Back in 1983, long before Spike Jonze showed us that giant monsters look best as practical effects in sun-drenched forests, Disney owned the rights to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and were apparently considering making it an animated film. John Lasseter, then Disney emloyee and later founder of Pixar, did some tests to see if it would be feasible to use hand-drawn character animation over 3D backgrounds.
Studio heads decided the technique was "too expensive" and "what they do on Futurama," and Lasseter was fired shortly after. But now, thanks to internet, we can see one of those early tests:
Showing before screenings of Disney•Pixar's Finding Nemo re-release, Partysaurus Rex is a new Toy Story short that focuses on Rex ingratiating himself with the tub toys by trying to "get this party started up in here." In the clip below, you'll see how he goes about that by fil... / Continue →
Disney/Pixar has posted some clips, or episodes, from Up, creating a new a new, amalgamated media format known as the "UPisode." The second UPisode just went up, so watch it at Apple and let's never use the term again.... / Continue →
Set to premiere with the June release of Monsters University, the new short The Blue Umbrella follows an umbrella as he looks for love and Pixar as they start to run out of cute character ideas and decide this would be cuter than putting eyeballs on ponchos. Here's the first cl... / Continue →