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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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“I want to do something for her… but what?” asks the Beast.  Cogsworth responds, “Well, there’s the usual things: flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep, …” Walt Disney Pictures experienced an animation renaissance with 1989’s The Little Mermaid, … Continue reading

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Inside Out (2015)

“Congratulations San Francisco, you’ve ruined pizza!  First the Hawaiians, and now you!” yells Anger, reacting to the sight of slices of pizza with broccoli. With the exception of 2011’s Cars 2, the films made by Pixar Animation Studios represent high … Continue reading

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‘Monsters, Inc.’ & ‘Up’

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Pete Docter is an animator, screenwriter, producer, and director who, inspired by Chuck Jones and Walt Disney, created flip books and homemade animated shorts while growing up.  He studied philosophy and making art for a year at the University of … Continue reading

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Tim Simonec On the Music of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Tim Simonec is an orchestrator and conductor (as well as occasional composer) who frequently works with Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (their collaborations include the TV shows Alias and Lost, as well as movies such as The Incredibles, Sky High, The … Continue reading

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‘The Secret of Kells’ & ‘Brave’

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I’ve always had a longing for the U.K. region of the world; British culture and history (not just cinematic) have fascinated me for years and my ancestral roots trace back to Ireland.  I’ve also taken two trips to the U.K. … Continue reading

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‘Finding Nemo’ & ‘Wall-E’

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Last year, director Andrew Stanton gave the world John Carter, the first of two big budget science fiction live action films featuring Taylor Kitsch (the other being Peter Berg’s Battleship).  In case you’ve been living under a rock for the … Continue reading

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A Discussion With Michael Giacchino

Composer Michael Giacchino recently sat down with the Soundworks Collection to discuss, among other things, his start in the music and film business, as well as his work with Pixar and his collaborations with J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird.  I’ve … Continue reading