‘Pixar Shorts Volume 2′ List of Included Shorts Announced

'Pixar Shorts Volume 2'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.

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Presto! Disney/Pixar Short Films Volume 2 on Blu-ray in November

Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2Ahead 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.

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‘Finding Nemo 3D’ Featurette Discusses Bringing Depth to the Sea

Finding Nemo 3DCourtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand, we have a new featurette for Disney/Pixar’s (NYSE:DIS) Finding Nemo 3D, which debuts in theaters nationwide on September 14, 2012.

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.

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Disney Cruise Line Offering Lasseter Family Winery Excursion

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.

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VIDEO: Five Years of Expansion at Disney California Adventure

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.

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Lasseter to Participate in CG Animation Panel Moderated by Tom Sito

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.

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Photos/Video: John Lasseter Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

John Lasseter 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.

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VIDEO: ‘A Day in the Life of John Lasseter’

CARS 2 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.

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Photo Essay: A Day in the Life of John Lasseter

CARS 2 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.

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Disney/Pixar ‘Cars 2′ Meet John Lassetire

John Lassetire (voice by John Lasseter)

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.

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