The United States Postal Service today announced its commemorative stamp program for 2011 and it includes some very familiar faces, fictional and not, including friends from several Disney/Pixar films.
Disney animator and Legend Floyd Norman took to Twitter recently to offer doll-size details on a new short from Disney/Pixar titled Hawaii which features Mattel’s Barbie and Ken from Toy Story 3 as they destine themselves for a ‘Dream Vacation’ to the exotic destination. Norman notes that doesn’t know which film this will be attached to, but we already know that one of the new Toy Story Toons (which we first speculated on back in March 2010 and later confirmed by Disney/Pixar) will be leading into Cars 2 as per Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is the weakest link in the nomination chain with a single, but very crucial nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in which it competes against Walt Disney Animation Studios’ own Tangled along with unsurprising entries from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.
Despite The Walt Disney Company’s public protests against the prestigious Annies animation awards with what it feels are voters heavily sided with DreamWorks Animation, Disney’s Tangled and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 are in contention for several major awards.
The pair are not only nominated for Best Animated Feature, but both Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and Dan Fogelman (Tangled) are being considered in the Writing in a Feature Production category. Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich is also nominated for Directing in a Feature Production.
The heroes of Toy Story 3 have left the toy box. Woody and Buzz Lightyear meet arch-enemy Lotso the teddy bear on the Future World playground for the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort.
The popular Disney/Pixar characters hit the sandbox as seven- and eight-foot-tall topiaries at the Epcot front entrance flower bed featuring a sand castle, strawberry-scented field and playground toys. Created by Disney gardeners and topiary experts with bold strokes of seasonal color, the topiary display marks the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. It’s also the first time in seven years that the front-entrance floral spectacle showcases all-new topiary characters, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
- “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
- “Coyote Falls,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
- “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
- “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)
According to cast member Paul Chadkin, the new parade debuting on January 16, 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will be titled ‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ The parade will consist of characters from several Disney/Pixar films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., and Up.
‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ will replace the existing afternoon parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ‘Block Party Bash’ which will see its final performance on January 1, 2011.
Just in time for the holiday season, DisneyStore.com has introduced the Ridemakerz custom cars inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Cars and the Cars Toons. Up until now, this special Ridemakerz collection has been exclusive to just the handful of ‘Imagination Park’ concept Disney Stores, but is now available to online guests at DisneyStore.com. Here’s how you can build your own Disney/Pixar Cars Ridemakerz today in just a few simple steps:
Step 1: Pick your body. You can choose from Classic Lightning McQueen, Classic Tow Mater and Classic Sally or you can go custom with the Cruisin’ Lightning McQueen, Dark Racer Lightning McQueen, Dinoco Lightning McQueen, Mater the Greater, Stealth Tow Mater and Sally Custom bodies.
Step 3: Choose your wheels and tires (note they’re sold as sets of 2 with front and rear tires distinguished, so you’ll need a total of two sets of each). There are even tires that carry the Lightyear brand name, just like the movie!
Step 4: Accessorize! Choose from a wide collection of various accessories including spoilers, street lights, hood scoops, side pipes, muffler tips, decals and more!
Hint: To easily see all the options available for the Disney/Pixar Cars by Ridemakerz, check out our beta DisneyStore.com interface here.
Pixar Animation Studios has sent us these new stills from Cars 2 which features Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, Larry the Cable Guy as Tow Mater, Michael Caine as Finn McMissile, Joe Mantegna as Grem, Peter Jacobson as Acer, Jason Isaacs as Siddeley, Thomas Kretschmann as Professor Z and Emily Mortimer as Holley Shiftwell.
Cars 2 features the originating voices of Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and Larry the Cable Guy as Tow Mater and will race into theaters nationwide on June 24, 2011 in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D. For more information on Cars 2, follow this live bookmark.
In Cars 2, all the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.