Pixar

  • Pixar’s John Lasseter taking a six-month leave of absence amid reports of inappropriate behavior

    Pixar’s John Lasseter taking a six-month leave of absence amid reports of inappropriate behavior

    John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the latest media executive to face allegations of inappropriate behavior. In a memo to employees, Lasseter acknowledged “missteps” and said he will be taking a six-month sabbatical. Read More

  • The dream of customizable virtual 3D foliage is alive at Disney

    The dream of customizable virtual 3D foliage is alive at Disney

    Oh, to work at Disney, to have a hand in creating those lusciously detailed 3D worlds, every character lovingly rendered, every animal sidekick unique and hilarious, every tree… filled with leaves. Designed and placed individually. In movies that take place in forests. There has to be a better way. What if you could just 3D scan some leaves and then tweak them to your liking? Read More

  • Apple adds Disney and Pixar characters to Clips

    Apple adds Disney and Pixar characters to Clips

    Apple’s super simple video editing app Clips just got its first significant upgrade since launching in April. There are a couple of feature updates in the mix, but the biggest additions are content — including, most notably, a bunch of licensed characters from the Disney/Pixar universes, adding animated overlays and transitions starring familiar faces like Mickey and Woody. Content… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Judge Rules CRISPR-Cas9 Belongs to Broad Institute

    Verizon is reportedly getting a $250 million discount on its Yahoo deal, judge rules CRISPR-Cas9 belongs to the Broad Institute and not UC Berkeley, Pixar teaches the art of storytelling on Khan Academy and MakerBot cuts 30% of its workforce. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

    Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

    There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with gripping narrative alongside stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others learn the secrets of great storytelling – for free, in partnership with online education… Read More

  • Anki aims to bring a Pixar character to life with its plucky little robot

    “We went through 45 mechanical iterations of Cozmo,” explains Boris Sofman. “This was a huge, hugely complex problem of mechanical engineering, industrial design and character design. The goal to make a character that had the size, shape and capabilities, form factor and practicality of a character that wanted to do all that we could do.” The result is surprisingly small. Read More

  • Netflix touts Disney partnership to remind U.S. subscribers it still has movies

    Netflix touts Disney partnership to remind U.S. subscribers it still has movies

    In the midst of a quest to become an international video streaming success, Netflix has been drawing criticism from core, U.S. customers who say its film and TV library — beyond original series and films — isn’t robust enough to whet their viewing appetites. Today, Netflix made an announcement seemingly tailored for these restless U.S. customers, touting a pay TV partnership… Read More

  • Pixar-esque Penrose Studios raises $8.5M, VR’s biggest seed round

    Pixar-esque Penrose Studios raises $8.5M, VR’s biggest seed round

    When a new medium arises, so too do new brands hoping to stake a claim on the frontier. Penrose Studios wants to be the Pixar of VR, telling heartfelt stories in immersive worlds. And now it has the money to hire the best talent and develop its own in-VR creation tools. Today Penrose Studios announced it’s raised an $8.5 million seed round led by Accelerate-IT Ventures, and joined… Read More