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Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of The Incredibles & Spend The Day At Pixar Animation Studios On Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum in the western United States dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics, is delighted to host its ninth annual benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 3 to 8 p.m. Beginning with the 1986 release of its iconic short film Luxo Jr. to last year’s box office hit Monsters University, Pixar has charmed the world with its incredible computer animated creations. This year, we welcome you to experience the magic of Pixar up close and personal at the studio’s Emeryville home.

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Guests may tour the studio’s main gallery and view pre-production artwork from Monsters University. In addition, Pixar artists will be on hand conducting drawing demonstrations. You may purchase special Pixar apparel and merchandise at the Studio Store as well as bid on original and signed art by Pixar animators and other auction prizes. The event also features a 10th anniversary celebration of the Academy Award-winning feature The Incredibles with several of the film’s creators in the studio’s state-of-the-art theater hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (Pixarian and CAM board member), who will lead a Q&A session with the filmmakers in the Steve Jobs Theater, including:

- Brad Bird, Director
- Mark Andrews, Head of Story
- Tony Fucile, Supervising Animator
- Andrew Jimenez, Director of Photography
- Ted Mathot, Storyboard Artist
- Kevin O’Brien, Storyboard Artist

The event also features light snacks, treats, and will conclude with a wine and dessert reception by the Luxo Cafe staff with a live auction of a variety of original art and signed memorabilia.

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Tickets are $500 per person, $450 for members of the Cartoon Art Museum. (Become a museum member and save!

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Purchase one discounted ticket with a Senior/Student Membership, up to two with an Individual Membership, up to four with a Family Membership, up to six with a Friend Membership, and seven or more with a Patron, Sponsor and Benefactor Memberships.) Reserved rows for ten are available for $4,500. Availability for this level is limited. 

Doors open at 2 p.m. with the presentation starting at 4 p.m. in the Steve Jobs Theater.

Register for the event HERE.

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Walt Disney Pictures Announces Cars 3 & The Incredibles 2

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Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger today announced that Pixar Animation Studios is developing a third big screen Cars adventure as well as a sequel to Brad Bird’s 2004 superhero adventure The Incredibles. The announcement was made during a meeting of shareholders and D23 Members during the company’s annual meeting today in Portland, Oregon. Directed by John Lasseter, the original Cars was released in 2006 and featured the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable the Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman and many more.

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A sequel, Cars 2, was released in 2011 with Disneytoon Studios taking over the property for a spinoff feature, Planes, that was released to the big screen last year. A sequel to that film, Planes: Fire & Rescue is set for release on July 18, 2014, also from Disneytoon. Cars 3, however, appears set for development through Pixar directly. A sequel to The Incredibles, meanwhile, has been requested by fans for the past decade with the original film’s writer/director Brad Bird having said in the past that he’s open to another adventure, but only if it has a truly great story idea behind it. There’s no confirmation yet of Bird’s involvement, but he remains closely tied to Disney. His next film, the live-action Tomorrowland, arrives from Walt Disney Pictures on May 22, 2015.

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New Pixar TV Special, “Toy Story That Time Forgot “ Announced For Holiday 2014

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Last year brought us Pixar’s first half-hour television special, Toy Story of Terror. The program was such a huge ratings success that the studio has decided to move forward with another Toy Story special for 2014!

The Christmas-themed special, titled Toy Story That Time Forgot, will be produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Steve Purcell (who co-directed Brave). The official description is as follows:

“During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot.”

Set to return are Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, and Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants. Kevin McKidd (Lord MacGuffin from Brave) joins the cast as Reptillus Maximus.” 

Toy Story That Time Forgot will air on ABC later this year.

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New Monsters University Short “Party Central” To Debut Before Disney’s The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted

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Disney is set to unveil the latest Pixar short film — a Monsters University spinoff titled Party Central in front of Muppets Most Wanted when that movie hits theaters on March 21.

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In the six-minute short, which Disney first debuted at last year’s D23 Expo, Mike and Sulley and their Oozma Kappa frat brothers try to throw a monster blowout party but are dismayed to find that no one is showing up. Fortunately, they have some extra inter-dimensional doors handy, which they put to creative use to get the party rocking.

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Pixar’s Ratatouille Ride Coming To Disneyland Paris In Summer 2014

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This summer, Disneyland Paris will unveil a major new attraction and mini-land inspired by the Oscar-winning Disney Pixar film Ratatouille. The film, directed by Brad Bird, tells the tale of Rémy, a young rat who has amazing talents in the kitchen and dreams of one day becoming a great chef. This leads to a fun but perilous journey that eventually lands him as the head chef of one of the most famous restaurants in Paris. Now Rémy has arrived at Walt Disney Studios Park to share his culinary delights and crazy adventures with the entire family.

On the attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, guests will shrink down to the size of a rat and join Rémy and his friends as they scurry through the kitchen, dining room, and walls of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant, all the while trying to avoid the nemesis from the film, Chef Skinner. This first of its kind Disney attraction will immerse guests into an animated world. The attraction is located in a new corner of Toon Studio that’s been transformed into a Ratatouille-inspired version of the City of Light. In addition to the attraction, this mini-land also features a shop, Chez Marianne Souvenirs de Paris, and a rat-scale themed table service restaurant, Bistrot Chez Rémy. The restaurant, which is the only one of its kind across Disney Parks worldwide, is directly adjacent to the attraction and serves the “little chef’s” famous dish, ratatouille.

After Crush’s Coaster, Cars Race Rally and Toy Story Playland, Ratatouille will be the fourth attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park inspired by a Disney Pixar film.

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Funko Pop! Disney: Finding Nemo Figures Due On January 14, 2014

The cutest Pop!’s in the Coral Reef! These Funko Pop!’s capture all the undersea fun from the 2003 classic Disney Pixar film, Finding Nemo.

Featuring Nemo, Dory, Crush and Bruce these the figures will be available on January 14, 2014.

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Pixar Brings Toy Story Nutcracker To Life For World of Color – Winter Dreams At Disney California Adventure Park

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For the new, full-length original show, World of Color – Winter Dreams, Disney enlisted the help of Pixar Animation Studios.

The wild idea: what if “Toy Story” characters decided to perform Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”?

In the original ballet, Clara’s Christmas tree grows and the audience shrinks to this size of a toy beneath the tree. This became the inspiration.

The winter show features the musical pieces: Miniature Overture, Trepak (Russian Dance), Tea (Chinese Dance) and Waltz of the Flowers. Special arrangements were created to match the characters; for instance, the Trepak dance became western to fit Woody and Jessie’s duet.

Another great example of putting a new spin on the classic is Tea (Chinese Dance). Pixar took their inspiration from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and the Mushroom scene. The studio replaced the Mushrooms with Little Green Men and the baby Mushroom with Rex in at tutu.

World of Color − Winter Dreams will debut at Disney California Adventure Park on Friday, November 15, adding even more merriment to the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.

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Disney Releases New Toy Story of Terror Images

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Disney has released images from Toy Story oF Terror!, Pixar’s first television special which is set to debut October 16th on ABC at 8 PM.

The plot synopsis for the TV special is:

Heading to the small screen before Halloween, Toy Story of Terror features the gang taking a road trip to Bonnie’s grandmother’s house before everything takes an unexpected turn. On a detour leading them to a roadside motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the others find themselves caught in an eerie turn of events that must be stopped before they suffer the same fate.

Toy Story of Terror! reunites the toys and their famous voices including Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton). Joining them is Combat Carl, who will be voiced by Carl Weathers.

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Toy Story of Terror Poster

Your favorite toys are back! In the poster, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl reunite in ABC’s computer-animated thriller Toy Story of Terror! — and they’re not their usual, smiling selves in this exclusive art.

Heading to the small screen before Halloween, Toy Story of Terror! features the gang taking a road trip to Bonnie’s grandmother’s house before everything takes an unexpected turn. On a detour leading them to a roadside motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the others find themselves caught in an eerie turn of events that must be stopped before they suffer the same fate.

Toy Story of Terror! premieres Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Pixar’s Monsters University Will Debut Digitally On October 8th, DVD & Blu-ray To Be Released On October 29th

Pixar’s Monsters University will make its digital debut on October 8th and arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on October 29th.

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer.  The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Blu-ray Extra features:

- Campus Life – What’s it like being on a production crew at Pixar? Get a look at a day in the life of the “Monsters University” crew through their own eyes.

- Story School – This documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story, and the change in focus from Sulley to Mike. We’ll also look at how gags are developed – from writing jokes to brainstorming a million ideas, only 5% of which actually end up in the movie.

- Scare Games – At Pixar, we play hard while we work. The same people who keep the film production moving – producers, managers, coordinators and artists – are also the ones who bring spirit and excitement to some of our extracurricular activities. We check out the MU production teams as they go head to head in the mostly playful Pixar Scare Games competitions.

- Welcome to MU – Sets aren’t just buildings, they are the worlds our characters live in and explore. This look at the Monsters University campus and its development is told from the perspective of the artists who created each piece of the campus from the architecture to the ivy leaves.

- Music Appreciation – Randy Newman’s scores are a mainstay of Pixar films, and this documentary will give you a privileged look at his creative process. We follow the “Monsters University” scoring process from spotting to writing and on to the scoring session. Including special college-themed recording sessions.

- Scare Tactics – Animators are actors who digitally bring the characters to life. In this look at how the MU animation team worked, you’ll see their process of how they channeled their own monster-selves and created moments on screen that were really funny, really scary and also really serious, sometimes all at the same time.

- Color and Light – How can a single painting set the tone for an entire scene? We’ll look at the creation of the colorscripts and how they were realized technically in the final film. Along with the process, this piece explores the many layers of technical innovation required to produce such a naturalistic feel.

- Paths to Pixar – MU Edition – When one door closes, sometimes another door opens – one with an even more exciting opportunity behind it. Members of the MU crew tell their own compelling backstories and share the challenges they overcame along their paths to Pixar.

- Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective – Explore the difficulties in creating characters that are 20 years younger with tools that are 10 years more advanced in this contrasting look at the differing technical challenges that arose when making “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Monsters University.”

- Deleted Scenes – Four separate scenes – “Rivalry,” “Recon,” “Movie Night,” and “Drama Class” – are highlighted with an introduction from director Dan Scanlon.

- “The Blue Umbrella” – This animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg, played in theaters in front of “Monsters University.” “The Blue Umbrella” tells the story of an evening commute in which the rain starts to fall and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas — one blue, one not — fall eternally in love.

- Additional Bonus Features – Audio Commentary, Promo Picks, College Campaign, Theatrical Campaign, Set Flythroughs, Art Gallery and more!

The DVD version of Monsters University includes audio commentary and “The Blue Umbrella” animated short which ran in front of the film in theaters.

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Small Fry Buzz Lightyear D23 Expo Exclusive Figure

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At the D23 Expo next week, Mattel will release an exclusive Small Fry Buzz Lightyear figure.

According to the D23 Expo website, the figure will be available at the Mattel pop-up shop inside the Disney Consumer Products pavilion and will retail for $20.

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The short’s director, Angus MacLane, will be signing the figure for fans at the pavilion on Friday, August 9th from 4:30-5:00pm.

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What’s Pixar’s Next Film About…Dinosaurs

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It has been almost two years since Disney/Pixar officially announced the development of The Good Dinosaur at the D23 Expo.

The “good” dinosaur in question is named Jacob (pronounced Yacob) and the story follows him and his “pet boy” on an adventure to save their collective worlds.

The film is being directed by Bob Peterson, who served as co-director on Up, in addition to voicing several memorable characters such as Roz in Monsters, Inc. and Dug in Up.

The synopsis that Disney released for The Good Dinosaur reads:

“What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?”

John Lasseter provided further details about the film’s plot:

“They are kind of cartoony but they are dinosaurs; they are not walking around with clothes on or anything like that, they still are kind of dinosaurs. We focused on mostly the plant-eaters, not the carnivores… Their society becomes more of an agrarian society, meaning farmers. They become farmers. It’s a very funny story about a certain way of life that a young dinosaur has trouble fitting into and he ends up going on this quest. He kind of messes up and he has to put everything right by going on this quest and on that quest he meets this our character that is an outcast from his society too and so the two of them form this bond and it becomes this unique kind of story…”

The filmmakers want to explore what dinosaurs represent today, and how they are represented in stereotypes. Bob Peterson said: “It’s time to do a movie where you get to know the dinosaur, what it’s really like to be a dinosaur and to be with a dinosaur.” Peterson said the inspiration for the movie came from a childhood visit to the World’s Fair where he was impressed by some dinosaur animatronics.

The Good Dinosaur is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 30, 2014!

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Monsters University: Pixar Reveals Easter Eggs & In-Jokes

Fans of Disney Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: WALL•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window. Disney Pixar’s Monsters University features a few such gems, three of which are revealed here:

A113 – The School of Scaring classroom number is A113, which refers to the former classroom of John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton at CalArts. The number makes an appearance in every Pixar feature film.

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Pizza Planet – The Pizza Planet truck is in the driveway of the JOX fraternity house when Mike is riding Archie the Scare Pig down Greek Row. The Pizza Planet truck, which first made an appearance in “Toy Story,” has made a cameo in nearly every Pixar feature film.

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Luxo – The Pixar Luxo ball is in graffiti on the wall behind Claire Wheeler and Brock Pearson during their introduction to the Scare Games’ first challenge. Pixar Animation Studio’s groundbreaking short film “Luxo Jr.” was the first computer animated short film released by Pixar during its first year as a studio in 1986.

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Monsters University Makes It 14 In A Row For Number One Debuts, Earns A Whopping $82 Million Its First Weekend

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Monsters University took the number one box office spot this weekend, earning an estimated $82 million. Brad Pitt’s film World War Z was second earning $66 million.

The Monsters’ University opening is only second to Toy Story 3, which opened in 2010 to $110 million.

Monsters U. is Pixar’s 14th film to open at the number one spot, an amazing record!

The film, directed by Dan Scanlon, features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi, and proves that Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan may be an inseparable pair, but it wasn’t always the case. From the moment the two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

 

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Pixar’s Learning Opposites Print by Andrew Kolb

This Pixar Learning Opposites print is Andrew Kolb’s contribution to the The Movie Show curated by Seb Mesnard.

The gallery opening is June 27th in Paris and there will be a small number of signed prints on sale there.

After the show Andrew will sell the print in his shop.

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The Final Trailer for Monsters University

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Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer.  The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman  (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

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Pixar Night At AT&T Park On May 20th

The Giants and Pixar Animation Studios are proud to bring the first ever “Pixar Night at the Park” to AT&T Park, during the 2013 season! Your special event ticket package includes a ticket to the Monday evening game versus the Nationals, and a special Pixar-themed Giants t-shirt! Additionally, every special event ticket holder gains access to the Pixar pre-game party in Seals Plaza from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Mike and Sulley from the upcoming film, “Monsters University” will be in attendance at the pre-game party, unique artwork from Pixar’s archive will be on display, and a raffle (with Giants and Pixar items) will be taking place, with every special event ticket holder receiving one (1) complimentary raffle ticket! Please make sure to arrive early as Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, will be throwing out the First Pitch! Bring out the whole family for a fun-filled evening celebrating two of the Bay Area’s most celebrated forms of entertainment: Pixar and the Giants!

Get a special event ticket package to get a Pixar-themed Giants t-shirt and access to the Pixar pre-game party in Seals Plaza. Find out more HERE.

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Mike Wazowski From Monsters University Projected Onto Epcot’s Spaceship Earth

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Tonight a 180-foot-tall Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney Pixar film Monsters University made the official announcement that Disney will be keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours on Memorial Day Weekend.

The huge sphere of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney Pixar “Eye-con”.

Wazowski, the loveable green-bodied, one-eyed monster, joins best pal James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”) in the prequel to “Monsters, Inc.”, this summer as college students with hopes of becoming Scarers.

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The New Trailer for Monsters University

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Disney•Pixar has released the new trailer for Monsters University, opening in theaters on June 21. Directed by Dan Scanlon, the prequel features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Sweeney, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Beth Behrs and John Ratzenberger.

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.


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Pixar Announces Inside Out Will Be Released On June 19, 2015

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Today Disney Pixar announced that Inside Out, the new film from director Pete Docter, will open in US theaters on June 19, 2015.

Very little is know about the film except the following:

The inventive new film will take the audience to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. The story will be told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a little girl.

Here is a list of the projects that Pixar has lined up until the release of Inside Out:

- The Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University (June 21, 2013)

- The Good Dinosaur, set in a world where an asteroid didn’t wipe out all the dinosaurs (May 30, 2014)

- Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo (November 25, 2015)

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Meet The Fraternities & Sororities of Monsters University

Meet the monsters from Pixar’s Monsters University that make up the fraternities and sororities of Monsters University:

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A collection of wholesome, good-natured misfits, the adorable brothers of Oozma Kappa (OK) have bonded over their inability to make it through the Scaring Program. With only four bodies in the house, they don’t even have enough members to compete in the Scare Games. What they lack in Scariness and self-confidence, they make up for in heart.

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The Roar Omega Roar (RΩR) fraternity is made up of the best of the best. They’re the smartest, most skilled, Scariest monsters at Monsters University, and come from families with a long, proud history of Scaring. While the RΩRs may be preppy in dress, they are ferocious in action and downright ruthless, if necessary. Self-declared as the most elite house on campus, the RΩRs are lead by Johnny Worthington who presides over the house like an all-powerful monarch. Eager to continue their Scare Games winning streak, the RΩRs will do whatever it takes to stay on top.

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The athletic sisters of Slugma Slugma Kappa (EEK) spend most of their days working out and running drills to perfect their Scaring skills. Their initiation is a triathlon, and training together 24/7 has strengthened the bonds of sisterhood so much so that these strong, self-assured girls are ready to out-work and out-scare any monster they encounter together.

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The Eta Hiss Hiss (HSS) sorority has been around since the beginning of Monsters University and the members are as mysterious as they are terrifying. The HSS sisters might be pale, mysterious and sullen, but these intimidating Goth girls are fierce competitors and tough as nails. Fittingly, their most distinguished alumna is one of the most powerful, Scary monsters on campus who every new Scare student strives to impress—Dean Hardscrabble.

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Big on brawn but short on brainpower, the Jaws Theta Chi (JOX) fraternity brothers are rarely seen without their flashy letterman jackets. The JOX are brutal competitors who never hesitate to do whatever it takes to beat their opponent, even if it’s breaking the rules. Despite practically living at the gym or on the field, these sports-loving monsters often prove that bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to Scaring.

 PYTHON NU KAPPA (PNK)

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Pretty in pink, the sisters of Python Nu Kappa (PNK) are not to be underestimated. Led by their fearless queen bee Carrie, these ladies are smart, cold-hearted and merciless. Covered in pink from head to toe, the PNKs sweet exterior quickly turns terrifying when the Scare Games begin.

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Claire Wheeler is the Greek Council president at Monsters University, and this year she is one of the chosen emcees for the school’s annual Scare Games. Don’t be fooled by Claire’s brooding exterior and monotone drawl—banal in appearance, on the inside she is a galvanizing force of school spirit who diligently warns the Scare Game participants of the dangers they will face.

Brock Pearson, Greek Council Vice President (voice of Tyler Labine)

This preppy-looking fraternity monster has been chosen to assist the Greek Council president in emceeing the school’s annual Scare Games. Jock-like and what some might refer to as a “meathead,” Brock is a loud, enthusiastic emcee who relishes the danger of the Scare Games’ challenges.

The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D in select theaters.

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Disney Infinity Toy Box Trailer

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Disney has released this new “Toy Box” trailer for Disney Infinity, coming to the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, and PC on August 18th.

Disney Infinity unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar worlds like never before! You can experience adventures in the worlds of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles and Monsters University – take on the role of Sulley, become Captain Jack Sparrow, or transform yourself into Mr. Incredible. Battle enemies, solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and complete a variety of other unique quests.

Or create your own world! Unlock virtual toys, characters, buildings, weapons, gadgets and more — and bring them into the Disney Infinity “Toy Box” where you can mix them all up to create your own game. In the Disney Infinity “Toy Box,” there are no rules and you can create any adventure you want. Share your creations with your friends with up to 4-player co-op play.

 

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Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” to Dive into Theaters On November 25, 2015

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When Dory said “just keep swimming” in 2003’s Oscar-winning film “Finding Nemo,” she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”—an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.”

Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” said Stanton. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”

According to Stanton, “Finding Dory” takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.

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New Teaser Trailer For Pixar’s Monsters University

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Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures have released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming animated film, Monsters University. It gives a comedic look at monsters Mike (John Goodman) and Sulley (Billy Crystal) as they begin their college journey and embrace their newly found friendship. The film will be released in theaters on June 21, 2013.

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

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Final Cover For Pixar’s The Art of Monsters University Book

In Monsters, Inc. (2001), Pixar Animation Studios introduced audiences to the #1 scaring team, Mike and Sulley, and the monstrous world behind our bedroom closet doors. In this prequel to the much-loved classic, Mike and Sulley meet for the first time at Monsters University—where they are joined by a few familiar faces and a host of delightful new characters—as they seek to attain degrees in scaring.

The book goes behind the scenes with interviews of the film’s many artists and provides the ultimate inside look at the conception and production of this highly anticipated film.

Featuring full-color concept art including character sculpts, color scripts, storyboards, and more, The Art of Monsters University fully explores the process of creating this new and expanded Monsters universe.

The Art For Monsters University ($40) published by Chronicle Books is written by Karen Paik with a preface by John Lasseter and a foreword by Dan Scanlon. The 160 page hardcover will be released on June 11, 2013.

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