I have been enjoying a family vacation this week at DisneyWorld and being a Pixar fan was amazed at the impact of Pixar on DisneyWorld. Pixar is everywhere! The magic of Disney is even more Magical with the perfect integration of Pixar animation throughout the Park.
Pixar Studios is the newest section at DisneyWorld and it features Toy Story and a very popular ride called Toy Story Midway Mania. It is a dark and interactive shooting ride. It is the type of ride you will want to do over and over again. The Pixar Animation Studio is replicated here and there are lots of character meet and greets. Seemed to be a very popular area of Hollywood Studios.
In Animal Kingdom we found Nemo The Musical which was really great. The theater filled up fast and everyone seemed really excited to see the show. Also in Animal Kingdom was Its Tough to be a Bug. Very popular and continual traffic flow. Very interactive with mist, water, things moving in the seats (bugs) and so forth.
In Magic Kingdom the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor was really well done. They ask the audience to text jokes while waiting in line and use the jokes interactively with the audience. It is done really well and pretty amazing how the improvise the show to each new group. Be careful if you get embarrassed easily as there are cameras at each seat and you can suddenly appear on the big screen! Do not miss this one!
I never got to Epcot but there is an attraction The Seas With Nemo and Friends. Also, throughout the park you always see Pixar characters and references. It was also great to see that the stunt car show Lights Motors Action in Hollywood Studios had a feature with a replica of Lightning McQueen.
The whole show was amazing and I was really surprised to see Lightning introduced into the show. If you are a Pixar fan and are visiting DisneyWorld, keep your eyes open. From featured attractions, to character meet and greets, signs and souvenirs, it is very impressive to see the importance and the impact of Pixar and DisneyWorld. As Pixar continues to roll out some great films, I think Disney will be pretty busy finding ways to integrate them into their Parks
I was asked by one of our readers to add a post to mention their work on a Lego Competition. Here is the email:
I am a big fan of Pixar movies and like especially the movie Ratatouille.In fact, I created a lego based on this movie and published it on Lego Ideas (lego ideas is a website which allows users to submit ideas for Lego products to be turned into potential Lego sets available commercially if they reache 10 000 supporters). This project has 381 supporters yet but it is not enough (the project needs ~9600 supporters! So please could you help me to promote my lego Ideas project on your website or facebook page? I would be really honored! Thank you in advance! https://ideas.lego.com/projects/116826
They did an awesome job pulling this together – imagine the creativity to build this out of Lego! Carlierti has about 400 supporters when I read the competition page and there are some other great pictures and information about this project. Looks like the Ratatouille Lego project, if the support of 9600 more people is achieved should be a real contender. Take a look and offer your support to this very creative achievement!
The Good Dinosaur
I guess the best way to describe the film is that it definitely portrays the best animated landscapes ever! The film seems more children oriented than others but there is definitely a large adult following of all things Pixar. I was first captured by Cars and fell in love ever since with the style and animation design of everything Pixar produces. The Good Dinosaur further improves on the pristine and captivating animation.
A single moment changes history. Imagine the asteroid 65 million years ago not hitting Earth and the Dinosaur world carried forward. The Good Dinosaur with its main characters Arlo and a Caveboy somewhat lost and on a journey full of adversity trying to find a way back to Arlo’s home.
The film is produced by Peter Sohn (Also a voice cast in the film) from a screenplay by Meg Lafauve. The cast is excellent as always with Pixar and Peters work on Inside Out speaks for itself on the creative ability he is able to bring forward from a vast amount of experience on previous Pixar films.
Although the film raked in some serious dollars, It opened on Thanksgiving weekend and shared the Box Office with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2. Pixar had pretty high expectations as traditionally the films are very successful. Some estimates are that the film had a budget at about 200 million. Some estimates are that the film should bring in about 215 million worldwide. I am sure the math at Pixar is much more complicated than this but they had probably expected a much greater return. Personally, I think that the film will continue to bring long term returns and this is another excellent film to add into the content barn.
I received this interesting request and thought what a great idea! I realize petition sounds a little aggressive but definitely a great suggestion. This writer started a petition recommending that Disney build a TV series around Inside Out.
I could definitely see that as an interesting reality considering the complexity of emotions and how important they are to teens and pre-teens. Here is the email: I’ve created a petition with the aim of convincing Disney into creating a TV Series based on Pixar’s latest movie, Inside Out… It’s one of Pixar’s most original movies for a while, and it seems like it’d fit perfectly on TV. I’m optimistic that it could happen, if enough people get back behind it. I was wondering if you could write an article about it, the petition link is: http://chn.ge/1PoP1b5
At the time of posting they have about 200 names on the petition and it looks like they have a target of about 500. Good luck to these folks and who knows, maybe Disney is already planning a series or at least a sequel. It is a great movie and definitely worth considering!
We have received an email from one of our users seeking help for the valuation of a color script from Ratatouille. The email is below. I have also attached the photo of the print. If anyone has any thoughts, please let us know. One user of our Facebook page suggested it is possibly a crew gift. Any help appreciated and we will pass on to the folks at the Lake Havasu Arizona Thrift Store. Thanks!
Good morning Robert !!! I hope that you are doing well.
I am a volunteer at a thrift store in Lake Havasu Arizona (we raise money for the Western Arizona Humane Society).
We received a donation on Saturday of a print of a color script from the movie Rataouille. It is numbered and so I assume it is a limited edition.
I have searched the internet and have not been able to find anything like this for sale. I see posters, etc, but not a color script.
I have attached a picture – I am wondering if you could help me find someone who would be able to provide more information and hopefully advise what the worth is of this print.
I have attached a picture for you.
I’d appreciate your help.
Hard to imagine Monsters Inc. is 14 years old! We had a new and fresh review prepared to share this wonderful Pixar classic.
Monsters Inc. (2001) by Julie
I really enjoyed watching Monsters Inc. I found the idea of a world of monsters using the screams of children to provide power to their city, and the way the company was run a really fun idea! What also amused me was the fact that the monsters were actually afraid of the children they were employed to scare, with the belief that any contact with children could prove fatal. At one point during the film a monster walks into the warehouse of Monsters Inc. via a magical door which provides the entry to the child’s room via the cupboard, with a child’s sock on his back. The CDA (Child Detection Agency) are called and the sock is carefully removed from the monsters back and destroyed by being blown up!
There are plenty of loveable characters in Monsters Inc. our main character being Sulley (the voice of John Goodman), a massive furry blue guy, who currently holds the record of earning the most points from his work as a child scaring monster. His rival Randall (the voice of Steve Buscemi), a purple lizard shaped monster, is the bad guy of the film and will do anything to try and beat Sulley’s top score, even if that means cheating.
Inside Out blows it away! The folks at Pixar have done it again. This amazing movie has raked in over 90 million on the first weekend and it’s up again the Jurassic Sequelwhich is an absolute blockbuster that is running in second only to Avengers for all time numbers. Although Inside Out is number 2, it is not a sequel which means it can’t rely on the marketing and branding that sequels enjoy as a result of previous great movies. Inside Out seems to have attracted both families with children (It is incredibly child friendly) and viewers without children. The movie expected to bring in about 60 million but managed significantly more at 90 million and is the second best opening for Pixar of all time behind only Toy Story 3!
Absolutely perfect animation and a perfect coming of age theme of the real world (outside) and the life inside Riley’s brain (inside). Pixar has possibly, put together their best work ever! Pete Docter brought Riley’s world through the feelings of joy, fear, sadness, anger and disgust. It has a great story line and is brilliantly put together. Way to go Pixar!
Pretty impressive when your your University does a piece about you. I read through the story and videos, they are excellent! Harley was involved with so many great projects and studios that it is hard to really define his best work, it all has a place in the archives of film greats. Think of films such as Twice Upon a Time, Return to Oz, Hook, A Bugs Life, Cars 2 and the list goes on.
Here is the email I received from the folks at the University. Take a look and see the project that they put together about Harley.
We recently produced a story and a few videos about Harley Jessup as part of a larger project we produced. He graduated from here at Oregon State University so it was a fantastic opportunity to feature him. You can check it out here: http://beavernation.is/thenation/jessup/
Oregon State University
A Bugs Life
Hard to believe this film is pretty much a classic! Released in 1998 and loved ever since. We have asked our ClassicFilmReview.com writer, Julie to do a review for us based on the film. This is not from the technical aspect of animation but the wonderful Children’s story offered in A Bug’s Life.
A Bug’s Life (1998) by Julie
Directed by John Lasseter A Bug’s Life is a charming clever and very funny tale about an Ant named Flik (the voice of Dave Foley) who intends to save his colony of Ants on Ant Island from being bullied and terrorized by a nasty gang of Grasshoppers whose leader Hopper (the voice of Kevin Spacey) makes the Ants