WHATUP FISHES?!? Amazon.com has recently begun listing BT’s ‘Partysaurus Overflow’ — as heard in the recent Toy Story Toons short, Partysaurus Rex — as being available to purchase digitally beginning October 30, 2012.
The short, which recently played in theaters prior to Finding Nemo 3D has already been made available via iTunes, Amazon and YouTube can also be viewed online for free via Disney.com (embedded below):
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.
Though Disney has famously severed ties with a particular fast food chain when it comes to kids meal toys, the subject matter isn’t off limits when it comes to film. In particular, Disney/Pixar’s newest Toy Story Toon, Small Fry, which will play before Disney’s The Muppets when it opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011.
USA Today, which offers a sneak peek at the new short — written and directed by Angus MacLane, describes the short as a jealous ‘Happy Meal-type toy at a fast-food restaurant yearns to break out of his glass display case to play just like a real toy. He kidnaps Buzz Lightyear in an attempt to take over his play-filled existence.’
Original voice actors Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack and John Ratzenberger are amongst those who returned to record the new short while Disney/Pixar director Teddy Newton voices the ‘Mini Buzz’ and MacLane voices several of the discarded mini-toys such as T-Bone and Super Pirate. Comedic actress Jane Lynch also joins the Disney/Pixar family in this short, though if you want to know how, you’ll have to read the USA Today article.
The USA Today article also quotes MacLane as saying, ‘These toys’ existence is about being really popular before the meal and then being totally forgotten about.’ Sound familiar? It should: it’s essentially the exact same basis for the original Toy Story, in which Lasseter has described as a toy’s worst fear: not being played with — not to mention Jessie’s plight in Toy Story 2.
We are pleased to be able to share two images from the short, which includes the still from USA Today but at a much higher resolution. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version. If a resize arrow appears, you may click it to see the image at its original size:
As we turn the corner to reach the final lap before Cars 2 makes its theatrical debut in North America tomorrow, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with two new stills for Cars 2 which feature the classic Cars gang checking out the streets of Tokyo, as well as the Tokyo National Art Center where the pre-race party takes place.
We also have a new featurette titled ‘Racing Styles’ which takes a look at the various supporting characters and the different types of racing and, of course, F1 challenger Francesco Bernoulli. Co-directors John Lasseter and Brad Lewis are joined by Owen Wilson and racing celebrity Lewis Hamilton as they discuss the different elements you’ll see and the developing rivalry between McQueen and Bernoulli, as witnessed on the Mel Dorado show (with a Larry King-esque host) in some of much of the newly featured footage here.
As a sidebar, Pixar Animation Studios has advised that only theaters showing Cars 2 in digital projection will be showing the hotly anticipated teaser trailer for Brave, which we hear will not be available online.
Walt Disney Studios UK has released the following clip from the upcoming Toy Story Toon, ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ which will be attached to Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 when it rolls into theaters on June 24, 2011.
Set in new owner Bonnie’s bedroom, ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ features Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the rest of the favorite Toy Story 3 toys as they create the ultimate Hawaiian vacation for Ken (voice of Michael Keaton) and Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson). It seems Ken badly miscalculated their travel arrangements, so the gang has to create a dream getaway in Bonnie’s Midwestern bedroom—in the middle of winter. ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ also features the voices of Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenberger.
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Although the images of Pixar Animation Studios’ newest short, Hawaiian Vacation, first debuted in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly and some scans can be found online, here we have actual hi-res stills from the short provided to us by Walt Disney Studios and Disney/Pixar.
We first speculated about the reality of the Toy Story Toons back in March of last year when we reported several domain names registered by The Walt Disney Company. This was confirmed when Pixar Animation Studios opened its annex in Vancouver to produce new shorts for the company. Within the past few months, we learned the subject matter of the first short and that it would be a lead-in for Cars 2 when it’s released in June. We also learned the synopsis of the short from a book to be released in association with the short: Ken and Barbie are accidentally left behind when Bonnie’s family heads off to Hawaii and it’s up to Sheriff Woody and the gang to make their playcation come true.
Disney has also announced that a second Toy Story Toon will be produced and attached to The Muppets when it’s released on November 23.
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.