Episode 041 of the Pixar Post Podcast – D23 Expo Wrap-Up, One-on-One Interview with ‘Lava’ Director, Jim Murphy & More

Pixar Post Podcast 41

In episode 041 of the Pixar Post Podcast, we give our wrap-up discussion of the D23 Expo which took place from August 14-16, 2015 in Anaheim California. We also chat with Lava director, Jim Murphy in our short one-on-one interview and dive into the updated Disney Infinity 3.0 news (The Good Dinosaur) and so much more.

2015 D23 Expo


Kicking off the show, we jump right into the D23 Expo and mix in the news over the last few weeks.

2015 D23 Expo Pixar Secrets Panel
  • Other Pixar sightings at the Expo
    • Inside Out panel – Pete Docter / Jonas Rivera / Phyllis Smith
    • Pixar secrets revealed panel – Mary Coleman / Mark Andrews / Darla Anderson / Ronnie del Carmen / Dan Scanlon
    • Toy Story: 20 years later panel – John Lasseter / Pete Docter / Andrew Stanton / Lee Unkrich / Galyn Susman / Ralph Eggleston / Sharon Calahan / Eben Ostby / Bob Pauley / Bill Reeves
    • Sculpting with Greg Dykstra (The Good Dinosaur T-Rex sculpt)
    • Autograph Signings with
      • Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
      • Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins
      • Ralph Eggleston
      • Nick Pitera
      • Angus MacLane – WALL•E LEGO reveal and discussion along with autograph session
    • A special collection of John Lasseter’s famed Reyn Spooner Hawaiian Shirts
  • News of Toy Story Land at Disney World along with the revamped Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters ride at Cars Land.
  • Precision Series die-cast Cars characters are coming and they’re releasing all of Radiator Springs as individual play sets.


  • Quick updates on the news and a few product updates
    • Inside Out Blu-ray release date and special features
    • Toy Story That Time Forgot Blu-ray release date and special features
    • Disney Infinity 3.0 coming out soon – and thanks to the Expo we now know that Spot from The Good Dinosaur will be joining the game as a toy box figure.


  • Next up (at 50:38 into the show), we present our one-on-one chat with Lava director, Jim Murphy. We chat about everything from the sculpts, the concepts, the story development and the catchy song that drives the shots. As we indulge over the Uku and Lele casts that Jim brought in, we also discuss the sound design, his status meetings with John Lasseter and so much more as the team refined the short into what it is today.

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