Nearly a month after we first announced the upcoming arrival of ‘Pixar Shorts Voume 2‘ on Blu-ray (available to own November 13, 2012), Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially confirmed the release and date along with a list of all of the shorts included in the second collection of short films from Pixar Animation Studios as well as student films from John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton.
The included shorts are as follows:
- BURN-E – BURN-E is a dedicated, hard working robot that finds himself locked out of his ship and quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a difficult endeavor. Based on characters from WALL-E. (Directed by: Angus MacLane)
- Dug’s Special Mission — In this funny short based on the character from Up, Dug is sent on a foolish mission by Alpha, Beta and Gamma so that they can hunt for the Bird of Paradise Falls by themselves. Soon Dug discovers that where he belongs is not where he’s been looking. (Directed by: Ronnie del Carmen)
- George & AJ — Inspired by Carl’s escape, senior citizens around the city unite to make their own ‘escapes,’ much to the chagrin of George and A.J., in this short that features characters from Up. (Directed by: Josh Cooley)
- Air Mater – In this hilarious short, Mater decides he wants to learn how to fly and is accidently recruited by an elite group of formation flyers, the Falcon Hawks. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)
- Time Travel Mater — When a clock lands on Mater’s engine, he travels back in time to 1910 where he meets Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)
- Your Friend The Rat — Ratatouille’s Remy and his brother Emile guide fans through world history from a rat’s perspective. (Directed by: Jim Capobianco)
- Partly Cloudy — This humorous short features baby-delivering storks who receive their special packages high in the stratosphere, from clouds who sculpt babies and bring them to life. (Directed by: Peter Sohn)
- Presto — When Presto, a great turn-of-the-century magician, neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times, the magician finds he isn’t the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve. (Directed by: Doug Sweetland)
- Day & Night — This short follows Day, a sunny fellow, who encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly dark moods. As their suspicions turn to curiosity, they are delighted to find that this budding friendship can offer a new perspective on the world. (Directed by: Teddy Newton)
- Hawaiian Vacation — Fans will love this ‘Toy Story Toon,’ as Woody and Buzz lead a group of toys in giving Ken and Barbie the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams – without ever leaving home. (Directed by: Gary Rydstrom)
- Small Fry — Fans’ favorite team of toys is back in this clever ‘Toy Story Toon.’ Buzz Lightyear is left behind at a fast food restaurant where he finds himself in a support group for discarded toys. As Woody and the gang devise a way to rescue their friend, Buzz tries to escape the toy psychotherapy meeting. (Directed by: Angus MacLane)
- La Luna – The timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances, in which he discovers his Papa’s and Grandpa’s unusual line of work. (Directed by: Enrico Casarosa)
All of the shorts are presented in 1:78 aspect ratio except for Presto which is in 2:39 format and La Luna which is in 2.
In addition, student films by Lasseter, Docter and Stanton will include Nitemare, The Lady & The Lamp, Somewhere in the Arctic, A Story, Winter, Palm Springs and Next Door.
Ahead of any official announcement, we have learned that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing the hotly anticipated follow-up to Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1, Volume 2, available to own on November 13, 2012 and now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Details are sparse at the moment, but shorts are expected to include La Luna, Dug’s Special Mission, Toy Story Toon: Hawaiian Vacation, Partly Cloudy, Presto and Day & Night.
In addition, the collection will contain extras that delve into how much of Pixar’s talent got their start and even includes student films from acclaimed directors Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and John Lasseter including Nitemare, The Lady and the Lamp, Somewhere In The Arctic, A Story, Winter, Palm Springs and Next Door.
We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
The featurette features director Andrew Stanton alongside fellow Pixarians John Lasseter and Lee Unkrich as well as Director of 3D Production, Josh Hollander and 3D Supervisor Bob Whitehill. The gist of it is that although never originally imagined to be in 3D, the film’s environment lends itself naturally to the conversion and that the 3D is used to enhance the film, not detract from it. Finding Nemo will be available to own on 3D Blu-ray beginning December 4, 2012.
The release of the featurette comes on the heels that Andrew Stanton is well into development of Finding Nemo 2, with Ellen DeGeneres in talks to return as Dory according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Those sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder west coast cruises with stops in San Francisco now have a rare opportunity to visit the Sonoma Valley winery owned by John and Nancy Lasseter.
While taking the 75 minute ride from port to the winery, the guide will present a brief history on Sonoma Valley’s wine region and surrounding areas. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by Nancy Lasseter directly. Guests will be granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the heart of the winery to observe different stages of the harvest process.
Nancy will take guests into the vineyards to taste different grape varietals right from the vines and to learn how ripeness is determined. Celebrated winemaker, Julia Iantosca, will provide insight into the craft of artisan winemaking. If the timing is right, guests might even get to witness the crushing of ripe wine grapes, the first step in the age-old process of winemaking.
At the conclusion of the harvest activities tour, guests will take a short walk along the vineyards and insectaries’ to beautiful Lake Serendipity, a rarely-seen jewel of the estate.
Nancy Lasseter has enlisted the help of renowned chef, Sondra Bernstein, to design food that pairs perfectly with the 5 Lasseter Family wines. Nancy will talk about each wine and the delectable flavors that guests will experience. After the meal and wine tasting, guests will have approximately 45 minutes for leisure activities by the pond. Guests may participate in a friendly game of sand volleyball, petanque (French bocce ball) or just relax in the tranquil setting. Guests will also have time to browse (and purchase) the Lasseter Family wines for sale and Sondra’s gourmet pantry items.
The excursion is not for the feint of wallet, however. The 21+ only crowd will be shelling out $475 per person for the opportunity. In addition to the tour and meal, each guest will also receive a souvenir bottle of Lasseter Family wine, signed by Nancy and John Lasseter and winemaker Julia Iantosca.
For more information on the excursion, visit its official page.
From the initial announcement of the expansion at Disney California Adventure in 2007, through the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street today, the ‘sizzle reel’ video we are pleased to share with you below takes a look at the announcements and changes that have helped shape Disneyland’s second gate into what it’s become.
Featuring Robert Iger, CEO and President of The Walt Disney Company, along with then Disney Parks Chairs Jay Rasulo and Tom Staggs, as well as chief executive John Lasseter, the video takes us through the addition of Toy Story Mania!; Disney/Pixar Play! Parade; the nighttime fireworks spectacular Magical, which features a flying Dumbo; a re-vamped Fantasmic!; the Paradise Pier re-do with Mickey’s Fun Wheel; World of Color; Silly Symphony Swings; Goofy’s Sky School; Mickey’s Soundsational; The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure; Star Tours 2; Mad T Party; and of course Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced it will be conducting a panel on computer-generated film animation ‘from Vertigo to Toy Story to the 3D spectacles of today.’ The panel, moderated by legendary animator and historian Tom Sito, is titled ‘The Development of the Digital Animator,’ and well be held Monday, May 21 at 7:30 pm PT in Beverly Hills as part of the Academy’s Marc Davis Celebration of Animation.
When Toy Story burst onto the scene in 1995, computer-generated imagery was, for many, a bold new technique in animation. However, its lengthy and meticulous development can be traced back to its first public exposure with the mesmerizing title sequence for Vertigo (1958). Of equal importance to the technical developments were the influential animators and designers who devised artistic uses for engineering advances.
Scheduled panelists include:
Rebecca Allen, an experimental filmmaker who has worked at the New York Institute of Technology and MIT. She collaborated on ‘the Catherine Wheel’ with Twyla Tharp and made landmark music videos for Kraftwerk, Mark Mothersbaugh and Peter Gabriel. She currently holds a professorship in the Department of Design|Media Arts at UCLA.
Philippe Bergeron, a CG animator and landscape designer who teamed up with Daniel Langlois and two other directors to create one of the first CG characters in the 1985 short Tony de Peltrie. He has worked at Digital Productions and Whitney/Demos Productions and is president of PaintScaping, Inc.
David Em, who began producing digital art in the 1970s and has worked as an independent artist in such research laboratories as the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group. He is the first digital artist to have his papers collected and preserved by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.
Tim Johnson, a director and animator who began his career at Chicago’s Post Effects. In the 1980s, while at Pacific Data Images, he animated the first digital Pillsbury Doughboy. His directing credits include Antz, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Over the Hedge.
Jeff Kleiser, the co-founder of Digital Effects, New York’s first CG house. Kleiser later co-founded both Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company and Synthespian Studios. His credits include Tron, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Stargate and X-Men The Last Stand.
Bill Kroyer, an animator and director whose credits include Tron, FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Scooby-Doo. Kroyer received an Academy Award® nomination for his 1988 short film Technological Threat. He is currently Director of Digital Arts at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation Studios, whose credits include Pixar’s first short, the Academy Award-winning Luxo Jr., and the feature films Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2.
Tom Sito, a veteran Hollywood animator and historian whose credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Shrek and Hop.
Phil Tippett, an Academy Award-winning visual effects animation director whose credits include Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jurassic Park, The Spiderwick Chronicles and several films in the Twilight Saga.
Diana Walczak, the CG animator and director who co-founded Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company and Synthespian Studios. With Jeff Kleiser, she created the first female Synthespian performer, Dozo, for the 1989 music video ‘Don’t Touch Me.’ Her credits include the digital opera Monsters of Grace and the feature films X-Men and Surrogates.
Tickets for ‘The Development of the Digital Animator’ are on sale now. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. They may be purchased online at Oscars.org, by mail, or in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the program when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit Oscars.org.
Two-time Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter today received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from the The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his many and varied feature animation film credits, Lasseter serves as Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering.
The celebration was emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speaker, actress Bonnie Hunt. Also joining the celebration were Owen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Emily Mortimer, John Ratzenberger, Patton Oswalt, Don Rickles, Randy Newman and Cheech Marin. Key Disney and Pixar executives in attendance included Studio Chairman Rich Ross, Studio President Alan Bergman, Production President Sean Bailey, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, Pixar General Manager Jim Morris, among many other prestigious guests.
Lasseter’s star is the 2,453rd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is located in front of the historic El Capitan Theatre. The event was followed by an exclusive luncheon specially prepared by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.
Lasseter made his feature film directorial debut with the now classic Toy Story, which was the first-ever feature length computer animated motion picture. He subsequently directed the international box office hits A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2. Creatively overseeing all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, his executive producing credits include the Oscar®-winning and nominated Pixar films Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3. He also served as executive producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-nominated features Bolt, The Princess and the Frog and Tangled, as well as the studio’s most recent release Winnie the Pooh. Lasseter is also the executive producer of Pixar’s new animated feature Brave, which will be released in 2012.
A graduate of CalArts with a BFA in film, Lasseter is the only two-time winner of the Student Academy Award® for Animation for his student films “Lady and the Lamp” and “Nitemare.”
Photos © Alex J. Berliner/AJB Images, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
A few weeks ago, we brought you a photo essay looking at a day in the life of John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, as he worked on Cars 2. Now, Walt Disney Studios has released the documentary version of ‘A Day in the Life of John Lasseter’ which you can view below.
The documentary, which clocks in at just over 25 minutes, gives unprecedented access to Lasseter’s life both at his home and at work. From getting up close and personal with pet cat Moocher to exploring the secret staircase that leads to the train library and his personal screening room (which is connected to Pixar) to the storage area for wines meant for gifts and charities, decorated with labels celebrating the Pixar library of films. Lasseter also takes us inside his famed Hawaiian shirt closet, where he shows off some of his 370 shirts in ‘active rotation.’ While Lasseter describes his attraction to Hawaiian shirts as being ‘toys you can wear’ and having the added benefit of ‘you can spill something on it and no one’s gonna know,’ he also shares wife Nancy’s advice to ‘match what you’re doing in that day’ to determine his shirt du jour.
While being driven to the office, Lasseter demonstrates the custom iPad app written for him which allows him to review footage from Cars 2 as it’s being worked on, and make audio comments and notes that are immediately delivered via email to their intended recipients.
There, it’s time for a tour of Pixar Animation Studios from a non-traditional sense as Lasseter reviews and offers input on lighting, effects and more. We get to see animation in all stages and even catch glimpses of things we don’t get to see in the final film, such as an explicit reference to Paul Newman (jacket) and an executive decision that changes a line of dialogue in the film to be more sensitive to real-world concerns about radiation levels in Japan. We also see Lasseter at work preparing presentations of the film for CinemaCon, where things don’t go quite as hoped, and for the Wondercon ChromeA113 viral video introduction.
Other moments of note include Lasseter showing off some of the contents of his toy-filled office which include the custom LEGO bust, the custom Mr. Potatohead John Lassetater and a cat bus bust gifted to him by famed Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki.
What’s a day in the life of chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter like? If this photo essay is any indication, jam-packed would be an understatement. Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with this series of photos taken throughout one work day at Pixar while Lasseter was working as director of Cars 2.
Admittedly we’re not sure if these photos were just provided to give some insight as to life at Pixar or if it’s tied to a new project titled ‘A Day in the Life of John Lasseter’ by celebrated documentarian Leslie Iwerks. Iwerks, who is the daughter of Disney Legend and camera innovator Don Iwerks and granddaughter of Walt Disney partner Ub Iwerks, has mentioned the project on her production company’s Facebook page, noting it was shot around March 23, 2011. We will update as more information becomes available to us. Until then, please enjoy a day in the life of John Lasseter.
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A WORKING COMMUTE (8:13 am)
Lasseter rides instead of driving to work, allowing precious minutes to review Cars 2 materials on an iPad. Supervising technical director Apurva Shah created a special application for Lasseter that allows the director to record notes verbally and email his feedback to the appropriate department.
BREAKFAST WITH A SIDE OF CARS 2 (10:09 am)
Jim Murphy, director of creative artists, stops to chat while Cars 2 producer Denise Ream and assistant Heather Feng review materials—and breakfast—with Lasseter at Pixar’s Luxo Café.
IN UNIFORM (10:27 am)
Producer Denise Ream joins Lasseter en route to a meeting. The Cars 2 director dons his daily uniform, a Hawaiian shirt themed to his current project (this one features Cars characters). Lasseter currently has 350 Hawaiian shirts in rotation.
BECOMING A TOY (10:47 am)
Lasseter discusses product details of the John Lassetire toy car with Jay Shuster, character art director; Ben Butcher, manager of art, consumer products; Andy Dreyfus, marketing creative director; and producer Denise Ream. The character, John Lassetire, makes a brief appearance in Cars 2 as World Grand Prix contender Jeff Gorvette’s pit crew chief.
READY FOR HIS CLOSE-UP (11:50 am)
Lasseter takes an up-close view of a shot in the East Screening room during back-to-back meetings. The director gives the team verbal notes, recorded by a production coordinator.
LUNCH “BREAK” (12:50 pm)
Producer Denise Ream, production manager Jake Martin and executive manager Heather Feng join Lasseter for a bite to eat at Pixar’s Luxo Café. Though the group shares lunch every day, today’s topic of conversation is Pixar’s museum exhibit that is traveling the world.
WE’RE WALKING (1:15 pm)
Lasseter walks with production manager Jake Martin to his next meeting, passing by a stunning and heartwarming piece of concept art from Toy Story 3 that measures 11 feet by 22 feet.
MAKIN’ THE ROUNDS (1:22 pm)
Lasseter begins a regular animation walk-through in animator Jean Claude Tran’s office, reviewing shots and giving notes like only he can. Animation coordinator Max Sachar and supervising animator Shawn Krause look on and record the feedback.
PARTY! (2:43 pm)
Lasseter breaks from his duties to share a toast in the Pixar atrium with character art director Jay Shuster, celebrating his last day on the Cars 2 production with several crew members. Shuster officially moves on to another film.
MORE THAN A MOVIE (5:26 pm)
As director and chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lasseter’s role includes approving items like poster designs and consumer products. Assistant Michelle Moretta walks him through the day’s materials.
NIGHT LIGHT (5:57 pm)
Lasseter makes his way to his car at the end of a busy day, passing by two of Pixar’s most recognizable icons—the lamp and the red, yellow and blue ball that pay homage to the studio’s pioneering and Oscar®-nominated short, Luxo, Jr. (1986). The ball later bounced around 1995’s Toy Story and has made appearances in several of Pixar’s feature films through the years, including Monsters, Inc. and Up.
EVERY MINUTE COUNTS (6:04 pm)
Though Lasseter makes an effort to head for home by 6 pm each evening, the director does spend his commute reviewing shots from the film on his iPad. He should hit home by 7 pm—a home that is wired directly to Pixar with his own telephone extension, but the director tries to leave his work in the office (and car).
All photos by Deborah Coleman © copyright and courtesy of Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Disney/Pixar just rolled out this new character from Cars 2 today, John Lassetire. Inspired by a cameo by George Lucas in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, film producer Denise Ream decided to create a car modeled after John Lasseter himself.
In this AP article, Lasseter describes his namesake as ‘a good ol’ American pick-up truck.’ Lassetire’s role in the film is further described as the pit crew chief for a high-profile race car.
For more information on Cars 2 from Disney/Pixar, be sure to follow this live bookmark.