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Immersed in Movies: BOOK REVIEW: 'Creativity, Inc.'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 8, 2014 9:04 PM
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Ed Catmull explores the secret of Pixar's success in Creativity, Inc. (Random House) with a managerial insight that's applicable to everyone. Reminiscent of John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," the Yoda of Pixar has presided over the industry's animation leader with a winning philosophy that delicately balances individual talent and chemistry with team leadership and a dynamic vision.

Immersed in Movies: Pixar's Kelsey Mann Talks 'Party Central' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 21, 2014 11:21 PM
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Despite Pixar not having a feature this year, it worked out perfectly for the MU short, Party Central, to play in front of Muppets Most Wanted since Jim Henson was such an important influence on director Kelsey Mann. "They always had that manic energy when you got a group of the Muppets together. I wanted to get that over the top feeling in this short."

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.

Scary Story: How Pixar crafted the TV special "Toy Story of TERROR!"

  • By Josh Armstrong
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  • October 1, 2013 2:00 AM
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It is common for today's biggest animated franchises to eventually receive a holiday special, often tied in some way to Christmas. But when ABC showed interest in Pixar developing a Toy Story special, the studio decided to think outside the toy box.
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First Look: Woody, Buzz and Mr. Pricklepants in Pixar TV Spec "Toy Story OF TERROR!"

  • By Josh Armstrong
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  • September 18, 2013 1:45 AM
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Disney has provided Animation Scoop with an exclusive first look at the latest image from Toy Story OF TERROR! Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head and Rex gather around Mr. Pricklepants in this new peek at Pixar's upcoming TV special.
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Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper Into Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' at D23

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 12, 2013 8:30 PM
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"The Art of The Good Dinosaur" D23 panel discussion on Saturday offered a good grounding in the design of the agrarian dinos and the world they inhabit in the upcoming Pixar feature.

Immersed in Movies: D23 Touts Disney DNA

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 9, 2013 11:57 PM
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The big takeaway at Friday's D23 Expo presentation of Disney and Pixar animation was that hand-drawn is still very much a part of the evolving aesthetic.

Immersed in Movies: Director Dan Scanlon Talks Primal Screams at 'Monsters U'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 13, 2013 3:09 AM
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During a recent visit to Pixar, I sat down with first-time director Dan Scanlon, a story artist on Cars and Toy Story 3, who Billy Crystal calls a "hipster," and discussed his role on the forthcoming blockbuster.

Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Monsters U' with Billy Crystal and John Goodman

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 4, 2013 2:25 AM
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In Monsters University, Pixar's oddest odd couple, Mike and Sulley, meet for the first time in college as fierce rivals before becoming best buddies in Monsters, Inc. Co-stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman recently reminisced about their own college years and what it was like reuniting a decade later for Pixar's first prequel.

Latest and Final "Monsters University" trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 30, 2013 3:00 PM
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Here is the latest - and final - look at Pixar's Monsters University we'll get before the film opens on June 21st. Too early to judge, but it looks great - and it certainly promises to be fun.

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