Friday, August 28, 2009

John Lasseter Q&A videos series - Part two

It's a special "John Lasseter videos" today and yesterday, the Disney Living channel on Youtube released this first video of John talking about the upcoming "ultimate" Toy Story toys. This new toys will be great and i can't wait to see tne next videos with John probably introducing each of them. Have a look to this first video, next one should be post next week.

The Q&A short videos series is going on on the Pixar channel, and John Lasseter is answering to interesting questions as you will see in the videos below.

In this first video John Lasseter answers to the question "When will we see a female lead?" in an animated picture, and John reveal that there is one coming soon in an upcoming Pixar movie!

Did you ever wonder if "the Pixar lamp is a mama lamp, or a daddy?". John will give you the answer in the video below!

Somebody else asked John an interesting question: "What Does A113 Mean?". Have a look at the video to get the answer to this apparently strange question!

The next question to John Lasseter is just as strange and it's "Do You Like Monkeys?".
As you will see John is not alone this time to answer the question!

In this last video, Lasseter explain "who wrote the story of UP!"

New videos are posted regularly on the PIxar channel, so have a look at Pixar's page on Facebook or Daily Motion. And enjoy!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Walt and El Grupo documentary chronicles 1941 Disney artists South America trip - Released in theatres Sept 11

It's a major event, in terms of Disney history: the documentary "Walt and El Grupo" presented by the Walt Disney Family Foundation will be released by Walt Disney Pictures on September 11.

Why? Because the amazing footage of Walt and El Grupo "chronicles the amazing ten-week trip that Walt Disney and his hand-picked group of artists and filmmaking talent (later known as “El Grupo”) took to South America in 1941 at the behest of the U.S. Government as part of the Good Neighbor Policy. During this time, the Roosevelt administration had growing concerns about Nazi and Fascist influence in Latin America, and the rest of the world was slipping further into war."

"In stark contrast to these trying times, Disney and his colorful group of artists found themselves on a lively trip full of hope and discovery as they explored various South American cities, spending the majority of their time in the countries of Argentina, Brazil and Chile. The group was saddled with an unusual assignment – while gathering story material, immersing themselves in the culture, befriending local artists, meeting political leaders and attending countless functions, their journey was also a de facto diplomatic mission, and as a result, the studio produced the classic films “Saludos Amigos” and “The Three Caballeros.”

"Shot on film in five countries, Walt and El Grupo is a tale that still resonates on both sides of the equator. The film time travels in Walt Disney’s footsteps through the use of personal letters and stunning artwork from the trip, remembrances by descendants and survivors, and extraordinary never-before-seen footage."

"Walt and El Grupo brings together an intertwined story of art and politics, the poignancy of a bygone age, and a legendary artist during one of his most trying times."

Disney and more readers may remember the fantastic "Walt Disney and Animation Artists in South America" pictorial article some months ago. These LIFE magazine pictures were shot during the same trip. In "Walt Disney and El Grupo movie, you'll see them "live" whether it is Mary Blair making portraits of Chili villagers...

Or Walt Disney filmed practicing lasso, footage that will be used for the making of the Goofy sequence.

Another sequence shows Walt Disney (on the right) with the animators in Argentina Pampa.

The movie will be released in NY Quad theater, LA Westwood Landmark Regent theatre and at Anaheim AMC Downtown Disney on Sept 11 (which proves that something good can happen on that date!). The movie will then be released in Seattle at SIFF Cinema on Sept 25, in San Francisco at AMC Loews Metreon, and in Orlando, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC later... probably for a limited time, so if you live in these areas, this is a not-to-be-missed Disney event! In the meantime, here is the official trailer!

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Pictures and trailer: copyright Disney and the Walt Disney Family Foundation

John Lasseter answers to fans questions with videos

Pixar fans were asked what questions they would ask John Lasseter if they were able to attend Comic-Con. And a few lucky fans had their questions chosen and answered by John himself. New videos of John Lasseter answering questions of the fans appeared recently, and here they are.

This first video will delight Jungle Cruise fans as John answers to the question: "What was your favorite joke you told on the Jungle Cruise" (when he was a Jungle Cruise skipper).

In this next video, John Lasseter explain "What's the secret to bring inanimate objects to life?".

In this third video, John answer the question: "Why did the movie UP! have such a serious beginning?"

Apparently, new videos will be posted regularly, so keep a look at Pixar's page on Facebook or Daily Motion. And enjoy!

Videos: copyright Pixar

Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Toy Story - Toy Story 2 3D Trailer !

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will be released in 3D on October 2 in U.S theatres- and only for two weeks!

Pixar did a special trailer for this new TS/TS2 release and U.S audiences of G-Force will enjoy it in 3D. But as you will see below the 2D doesn't stop it to be fun and fully enjoyable.

Picture and trailer: copyright Disney-Pixar