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Toy Story 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack Walt Disney Home Entertainment 1995 & 2009/Rated G/Running Time 81 Mins List Price: $49.99 – Available November 1, 2011 Back during the Fall of 1995, I had absolutely no interest in seeing Toy Story. Disney had enjoyed tremendous success and a resurgence of quality film-making that began with the 1989 release of The Little Mermaid. Classic Disney quality films were back and the subsequent releases of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King, secured their new foothold in the industry and at the box-office. Yet the studio was also in danger of becoming a cold corporate entity. For every Beauty and the Beast, their live action division was turning out crappy soulless films like The Three Musketeers or the Pauley Shore vehicle In The Army Now.As the first full length computer animated feature Toy Story had a cold, soulless look to it upon first glance. As impressive as CGI was, »
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56, it’s been confirmed.
The world is down one geek today, as it’s been announced that Steve Jobs has died, at the age of 56. It’s no secret that he’d been suffering from pancreatic cancer, which he had been fighting since 2004, and it’s to his immense credit that he managed to hold it off for so long.
A statement from Apple read that “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor”.
What’s sometimes overlooked is just how much movie fans have reason to be grateful to Jobs.
It was he, after all, who took a punt on a small company called Pixar, funding it »
Ok, so our Obsessed With Pixar month has so far been dominated with the studio’s exceptional feature film output, but their roots lie firmly within short film production. Starting in 1984 the company has made 20 shorts on a range of subjects, the most recent being Hawaiian Vacation with the stars of Toy Story (I’ve unfortunately not seen it yet, as it has yet to be released alongside Cars 2 in the UK – perhaps some of our Us readers could enlighten us!?!).
As A Bug’s Life (1998) was released, Pixar decided to accompany this with their short film Geri’s Game, to great success. Since then, each of the studio’s theatrical releases has featured a short film before the main production, harking back to the golden era of Hollywood when A grade feature films would be accompanied by a B feature, a news reel and a cartoon. Generally adopting a very moralistic stance, »
- Stuart Cummins
The Ichiro Suzuki of Hollywood, Pixar so far has batted 11-for-11 in feature film hits, generating $6.6 billion in worldwide grosses and 40 Oscar nominations. Woody and Buzz Lightyear to Wall•E and Lightning McQueen have yielded even more in ancillary revenue for parent company Disney from toys, clothes, DVDs, and theme-park attractions. Pixar has 1,200 employees so there’s a lot of credit to go around, but no single person has been more vital to the Pixar success story than chief creative officer John Lasseter. The 54-year-old, Hawaiian shirt-wearing filmmaker has directed five of Pixar’s features, including this month’s Cars 2. »
- John Young
Knick Knack, 1989.
Written and Directed by John Lasseter.
Original Music by Bobby McFerrin.
The final computer animated short produced by Pixar before the release of their debut feature Toy Story in 1995, Knick Knack revolves around a snowman, Knick, who finds himself trapped inside a snowglobe while the rest of the souvenirs on his shelf are enjoying a party in the sun. Desperate to join in the fun, Knick employs a number of methods to break free of his glass prison and eventually finds a means of escape, only for his plan to backfire on him.
Knick Knack was Pixar's first foray into 3D and premiered in this format at the 1988 Siggraph Animation Show. It was later completely rebuilt for a 2D theatrical release alongside Finding Nemo, with this new version incorporating reduced breast sizes on two of its characters, the Miami bikini girl and the Atlantis mermaid. This updated version »
 We've featured a handful of director  montages  here on /Film recently, and while this "25 Years of Pixar" compilation isn't quite that, it's actually pretty similar. In terms of look, tone, and quality, I'd say Pixar is as consistent as many directors. For the video, NkMcDonalds pulled scenes from works spanning over decades -- from '80s shorts to this year's Cars 2. If you like Pixar as much as I do, it'll definitely make you smile and it might even make you tear up a little tiny bit. Watch it after the jump. [via Go Into the Story ] Watching all the Pixar films spliced together like this, it's very easy to see how the studio has evolved over the years from a technical standpoint. Clips from films like A Bug's Life, which looked sophisticated at the time, now look clunky next to the sleeker visuals of newer movies like Wall-e and Up. But it also becomes »
- Angie Han
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