Pixar continues to roll out Toy Story shorts, and this Halloween we’ll be getting another one. Disney has announced that they’ll be releasing Toy Story of Terror on ABC. According to TV Guide, the short will be 30-minutes long, and has the toys staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and “the rest of the gang will find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” The short will appeal to kids, but adults should enjoy references to Psycho, Aliens, and Predator. One of the Predator references could be the return of Combat Carl (from the first movie), who will be voiced by Carl Weathers. The gang will be joined by Toy Story 3 toys, Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) and Trixie (Kristen Schaal).
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This time last week I was two movies into the triple feature I teased the last time we met. While I can’t say I was overly impressed by Gangster Squad, both Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained made their respective cases as qualified Best Picture nominees. Of the two, Zero Dark‘s unrelenting final act not only made it my top pick of the day but also provided some of the most sustained tension I can remember experiencing in a movie theater. Having now seen it for myself, I must say that I wholeheartedly agree with those who have voiced their disbelief at Kathryn Bigelow‘s Best Director Oscar snub.
Zero Dark Thirty praise aside, on tap in this week’s Top 5 are The Last Stand interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, and more, a live-action remake of Toy Story, a new trailer for Primer writer/director/star/almost literally everything else Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color, Mama interviews with Guillermo del Toro and more, and all of our Sundance 2013 coverage to date. For your reading pleasure, a recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
Toy Story was a landmark in the history of computer animated filmmaking even though it could have conceivably been made in any medium because the story was so good. YouTube user jonasonsMovies decided to bring the Pixar classic into the real-world, and remaking a scene or two would have been a cute little thing. But jonasonsMovies went the entire 80 minutes of the film’s runtime. I hope that Disney’s lawyers don’t come rushing to take this thing down because it’s a wonderful tribute to a terrific movie.
Hit the jump to watch live-action Toy Story.
A couple of great Disney Blu-ray deals are featured as Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day. Both the Toy Story and Cinderella trilogies are 51% off for today only. You can own Pixar’s Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 on 3D Blu-ray for $48.99, which is down from the list price of $100. Also, for the Disney Princess fans, the limited edition six-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack of the Cinderella is on sale for $44.49, down from the list price of $89.99. That’s one hell of a deal, as the combo also includes a collectible jewelry box packaging.
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Disney-Pixar premiered the new Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, when they released Finding Nemo 3D last month. The short features Rex (Wallace Shawn) getting a chance to cut loose and be a party hero to bath toys. A couple nights ago, the short debuted on the Disney Channel, and now it has gone online. I didn’t get a chance to see the short in theaters, but after watching it online, I wish I had. It’s bright, loud, and colorful. It’s also pretty funny.
Hit the jump to check out Partysaurus Rex.
More Toy Story is headed to the small screen. Though most figured that Toy Story 3 would be the last time we saw Pixar’s loveable band of toy characters in their own story, the studio decided to let Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang live on in short form. The first Toy Story short, the very funny Hawaiian Vacation, debuted with Cars 2, and the studio has continued the trend with two further shorts, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex.
Earlier this summer we got wind that Pixar was planning two 22-mintute Toy Story TV specials to debut in 2013 and 2014, and now we have a tantalizing title for the first installment: Toy Story of Terror. Hit the jump for more.
Pixar’s Finding Nemo 3D opens in theaters this weekend, and unlike some post-converted movies that are released as a cash grab, Finding Nemo 3D is absolutely worth seeing again, especially in 3D. When the movie was first released almost ten years ago, the gorgeous ocean-set pic looked beautiful and the animation was stunning. However, when Pixar converted the film, they also re-rendered it (without changing anything), and it’s now even more vivid with higher resolution. Finding Nemo has never looked this good, and the 3D actually helps tell the story. Another reason to see Finding Nemo 3D is Pixar’s latest Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, which is playing before the movie. In the short, Rex (Wallace Shawn) gets to shed his nerdy persona as he becomes a party star after saving bath time for some tub toys. Here’s a clip.
Pixar recently held a press day for the film at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. While there, I was able to speak with director Mark Walsh. We talked about how he got the job directing the short, how the film changed during production, Easter Eggs, the music (which was done by BT), and more. Hit the jump to watch.
A clip has gone online for the upcoming Toy Story short film, Partysaurus Rex. In the short, Rex (Wallace Shawn) gets to shed his nerdy persona as he becomes a party star after saving bath time for some tub toys. Like the other Toy Story shorts, this one looks cute, and it’s nice seeing the beloved characters get to interact with toys you wouldn’t think of, like in the previous short film where Buzz was in a support group with discarded Happy Meal toys. Steve caught Partysaurus Rex said it was fun, and has a few Easter eggs in it.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. Partysaurus Rex will be attached to Finding Nemo 3D, which opens September 14th.
Pixar has released the first images from their upcoming Toy Story short film, Partysaurus Rex. The third “Toy Story Toons” sees Rex (voiced by Wallace Shawn) pulled into Bonnie’s bath time, which allows the neurotic dinosaur to finally cut loose. “If you’re a bath toy you get really intense playtime. It’s like a party,” director Mark Walsh, an animator on Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, tells Entertainment Weekly. “What I was going for was, you move to a new town and make new friends, and suddenly you think you have this chance where you can reinvent yourself,” says Walsh. “I love that Rex, in his sweetness, thinks he can reinvent who he is in the image of a party animal.” His reinvention gets some help when he manages to save the other bath toys from being stuck at the bottom of the tub since he’s the only one with arms (short as they may be) and can turn the water back on to get the party going again (with dance music by Grammy-nominated electronica musician BT).
Hit the jump to check out images from Partysaurus Rex. The short will play in front of Finding Nemo 3D, which opens September 14th.
This weekend, Brave became Pixar’s 13th feature film, the latest addition to an impeccable body of work that started nearly twenty years ago with Toy Story. Given the storied history of everyone’s favorite animation studio, I think this is the perfect opportunity to try out a new feature, By the Numbers. Essentially, I will go one by one through each of the Pixar movies and provide a numbers-based snapshot of its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts. Four thousand words later, I hope you’ll agree this is a comprehensive review of Pixar’s work over the last two decades.
Hit the jump for a detailed look at Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monster’s, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Brave.
Though the theatrical release of Toy Story 3 was touted as the likely last time we’d see the Toy Story characters on the screen, the folks at Pixar quickly realized that they missed the characters too much to say goodbye forever. The first Toy Story Toon (ie. A Pixar short featuring Toy Story characters) premiered with last year’s Cars 2, while another short—titled Small Fry—premiered with The Muppets. However, it appears that the Toy Story characters aren’t destined to live in 2-minute films forever as it was recently revealed that Pixar plans to unveil two 22-minute Toy Story TV specials in 2013 and 2014. Hit the jump for more.
On the ABC comedy series Last Man Standing, actor Tim Allen (Home Improvement) plays Mike Baxter, world voyager and one daredevil of a marketing director who must spend more time in his female-dominated household after his wife (Nancy Travis) receives a promotion at work. Not the best at finding common ground with 20-year-old Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), who’s trying to raise her own son, celeb-obsessed Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and sporty Eve (Kaitlyn Dever), his old-fashioned, hot-headed ways create all kinds of friction for the family.
During a recent visit to the set, Tim Allen (best known as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story features and shorts) talked about how much of what’s on the show resonates with his own life as a dad, what it’s like to work with girls this time instead of the boys his character on Home Improvement had, whether being an outdoorsman comes naturally for him, and what he still loves about doing stand-up. He also talked about the possibility of more Toy Story shorts or features. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The internet has given us more movie/tv/music mash-ups then necessary, but every now and then a truly inspired piece of work pops up. Such is the case with Toy Shining, a series of illustrations that put characters from Toy Story into Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining. Artist Kyle Lambert created the gorgeous illustrations on an iPad, and the result is downright disturbing. Woody makes a shockingly great Jack, and other favorite Toy Story characters pop up in unexpected roles.
Hit the jump to check out the illustrations.
In the new Toy Story short Small Fry, playing in theaters with The Muppets, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is left behind at a fast food restaurant when a kids’ meal toy version takes his place. While the three-inch-tall Buzz impersonator incessantly annoys Woody (Tom Hanks) and all of the other toys, the real Buzz is trapped at a support group for discarded toys, run by narcissistic group leader, Neptuna (Jane Lynch). As Woody and the gang plan to rescue their friend, Buzz attempts his own escape.
At the press day for The Muppets, Small Fry director Angus MacLane talked about his work at Pixar Animation Studios, how the story was a combination of ideas that started with his psychologists mother and sister and his love of fast food toys, what it was like to get the voice cast together for this, that there were various kids’ meal toys that didn’t make the final cut, that there will be versions of some of the toys available for sale, and how he hopes to direct full-length features, at some point. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Last week we showed you the first images from the new Toy Story short film, Toy: Story: Small Fry. The movie focuses on Buzz Lightyear getting left at a fast food restaurant and requiring the help of Happy Meal-like toys in order to get back home and stop a diminutive Buzz imposter. In the clip, we see Buzz trying to escape but landing right in the middle of a support group for discarded Fun Meal toys (you’ll briefly hear Jane Lynch as the group’s narcissistic leader, Neptuna).
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The short film also features the voices of Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, John Ratzenberger, and Joan Cusack. Toy Story: Small Fry will play in front of The Muppets, which opens November 23rd.