peek a boo robot

Alonso Martinez, a technical director with Pixar, developed what might be one of the cutest robots in existence. Her name is Mira, and she’s designed to be a sort of “desk companion.” She uses a facial tracking system to interact with users, and she thoroughly enjoys playing “peek-a-boo”.

Unfortunately, while Mira is pretty flippin’ cute, there isn’t any word just yet concerning if and when the robot might be made available to the public. The good news is that development is ongoing, so there’s hope.

Watch the video after the break…

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inside out

Spoiler alert–Inside Out is a good movie:

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It’s more of what the world at large has come to expect from Pixar: Animated movies that are fun, smart, and moving enough to be enjoyed by children and adults (with gorgeous visuals besides). In recent years, other studios–Walt Disney with Wreck-It Ralph, DreamWorks Animation with How to Train Your Dragon, Warner Bros. with The Lego Movie–may have edged in on Pixar’s one-time reputation as the only (non-indie) company delivering animated movies at the highest level of quality, and I say the more the merrier, but damn does this movie illustrate exactly what makes Pixar… well, Pixar.

Spoilers follow…

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Last year Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Pixar was set to begin work on The Incredibles 2. ‘Bout freaking time right? Unfortunately, it seems that the project isn’t as far along as we hoped.

According to a recent interview with NPR about the sequel, Brad Bird said it was “percolating”. He notes:

“I’m just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens.”

So does this mean that work has literally just begun? We doubt it. Odds are a story has been in place since the announcement and Bird, now free of commitments, has begun hammering down the script. This scenario seems more likely given Bird’s comments at a 2007 Wondercon panel:

“But I think at Pixar, the bottom line is the story that you’re telling. And Pixar does not look at sequels as a financial plan. We feel we have a relationship with the audience and that they believe in each movie we put out. We believe completely in every movie we put out. If I can come up with a story that is as good or better than that first film, then I’d love to return to that world, but it would have to be story first.”

Either way, one thing is for sure—we’re going to have to be patient and wait a few more years before The Incredibles 2 becomes a reality.

(via Slash Film)

scully and mulder

At New York Toy Fair 2015, which kicked off on Saturday and is running through Tuesday, there is A) a lot of Frozen, B) A LOT OF FROZEN, C) a Tribble coin purse from The Coop (bless), and D) all the Funko you can shake an adorable plastic figurine at. If you weren’t there either because you weren’t in New York or you were in New York but made the completely reasonable decision to stay indoors where it wasn’t frakking freezing, you can live the experience vicariously through me. There’s no visual aid for my reaction to the upcoming X-Files figures, above, but it was something like this. Behind the cut: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jaws, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, The Fifth Element, Star Trek, and more!

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Pixar’s newest movie Inside Out already looks like will have that mix of adorable, comedic, and serious that we’ve come to appreciate from Pixar.

It’s the adorable that really comes into play with these new Funko POP!s of Riley’s inner feelings; Anger, Joy, Despair, Sadness, and Fear.

I want all of them.

You can get a better look at them along with the trailer for the movie after the break.

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toy story 3 art

Pixar movies might seem magical, but like most stories, they go through several rounds of revisions and edits. Sometimes the original plots are nothing like the finished project, and that seems to be the case for Toy Story 3. The film was released in 2010, but Disney (who was feuding with Pixar and owned the rights to their characters at the time) used a newly created company called Circle 7 to start developing the story back in 2004. Fortunately, Disney purchased Pixar outright and Circle 7 was dissolved along with the original ideas for the film.

Artist Jim Martin posted a batch of concept art based on that initial plot, and it shows a very different movie that lacks the warm and fuzzy aspects of the final product.

It looks like the movie focuses on Buzz Lightyear and takes place in Taiwan. From Imgur:

“The other toys become concerned when Buzz Lightyear starts to malfunction and decide to ship him to the Taiwanese that originally built him.”

Woody and the gang then have to go Taiwan to bring Buzz home.

Huh. I’m feeling pretty good about the version of Toy Story 3 we saw, and I’m looking forward to catching Toy Story 4 in a few years.

See a gallery of the concept art after the break.

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up explosion

If there’s one thing Michael Bay is known for, it’s explosions. He fits more explosions into 5-minutes of film than should rightly be in an entire movie, but his movies are blockbusters so you have to give the guy some credit. But what you don’t want to do is give him a Pixar film like Up. YouTube user MrStratman7 has given a go at imagining what it would have been like if Bay had helmed Up and the results are, interesting.

See the video after the break.

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Frozen is an absolute runaway hit, but no movie is perfect. The good folks at Screen Junkies are going to show you just how not perfect the animated movie is with their latest Honest Trailer. They make some very good points, like what the heck was up with those magic troll rock creatures?

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andy and woody

Are you ready to have your mind blown? Like, in the same way it was blown by the theory that all the Pixar movies happen in the same universe? Well, hold onto your hat – seriously, hats are important here. Jon Negroni pointed out the style of Andy’s hat in Toy Story. It’s red with white trim and looks just like Jessie’s (with the exception of the lace band which could have faded or been lost over time). He starts with that and heads down a trail that makes a good case for Andy’s mom being Emily – Jessie’s previous owner.

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disney pixar map

Disney and Pixar’s animated films take place all over the world. You’re not the only one to wonder exactly where, either. DeviantArt user Eowyn Smith took the 44 Disney animated features and 13 Pixar animated features and pinned them to their stated or implied locations. The above map lays it all out. I love seeing how it breaks down, and I’m surprised to see how many films are in North America as compared to Europe. Smith breaks down the movies by continent in written form over at DA, and research like this makes my inner Disnerd smile.

Be sure to click the map to enlarge and see all the details.

(via Sploid)