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Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Epic' with Chris Wedge

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 23, 2013 2:00 PM
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I caught up with Chris Wedge again when he was in town recently to revisit the underrated Epic, his most personal film and one of my favorites of the year. The lush swashbuckler has a heartfelt father/daughter story and looks beneath the surface in discovering hidden truths about life and nature. We also looked forward to his first live-action feature, Monster Trucks (May 29, 2015).

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Monsters University'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2013 12:31 PM
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With Monsters University failing to snag a Golden Globes nomination (a first for Pixar), many are wondering how it will impact the Oscar race. But there's more than meets the eye in the Monsters, Inc. prequel. Director Dan Scanlon and global tech/research TD Christophe Hery explain how storytelling and aesthetics unite more closely.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Despicable Me 2' with Chris Meledandri

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 9, 2013 1:03 PM
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With tomorrow's Blu-ray/DVD release of the blockbuster and Oscar-contending Despicable Me 2 from Universal, it's a great time to catch up once again with Illumination's Chris Meledandri, who made the Vanity Fair list of top media disruptors for the second consecutive year.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'The Croods' with Sanders and DeMicco

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Croods (which grabbed nine Annie nominations today, including best animated feature) certainly stands out in a year dominated by survival and the inevitability of change. In fact, every country that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco visited on their press tour embraced the prehistoric family as part of their own cultural identity.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Frozen' with Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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Frozen provides further proof that we're experiencing a new Disney renaissance under John Lasseter. If Wreck-It Ralph seemed thematically subversive while still leveraging the hand-drawn legacy to guide the CG, then Frozen takes it even further. It's the most feminist take yet on the musical princess fairy tale.

Immersed in Movies: Eric Goldberg Talks Mickey Mouse and 'Get A Horse!'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 18, 2013 11:00 AM
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In honor of Mickey's 85th birthday today, I go deeper into Disney's "Get A Horse!" hybrid short with Eric Goldberg -- who served as the 2D supervisor and made the blueprint for staying true to the 1928 model -- and with a clip of the first minute of the film.

Immersed in Movies: Reel FX Creates Feather System for 'Free Birds'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 30, 2013 1:32 PM
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Monika Sawyer of Reel FX talks turkey about the new Avian feather system for "Free Birds," which helped make Owen Wilson's Reggie and Woody Harrelson's Jake look more dynamic.

Immersed in Movies: Previewing 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 24, 2013 12:09 PM
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Rob Minkoff, Ty Burrell, and Tiffany Ward gave a sneak peek of DreamWorks' CG rendering of Jay Ward's beloved cartoon.

Immersed in Movies: Jimmy Hayward Talks 'Free Birds' at Reel FX

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 22, 2013 3:00 AM
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Veteran director Jimmy Hayward leaves the big studio environment to help launch Reel FX as an off-beat indie alternative.

Immersed in Movies: Richard Williams At The Academy

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 8, 2013 7:08 PM
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Richard Williams finally made it to the Academy for a memorable masterclass as part of the Marc Davis Celebration.