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Former Pixar Director Lee Unkrich Shares Letter to Former Colleagues to Explain His Exit

Former Pixar director Lee Unkrich has shared a letter addressed to his former colleagues at the studio explaining his reasons for leaving after 25 years.

“It is impossible for me to adequately express how epic this twenty-five year journey has been, and how much it has meant to work alongside such fantastic people and phenomenal talents,” Unkrich wrote in the letter, which he shared on social media on Saturday. “Many of you are like family to me, and it’s nearly incomprehensible to imagine no longer being here at Pixar with you.”

Unkrich, who directed “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is a longtime editor at Pixar, dating back to its early days and to the first “Toy Story” film. He also served as a co-director “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

Also Read: Lee Unkrich, Director of 'Coco' and 'Toy Story 3,' to Leave Pixar
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Pixar Director Lee Unkrich Leaves the Studio After 25 Years

Lee Unkrich has been with Pixar Animation Studios since their very first film, Toy Story. He has directed films such as Toy Story 3 and Coco, and after 25 years he has decided to leave the studio.

Unkrich informed Pixar staff of his decision today and in a statement said:

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered.”

He also confirmed the news on Twitter, saying:

After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar.

The time has come for new adventures. pic.twitter.com/0KZyHXhs8L

— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) January 18, 2019

Pete Docter, who is currently chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios after John Lasseter officially departed, offered a statement on Unkrich’s exit, saying:

“Lee arrived at Pixar as we were crafting Toy Story, and he’s
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‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich to Exit Pixar After 25 Years

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‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich to Exit Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, who won Academy Awards for “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is departing Pixar Animation Studios after 25 years to spend more time with his family.

Unkrich joined Pixar in 1994 after working as an assistant editor in television on “Silk Stalkings” and “Renegade.” He served as editor on Pixar’s first feature, 1995’s “Toy Story,” then co-directed “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.” He was the sole director on 2010’s “Toy Story 3” and shared an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.

Unkrich informed Pixar employees on Friday of his decision. “I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” he said.

Lasseter, Pixar’s co-founder, departed the company in late 2017 amid accusations of sexual harrassment and was hired earlier this month at Skydance Animation.
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Lee Unkrich, Director of ‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3,’ to Leave Pixar After 25 Years

Lee Unkrich, Director of ‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3,’ to Leave Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, a two-time Oscar winner and director for Pixar, is leaving the animation studio after 25 years, he announced on Twitter Friday.

“After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar,” the director tweeted. “The time has come for new adventures.”

Unkrich, who directed “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is a longtime editor at Pixar, dating back to its early days and to the first “Toy Story” film. He also served as a co-director “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

Also Read: Oscar Short Film Finalists Include Pixar's 'Bao'

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” Unkrich said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

Pixar’s Pete Docter, who directed “Monsters, Inc.,” “Up” and “Inside Out,” praised his colleague upon notice of his departure.

“Lee
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‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years

‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, who directed Toy Story 3 and Coco, and worked on Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and more, is parting ways with Pixar after 25 years. Unkrich has been with the studio since they started working on their first feature film, Toy Story. His departure surely signifies a major shift behind-the-scenes at Pixar. More on Lee Unkrich leaving Pixar below. […]

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Lee Unkrich Parting Ways With Pixar After 25 Years

Lee Unkrich Parting Ways With Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, one of the centerpiece creatives at the heart of Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios since its first movie Toy Story, said Friday he is leaving the company after 25 years. The director won two Oscars during his run, for helming Coco (last year) and 2010’s Toy Story 3. He also co-directed Pixar smashes Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc and Finding Nemo.

Unkrich informed Pixar staff of his decision today we hear and confirmed the news on Twitter.

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” he said in a statement.

After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar.

The time has come for new adventures. pic.twitter.com/0KZyHXhs8L

— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) January 18, 2019

Pete Docter, who was named chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios
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'Toy Story 3,' 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years (Exclusive)

'Toy Story 3,' 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich Leaving Pixar After 25 Years (Exclusive)
Lee Unkrich, the Oscar-winning director behind Toy Story 3 and Coco, is leaving Pixar Animation Studios.

The move marks the end of an era as Unkrich has been at the Emeryville, California-based studio for 25 years, joining the company when it was making its inaugural feature, Toy Story, on which he served as an editor. He then went on to co-direct some of the company's early outings, which are now considered classics — Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo — before taking the reins solo with the billion-dollar-grossing Toy Story 3.

On Friday, the filmmaker informed Pixar employees of his decision. "I'm ...
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Top Animated Movies Set To Be Released In 2019

Animation continues to be at the forefront of film at present, with many of them going on to lead the way in the grossing charts. You only have to look at the incredible success of Avatar, and could this yet be surpassed in the coming years. 2018 was another bumper year in the category with the likes of Black Panther, which was a great success. This online casino review, also had it as one of the leading movies of the year. Here we cover some of the top anticipated animated movies set to be released later this year.

Toy Story 4

It is a little surprising that a fourth instalment is being released, but all so far have been a great success, so big things are expected. The animated comedy is again set to be produced by Pixar Animation studios for Walt Disney pictures. It is leading on from Toy Story 3,
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Disney's The Little Mermaid Comes to 4K Ultra HD This February Loaded with Extras

Disney's The Little Mermaid Comes to 4K Ultra HD This February Loaded with Extras
In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award-winner The Little Mermaid dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel, along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula, is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on Feb. 26.

The Disney Signature Edition of The Little Mermaid showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey. Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney's most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ would break up Disney’s Oscar reign over Best Animated Feature category

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ would break up Disney’s Oscar reign over Best Animated Feature category
Sunday’s Golden Globe winner “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is quickly turning into the most awarded animated film of the year, with critics groups like Nyfcc and Lafca also honoring Sony’s innovative take on one of cinema’s most rebooted characters. It is the best reviewed mainstream animated film of the year, at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has earned over $133 million at the box office in a crowded family-friendly market. All of this suggests it’s out in front to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, but Spidey is facing down the behemoth that is Disney, which has won this category 10 of the last 11 years.

See 2019 Golden Globes: Complete list of winners in all 25 races

Disney has utterly dominated Best Animated Feature since its inception in 2001, winning nine times through Pixar and three times with its in-house animation studio. No other studio has won this category more than once,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ swings past ‘Incredibles 2′ in Oscar Experts’ predictions for Best Animated Feature

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ swings past ‘Incredibles 2′ in Oscar Experts’ predictions for Best Animated Feature
For most of the season “Incredibles 2” has been the front-runner to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar in our racetrack odds, and it still is overall, but our Experts have had a change of heart. Most of them now think that “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will swing right past it on Oscar night.

We’ve polled more than two dozen Expert journalists from top media outlets, and as of this writing 16 of them are predicting “Spider-Man”: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Erik Davis (Fandango), Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tim Gray (Variety), Alicia Malone (Turner Classic Movies), Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Michael Musto (NewNowNext), Perri Nemiroff (Collider), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (TVGuide.com), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) and Glenn Whipp (La Times).

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The First Reactions To How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Are In

While Pixar isn’t quite as unassailable in the realm of computer animated films as they were in the past, they’re still the company to beat, and over the years, few of their rivals have risen to the challenge. A notable exception, however, is Dreamworks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise.

The first came out of nowhere in 2010 and blew audiences away, and while the 2014 sequel wasn’t quite as good, it was still a great adventure movie. So, expectations are high for this year’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. And from the sounds of the reactions to an advance screening that was held this week, they’ve knocked it out of the park again.

First up, Variety says the following about the upcoming threequel:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World packs the emotional heft of the dozen or so years
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New Toy Story 4 Photo And Plot Details Tease What’s To Come

Even in this era where franchises are practically obligated to keep going until the magic is gone, many fans were surprised and disappointed to hear that Pixar was at work on Toy Story 4 after the third movie brought such poignant closure to the series. And while it’s likely that most of these detractors will be checking out the fourth installment anyway, you do have to wonder what stories are still left to tell for the old gang.

Fortunately, it seems we may have some fresh details on the movie courtesy of a new Russian calendar (which is proving to be a surprisingly informative source when it comes to upcoming Disney sequels). According to Instagram user mmdisney200, the calendar’s Toy Story 4 page has a synopsis that translates as follows:

“Since Andy went to college, toys have moved to a new house where a small girl named Bonnie lives.
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Top 10 Box Office Predictions for 2019 (Photos)

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2019 has just gotten started, and it’s looking like it could very well bring a box office as big as 2018. That’s thanks in large part to Disney, which is sporting six, yes Six films that could make a bid to earn over $1 billion worldwide this year. That’s why they dominate our predictions for the top 10 highest global grossing films of 2019, including the top five slots.

10.) “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (July 5) — Sony will get in on the Marvel Studios money train with this sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made $880 million worldwide in 2017. With “The Lion King” hitting theaters two weeks after this film, it’s possible that “Far From Home” could see a smaller total figure due to the competition. What could counter that is if “Avengers: Endgame” leaves an intriguing narrative thread for the (currently dead) Peter Parker to pick up, creating more interest among fans to see
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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Film Review: Third Time’s a Fire-Breathing Charm

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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Film Review: Third Time’s a Fire-Breathing Charm
As much as we’d like the appearance of a threequel to mean, “Hey, here are all the cool ideas we couldn’t wedge into the first two,” the cold reality always starts with, “We think there’s more money to be made!” But sometimes, there are organically convincing extenders, and in the animation world, those exceptions include “Toy Story 3” — arguably that series’ crowning achievement — and now, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” writer-director Dean DeBlois’ delightful, gorgeous, and touchingly conclusive third adaptation of author Cressida Cowell’s fantastical universe of Vikings and fire-breathers.

That the third one doesn’t disappoint is hardly surprising, since over two movies so far, “Dragon” steward DeBlois’s enriching approach has been to treat the story of scrappy Viking scion Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his trusted dragon partner Toothless as a carefully seeded trilogy with the emotional contours of a coming-of-age epic.
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 2010s, including ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Let It Go’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 2010s, including ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Let It Go’
This article marks Part 25 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 2010 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong”

“If I Rise” from “127 Hours

“I See the Light” from “Tangled

We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3

Won: “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3

Should’ve won: “If I Rise” from “127 Hours

Best Original Song in 2010 marked one of the most deadly-dull line-ups to ever grace the category, a sleepy, entirely unremarkable batch of four songs that is exceedingly difficult to select a favorite among.

Voters, faced with this anemic foursome, opted to go with Oscar mainstay Randy Newman, awarding him a second Best Original Song prize, this time for “We Belong Together.
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Bo Peep Gets a New Look in Leaked Toy Story 4 Image

Bo Peep Gets a New Look in Leaked Toy Story 4 Image
When Toy Story 4 was first announced, the sequel was described as a love story for Bo Peep and Woody. That idea changed over time, and so did Bo Peep, as evidenced in a leaked look at the sequel. The sheep herder is getting a distinctly new redesign in the upcoming Pixar comedy adventure. And we can see why Woody would be head over heels in love with her.

Promo artwork for Toy Story 4 gives us our first look at Bo Peep's stunning makeover, and she looks quite fetching. The blonde haired, blue eyed prairie girl has ditched her pink bonnet and dress for a baby blue ensemble with pink accessories. This is obviously a store display, and if you look closely, no, the cardboard cutout isn't teasing the appearance of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and their Super Station. That's just a real-life toy shoved up against the art.
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‘Mary Poppins’ will ‘Return’ to the Best Picture Oscar race, according to our top users

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‘Mary Poppins’ will ‘Return’ to the Best Picture Oscar race, according to our top users
Mary Poppins Returns” has been climbing in our Best Picture Oscar predictions after a month of mostly positive notices and strong showings on the awards campaign trail, but it’s especially formidable according to our Top 24 Users. Those two dozen derbyites had the highest scores out of more than 8,000 who predicted last year’s Oscar nominations, so when they talk we should listen.

When you combine the forecasts of all Gold Derby users “Mary Poppins” ranks 10th in our Best Picture predictions with odds of 20/1, but our Top 24 are a little more confident than our consensus: 18 of them rank “Poppins” among the likely nominees, which places it ninth in their rankings. Under the current Oscar system where there’s a sliding scale between 5 and 10 nominees for Best Picture, placing ninth is no guarantee, but it’s a good bet. Since that sliding scale was established in 2011 there have been nine
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‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ have to defy the Oscars’ incredible bias against animated sequels

‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ have to defy the Oscars’ incredible bias against animated sequels
Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” not only have to overcome a steamrolling “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but an incredibly big bias as well: Only one sequel has ever won the category.

Since “Shrek” (2001) scored the inaugural Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 74th ceremony, five sequels have been nominated, with only “Toy Story 3” (2010), which was also up for Best Picture, winning. The others were “Shrek 2” (2004), which lost to “The Incredibles”; “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011), which fell to “Rango”; “Despicable Me 2” (2013), which was beaten by “Frozen”; and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014), which was defeated by “Big Hero 6” in a “Lego Movie”-less field.

Incredibles 2” and “Ralph,” both of which led the Annie Awards nominations, are probably good for nominations; they’re in first and third place, respectively, in our odds, with “Isle of Dogs” in second,
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Keanu Reeves Explains His Surprise Toy Story 4 Casting

Keanu Reeves Explains His Surprise Toy Story 4 Casting
It didn't seem likely the Toy Story franchise could top itself after the last installment, but Pixar is looking to do just that next year with Toy Story 4. Of course, we can expect to see all the lead voice actors reprising their roles, such as Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. However, there will definitely be some new toys in the mix as well, opening the door to bring in some interesting vocal talent. Allen let it slip on The Tonight Show last month that actor Keanu Reeves has a voice role in the movie, playing an unspecified character. Recently, Keanu Reeves himself confirmed his part in the movie, and explained how this odd casting choice came to be.

"I got a call which was really cool out the blue from the lovely people at Pixar and the creators of this number, this edition, or continuation of the story.
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