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‘Ratatouille’ Ride Opens July 10th In Disneyland Paris

More information about the ‘Ratatouille’ Ride in Disneyland Paris

A Ratatouille attraction for Disneyland Paris has been in the works for a while, and the first concrete details have begun to emerge. Disney’s Tom Fitzgerald presented a first look at the attraction, titledRatatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, earlier this month. Watch his talk below, and check out Inside the Magic for a few more details.

(Pixar Planet)

Pixar working on ‘The Incredibles 2’ & ‘Cars 3’

Last year, Pixar President Ed Catmull detailed the studio’s plans to release an original film every year, and a sequel every other, totaling up to three films every two years. Up to this point, we have seen sequels (and a prequel) for the Toy StoryCars, and Monsters, Inc. franchises, but there has been one franchise, above all others, that has had a loud group of fans begging for a follow up – Brad Bird’s The Incredibles. Today, Disney announced two Pixar sequels that are in development, The Incredibles 2and Cars 3.

At Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting, held this year in Oregon, Iger revealed that Brad Bird is currently working on the story for a second Incredibles film. For the past few years, Bird has held that he would not be involved with a follow-up if he did not have a great idea. Although the latest Toy Storyand Monsters, Inc. films had different directors than the original films in their respective franchises, Pixar seemed to acknowledge that Bird would have to play a major role in the development of anotherIncredibles film, putting a sequel squarely in the hands of the director. After Ratatouille, Bird shifted to live-action, directing Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland (due out next year), so his return would also mean a full-time return to Pixar. He is constantly involved in the studio’s Braintrust meetings, but he has obviously been busy with his own projects. Following the completion ofTomorrowland, he should have more time on his plate to work on The Incredibles 2.

Iger also announced that Pixar is developing Cars 3, confirming rumors that emerged last year. The property has proven to be lucrative to Disney, from the toys to the incredible Cars Land at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. It remains to be seen whether Lasseter will return to the director’s chair for the third film. The Cars films have been close to Lasseter’s heart, but he is busier than ever running  creative at both Pixar and Disney Animation. He is also heavily involved with Walt Disney Imagineering and the group’s theme park projects, so he clearly has limited hours in the day. Still, given that the film was just announced, we would not see it released in theaters until closer to the end of the decade, at the earliest, which might just be enough time for Lasseter to return.

It should not be surprising that Pixar is working on sequels, considering Catmull stated the studio would continue releasing them, in addition to original films. The studio is not abandoning original stories, as next year we will see Inside Out from Monsters, Inc. and Up director Pete Docter, and The Good DinosaurToy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is also actively working on a film centered around the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos. Sequels provide too much of a return to be blatantly ignored by studios, but the hope is that Pixar can continue to be creative and inspire as much with both its original films and sequels as it has demonstrated with its previous films.

(Pixar Times)

New Short: The Radiator Springs 500 1/2

Pixar Studios has just pulled back the curtain on a new short film they’ve been working on called “The Radiator Springs 500 1/2.” Taking place in the Cars universe, the new short promises more of the comedy, action, and beautiful landscapes that franchise is known for.

A “leisurely drive” planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley, turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race. Meanwhile, the townsfolk, led by a Stanley-costumed Mater, enjoy the planned “leisurely drive” to retrace Stanley’s original frontier route. Thinking they’re on the same course, a wrong turn sends McQueen and the Baja pros on a treacherously wild bid for survival. The misunderstanding leaves the racing professionals in awe of the “legend” of Stanley: the Original Off-Road Racer.

(Disney Insider)

New ‘Party Central’ Poster

We are now less than two weeks away from the premiere of the new Monsters University short, Party Central, which is set to play with Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. Originally scheduled to release with Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur this summer, the short was moved up after the dinosaur film was pushed to next year. This move is actually good for Party Central, as it is closer in proximity now to last summer’sMU, and the film is still somewhat fresh in viewers’ minds. A new poster and clip for the short was released a few days ago.

Trailer for Ratatouille the Ride in Disneyland Paris!

New ‘Party Central’ Clip

With the recent release of Monsters University on Blu-ray and DVD, you might think that Pixar would be done with the franchise for the near future. However, the studio announced at last summer’s D23 Expo that a new short, Party Central, starring Mike and Sulley in their college years would be arriving soon! Those in attendance at the Disney convention had the opportunity to view the entire thing, 

Described as a sequence that MU Story Supervisor (and Party Central writer/director) Kelsey Mannwanted to include in the film in some format, but was unable to find the avenue to do so, the short takes us inside an Oozma Kappa party and gives us a look at the antics of Mike and Sulley.

Party Central will play before Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, which hits North American theaters March 21st!

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Michael Giacchino,
The Incredibles

Soundtrack of the Month: Michael Giacchino - The Glory Days (The Incredibles)

This year it is 10 years ago that ‘The Incredibles’ came to theatre and it is the first time since 2006 that Pixar isn’t going to release a movie. Let’s hope that Pixar will bring back the Glory Days in 2015!

Pixar Developing ‘Star Wars’ Film (Unconfirmed)

Back when Disney bought Marvel, there was some curiosity as to whether Disney Animation or Pixar would ever produce a film utilizing superhero characters such as Iron Man, Hulk, Dr. Strange, and more. Although neither of those characters is making their way into a Disney animated film, Disney is currently working on Big Hero 6, a relatively new Marvel property that teams up a cast of unknowns. After Disney bought LucasFilm, the question turned to whether we would ever see an animated film from Disney or Pixar. A new report has emerged claiming that a plan is in motion for Pixar to work on a Star Wars film.

Latino Review reports that they have “heard that Pixar has been given their own Star Wars movie.” No further details were made available to them by their source(s), so it is difficult to judge the validity of the rumor. However, if it does turn out to be true, it would be a huge turning point for Pixar, which, to this point, has only produced films based on stories developed internally. Every studio in Hollywood at some point has turned to adapting a book or another well-known property, but the Emeryville-based studio has been a notable exception.

If Pixar is truly developing a Star Wars film, it would certainly be based on new characters (no Luke, Leia, and Han), as the studio has demonstrated a passion for sharing original stories. No timeline has been provided for this potential film, but if we do see it one day, then there is a strong chance it will be one of the spin-off films that the Star Wars brand is releasing every other year, starting in 2016. Since this is the first rumor we are hearing of the film, we would likely not see a completed product for years, though, as Pixar takes approximately four years to develop a film.

Latino Review has historically published many reports that have turned out to be true, but the site also has a history of being wrong. Once we hear of a second report, this one will begin to look more likely. However, the report remains unconfirmed, so it will officially be a rumor until someone at Disney confirms or denies it.

(Via The Pixar Times)

More details Ratatouille Ride 

Next summer, Disneyland Paris will unveil a major new attraction and mini-land inspired by the Oscar-winning Disney●Pixar film Ratatouille. The film, directed by Brad Bird, tells the tale of Rémy, a young rat who has amazing talents in the kitchen and dreams of one day becoming a great chef. This leads to a fun but perilous journey that eventually lands him as the head chef of one of the most famous restaurants in Paris. Now Rémy has arrived at Walt Disney Studios Park to share his culinary delights and crazy adventures with the entire family.

On the attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy*, guests will shrink down to the size of a rat and join Rémy and his friends as they scurry through the kitchen, dining room, and walls of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant, all the while trying to avoid the nemesis from the film, Chef Skinner. This first of its kind Disney attraction will immerse guests into an animated world. The attraction is located in a new corner of Toon Studio that’s been transformed into a Ratatouille-inspired version of the City of Light. In addition to the attraction, this mini-land also features a shop, Chez Marianne Souvenirs de Paris**, and a rat-scale themed table service restaurant, Bistrot Chez Rémy*. The restaurant, which is the only one of its kind across Disney Parks worldwide, is directly adjacent to the attraction and serves the “little chef’s” famous dish, ratatouille.

After Crush’s Coaster, Cars Race Rally and Toy Story Playland, Ratatouille will be the fourth attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park inspired by a Disney●Pixar film. Disneyland Paris will once again combine its narration skills with state-of-the-art technology to offer the best possible experience.

Next summer, join us for Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, only at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris.

*Opening scheduled during Summer 2014
**Opening scheduled during Autumn 2014

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Patrick Doyle,
Brave

Soundtrack of the Month: Patrick Doyle - Through The Castle (Brave)

Next week i’m going to Scotland for a few days to visit the Highlands, Lochs and Castles and the set of Brave! To get in the mood for my trip, the soundtrack of this month is Through The Castle from Brave.

Though Brave is set in a fictional medieval Scotland, Pixar’s animators were deeply affected by the real country’s sheer rugged variety. Visiting Scotland both in the summer of 2006 and late 2007, the unique natural sights they witnessed dramatically influenced Brave’s startlingly beautiful animated landscapes.

Taking in a breadth of Scottish events, from the iconic Games of the Braemar Gathering (that informed much of heroine’s Merida’s impressive archery skills) to eating haggis on the Royal Mile,Brave’s animators fully steeped themselves in the local culture. This helped them capture the spirit of Scotland on film in a fashion that had never been attempted in cinema before.

Brave producer Katherine Sarafian admits the team kept journals while staying in Scotland, which proved tremendously useful when they returned to California to begin work on the project. 

"We took photographs and video, sketched and wrote stories," says Sarafian. "We brought everything back and spread it all out, loaded it into our computers. We worked really hard to bring the magic, beauty and ruggedness of Scotland to life in the film through our production design, sets and environments.

Visiting Dunnottar Castle

Some of Scotland’s landmarks proved so mesmerising for Pixar’s Brave team, they actually ended up altering ideas they originally had for the movie to incorporate what they’d seen from their memorable trip.

Initially, Merida’s DunBroch family castle was going to set against a loch in the Highlands. Yet after visiting Dunnottar Castle, a stunning structure cast in jutting cliff-side rocks just south of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, the team decided to imitate its staggering surrounds by making DunBroch an outpost by the sea.

Sarafian also admits the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis had a big impact on Pixar. “It felt like the perfect setting for something important to happen in the story. The stones are in a circle on a big, exposed cliff with the sky as their backdrop - it’s very striking. On both trips it was really hard to get any of the artists back on the bus!”

The Trip to Glen Affric

Merida spends much of her time in Brave travelling through landscapes heavily indebted to the Highlands on her horse Angus. Much of these fantastical, fictional climes were inspired by the filmmakers’ trip to Glen Affric. Keen to experience a slice of authentic Scottish wilderness, the stunning glen only 15 miles from Loch Ness proved the perfect site to experience the magic of the country’s diverse topography. 

With one of the largest Caledonian pinewoods, combined with impressive mountains and moorlands, the heather-strewn hills and moss-covered land of Glen Affric provided a diversity that director Brenda Chapman can see reflected in Merida. “The environment actually reminds me of her - this perfect but complicated blend of hard and soft.”

Scotland’s incredible natural flora and fauna also helped add a grounded point of reference for some of Brave’s more mystical moments. Indeed, some of the film’s most spectacular sights were inspired by the ghostly tales of will ‘o the wisps. 

"They’re in a lot of Scottish folklore," says Mark Andrews, one of Brave’s two directors. They were said to lead you to treasure or doom-to change your fate-but they’re an actual phenomenon of swamp and bog gas seeping up through the earth and interacting with the natural resources to create the blue flames. So we made the wisps like actual little spirits.

Bear necessities

Moving from the fiery-haired teen archer to Brave’s vicious demon bear Mor’du, the visit to Scotland also influenced the creation of the film’s formidable furry beast. Story Supervisor Brian Larsen says Scotland’s love of stories was a big help while planning Brave. “Scotland is a storytelling culture-wherever we went, the locals erupted into stories of their everyday lives and the people they knew. The story of Mor’du was inspired by the stories we heard while we were there.”

The impact the trip had on Pixar has clearly paid off, with Billy Connolly already giving Brave’sdepiction of Scotland his stamp of approval. “The filmmakers have really captured the spirit of Scotland,” says the iconic Glaswegian comic who voices King Fergus in the film. “The glory of the settings makes it instantly recognisable, beautiful and very dramatic. It’s a magical country.”

Staying true to Scotland

Gordon Cameron, Pixar’s Global Technology Supervisor and one of the animation studio’s few actual Scots, also thinks the film has resolutely bottled a sense of Scottish authenticity. “If we had made the film in Scotland, it wouldn’t have been any more authentic,” says Cameron. “People here really care about the detail, the vegetation, the weather, the way the characters’ mouths move when they’re speaking a Scottish dialect. I feel almost less Scottish than a lot of the people on the crew!”

In the aftermath of the informative trip to Scotland, Production Designer Steve Pilcher has a clear goal he wants to achieve among cinemagoers that see Brave this summer. “If you walk away and say, ‘Wow, that was Scotland. There’s no film like that,’ then we got our message across.”

Día de los Muertos film - Coming June 17, 2016

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