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Images of the Day: What If Pixar Made A Star Trek Movie? February 16, 2013

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Trek fans are always imagining ‘what if?’ scenarios for the franchise but one of them has taken it to a new level by creating images of a notional reboot of the original Star Trek…by the animators at Pixar. The artists images of Star Trek characters has gone viral. Check them out below



What if Pixar remade Trek…

Canadian artist Phil Postma has created a viral sensation with his re-imagined version of the original Star Trek characters as if they were rebooted by Pixar. 

After his images gained popularity the artist posted an update on his site clarifying…

No, Pixar did not do this and will never do this, and I did not render these images either. Yes, these are characters from Pixar films and it is just a photo mash-up of images I find on the internet using Photoshop. No, they are not meant to be a caricature of the actors who played them. Rather a character from the Pixar universe that resembles in some small way the character I am doing. It is just a fun simple project I picked to help me learn more about Photoshop since I am far from an expert at it.

Source: Phil Postma (via Buzzfeed)


1. Snugglepuff - February 16, 2013

This is awesome!! Pixar should do it!

2. Trekmen - February 16, 2013

Bones looks like an ape. Lol

3. SFC3 - February 16, 2013

Love how the romulan is that critic from Ratatouille

4. Caesar - February 16, 2013

Yikes, why is Bones a monkey?

5. richpit - February 16, 2013

That would be too awesome if Pixar did this. It would rock.

6. SoonerDave - February 16, 2013

This is hysterical stuff.

7. CAPT KRUNCH - February 16, 2013

That is so awesome!….Make it so!!!

8. I am not Herbert - February 16, 2013

I’ve been wanting a PIXAR version of Star Trek for years now! =)

…but not with “comical looking” caricatures… =(

9. Red Dead Ryan - February 16, 2013

Looks more like a “Cracked” magazine parody then PIXAR cartoons.

10. msn1701 - February 16, 2013

LOL the Klingon is the funniest because it is the guy from Brave. Oh man… these are hilarious!

11. scifib5st - February 16, 2013

I can see a new line of trading cards.
This would make a great animated ST for the next TV show!

12. Khan was Framed! - February 16, 2013

I love it!

Maybe JJ can bride the gap between Paramount & Disney and get this done for real one day. :)

13. seangh - February 16, 2013

I think bones is the boss character from The Incredibles.

This is cute, but now that Disney owns Star Wars and Pixar, it’s more likely a Star Wars Pixar film would be made first :)

14. Tom - February 16, 2013

This is great! Sulu is a bit too yellow though….

15. Weerd1 - February 16, 2013



16. pilotfred - February 16, 2013

so cool, you must have had many fun hours putting them together, thanks for sharing the pictures with us

17. Kirk Nelson - February 16, 2013

Not a fan. Derivative. Sorry, but CG cartoon faces all look staggeringly unoriginal right now. It’s telling that these are simply preexisting faces that got photoshopped, and everyone knee jerk reacted by saying “I love it!”

Next lets have Pixar renderings of Lego Avengers in official Disney Star Wars crossover comic books! Yay!

18. Son of Jello - February 16, 2013

The Orion slave girl doesn’t look very Disney. :) now do princess Leia.

19. Bird of Prey - February 16, 2013

Love that Klingon with the savage mane! :-D

Also, Chekov somehow looks more like Yelchin than Koenig.

20. Spockchick - February 16, 2013

@17. Kirk Nelson
You remember fun? FUN. See? Now smile. I’s easy really. x

21. Captain Dunsel - February 16, 2013


Humor. It is a difficult concept. It is not logical.

22. Captain Dunsel - February 16, 2013

This leaves me wondering, though… What would Pixar’s Big E look like?

23. Mr. Frederickson - February 16, 2013

What an insult to Pixar.

24. TP3000 - February 16, 2013

Would also like to see the Pixar version of the Enterprise (TOS) and the E-bridge. The above pictures are of the actual set. What would the cartoon bridge version look like?

25. Buzz Cagney - February 16, 2013

Bloody brilliant!
Kirk doesn’t look quite right but all the others are great.

26. DonDonP1 - February 16, 2013

Pixar is owned by Disney, which also owns its newly-acquired Lucasflim division, including “Star Wars.” “Star Trek” is, has been, and will be owned by CBS.

27. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise I-XI - February 16, 2013

There were ones done of Marvel & DC characters too as well as Star Wars. Move over “Simpsonization”!

28. LJ - February 16, 2013

@23 ‘insult to Pixar’. Really? Pixar: the studio that possesses one single plot, and one single set of characters? Sorry to burst anybody’s bubble, but if you’ve seen one Pixar film, then you’ve seen them all. The most overrated studio in movie history. And I was saying this ten years ago: what has happened in the intervening decade? Nothing. Still the same derivative plot and character archetypes. Boring. It is not possible to insult Pixar, the laziest company in film.

29. sean - February 16, 2013

Sulu’s skin color is uhhhh…unfortunate.

30. Son of Jello - February 16, 2013

@22 It would look like the Kreo Enterprise.

31. BeatleJWOL - February 16, 2013


So I take it you’re a Dreamworks fan, then?

32. Son of Jello - February 16, 2013

@28 and @17 you should go out to dinner together.

33. Stargazer54 - February 16, 2013

Yeah, most of these are derivative, but you have to admit I think they nailed Uhura. Gotta remember this was done for fun, (off hours) not a paying project. With that it mind they’re all pretty great.

50 years later these characters are icons in any universe. Can’t complain about that.

34. Tamarian - February 16, 2013

Sulu = all wrong for many reasons. McCoy–wow (and not in a good way)… and Spock could use some tweaking. The Uhura depiction looks pretty good though.

35. LizardGirl - February 16, 2013

Aww, Chekov is so cute! But Sulu looks like a meme troll face. Not cool! McCoy is all kinds of wrong (maybe his mouth just needs to be tweaked). Spock looks absolutely livid…or embarrassed, lol. I like Uhura and the Orion. Scotty’s okay, but he kind of looks like a villain. A+ for Effort!!!

36. Red Dead Ryan - February 16, 2013


C’mon, man, your anti-PIXAR statements are out of line and absolutely ridiculous.

You don’t like the movies that PIXAR makes? Fine, that’s your loss. Big friggin’ deal. Cry me a river.

37. Jerry Modene - February 16, 2013

Uhura looks like she was taken from Mirage; Kirk from Mr. Incredible (especially around the eyes) and Chekov looks like Tony Ridinger (the boy that Violet had a crush on). As for Sulu… they clearly took him from Dash.

Sure it’s derivative… but it’s also cute and funny, and the kind of mood I’ve been these past few weeks (don’t ask) I could use a little cute and funny right now.

38. Vultan - February 16, 2013

It would be great to see Paramount Animation do something like this. Maybe a Trek short film shown before a main feature.

Anyway, nice renderings. All in good fun.
Congrats to the artist.

39. Phil - February 16, 2013

Pixar does good work – would not bother me at all to see them do animated Trek..

This guy did the Star Wars characters, too.

40. John from Cincinnati - February 16, 2013

Bones looks like the ugly people from the original Twilight Zone episode “Eye of the Beholder”

41. Steven McCollum - February 16, 2013

I want a T-shirt!!!!!! (Spock)

42. BeatleJWOL - February 16, 2013

Y’know, on second look, “Spock” here looks like a Terry Gilliam character.


43. Check the Circuit - February 16, 2013

Hilarious! Great work for a newbie to Photoshop. (Or for a grizzled vet, for that matter.) And brilliant mash up!

I hope the powers that be are paying attention. This could be a reality so easily to fill the gap between movies. The surviving original cast members doing voices? Karl Urban doing McCoy. Chris Doohan providing the voice for Scotty.

Make it so.

44. Thomas Dolby - February 16, 2013

Sorry But does anyone else not find some of these depictions be very racialy offensive

45. Thomas Dolby - February 16, 2013

26 DonDon P1,
Not true trek has not ALLWAYS been owned by CBS, it was originally owned By Desilu before Paramount bought Desilu. So to say it will always has and will be owned by CBS is not entirely true.

46. Cant Wait Fer ST:ID - February 16, 2013

Awesome job!! Loved Bones. Was great to see so many positive comments… til 17, 28 & 44 had to inflict their pathetic negative attitudes on us. Would love to see a Pixar short of Star Trek. It would be fun at the very least.

47. Buzz Cagney - February 16, 2013

They’d obviously want John Ratzenberger in, as Pixar always do, so i’d put him down to voice Spock. He could play it as Cliff from Cheers. I’d enjoy that!

48. Vultan - February 16, 2013


Eeeh, it’s a little known fact, Buzz, the art of animation was actually invented by the ancient Carthaginians, using fire and goat skin, starring a character known as Povash Yo-Kimbo, who, if I recall correctly, bears a striking resemblance to, eeeh, Mickey Mouse.

49. Shilliam Watner (Click Name for Trek Poster) - February 16, 2013

They all work for me except Bones! He looks like a SImpson!

Man, Uhura is a BABE!

50. DonDonP1 - February 16, 2013

@45 What I meant to say that “Star Trek” is owned by CBS since 2006 one year after the Viacom Split of 2005 that separated Paramount Pictures–now owned by the post-2005 Viacom–from its television production and distribution arms–now owned by the CBS Corporation and known as CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, and CBS Studios International, respectively. I am just hoping that we must not confuse the CBS-owned “Star Trek” with the Disney/Lucasflim-owned “Star Wars.” Of course, I have been a fan of those two “Star” franchise, LOL!

51. DonDonP1 - February 16, 2013

Despite that, Paramount Home Media Distribution owns the home media distribution rights to the “Star Trek” television shows and the rest of the CBS Television Studios library (including those that were produced by Paramount Television) as well as the 11 “Star Trek” motion pictures.

52. Shilliam Watner (Click Name for Trek Poster) - February 16, 2013

I don’t get why people are hating on these. The artist did a great job. His Photoshop skill is much better than he would imply. Why some people are taking this so seriously is beyond me.

53. Buzz Cagney - February 16, 2013

#48 pmsl. Nice. I was trying to come up with a word that sounds like Cliff’s ‘eeh’ sound and couldn’t!
I’d love to hear a Cliff Spock. Oh he’d sound like a know-it-all but, you know, he actually would know it all! :)

54. Son of Jello - February 17, 2013

@44 Thomas Dolby or is it Morgan Robertson? The artist is color blind He has been coping a lot of heat for the color of Sulu’s skin apparently it was a color sample from an image of sulu. :) if you go to his webpage there is an explanation.

55. Son of Jello - February 17, 2013

@44 Did you get another Buick:)

56. - February 17, 2013

These are great.

57. William Kirk - February 17, 2013

Great! :-)

58. Spock's Balls - February 17, 2013

My God, Jim! I’m a Doctor not a monkey!

59. cpelc - February 17, 2013

In regards to Sulu the artist responded on his site saying that he is colorblindand just has to guess many ttimes on the coloring – so no intentional racism.

60. Aligee - February 17, 2013

I think they are all great brilliant job Phil.
someone said-Racially offensive?… Get a grip! You need to get out more!

I watched Wreck it Ralph the other day with my kids and as I watched it I kept thinking how amazing the animation of Sargent Calhoun was. Perfect for a decent aliens 2 sequel or even a Star Trek short film – really incredible animation.

61. Lou - February 17, 2013

I love the Klingon. He looks like the drunk homeless guy downtown. :P

62. Phil - February 17, 2013

Here is the website from the source, I know it’s turned up on a couple other threads, posted by others as well.

Scroll down for the Star Wars art. Leia is looking perky.

Click on the home link at the bottom. Dr. Who, too.

63. Phil - February 17, 2013

Sorry – older posts…

64. Legate Damar - February 17, 2013

The only way that I would ever accept an animated Trek movie would be if Pixar did it. Still, I would think that they would stick with a more realistic animation style for Star Trek, more like the Human characters from Toy Story 3. Too bad a Pixar Trek will never happen, but Pixar’s other upcoming films look good, as does Into Darkness.

65. Red Dead Ryan - February 17, 2013


Get a life….these are a merely cartoons. SHEESH!!


Are you a paid advertiser for CBS/Paramount? Give it a rest with that already.

66. mercury - February 17, 2013

i love it!! how awesome would it be to see it actually put into action

67. Gary S - February 17, 2013

It is definitely a fun idea to think about .
Does Pixar have any SciFi Adventures coming up?

68. dmduncan - February 17, 2013

If you were doing a Futurama type version of Star Trek, this type of content would be appropriate.

And I’m not opposed to that. I loved Where No Fan Has Gone Before. But this sort of thing should be in addition to, not instead of, live action ST movies and/or TV shows.

69. dmduncan - February 17, 2013

Canadian artist Phil Postma…

Is Postma a Russian name?

70. Nano - February 17, 2013

Please Do this while we still have some of the original cast for voice work!

71. thomas dolby - February 17, 2013

What ever you say Red Dead CRYING,

72. Nx01 - February 17, 2013

That is neat. Bones is especially cool. :)

73. porthoses bitch - February 17, 2013

Strikes me as more of a Rankin Bass influence…..but fun none the less..

74. Sebastian S. - February 17, 2013

McCoy looks like a chimpanzee, and Scotty looks like Jonathan Frid from the original “Dark Shadows”. Kirk has a Jay Leno-esque chin, too.

Cute idea, though.

75. Ted C - February 17, 2013

I guess im the only one that thinks these are stupid.

76. Ted C - February 17, 2013

#17, you articulated it perfectly.

77. from C.R. - February 17, 2013

Postma is a Czech name.

78. Kirk - February 17, 2013

If Pixar-ifying Star Trek characters is your idea of a great time, then enjoy that. Personally, I would have enjoyed seeing something more original. Even if it wasn’t very good, I would find something positive to say about it, because it was an attempt at originality.

The media is glutted with plasticine looking CG cartoon faces, and the public is so conditioned to revere Pixar that it doesn’t really matter what their movies are like. Each one is a contrived, self congratulatory, manipulative cliche-fest. If they tower in the imagination it is only medicority in contrast to the lowest common denominator that is Disney (shudder).

Screenwriter’s Tip: If you can’t write a decent joke, just make all the characters freeze at the same time with their mouths hanging open. For some reason people just love that. Even though they already saw it in the trailer several times, they will still laugh when they see it again. To top it all off, have something fall over in the background. That’s box office gold, people!

79. Kirk - February 17, 2013

Although, in all fairness: The Incredibles and Finding Nemo were both pretty good.

80. Michael Hall - February 17, 2013

These made my night. Thanks.

81. The Sinfonian - February 17, 2013

Q: “What If Pixar Made a Star Trek Movie?”

A: We’d have already had seen it and five sequels in the same amount of time JJ has taken 7 years to make two live action movies.

82. Son of Jello - February 17, 2013

Are there going to be any more episodes of Fresh Hell?

83. J.Frakes,nothing wrong with my nostrils - February 18, 2013

They don’t look like the characters that much.

84. CoffeeProf - February 18, 2013

For those of you who are hating on this, I would like to quote the great William Shatner from when he hosted Saturday Night Live. “Get a life!”

85. Anthony Thompson - February 18, 2013

I wish that “far from an expert” would help ME with Photoshop skills! Impressive!

86. Digginjim - February 18, 2013

Brilliant…. Pixar should do a new animated series…

87. - February 18, 2013

They should do a Star Trek comedy in between years with Rowan Atkinson playing Mr Spock

88. cpelc - February 18, 2013

Uniform undershirt ( like cadet kirk and Harrison wear) is available for purchase thru entertainment earth

89. Promo Boy - February 18, 2013

Love ’em all. Project was meant to be a fun, simple exercise in Photoshop graphics. Why are so many people taking offense? What’s happened to this world? Can’t we all just lighten up once and awhile? Sheesh!

90. Dave in RI - February 18, 2013

I enjoyed looking at these, especially Dr. Leonard “Cornelius” McCoy 8-P

91. Doug H - February 18, 2013

#89, I agree. Some days it appears that there are people who literally sift through the internet looking for an excuse to be upset. They are successful 100% of the time. If only so many of them weren’t Star Trek and Star Wars fans.I’m pretty upset about it. I find it offensive that….uh…..oh. Pot….Kettle. Sorry. :)

92. dayxday - February 18, 2013

@44 Yes, I’m (gasp) offended at the racially insensitive nature of these as well. First off, Kirk looks very white. I find the color white to be racially (gasp) offensive. Also, Spock’s nose looks large. So all Vulcans have large noses? Again, I’m incredibly (gasp) offended. I don’t even know where to start with the Cherons. I’m pretty sure that 1/2 of me is (gasp) offended in some way.

I also found the Superbowl VW commercial with the guy speaking in a Jamaican accent to be (gasp) offensive. Lately, I’ve found macaroni and cheese to be (gasp) offensive. I’m sure there’s more out there in this big scary world that (gasp) offends me. I’ll give it some thought and let you know what I find.

93. Elvis Shatner - February 18, 2013

“Oh, for God’s sake . . . get a life, will you?”

*Colorblind* Photoshop newbie having fun while learning to use Photoshop, and the subject matter is a show he appreciates.

No offense was implied or intended.

Stop complaining, lighten up, and make sure nobody give you a brand spanking new rope to hang yourself with… We don’t need to hear the complaining about that either… :P

94. EdDR - February 18, 2013

The Orion girl is the French cook from Rattatouille….Green is her color…

95. EdDR - February 18, 2013

McCoy looks like the Bad French cook without the moustache from Rattatouille.,,,,,,,,and dayxday….do you have bronchitis or asthma or a heart attack ?…’re gasping for air a lot…..that worries me…….Kirk 1/17/13..It’s obvious that you have a brand new dictionary and thesaurus and trying to put it to some use.

96. dayxday - February 18, 2013

Bronchitis and asthma both (gasp) offend me greatly.

97. Will - February 18, 2013

So, they took that asian skin color thing literally with Sulu, I see….

98. falcon - February 18, 2013

Scotty looks like Mr. Bean. Which, the more I think about it, is actually kind of funny.

If we can’t poke fun at something we love, we’re not much fun, either. I think a Pixar (or Dreamworks) version of Star Trek would be effin’ hilarious.

Even better if they could pair them with the cast of Galaxy Quest.

99. Craiger - February 18, 2013

New Motion Poster for STID:

100. Jason Scanlon - February 18, 2013

is it me, or are they annoying and slightly irritating?

101. Gary S - February 18, 2013

Count me in for The Galaxy Quest Crossover .

102. SoonerDave - February 18, 2013


It’s you.

I can’t fathom how someone could find these things irritating. Man, we’ve *got* to get a sense of humor somehow.

103. NCC-73515 - February 18, 2013

When posted on facebook, the new animation site also tells us that there will be a new trailer this week…

104. Rick Lucey - February 18, 2013

Really find these quite fun and they do have that Pixar humor look. Of course basing these off actual Pixar art does help. Anyways I really like them!

105. Khan 2.0 - February 18, 2013

OT but was watching Live Free or Die Hard the other night (tv channels are showing all the Die Hards due to the new movie coming out) and there was something oddly familier about the villain (Timothy Olyphant) that i couldnt place at first but after it suddenly clicked – hes a dead ringer for a 40 year old Shatner!!

Googled ‘Timothy Olyphant Star Trek Kirk’ and sure enough found these news stories back when Trek XI was getting going:

“I went in and met with J.J. Abrams about one of the characters,” the 39-year-old actor revealed of a secret casting session with the director for the “Star Trek” reboot. “That led to a series of conversations and I was very flattered. Lots of emails exchanged between the two of us. Ultimately I think we both were aware that it just didn’t make sense. It was a mutual thing.”

Olyphant’s confession raises more questions than it answers, of course, chief among them exactly what character he was supposedly up for. Based solely on the actors who eventually signed on, Olyphant would seem most like Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy) in age and temperament, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility to think he might have been up for Nero or even Captain Kirk.

i think its safe to assume it was for Kirk and that the ‘it didnt make sense’ thing mustve been why Kirk would be in his late 30s (although i guess he couldve played younger but not that much) when the rest of the actors would be age appropriate to the story…be abit odd having Kirk the same age as Bones and Scotty…unless theyd shifted it so Kirk dosnt get on the enterprise until hes in his 30s which would mean everyone else would have to have been older too – more the same age all the actors were when they started in TOS (which wouldnt make much sense for the story they were telling – unless it focused on a Kirk in his mid 30s still stuck as a Lt on the Farragut when Nero re-emerges about 35 years after attacking the Kelvin)

but how unlucky is that?! you have the good fortune to look just like a young Shatner (arent many guys who look like him) but when they do the remake movie of star trek you just happen to be 10 years too old for the origin story they doing!

106. Drij - February 18, 2013

why is sulu so yellow

107. Phil - February 18, 2013

@106. They ran out of pink…

The artist is color-blind, and admitted that Sulu’s tint was a bit off. Not bad, considering he sees everything in shades of grey…

108. Jack - February 18, 2013

Er, I don’t see the Olyphant/Shatner resemblance at all. I like the guy, don’t get me wrong… but I don’t see Shatner. Or Kirk, actually. But what do I know?

By the way, happy to see that at least half of the people posting about the Pixar thing actually read the story. They ain’t supposed to be caricatures of the TOS actors. Although this Sulu’s cuter than George.

109. Kirk - February 18, 2013

@95 EdDR

It doesn’t just look like the cook from Ratatouille… It IS the cook from Ratatouille.

And no, I’m not showing off my new dictionary or thesaurus. Sorry if you had to look up any of those words.

Let me just drop all pretense and tell you how I really feel: I just don’t like these pictures, and that is an equally valid opinion to anyone who does. They are perfectly harmless. There is plenty of room in the fandom of Star Trek for things like that.

Personally, I would really enjoy seeing a crossover between Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Golden Girls. I think the latest innovations in cgi could make some really impressive action scenes with Sisko, Odo, Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia. There’s a lot of romantic drama that could be explored there.

110. tdrake1701 - February 18, 2013

Kirk and Sulu look good –the rest — NOT SO MUCH…

111. Melllvar - February 18, 2013

I disagree with you sir — I would say that your photoshop skills are MOST excellent ;)

112. Jonboc - February 18, 2013

Fun stuff!

113. CoffeeProf - February 19, 2013

For you haters posting, either put out something that is better or shut the hell up.

114. Jack - February 19, 2013

“Personally, I would really enjoy seeing a crossover between Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Golden Girls. I think the latest innovations in cgi could make some really impressive action scenes with Sisko, Odo, Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia. There’s a lot of romantic drama that could be explored there.”

If you make ’em Ferengi, and therefore naked, I’m in. “Quarky, you are cuter than, an interuterine.

115. Jack - February 19, 2013

BTW, the colours in the Sulu picture look pretty much like the colours in most similar TOS images of Sulu.

116. Jason Scanlon - February 19, 2013

Kram it CoffeeProf.

117. James - February 19, 2013

I think these are great :) Wish I had that guy’s talent.

In the buildup to Star Trek Into Darkness, I am reviewing all the previous movies. Check out my review of Star Trek V

118. Rose (as in Keachick) - February 19, 2013

#114 – “an interuterine”? I am almost afraid to ask, but ask, I must…:)

119. Jack - February 19, 2013

118. Oops, intrauterine. I saw this when. i was a kid and thought it was hilarious. Not sure now.

120. captainedd - February 20, 2013

It’s all good fun, no harm intended. Besides, didn’t the studio that ultimately gave birth to pixar start out by rendering the Genesis Effect in TWOK?

121. CoffeeProf - February 20, 2013


Nice retort.

122. Kev-1 - February 21, 2013

The rendering is nice, but are these “emotional” caricatures? For example: George Takei has the squarest jawline of all the regular cast, yet here he has a tiny pointed chin, which is fine to have, but does not match his actual face. And Shatner is Dudley DoRight.

123. Hans - February 25, 2013

The Romulan looks like a Jew.

124. Planet - March 1, 2013

Chekov? Isn’t that Kevin Riley?

125. Jim Nightshade - March 4, 2013

uhura looks like she escaped from it’s a small world… of the indian dancers hehe….

these arnt really racist…..i think it seems that way due to coloring of original characters….

126. Jason - March 5, 2013

Of course it’s not racist! Nichelle Nichols is black. William Shatner is white etc etc. Seems like you have to be careful about saying anything now days.

You know the problem about race? We talk about it too much.

Live long and proper everyone :)

127. Xplodin_Nacelle - March 6, 2013

I’d pay to see this. Well done!!! is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.