Earlier today, after a presentation of Toy Story 3 to attendees at the ShoWest convention at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Darla Anderson accepted the Big Ten award on behalf of Pixar Animation Studios in honor of its ten-in-a-row box office smashes.
At ShoWest 2010, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), announced it is working with Walt Disney Pictures® and Pixar® Animation Studios to deliver a new audio format, Dolby® Surround 7.1. Disney® and Pixar have stated that Dolby Surround 7.1 will be launched in select theatres with the release of Toy Story® 3 in 3D this June.
“For 40 years Dolby has not only provided content creators with the tools to create a more realistic audio experience, but has also enabled the exhibitor to deliver audiences the ability to experience the content as the creator intended,” said Page Haun, Senior Director, Marketing, Cinema Market Segment, Dolby Laboratories. “The release of Toy Story 3 in a discrete 7.1 mix will raise the bar for movie theatre owners and their patrons.”
On its official Facebook page, Disney/Pixar has announced the details for its animated short that will play before the theatrical release of Toy Story 3. Titled Day & Night, the synopsis for the short is as follows:
When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other’s unique qualities–and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world — the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.
Another day, another series of domain names being registered by Disney.
The domain name that stands out the most is BILLIONDOLLARFRESHMAN.COM which sounds like it could be an upcoming film either for Walt Disney Studios, DreamWorks or Disney Channel. Replace the B with an M and you have what sounds like could have been a Kurt Russell live action comedy from Disney in the 70s.
For its Keychest technology, Disney has also registered KEYCHESTLAB.COM and KEYCHESTLABS.COM. It is speculated that Disney will be licensing the technology, so this will probably be an opportunity to showcase or sell the technology moreso than a consumer destination.
/FILM has exclusively debuted the latest of the new Toy Story 3 characters to be unveiled, Twitch.
Twitch’s manufacturer’s description is as follows:
Meet Twitch, the insectaloid warrior, where MAN + INSECT = AWESOME! This sturdy action figure stands over five inches tall, with more than 15 points of articulation, including ferocious chomping mandibles. Use his powerful wings and impenetrable exoskeleton to evade capture! Twitch is meticulously detailed and includes his signature magical battle staff and removable chest armor. For children ages 4 and up. Other insectaloid figures sold separately.
DJ Sam Spiegel, founder of Squeak E Clean Productions has released this new video featuring animation and a remixed version of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ from the Disney/Pixar Toy Story films.
Thanks to the good folks at Disney/Pixar, we have these amazing character turns of the new Toy Story 3 friends that have been introduced to us so far.
Check out these 360 degrees of cuddly goodness of Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear! You can almost smell the strawberries.
This is Trixie’s official manufacturer’s description: Trixie is a perfect playmate for prehistoric playtime! Visit the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Made of rigid, durable plastic and in friendly shades of blue and purple, Trixie features an expressive mouth and movable legs. This gentle Triceratops will feed any child’s imagination. Also available: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Velociraptor.
Makes one wonder what the T-Rex model might look like.
Disney/Pixar has graciously provided us with these images of the new Toy Story 3 characters that have already been introduced to the world. These are the same images as those posted on the movie’s official Facebook page, only quite a bit larger. With the new, bigger images, it’s easier to admire the quality and detail of the toys themselves.
We hope to continue to update the gallery below as new images become available as the rest of the new gang is revealed. Until then, please enjoy these images of Ken, Peas-in-a-Pod, Lotso and Buttercup. As always, click on the individual thumbnails to see larger versions of the characters and, if it appears in the lower right-hand corner, click on the resize arrows to view the original size photo.
The 8th Annual Video Effects Society (VES) Awards, which takes place on Sunday, February 28, will honor Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar President Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering. Dr. Catmull helped pioneer the 3D animation process at a division of Lucasfilm which would eventually become Pixar and was a key developer of RenderMan, the software environment which made films like Toy Story possible.
The VES Awards will air on the ReelzChannel on March 5 at 10 pm ET/PT with replays on March 6 at 7 pm ET/PT and March 7 at 3 pm ET/PT.