Lou Romano, who you may know from the art production he did on Monsters, Inc. or his work on The Incredibles, has just posted a whole mess of development stills from the production design on Pixar’s latest and greatest Up. You can catch it all on his very own blog posting, but if time is against you, below are some of the highlights. You can notice how Pixar chooses colour themes and middle distance, and foliage-framed shots from the beginning. The stills also highlight more of the similarities between each of the second generation, once they started putting humans in their movies, Pixar films.
It begs the question if Pixar will ever mix up their cinematography. We know Toy Story 3 will be a fresh look at their older, “rounder” animation, and their Cars 2 will be synonomous with Cars 1 (obviously), but how will Newt look? A company like Pixar that tries to be different should compete with their own success, now that they’re miles ahead of everyone else.