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Pixar flies Planes as spinoff to Disney’s Cars

Pixar flies Planes as spinoff to Disney's Cars

Pixar and Disney may have just driven Cars 2 to theaters, but they’re already producing the spinoff, Planes. They’ve conquered the roads, so why not set to the skies? The project is currently slated as a DisneyToon Studios 2013 direct-to-video release, though it’s important to remember Toy Story 2 originally started as a direct-to-video production, before getting a greenlight for the big screen. So could we see new Planes characters jetting past Lightning McQueen in theaters, instead of just DVD and Blu-ray? Certainly possible. What’s important for now is just to see how awesome their world is, mixing a small town dreamer named Dusty into the big leagues of flight. Check out the teaser trailer

Pixar and Disney Toy Story marathon on Starz

Pixar and Disney Toy Story marathon on Starz

Three of the greatest animated films of all time will be cramming their way into a single weekend! If you’ve got the Starz network, and a general love of all things toon, then this is the party for you. Today, April 16th, Starz will be showcasing Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and the premiere of Toy Story 3 starting at 6pm. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, the entire Pixar and Disney trilogy marathon will be repeated on Sunday, April 17th, starting at 9am, and then again starting at 5pm on Sunday. Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, the Potato Heads, Andy, the whole gang (Round Up Gang!) is here, so TOON in!

Toy Story 4 puts Buzz in a vacuum

Toy Story 4 puts Buzz in a vacuum

Well… no. The first Toy Story saw Woody and Buzz get separated from Andy and the toys. Pixar’s sequel, Toy Story 2, had the crew meet with the Woody’s Round Up Gang. Disney’s third tale, Toy Story 3, reversed the plot of the first CG film and had Andy separate from the toys. Now, what if Toy Story 4 was simply Andy’s mom cleaning house and vacuuming up all the spare bits and pieces of each and every toy? Tell me that doesn’t sound a little more threatening than Zurg! Recently, a commercial for the LG Kompressor Elite debuted on TVs around the globe, showing off the vacuum’s power. The story told in the 75 second clip takes that Toy Story 4 concept for a spin. Check it!

Toy Story 3 Blu-ray and DVD Review

Toy Story 3 Blu-ray and DVD Review

Seems like just a few months ago, we were hyping the release of Toy Story 3 in theaters. …oh wait, it was! Alright, fine. Seems like just a few months ago, we were reviewing Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray. …wait a tick, that’s true, too! Huh. Well, could it possibly be true that we’re now reviewing the amazingly perfect Toy Story 3 Blu-ray for our reading audience! Booyah, we’re three for three here! Disney and Pixar have brought the third film in the Toy Story franchise home to fans in a miraculous fashion, as Toy Story 3 Blu-ray and DVD truly shows how animated toons, and their home versions, should be done.

Pixar, Disney, and Egmont launch Toy Story magazine

Pixar, Disney, and Egmont launch Toy Story magazine

Disney and Pixar have long since been keeping the Toy Story franchise running. Since the original film debuted in 1995, there’s been two sequels (Toy Story 2 in 1999 and this year’s Toy Story 3), TV specials, video games, and — appropriately enough — countless toys. Now, along with the help of Egmont, fans can look forward to Toy Story Magazine. The periodical is a collection of original comic strip stories, activities, games, puzzles, coloring sections, stickers, and more! Each issue will be about 25 pages, which the first special launch edition racking up 28 pages.

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 set to cross $400 million, topping Finding Nemo as Disney’s box office best

Pixar's Toy Story 3 set to cross $400 million, topping Finding Nemo as Disney's box office best

After it’s first 7 weeks, and heading into it’s 8th weekend, Toy Story 3 is on a monster pace. The Disney and Pixar collaboration, and the first Toy Story sequel in the franchise since 1999’s Toy Story 2, is seated at about $385 million dollars at the domestic box office. That’s already $140 million more than Toy Story 2, and nearly $200 million more than the first Toy Story film. Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, and the rest have been swimming in success in this latest flick, heralded as the theoretical goodbye to Andy and the series. Former champ in the Disney and Pixar box office books was 2003’s Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 3 has that beat by about $45 million, even prior to this weekend, where experts predict Toy Story 3 could top the $400 million mark. How many times have you seen the film so far?

Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 on weekend 3 in 3D for hundred million 3 on July 3

Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 3 on weekend 3 in 3D for hundred million 3 on July 3

3! 3! 3!!! With $250 million already in the bank, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 hopes to reach the magical plateau of $300 million this holiday weekend, with the help of some eager movie goers. But being able to reach, and “eclipse” that mark will be no easy task, especially against The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the latest in the Twilight franchise hitting theaters this weekend, as well – not to mention Nickelodeon’s new The Last Airbender film, following the story of Aang the Avatar. Toy Story 3 has already topped the first two in the franchise; 1995’s Toy Story pulled in $191 million and the sequel, 1999’s Toy Story 2, had $245 million. Together, the first two films pulled in another $30 at the box office during last year’s Toy Story / Toy Story 2 double feature in 3D. So how high will the numbers eventually climb? No one knows for sure — but I know I’ll be seeing it at least one more time in theaters!

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 turns the box office into Disney’s toy chest

Pixar's Toy Story 3 turns the box office into Disney's toy chest

Audiences were back in theaters as the toys were back in town. Pixar Animation Studios latest film, Toy Story 3, pulled in an estimated $109 million dollars at the box office over the weekend — hopefully, Ham wasn’t the only piggy bank around! This total far surpassed Toy Story 2’s opening weekend of $57 million, and Toy Story’s $30 million. It also brought the 11th straight blockbuster to the Disney studio, with the highest-grossing launch in the history of the CG company, topping the $70 million of the previous title holder, The Incredibles. The 3D flick is sure to keep marching towards box office records, as the toys continue to work their way into our hearts.

Slinky Dog returns without Jim Varney in Disney’s Toy Story 3

Slinky Dog returns without Jim Varney in Disney's Toy Story 3

One of the most beloved characters in Disney’s Toy Story franchise is Woody’s pal Slinky Dog. In each of the first two films, Pixar cast actor and comedian Jim Varney to voice the stretchy dachshund. Sadly, not long after the sequel Toy Story 2 hit theaters, Jim Varney passed away, leaving Slinky Dog voiceless. Thankfully, director Lee Unkrich was on the case. “We searched long and hard for someone who would have the spirit of Slinky, like Jim, so we can keep the character alive. We were very fortunate to find that person in Blake Clark,” from The Waterboy, Boy Meets World, and Little Nicky. “when I’m in recording sessions with Blake, [he] just channels the spirit of his friend, Jim Varney, and he’s done a really awesome job keeping that character alive and I hope you guys feel the same.” Think he fits the role? Find out for yourself when Toy Story 3 hits theaters this Friday, June 18th!

Disney and Pixar open Toy Story 3 June 18th

Disney and Pixar open Toy Story 3 June 18th

In less than a week, Disney and Pixar will team together to release a third film in the Toy Story franchise, hitting audiences on June 18th in 3D. Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, notes that even though it’s been almost 15 years since Toy Story 2, he and Pixar CEO John Lasseter wanted to create a third film immediately. Originally, the plan was to just throw another adventure at the toys; Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog, and the rest. But as the years went by, the story and ideas evolved; the real-world time delay fit in perfectly with the story-world. Andy, just like us in the audience, had grown up. And if the first two movies in the CG franchise are any indicator, there will be a whole world of emotional and powerful cinema to support that concept. I’ll be there day one to see! Anyone else?

ABC Family launches Pixar marathon; Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

ABC Family launches Pixar marathon; Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

Disney and Pixar fans have something huge to look forward to. ABC Family will help the Toy Story 3 promo train roll on by airing the original pieces in the franchise. Kicking it all off is the original 1995 blockbuster Toy Story, set to play on Saturday, June 5th at 7pm. Just hours later, it’s the sequel Toy Story 2 at 9am on Sunday June 6th. The following weekend is an even bigger event; Sunday June 13th has Pixar Short Films at 3pm, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins at 5:30pm, Toy Story at 7pm, and Toy Story 2 at 9pm. All through out, there will be sneak peeks, clips, and bios of new toy characters for Toy Story 3, which opens Friday, June 18.

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