Friday, May 29, 2009

Keeping "Up" with the times

Was there ever any doubt that “Up” would become Pixar’s first 3D film? Actually, yes, according to writer/director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera.
“It was only about a year and half ago that it was decided,” Docter tells JMUvies.com correspondent Stan Urankar on their quick “Up”-and-out promotional stop in Cleveland.

Influence from the theatrical market, where 3D animation is taking hold?
“Not really,” Rivera emphasizes. “It just seemed to be a natural for the story Pete and Bob (Peterson, co-screenwriter) were telling.” It signaled entry for Pixar’s “Stereoscopic” team, Rivera added, “a crew of about 30 or so who are as passionate about their craft as anyone.”

Then, is Pixar committed to 3D for all its future theatrical efforts?
Docter and Rivera deny almost in unison. “The creative vision starts with the story,” Docter re-emphasizes. “That will never change at Pixar.”
So, what’s the prospectus for next summer’s eagerly awaited “Toy Story 3”?
“Oh, it’ll be in 3D,” Rivera says, “and, believe me, it’s going to look great.” In fact, the process is working so well, they agree, that the first two “Toy Story” sagas are being adapted into 3D for theatrical re-release.

How about “3”-some insight, guys?
They acknowledge a full cast return, starting with Tom Hanks’s Woody and Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear, but it’s typically Pixar privacy beyond that.
“I don’t know, something about toys come to life when no one’s around,” Rivera kids. “Yeah, like that’ll work.”

Read more on "Up," including Stan's review, right now in the Sun News, where you’ll also find my reviews of “Lemon Tree” and “The Brothers Bloom.”

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