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It's dusty in here

Borrowed Time. A short animation done by Pixar animators in their spare time.
posted by pjern on Oct 15, 2016 - 49 comments

How is babby formed? How does car get pragnent?

Beans, meet plate. Have you ever been curious about what is going on inside the cars in Pixar's Cars? Want to know where baby cars come from or how cars can die? Look no further.
posted by Literaryhero on Jun 30, 2016 - 25 comments

If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?

The origins of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' are pretty brief. In this 1970 demo (source), you can hear a short version, with the opening question but no piano intro and extended jam at the end. Though they recorded a long version for their debut album, they also cut a short version for the single. But people want "guitar sagas", such as "Whipping Post," by the Allman Brothers Band,and "Smoke on the Water," by Deep Purple, or maybe it was a silly thing to heckle Florence Henderson and other uncool cats. Decades later, people are still yelling "Freebird!" Sometimes people snap back, like Bill Hicks (NSFW), and sometimes people oblige, like Bob Dylan recently. In case that's not enough, there's (always) more! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 16, 2016 - 65 comments

And then I get to tell it to you over and over again

First official trailer of Finding Dory (SLYT)
posted by numaner on Mar 2, 2016 - 49 comments


Tim Burton, John Lassiter, Genndy Tartakovsky, Brenda Chapman, Brad Bird, and many more of the biggest names in animation all went through the animation program at CalArts, taking classes in room A113. As a thank-you gesture, the number A113 is included every Pixar Film. Even The Good Dinosaur. And quite a few other movies and tv shows as well. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jan 19, 2016 - 13 comments

Tang Blue

As announced by Ellen deGeneres in 2013, there's a sequel planned to Finding Nemo, it's called Finding Dory, and here's the first trailer.
posted by chavenet on Dec 7, 2015 - 16 comments

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, the first Thanksgiving dino film

Pixar's new film, The Good Dinosaur, is the second animated dinosaur film to come out in time for Thanksgiving. The previous one came out 22 years ago, with executive producer credits for Steven Spielberg and a whole host of stars lending their voices to the film, telling the story of dinosaurs coming to New York City. And it bombed. Let's go back in time and look at We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 24, 2015 - 22 comments

Because, well, look at Jessica.

When You’re Just Drawn That Way: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Interestingly enough, the only two women to comment on/protest this objectification are the two women explicitly drawn to be objectified sex symbols: Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit.
posted by Michele in California on Nov 23, 2015 - 46 comments

All the feels

The Emotions Of Pixar (SLVimeo)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 21, 2015 - 8 comments

"Cars 2 always comes in last in Pixar rankings, and justifiably so."

Pixar's 15 movies, ranked: Vulture | Collider | ET | EW [slideshow] | TV Guide [slideshow] | The Wrap | Washington Post, which disagrees on methodology: "My way to rank the Pixar canon is simple: How much did the film give you the feels?" [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 5, 2015 - 211 comments

the malleability of memory: Pixar's "Inside Out"

"Inside Out does well when it comes to the interplay of memory and emotion, but the memory basics are a bit misleading." - Jennifer Talarico, Gizmodo
Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right - NPR
8 Things Inside Out Teaches Viewers About Emotions, Memory and the Mind - Ashley Lee, Time
Inside Out Nails the Science of How Our Memories Function - Alice Robb, Vulture
See also: FanFare
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 24, 2015 - 55 comments

How Pixar Fosters Creativity

A few years ago, I had lunch with the head of a major motion picture studio, who declared that his central problem was not finding good people—it was finding good ideas. Since then, when giving talks, I’ve asked audiences whether they agree with him. Almost always there’s a 50/50 split, which has astounded me because I couldn’t disagree more with the studio executive. Pixar President Ed Catmull on the culture that generates Pixar's artistic and commercial success.
posted by shivohum on Mar 17, 2015 - 26 comments

Worlds collide for Sci-Fi and LEGO fans

LEGO has announced that it will produce WALL•E and Doctor Who And Companions sets selected from submissions to the LEGO Ideas program. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Feb 4, 2015 - 61 comments

Ice cream is the solution to all of life’s problems

San Francisco Ice Cream Wars: What Your Allegiance Says About You from KQED Pop. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 25, 2014 - 81 comments

She wasn’t there to love WALL-E. She was there to steal his plant.

Grantland: "This is the Animated Movie Sadness Index. It’s very simple, though perhaps easy to get confused by. This is not a ranking of sad moments from animated movies. For example: Charlotte dying in Charlotte’s Web was a sad moment. But Charlotte wasn’t a sad character, nor was Wilbur, so they aren’t here. Because this Sadness Index charts characters with sad backstories — tragic figures with dark histories, who endure the most awful of circumstances."
posted by troika on Nov 14, 2014 - 154 comments

All the colors of the Pixar galaxy

ROYGBIV (Single Link Vimeo, 1:28)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 8, 2014 - 5 comments

What if Michael Bay Directed "UP"?

What if Michael Bay Directed "UP"?
posted by Nevin on Aug 20, 2014 - 33 comments

"The Techtopus": Much bigger than we realized

Mark Ames follows up on The Techtopus (previously) with a new report showing a much larger conspiracy than has been previously reported: [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Mar 22, 2014 - 74 comments

The Silicon Valley cartel

Mark Ames on Silicon Valley's conspiracy to drive down workers' wages:
In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple’s Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees, sharing wage scale information, and punishing violators.... The secret wage-theft agreements between Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar (now owned by Disney) are described in court papers obtained by PandoDaily as “an overarching conspiracy” in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act....
[more inside] posted by enn on Jan 24, 2014 - 95 comments

The Architecture Of The Incredibles

At first glance, you might think The Incredibles is just a fun superhero movie. But remove the capes and tights and you're left with an in-depth architectural narrative with its own beginning and end.
posted by gnutron on Jan 10, 2014 - 70 comments

The return of Sid

29 Easter Eggs and Bits of Trivia about Toy Story, which turned 18 last month. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 11, 2013 - 22 comments

How Pixar screwed up cartoon cars for a generation of kids

"The eyes of anthropomorphized cars are the headlights, not the windshield. When we look at a car, we see the front end as a sort of face. They're almost always bilaterally symmetrical, like a face, they have roughly the same number of general features, so it's easy to ascribe eyes, mouth, and even sometimes a nose to the various components. Like I said, we're really good at doing this. Consider the simple emoticon — :-) — and you'll see what I mean. We see faces in everything." [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Oct 22, 2013 - 109 comments

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Ray tracing is a computer graphics technique that produces realistic images of a three-dimensional scene. In 1987, Paul Heckbert (then at Pixar) announced a contest to produce a ray tracer in the minimum amount of code, as he describes in "A Minimal Ray Tracer." In 2009, Andrew Kensler (then at the University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute) created a C++ version that can fit on a business card. Fabien Sanglard explicates this amazing piece of code in "Decyphering the Business Card Raytracer."
posted by grouse on Sep 22, 2013 - 19 comments


Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why. Several months ago, I watched a fun-filled video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call “The Pixar Theory,” a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme.
posted by Blasdelb on Jul 12, 2013 - 50 comments

Now With More Pixar

Character designer veteran Phil Postma has a blog, Minion Factory, where he often likes to explore the possibilities of Pixar-like reinterpretations of such things as Superman, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Pulp Serials (and much, much more).
posted by Atreides on Jun 17, 2013 - 28 comments

Disney Isn't "Brave" Enough To Leave Princess Merida As Is

Merida, Pixar's "Brave's" red-headed heroine will be crowned Disney's 11th princess on May 11. And just in time for her royal coronation, she has been given a "Victoria's Secret" makeover. This makeover has caused some outrage in the blogosphere, and has even inspired a change.org petition launched by A Mighty Girl, a girl's empowerment website.
posted by SkylitDrawl on May 10, 2013 - 142 comments

"Whoa, this dude really knows how to party."

Partysaurus Rex, a new animated short from Pixar, in which we join the characters from Toy Story for an ecstatic bathtime rave (poster). The short débuted ahead of ("opened for") Finding Nemo 3D in September 2012, and features an original soundtrack by electronic musician BT. [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Apr 27, 2013 - 34 comments

Walt Disney posters from 1924 to present

Thousands of movie posters from the Mouse, from Alice's Day at Sea (March 1, 1924) to Wreck-It-Ralph (November 2, 2012). Includes US and foreign posters, historical and modern versions (the changes in poster design are particularly interesting), trailers and advertising material. The site (in French) covers movies produced under the Disney umbrella (including Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures and Pixar but not Miramax): shorts and feature films, animated and live action movies, classic and less classic works.
posted by elgilito on Apr 5, 2013 - 4 comments

Just keep swimming

Ellen DeGeneres announces the making of a sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. The movie, titled Finding Dory, is scheduled for release on Thanksgiving 2015.
posted by CrazyLemonade on Apr 4, 2013 - 137 comments

Aspiring Animators & Game Designers, Study Your Calculus & Combinatorics

Every film Pixar has produced has landed in the top fifty highest-grossing animated films of all time. What's their secret? Mathematics. Oh, and 22 Rules of Storytelling. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 8, 2013 - 40 comments

Before the dark times... before the Empire.

How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars' is an interesting BusinessWeek article on how one media conglomerate went about buying another, and how it plans on improving the value of both. [more inside]
posted by DigDoug on Mar 8, 2013 - 103 comments

Live Action Toy Story

Live Action Toy Story. The entire movie. [SLYT]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 12, 2013 - 42 comments

Super Duper!

Pixar Artist Everett Downing's 365 Supers [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Jan 8, 2013 - 32 comments

Innovation lessons from Pixar: An interview with Oscar-winning director Brad Bird

The implication is, you’re making it for a group that you are not a member of—and there is something very insincere in that. If you’re dealing with a storytelling medium, which is a mechanized means of producing and presenting a dream that you’re inviting people to share, you’d better believe your dream or else it’s going to come off as patronizing. Innovation lessons from Pixar: An interview with Oscar-winning director Brad Bird (PDF) or (HTML, registration required)
posted by shivohum on Nov 27, 2012 - 24 comments

Monster's University Website

Monsters University now has a website spoofing a real university. [more inside]
posted by busillis on Oct 10, 2012 - 53 comments

Some bad CGI for you single lovers out there on this fine Saturday night

Badly Recreated Animated Film Frames: "Take a still from a multi-million dollar animated film that required thousands of man-hours to create and replicate it in Maya in 30 minutes."
posted by ardgedee on Sep 29, 2012 - 30 comments


Revisiting Cinefex - a nostalgia wormhole into the golden age of model work and practical effects and the odd piece of early CG via backissues of the quarterly magazine of motion picture visual effects. The latest issues covered touches on Young Sherlock Holmes's Stained glass knight - mainstream cinema’s first fully-rendered CG character created by Industrial Light & Magic's Pixar group.
posted by Artw on Aug 1, 2012 - 16 comments

a Disney princess besides Mulan whose mother is alive, let alone named

Just Another Princess Movie. Lili Loofbourow on Brave. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 13, 2012 - 106 comments

The Bear and the Rainbow

Does It Matter If the Heroine of 'Brave' Is Gay? [Contains spoilers for Brave]
posted by Artw on Jun 27, 2012 - 214 comments

Pixar story rules

22 Pixar rules for storytelling
posted by Artw on Jun 8, 2012 - 142 comments

/bin/rm -r -f *

Mythbusters' Tested Blog recently posted a special feature from the Toy Story 2 DVD, in which Pixar's Oren Jacob and Galyn Susman recounted how the files for the movie (just 10gb of data!) were almost lost due to both an erroneous Linux command and a bad backup. The folks at The Next Web: Media followed up with Mr. Jacob, and learned that the movie was actually tossed out and reworked from scratch again nine months prior to a release date that was set in stone, not by the computers, but by the filmmakers themselves: How Pixar’s Toy Story 2 was deleted twice, once by technology and again for its own good.
posted by zarq on May 20, 2012 - 63 comments


The Prize - a two minute clip/trailer from Pixar’s Brave. You can also see some lovely production art and sculptures here.
posted by Artw on Feb 23, 2012 - 90 comments


The WALL-E Builders Club formed in October 2007 as an offshoot of the R2 (yes that one) builders club, to create their own WALL-E replica. This is their current progress on the project.
posted by mrzarquon on Feb 8, 2012 - 17 comments

Anti-employee collusion by SF bay area tech companies

Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Disney, Pixar, Intuit and Lucasfilm are facing a lawsuit for their for their "no poaching" agreements (Bloomberg, TechCrunch). [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jan 28, 2012 - 59 comments

Can you sum up the Ramayana in an elevator pitch?

A Hipster’s Guide to Hinduism: Pixar veteran brings a modern twist to the gods and demons of Hindu mythology
posted by vidur on Dec 28, 2011 - 29 comments

Angle poise

The story of the modern desk lamp in four parts by hipstomp [more inside]
posted by infini on Dec 23, 2011 - 15 comments

You kind of go like “Hey, could I pitch something?” And they are like “Yes, this is not a bad time. Go for it.”

How Does A Pixar Short Film Get Made?
posted by minifigs on Dec 8, 2011 - 12 comments

Pixar, 1972

40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics, created by Edwin Catmull and Fred Parke (with some help from Bob Ingebretsen) in... wait for it... 1972!
posted by cthuljew on Sep 2, 2011 - 53 comments

Pixar's Zoetrope

This is a zoetrope (previously). It's a device that creates the illusion of animation from a succession of still pictures filtered quickly through slits in a wheel. Pixar made a really cool one with a strobe light. Here it is more up-close and personal. Here it is in a higher resolution.
posted by SpacemanStix on Aug 9, 2011 - 32 comments


It was bound to happen eventually. After a quarter-century, 26 Academy Awards, and an unparalleled streak of eleven artistic and commercial triumphs, Pixar's latest project, Cars 2, is Certified Rotten. Critics have assailed the film as a slick but hollow vehicle for Disney's $10 billion-dollar Cars merchandising industry "lifestyle brand," replacing the original's serviceable tale of small-town redemption with zany spy games, hyperactive chase sequences, and even more lowbrow aww-shucks potty humor from Larry the Cable Guy. But it's not all bad news! Along with a fun new Toy Story 3 short, preceding today's (3-D) premiere showings is a first look at next year's Brave -- a darkly magical original story set in ancient Scotland featuring the studio's first female lead (and director). Evocative high-res concept art [mirror] is available at the official website, and character sketches have leaked to the web, with the apparently striking teaser trailer sure to follow. Also, be sure not to miss the sneak peak of Brave's associated short, "La Luna"!
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 24, 2011 - 263 comments

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