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Monsters University in the Parks

With the release of Monsters University rapidly approaching, the marketing team at Disney•Pixar has been busy. MU is posed to be a summer hit, and the Disney Parks team has teamed up with Pixar to bring elements of Monsters University to life to promote the film.

Monstrous Monorails 

Theming monorails has become a common practice at both the Anaheim and Florida resorts, and while the monoral wraps have been overdone before (becoming more of a moving billboard), the MU wrap creatively integrates with the monorail.

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See more pictures and video over at the Disney Parks Blog.

Mammoth Mike Wazowski Projection

Over in Epcot, the theme park press was treated to a massive projection of Mike Wazowski on Spaceship Earth to announce the return of One More Disney Day (rebranded as an ‘All-Nighter’), a special 24-hour celebration at Disneyland in Anaheim and Magic Kingdom in Florida.

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The All-Nighter event marks the start of the ‘Monstrous Summer’ marketing campaign. Mike can break the details down for you:

More details from the Disney Parks Blog:

In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will feature a “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland. There will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

In California, you’ll be able to party the night away at both parks with special entertainment including: a “Monsters University” “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s ToonTown at Disneyland park. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland park will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing; and guests of Disney California Adventure park will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

The folks over at Pixar Times put together a great piece about the collaboration between Pixar and Disney Parks.

New Concept Art

Monsters University has moved in to Disney’s Holywood Studios Magic of Disney Animation building, bringing to light new concept art.

Photo © Mousesteps

Photo © Mousesteps

Photo © Mousesteps

Photo © Mousesteps

These and a whole lot more over at Mousesteps.

Merida to be Crowned

Pixar made their foray into the royal theater with Brave and Princess Merida, the first Disney princess created in Emeryville. Up until recently it wasn’t clear whether or not she would join her fellow royal princesses, but nearly a year later, we have an answer as the announcement came not more than a week ago that Merida will become an official Disney Princess on May 11th.

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Stitch Kingdom is reporting that Merida is slated to become the 11th Disney Princess with the traditional coronation ceremony at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Merida has already made her Disney Parks appearance on both sides of the US, bringing long lines to her meet and greets.

Brave Wins Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards

Closing out an exceptional award season, Brave took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film last night at the Dolby theater on the famous Hollywood Boulevard. Mark Andrews was joined by Brenda Chapman in accepting the award.

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The duo answered a few questions in the Press Room after accepting the award (via Pixar Post)

 

And Andrews stayed true to his always humorous post award photo-op:

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via @damoxy

Another big congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Brave!

Be on the lookout for my full review of Brave and it’s award season run in the first issue of The Pixar Collective, coming out in early March.

 

Brave wins Best Animated Feature at the 2013 BAFTA Awards

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Brave has already taken home quite a few awards this year and you can put yet another one up on the board. The BAFTA for Best Animated Feature went to Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

Following the negative chatter about Pixar after Cars 2 quietly slipped by most award shows, it’s very nice to see Brave getting it’s due recognition at multiple award shows this season.

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Brave beat out Frankenweenie and Paranorman which are both in the Oscar race for Animated Feature, notably missing from this list is Wreck-It Ralph who took home Best Animated Feature at the Annie Awards.  With the Oscars just around the corner, it’ll be interesting to see how Pixar’s latest animated film does in one of the largest televised stages.

Once again, a big congratulations to Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Katherine Sarafian and the entire cast and crew of Brave on their latest accolade!

Mark Andrews at the 2013 BAFTA Tea Party ©BAFTA

Mark Andrews at the 2013 BAFTA Tea Party ©BAFTA

Video of the acceptance here.

Bill Connolly on the Red Carpet:

Brave Takes Home Four Awards at the 11th Annual VES Awards

With special and visual effects becoming more and more common in films, the Visual Effects Society is an awards ceremony dedicated to honoring the people behind the scenes of the media you see every day, from film to television, music videos to video games.

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Brave was nominated for four awards at last night’s 11th annual VES Awards and managed to pick up each and every one. Continue reading

Brave wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature!

Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian accepted the award for Best Animated Feature tonight at the 70th Annual Golden Globes Award Show. Andrews quickly (and rightfully) thanked Brenda Chapman for creating the story as well as the ‘Pixar Braintrust’ including John Lasseter, Jim Morris, Andrew Stanton, Ed Catmull, Pete Docter, Bob Iger alongside the crew for Brave.

Brave wins Best Animated Golden Globe

Brave wins Best Animated Golden Globe

Congratulations to the entire Brave crew on their amazing work, and I look forward to seeing Mr. Andrews and the Pixar crew on February 24th!

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Pixar News Reviews Brave, La Luna, the Brave Soundtrack and The Art of Brave!

From before the initial announcement in 2008 Brave has been going through the complex and delicate process that defines each and every Pixar movie to date. Through the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of Brave this past Saturday ahead of the June 22nd release date. In addition to the film itself, we will cover the amazing El Capitan theater, La Luna, The Brave Soundtrack and The Art of Brave. Feel free to use the table of contents below to navigate to a specific section. And here we goooo! (hint: if you’d had the chance to listen to some music while readin this, would ya?  Then click ‘Listen to some Pixar Tunes’ below!)

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[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_2third_end id="" class="" style=""] IntroductionI managed to reserve four tickets total for the June 16th Brave screening at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. My three guests and I arrived a bit early and were surprised to find that across the street near the Dolby theater, there was what seemed to be a ‘Brave‘ carnival of sorts with traditional Scottish dancing as well as other activities (YouTube Link). We soon made our way to the El Capitan and were greeted by a fairly small line of anxious Pixar fans. [/wpcol_2third_end]

Traditional Scottish Dancing

About half hour later we entered the lobby, grabbed our complimentary popcorn and soda, gave a curt nod to the wax model of Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers is playing at the El Capitan until June 22nd) and walked into the theater where organist Rob Richards was already playing Disney standards on El Capitan’s giant Wurlitzer Theater organ. As showtime approached Richards bid a farewell, the audience was told to turn off cell phones, and the theater went dark.

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Brave

Brave Teaser Poster

Brave Teaser Poster

While most reviewers have been comparing Pixar films to their predecessors, Brave completely stands on it’s own in many facets. It has a female lead, it is set in the past, and…well…it’s set in Scotland! Being that as it may, Brave is a very strong addition to the already broad repertoire of Pixar films.

Brave is not my favorite Pixar film, however, that does not by any means make it a bad film. The story of Brave is one that resonates with all generations. From the cheeky antics of the triplets to the strained relationship between Merida and her mother, Brave puts forth a very powerful message of the importance of family; which is what the crowds will be coming for on June 22nd.

The thing that keeps the audiences coming back to Pixar films is the intricacy of the characters; the emotion that you feel when an octogenarian takes flight or when a group of toys says goodbye. While Brave‘s characters are intricate and developed, the connection wasn’t there as in other animated features that I have experienced. Even though the last two Pixar films have been sequels, I still believe that Brave was a little south of the bullseye in terms of the emotional connection between audience and the character. Another viewing of the film will confirm or counter this, but after my first viewing I was left wanting to feel a more personal connection to the characters.

The Triplets

The Triplets

From a technical standpoint, Brave has exceeded any other animated feature. From the facial expressions of the lords, to the amazingly intricate curls of Merida’s unkempt hair, every aspect of the film is extremely realistic and believable. Pixar’s 3D team has done it again, you feel more engrossed in the film without feeling the dizziness and bad picture quality often found in live action 3D. The amazing force at Pixar has once again demonstrated that animation is certainly a very powerful medium.

While alone Brave is an excellent film, when compared to previous Pixar films, Brave simply does not create the same  powerful emotions felt in the first five minutes of Up, or the ending of Wall•E. While it falls below a cooking rat or a talking fish, Brave‘s original story will have the audience laughing, crying, and on the edge of their seats. As every other Pixar movie created, this film was not created for kids, so no matter what age, definitely go and see it this weekend!

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La Luna

Enrico Casarosa has hit it out of the park with my new favorite Disney•Pixar short, La Luna. The coming of age story of a young boy takes you to a specific time and place and creates a beautiful story that you will be sure to be still thinking about after walking out of the theater.

The story is at the center of this short, however Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack provides the perfect accompaniment; keeping out of the way when necessary and coming up when needed. In addition the sound design was beautifully done, from the voices of the characters to the sound effects, everything was practically perfect in every way.

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The Brave Soundtrack

As a standalone soundtrack, Brave‘s original songs and original score fall short of other Pixar classics like the Incredibles or Up, however along side the film, the soundtrack worked perfectly. Brave is one of the few films that uses original songs extremely well, keeping them to the front of the film and making sure they supported the film.

There are a few tracks which I have already racked up 6 plays on including Touch the Sky, Learn me Right, and Merida’s Home. And the award for the song most likely to stick to your head goes to King Fergus’s chant, Song of Mor’du.

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The Art of Brave

The Art of Brave makes what I wrote about the film seem downright rude. As with all of the other Art of books, your eyes are opened to the manpower and sheer time that it takes to sculpt each and every frame in each and every frame of Brave. Jenny Lerew does an excellent job of narrating and describing what you are seeing and how it affected the film making process.

If you’ve come to class prepared, please open your books to page 22. This page deals with the celtic graphics. As a graphic design artist this is one of my favorite pages as it deals with sheer vectors (also, if you are looking for any Pixar related tattoo designs it’s not a bad place to look).

All in all, it is an excellent read and gives the reader a new appreciation for the Pixar process, The Art of Brave is definitely a book that will be on my coffee table in the near future.

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Conclusion

I’d like to thank you for making it this far in our review of all things Brave! All in all Brave is a chip off of the ole Pixar block and Pixar has managed to create yet another extremely engrossing film in an age where there are more rotten films than fresh.

Be on the look out for the Pizza Planet Truck (on the streets of southern CA and) in Brave, keep a wary eye though, as it comes and goes in the blink of an eye! And if you see the A-113 then you have better eyesight than me, as I couldn’t catch it appearing anywhere in the film (if you’ve seen it, let me know in the comments!).

From my new favorite short La Luna, to the Celtic infused Patrick Doyle soundtrack, and the beautiful artwork that inspired and helped to create the film, Brave is more than I expected and I gladly recommend picking up the soundtrack and Art of book, and seeing the film in theaters June 22nd. Thank you for reading Pixar News’ review of Brave, La Luna, the Brave Soundtrack and The Art of Brave!

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LA Times Hero Complex: Wall•E Showing, Brave Preview, & Andrew Stanton

Update: Geoff Boucher promised to post the photos from M-O’s Sears Photoshoot and today he came through! 

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Check them out here (the above still is my favorite…)

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Los Angeles is probably the second most likely place to be able to meet Pixarians. I myself have had the amazing opportunity to meet Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, and most recently Andrew Stanton. Thanks to Pixar Talk, I was able to purchase my tickets early for the sold out Wall•E screening put on by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex as a part of their Film Festival. I was especially excited as it also advertised “special guest Andrew Stanton” and a “special preview of ‘Brave.’”

The Line for Check-in

The Line for Check-in

I arrived at the event with my brother at about 12pm (check-in was at 12:30 with the doors opening at 1:30) and was not too surprised to see that a line had already begun to form. We checked in and entered the rather large theater #5 at the LA Live Regal Cinemas. Playing on the screen were interviews and clips from last years film festival. At about 1:50, Geoff Boucher (writer at the Complex) came on stage to introduce a surprise performance by Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary, Raya Yarbrough, and Dan Seef playing Pixar tunes including “You’ve got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story and “Down to Earth” from Wall•E.

A few Pixar Tunes

A few Pixar Tunes

After their performance, Boucher took the stage again for some trivia. While most of the trivia had to deal with SciFi and Marvel comics, there was one Pixar question which I was proud to be the only one to know the answer to. The A-113 question was barely asked when my hand shot up. And for my Pixarian knowledge I was rewarded with a TCM Classics collection with Lassie, Flipper, and a few others.

Next up was the screening of Wall•E. Since Boucher hadn’t made any mention of the Brave preview, I assumed that it would come after the film, however I was disappointed to see the Family Legends Brave trailer come on before Wall•E which I knew was the “Special Preview” the event description referenced. Nevertheless, it was amazing to watch Wall•E on the big screen again, and I will definitely be taking AMC up on their offer of Rataouille, Wall•E, Up, and Toy Story 3 come next weekend.

Geoff Boucher

Geoff Boucher

During the credits, the front of the theater was set up with two directors chairs with lights and cameras, after the credits Boucher came back on and introduced Andrew Stanton. Boucher moderated the interview, however I feel that Stanton handled Bouchers weak questions rather well resulting in a very interesting interview. Although John Carter was on everyone’s mind (there was a group from the John Carter Files present) Boucher respectfully tiptoed around any questions alluding to Stanton’s Live Action film.

Boucher began the interview by bringing up the silent film nature of Wall•E.

“I always knew the appeal was going to be the silent nature of the character. I didn’t think of it as silent, I thought of it as a foreign language for the character. And the appeal would be his loneliness and that small things, little things like deciding to take a pause and check the sunset…these were all little steps that might be cut out in another type of movie.”

-Stanton on the script of Wall•E.

Stanton went on to compare Wall•E with silent film stars such as Chaplin and Keaton. Boucher also brought up The Artist comparing it to the silent nature of the first act of Wall•E. Stanton joked, “Yeah, that wasn’t out then! And I must say reading all these articles about the first silent movie in 30 years, I was like ‘really?’”

Boucher and Stanton

Boucher and Stanton

If you had watched the special features section of Wall•E Blu-Ray you already knew about this next point in the interview where Stanton discussed the idea of having gelatinous blobs instead of the humans on board the Axiom. “You’d see these creatures come out of their suits and they would just be gelatinous blobs, like jello people, with the fruit in the jello and they were very funny gloopy people and we used the Ikea catalogue for their dialogue and it was really funny in the initial thought of it…but it just got so silly…there is this pathos that just gets disregarded when you have jello people going ‘blo-bla bla bla.’”

Stanton then went on to discuss the technological advancements made throughout Wall•E, “The iPod had come out right on the front end of us working on Wall•E and the iPhone had come out just on the back end.” Stanton went on to discuss a story during the production of Wall•E with Steve Jobs and Bob Iger. “I saw the most amazing conversation, when this movie was kind of on it’s legs finally, and we could see the whole movie, and Steve Jobs and Bob Iger were in our screening room watching it, and Steven goes on about ‘yeah yeah, people can seduced and then they stop doing this and they stop doing that.’ And Bob Iger just slowly looks at him and he goes ‘Whose fault is that?’”

“Some people just have the leader gene. And it’s not about, so I can be the most important person in the room, it’s just that they have some passion, some foresight, they can see something nobody else can see. And you just start to believe that if we don’t see it too, we are all going to lose out…No matter how wide you were thinking, he was just thinking way out there. And he had a way of describing it in a way that you just got it…it was amazing to watch.”

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Boucher asked Stanton if he thought that Hollywood was brave enough to recreate the Pixar success story. Stanton went on to respond by saying that there are two elements that Hollywood doesn’t have. Pixar was created with no expectations to leave and Pixar is about creating films that they themselves enjoy. In addition Stanton noted that most Pixar films production cycle exceed a studio executive’s life span within a studio, hence they wouldn’t put their heart and soul into something that they may not benefit from as much as at a company like Pixar.

The next point was the environmental message of Wall•E. “There is an organic natural message that just came out of it for going this way…on a good day maybe I recycle and it’s a wonderful value so I had no problem since it naturally came out of the whole story I let it go.” Stanton did go on to discuss how he was aware of the repercussions and how he did make sure to not overstate the environmental message.

“I hate being preached to when I see a movie, if they do have agendas like that…I just want it so woven in to the narrative and emotion of the film…that I got all of that without thinking about it.”  

-Stanton on the environmental message of Wall•E

Stanton went on to talk about my favorite character, M-O. “We had a prototype made of M-O and the editorial crew had the afternoon free to they took him down to Sears and they had every baby photo scenario…’here is the thanksgiving scenario, here is the sailor suit.’” Boucher went on to discuss putting them on the Hero Complex blog so be on the lookout for M-O in a pumpkin patch..

The music of Wall•E was discussed next. Stanton first noted that the Hello Dolly references were set before the film was even in production. He went on to discuss his extremely good chemistry with his composer on both Nemo and Wall•E, Thomas Newman. Next Boucher brought up working with Ben Burtt.

“It was hard for me to keep my sh** together!”

- Stanton on working with Burtt. 

Stanton also discussed the dichotomy of being a Director and telling Burtt what to do versus being a huge fan. “There was only one time where I really- I didn’t want to go there, I wanted to be ‘Andrew Filmmaker’ next to Ben Burtt and there was this one part where I couldn’t get it across- ‘I’m trying to get this heavy sound…’ and he goes ‘I don’t really get what you’re trying to get Andrew’ all friendly and I just kind of went *sighhh* ‘you know the sandcrawler….and they stop….and there is the trash can bot with the big bags and he goes gonk…gonk…gonk’ and he went ‘Oh the gonk gonk bot!’ I had prided myself that I hadn’t gone that way at all.”

Boucher next brought up the sequels that Pixar has done.

“If you had talked to me before Toy Story 2, I would have gotten red in the face and loud and arngry and say no, no I don’t want to do any sequels…it’s just the losers way out. And economics let Toy Story 2 go forward…[Also] there are some characters and subplots that benefit from going longer. I can honestly say from an internal place, the drive was never about the cash and that people would come, I’m sure it attracted a lot of people and it made them feel at ease, but for us it was like ‘I actually do want to see where these characters are going.’”

-Stanton on Sequels

Stanton went on to discuss Monsters University, saying that they came across the idea and it worked, they weren’t searching for another Monters. He also mentioned how Pixar “didn’t want to go to Boo” how that was “everybody’s private memory.” While Stanton did mention that it is the originals that keep Pixar going, the sequels are comfort food and to expect more of them. This led Boucher to inquire “seafood?” as in a Finding Nemo sequel.

“It takes place in a sushi restaurant or even worse, it takes place in a toilet.”

-Stanton joking about his worst ideas for a Finding Nemo sequel

Stanton also discussed the rough beginnings of Wall•E. Discussing how he worked on the script on his own time for 5 months so that he had the ability to make sure it was as good as possible before people were even expecting him to get started.

“Nobody expected Nemo to be so huge, so it was funny to sit there and say that now is the time where I actually think people would go just because of the brand. So isn’t this the best time to not be safe, isn’t this the best time to do a silent robot, an octogenarian and a Korean boyscout, talking rat, doing all these things [because] the brand protected us.”

-Stanton on the beginnings of Wall•E

Stanton exiting the stageStanton concluding with the Pixar mantra: Animation is a medium not a genre. Discussing the generational differences in their opinions on animation, Stanton made the point that “we are not making movies for your kids, we are making movies we want to see and our ages range from 25 to 70.”

Stanton was very nice about signatures and the like. Something to note, if you ever get the chance to meet Andrew Stanton, bring something to sign, he does a little doodle of the a character from the film (Tuck and Roll on my A Bug’s Life DVD and Wall•E) which makes it that much more awesome.

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Video: Brave “One Family” Extended TV Spot

The folks at Pixar have dropped another TV Spot for Brave, this time featuring some never before heard music, and never before seen footage! If you had the chance to watch the spot, would you? If your answer was yes feel free to check it out below…if not…well leave your reason in the comments :)

 

New Brave Featurette: “Freedom Broch!”

Playing on the standard compilation CD infomercials, this Brave featurette plays with popular tunes’ names and makes them a wee bit Scottish, like “Raise your Kilt” “Bulls Eye of the Tiger” and more. But my favorite part of the whole featurette comes at 0:27 with one of the triplets imitating King Fergus’ story. Nevertheless, be sure to watch the whole featurette as there are a few new scenes not seen in previous material. Enjoy!