thier movies until a month before they come out! I guess it is the case with any movie, but damn it! I WANT TO KNOW ! hehe Anyway the movie does look KILLER! and I really can’t wait for another Pixar classic! Chris was also telling me about the website! Check it out!

Disney Presents a Pixar film ‘Cars’ :: The Official Movie Site

Pixar – Cars

Pixar’s Magic Man – John Lasseter

John Lasseter and his merry band of animators have a way with blockbusters. The master storyteller explains how he does it – and how he plans to sprinkle some of that Pixar dust at Disney.

NEW YORK (FORTUNE) – Here’s the scene: It’s 3 P.M., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Sound Stage 7 on the studio lot of Walt Disney Co. in Burbank. Five hundred cartoon people – artists, producers, voice artists, etc. – are jammed into the warehouse-like building, murmuring and fidgeting in anticipation.

Just yesterday, Disney (Research) CEO Bob Iger and Pixar chairman Steve Jobs announced a surprise $7.4 billion deal in which Pixar Animation Studios, which brought the world the Toy Story movies, “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles,” would become a wholly-owned part of Disney.

The deal is surprising because Pixar’s longtime distribution pact with Disney fell apart in acrimony and is due to expire after the release in June of “Cars,” a kaleidoscopic celebration of racing, Route 66, and life in the slow lane. But in an amazing plot twist, not only is Pixar becoming part of Disney, but the upstart studio is also taking over the creative direction of Disney’s own flailing animation operations – the people in this very room! For Iger, the deal is a bet-the-house gamble to save Disney animation from creative oblivion. It’s as if Nemo swallowed the whale.

When Dick Cook, the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, introduces Pixar’s John Lasseter, the man who will soon be their boss, the crowd bursts into cheers and applause that goes on and on. The 49-year-old Lasseter is dressed in his trademark blue jeans, sneakers, and cacophonous Hawaiian-print shirt, and all he can do is blush and beam. “It was almost like a homecoming,” recalls Cook, who first met Lasseter when the two had summer jobs as ride operators at Disneyland in the late 1970s.

For Lasseter, who once got fired by Disney, it was sweet vindication. And it marked another amazing chapter in his storybook life, which resembles nothing so much as a Pixar plot line: Protagonist follows his heart, perseveres, gets the happy ending. His peers will tell you Lasseter’s an animation genius up there with Walt Disney himself. Here, the master storyteller tells his own tale.

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Pixar @ MOMA / 35th Birthday

Pixar Animation Studios | Exhibitions | 2005 | Pixar

This year for my birthday, I decided to venture into the city with Jos and lil Nicky to the Museum Of Modern Art! They had an exhibit on the 20th Anniversary of Pixar, showcasing the art and animation of my favorite movie company! It was really good! They had a 10 minute wide screen projection video showing all of the movies environments on a cork board. The movie then zoomed in and all of the worlds that the characters in the various movies lived. there were no spoken words, just music and it was real effective. I took a few shots, but was told I couldn’t take any photos 🙁 Go on the museums web site and take the audio tour, its really cool! I bought a cool book showing all the art a cool postcard set and a cool Incredibles poster for my new New York office 🙂 The best part of the exhibit was seeing all the new cars and sets for their new movie Cars. The rest of the museum was cool as well. I actually recognized many pieces and will go back again someday 🙂

Disney Buys Pixar For a Cool 7.4 Billion

Man, I read the news yesterday and I think I am still shocked! I guess it is pretty cool. I instantly saw people shouting out that Pixar movies are gonna now suck! Only time will tell! Here is the news:

Disney eats Pixar – BREAKING NEWS – Cinematical: “Disney eats Pixar – BREAKING NEWS
Posted Jan 24th 2006 7:15PM by Karina Longworth
Filed under: Animation, Deals, Disney

Various outlets are reporting that Disney has confirmed that it will buy Pixar. As part of the deal, Disney will shell out the nice round number of $9.85 billion to hand over control of their existing animation division to Pixar’s Ed Catmull and John Lasseter. In addition to taking over Disney Animation, Lasseter will also become the principal creative director of the Imagineering group ? which presumably means we can look forward to The Incredibles House at Disneyland sometime in 2012. Apple/Pixar mastermind Steve Jobs, who owns 50 percent of Pixar shares, will take a stake in Disney worth about $3.7 billion. He’ll also join the Disney board.

Though the deal is not exactly a surprise, it still qualifies as another bold move from new Disney chairman Robert Iger, who will seemingly stop at nothing to distance himself from his ousted predecessor, new CNBC personality Michael Eisner. Disney stock rose a whopping 1 cent this afternoon after the announcement.”

Disney pulls in Pixar

7.4B deal makes Steve Jobs top shareholder


Disney is looking to turn its takeover of animation film studio Pixar, whose big hits include ‘Toy Story,’ into a box office bonanza while looking to Steve Jobs for boost in digital dealings.

Disney’s pulled off an “Incredible” deal.
“The Lion King” and “Nemo” will be under one roof now following Disney’s $7.4 billion all-stock deal to acquire animation powerhouse Pixar.

Pixar chief Steve Jobs, will become Disney’s biggest individual shareholder and will get a seat on the company’s board. The Apple Computer chief who sparked a revolution in media and entertainment with the iPod, is expected to use his muscle to pump up Disney as it continues to explore digital deals.

John Lasseter, the creative force behind Pixar’s hit-making machine, has been named chief creative officer of the Disney Pixar animation studios. Pixar’s president, Ed Catmull, was named president of the cartoon-making studio.

By acquiring Pixar, Disney chief Bob Iger is looking to vault Disney from animation laggard to box office champ. While Disney long ago forfeited its animation crown thanks to bombs like “Treasure Planet,” Pixar has ruled for more than a decade with computer animated megahits like “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” and “Finding Nemo.”

A current co-production and distribution deal between the two was set to expire this summer after the release of “Cars,” and Jobs was threatening to walk.

“Nothing has created as much value (for Disney) as great animation,” Iger told analysts in conference call yesterday. “Pixar has created some of the most memorable, high-quality films of this genre.”

Jobs praised Disney’s distribution assets, including its theme parks. “This looked to be the most exciting path to Pixar’s future,” he said on the call.

Disney will issue 2.3 Disney shares for each Pixar share. Disney closed yesterday at $25.99, up 47 cents. Pixar closed Tuesday at $57.57, down 70 cents. The $7.4 billion Disney is paying includes about $1 billion of Pixar cash.

The price was somewhat higher than Wall Street had expected. “It’s a full price,” said Peter Goldman, portfolio manager at Chicago Asset Management, which owns Disney shares.

Goldman and others questioned whether Disney was buying at a time when computer animation might be peaking. But he added, “I’m more enthusiastic about Disney with Pixar than I was without it.”

Others wondered how Pixar’s independent culture would fit with Disney’s buttoned-up approach. Pixar will remain at its Emeryville, Calif.-based headquarters.

“Disney is bureaucratic. People roller-blade down the halls of Pixar,” said Marla Backer, an analyst at Research Associates. “I don’t think Pixar needs Disney looking over its shoulders.”

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New Disney-Pixar Deal Likely

IGN: New Disney-Pixar Deal Likely: “New Disney-Pixar Deal Likely
Jobs wants to stay at the House of Mouse.
by IGN FilmForce

November 9, 2005 – Nearly two years after Pixar topper Steve Jobs first announced that the CG animation studio was parting ways with Walt Disney Pictures, the entities appear poised to kiss and make up. During a recent third-quarter earnings conference call, Jobs was hopeful about renewing relations with the House of Mouse.
‘We are in deep discussions with Disney,’ he said, noting that that they’d like to have a new distribution deal in place as soon as possible. ‘It’s worth the few extra months of effort if there is a chance of continuing our relationship with Disney and our discussions right now are very productive,’ said Jobs.

That’s a completely different tune than the Pixar CEO was singing back in early 2004 when then-Disney honcho Michael Eisner refused to meet the terms demanded by Jobs for a new Pixar distribution agreement. Pixar reportedly wanted 100% of the box office take on future films, a modest distribution fee and the lion’s share of ancillary revenue. Eisner balked.
Things have warmed between the companies since Eisner’s departure and serious talks restarted after his successor Robert Iger was put in place.

The box office success of Chicken Little may give Disney a little better footing, proving that they’re not completely hosed without Pixar’s brand of computer-animated movie magic. But Pixar isn’t in a bad way either, the studio’s earnings rose 22 percent last quarter on robust home video sales of prior releases like Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.”


Pixar is led by Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Computer) as its chairman and CEO. The company started as a division of Lucasfilm. It was purchased by Jobs for US$10 million in 1986, establishing itself as an independent company. Given the company’s later successes, Lucasfilm’s sale was described by the magazine Total Film in 2004 as the 6th “dumbest decision in movie history”.
Jobs co-founded the newly independent company with Dr. Edwin E. Catmull, who still remains a member of the executive team. John Lasseter —a two-time Academy Award-winning director and animator— oversees all of the company’s projects as Executive Vice President of the Creative Department. Other notable members of the executive team are Sarah McArthur (Executive Vice President of Production), Simon Bax (Executive Vice President and chief financial officer), and Lois Scali (Executive Vice President and General Counsel).

Pixar’s initial focus was as a high-end hardware company- They produced a visual processing computer, which primarily sold to government agencies and the medical community. The machine required a computer built by Sun Microsystems to operate. While the machine never sold well, John Lasseter began creating short animations to show at SIGGRAPH to demonstrate the power of the system. These animations, such as Luxo Jr. impressed audiences at the show because they demonstrated not simply a raw rendering, but personality.

As poor sales of Pixar’s computers threatened to put the company out of business, Lasseter’s animation department began selling commercials to outside companies. After substantial cuts to most of the computer department, Pixar began it’s current life by making a $26,000,000 deal with Disney, to produce Toy Story.

Disney & Pixar
All of Pixar’s major features thus far have been made in collaboration with Walt Disney Pictures; Pixar handles all of the production aspects whereas Disney handles all distribution aspects. In 1997, after the release of their initial film, Toy Story, both companies signed a 10-year, 5-picture deal, in which the two companies split production costs and profits — with Disney receiving 12.5% of the revenues and the rights to the films. The arrangement has been very profitable for both companies, as Pixar films have been far more successful than Disney’s own animated films. Pixar’s five feature films have grossed more than $2.5 billion, making it, picture for picture, the most successful movie house of all time. However, Disney’s CEO, Michael Eisner, and Jobs did not get along. Because of personal and business disagreements, the relationship will end in 2006 with the movie Cars being the last joint venture between the two companies.

The two companies attempted to reach a new agreement in early 2004. For the new deal, Pixar only wanted to pay Disney a distribution fee with no other profit sharing or rights to the properties. This was unacceptable to Disney, but Pixar refused any concessions. Pixar is currently looking for a new company to distribute its films, and many other firms are eager suitors. Disney retains the rights to the earlier films and can make sequels to them. It has begun production of Toy Story 3, without Pixar’s involvement.

Feature films
Toy Story (1995)
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Toy Story 2 (1999) (Originally slated as a direct-to-video film, Disney concluded this film did not count towards the ‘5 picture’ contract when it was released in theatres)
Monsters Inc. (2001)
Finding Nemo (2003, Academy Award winner 2004)
The Incredibles (2004)
Cars (scheduled for release in 2006)
Ratatouille (scheduled for release in 2006)
Ray Gun (rumored) (possible release in 2007)

Short films (“Shorts”)
The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984, Lucasfilm, prior to creation of Pixar)
Luxo Jr. (1986, became the source of today’s Pixar logo)
Red’s Dream (1987)
Tin Toy (1988, Academy Award winner 1988))
Knick knack (1989)
Geri’s Game (1997, Academy Award winner 1997))
For the Birds (2000, Academy Award winner 2001)
Mike’s New Car, (2002, based on characters in Monsters, Inc.)
Boundin’ (2004)