Pixar President Ed Catmull Details the Braintrust Process with Examples from INSIDE OUT and TOY STORY 3

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Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar’s operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995.  Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies.  One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out.  Read some of Catmull’s insights after the jump.

Could 2015 Be the Biggest Movie Year Ever?

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With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season.  We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015.  Why skip over an entire year, you ask?  Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties.  Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.

As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now.  Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.

Disney Updates Upcoming Movie Release Schedule; DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Now Opens One Week Earlier [Updated]

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Check out Disney’s adjusted release date schedule, along with an earlier release for an anticipated DreamWorks Animation sequel below:

  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron is final title of previous “Marvel’s The Avengers Untitled Sequel” (previously announced 5/1/15 wide playdate is unchanged)
  • Inside Out is final title of previous “The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind” (previously announced 6/19/15 wide playdate in 3D is unchanged)
  • Phineas and Ferb is removed from Disney release schedule (from “2014 Undated”)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2* will open on June 13, 2014, moved up a week from June 20, 2014; Friday the 13th be damned!
  • Warner Bros. sets Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe, for February 14, 2014.

*Courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

D23 Recap: Disney/Pixar’s Presentations of THE GOOD DINOSAUR, INSIDE OUT, FINDING DORY, TOY STORY OF TERROR! and a MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Short

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If you’re a fan of all things Disney and have yet to attend D23,  make plans to change that for next year as this event is only going to get bigger and better. Today was my first-ever experience attending D23, the annual Disney event that’s just for fans.  In my naivete, I assumed it would be like San Diego Comic-Con.  Some things are similar: the lines, the sneak peeks, the star sightings.  But where Comic-Con is a loose collection of mostly unrelated one-hour panels scattered across a few days, D23 is a top-notch production meant to entertain and reward fans from start to finish.

In today’s D23 presentation for “Art and Imagination: Animation at the Walt Disney Studios”, the production company’s three animation divisions were highlighted.  This article deals with a recap of the anticipated work coming out of Disney/Pixar, which includes Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn’s The Good Dinosaur, Pete Docter’s Inside Out, Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory, and two short films, including Monsters University’s “Party Central” and the Halloween special, Toy Story OF TERROR!  Hit the jump for some up-to-the-minute info on each of these films as well as my take on the presentation itself.

Pixar Announces Voice Casts and Reveals Concept Art for THE GOOD DINOSAUR and INSIDE OUT; Voice Actors Include Bill Hader & Amy Poehler [UPDATED]

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Pixar has announced the voice casts for two of its upcoming films during the D23 convention today.  Director Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur, which opens next summer, takes place on an Earth where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs and the creatures now live happily alongside humans.  The lead character, a dinosaur named Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), while Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer voice his siblings.  The dinosaur mother and father will be voiced by John Lithgow and Frances McDormandThe Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

Pixar’s next film, Up director Peter Docter’s Inside Out, takes place within an 11-year-old girl’s mind as she is forced to move to San Francisco.  The fantastic voice cast—playing the girl’s emotions—includes Amy Poehler as the lead character, Joy, Bill Hader (there’s no such thing as too much Bill Hader) as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, and The Office’s Phyllis Smith as Sadness.  Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.  Look for Dave’s full recaps of the D23 Pixar panels later today. [Update: We've added new concept art images and the official synopsis for both films after the jump.]

First Look at the Concept Art from Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, INSIDE OUT, and Untitled Dia De Los Muertos Film

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Pixar recently sent out a holiday card, and the card contains the concept art for the studios 2013 – 2016 slate of pictures.  The card includes previously released concept art for Monsters University as well as a first look at The Good Dinosaur, the Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind (now titled Inside Out), and the Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie.  There’s nothing too revealing about any of this concept art, but it’s still nice to have a glimpse at three Pixar films that aren’t sequels or prequels.

Hit the jump to check out the concept art along with loglines for the films.  The Good Dinosaur opens May 30, 2014.  The Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind opens June 19, 2015.  The Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie opens in 2016.

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