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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
From toxic gas leaks to the triumph of 'Finding Dory,' Lindsey Collins has loved every minute of her time at Pixar Animation Studios
When it comes to " Finding Dory " producer Lindsey Collins , she takes "going-with-your-gut" to a whole new level. To explain: This Occidental College graduate joined Walt Disney Animation Studios straight out of school in 1994. And after working as a PA on " Pocahontas "...
15 Nov 2016
How the makers of Disney's "Moana" almost chickened out
It's kind of a tradition at Walt Disney Animation Studios that the hero or heroine of each new production has an animal companion. Sometimes they talk (EX: Flounder in " The Little Mermaid ") and sometimes they don't (EX: Abu in " Aladdin "). But these furry, feathered or...
8 Sep 2016
Jason Bateman & Ginnifer Goodwin talk about voicing Nick Wilde & Officer Judy Hopps for Disney's "Zootopia"
" Will Arnett put you up to this, didn't he?" That's what Jason Bateman said to his agent four years ago when this " Arrested Development " star learned that Walt Disney Animation Studios wanted him to come voice one of the leads for " Zootopia ." "Ever since...
7 Jun 2016
By thinning "The Good Dinosaur" 's herd, Pixar Animation Studios wound up with a far better film
Given that -- this past weekend -- "The Good Dinosaur" was once again the No. 1 family film at the box office , there are a lot of parents on the prowl right now for toys that draw their inspiration from this new Pixar Animation Studios production And as luck would have it, there's a good...
7 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
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
Cooper Hewitt to Present Exhibition "PIXAR: The Design of Story" This Fall
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Pixar: The Design of Story Examining the collaborative design process behind Pixar Animation Studios, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents "Pixar: The Design of Story," from Oct. 8, 2015 through Aug. 7, 2016. Featuring original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches...
22 Jul 2015
Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera offers an inside look at how Pixar's latest, "Inside Out," was produced
It is not everyday that you get the chance to speak one-on-one with the creative minds behind what you know will be a summer blockbuster at the box office. That is exactly the opportunity that I had recently when I sat down with Disney / Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera responsible for some of...
20 Jun 2015
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