Pete Sohn Confirmed as The Good Dinosaur Director

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With Bob Peterson out as the director of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, we wondered when an official announcement would be made on who was taking over the helm. I think we can safely say that Pete Sohn (who was the co-director) is now the director. A cute video was posted on Twitter here. The above pic is from the video and features Pete’s drawing of Arlo, the dinosaur.

You can also see a picture of a human boy (behind Pete to the right). Is this the previously announced Spot, the cave boy? If so, he looks quite a bit different from the image we saw at D23 in August, 2013.

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The Good Dinosaur will be released on November 25, 2015.

 

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Inside Out Motion Poster

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This official Inside Out motion poster is pretty fun. Don’t forget to have your audio turned on too!

 

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Inside Out Teaser Trailer

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Yep, it’s finally here. Some footage from the first Pixar feature film in nearly 18 months, Pete Docter’s Inside Out.

My thoughts? I had to keep reminding myself that it’s just a teaser (and not meant to show too much, too soon), but I was definitely felt a bit let down by the lack of new footage. The first minute ties the emotional themes of the film with clips from previous Pixar films. That being said, I couldn’t be more excited about a Pixar film. I really feel like this harkens back to wholly original movies like WALL-E, Up and Ratatouille. I cannot wait!!

Inside Out hits theaters on June 19, 2015 and features the voice talent of Amy Poehler (Joy), Lewis Black (Anger), Bill Hader (Fear), Phyllis Smith (Sadness) and Mindy Kaling (Disgust). 

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Toy Story of Terror! – Combat Carl PSA Bonus Clip

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Watch A Clip from Pixar’s New Short Lava

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Yahoo Movies gets the first clip from Pixar’s next short, LAVA. It looks pretty cool to me…

 

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Meet Riley: The Main Character of Inside Out

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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.

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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.

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Toy Story of Terror! – “Pencil Topper” Deleted Scene

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Toy Story of Terror! – Team of Specialists Bonus Clip

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Toy Story of Terror! – Designing Mr. Jones Bonus Clip

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Exclusive: Toy Story of Terror! Blu-ray Review

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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.

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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.

Extras:

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)

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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)!

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