The newest set of PVC collectibles from Square Enix pay homage to five Disney/Pixar films. Miniature scenes atop a Pixar base detail characters from CARS, Ratatouille, Wall-E, UP and Toy Story. Now available for pre-order from several online sites, the set retails for 6,000 yen (about $67).
So as all my clocks automatically adjusted themselves this past weekend as I soundly slept, I got to thinking (or might have, had I been awake) and reminiscing about the good old days. Back when UP was the newest movie from Pixar and 3D movies cost just $20 and I had to take a taxi cab to see them in the snow uphill — both ways.
If you share my thoughts and the haunting melody of the timeless classic ‘Party in the USA’ by Miley Cyrus is seeping into your head as we speak, then this is the post for you.
In celebration of the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Disney/Pixar’s UP, please enjoy the following gallery of retro-style posters by artist Eric Tan inspired by the movie. And remember kids, Adventure is Out There!
An exhilarating, hilarious and heartfelt animated adventure comes home when Disney•Pixar’s Up arrives on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD on November 10, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Blending inspired whimsy with powerful emotion, the hugely successful feature film is an artistic and entertaining tour de force for the entire family. Up is available in a four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, and a two-disc DVD, which both include DisneyFile, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic devices, as well as enough bonus features that keep the fun coming.
Academy Award®-nominee Pete Docter (2008, Best Original Screenplay, WALL•E; 2001, Best Animated Feature Film, Monsters, Inc.) directs one of the funniest fantasy-adventures of all time featuring a gifted voice cast that includes Ed Asner (Elf), Christopher Plummer (Inside Man), Up co-director and writer Bob Peterson (Monsters, Inc.), Delroy Lindo (This Christmas) and John Ratzenberger (who has lent his voice to every Disney•Pixar feature film).
Up is the tenth in an unprecedented streak of critical and box office triumphs for Disney•Pixar that includes four Academy Award® winners for Best Animated Feature — WALL•E (2008), Ratatouille (2007), The Incredibles (2004) and Finding Nemo (2003) — as well as Cars, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story. Up joined each of its predecessors in ranking #1 at the box office on its opening weekend.
Mr. Smee, we thought we knew you. There was no doubt that once the Pirates League moved into town and started offering pirate makeovers that major changes would be afoot. Consider the following photo that compares Mr. Smee’s old look to his new look. Seams a bit different, don’t it? And who knew Mr. Smee lacked a belly button? He must have lost it in a battle with Peter Pan. He now also sports a more texture/plasticized set of eyebrows, a completely different mouth and all over has a more cartoony look, particularly with his eyes (and I think he might have had a nose job too). I might be going overboard when I suggest I think he even shrank a bit considering the height of his eyes compared with Hook’s nose (even more dramatic when it appears that Hook is even leaning forward in the old look photo while he’s standing upright in the new look photo).
Also going on around the World of characters, Snow White recently returned to the Germany Pavilion in Epcot with her very own wishing well. Also new is a sign outside the meet & greet area announcing it is a meet & greet spot, the first of its kind in the World Showcase if I’m not mistaken. The sign doesn’t mention Snow specifically however and it also appears that Dopey no longer takes a break from working in the mines to say hello with her either. We understand that Snow got a free vacation to Walt Disney World as they worked on her area.
And while it’s not news per se, let’s quickly check out the recent addition to the animation building in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the meet & greet area for the characters from Disney/Pixar’s UP: Russell, Dug and Carl. Said to be the most advanced meet & greet set to date, the set also features Kevin who pops up on either side and a real garden hose to help hold the house down (special thanks to Scott of the Disney, Indiana podcast for that tip).
In commemoration of the newest release from Disney/Pixar, the Disney Gift Card is now available in a special design featuring the film’s stars. In limited release, this gift card is available only at the ticket booths at Walt Disney World’s Epcot and the Disneyland Resort.
For more information on the Disney Gift Card, visit its official website here.
Source: Disney Gift Card
Moviegoers waiting to see the newest release from Disney/Pixar, UP, at the Kerasotes Show Case Theaters in Chicago, IL got a big surprise when some of Pixar’s classic characters came out to celebrate and watch the movie too. Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles) and Buzz Lightyear and Woody (Toy Story) worked and schmoozed the already excited crowd.
Below is a gallery of more photos from the event. Photos from WireImage. © Disney/Pixar. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Caught this on the television as I was fast forwarding through the commercials. For your entertainment:
Sanders Art Studio Announces Limited Edition Concept and Promotional Art Prints from Disney/Pixar’s UP
Sanders Art Studio is proud to offer eight new limited edition pieces of concept and promotional art from the Disney/Pixar film UP. Complete with certificate of authenticity, each print comes on acid-free archival paper.
The posters are as follows:
“I Can Speak” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)
“Wilderness Must Be Explored” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)
“Beware of Dogs” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)
“Adventure Is Out There” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)
“Visit the Tepui” Promotional Art by Eric Tan from Disney/Pixar’s UP – Giclee Print (Paper)
“Discover A Lost World” Concept Art from the production of Disney/Pixar’s UP.
“Adrift In The Clouds” Concept Art from the production of Disney/Pixar’s UP.
“Paradise Falls” Concept Art from the production of Disney/Pixar’s UP.
Video of the Folks at Pixar Studios Ringing the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange (Updated)
On May 29, 2009, the folks at Pixar had the distinct honor and pleasure of ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the opening day of UP live from their campus in Emeryville, CA. Enjoy.
Updated to higher quality video
Video courtesy of the New York Stock Exhange.
While the event has already taken place, we hope to provide you with video and more coverage soon. Keep checking http://stitchkingdom.com/tag/nyse for more coverage of this historic event. (Video has been posted here)
While the New York Times may continue to report on their financial bleak outlook for Disney with an apparent shortage of toys inspired by UP or the Jonas Brothers in.. well, whatever they do, it appears Pixar may get the last laugh – or at least the last bell.
Regardless of how Disney’s stock performs, the entire New York Stock Exchange is going UP. On Friday, May 29, at at 4:00 PM EST, Pete Docter (Director, co-writer), Jonas Rivera (producer) and Bob Petersen (co-writer, voice of Dug, et al) will ring the closing bell from the company’s studios in Emeryville, CA via remote.
The event will be streamed live at http://www.nyse.com beginning at 3:59 PM EST.