Monday, October 10, 2016

Dug in Real Life

Disney posted this because they knew I would post about it. Well, maybe not, but I had to post about it to add to my collection of instances where Disney•Pixar's UP has been brought into the real world.

Found at Cinema Blend.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Press Release: Two-time Oscar Winner Rob Legato Rounds Out VIEW 2016 Program



Two-time Oscar winner Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor for
Disney’s The Jungle Book, rounds out a stellar VIEW 2016 program.

Film, Games, and VR Industry Leaders Offer 18 Workshops
TURIN, Italy (October 6, 2016) VIEW Conference 2016, Italy’s renowned computer graphics and digital media conference kicks off its 17th annual conference in only three weeks (October 23-28) and has added two-time Oscar winner Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor for Disney’s The Jungle Book, to the stellar 2016 program.  The conference includes 18 different workshops, including those for storytelling, storyboarding, virtual movie production, pitching, directing, animation posing, CG environments, visual imaging, character design, VR game development, photography, portfolio review, and tricks of the trade for jobs and hiring.

VIEW has become one of the most highly regarded digital media conferences in the world by bringing top professionals in computer graphics, animation, game development, and research to beautiful Torino, Italy each year. 2016 is no exception as speakers from four of the top five worldwide box office hits present at VIEW 2016 as well as those representing other important films, games, and virtual reality applications.

This year, workshop leaders include Zootopia Director Byron Howard “The DNA of Disney Character Design.” Sausage Party Director Conrad Vernon “Pitching Storyboards,” Kubo and the Two Strings Screenplay Writer Marc Haimes from Liaka “7 Hacks to Avoid Becoming a Hack,” The Jungle Book Environment Supervisor Audrey Ferrara from MPC on Making Environments Work,” Alice Through the Looking Glass Animation Supervisor Troy Saliba “Animation Posing and Composition,” Cornell University Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics Donald Greenberg, “Visual Imaging in the Electronic Age,”  Epic Games Evangelist Luis Cataldi on “On-Ramp to Unreal Engine,” Savannah College of Art and Design Professor Deborah Fowler “Procedural Techniques using Houdini,” Director of The Rubin Collection’s Michael Rubin “Photographic ‘Haiku” Masterclass,” and Pixar Director of Photography Sharon Calahan “Storytelling with Light.” 

Conference Director Maria Elena Gutierrez encourages anyone interested in taking a VIEW workshop to register now to reserve space. “Our workshops this year exceed any we’ve offered in the past in number and quality,” Dr. Gutierrez says. “They go beyond any offered at other venues, large or small. We are giving artists the opportunity to interact with the directors of major animated feature films, art directors, animation supervisors, and others. This is in addition to our fabulous talks. We have directors and visual effects supervisors from the top films this year, innovative game developers, and researchers leading the way in virtual reality. It will be an extraordinary conference.” 

VIEW 2016 Keynote speakers 

Professor Dr. Donald Greenberg of Cornell University has received the highest honor in computer graphics, the Stephen A. Coons award. Five former students have won Hollywood’s Technical “Oscars”, and five have won the prestigious Siggraph Achievement Award. Dr. Greenberg’s keynote will address what’s necessary to improve VR technology and VR’s future potential.

Byron Howard, Director of Walt Disney Pictures’ Zootopia will share the artistry, research, and technology that made this animated feature possible. The critically acclaimed film has earned more than one billion US Dollars worldwide, and stands at number two in the 2016box office. Howard received an Oscar nomination in 2008 for directing Bolt and an Annie nomination for Brother Bear.

Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President Physical Production, Marvel Studios will take VIEW attendees inside Marvel’s brilliantly successful cinematic universe. At Marvel, she oversees all physical production, post-production and production technical operations, one of the few women ever to hold this position in a studio. In 2016, Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War jumped to number one at the box office with more than one billion dollars in ticket sales worldwide. Marvel’s highly anticipated film Doctor Strange releases on October 26 in Italy, during VIEW.

Mike Mitchell, Director and Walt Dohrn, Co-director of DreamWorks Trolls will offer behind-the-scenes looks at this unique animated film, which releases in Italy October 27, during VIEW. Mitchell directed Shrek Forever After, executive produced Kung Fu Panda 3, and was a writer and storyboard artist for Nickelodeon’s TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Dohrn was a story artist on Shrek 2, Shrek Forever After, and Rise of the Guardians, and a writer for “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Conrad Vernon, Director of Annapurna/Columbia’s Sausage Party will use clips from scenes in films he has directed to document an award-winning career that led to the 2016 surprise hit, the R-rated animated film Sausage Party. Vernon received an Annecy Cristal award nomination for the animated film Monsters & Aliens, and Annie nominations and a Palme d’Or nomination for Shrek 2.

Brad Lewis, Producer, Warner Bros.’ Storks will reveal the unusual creative and production aspects of this film in his keynote speech. Previously, Lewis was a co-director, writer, and voice actor (Tubbs Pacer) for Disney/Pixar’s Cars2 and a producer of Ratatouille for which he won the AFI Movie of the Year award.

More Outstanding Animated Feature Filmmakers:

Pixar’s Director of Photography Sharon Calahan recently received an Annie nomination for the production design in The Good Dinosaur

Pixar’s Supervising Technical Director John Halstead helped bring Hank alive in Finding Dory, the number one box office hit in 2016.

Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Emerson’s team used computer graphics to expand the universe of Laika’s stop-frame animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, 

Director David Feiss, whose career spans television and feature film animation, shares unique insights into the making of Sony Pictures’ video feature Open Season: Scared Silly. Feiss has received two Primetime Emmy nominations, a Daytime Emmy nomination, and an Annie nomination.

Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisors for Blockbuster Films

It is fitting that Torino, which boasts the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, the National Museum of Cinema, should host the visual effects supervisors who were instrumental in creating blockbuster films this year.

 Two-time Oscar winner (Hugo, Titanic) Rob Legato, Visual Effects Supervisor for Disney’s The Jungle Book, which holds the number four position in the 2016 worldwide box office tally.

 Four-time Oscar nominee Roger Guyett of Industrial Light & Magic, Visual Effects Supervisor for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film earned more than two billion US dollars putting it into third place in the all-time, worldwide box office. Guyett received an Oscar nomination for that film, and for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Star Trek, and Star Trek into Darkness. 

 Three-time Oscar nominee (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Star Trek, Transformers) Russell Earl, Industrial Light & Magic’s Visual Effects Supervisor for Captain America: Civil War, the most successful live-action film this year.

 Primetime Emmy and VES award nominee Ryan Tudhope, Visual Effects Supervisor at Atomic Fiction for Deadpool, another live-action film in the 2016 top-ten in worldwide box office receipts.

 VES award nominee Audrey Ferrara, Environment Supervisor at MPC will show her team’s work on the complex CG environments which became the entire jungle in The Jungle Book.

Virtual Reality, the Hottest Tech Topic This Year

Will virtual reality ever achieve the hype surrounding this exciting technology, which, after 25 years in development, has finally reached consumers? VIEW 2016’s speakers starting with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Greenberg from Cornell University provide an important perspective.  Other speakers include:

Rob Bredow, Chief Technology Officer at Lucasfilm, will showcase the experiments into Cinematic Virtual Reality being carried on at ILMxLab. ILMxLab is one of six R&D centers at Disney looking into Virtual Reality. In addition to his role as CTO, Bredow previously received four VES nominations while visual effects supervisor on Sony Pictures’ animated features.

Maureen Fan, CEO and Co-Founder, Baobab Studios will share her studio’s success with VR storytelling. Co-founded by Eric Darnell who directed all four Madagascar films and Larry Cutler who was DreamWorks’ Global Head of Character Technology, Baobab’s debut short film “Invasion!” was accepted at Cannes, Tribeca, and Annecy. Fan was formerly VP of games at Zynga.

Brian Pullen, VR Designer at Google designed launch applications for Daydream, Google’s high-end mobile VR platform and will bring the processes he developed along with the principles and lessons learned. 

Adam Orth, CEO and Creative Director of Three One Zero will share his inspiring story of overcoming tremendous odds to start a studio that created the critically-acclaimed VR experience ADRIFT.

Tuna Bora, Multi-Disciplinary illustrator and Designer was production designer for Oscar winning director Patrick Osborne’s “Pearl,” a Google Spotlight Story and Osborne’s debut film in VR. Bora practices visual storytelling across many fields.

Luke Youngman, Executive Producer and Deputy Head of Production and Felix Massie, Director, both at Nexus bring the latest and most interactive Google Spotlight Story, “Rain or Shine,” which blends 2D and 3D animation, spherical cinema-quality video, full-sphere surround sound, and sensor fusion techniques. Before joining Nexus in London, Youngman and Massie were both at Aardman Animations. Massie received an Annecy Cristal nomination for “Keith Reynolds Can’t Make it Tonight,” and numerous nominations for “In the Air is Christopher Gray.”

Pratik Shah, Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab moves Virtual Reality into medicine via clinical imaging of the human body. Among his many roles, Dr. Shah leads the health and technology efforts run by the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Group. Dr. Shah has received a national award from the American Society for Microbiology, as well as an independent fellowship award from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Games at VIEW

Josh Holmes, Franchise Creative Director for 343 Industries, the Microsoft Game Studios unit formed to oversee development of Halo, which includes video games, novels, comics and other multimedia content. 

Adam Gazzaley and Matt Omernick, Co-Founders of Akili, a start-up company that integrates video games and neuroscience to treat specific cognitive disorders.

Daryl Anselmo, Art & Creative Director at Zynga will consider the emotions of game development.

Barry Meade, Co-Founder, Fireproof Studios where a small team of self-funded artists created Room, a 3D game and Apple’s iPad Game of the Year.

Adam Volker, Creative Director, Moonbot Studios offers a painter’s vocabulary for games. Volker was art director for the short film, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” which won an Oscar in 2012 for best short animated film.

Mauro Fanelli, Co-Founder, Mixed Bag, which published the first Italian indie-game on PlayStation 4. Fanelli will introduce his studio’s upcoming action adventure game.

Daniel Fountain, Programmer and Puzzle Designer, State of Play, which uses physical models in their games.

Marco Mazzaglia, IT Manager and Videogame Evangelist, T-Union, looks at the role of IT in game development.

Leading into VIEW is the annual digital movie festival VIEWFest, showcasing an exciting program of animated films and talks including the Italian premiere of Laika Animation’s Kubo and the Italian premiere of the SIGGRAPH 2016 Traveling Electronic Theater. 

VIEWFEST takes place October 21 to 23 in Torino’s Cinema Massimo. 

VIEW Conference takes place October 23 to 28 in the city’s Torinoincontra, conference center.

For more information about the VIEW Conference and VIEWFEST, please visit the website: 

Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory 
Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Disney Animation’s Zootopia
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War
DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls
Disney’s The Jungle Book
Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings
Fox’s Deadpool
Annapurna/Columbia Sausage Party
Sony Pictures’ Alice Through the Looking Glass
Warner Bros.’ Storks
Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur
Sony Pictures’ Open Season: Scared Silly

Akili Interactive
Three One Zero
Fireproof Studios
Moonbot Studios
Mixed Bag
State of Play
Epic Games
Lucasfilm / ILMxLAB
Cornell University
MIT Media Lab
Baobab Studios
Epic Games


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Trailer and Teaser Poster

Info from the studio:

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.  Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! 
  • Directed by: Kelly Asbury
  • Written by: Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon
  • Based on the Characters and Works of Peyo
  • Produced by:  Jordan Kerner
  • Co-Producer: Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews
  • Demi Lovato (Smurfette)
  • Rainn Wilson (Gargamel)
  • Joe Manganiello (Hefty)
  • Jack McBrayer (Clumsy)
  • Danny Pudi (Brainy)
  • with Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf)

This film is not yet rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.  For future rating information, please visit www.filmratings.comCredits not final

SMURF, and all Smurfs characters: ©Peyo. All Rights Reserved. "Smurf" and "The Smurfs" are registered trademarks of STUDIO PEYO.

Teaser trailer will be posted tomorrow.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Finding Dory Home Release Details & Character Fun Facts


The Summer Blockbuster Hit, Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory,”
Swims Home on Digital HD on Oct. 25 and Blu-ray™ on Nov. 15

Dive deep into the kelp to find out more about the making of the film with extensive extras featuring the creative talent of Pixar and the all-star cast!

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 8, 2016 — The summer blockbuster hit, Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory,” swims home just in time for the holidays on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Oct. 25 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 15. Viewers can watch Dory’s hilarious and heartwarming quest to find her family and continue the underwater adventure with hours of immersive bonus features.

The film’s playful and plentiful bonus offerings include “Piper,” the theatrical short film starring an irresistible sandpiper hatchling; an all-new mini short featuring interviews with Dory’s pals from the Marine Life Institute; a behind-the-scenes look at the most challenging character Pixar has ever created; never-before-seen deleted scenes, including a digital exclusive featuring the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo” who make it their mission to get Marlin and Nemo to the Marine Life Institute; and much, much more.

“Finding Dory” features an all-star voice cast, reuniting Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) and Albert Brooks (“This is 40”) as Dory and Marlin, the ever-optimistic blue tang and the uptight but loyal clownfish. Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) lends his voice to “septopus” Hank, Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) voices whale shark Destiny, and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) gives voice to beluga whale Bailey. Dory’s doting parents Charlie and Jenny are portrayed by Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) and Diane Keaton (“Love the Coopers”), and 12-year-old Hayden Rolence (“Beta Persei”) steps in as Nemo, the young clownfish with a lucky fin.

Thirteen years after the original, audiences get a new chapter in the story of their favorite forgetful blue tang. As returning director Andrew Stanton describes, “I realized that I was worried about Dory. The idea of her short-term memory loss and how it affected her was unresolved. What if she got lost again?” His response is a touching tale of friendship and family that’s truly unforgettable … perhaps even for Dory.

Bonus features include*:

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD:
•    Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
•    Marine Life Interviews (All-New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember our favorite blue tang.
•    The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s “Team Hank” unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever.
•    What Were We Talking About? – This piece showcases the complex routes Dory’s story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss.
•    Casual Carpool – What’s it like to commute with the voices of Marlin, Charlie, Bailey and Hank? Join “Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Stanton as he drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill to work.
•    Animation & Acting – How do you create a connection between a human audience and a fish? This behind-the-scenes look behind the curtain examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators.
•    Creature Features – The cast of “Finding Dory” share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film.
•    Deep in the Kelp – Disney Channel’s Jenna Ortega guides us on a research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the “Finding Dory” crew went to make Dory’s world feel real.
•    Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer – “Finding Dory” character art director Jason Deamer talks about how he got to Pixar, how he draws the characters in the film, and how falling off a skateboard teaches you lessons you can use in art and life.
•    Dory’s Theme – A spirited discussion among the composer, music editor and director of “Finding Dory” about the musical elements that shape Dory’s quirky and joyful theme.
•    Rough Day on the Reef – Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you’ll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making “Finding Dory.”
•    Commentary – Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins deliver their personal perspective on “Finding Dory.”
•    Deleted Scenes (introduced by director Andrew Stanton)
o    Losing Nemo – While watching the stingray migration, Dory starts to follow two fish that remind her of her parents, leaving Nemo all alone.
o    Little Tension in Clown Town – In this alternate version of the film, Dory tries to "follow her fins" to her parents, but ends up in a strange place with even stranger fish fashion.
o    Dory Dumped – In this early version of the story, Dory's parents had short-term memory loss as well.
o    Sleep Swimming – Dory begins to talk and swim in her sleep, revealing what seem to be clues to her past.
o    Meeting Hank – Wandering the Marine Life Institute's elaborate pipe system, Dory happens upon the abode of Hank the cranky octopus.
o    The Pig – Frantically navigating the pipes of the Marine Life Institute in search of her parents, Dory crosses paths with a terrifying cleaning device.
o    Starting Over – Director Andrew Stanton presents four different versions of the movie’s opening scene to illustrate the filmmakers’ search for the best way to introduce Dory’s backstory and to connect this new film to “Finding Nemo.”
o    Tank Gang (Digital exclusive) – After a close encounter with a squid leaves them separated from Dory, Marlin and Nemo unexpectedly meet up with the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo,” who make it their mission to get to the Marine Life Institute … by any means necessary.
o    Hidden Seacrets of Finding Dory (Digital exclusive) – Take a deep dive to catch secret Easter Eggs throughout the movie.  And just like Hank, they’re hidden in plain sight.
•    Theatrical Short: Piper & Commentary

From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Bring home the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of bonus extras.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), the film is produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) and executive produced by John Lasseter. Victoria Strouse (“October Road”) wrote the script with Stanton. Veteran composer and longtime Stanton collaborator Thomas Newman (“Bridge of Spies,” “WALL•E,” “Finding Nemo”) created the film’s music score and singer-songwriter Sia performs the film’s end-credit song, “Unforgettable.”

Product SKUs:    Digital 3D HD, Digital HD, Digital SD, Blu-ray 3D Superset (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy), Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy), Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time:        Approximately 97 minutes

Rating:                    PG in U.S. and G in Canada

Aspect Ratio:                Blu-ray 3D Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 1.78:1
Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 1.78:1
                            DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 1.78:1

Audio:                                Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English and Spanish (U.S. only) and French (Canada only) 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

Languages/Subtitles:        Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French
                            DVD = English SDH and Spanish (U.S. only) and French (Canada only)


Pixar Animation Studios offers a free audio description feature for low-vision and blind audiences on all of its titles currently available on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA). Consumers need to have a Disney Movies Anywhere App downloaded onto an iPhone® or iPad® running iOS 8 or above in order to use this technology.

Audio descriptive narration provides visually impaired audiences with the unique experience of being able to enjoy watching/listening to a film alongside their family and friends. Key visual elements of the film are inserted as an audio guide to help low-vision viewers get a more comprehensive understanding of the film.   These key visual elements include actions, costumes, gestures, facial expressions, scene changes and onscreen text.  The fact that the narration track can sync with the movie as it plays in the background is a new feature for the Disney Movies Anywhere App and one that greatly enhances existing technology.  For more information, consumers can visit

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it easy to buy Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. Viewers can enjoy their digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple mobile platforms by simply adding the free DMA app or channel to their devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android mobile phones and tablets, Android TV, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Xbox 360, and connecting to their DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and Fios by Verizon. DMA users can explore Disney’s library of over 450 digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, redeem Digital Movie codes found in eligible Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars product, and earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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©2016 Disney
*Bonus features may vary by retailer



FAMILY TIES – Dory has found a home with Marlin and Nemo, who welcomed her into their family with open fins. Filmmakers studied the psychology of adoption to better understand how Dory might feel to be a part of an extraordinary adopted family, yet still wonder about her past.
•    Even though Dory was already designed for “Finding Nemo,” filmmakers had to bring her design into current technology to use it. To achieve the specific shapes and expressions that fans would recognize as Dory, artists put images from the first movie side by side with images in production to ensure all was as it should be.

ALL GROWN UP – Alexander Gould, who originally voiced Nemo in 2003’s “Finding Nemo” will be 22 in May, so filmmakers had to recast the character, calling on 12-year-old Hayden Rolence to voice the junior clownfish in “Finding Dory.”
•    Gould, who won filmmakers’ hearts 13 years ago, can be heard in the new movie as the voice of a truck driver.
•    Rolence, who was cast long before recording began, was advised that he couldn’t tell anyone about the role. That proved tough for the youngster, who wanted more than anything to share the news with his grandma.

LAUGHABLE – Comedian Albert Brooks returns to the big screen as the voice of clownfish Marlin in “Finding Dory.” Filmmakers say Brooks is all about improv, infusing his iconic comedy into the character. While Marlin carried a big emotional load in “Finding Nemo,” he’s been freed up in “Finding Dory,” allowing Brooks a lot more improvisational leeway this time.

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN – When designers were working on Hank, the cantankerous octopus in “Finding Dory,” they created tapered tentacles for the cephalopod. The tentacles were modeled separately from the body, but when they tried to attach them, only seven would fit. Filmmakers later decided that it made sense that Hank would have an affliction, so they worked it into the script.
•    Designers gave Hank 50 suckers per arm for a total of 350 suckers.

REUNITED – When filmmakers cast the voices of the lounging sea lions Fluke and Rudder, they decided to bring two actors from “The Wire” together again, tapping Idris Elba and Dominic West.

VISIONARY – Destiny is a whale shark who is being cared for at the Marine Life Institute, but filmmakers weren’t initially sure what ailed her. It was Bailey, Destiny’s beluga whale neighbor, who opened their eyes—so to speak. Belugas are known for their echolocation skills—a biological sonar of sorts—that is described at the MLI as “The World’s Most Powerful Pair of Eye Glasses.” Filmmakers decided that if Bailey had an enhanced sense of sight, perhaps Destiny’s was compromised. A nearsighted whale shark was born.
•    Destiny actually taught Dory to speak whale. Of course, the fact that Destiny is a whale shark—not a whale—explains Dory’s limited understanding of the language.

ALL IN THE FAMILY – Becky, an offbeat, kooky loon who takes a liking to Marlin, is named after production manger Becky Neiman-Cobb, who insists there’s no resemblance.

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family. Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar's  “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook,, and follow us on Twitter, and Instagram,

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Surf's Up 2 Press Release & Trailer

From Sony Pictures Association:

Sony Pictures Association and WWE Studios debuted today the brand new trailer for SURF'S UP 2: WAVEMANIA, the animated sequel to SURF'S UP, the 2007 Oscar animated comedy about surfing penguins.

Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big wave riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena®, The Undertaker®, Triple H®, WWE Diva Paige™ and Mr. McMahon®, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where, legend has it, they'll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer.

Genndy Tartakovsky's protégé Henry Yu (story artist on Sym-Bionic Titan and both Hotel Transylvania feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle Wong (production manager on Hotel Transylvania 2) and features computer animation from Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) is writing the screenplay.

SURF'S UP 2: WAVEMANIA will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in early 2017.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Emoji Audition

"In celebration of World Emoji Day (editor's note: which was actually yesterday), Sony Pictures Animation tweeted today T.J. Miller's casting audition video for the lead part of Gene in EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF coming to theaters in August 2017:"

"EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF reveals the Secret World inside your phone. It’s a world where Emojis come alive (when they’re not being texted) and journey through Apps, each one its own wild and fun world, to get to their ultimate destination: The Cloud. It’s the App-venture of a lifetime!"

"The animated comedy is directed by Anthony Leondis and produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate."