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Why For does Disney think that "No Nudes is Good News"
Earlier this week, Paul T. sent me an e-mail with an image attached that -- I'm sure -- will titillate a certain segment of the Disney fan community. Jim, Check out what I found on an animation art auction cite!! It's a bare-ass Ariel!! Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Well...
22 Apr 2013
Huffington Post -- How Sony Pictures Animation is reinventing the way that toons are made
As the staff cuts at DreamWorks Animation and Walt Disney Studios prove, bigger is no longer thought of as better in Hollywood. The suits are now angling after a far more efficient business plan. Tinsel Town 2.0, if you will. A place where smaller teams follow shorter production schedules and work within...
17 Apr 2013
"Pixar In Concert" reveals how a musical score can help tell a movie's story, get the audience inside of a character's head
Leo N. Holzer
It's engaging stories, great characters, good acting, lighting and hundreds of things working together that makes a motion picture a truly MOVING experience. One of the most critical pieces is a film's musical score. Even before recorded dialogue, music was there and it's always had the power...
3 Aug 2012
David Tanaka talks about the creation of the "Pixar in Concert" project
Leo N. Holzer
The following is an email interview that I recently had with David Tanaka, the creative editor of " Pixar in Concert ." I'd like to thank David for his detailed answers and Chris Wiggum at Pixar for arranging the interview. Q: Please tell me about the process. What prompted the Pixar in...
2 Aug 2012
"Brave" makes it Lucky 13 for Pixar favorite John Ratzenberger
With " Brave " opening at No. 1 this past weekend , that now makes it thirteen hits in a row for Pixar Animation Studios . A box office winning streak which has been applauded & envied by many in Hollywood for nearly two decades now. And speaking of thirteen in a row ... By doing the voice...
24 Jun 2012
Angus MacLane talks about the little story details that made a big difference with Pixar's latest short, "Small Fry"
When the development team that was working of Disney's " Beauty and the Beast " wanted to get the look of the Beast's castle just right, what did they do? These artists toured the Loire Valley in September of 1989, visiting many of France's famous chateaus. And when the " Lion...
22 Nov 2011
Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011) : The smart, stubborn guy who helped to make Pixar possible
I was sitting at my personal computer, working on a story about Pixar (I was putting together a promo piece for the Cartoon Art Museum 's annual " Spend the day at Pixar Animation Studios" benefit in December) when I learned that Steve Jobs had passed away. Which -- given that this one...
6 Oct 2011
As Walt Disney once said: "I think it's important to have a good, hard failure"
If you're a fan of Pixar Animation Studios (and I'll admit I am) you're probably familiar with the evolution of their first animated feature. A little film called " Toy Story ." You see, the motion picture concept the boys from up north showed Disney back in the 1990s was hardly...
17 May 2011
How Don Rickles became Mr. Potato Head's voice for Disney Pixar's "Toy Story" films
In honor of Super Bowl Sunday (that annual television event that turns tens of millions of us into couch potatoes, when we wolf down handful of greasy potato chips and/or platters full of toppings-laden potato skins), I thought that - today - it might be appropriate to pay tribute to that most cinematic...
3 Feb 2011
Pixar's Darla K. Anderson's slow & steady path to success
Here's kind of a depressing fact to start 2011 off with: 88% of all people will fail to keep their New Year's resolution . With 45% of those folks falling off the self-improvement wagon by the end of January. And why is that exactly? To be blunt, it's because a lot of us aren't willing...
1 Jan 2011
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