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Cars 3 First Look: Meet Pixar’s New Millennials


It’s mobile millennials vs. mid-size cars with midlife crises in Disney-Pixar’s next movie, Cars 3, the second sequel in the billion-dollar franchise, skidding into theaters this June.

If you caught that cryptically combustible teaser trailer back in November, you’ll know that a major shake-up is in store for pro racer Lightning McQueen (voiced once more by Owen Wilson). In round three, a disastrous brush with mortality spurs the once-great athlete to reexamine his tenure on the track.


“McQueen is not the young hotshot anymore, the kid he was back then in Cars 1,” says first-time Pixar director Brian Fee, a storyboard artist on the first two Cars films and the man entrusted by story guru/Cars whisperer John Lasseter to take the wheel. “He’s in the middle of his life, and as an athlete, that’s getting up there. You have your whole life ahead of you, yet your career is starting to show its age. He’s looking in the mirror and realizing, ‘I’m 40 years old,’ and dealing with the fact that the thing that you love more than anything else, you might not be able to do forever.”

It doesn’t help that a new, faster generation of racers is eager to leave the rehabilitating Lightning in the dusty past. Armie Hammer joins the Cars voice family as the most vocal head of this new wave of tech-savvy drivers


— meet the villainous Jackson Storm:

Fee explains, “Jackson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Everything comes easy to him, and everything about him says he’s faster, so much so that we’ve designed him so that even when he’s standing next to McQueen, McQueen looks old.” Technologically, he’s lightyears ahead of Lightning, a legitimate reflection of the actual years that have passed in the real world since our introduction to the first Cars in 2006. After more than a decade, shiny new rival roadster Jackson represents the peak of real-time innovation. (P.S. No, there’s technically no Uber in Cars 3, because, as Fee says with a chuckle, “I would like to see a car drive inside another car and have them take them somewhere.”)

From an ideological standpoint, Jackson embodies the extreme entitlement that has come to plague millennial descriptions. “He thinks the world is his. He’s taking over. He’s owed it,” says Fee. “In a very broad term, I think of old football players with those little leather skull caps, and you think of football players now with all their armor, hitting so hard. It’s not the same game. What they did was not anything like what we do now. And that’s Jackson: He thinks the future of racing and the high-tech ways they train and what they can do means they’re taking the sport to a new level, and the older guys had their day, and it’s done, and they have no place in the future of racing.”


Yet there is a glimmer of hope for both the redemption of twentysomething honor and Lighting himself: New trainer Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo.

Cruz may be on Jackson’s side of the age gap, but she’s on Lightning’s side of the conflict. As a lifelong fan of McQueen, she’s optimistic, sunny, fierce, and friendly — and now, she’s his new, younger coach, coming to Lightning’s aid with stars in her eyes when he shows up at the Rust-eze Racing Center. “Whereas others like Jackson would look at McQueen and dump him, Cruz isn’t like that at all. She’s the most optimistic person in the world and wants to do anything to help,” says Fee, who was sold on Alonzo’s voice partly from her short-lived ABC series but primarily from her stand-up comedy specials. (For that matter, Hammer landed the role thanks to his pompous turn in The Social Network.)

Lasseter calls Cars 3 “very emotional,” and Fee says it’s “the most human” film of the franchise, considering the inherent maturity of Lightning’s reconciliation with age in a changing world. If it sounds as if this tale of mortality also has a sense of franchise finality to it (akin to Toy Story 3, though it’s no longer the finale), that’s still being kept under the hood; Fee is coy about whether Cars 3 marks the end of Lightning’s personal trilogy onscreen. “Where the franchise goes from here, I have no idea what may be down the road, but I can tell you that for Lightning McQueen, as a character, I think by the end of the movie it’s safe to say that this is only the beginning for him.”

Cars 3 hits theaters June 16, 2017. (Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly)

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Watch An Extended Look At Cars 3


A brand new extended look at Cars 3 just aired during the CFP National Championship Game and you can watch it below.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Cars 3 will be in U.S. theaters on June 16, 2017!

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Cool Disney Themed Posters By Rico Jr. Creation


I spotter these cool Disney themed posters by Rico Jr. Creation and thought I would share them with you.


Prints are available for sale by contacting

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Pixar Art Collection To Open At Gallery Nucleus On December 10, 2016

Pixar and Disney Fine Art are proud to announce the release of a signature series. 17 images hand picked by John Lasseter, one image to represent each Pixar film. Each print will be signed and numbered on archival paper and will include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Gallery Nucleus is honored to exhibit and have this collection available for the first time anywhere.

The gallery show will open on December 10, 2016 and run until January 8, 2017. Artists in attendance on opening night will be Steve Pilcher and Dominique Louis.

Featured artists include:

Bob Pauley
Tia Kratter
Randy Berrett
Pete Doctor
Ralph Eggleston
Teddy Newton
Bill Cone
Dominique R. Louis
Lou Romano
Robert Kondo
Harley Jessup
Steve Pilcher
Ricky Nierva
Sharon Calahan
Daniel López Muñoz

Computers don’t make movies. People do: the artists, editors, animators, and technical directors. People are the life behind everything that gets created at Pixar. While animated films are technically complex to make, they each begin with the simplicity of putting pencil to paper.
Many people don’t realize that Pixar has almost as many artists working in traditional media-hand drawing, painting, pastels, sculpture-as they do in digital media. Most of their work takes place during the development of a project, when they are working out the story and the look of the film. The wealth of beautiful art created for each movie is rarely seen outside the studio, and the finished film sent around the world would never be possible without it.

Pixar believes that a film is a contract between the filmmaker and the audience. The filmmaker offers an imagined world; the public interprets the creation. With just the right amount of realism, a film becomes perfectly believable. This belief hinges on the consistent application of the rules of the filmic world. These rules are explored and defined through concept art formats, including character studies, background paintings and color scripts just to name a few. The result is a world both new and recognizable; fictitious yet intuitively real.
The Pixar Art Collection is the first time a coordinated assortment of Pixar concept art has been released, celebrating each milestone film release in Pixar’s history. The pieces were hand-picked by a select team at Pixar and represent a wide range of media, from marker to pastels to digital creation.

The Collection is a love letter to Pixar and to Pixar’s fans – to each of us who found adventure, soared through space, changed our fate and renounced capes forever. To infinity and beyond!

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First Poster & Details For Disney Pixar’s Coco


Disney Pixar has revealed some fresh details on one of their upcoming films, Coco, including the voice cast, plot synopsis, the first poster, and concept art!

The film is officially described as follows:

“Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.”

Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich will direct the film with co-director Adrian Molina, who also wrote the script. Coco will be released on November 22, 2017, though it’s not the first Pixar movie to be released next year as Cars 3 will speed into theaters on June 16, 2017.


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Watch The Cars 3 Teaser Trailer


From this moment, everything will change. Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 opens in US theaters in 3D June 16, 2017.

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Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Swims Home On Digital HD On October 25 & Blu-ray On November 15


The summer blockbuster hit, Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory, swims home just in time for the holidays on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Oct. 25 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 15. Viewers can watch Dory’s hilarious and heartwarming quest to find her family and continue the underwater adventure with hours of immersive bonus features.

The film’s playful and plentiful bonus offerings include Piper, the theatrical short film starring an irresistible sandpiper hatchling; an all-new mini short featuring interviews with Dory’s pals from the Marine Life Institute; a behind-the-scenes look at the most challenging character Pixar has ever created; never-before-seen deleted scenes, including a digital exclusive featuring the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo” who make it their mission to get Marlin and Nemo to the Marine Life Institute; and much, much more.

Finding Dory features an all-star voice cast, reuniting Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) and Albert Brooks (“This is 40”) as Dory and Marlin, the ever-optimistic blue tang and the uptight but loyal clownfish. Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) lends his voice to “septopus” Hank, Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) voices whale shark Destiny, and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) gives voice to beluga whale Bailey. Dory’s doting parents Charlie and Jenny are portrayed by Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) and Diane Keaton (“Love the Coopers”), and 12-year-old Hayden Rolence (“Beta Persei”) steps in as Nemo, the young clownfish with a lucky fin.

Thirteen years after the original, audiences get a new chapter in the story of their favorite forgetful blue tang. As returning director Andrew Stanton describes, “I realized that I was worried about Dory. The idea of her short-term memory loss and how it affected her was unresolved. What if she got lost again?” His response is a touching tale of friendship and family that’s truly unforgettable … perhaps even for Dory.

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See Mondo’s Inside Out 7” Record Series & Prints

There are many exclusive pleasures to be had while attending San Diego Comic Con (July 21–24)–you get to see never-before-revealed footage from upcoming films and are allowed access to new details about your favorite comic books. You attend panels full of creative luminaries that give you a peek at the process behind your favorite pop culture. And you get to see lots of people rocking truly mind-boggling cosplay costumes (seriously–the most creative person in all of Comic Con might be the guy who fashioned a remarkably intricate Baymax costume all by himself). Another huge highlight: the shopping.

There are tons of exclusives that can be found on the convention floor during San Diego Comic Con. And one of the premiere shopping destinations at San Diego Comic Con is the Mondo booth (#835). Mondo, is, of course, one of the premier providers of pop culture-inspired coolness. They started out doing limited edition prints for cult favorite movies, and have since moved into apparel, toys, and vinyl records.

This year at San Diego Comic Con, they’re debuting a series of Inside Out 7” vinyl records, containing segments of Michael Giacchino’s score. Each record will have the main theme (“Bundle of Joy”) and an additional track from Giacchino’s flawless score for the Disney•Pixar classic, as well as exclusive artwork from Phantom City Creative that plays off a classic album cover (including: Isaac Hayes’ Joy, Hole’s Live Through This, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream). Also, each album will have an exclusive colorway that goes along with whatever character it’s associated with. These are beautiful. They’re also funny and clever and totally brilliant. Just like the movie. We love them so, so much.

Inside Out SDCC Joy
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Joy)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 2500 units
Pressed on Translucent Gold Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Abstract Thought

Inside Out SDCC Sadness
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Sadness)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 2500 units
Pressed on Translucent Blue Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Joy Turns To Sadness

Inside Out SDCC Fear
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Fear)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 1500 units
Pressed on Translucent Purple Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: The Forgetters

Inside Out SDCC Disgust
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Disgust)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 1500 units
Pressed on Translucent Green Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Nomanisoneisland / National Movers

Inside Out SDCC Anger
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Anger)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 1500 units
Pressed on Translucent Red Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Chasing Down Sadness

Inside Out SDCC Riley
Inside Out 7-Inch Single (Riley)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
Limited to 500 units
Pressed on Translucent Gold & Translucent Blue Half-and-Half Vinyl
Side A: Bundle Of Joy
Side B: Imagination Land

Additionally, five of the album covers (all of the emotions–sorry Riley!) will be turned into exclusive prints from Mondo and Cyclops Print Works. They will have a run size of only 420; 200 will be on sale at San Diego Comic Con at the Mondo booth (again: #835) and the rest will be on sale at the Cyclops Print Works website at a later date.

Inside Out SDCC Joy Print

Inside Out SDCC Sadness Print

Inside Out SDCC Fear Print

Inside Out SDCC Disgust Print


Inside Out SDCC Anger Print

Size: 18” x 24” (each)
Price: $50 each (tax included)
Printing by: D&L Screen-printing

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Toy Story Chogokin Combination Woody Robo Sheriff Star


OMG, behold the transforming toy that you never knew you needed…Woody and friends can combine! A totally wild, only in Japan re-envisioning of your favorite characters from the hit Disney/Pixar Toy Story series! Woody, Rex, Bullseye, Slinky Dog, and Hamm transform and combine to form the giant 9 inch tall Chogokin Woody Robo Sheriff Star.

Estimated to arrive in December 2016. Pre-order HERE for $169.99.

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Cars 3 Images & Details Revealed By Disney Pixar


Disney Pixar has revealed the first details of Cars 3. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) “will need help to compete in the increasingly high-tech racing world of the upcoming Cars 3. That’s where the new trainer comes in — the sleek, yellow Cruz Ramirez is a young Hispanic female race car who instructs Lightning McQueen, as this exclusive concept art depicts during a beach run.” The preparation is for the Florida 500, which is like the Daytona 500.

“Cruz Ramirez is trying to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “Think of where he’d be in his career now in real time. (McQueen) is not an old man, but he’s one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire.”

Fee adds that those questions grow louder after newcomer Jackson Storm beats him. “Jackson Storm is the face of these rookies who have come onto the scene. And McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it’s too early to be shown the door right now.”

Also back for the third installment are Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) and Ramone (Cheech Marin).

Directed by John Lasseter, the first Cars earned $461.9 million worldwide in 2006 and Cars 2 topped that with $559.8 million globally in 2011.

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