Tag Archives: Pixar

Partly Cloudy (2009) – PIXAR Animated Film

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

#CotD: released theatrically with the film Up, “Partly Cloudy” was a new look at the classic stork stories.

Partly Cloudy (2009) – PIXAR Animated Film

Each day, storks deliver babies both human and animal all across the world. The source of their bundles of joy come from a series of cloud people, who sculpt the the young ones and bring them to life.

While most of the clouds deal with cute little puppies or chicks, one of them named Gus is tasked with creating some of the more volatile of babies. This begins to take a toll on his friend, a stork named Peck. Over the course of the film, Peck is tasked to deliver a baby crocodile, a baby ram, and a baby porcupine.

Each time, Peck returns a little more worse for wear. When he returns to find that Gus is planning to have him deliver a baby shark, Peck flies off to another cloud person. Gus grows angry, and then upset that his friend has abandoned him.

Soon after, Peck returns and gives the reason why he left: the other cloud person had helped fashion some protective gear for the plucky stork to continue to assist his friend. Gus is overjoyed that Peck has returned, and produces Peck’s next delivery: a baby electric eel.

You can watch “Partly Cloudy” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Mike’s New Car (2002) – Theatrical Short

Mike's New Car

Mike's New Car

#CotD: The theatrically released short from Monsters, Inc. “Mike’s New Car” won an Academy Award for short film.

Mike’s New Car (2002) – Theatrical Short

Based on the characters from Monsters, Inc., Mike get’s a new car, and wants to show it off to his pal Sully.

You can watch “Mike’s New Car” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Brave To Open June 18 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre

Brave

Brave

Disney-Pixar’s “Brave” extends its pioneering spirit to its world premiere on June 18, marking the grand opening of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

The red-carpet event is a special presentation for Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Premiering in Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution providing audiences with a superior 3D experience, Brave is an epic tale set in the mystical Scottish Highlands where the film’s headstrong protagonist, Merida, is forced to discover the meaning of true bravery. The film hits theatres across North America on June 22.

“With a spirited heroine and enchanting setting in the ancient Scottish Highlands, Brave represents some exciting firsts for Pixar,” said Ricky Strauss, president of marketing at the Walt Disney Studios. “We are proud that the world premiere of Brave will serve as the inaugural premiere at the new Dolby Theatre as part of the LA Film Festival, a fitting way to launch Merida’s extraordinary adventure.”

According to Ramzi Haidamus, executive vice-president of sales and marketing at Dolby Laboratories, the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre will be a world stage for entertainment and a top venue to host world premieres and launch events.

“The world premiere of Disney-Pixar’s Brave in conjunction with the LA Film Festival is perfect for kicking off the next era for Dolby,” said Haidamus. “We are committed to creating the best entertainment experiences, and now with the grand opening of the Dolby Theatre, we are honored to host the best as well. This is the first of many exclusive and exciting events — from movie premieres to awards ceremonies — in which Dolby and our technologies will play a featured role.”

Celebrating 18 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival will make the special presentation available to festival attendees with platinum all-access or gold passes. An additional gala screening of the film will be held the next day at Regal Cinemas at L.A. LIVE for pass and ticket holders.

“We are thrilled to present the world premiere of Brave, a beautiful adventure story, to our LA Film Fest audience,” said festival director Stephanie Allain. “As Disney-Pixar’s first film with a female protagonist, it fits perfectly with our celebration of Women in Animation programming we’ll be holding during the Festival.”

The Brave world premiere is sponsored by VisitScotland.

Up (2009) – PIXAR Animated Film

Up

Up

#CotD: Budgeted at an estimated $175 million, PIXAR’s “Up” made that all back in the first 23 minutes of it’s release. NOT.

Up (2009) – PIXAR Animated Film

Carl Fredricksen has spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. The unlikely pair encounters wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures.

Come see “Up” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Brave New Character Posters

Brave

Brave

PIXAR’s next release is nearly upon us, and we are getting a bit more artwork to support that release. Pixar just popped up with some new posters for Brave, and a little bit more of a look at the new characters that come with the story.

Brave is a fresh fairy tale that takes place in rugged and mythic Scotland. The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.

The new posters feature Princess Merida, King Fergus, Queen Elinor, Witch, Lord MacGuffin, Lord Macintosh and Lord Dingwall.

Disney has a lot of hope resting on Brave’s shoulders, what with the cash suck that was John Carter. Pixar has a strong record of hits, and Disney’s coffers look to need that stimulus to counteract the reported 200 million dollar bath that Carter reportedly cost. Ironically, John Carter was directed by PIXAR alum Andrew Stanton.

Brave is set for a June 22, 2012 release.

Jack-Jack Attack (2005) – PIXAR Direct-To-Video Cartoon

Jack-Jack Attack (2005)

Jack-Jack Attack (2005)

CotD: Released on the DVD of The Incredibles, “Jack-Jack Attack” is a great alternate slice of time from Brad Bird’s 2005 film.

Jack-Jack Attack (2005) – PIXAR Direct-To-Video Cartoon

While the Parr family was out saving the world from Syndrome, this short looks at the wild times at home between Jack-Jack and his baby-sitter Kari.

Come see “Jack-Jack Attack” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Disney-Pixar’s “Brave” premieres at Edinburgh fest

Brave

Brave

The much-anticipated Disney-Pixar animated film “Brave” will receive a glittering European premiere on the closing night of the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scottish First Minister First Minister Alex Salmond and festival artistic director Chris Fujiwara announced Tuesday.

Set in mythical Scotland, Bravefeatures some of the United Kingdom’s best-loved stars, including Kelly Macdonald (as Princess Merida), Billy Connolly (King Fergus) and Emma Thompson (Queen Elinor).

The red carpet will be rolled out June 30 at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for a host of stars and filmmakers when the animated tale of a courageous Scottish heroine is unveiled.

Salmond made the announcement about the premiere during his speech at VisitScotland’s Winning Years Conference in Perth.

He told an audience of tourism specialists, operators and business people assembled to discuss how they could maximize promotional activity by focusing on major events and milestones in the next few years.

“I am delighted to announce that Hollywood will roll into town during the Edinburgh International Film Festival when we host the European premiere of Brave,” he said. “This will present us with an immense opportunity when Scotland will be centre stage in the film with all the tourism and business opportunities this will bring. I fully expect that as the film launches across the world, so will awareness of Scotland increase.”

The announcement came just days after VisitScotland revealed that it had joined forces with Disney-Pixar in a campaign which is designed to promote Scottish tourism across the world and bring a boost to the Scottish economy.

The premiere will provide a showpiece finale for the Edinburgh International Film Festival as it plays and will set the scene for the United Kingdom launch of the movie in August.

“We’re delighted to host the premiere of Brave and continue the Festival’s long relationship with Disney,” said Fujiwara. “Though we are an international film festival, we’re mindful that we have a special responsibility to Scotland’s cinematic image. It makes perfect sense that this film, which is so strongly tied to the cultural mythology of Scotland and the beauty of the Scottish landscape, and in which Scottish talent has such a significant involvement, should be part of our festival.”

Added Salmond: “Brave will be the most high-profile film ever set in, and themed around, Scotland, featuring Scottish stars. We are looking at a film which comes from the award-winning team behind such box office smashes as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Up, and will create global buzz when it is released.”

Added VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay: “When better than in the Year of Creative Scotland and where better than right here on Scottish soil to launch Brave for the first time in Europe. The film will showcase the scenery, humor and culture of Scotland, and we are looking forward to converting cinemagoers into visitors.”

The Winning Years conference brought together tourism industry representatives to consider opportunities being presented by a number of world-scale events taking place in Scotland from 2012 to 2014.

The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place from June 20 to July 1.

One Man Band (2005) – Pixar Animation Studios Theatrical Cartoon

One Man Band (2005) - Pixar Animation Studios

One Man Band (2005) - Pixar Animation Studios

CotD: Pixars’ “One Man Band” was first shown at the 29th Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France seven years ago today.

One Man Band (2005) – Pixar Animation Studios Theatrical Cartoon

Two street performers compete for a small child’s last coin.

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Toy Story (1995) – Pixar Animation Studios

Toy Story (1995) - Pixar Animation Studios

Toy Story (1995) - Pixar Animation Studios

CotD: CGI Animated films really got their first big boost 16 years ago with PIXAR’s release of “Toy Story“, their first computer animated feature.

Toy Story (1995) – Pixar Animation Studios

A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.

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A Bug’s Life (1998) – PIXAR Theatrical Animated Film

A Bug's Life (1998) - PIXAR

A Bug's Life (1998) - PIXAR

CotD: PIXARS’s second feature, “A Bug’s Life” showed they were not just a one hit wonder.

A Bug’s Life (1998) – PIXAR Theatrical Animated Film

Every year, a bunch of grasshoppers come to the anthill and eat what the ants have gathered for them. The “offering”, as the ants call the ritual, is a part of their fate. One day in spring, when the offering’s preparation has just been finished, Flik, unliked inventor ant, accidentally drops the whole offered seeds into the river.

The grasshoppers come and give the ants a second chance to collect food until fall. Flik sets off to find bugs that are willing to fight the grasshoppers (nobody expects him to succeed anyway) and, due to a double misinterpretation, returns with a circus crew, giving everybody new hope.

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