Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 6: Lasseter Offers the Buzz on the Toy Story Collection
The sixth and final installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about the design of both the Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys as well as the character himself!
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* The most movie-accurate Buzz Lightyear produced to date
* Fully poseable including fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, waist, ankles, knees and legs!
* Push red oval chest button for classic “Buzz Toy” phrases.
* Press blue oval chest button and he responds as “Space Ranger” Buzz with moving head action! He even knows if you’re talking loudly.
* Talk to Buzz and he’ll respond to your voice in Talk Back Mode.
* Press red round chest button for flying mode with pop-out wing action and light-up wing tips. Level sensor knows when Buzz is “flying” or standing and he responds with voice and sound effects.
* Press his arm button for laser light-up and sound effects.
* Open or close his helmet or arm communicator and he reacts with related phrases and sound effects.
* Soft rubber waist and glow-in-the-dark green trim.
* Over 65 sayings in original voice.
* Includes a Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity.
As part of his presentation Sunday at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter spent a great deal of time talking about the upcoming Winnie-the-Pooh movie from Walt Disney Animation that was announced a few months ago.
Lasseter began by fighting off the notion that Pooh was just for kids and that he and co-directors Steve Anderson and Don Hall recently reviewed the original Walt Disney Pooh films, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Hunny Tree and Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day and how they found them just as charming and funny today as they did back then and it was there they found inspiration for the new film.
Reading through the original A.A. Milne books for ideas, Lasseter recalls opting instead to select five stories and adapt them for the screen directly. However, instead of simply jumping from one story to the next, he says they found a common thread between the stories and could mingle them together into one cohesive story.
Although he didn’t go into specifics as to which stories had been selected, Lasseter shared several drawings from Disney Legend Burny Mattinson who not only is working on the new Pooh movie but had worked on the originals as well. The drawings shown reflect A.A. Milne’s Eeyore Loses a Tail in which, well, Eeyore loses his tail and the gang must seek out the tail, or at least a suitable replacement. A yoyo, balloon and even a cuckoo clock (‘Thanks, Pooh, now I’ll know the time’) all serve as replacements for Eeyore’s missing tail.
Lasseter showed a featurette in which the filmmakers and Mattinson reminisced about the original Pooh films and all of the fine details that have been glossed over throughout the years, most notably the way that the movies presented a book coming to life with the characters literally playing off of the text and the way the white of the page would bleed through the watercolor paintings.
Lasseter revealed that the new film will go back to this original style of watercolor and that there will be additional characters as well in the form of socially-inept friends of Rabbit, no doubt setting the scene for some comic relief.
The fifth installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on the Aliens from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.
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* Highly detailed and completely in scale to Buzz Lightyear
* Each Alien has its own unique facial expression, three in each package
* Actual movie size of 5″
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity
D23 Expo: Attendees (and John Lasseter) Create Massive LEGO Mural; Sneak Peeks at New Releases (Video)
The showpiece at the D23 Expo LEGO booth was definitely the 8×15 foot mosaic featuring a photo of Walt Disney and the D23 Expo official portrait by Tim Rogerson.
The mural, which consists of more than 150,000 1×1 bricks (in 19 colors), was assembled over 3 1/2 days by thousands of D23 Expo attendees. Each volunteer was handed a randomly chosen color-coded square to which the individual bricks were attached.
Below, we are delighted to offer you a time-lapse video of the mosaic being created:
Also in attendance was one of two Buzz Lightyear statues made entirely of LEGO bricks. Standing at around 5’3″, Buzz consists of about 40,000 LEGO bricks and took 3 Master Builders 250 hours to complete.
If that’s not enough, we also got a first look at upcoming releases from the new venture between Disney Consumer Products and LEGO. On display were the initial series of Toy Story LEGO products, five kits in all, as well as some figures from the upcoming Prince of Persia line. We understand that the Toy Story LEGO collection will be released in January 2010 with additional sets based on Toy Story 3 out in May 2010.
Just a few days ago, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter found some time to squeeze in a game of The Princess and the Frog for the Nintendo Wii while at Odeon Leicester Square in London. Due out in November, the game will also be available on the Nintendo DS. See here for more details on the upcoming release.
Thanks to Disney Interactive Studios for the photo.
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2nd-12th September 2009) was awarded to the American director and producer, John Lasseter – one of the protagonists of the innovation in contemporary animated cinema – and to the directors of Disney*Pixar. Exceptionally in the history of the Venice Film Festival, the award celebrates not only a single filmmaker, but also the contribution of all the directors of this visionary studio.
“John Lasseter is the protagonist of ‘Western’ contemporary animation cinema,” declared Marco Müller. “Always on the lookout for that point at which the avant-garde (whether artistic, technological or formal) meets the blockbuster and the director of magnificent films – such as Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Cars (2006), Lasseter has not only contributed in a fundamental manner to bringing animation cinema to new heights as one of the great expressive forces of the new millennium, but has also become one of the symbols of the most precious, vital and inventive tradition of the great Hollywood cinema.”
“We are particularly pleased to award this Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to one of the great innovators and experimenters of Hollywood,” declared the President of the Venice Biennale, Paolo Baratta. “We believe that the presence of John Lasseter in Venice, with his fellow Disney•Pixar directors, will represent an extraordinary opportunity for them to meet young Italian and European animation filmmakers as part of a workshop organised with the Biennale.”
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The second installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on everybody’s favorite sheriff and the Woody doll from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.
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Here’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Sheriff Woody:
* The most movie accurate Woody produced to date
* Stands 16″ tall, in movie scale to 12″ Buzz Lightyear
* Pull his string to hear one of over 50 classic ‘Woody Toy’ phrases
* Talk to him and he responds as ‘Andy’s Room Woody’
* Includes bonus sheriff star display stand
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity
Disney Consumer Products has teamed up with Thinkway Toys and Disney Chief Creative Officer and Toy Story director John Lasseter to introduce you to the new line of Toy Story Definitive collectibles. These highly detailed replicas are movie-accurate in almost every single way from their stitching to the boxes they come in. The Toy Story Definitive collectibles are fully articulated, include features such as sound effects and even come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
For example, Buzz Lightyear is 12″ tall and has more than 30 points of articulation and responds to your actions with 60 classic ‘toy’ and ‘space ranger’ phrases in his movie voice. Pop out his wings and take him for a flight through the air (or simply let him fall with style) and he responds with appropriate sounds and phrases.
Each week, Lasseter will provide new entries into a seven-part series in which he’ll talk about a different part of the story as well as profile one of the highlighted characters, including: Sheriff Woody, Rex, Space Aliens, RC and — of course — Buzz Lightyear. We’ll also be treated to trivia never before revealed and much more.
The series kicks off today with this first video and a teaser for the next entry which will be released next week. We expect two videos to be released in subsequent weeks. These videos are exclusive to Disney Consumer Products new YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, but we are pleased to be able to bring the first video to you right here:
Waking Sleeping Beauty, directed by Disney film producer Don Hahn and co-produced by Hahn and Peter Schneider, is an upcoming documentary that goes behind the scenes of the rebirth of Disney Animation with films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with these stills from the film which capture the essence of what went in to creating a series of films that defined an entire generation of new fans of Disney animation.
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George Lucas to Present Award to John Lasseter and Pixar Directors; Pixar to Screen Footage and Teach Classes
ROME (Hollywood Reporter/Reuters) – “Star Wars” creator George Lucas will make his first trip to the Venice Film Festival to present the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement to John Lasseter and the directors of Disney-Pixar, festival organizers said Thursday.
The presentation, which will take place September 6 in the Palazzo del Cinema’s Sala Grande, will be held in conjunction with screenings of new 3D version of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.” Lasseter directed both films. The evening also will include the premiere of a 10-minute clip from “The Princess and the Frog,” Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation, and the screening of a new sequence from the in-production project “Toy Story 3.”
A day later, Lasseter and Disney-Pixar’s Brad Bird, Peter Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich will host a two-session master class, with one session reserved for young European animators.
Though the trip will be the first to the Venice festival for Lucas, the fest was the platform for the European release of two of the films in his “Star Wars” series: 1980′s “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983.
The 66th edition of the Venice Festival opens September 2 and runs through September 12.
(Written By Eric J. Lyman, Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)