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Did you realize that no Pixar movie was released in 2014? It’s a testament to the animation studio that it’s better to release no movie at all versus releasing a bad movie because you have to. That said, Pixar has released a teaser trailer for next summer’s Inside Out.

Inside Out comes to US theatres in 3D on June 19, 2015.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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The Good DinosaurHollywood Reporter reports:

Director Bob Peterson exited The Good Dinosaur in August and today around 60 employees at Pixar are being let go because of the delay of the pic. The layoffs account for approximately 5% of Pixar’s 1,200 work force. This is just the latest twist in The Good Dinosaur tale. In September, the Disney-owned animated powerhouse moved back Dinosaur from a May 30, 2014 release to July 2, 2015 – leaving Pixar without a single movie coming out next year. Now, the fallout continues. “At Pixar, we are constantly re-evaluating the creative and business needs of our studio. With the release date change of The Good Dinosaur, we have realigned our production and support priorities, which includes a small reduction in our staffing levels,” said a Disney spokesperson in a statement Friday.

Monsters UniversityVariety reports:

The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society will honor Pixar Animation Studios with the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for creative excellence.

The award will be presented at the fifth annual Creative Arts Awards, which recognize achievements in 3D movies, TV shows and 4K technology, on Jan. 28 at Warner Bros. Studios.

Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios CEO John Lasseter and the Pixar team are being recognized for their feats in storytelling and technical achievement. With four previous gold Lumiere Awards from the Society, Pixar is its most decorated studio.

“In our films, story is the most important ingredient and 3D is an incredible tool to help tell those stories; it builds emotion, lands a joke and expands a world,” Lasseter said. “3D truly helps us make our films great, and to receive this award from the International 3D Society is awesome in every dimension of the word.”

At D23 in 2011, it was originally called, “The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes Place in the Mind.” When Disney executives got a hold of it, it would be called “Inside Out.” At the D23 Expo in Anaheim, during the Art and Animation Session, director Peter Doctor and producer Jonas Rivera came out to talk about this fascinating comedy.

“Inside Out” follows an outgoing 11-year-old girl named Riley whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco just as she’s hitting the turbulent emotional waters of adolescence.  But the movie really takes place in the mind of Riley, that is run by 5 emotions: Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler) and Saddness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions govern Riley’s actions, store her memories and compete for control over “headquarters.”

The movie is an exploration of how emotions work, interact and all necessary for surviving in the world today. “Abstract Thought” looks like a Picasso painting, “Imaginationland” like a Disney theme park and “Train of Thought” a choo-choo of sentience.

During the presentation, actors Bill Hader (SNL) and Phyllis Smith (The Office) come out to talk about what being in a Pixar movie was like. Phyllis then talked about why she wasn’t cast for any of the other roles. She was asked to read the lines for Anger, but she couldn’t do it because she’s never been angry before.

We are then treated to a scene, but it’s recorded dialogue from Pixar staff and matched to storyboards. All I can say if the movie is as funny as the pre-production clip, Inside Out is going to be a hilarious film.

The scene takes place at the dinner table, Riley’s mother and father are concerned about her behavior and they wonder why she’s not able to adjust to the move to San Francisco. The problem is the emotion Joy and Saddness is not with the group and is lost in Riley’s body. So Fear, Anger and Disgust are left deal with Riley’s parents. You also get a glimpse into the mind of Riley’s parents.


It’s the first day of the D23 Expo and the real big session was presented by Walt Disney Company Chief Creative Officer John Lassiter. This session focused on Disney’s three animation studios: Pixar Animation, Disney Toon Studios and Walt Disney Animation.

Pixar Animation

Party Central. We were all treated to the next pixar short featuring the cast of Monsters University. In Party Central, every fraternity at Monsters University is having a party. The problem is that no one is showing up at Oozma Kappa’s party. Mike and Sully decide through the use of scare doors, they would steal the party from the other fraternities. They succeed through a hilarious series of events.

Bill Hader comes out to talk about being a part of a Pixar movie.

Party Central will debut to the public as the short for Pixar’s next movie, The Good Dinosaur.

The Good DinosaurThe Good Dinosaur. Pixar movies answer the question “What If?” What if toys came to life? What if a rat became the best chef in all Paris? In the Good Dinosaur, what if the meteor missed the earth?

The Good Dinosaur tells the tale of an earth run by dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are farmers and they live in communities. The movie tells the tale of a dinosaur named Arlo, who must leave his family and community to venture out into the real world.

The Good Dinosaur stars Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Bill Hader, Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow and Frances McDormand. It comes out in Spring 2014.

Bill Hader, Judy Greer and Lucas Neff come out on stage and talk about playing siblings in the movie. They said it wasn’t easy since this was the first time they met and they soon started fighting like siblings on stage.

JONAS RIVERA, PETE DOCTERInside Out was forming “The Untitled Pixar Movie About What Takes Place In The Mind.” It’s the story of a young girl named Riley, who moves from the Midwest to San Francisco. The focus of the story though is her emotions…five to be exact and we see how these five characters sees life through her eyes. The stars of the movie are Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith)…a practical Office reunion.

We were treated to a segment in storyboard form and if the entire movie is like the clip, this is going to be a great movie.

Inside Out

Inside Out

Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith come out on stage and Phyllis wonders why she’s cast as sadness. It’s one of those you had to be there moments.

Finding Dory takes place one year after Finding Nemo. Dory has found a home with her new friends, but she’s the only one of her kind. In Finding Nemo, she mentioned her family and an urge causes her to go out into the deep blue and find her family.

Back are Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres. Dory’s parents will be played by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. Ty Burrell plays the part of a beluga whale.

Bill Hader comes out begging to be a part of the movie. He wants to be a Pixar good luck charm. He’s soon interrupted by John Ratzenberger and a marching band. John scoffs at how tough it was for Bill to only appear in three movies.

Toy Story of Terror is set for an October 16 release on ABC. We got to see the first 10 minutes of the special and it’s going to be great with lots of suspense and laughs. The original Toy Story cast returns including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

Disney Toon Studios

This is the first time I’ve gotten an explanation of Disney Toon Studios. The studios was created to produce all the direct to video sequels. Then they were challenged with creating the Fairies series, which has been a huge success. Now they are taking on the characters from Pixar’s Cars with the movie Planes.

Tinker Bell and the Neverbeast focuses on the fairy Fawn. She had befriended a large cat-like creature called the Neverbeast. Everyone thinks it truly is a beast and can not be tamed. It is up to Fawn to prove otherwise before the beast destroyed Pixie Hallow. Tinker Bell and the Neverbeast comes out in Spring of 2015.

TOM HIDDLESTONTinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy comes next and is the story that leads into Peter Pan. Tinker Bell and gang run into a pirate ship whose captain is also a fairy named Zarina. Her crew consists of seasoned pirates and a cabin boy name James. Captain Zarina is voiced by Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and cabin boy James is voiced by Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston. Both actors made an appearance at the session to talk about the influence of Disney films in their lives.

What was revealed is that cabin boy James has dark motives and will in fact become Captain Hook (before the hook).

DANE COOKPlanes: Fire and Rescue. Today, the movie Planes starring comedian Dane Cook hits theaters. There is already a sequel in the works and it will premiere next year. While Planes focuses on Dusty become a race plane, this version of Planes honors the men and women who protect our forests from fires. Dusty is moving on from racing to rescue. The movie will star Dane Cook and Julie Bowen (Modern Family) will also join the cast as a fan of Dusty’s.

Walt Disney Animation

Walt Disney Animation is approaching 90 years old. The movies produced and will be produced by this studio must produce quality films because it bears the name of “Walt Disney.”

John Lassiter took a moment to honor the oldest member of the Walk Disney Animation, Burney Mattison. Burney started at Walt Disney Animation straight out of high school. He knew he wanted to work at the studio. His mother drove him to the lot with portfolio in hand. He didn’t have an appointment so the guard would not let him in. After 30 minutes, waiting for Burney’s mother to return, the guard looked through the portfolio and liked what he saw. He called the head of personnel and got a job in Traffic. The rest is history.

Mickey Mouse Short Get-A-Horse. Next John Lassiter brings out a member of the Walt Disney Archive team and they discovered a print of Walt Disney’s fourth Mickey Mouse short, never seen before. We all got a chance to watch this little piece of history. There were some stereoscopic effects, so we used our 3D glasses. The story featured Mickey and Minnie Mouse being chased by Pete who has become smitten with Minnie Mouse. It was very classic Mickey Mouse and featured the voice of Walt Disney himself.

This short will appear in front of Frozen and I highly suggest watching it in 3D.

Concept Art

Concept Art

Big Hero 6 is next year’s major release from Walt Disney Animation. Don Hall is the director and he talks about his love of comic books. Big Hero 6 takes place in a mash-up city of Tokyo and San Francisco called San Fransokyo. It the story of a 14-year-old robotics genius who tragically looses his brother and builds a robot to bring him healing. The boy also puts together a team of friends who he turns into superheros. This is an origins story and based on a Marvel comics limited series.

In 2016, Zootopia comes to the big screen. After his success with Bolt and Tangled, director Byron Howard pitched to John Lassiter the idea of animals wearing clothes, ala Robin Hood and Wind and the Willow. Lassiter said run with it and we have Zootopia. What if animals ran the world without humans.

Zootopia is a city featuring 5 ecozones: Sahara Square, Tundratown, Rainforest Zone, and Borrow Buroughs.

Anna Voiced by Kristen Bell

Anna Voiced by Kristen Bell

Finally there’s Frozen, based on the Han Christian Andersen tale of the Snow Queen. It’s the story of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, played by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell respectively.

Elsa has the power to control frost and Anna is just ordinary. When her power goes awry and trajedy strikes, Elsa runs away into seclusion causing her kingdom to fall into an eternal winter. In order to save the kingdom, Elsa’s sister Anna decides to talk to Elsa and help her with her problem.

JOSH GADThose of us in attendance are treated to an appearance by Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) who plays Olaf the snowman. The biggest reason for doing Frozen was the “Disney Residuals”. We are treated to a scene from the movie where his character sings about how wonderful life would be when summer comes.

Then Kristen Bell joins us and talks about how she loves how ordinary and flawed her character Anna is. Then we finish with a song from Idina Menzel, that John Lassiter calls his favorite Disney song ever. The song was powerful even with some sound problems.

The songwriters for Frozen are Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote Avenue Q, Book of Mormon and Finding Nemo the Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

That was a full 3 hour star studded session which took up over half my day at D23.


Mike Wazowski

It the world of No-Duh news, Monsters University skewed much younger this weekend compared to past Pixar movies.

Monsters University grossed $81 million domestic this weekend making it the second highest grossing Pixar movie behind Toy Story 3. Only 27% of that audience was comprised of single adults, couples and teenagers, meaning less than 75% of the audience were children and their parents.

Toy Story 3, on the other hand, grossed $110 million the same weekend in 2010. Non-families made up 33% of that gross. Last year’s Brave had a non-family audience of 34%.

Check out our review of Monsters University. The movie’s story definitely appeals to the younger set, even though it was not able to capture the immediate interest of the original fans of Monsters Inc. from 12 years ago. I saw Monsters University early at 10:30 pm. There were now kids in the audience, except for my daughter. The audience was mostly teen fans. But the theater was hardly full.

It also didn’t help that World War Z aggressively went after the younger audiences taking $66 million from them at the same time.

Again, Pixar can produce an amazingly fun movie, gross over $80 million and still be considered as an under-performer.

As a oddball child, Mike Wazowski is inspired to become a professional scarer after visiting Monsters Incorporated on a school field trip. Monster University the foremost training ground for any scarer is the setting where Mike and Sully first meet. They start off as rivals but now must work together to fulfill their dreams.

Release Date: June 21, 2013

The story begins when Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) arrives on the campus of Monsters University to pursue his dream of becoming at top class scarer. He not only meets his roommate Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi) but he also meets his main rival Sully (John Goodman). The scare courses at Monsters University are difficult but they are the best. Only the best scarers will stay and in order to stay you must pass the finals.

Through a series of events, Mike and Sully attempt to sabotage each other gets them kicked out of the scarer’s program. Their only hope is to win the scare olympics competition. They not only have to join the worst fraternity on campus, but they also have to work together to succeed. This is where the similarities with Revenge of the Nerds begin.

Here’s the inherit problem with Pixar moving forward. Pixar has set the bar so high in terms of the quality of story and innovation that whenever they produce a relatively good movie, it’s seen as a failure.

Monsters University is a great movie to take the kids to see.

Monsters University falls into this category. It’s a really good movie, but is that enough for Pixar? For all intent and purpose, MU is Monsters meet Revenge of the Nerds. There’s nothing wrong with that. Kids and fans of Monsters Inc will love this movie because it brings back their favorite characters Mike, Sully and Randall and puts them in a different setting.

The real heart of the story is Mike (Billy Crystal). You follow a kid who just doesn’t fit in, but knows who he wants to be even if now one can believe he can do it. Your heart grows when you see how his destiny is fulfilled.

You might say its a prequel but its so far removed from Monsters Inc, that you don’t need to obsess with continuity issues. Just sit back and enjoy the action.

The chemistry between Billy Crystal and John Goodman is not lost. I also loved hearing Bonnie Hunt, Steve Buscemi and John Ratzenberger again. And let’s welcome Nathan Fillian to the Pixar world.

Normally, I wouldn’t mention the opening short, Blue Umbrella. It’s a love story between a blue and red umbrella reminiscent of Disney’s Paperman short. It’s basically the same story. I always view the shorts as technological experiments for Pixar. Blue Umbrella is the first, for lack of a better term, photo realistic shorts. I appears to combine live action elements with the Pixar world. I bring this up because, Monsters University to me has the best graphics of any Pixar movie by far. There is a point in the movie where Mike and Sully are in the human world, and I swear the environment looked real and they somehow managed to get Pixar characters to live in it.

I also saw the movie in 2D, this is probably the first time that I wish I was watching it in 3D. In fact, I may need to do it soon.

The Verdict


The Good: The graphics are incredible | Great to Revisit Some of My Favorite Characters | Nathan Fillian

The Bad: Pixar has set their standards so high, good movies seem to be failures



This is a list of Disney Animation’s upcoming slate of features:

  • June 21, 2013 – Monsters University (Pixar)
  • November 27, 2013 – Frozen (Disney)
  • May 30, 2014 – The Good Dinosaur (Pixar)
  • August 1, 2014 – Big Hero 6 (Disney)
  • June 19, 2015 – Inside the Mind (Pixar)
  • November 25, 2015 – Finding Dory (Pixar)
  • March 4, 2016 — Untitled Disney Animation
  • June 17, 2016 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • November 23, 2016 — Untitled Disney Animation
  • June 16, 2017 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • November 22, 2017 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • March 9, 2018 — Untitled Disney Animation
  • June 15, 2018 — Untitled Pixar Animation
  • November 21, 2018 — Untitled Disney Animation