Friday, April 3, 2015

Inside Out Emotion Garden at Epcot

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Inside Out marketing is in full force. Besides the great pre-production artwork at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Epcot is getting in on the upcoming film during the Flower and Garden Festival with its Inside Out Emotion Garden. The garden has displays of plants matching each emotion, and can be found near the Imagination Pavilion in Future World.

If you have the chance, make sure to stop by and see the garden. Don't forget, Inside Out will hit theaters June 19, 2015!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inside Out Pre-Production Artwork Walt Disney World

The marketing for Inside Out is in full swing! The blogger press event is occurring at the studio this week, new trailers were recently released and billboards are up advertising the film. At the Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, they've set up an exhibit with some great pre-production artwork from the film.


The artwork clearly shows the level and range of emotion that will be in the film

I love the truth in this drawing by Pixar artist Don Shank

I also love the San Francisco landmarks and architectural details

Can I just say I have no idea what role this unicorn will play in the film but I love it!

I am so excited for this film to open, and this artwork just increases my excitement! Keep your eyes on my Twitter and Instagram accounts as I'll be posting more pictures while I'm at Disney World this week.

Monday, March 30, 2015

ThisDayInPixar Giveaway Details! UPDATED With Winner

As I mentioned earlier, I thought the fact that I had reached 2000 followers at about the time that I would be in Disney World lent itself well to a giveaway. So here I am in Disney World and I think it's time for the giveaway!

To celebrate 2000 followers, I'm giving away a Finding Nemo tumbler. This travel mug has a stainless steel interior and comes with wonderfully cute seagulls artwork and the seagulls favorite (only?) word, "Mine". The tumbler has a twist-off lid and slide-lock sipper.  Note, it is not microwave or dishwasher safe, and should be thoroughly washed before first use.

The rules for entering the giveaway are simple! To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and live in the 48 contiguous United States. If you are under 18, you can have a parent enter. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Multiple submissions will be ignored. No purchase necessary to enter. The giveaway starts NOW and will end Friday, April 3, 2015 at 11:00pm Eastern Standard Time. One random winner will be chosen and contacted via the email address used to enter the contest. Once the winner claims their prize, I will announce it here in this post and on Twitter.

If you're good with all that, then just fill out the form below and good luck!!

UPDATE (April 6, 2015)
Congratulations to Savannah V. on winning the contest! Also, on the giveaway entry form I ask, "What is your favorite Pixar film?" Out of the responses received, Up took first place with almost 22% of the votes. Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and WALL•E came tied for second, each with about 13% of the votes.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Announcing The First Ever ThisDayInPixar Giveaway!!

I've just crossed 2000 followers! Wow, what a milestone! Time is one of our most precious commodities, and the fact that you follow me and spend a few minutes of your time reading my posts, well,  I am very grateful.

To show my appreciation, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway. The timing is perfect, as I will be at the Walt Disney World Resort in a little over a week. Once there I'll find some Pixar-related merchandise (I'm hoping there's some Inside Out merch!), then announce the details of the giveaway on Twitter and this blog. So keep an eye on my Twitter feed, and again, thank you!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pixar News Articles for March 15, 2015

It's been a few weeks since my last news article, but since then there have been a few great interviews and articles I wanted to point out. The first, brought to my attention by Twitter user Everything Pixar, is an interview with ex-Pixarians Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, on leaving Pixar and their Academy Award nominated short film The Dam Keeper.

This next article I originally saw on John Huikku's Twitter feed, and is a look at how Pixar has been able to create 14 straight hits with $8.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts. This interview with Pixar and Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter has a number of great lines, such as "Hard work. Great people. Honesty. Focus on creativity." and " amount of great animation will save a bad story."

Finally, John Lasseter and Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull recently shared Variety's Creative Impact in Animation Award. Variety published a number of articles for this award with ones highlighting both Lasseter and Catmull. The award was part of Variety's 10 Animators to Watch event, which included Toy Story 4 co-director Josh Cooley and former Pixar Canada Creative Director Dylan Brown.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Pixar News Articles for February 8, 2015

It's been a busy week for Pixar-related articles and interviews! Here are a few of them. First, former Pixar story artist Matt Jones retweeted a post from The Independent that linked to an article showing how Pixar (along with Marvel and Lucasfilm) has helped propel Disney to the top of the box office, and how this success has translated to a growing business in merchandising and at their theme parks. The article also discusses the merger of Disney and Pixar and how Disney CEO Bob Iger won the trust of Ed Catmull.

The next article was brought to my attention by John Huikku, and covered a speech Ed Catmull recently gave at Brigham Young University on breaking down the barriers that get in the way of creativity. If you've followed this blog for a while, you know I've been interested in Pixar's culture for a long time, so needless to say I loved this article.

Sticking with Ed Catmull and creativity, Thought Economics published an interview with Catmull, director Nick Park and Distinguished Research Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College Jonathan Gottschall. The interview goes into the secrets of creativity and the importance of storytelling.

Last is an interview with Ronnie del Carmen that I found from Annie Alejo. del Carmen was story supervisor on Finding Nemo and Up, and now is co-directing Inside Out. I'm a huge fan of Ronnie's personal projects, especially his books on Nina. Ronnie was born in the Philippines and this interview took place when he recently visited there. It's a very personal interview as del Carmen recounts how his father's business failed and they moved to the United States, and how he showed storyboard sequences from Up to his hospitalized dad. Ronnie's story is definitely one of perseverance!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pixar News Articles for February 1, 2015

This is my second post in a series highlighting articles and interviews covering technology, animation or culture and featuring Pixar.  To start, Steve Muench tweeted a link to a YouTube video with Pixar's Tony DeRose on how the studio uses math in the simulation of cloth and hair. You may remember this Numberphile interview with DeRose from last November; this new video contains extra material not used in that original video.

Second, Diego Rojas tweeted a link to a great Harvard Board Review article on the importance of organizing for innovation, and highlighting how successful Pixar has been in creating and maintaining their innovative culture.

Next is an article on how Oculus is using virtual reality in an innovative, new way to tell films. Lost is the first short film from Oculus Story Studio, where ex-Pixarian Saschka Unseld is now Lead Creative Director. You'll remember Unseld as the director of Pixar's short film The Blue Umbrella. We've seen some very cool, new ways to tell films from ex-Pixarians, including Lost and Windy Day by Jan Pinkava, director of Geri's Game and co-director of Ratatouille.

Finally, let's finish with an interview The Chronicle did with composer Michael Giacchino. While Giacchino doesn't discuss any of his Pixar scores (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and short films One Man Band, Lifted, La Luna and Toy Story of Terror), the article contains a couple of images of Michael with awards he won for the score to Up. I originally found this article due to a tweet from Michael's sister Maria. And speaking of Giacchino and Pixar, just last week Michael posted a couple of photos from one of his Inside Out scoring sessions with Pete Docter. Can June just hurry up and get here so we can finally see this movie?!