Steve Jobs, John Goodman & Billy Crystal Among 2013 Disney Legends

Monsters Inc. and Monsters University stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, technology visionary Steve Jobs and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during the D23 Expo 2013 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, in the D23 Expo Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 26-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company. The three-day D23 Expo provides a rare opportunity for the public to be a part of the always touching and memorable presentation, hosted by noted television personality Tom Bergeron (host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos).

“The Disney Legend Award is our highest and most coveted honor. It’s reserved for the extraordinary visionaries and artists behind the Disney magic, the men and women who push the limits of innovation and creativity to ensure Disney remains truly special. The eight Legends we honor this year helped create some of our most beloved characters along with exciting new worlds and thrilling attractions. They also entertained millions of people and expanded our definition of what’s possible. They are all indelible parts of our legacy, and we are proud to recognize them as true Disney Legends.”
-Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger

Billy Crystal is an acclaimed actor who lends his voice to Mike Wazowski, the frenetic, green cyclopean monster from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. Best known for his memorable roles in When Harry Met Sally…, The Princess Bride, and City Slickers, Billy, who has won six Emmy Awards® and one Tony Award®, has also been a fixture on ABC television, where he hosted the Academy Awards® broadcast nine times and found his breakthrough role as Jodie Dallas on Soap from 1977-81.

John Goodman is a celebrated actor of stage and screen, and the voice behind James P. Sullivan, better known as “Sully,” from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. Among John’s notable film appearances are The Big Lebowski, The Flintstones, and most recently Argo and Flight. John’s appearances in Disney-produced films include the Hollywood Pictures films Arachnophobia and Born Yesterday, as well as Touchstone Pictures’ Stella, Coyote Ugly, O Brother, Where Art Thou, and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Steve Jobs changed the world of consumer electronics as the founder of Apple, and was known throughout the world for his visionary attitude and penchant for innovation. He was an early investor and chief executive of Pixar, and became the Walt Disney Company’s largest shareholder overnight when it acquired Pixar Animation Studios in 2006. That same year, he joined the Disney board of directors, and remained a valuable sounding board and advisor to the company until his passing in 2011.

Review: ‘The Blue Umbrella’ Soundtrack

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Yesterday, I went to pre-order the score for The Blue Umbrella, but instead of pre-ordering it, the soundtrack automatically started downloading.

I reported this to Pixar, but got no response in terms if they received my message.

The soundtrack is only $1.99 and contains 2 tracks. The first is the score with vocals from Sarah Jaffe, and the second is the score without the vocals.

The soundtrack is one I’ve listened to non-stop since I purchased it, and even found myself singing along to the vocals. The music is what made me so interested in the short. I hope they release the scores of the past shorts one of these days and the scores of the future shorts as well.

So, What are you waiting on? Go buy the soundtrack!!!

Hidden Gems In ‘Monsters University’ Revealed!

Fans of Disney*Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: WALL•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window. Disney*Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY features a few such gems, three of which are revealed here:

A113 – The School of Scaring classroom number is A113, which refers to the former classroom of John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton at CalArts. The number makes an appearance in every Pixar feature film.
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Pizza Planet – The Pizza Planet truck is in the driveway of the JOX fraternity house when Mike is riding Archie the Scare Pig down Greek Row. The Pizza Planet truck, which first made an appearance in “Toy Story,” has made a cameo in nearly every Pixar feature film.
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Luxo – The Pixar Luxo ball is in graffiti on the wall behind Claire Wheeler and Brock Pearson during their introduction to the Scare Games’ first challenge. Pixar Animation Studio’s groundbreaking short film “Luxo Jr.” was the first computer animated short film released by Pixar during its first year as a studio in 1986.

Like MONSTERS UNIVERSITY on Facebook: http://facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity

Follow Monsters University on Twitter: http://twitter.com/monstersu

Tweet the official hashtag: #MonstersU

Visit the website: http://www.Disney.com/MonstersU

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is in theaters now!

Lost From Soundtrack, But Now FOUND: Music Used In MU

About every review I read about the Monsters University soundtrack gave the soundtrack a good review, but all of them had the same CON. That negative comment was that the music featured in the montage at the end of the film (and in a few of the trailers) was missing from the soundtrack. Well, you can complain no more, because that music has now been found. Derrick from the Pixar Podcast posted on the podcast’s Facebook page earlier today that one of his listeners had found it.

The music is actually from the amazing Portland band called MarchFourth Marching Band! It’s called “Gospel.” A video with the song is embedded below:

Derrick and I share something in common. If you listen to the podcast, you probably know that he loves music, especially the score. I, too, absolutely love scores. I honestly think I’m the only one around whose iTunes library is mostly made up of film scores.

If you haven’t made it out to see MU, What are you waiting on? Are you scared (Tell me honestly!)?

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REVIEW: The Blue Umbrella Pours Down Water Full Of Emotion

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Pixar poured us yet another short film. Not only is this my favorite Pixar short so far, “The Blue Umbrella” is the most realistic animation I’ve ever seen. Set in a busy street in the rain, the short follows the relationship between two umbrellas- one blue and one red umbrella. The music, from composer Jon Brion, makes the emotion pour out. I love how inanimate objects such as the gutters, drains, and more, come to life. This short truly captures the emotion standpoint that I appeal to. Congrats to director Saschka Unseld, producer Marc Greenberg, composer Jon Brion, and the rest of the crew on creating such a wonderful short!