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April 2, 2013
Ellen DeGeneres will reprise her role as Dory, the blue fish introduced in 2003’s Finding Nemo, and co-director Andrew Stanton will return to helm Finding Dory as well. We hope you’ve been practicing your Whale. source
Update: For all of those concerned about a possible April Fools’ prank, it’s worth noting that this story wasn’t posted until after the start of normal business hours on April 2. Oh, and Ellen confirmed the news on her show. — Scott @ SFB

Ellen DeGeneres will reprise her role as Dory, the blue fish introduced in 2003’s Finding Nemo, and co-director Andrew Stanton will return to helm Finding Dory as well. We hope you’ve been practicing your Whale. source

Update: For all of those concerned about a possible April Fools’ prank, it’s worth noting that this story wasn’t posted until after the start of normal business hours on April 2. Oh, and Ellen confirmed the news on her show. — Scott @ SFB

13:09 // 1 year ago
February 24, 2013
inothernews:

Brave’s Mark Andrews, probably the first kilt-wearing Oscar winner.

If you’re gonna win an Oscar, do it in tartan.

inothernews:

Brave’s Mark Andrews, probably the first kilt-wearing Oscar winner.

If you’re gonna win an Oscar, do it in tartan.

21:05 // 1 year ago
June 17, 2012
How Pixar’s upcoming “Brave” inverts the damsel in distress
Proud of Pixar’s protagonist: The soon-to-be-released film from Pixar, “Brave,” tells the story of a princess who wants to change her fate. She wants to be her own woman, rather than something to be fought over by men. Princess Merida is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, who shares Merida’s independent qualities. “If we have this very traditional setting, where back then you would get hitched because the parents or the kings told you to keep the peace and it has nothing to do with love, you can’t have this milquetoast character that’s just going, ‘Okay, prince, please come and save me,’” said Mark Andrews, co-director of the film. source
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Proud of Pixar’s protagonist: The soon-to-be-released film from Pixar, “Brave,” tells the story of a princess who wants to change her fate. She wants to be her own woman, rather than something to be fought over by men. Princess Merida is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, who shares Merida’s independent qualities. “If we have this very traditional setting, where back then you would get hitched because the parents or the kings told you to keep the peace and it has nothing to do with love, you can’t have this milquetoast character that’s just going, ‘Okay, prince, please come and save me,’” said Mark Andrews, co-director of the film. source

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16:04 // 2 years ago
April 19, 2012

Did big tech companies prevent workers from switching jobs?

That’s what a new antitrust case alleges: Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar find themselves facing a new antitrust lawsuit in California. The accusations come from five software engineers, who allege that the companies conspired to stifle pay and job mobility in an effort to cut costs. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected the companies’ request to dismiss the suit, saying,” The fact that all six identical bilateral agreements were reached in secrecy among seven defendants in a span of two years suggests that these agreements resulted from collusion, and not from coincidence.” source

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14:56 // 2 years ago
March 8, 2012
No one wants a boring documentary on Africa. Maybe we have to make it pop, and we have to make it cool. We view ourself as the Pixar of human rights stories.
"Kony 2012" director Jason Russell • Making a telling point in an interview with the New York Times about his video, which has faced popularity and scorn in equal measures. The success of the video — far beyond your average viral video — has pushed its spread far beyond the traditional activism video, but not without criticism. Should Pixar be an example for an activist movement?
23:03 // 2 years ago
February 17, 2012

Got a chance to see the Oscar-nominated animated shorts tonight, and there were some impressive clips nominated, including a cute Pixar short. But all pale in comparison to “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” above, which on a purely animation level is on a whole ‘nother level. But what’s even more fascinating is that the clip is also available as an iPad app in interactive story form, which is pretty frickin’ fascinating and a great publishing model for short films. (Ironically, the film is about how great the printed book is.) Is MoonBot Studios the next Pixar? Maybe it’s too soon to ask that (though it has a former Pixar staffer at the helm), but you certainly feel like they’re onto something.

EDIT: Changed it to a non-private video.

22:44 // 2 years ago
January 24, 2012

Our four favorite surprises from today’s Oscar nominations

  • one The amazing silent film “The Artist” didn’t top the nomination list — “Hugo” had one more, despite the fact it was shut out of the acting categories.
  • two “The Tree of Life” must’ve confused the Academy: A strange message, “Nominees to be determined,” accompanies its Best Picture nomination.
  • three Maybe not a huge surprise, but Pixar’s “Cars 2” is the first Pixar flick that didn’t get a single nomination for an Oscar. Perhaps it’s because it sucked? Yeah, probably.
  • four And a surprise going the other way: Melissa McCarthy got an acting nomination for “Bridesmaids,” her breakout role. The question is, will she win? source

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11:24 // 2 years ago
October 5, 2011
Hey Margie Phelps, do you know how hard it is to get into one of Steve Jobs’ events? (via rollprogram)

Hey Margie Phelps, do you know how hard it is to get into one of Steve Jobs’ events? (via rollprogram)

23:26 // 2 years ago

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s statement on Steve Jobs

Dear Colleagues:

After a courageous fight, Steve Jobs has lost his long battle against cancer.  It’s almost incomprehensible that such a force of nature could ever be subdued, much less stilled.  With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.

An incomparable innovator, Steve influenced two separate centuries and forever changed what we believe is possible.  Inspired and inspiring, he worked tirelessly to surprise and delight people – launching entire industries built from his imagination and his ability to make us all want to come along for the ride.  I know we are all proud that  he was part of our Disney family, honored that he entrusted the creative brilliance of Pixar to our keeping, and grateful for his support, advice and friendship.

Steve once shared his views on life with college graduates in a commencement address that, true to his style, set a new standard.  He said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

That’s how Steve lived,  who he was, and how I will always remember him.

Our thoughts and prayers  are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.

Bob

One of the best tributes we’ve seen. As we noted on Twitter earlier, the seeming glut of people making statements on Steve Jobs’ death only tells us one thing: He touched many millions of lives. 

23:20 // 2 years ago
June 23, 2011

"Cars 2" currently has a "Rotten" score on Rotten Tomatoes

  • 44% well, that’s not what usually happens with Pixar flicks source

» This is not a common occurrence: The last time a Pixar movie scored below 95 percent on the Tomatometer was back in 2006 … with “Cars,” which still had a relatively solid 74 percent. It’s also Pixar’s first “Rotten” movie … ever. Is it because the franchise is more for the kids — and the massive merch sales that come with kids movies — than the adults?

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12:48 // 3 years ago