wanted | $1m reward | pizza planet delivery truck

if you don’t know, now you do–pixar has included the toy story pizza planet delivery truck in all of their films except for the incredibles.  this is always something fun to look for in their movies.  and their upcoming film brave will also have a hidden cameo of the beat up truck.  but brave is set in medieval scotland so it might be pretty difficult finding it–or really easy.  but i’m guessing hard since director mark andrews is promising one million dollars if you can spot it.  of course it’s in “play money, goofy dollars”, not real money–but still, i’ll take it!

pixar’s up house a reality

i previously blogged about the national geographic channel’s “how hard can it be” tv show replicating a house flying with balloons from disney-pixar’s up (twice), but now there is an actual house replicating the one carl and ellie lived in–an exact copy down to just about every detail.

bangerter homes, the developer, was granted permission to replicate the house by disney, which is an incredible accomplishment in itself.  i work with disney and they have a lot of strict policies/rules.  the house is located in herriman, utah and just recently finished the exterior.  the interior is still a work in-progress but they’re following the blueprint from the film and being mindful of every detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem–including the weather vane and garden hose.

it’s open for tours starting july 29th until august 14th with an opening asking price of $400,000.  pretty affordable, but it does seem rather small and as much as i love up, pixar, and collectibles…you won’t find me submitting a bid.

it is awfully cute though…

more on national geographic’s up project

as a follow up to my previous post, now with video coverage and more photos:

how hard can it be? recreating pixar’s up

if you know me at all, you probably know that i love animation and once (and maybe still do) wanted to be an animator professionally.  this has led to a most-of-my-life-long dream to work at pixar.  these days i’m thinking i’m not cut out to be an animator, but i’d still like to work in marketing/pr for pixar, but i’m getting side-tracked.

one of the most beautiful images from pixar’s long award-winning film legacy is the pastel-colored house propelled by rainbow-colored balloons against a blue sky and puffy white clouds from their 2009 hit up.

as much as i enjoyed the movie, i dismissed the idea as being realistically impossible and childish fancy.  but the national geographic channel has replicated it–successfully!

seriously…how freaking cool is this?!

a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of los angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.

using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, the lightweight building reached an altitude of more than 3000 meters and remained in the air for about an hour.

the filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new national geographic channel series called “how hard can it be?”, which will premiere in fall 2011.

i wonder if they’re going to attempt doing such complex and expensive feats throughout the show.  i must say this is definitely a good way to generate publicity and pique interest in the show.

if they want to create a functioning wall-e, i’d be happy to take him after the show.