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Inside Pixar: Behind the Scenes of Toy Story 3, the Game and the Film

Jem Alexander's Avatar + Posted by Jem Alexander on May 06, 2010 // Social Media Manager, SCEE

It’s not every day you get invited to Pixar. Everyone knows the name and anyone who’s ever been a child (or a child at heart) loves their movies. Sid Shuman and I (Jem Alexander) headed over to the Pixar offices to check out the upcoming Toy Story 3 game for PS, take some photos and conduct a few interviews with the people behind both the game and the film.

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As you can see from the photos on this page, Pixar isn’t exactly your ordinary office. The central lobby design was actually overseen by then-CEO, Steve Jobs, which makes perfect sense as the whole building has a very Apple feel. The whole place is littered with artwork, statues and prints displaying characters and scenes from their movies. As a result it’s impossible not to feel an uplift in mood as you walk through the doors.

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The event began with a presentation, showing off a few short scenes from Toy Story 3 which, as someone who studied computer animation at university, was pretty exciting as we were the first people outside of Pixar to see the final scenes. The film’s quality was as you’d expect from Pixar — this is definitely not a sequel for sequel’s sake. I now can’t wait to see the full thing when it releases in June.

The game was also presented to us and it’s clear just how closely Pixar and Avalanche Studios have been working to make this more than just another movie tie-in game. From what I’ve now seen and played, it worked pretty well.

After the presentations, we had a chance to sit down with the team from Avalanche Studios and Pixar (including the film’s director and producer), ask questions, and finally get plenty of hands-on time with the PS3 game. You can expect to see some hands-on impressions of Emperor Zurg, who’s exclusively playable in the PS3 version of the game, as well as our interview round ups coming in the next week or so. In the meantime, check out the rest of our photos from the Pixar trip below.

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+ Craazy on May 6th, 2010 at 12:44 pm said:

Looks good for adults and kids…..fun!


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+ megalodonshark on May 6th, 2010 at 12:49 pm said:

looks like you guys had an awesome time. curious about since you got to try the game if a demo might be in short order? would give both my kids something to look forward to in the upcoming weeks.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 6th, 2010 at 2:39 pm said:

    We did try the game, and we’ll have some hands-on impressions up here soon. I can say that the 2.5 years of development time (they started when the film’s pre-production started) gives the game a very polished, Pixar-y look. If your kids liked the Lego games, this will be right up their alley!


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+ l1lDRUM3Rb0y on May 6th, 2010 at 12:49 pm said:

can’t wait!!


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+ MaxxAmmo on May 6th, 2010 at 12:52 pm said:

Looks like a great game but… is there multiplayer or just single player?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 6th, 2010 at 2:37 pm said:

    There is is two-player splitscreen cooperative play.


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+ Berae on May 6th, 2010 at 12:57 pm said:

The pictures are awesome


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    + Jem Alexander on May 6th, 2010 at 3:48 pm said:

    Thanks! It’s hard to get a bad angle in that place. Point the camera in a random direction and shoot and you’re bound to have something interesting in shot.


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+ NEJI64 on May 6th, 2010 at 12:58 pm said:

so i see Woody and Buzz customs in LittleBigPlanet soon.(i think that’s the astronaut name haven’t seen Toy Story in years)

but off topic what happen to Monsters Inc my little niece use to have me watch that movie like 4 times a week. I thought there would have been a Monsters Inc 2 by now.


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    + Jem Alexander on May 6th, 2010 at 3:49 pm said:

    As megalodonshark and ravens202752 said, Monsters Inc. 2 is in production! (The original is my favourite Pixar movie).


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+ megalodonshark on May 6th, 2010 at 1:01 pm said:

@6
monsters inc. 2 is suppose to be going to theaters either next year or in 2012 i saw that on a disney website, believe it was ultimatedisney.com but i might be mistaken, it has been around 3 months since i saw the quick posting.


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+ ravens202752 on May 6th, 2010 at 1:10 pm said:

@6 and @7

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1453405/

IMDb is the site if you have questions bout movies you are wondering about. Unfortunately, not much on the movie since it’s not projected to be out until 2012.


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+ Brapp347 on May 6th, 2010 at 1:34 pm said:

I’m 15. I play games like god of war, resistance, and gta 4. And I can’t wait for this movie!


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+ Frejim on May 6th, 2010 at 1:50 pm said:

I’m getting this 1st day!!!!


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+ Frejim on May 6th, 2010 at 1:58 pm said:

I really really want one of those decorations, and the last picture wall frame!!! amazing!


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    + Jem Alexander on May 6th, 2010 at 3:52 pm said:

    I tried smuggling it out but my pockets weren’t big enough. :(


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+ TubaDude49 on May 6th, 2010 at 1:59 pm said:

You are a lucky man Mr.Shuman


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+ homeboy79 on May 6th, 2010 at 2:53 pm said:

Any news if Toy Story 3 or any Pixar items are coming to PlayStation Home in the near future?


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+ DEADEYEZ on May 6th, 2010 at 3:36 pm said:

There’s a snake in my boot! Somebody’s poisoned the watering hole!


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+ BigBoss712 on May 6th, 2010 at 3:44 pm said:

Can’t wait for the movie, the game is looking promising too, so hope it doesn’t suck like most other games based on movies. ;)


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+ Kchow23 on May 6th, 2010 at 3:47 pm said:

cool, did you get to try the parts that use the PS Move?


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    + Jem Alexander on May 6th, 2010 at 3:51 pm said:

    Nope, sadly this wasn’t playable at the event. I’m assured it’s pretty cool, though.


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+ DZORMAGEN on May 6th, 2010 at 3:55 pm said:

What are the chances we see Mm and Pixar get together for more DLC packs? I would love to see a Top Story pack in LBP!


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+ Permafry_42 on May 6th, 2010 at 4:01 pm said:

i’m proud to call myself a kid.PIXAR FTW


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+ SarshelYam on May 6th, 2010 at 4:16 pm said:

I live just over the hill from Pixar and every time I drive into Emeryville I have to drive by…it’s so magical…thos security gates to the campus with the PIXAR signage…it gives me the same giddy feeling Disneyland does.


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+ NoobHunter91 on May 6th, 2010 at 4:24 pm said:

yay!! lol


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+ MadMeat001 on May 6th, 2010 at 4:36 pm said:

please stop giving coverage for this game, I’m sure the movie wouldn’t be like the first neither as the game, come on think a bit about the next great ip for Sony


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+ wuzzerWillabee on May 6th, 2010 at 4:51 pm said:

I love Pixar! This may be the first movie tie-in game I’ve ever considered buying.

Thanks for a great post!


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+ CASINO_EVIL on May 6th, 2010 at 5:00 pm said:

Woo woo woo woo world of outlaws is coming this week WOO!!!!!!!


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+ EZpickens on May 6th, 2010 at 5:13 pm said:

I’m really hoping for a Buzz Lightyear costume in US Home. Do you know if there are any plans for that?


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+ Thrasher20 on May 6th, 2010 at 5:41 pm said:

Michael Keaton


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+ UltimaChocochu on May 6th, 2010 at 6:03 pm said:

RedXIII avatar!? HELL YEAH!
Okay done.


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+ Fluidshine on May 6th, 2010 at 6:32 pm said:

Hey this game actually looks and sounds like fun! and Can’t wait for the movie. So apparently there’s going to be a Monsters Inc. 2? I think they should make Incredibles 2 instead lol. Incredible is my favorite animated movie!! And they left it open at the end!!


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+ Kirkpad on May 6th, 2010 at 6:55 pm said:

*PIXAR FANBOY OVERLOAD*

Epic pictures!


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+ FredNation on May 6th, 2010 at 7:21 pm said:

Brings back the child in me…


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+ jacob-813 on May 6th, 2010 at 9:12 pm said:

Want to see the movie. Don’t feel like spending 60+ on toy story though

-Jacob-813


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+ Crimson_Ryan on May 6th, 2010 at 10:07 pm said:

Holy crap. It’s Jem. The store updates haven’t been the same without you :)

It’s weird for me though. I’m a core gamer by nature. I enjoy the more violent games because I just love those things, but Toy Story 3 is really seeming awesome. Some people just never grow up. :D

Nice article and it looked fun.


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+ MadMeat001 on May 7th, 2010 at 7:27 am said:

WE NEED TO TALK!
WHY ISN’T THERE GONNA BE SOME SERIOUS GAME TO HEAR ABOUT IN E3???
Sony Computer Entertainment
EyePet: Your Virtual Pet (PS3) NEW

God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP) NEW
yay

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) NEW
no surpris about it

Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip (PSP) NEW

Invizimals (PSP) NEW
INVIZIMAL? ARE YOU INSANE?
SHOW A BIT SOME SERIOUS GAME!
NOT A POKEMON!!

Move Party (PS3) NEW
come on you only talked about the Move on GDC now we want some new ps3 game announced and trailer for WKC2

SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs (PS3) NEW
yay

Slider (PS3) NEW
now a new title for move?
dude talk a bit about new feature about psn or psp ps3, i have heard enough detail.

TV SuperStars (PS3) NEW
won’t be buying it

The Fight: Lights Out (PS3) NEW
it got my eyes, but i think it’s time you speak about something not Move but dualshock

The Shoot (PS3) NEW
okay okay

are you gonna disappoint us?
or reveal exclusive titles and dlc?


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+ zMd113 on May 7th, 2010 at 8:39 am said:

The game trailer actually looks good, hopefully the game will be too.


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+ mgsfoxhound2 on May 7th, 2010 at 10:47 pm said:

wow 2.5 years in production that sounds like the game will be good and by the screen shots earlier it looks promising and I love Monster’s Inc. too and am very happy to here there is a 2nd in the works!!!


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