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Pixar’s “Brave”: Part 2 — Concept Art & Character Stills

25 Jun

Brave -- Merida

Merida

Queen Elinor

Lord MacIntosh

Wise Woman

The artwork is such a deviation from Pixar’s previous films, yet at the same time it’s a little similar to Disney’s Tangled.  I’m really curious about this now since it’s Pixar’s first official fairy-tale adaptation.

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Pixar’s “Brave”: Part 1 — Teaser Poster & Synopsis

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Pixar’s “Brave”: Part 1 — Teaser Poster & Synopsis

25 Jun

Synopsis:

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland.  In Brave (previously titled The Bear and the Bow), a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.  Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor.  Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall.  Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish.  The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

 

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Toy Story 3 – Final Official Poster is Out!!

5 Mar

*Crazy fan-girl shrieks* xD

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Toy Story 3 Madness: Part III – Random Pixar Facts

4 Mar

1. Apple/Mac References

Impostor!
Those who are avid Pixar fans will notice that there are quite a number of Apple/Mac references in their films, given that Steve Jobs was once a CEO of Pixar, back when the company was known as The Graphics Group; it was only until 2006 when Disney officially acquired Pixar that Jobs officially left.  Pixar’s tribute to Apple was quite prominent in WALL-E: the robot EVE was designed by Apple’s very own design guru Johnny Ive; there’s a scene at the beginning where WALL-E watches Hello Dolly on a circa 2006 video iPod; the classic Mac booting chime goes off after WALL-E’s done re-charging himself; etc…  Apple also was a “sponsor” for one of the race cars in Cars, and so it follow that it would make another appearance in Toy Story 3.  If you look closely in the picture above, you’ll notice that the computer that Woody is using is iMac with OSX and Safari.  Andi can also be seen with iTunes open on his laptop:

2. The Number “237”

The 237 number in the screenname is a reference to director Lee Unkrich’s favorite movie The Shining.

3. The Number “95”

The number on the train, 95, is a tribute to the year the original Toy Story was released.

4. The Number “A113”

This one’s pretty cool: what started as an inside joke of CalArts alumni (a reference to the classroom number that was used by Animation students — including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter) — has been present in not only every Pixar film, but Disney movies and animated television shows that they’ve taken part in, including Iron Giant, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Powerpuffgirls and Tinytoon Adventures.

In Toy Story 3, A113 appears once again as the number on the license plate of Andy’s mother’s car.

5. Tiger Pride!

This one’s a pretty cute fact:  the Tigers license plate is actually a reference to director Lee Unrich’s hometown — Chagrin Falls, Ohio — the same place that Bill Watterson (cartoonist and the author of the influential and popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes) grew up.  Their high school mascot was actually a tiger, which I guess explains why Hobbes is a tiger as well. =)

6. Hidden Characters/Cameos

I actually didn’t know this before, but in every Pixar movie, the animators actually hide a character or two from one of their upcoming films.  For instance, in Peter Docter’s UP:

The cute little pink/purple teddy bear (underneath the bed of sequence where Carl’s house floats by a child’s bedroom window) is named Lots-o’-Huggins Bear, and he is voiced by Ned Beatty.

Source: /films

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Did you miss part 1 & 2?  Check them out!

Toy Story Madness: Part 1 – New Trailer

Toy Story Madness: Part 2 – Allusions

Toy Story 3 Madness: Part II – Allusions

16 Feb

How Well Do You Know Pixar?

Pixar has been known to drop references in their films from movies that they’ve produced in the past or upcoming movies that they are working on that are yet to be released, and Toy Story 3 is no exception to this little quirk. So lets make this into a game; we’ll call it:

How Well Do You Know Pixar?

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Q1: See anyone familiar in the following shot?

Hey... isn't that...?


Q2: Just another day at the daycare… Hey, isn’t that __ from __?

Do I know you?


Q3: Do I sense a little tension here?  Hey, another familiar face!

Another familiar face!


Q4: *Gasp* Impostor!!  Who doesn’t belong here?

Impostor!


Q5: A little shameless product placement; can you spot it?


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Toy Story 3 Madness: Part I – New Trailer

15 Feb

The new trailer has been released!!  As a HUGE fan of Pixar’s works, I admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about Toy Story 3, but the trailers for it have thoroughly convinced me that this one’s definitely going to be another hit!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, but I actually use to have the exact toy phone that Woody around the 2mins:8sec mark.

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Check them out Part 2&3!

Toy Story Madness: Part 2 – Allusions

Toy Story Madness: Part 3 – Random Pixar Facts

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