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Watch: Take a Look At How Much Pixar Has Evolved Over 30 Years

Today marks the release of the 17th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. First launched in 1986, they have consistently been one of the most successful movie studios producing consistently outstanding content that wins over audiences of all ages, critics and even The Academy (26 Oscars!). To celebrate the release of Finding Dory, two fans put together this fantastic video called "The Evolution of Pixar" analyzing their progress with animation technology over these past 30 years. It's kind of amazing to see how far they've come, and they still produce some of the best animation, the best movies, and the best storytelling out there. From YouTube (thanks to SlashFilm for the tip): "Finding Dory is almost here, and to celebrate, here is over 30 years of Pixar animation. To infinity and beyond!" This video was edited/created by Andy Schneider and Jonathan Britnell. Pixar Animation Studios first launched in 1986, and released their first short film,
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The Good Dinosaur Blu-ray review

Director: Peter Sohn

Written by: Peter Sohn, Erik Benson, Meg LeFauve, Kelsey Mann, Bob Peterson, Meg LeFauve

Starring the voice talents of: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple

There’s no hiding I’m a huge fan of Disney-Pixar and have been since I first saw the famed Luxo Jr. short 20 years ago. Watching their body of work grow has been exciting in many ways that include both exploration and originality. The Good Dinosaur continues the trend to invent and is certainly one of Pixar’s finest visual explorations and a true journey, for both the characters and viewer.

Although The Good Dinosaur leans towards favouring, and targeting, a slightly younger audience than usual there’s nothing wrong with that. For the casual Toy Story type-of-viewer, you may find the first 25-30 minutes a little harder to embed into but stay and switch off into the new creation,
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Every Pixar Short Film, Ranked From Worst to Best

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Every Pixar Short Film, Ranked From Worst to Best
2015 marks the first time that Pixar has released two major films in a single calendar year: Inside Out this summer and The Good Dinosaur this past Thanksgiving weekend. Of course, animation geeks are ecstatic, not just because there are two new Pixar features to pore over — but also two new Pixar shorts. Long before Toy Story, the company established its reputation by producing award-winning computer-animated cartoons, showcasing the latest technology via entertaining little vignettes, mostly conceived by Disney-trained animator John Lasseter. As Lasseter led Pixar into blockbuster territory, he kept his shorts division open and active, so that the next generation of artists could have the same experience he did of experimenting in public. The result has been three decades’ worth of some of the funniest, most imaginative, and most technically accomplished mini-movies ever made. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Luxo Jr., the first animated short
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Why ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ is a new kind of short film for Pixar

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Why ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ is a new kind of short film for Pixar
Pixar short film: Those three words bring to mind clever, charming little movies like “For the Birds,” “Geri’s Game,” and, of course, “Luxo Jr.” With the latest in that line of animated shorts, “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Pixar is going in a few new directions, with both story and animation style. “Super Team” will screen in front of “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar’s new feature opening in theaters this Wednesday. It’s a very personal story. Similar could be said of “La Luna,” the short paired with 2012’s “Brave.” But with “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Pixar head John Lasseter encouraged director Sanjay Patel to make the short even more personal and more directly based on his childhood than his earlier versions of the film, and Patel was surprised that the studio wanted his name to be in the title. The short tells the story of little Sanjay, who is
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Exclusive New Look At Sanjay.s Super Team

Exclusive New Look At Sanjay.s Super Team
Disney and Pixar has recently teased its next animation, The Good Dinosaur, with a new trailer but they’re also sharing the short film that will be accompanying it onto the big screen. Following in the illustrious footsteps of Presto the Rabbit, Luxo Jr. and most recently, Lava’s lovelorn volcano Uku comes Sanjay in Sanjay’s Super Team. This month’s Empire debuts a new picture showing that super team in action.Those Hindu superheroes, who young Sanjay encounters in his adventure, are (left to right): Durga, goddess of power and protection, the four-armed Vishnu, and the badass-looking Hanuman. These aren’t the Avengers though, stresses director Sanjay Patel. “I had to be clear that I didn’t want them to be superheroes with six-packs throwing fists and punches everywhere,” Patel tells Empire. “I wanted them to be graceful and androgynous, and that was exciting for the animators.
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Class Disparities and Prostitution Tackled in Early Female Director's Drama

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in
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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Lebowski’, ‘Willy Wonka’ added to National Film Registry

Every year, the National Film Registry within the Library of Congress selects 25 films worthy of preservation. The films must be at least 10 years old, and this year’s crop includes such films as Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, The Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski, the John Wayne vehicle Rio Bravo and the beloved children’s classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The full list of films now includes 650 films, with the most recent now being from 2004, James Benning’s documentary 13 Lakes.

The full list of additions is below:

13 Lakes (2004) Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) The Big Lebowski (1998) Down Argentine Way (1940) The Dragon Painter (1919) Felicia (1965) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) The Gang’s All Here (1943) House of Wax (1953) Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) Little Big Man (1970) Luxo Jr. (1986) Moon Breath Beat (1980) Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976) The Power and the Glory
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The National Film Registry Adds The Big Lebowski, Willy Wonka, Ferris Bueller’S Day Off, Rosemary’S Baby, and More

Every year, the members of the National Film Preservation Board (Nfpb) selects 25 films to be added to the Registry, and these films will be preserved in the Library of Congress for all-time due to their significant contribution to American society. After watching the great documentary These Amazing Shadows (which is about the National Film Registry) several years ago, I wondered when The Big Lebowski would get in. A couple years ago I was still wondering the same thing. For a movie that didn't blow up the box office when it was released or rack up tons of awards, it has entered the national consciousness and even created an annual festival that's been going around the country since 2002. Today, The Dude is finally in the registry. The Nfpb have announced their selections, and The Big Lebowski is among them. Other films added to the registry include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,
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"Bueller," "Lebowski" Enter The Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the twenty-five films that have been added to National Film Registry this year. Each of these titles are set to be preserved for all time as "cinematic treasures."

Amongst the highlights of this year's batch are the Coens' "The Big Lebowski," Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby," Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," the original "House of Wax" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," the John Wayne classic "Rio Bravo," and iconic 1980s comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".

Every year, twenty-five films that are deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant have been added to the list. One condition - the films must be at least ten years old. This year's full list includes:

13 Lakes (2004)

Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Down Argentine Way (1940)

The Dragon Painter (1919)

Felicia (1965)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

The Gang's All Here (1943)

House of Wax (1953)

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax,
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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.

Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:

2014 National Film Registry
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Watch: Pixar Reveals a Few of the Easter Eggs Hidden in Its Movies

If you’re a hard-core Pixar fan, then you no doubt realize the animation studio loves to put little Easter eggs into each and every one of its movies. These hidden nods to earlier films delight those who catch them, even if they’re not integral to the stories being told. Pixar has been doing this for years, but it’s only now that it has started chronicling them for the public. This new video, starring Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, reveals some of the hidden delights from movies like Up, Cars and Ratatouille. It’s by no means all inclusive – which is a minor disappointment – but maybe the studio will make more of these cool little videos if fans like this one. Things kick off with the Luxo Jr. ball, then move on to grape soda...

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Watch: Pixar Animation Shows Off Some of Their Famous Easter Eggs

Even though we're right around the perfect time for real easter eggs, those aren't the kind we're talking about. In this case, we're talking about hidden references to other films within the filmography of Pixar Animation. We've featured some cool easter eggs from Pixar films in the past like Brave and Up, but a new video straight from Disney and Pixar, complete with an intro from Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, puts some more of them on display, including the frequent appearances of the ball from their original short Luxo Jr. There's even a few that I'll bet you didn't even notice. It's not all-inclusive, but it's cool. Watch it! Here's the video from Pixar, telling fans to join in on the easter egg hunt (via Movies.com): There's tons more references between Pixar films that you can notice by rewatching the films. Sometimes, you don't even know
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Pixar Featurette Highlights Some Of The Studio's Best Easter Eggs

Thanks to the recent release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we've spent the last few weeks talking about how good Marvel Studios is as sprinkling little Easter Eggs into their films. But let's not forget: Pixar has been doing similar brilliant work in the same regard for the last 19 years - a.k.a. since they began making feature films. Die hard fans of the studio's animated movies have spent years studying their favorite titles and analyzing them frame by frame, but now Pixar has released an official video highlighting a few of the best ones. Hosted by Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3 and the co-director of Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 2, the video puts the spotlight on some of the most clever little bonuses featured in Pixar movies. Not only does the Luxo Jr. ball appear in nearly every one of the studio's films,
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Spot The ‘Monsters University’ Hidden Gems!

As the Monsters University release date gets ever-closer, we’ve got some teaser shots that you can keep an eye out for the film released on July 12th, but don’t worry – it doesn’t spoil anything!

It’s always known that Pixar throw in little tit-bits and snippets of their past into their new films but it’s never too obvious, although having seen Monsters University, I definitely saw that Pixar Luxo ball that we all know so well from their very early work. Ah, that lamp will never leave my favorite animation memories.

So, with no hesitation – apart from the bit we just had – you can search for them below and keep an eye out in the film! If you can’t find them though, just scroll down below the images for the answers. Plus, don’t forget to check out our top review by clicking here and
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Did You Find All the Monsters University Easter Eggs? Here's 3 You May Have Missed

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Since they've been around, Pixar has always enjoyed putting fun little Easter Eggs in their films. Some of them are quite obvious, while others remain a little more hidden. Regardless, fans typically scour each film to try and find them. While there's several in Monsters University, Disney/Pixar have revealed three of them that you may have missed.

Disney/Pixar were kind enough to shoot this helpful little guide our way to help you keep a lookout for these hidden gems while you watch the film. By no means is this all of them however, so you'll still have to keep a keen eye out there:

A113 – The School of Scaring classroom number is A113, which refers to the former classroom of John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton at CalArts. The number makes an appearance in every Pixar feature film.

Pizza Planet – The Pizza Planet truck is
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Monsters University Hidden Easter Eggs

Fans of Disney•Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: Wall•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window.

Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University features a few such gems, three of which are revealed here:

A113 – The School of Scaring classroom number is A113, which refers to the former classroom of John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton at CalArts. The number makes an appearance in every Pixar feature film.

Pizza Planet – The Pizza Planet truck is in the driveway of the Jox fraternity house when Mike is riding Archie the Scare Pig down Greek Row. The Pizza Planet truck, which first made an appearance in “Toy Story,
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See The Pizza Planet Truck Hidden In Monsters University

The Pizza Planet delivery truck first appeared in the original Toy Story. You.ll remember it was the conveyance Buzz and Woody use to get back to Andy.s house from Pizza Planet. Since then it.s showed up in every Pixar movie. It.s even in Monsters University, as you can see in the photo above. And here.s what it looked like during its first appearance in Toy Story, back in1995. The Pizza Planet truck isn.t the only easter egg in Monsters University. Director Dan Scanlon worked an homage to the classic Luxo Jr. ball . but not in a place you might expect. It.s on the wall behind the commentators for the Scare Games. Hidden in a bit of colorful graffiti, there.s a blink-and-you.ll-miss-it graphic of the ball, which Disney let us freeze-frame. But wait, there.s more! In the photo below, shared by
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Monsters University Easter Eggs Revealed

Looking for Easter Eggs in Pixar films has now become a yearly pastime. The animation studio hides plenty of regular in-jokes in its most recent films, and it’s also tradition to include a tease for the studio's next film as well. Monsters University is no different, and now Pixar is fessing up to the film’s Easter Eggs by providing images for some of them. The only one I spotted during the film was the Pizza Planet truck, but as you’ll see after the jump the film also includes references to the Luxo Jr. ball and the number A113—a nod to the CalArts classroom where Pixar’s original animators got their start. Bob Peterson, director of next year’s Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, has confirmed that Monsters University does indeed include a reference to his film, but it is sadly not included in this batch of official images.
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'Monsters University': Pixar reveals Easter eggs and in-jokes

'Monsters University': Pixar reveals Easter eggs and in-jokes
When watching a Pixar film, it’s good to keep an eye open for hidden jokes.

Or two eyes, if you have them.

After Monsters University’s debut last weekend, Pixar is now offering up a guide for fans who may have missed some of the hidden background gags.

Animators are also notorious for slipping in references to as-yet-unseen Pixar flicks. Remember in the original Monsters, Inc., when Boo handed Sulley a Jesse the yodeling cowgirl doll, a Luxo Jr. ball and then this familar clownfish, about two years before Finding Nemo came out?

Unfortunately, Pixar isn’t confirming if
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