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Toy Story 3

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is finally out in theaters! If that alone isn’t cool enough, HeyUGuys has posted a ton of photos and videos of concept art for the film. You can check out all of the art here.

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for the animated flick. I’ll be seeing it tomorrow afternoon and I’ll be posting my thoughts later in the night. Are you excited for Toy Story 3? Are you seeing it in 3d? Have you already seen it? Post your thoughts below!

Every now and than there are trailer recuts that really work. Hearing Clint Eastwood’s gritty voice come out of Carl Fredricksen is perfect. The two trailers blend well and makes a pretty funny result.

Know of other funny trailer recuts or other funny videos? Send them to us via our contact page.

Posted on December 16th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Cars Animated Toon

A couple weeks ago we reported about Pixar’s new Up short, George and AJ and now they have a new Cars Toon, UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater.  In the short, the ever lovable Mater is telling Lightning McQueen the story about when he befriended a UFO. As always, the short is fun, inventive, and entertaining. I can not wait for Cars 2 in 2011!

You can watch Mater (and a few other familiar cars) in UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater via YouTube or Facebook.

George and AJ, the two unlucky Shady Oaks workers who tried to pick up Carl Fredricksen in Disney/Pixar’s Up, have gotten their own short. What happened after Carl used balloons to lift his house to freedom? Well, it would appear that it caused quite a headache for them…

The short film was written and directed by Josh Cooley. Up is currently available in both Blu-Ray and DVD.

Posted on November 24th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Cover Issue One

I briefly mentioned this new series in the last Pit, BOOM! Studios has put together a very interesting 24 issue series adapting Philip K. Dick’s classic book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, into a comic. The book of course inspired Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, but this is its first telling in comic form in my knowledge.  In fact, I don’t know any other comics that have adapted a book by combining panels and actual text. It is so faithful, that they are giving sole writing credit to Philip K. Dick. The issue hits stands tomorrow.

BOOM! Studios is becoming a comic publisher to look out for. They were completely off my radar until very recently, but between this series, new ongoing books for Pixar’s library of films (including  The Incredibles), and Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, about a Superman like hero who becomes the world’s most powerful villain, they putting out some new and very interesting comics.

What else is worth getting this week?

  • Marvel: X-Factor #46 – Siryn vs Monet. Madrox and Layla vs Sentinels in the future. ’nuff said.
  • DC: Blackest Night #1 – Another DC Comics crossover sucks me back in. Hey, I’m a sucker for heroes returning from the dead.
  • IDW: Doctor Who #1 – It is about time that the good Doctor got an ongoing series. In the first issue, he travels to Hollywood in the 1920s, where he befriends Charlie Chaplin and uncovers an alien plot. Aweome.

As much as I wanted to see Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D this weekend, I optioned to stay at home instead. There is a ton of stuff online to keep me busy! Enjoy the rest of the weekend…

  • When you work as a writer for Marvel Studios, they own your soul for three years. In other Marvel news, Mephisto was named the new President of Production. (Film Drunk)
  • It is more or less official, the Veronica Mars movie ain’t happening. (Pop Wrap)
  • Every new film that James Cameron is planning with be made in 3D. What are the chances that he’ll go back and give Aliens the 3D treatment? Because that would be awesome. (Time)
  • The economy sucks, so how can we save money while still enjoying the movie experience? (Killer Film)
  • A few new clips from Pixar’s UP have found their way online! I can not wait to see Pixar’s first 3D feature. (Latino Review)
  • While I really enjoyed Friday’s episode of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, the ending took a major misstep.  You can watch it at this link… (IMDB) Do you agree? Disagree?

I was so glad to see the shorts again this year. It makes the ceremony so much more interesting when I know everything I can about all the nominees. Interesting fact about all the animated selections this year- there’s not a single word of dialogue amongst them.

Presto Pixar Oscar Nominated Short Film

La Maison En Petites Cubes (House of Small Cubes)
An old man lives alone in a house built to survive the ever-rising flood that engulfs his village. He continues to build rooms on top of rooms to escape the water. When he drops his beloved pipe into one of the lower rooms filled with water, he rents scuba gear to retrieve it. As he descends through each floor of his house he recalls all the fond memories experienced in those rooms, right down to the foundation of the house that he and his wife built with their own hands. This film is sweet and the animation is like a colorful painting, but the film seemingly goes nowhere.

Ubornaya istoriya – lyubovnaya istoriya (Lavatory-Lovestory)
An attendant in a men’s lavatory longs for an intimate relationship. When flowers start to appear in her tip jar, she gets frustrated in trying to figure out who put them there. The animation looks like a basic drawing come to life and is very unique. The story is sweet and has a nice little resolution, but I didn’t find it to be all that original.

Oktapodi
Two octopi are in love for a brief moment before one is snatched up and taken away by a restaurant cook to be slaughtered. The remaining octopus escapes from his tank to save his true love as they race through the streets of a small Greek village. This film is all of two minutes and if I hadn’t seen for myself that there was no lamp and bouncing ball at the beginning, I wouldn’t have believed that it wasn’t a Pixar film. The computer animation is beautiful and the story is adorable and original.

Presto
The rabbit of a famous magician takes revenge on his owner when he doesn’t get fed. This is Pixar’s short for the year and if you’ve seen WALL-E, you’ve likely seen this as well. It’s hilarious and quick-witted comedy makes for a great entry in this category.

Oktapodi Oscar Nominated Animated Short

This Way Up
Two undertakers are forced to carry a coffin through the country to make it to the church when their hearse breaks down. This short started out unique and funny, but took a weird turn toward the end that really took the film in a different, unpleasant direction.

Prediction:
Presto. Pixar usually has this category in the bag, but last year they took the year off. This year they came back stronger than ever.

What Should Win:
Presto. Although I’d be just as happy seeing Oktapodi taking it home as well, but it’s super short length will likely diminish its chances.

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