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Classic film/TV cars get a ‘Mad Max’ makeover from artist Scott Park

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What if “Mad Max” was set in Los Angeles? Illustrator Scott Park used that premise in a new art series that takes classic cars from movies and television and gives them a “Mad Max”-ian spin.

Park used cars from “Ghostbusters,” “Batman ’66,” “Back to the Future,” “Toy Story,” “Scooby Doo,” “Dukes of Hazard,” “Arrested Development,” “Knight Rider,” “Akira,” and many other properties for the mashup art. You can check out each illustration below:

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‘Toy Story’ characters combine to form Woody Robo Sheriff Star

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Voltron may be enjoying a revival on Netflix, but in the battle of super robots, Pixar fans will undoubtedly side with Woody Robo Sheriff Star.

Debuting at this weekend’s Tokyo Toy Show, this collaboration between Disney and Bandai’s Tamashii Nations combines Woody, Rex, Bullseye, Slinky Dog and Hamm from “Toy Story” to form a 9-inch robot. Why is there no Buzz Lighyear? It’s a mystery for the ages.

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Peek inside the world’s largest LEGO store

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As anticipated, the world’s largest LEGO store opened this week in Shanghai, China, and it’s everything a brick fan (of any age) could hope for.

Located in Disneytown, just outside the new Shanghai Disneyland, the company’s first anchor store in Asia measures more than 10,700 square feet, and stretches across two floors. Within that space are large-scale models of Disney, Marvel and Pixar characters (it is Disneyland, after all), an enormous dragon, and the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

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Moleskine, Pixar team for limited-edition ‘Toy Story’ notebooks

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Italian notebook manufacturer Moleskine is celebrating Toy Story with a limited-edition collection devoted to the beloved Pixar franchise.

Ranging in price from $19.95 to $24.95, the notebooks feature Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye and the Little Green Men, and sport phrases like “Friends to the Limit,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and, naturally, “Ooooooooooo!”

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‘The Beano’s’ ‘Numskulls’ finally takes aim at ‘Inside Out’

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Inside Out, Pixar’s heartwarming animated comedy about the anthropomorphized emotions within the mind of an 11-year-old girl, has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike, earning more than $550 million worldwide. However, more than a few readers of the U.K. magazine The Beano have pointed out the hit film’s premise bears a striking resemblance to “The Numskulls,” the long-running comic strip about tiny technicians who live inside the mind of a boy named Edd.

Long silent about the similarities, the editors of The Beano finally responded today with a special “Numskulls”-themed issue in which Edd goes to see Inside Out. The Numskulls are unimpressed, taking digs at the film — “What am I looking at!? A giant mirror!?” — until they realize the movie is making millions.

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Assemble adorableness with LEGO’s WALL•E set

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If you saw Pixar’s smash-hit “WALL•E” — and if you haven’t, you should — and thought to yourself, “I want one,” well, you’re going to get your chance with the upcoming “WALL•E” LEGO set based on a LEGO Ideas submission by Pixar animator Angus MacLane. The official news of LEGO moving forward with the idea came a little while back, but now we’ve got a first look at the set and a possible release date. And if these images are any indication, the adorableness is way over 9000.

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‘Doctor Who’ LEGO official, X-Mansion and Wayne Manor aren’t happening

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The results are in from the latest LEGO Ideas Review, and depending on your perspective, it’s something of a good news, bad news situation.

Two of the sets up for review will indeed move into official production: “Doctor Who and Companions” and “WALL-E.” While LEGO has produced multiple Disney and Pixar-themed sets, this will be the first Doctor Who-themed LEGO release. (Who building sets have been released in recent years as part of the United Kingdom-based Character Building line.) Official details — final design, pricing and release date — are yet to come.

The Doctor Who set was submitted by gaming artist Andy Clark; WALL-E hails from Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator and director who worked on the 2008 film.

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SDCC | Mike Mignola’s poster for ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’

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TVLine has unveiled Mike Mignola’s poster for the ABC holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot, which will given away Thursday to attendees of the presentation at Comic-Con International.

Set after the events of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, the animated special sends the gang into uncharted territory during a post-Christmas play date as the coolest set of action figures ever turns out to be dangerously delusional.

The Comic-Con panel will be at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Room 6A. Afterward a special autograph session will be held at the ABC booth.

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Disney merchandise rang up a record $40.9 billion in 2013

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Characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars appeared together on stage Monday for the first time ever as the entertainment giant touted its powerhouse brands ahead of the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

According to Variety, Disney is once again the world’s top licensor, with a record $40.9 billion in retail sales last year, up from $39.4 billion in 2012. With looming films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6 and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, based on Marvel comics, the live-action Cinderella and Star Wars: Episode VII, plus the Star Wars Rebels animated television series, that seems unlikely to change in the near future.

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The not-so-Brave makeover and subtle backpedaling

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Brave‘s Merida looking… different

In case you thought it was only comics that unnecessarily sexed up female characters, fear not: It happens in all media — and the newest guilty party is Disney.

On Saturday, the studio inducted Merida of the Pixar film Brave as the 11th Disney Princess. More accurately, it inducted some alternate-reality Merida who’s thinner, wears her dress off her shoulder and exposes more cleavage. A redesign of the character appeared on the corporation’s website in advance of the induction at Disney World, and faster than you can say “Wonder Woman’s pants,” someone launched a Change.org petition, which is now approaching 200,000 signatures. Disney removed the images of the redesigned Merida, not that it matters; the Internet never forgets.

I’m being somewhat flip about this but the whole thing is kind of amazing. I loved Brave, and thought it was the animated-princess story that was so overdue. It was so refreshing to watch an animated movie that stepped away from cliches to give us a female lead who isn’t pining after a man, can skillfully defend herself, and looks and acts reasonably like a girl approximately her age. And it not once felt like an agenda movie. Really, it’s pretty stupid that these kinds of characteristics feel like such a breath of fresh air.

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Comics A.M. | Disney layoffs expected as part of restructuring

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Business | Marvel parent Disney is expected to begin layoffs in the coming weeks as part of a planned reorganization that follows a company-wide review of operations. The film studio is believed to undergo the deepest cuts, specifically in marketing, home entertainment and production.

The news arrives a little more than five months after Disney announced its $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm; earlier this week, word spread the media giant has closed LucasArts, the video-game subsidiary of Lucasfilm, and axed 150 employees. According to Variety, Disney executives told each division to ensure “that staff levels are in line with the company’s needs in a changing marketplace, particularly in divisions affected by shifts in new media and technologies.” The film division will bear the brunt of the layoffs in large part because of Disney’s increasing reliance on Pixar (purchased in 2006 for $7.4 billion), Marvel (purchased in 2009 for $4 billion) and, soon, Lucasfilm. [Variety]

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Comics A.M. | Disney reportedly tightening belt, mulling layoffs

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Business | Marvel parent The Walt Disney Co., which just purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, reportedly has begun an internal cost-cutting review that could include layoffs in its studio and other divisions. The cutbacks are believed to focus on jobs that are no longer needed because of technological advancements and redundancies created by the acquisition of Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012. Disney has made a series of staff cutbacks over the past couple of years, beginning in January 2011 with 200 jobs in its interactive division; Marvel trimmed about a dozen positions in October 2011. [Yahoo! Finance]

Publishing | Robert Stanley Martin takes a new look at Jim Shooter’s tenure as editor-in-chief of Marvel. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

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Emma Coats shares Pixar ‘story basics’

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For process junkies, animated film studios seem to be great sources of instruction about good storytelling, in comics or any medium. Last spring, Ben Caldwell shared some lessons he learned from DreamWorks. This time, former Pixar story artist Emma Coats is offering 22 guidelines she picked up from her senior colleagues at the studio:

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

You can read the rest on Coats’ blog.

(via Kelly Sue DeConnick)

Play it again, Tony: Day two at D23

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Day two of D23 kicked off early for us, as the big movie presentation kicked off at 10:30 a.m. and we knew there would be a line. We just didn’t realize how long of a line …

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Comics A.M. | Mike Keefe wins Pulitzer; BOOM! loses Classic Disney titles?

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Awards | Denver Post editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning “for his widely ranging cartoons that employ a loose, expressive style to send strong, witty messages.” Keefe, who joined the Post in 1975, had previously served in the Marines and taught math in college. “I am gobsmacked,” the 64-year-old cartoonist says. “In recent years, the Pulitzer has gone to much younger folks who are newer in the business. I’ve always done pretty classical editorial cartooning. I thought my day had passed.” Comic Riffs has Keefe’s award-winning portfolio. [Denver Post]

Publishing | On the heels of successive announcements that Marvel will publish comics based on Disney’s Pixar and Muppets properties, licenses previously held by BOOM! Studios, comes word that BOOM! has stopped soliciting Classic Disney series like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories. However, Diamond’s Previews catalog for July contains listings for the publisher’s titles based on such Disney Afternoon properties as Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and DuckTales. [ICv2.com]

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