A few days ago, ComingSoon brought forth to the world a title card (click above to make huge) from the forthcoming Pixar piece, Day & Night, which will fill the customary pre-show short film position ahead of Toy Story 3. The characters of Day and Night may seem a dimension short of being typical Pixar characters (these aren’t closing credits after all), and as it turns out, Day & Night is apparently something unprecedented for Pixar.

Adding to the buzz, several Pixar blogs caught on to a comment made by Jerry Beck, the animation historian who runs Cartoon Brew, saying the hand-drawn cartoon’s characters will be windows into a CG world, creating a blend of the two formats. It’s a concept that I could certainly see coming from them, and fits well enough with the synopsis (also debuted on ComingSoon)…

When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other’s unique qualities–and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world–the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.

Directed by Pixar character Designer Teddy Newton, produced by Kevin Reher (Partly Cloudy, A Bug’s Life), scored by Oscar Winner Michael Giacchino, and proclaimed to be “one of the best times I’ve ever had working on anything” by art director Don Shank (Up), Day & Night could be a memorable entry in the body of short film work from Pixar that is just as stellar as its feature oeuvre.

Source | ComingSoon, The Pixar Blog (via /Film)


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