Pixar’s Up wins Oscar for Best Original Score

Pixar’s Up has just won the Academy Awards for Best Original Score. Congrats to composer Michael Giacchino and everyone at Pixar involved in bringing both the film and music to life.

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03/07/2010 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar’s Up wins Oscar for Best Original Score

Pixar’s Up wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature

Pixar’s Up has just won the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. Congrats to director Pete Docter and everyone at Pixar on this much-deserved win.

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03/07/2010 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar’s Up wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature

Up wins Best Animated Feature at 37th Annual Annie Awards

Pixar Animation Studio’s Up wins the Best Animated Feature honor at the 37th Annual Annie Awards held at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Walt Disney Animation Studios won six Annies overall including three for its feature The Princess and the Frog and three for its television production Prep and Landing.

DreamWorks Animation won five Annies including Best Television Production for Children and Directing/TV for The Penguins of Madagascar, Character Animation/TV and Storyboarding/Feature for Monsters vs. Aliens and Storyboarding/TV for Merry Madagascar.

Best Home Entertainment Production went to 20th Century Fox’s Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder; Best Animated Short Subject went to ShadowMachine’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5; Acme Filmworks won Best Animated Television Commercial for Spanish Lottery ‘Deportees’; Best Animated Television Production went to Disney’s Prep and Landing; and Best Animated Television Production for Children went to DreamWorks’ The Penguins of Madagascar.

The Winsor McCay award was given to three industry leaders – Tim Burton, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Bruce Timm. Named in honor of the prolific animator, Winsor McCay, this award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.

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02/07/2010 | Films | Comments Off on Up wins Best Animated Feature at 37th Annual Annie Awards

82nd Academy Awards: Animation Nominees

The nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards (Oscars) were announced today. Here are the animation nominees:

Animated Feature Film
“Coraline” Henry Selick
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
“The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
“The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
“Up” Pete Docter

Short Film (Animated)
“French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
“Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
“A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

More nominees after the break.

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02/02/2010 | Films | Comments Off on 82nd Academy Awards: Animation Nominees

Pixar’s Up wins two Grammy awards

Pixar’s up was nominated for three Grammy awards this past Sunday; of which it won two: Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition. Below are the complete list of nominees in both categories.

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media:

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Alexandre Desplat) [Concord Records]
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Nicholas Hooper) [New Line Records]
Milk (Danny Elfman) [Decca]
Star Trek (Michael Giacchino) [Varèse Sarabande]
Winner: Up (Michael Giacchino) [Walt Disney Records]

Best Instrumental Composition:

“Borat In Syracuse” from “Jazz-Clazz” (Paquito D’Rivera) (Paquito D’Rivera Quintet) [Timba Records]
“Counting To Infinity” from “Dialmentia” (Tim Davies) (Tim Davies Big Band) [Origin Records]
“Fluffy” from “Legendary” (Bob Florence) (Bob Florence Limited Edition) [MAMA Records]
“Ice-Nine” from “Lab 2009″ (Steve Wiest) (University Of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band) [North Texas Jazz]
Winner: “Married Life” from Up (Michael Giacchino) [Walt Disney Records]

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02/01/2010 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar’s Up wins two Grammy awards

Pixar’s UP wins Golden Globes

Minutes ago, the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film went to Pixar’s Up. Not really a surprise, as Pixar tends to win everything. Next up, the Academy Award (Oscar). Congrats to everyone at Pixar who worked on creating yet another animated masterpiece. A win that was well deserved.

Update: Up just won another Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

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01/17/2010 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar’s UP wins Golden Globes

Pixar’s Up nominated for three Grammy awards

The folks at Pixar Animation Studios have something to celebrate today as their latest animated hit “Up” has been nominated for three Grammy awards. Up’s score is nominated in the Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media where it will go up against The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Milk, and Star Trek. Also, two of Up’s individual tracks, Married Life and Up with End Credits, were nominated for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

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12/04/2009 | Films | 1 Comment

Pixar Short: George and AJ

Check out this Pixar short featuring George and AJ from Pixar’s Up. And because you’ll probably wonder — yes, this is how it’s supposed to look. My guess is that this was a test short and if approved by Pixar bosses would have been fully animated. Instead, we’re left with this animated storyboard-like short, which I actually enjoy a lot.

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11/24/2009 | 2D Animation Spotlight | Comments Off on Pixar Short: George and AJ

Disney pushing Pixar’s Up for Best Picture nomination

Disney is serious about getting a Best Picture nomination for Pixar’s Up; so much that they bought the entire cover of Daily Variety, seen below:

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11/16/2009 | Films | 2 Comments

Pixar’s Up now available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Pixar’s “Up” is now available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Up Blu-ray special features include:

* Cine-Explore (BD exclusive)
* Global Guardian Badge Game (BD exclusive)
* Geography Game (BD exclusive)
* 8 Documentaries (BD exclusive)
* Doug’s Special Mission animated short
* Partly Cloudy animated short
* Directory commentary
* Adventure is Out There – documentary chronicling the filmmakers’ journey to South America
* The Many Endings of Muntz – Witness the demise of Charles Muntz with an unseen alternate take
* DVD copy of the film
* Digital copy of the film

A limited edition “Up: Luxo Jr. Collectible Desk Lamp Set” which includes a replica Luxo Jr. desk lamp with Blu-ray storage base, is also available now.

Click here to check out the cover art at our sister site, BlurayWire.

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11/10/2009 | DVD/Blu-ray | Comments Off on Pixar’s Up now available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

Clip of new Pixar short, “Dug’s Special Mission”

Check out a preview of the new Pixar short, “Dug’s Special Mission” scheduled for release November 10, 2009 as part of the “UP” DVD/Blu-ray Disc.

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10/22/2009 | DVD/Blu-ray, Trailers/Videos | 1 Comment

Pixar’s “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” coming to Blu-ray November 10

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that both “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” will be released on Blu-ray November 10th. Up will also be released on DVD the same day.

Up Blu-ray special features include:

* Cine-Explore (BD exclusive)
* Global Guardian Badge Game (BD exclusive)
* Geography Game (BD exclusive)
* 8 Documentaries (BD exclusive)
* Doug’s Special Mission animated short
* Partly Cloudy animated short
* Directory commentary
* Adventure is Out There – documentary chronicling the filmmakers’ journey to South America
* The Many Endings of Muntz – Witness the demise of Charles Muntz with an unseen alternate take
* DVD copy of the film
* Digital copy of the film

Monster’s Inc Blu-ray special features include:

* Monster’s Inc Ride and Go Seek: Building Monstropolis in Tokyo (BD Exclusive)
* Filmmakers’ Roundtable with director Pete Docter, co-director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson (BD Exclusive)
* Roz’s 100-Door Challenge Game (BD Exclusive)
* BD-Live Features
* All special features from the previous DVD release
* DVD copy of the film
* Digital copy of the film

A limited edition “Up: Luxo Jr. Collectible Desk Lamp Set” which includes a replica Luxo Jr. desk lamp with Blu-ray storage base, will also be released on the same day.

Click here to check out the cover art at our sister site, BlurayWire.

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08/07/2009 | DVD/Blu-ray | Comments Off on Pixar’s “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” coming to Blu-ray November 10