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Yahoo Movies gets the first clip from Pixar’s next short, LAVA. It looks pretty cool to me…
The first image of Inside Out‘s main character Riley has been released via Disney Movies Anywhere. The video starts with Monster University easter eggs and then segue-ways into a few minutes on Inside Out hosted by director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera.
As a reminder, here’s the official plot synopsis for Pete Docter’s Inside Out.
From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.
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.
Film: Watching Toy Story of Terror! is still a lot of fun. There’s a great mix of humor, suspense and surprises in a tight 22 minute package. While the TV special segments are built around commercial breaks, it still works great on Blu-ray.
Image: As usual the special looks great on Blu-ray. No complaints here.
Audio: Pixar has even included a DTS HD 7.1 track and it sounds very impressive. There’s also a collection of 5.1 tracks in both French and Spanish.
For Pixar fans, the big draws here are the three Toy Story Toons with commentary tracks by directors Gary Rydstrom, Angus MacLane and Mark Walsh.
- Hawaiian Vacation – (plus commentary by Gary Rydstrom (Director), Angus MacLane (Animation Supervisor) & Jason Katz (Story Supervisor)
- Small Fry – (plus commentary by Angus MacLane (Director)
- Partysaurus Rex – (plus commentary by Mark Walsh (Director)
The “Vintage” commercials (directed by longtime Pixarian Jeremy Lasky) are also quite enjoyable. Both the Old Timer and Combat Carl commercials feature songs performed by Michael Giacchino! Also, the Transitron commercial features great voice work by Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (in his native Japanese).
I also quite enjoyed the “Team of Specialists” feature as Toy Story of Terror! director Angus MacLane shows us life behind the scenes working on the TV special.
The rest of small collection of special features are as follows:
- 3 Deleted Scenes, with Introductions by Editor Axel Geddes:
- Pencil Topper Trilogy (HD) 3:34
- Travel Brochures (HD) :52
- Road Trip Roulette (HD) 2:06
- D23 Teaser (HD) 1:04▪
Summary: Is the TV special and three shorts, plus the small (but very entertaining) collection of extra features worth your time and money? You bet. Best of all, you can grab it on store shelves or through Amazon for a great price too ($12,96 right now)!
Ratatouille is the latest Pixar film to receive a 3D conversion. The (already classic) Brad Bird film was recently released on 3D Blu-ray in the UK and France (UK image above). Unfortunately, this is Region locked and not playable on U.S. players. Hopefully the rumored U.S. release will see the light of day by the end of year. (an early box art image is below).
I’ve heard rumblings that The Incredibles and A Bug’s Life have also been converted to 3D and should see a future Blu-ray release too. While I’m not personally a 3D fan, it’s nice to have these available for those that are.
We learned a lot more about Pixar’s next project, Toy Story That Time Forgot at the recent San Diego Comic-Con. The TV special will debut on ABC this December 2, 2014. The SDCC panel was moderated by composer Michael Giacchino who will be scoring the special. He was joined on stage by director Steve Purcell, producer Galyn Susman, and head of story Derek Thompson.
Also present was voice actress Kristen Schall, as Trixie will be at the center of the special. The original pitch was a six minute short until John Lasseter recommended that they expand it for a full length TV special. New characters include a gang of Battlesaurs (including leader, Reptillus Maximus voice by Kevin McKidd, pictured above) and a christmas ornament (Angel Kitty) voiced by Joan Cusack.
Here’s the official synopsis: “During a post-Christmas play date, the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie‘s room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot.”
While many folks think physical media is dead, I continue to buy blu-rays. The picture and sound quality are still unmatched and the bevy of extra features (when done right) dazzle me. I also like the fact that I can grab a movie off the shelf and be watching it faster than most movies can buffer and begin to stream.
I was recently reviewing the Top 50 Selling Blu-rays of All Time and was happy to see that 5 Pixar films made the list. Monsters University (#21), Up (#23), Brave (#25) Toy Story 3 (#27) and Cars 2 (#45) all made the cut. Interestingly, most of the movies at the top of the list are more recent which reflects that Blu-ray sales haven’t peaked just yet….