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Meet the team who brought Maui to life for Disney's "Moana"
You'd think - looking at Maui from Disney's " Moana " - given this demigod's dimples (more importantly, those eyebrows) that Dwayne Johnson was always supposed to be this character's voice. But that's where you'd be wrong. "You have to understand that - when we're...
16 Nov 2016
Before he voiced Dory's Dad in Pixar's "Finding Nemo" sequel, Eugene Levy made a big splash in Disney's first-ever Touchstone release, "Splash"
"I've played some Dads in my day." Anyone familiar with Eugene Levy 's filmography knows that the above statement is true. After all, this Canadian comedy legend played Jim Levenstein's Dad in all eight installments of the " American Pie " sex comedy series. Not to mention...
19 Jun 2016
"The Good Dinosaur" 's production design presented many challenges to Harley Jessup and his team at Pixar
Once upon a time, Harley Jessup worked on "Twice Upon a Time." And while this John Korty film would eventually go on to achieve cult status, when George Lucas' first attempt at creating a full length animated feature went into limited release back in August of 1983 and then quickly faded...
23 Feb 2016
What would Walt have thought of "Two More Eggs," Disney XD's deliberately anarchic series of animated shorts?
It's a really interesting time to be a Disney fan. After all, in a year where " Star Wars: The Force Awakens ," " Avengers: Age of Ultron " and " Inside Out " helped Walt Disney Studios blow past the $5 billion box office barrier for the very first time in the Company's...
22 Dec 2015
Phyllis Smith talks about the joys of voicing Sadness for Pixar's "Inside Out"
So how exactly does one get hired to voice a character in a Pixar film? Well, to hear Phyllis Smith (i.e., the " Office " vet who voiced Sadness in " Inside Out ") tell the tale, it wasn't talent or luck that actually won her this part. But -- rather -- insomnia. (L to R) Jason...
15 Nov 2015
How Eric Goldberg created the Genie Outtakes for Disney's Diamond Edition of "Aladdin"
Here's an interesting tidbit for all of your animation fans out there: An excerpt from the screenplay for Disney's " Aladdin ." To be specific, the scene where the Genie makes his dramatic entrance in this motion picture: Aladdin rubs the lamp with his sleeve. It glows slightly -- and...
13 Oct 2015
Ariel Winter looks ahead, prepares for life after "Modern Family" and "Sofia the First"
Between recording dialogue for "Sofia the First: The Secret Library" and getting ready to take her College Boards in real life, Ariel Winter has really been hitting the books lately. Copyright American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved "I just took the SAT yesterday,"...
11 Oct 2015
Macy's Parade Studio gets some major Buzz (Lightyear) going at D23 EXPO 2015
Can you believe it? This November (November 19th, to be precise) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of " Toy Story ." Copyright Disney / Pixar. All rights reserved D23 -- the Official Disney Fan Club -- wanted to do something special to commemorate this occasion. So they arranged for...
14 Aug 2015
Star Wars and star power -- plus Marvel, Pixar, and plenty of Disney -- at this year's D23 EXPO
When D23 -- Disney's official fan club -- launched the D23 EXPO back in 2009, all the "wonderful worlds" of Disney was pretty much just Disney. And -- of course -- Pixar , a Disney acquisition in 2006. And ABC , which Disney purchased over a decade before that. But now Disney's "world"...
10 Aug 2015
Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows coming to Comic-Con, getting ready for nationwide debut
Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you. Thanks to a successful KickstartASOS.com campaign (which still has a few hours left to run, by the way), this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program...
2 Jul 2015
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