Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020

Pete Docter's "Soul" features stairway-to-heaven visions of the afterlife, a pre-birth "before" realm where souls are glowing turquoise orbs and an in-between spiritual realm trafficked by some kind of psychedelic pirate. And yet, kind of magically, it's about "just regular old living." 

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Friday, May. 29, 2020

In Steven Clay Hunter's 23 years as an animator at Pixar, he has drawn a seven-armed octopus, a Canadian daredevil and a wheezing toy penguin. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, "Out." 

Hunter wrote and directed the nine-minute Pixar...

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020

The technology that animated movies like “Toy Story” and enabled a variety of special effects is the focus of this year’s Turing Award, the technology industry’s version of the Nobel Prize.

Patrick Hanrahan and Edwin Catmull won the prize for their contributions to 3-D computer graphics...

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020

For a revolutionary animation studio, Pixar has been surprisingly wary of advancing technology. The company may be at the forefront of digital animation, but for 25 years, its spiritual DNA has been decidedly nostalgic. It's the old-school new school. 

In "WALL-E," high-tech humans have...

Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

SIGGRAPH 2019 has revealed the award winners and lineup of 24 short films, breakdowns, scientific visualizations, advertisements, and more, set to appear in the Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater next month. Showcasing the latest in computer graphics, the one-night-only Electronic...

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

The ousted Pixar co-founder and former Disney animation chief John Lasseter will head the recently launched animation division of Skydance Media, the production company announced Wednesday.

Lasseter, one of the most illustrious and pioneering figures in animation, last year stepped down...

Sunday, Jun. 17, 2018

The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.

Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180...

Saturday, Jun. 9, 2018

John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Co.'s animation chief, will step down at the end of the year after acknowledging "missteps" in his behavior with staff members.

Disney announced Friday that Lasseter — one of the most illustrious and powerful...

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

In a sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend at the box office, Pixar's "Coco" remained the top film for the second straight week while a number of Oscar contenders packed theaters in specialty release.

"Coco" again easily led all films with $26.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to...

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

Pixar's "Coco" sang its way to the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.' "Justice League."

"Coco" rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences to the top spot at the...

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