There’s nothing we like better than a new Pixar movie. And as Brave is finally in cinemas this week, we’re going to celebrate that fact. Huzzah for Pixar!
• The role of Dory in Finding Nemo was written specifically for Ellen DeGeneres. To play a seagull with a mouth full of live fish, Geoffrey Rush had to hold onto his tongue. Which is kinda gross.
• WALL-E was the first Pixar film to feature any live-action footage. It also holds the Pixar record for Oscar nominations, with six (tied with Beauty and the Beast as the most-nommed animated flick).
• The Incredibles’ Dash is kind of a fast runner. As such, he’s always out of breath. Pity voice actor Spencer Fox, who was made to run laps around the studio before recording his lines.
• The Toy Story animation team perfected the movement of the toy soldiers by gluing sneakers to a sheet of wood and trying to walk around with them on. Oh to be a fly on the wall…
• Really random Toy Story fact: when any character blinks, they do so one eye at a time.
• Jim Carrey and Paul Newman were first picks for Buzz and Woody. (Fortunately?) the studio couldn’t afford them.
• Prior to Toy Story 2, neither Tom Hanks nor Tim Allen had ever made a sequel. Such is the power of Pixar!
• To save time and memory when animating Ratatouille, all the movie’s human characters were designed and animated without toes. Good job we never see any of them barefoot.
• It normally took 11 to 12 hours to render a single frame of Monsters Inc’s Sulley, as he had a total of 2,320,413 strands of hair. To put a touch of perspective on that, the average human head has 110,000.
• Up was the first animated film to ever open the Cannes Film Festival. Once it was over, Tilda Swinton led the audience in a standing ovation.
• Time for a bit of physics: it would take 12,658,392 balloons to lift the Up house off the ground. It has only 20,622 balloons attached when it first lifts off.
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