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Weird Al Spotted at Pixar

Weird Al and Lee Unrich at Pixar. Courtesty of Lee UnrichWeird Al Yankovic boasted about his invitation to see inside the Pixar campus this morning on his Twitter feed.

Lee Unkrich and Weird Al bumped into each other at some point during his visit. Lee posted this photo as proof.

Naturally, his visit has caused a flurry of speculation online as to what, exactly, he was doing there. If he was lending his voice to a future Pixar character, it's unlikely it would appear in any films earlier than Monsters University, as Brave is surely finished with its primary vocal work at this point.

Also likely, is that he's there just as a curious celebrity to have a peek.

Autographed TS3 Poster Auction for Charity

Signed Toy Story 3 PosterFor the benefit of the charity Give Kids the World, Lee Unkrich and Darla Anderson, Toy Story 3 director and producer, respectively, have offered a signed Toy Story 3 poster for auction on eBay. Bidding ends this Friday at 6pm PST.

From their website: "Give Kids the World is a 70-acre, nonprofit "storybook" resort, located near Central Florida's most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations."

Cars 2 Faces 18 Opponents at the Oscars

Oscar AwardAn unusually large field of animated feature films has been submitted for consideration at the 84th Academy Awards next February. Cars 2 is among 18 films competing for Best Animated Feature.

The others are: Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, The Smurfs, Arthur Christmas, Rio, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Hoodwinked Two! Hood vs. Evil, Gnomeo & Juliet, and Winnie the Pooh.

Plus three motion capture films: The Adventures of Tintin, Happy Feet Two, and Mars Needs Moms.

And four foreign films: Alois Nebel from the Czech Republic, A Cat in Paris from France, Chico & Rita from Spain, and Wrinkles also from Spain.

With the lackluster response to Cars 2 from the film industry, a win for Pixar may be a bit of a longshot with films like Rango and the popular, yet unreleased Tintin film in the field.

For several years there have been only three nominees for this category, as the list of eligible films did not meet the 16 film minimum. But with 18 films this year, it is likely there will be 5 final nominees for the Academy to select from.