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Immersed in Movies: Anatomy of a Scene: 'Let It Go' and 'Family Maze'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 10, 2014 3:22 PM
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Both Frozen and The Croods contain transcendent moments that summarize the visual and thematic essence of these two Oscar-nominated movies: the powerful "Let It Go" song and the beautiful "Family Maze." I dig deeper with the directors and filmmakers to better understand and appreciate their context and significance.

Immersed in Movies: Talking with the Best Animated Feature Oscar Nominees

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 27, 2014 3:19 PM
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I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for The Croods (directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco), Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud), Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner), Frozen (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee), and The Wind Rises (producer Toshio Suzuki). We discussed what makes their work personal, challenging, and relatable.

Immersed in Movies: Getting Animated About the Oscar Nominations

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 13, 2014 2:00 PM
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Will the studios totally dominate the best animated feature category or will there be room for one or two indies? And how many surprises will there be for animated short? Let's look at my predictions for Thursday's Oscar nominations.

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.

Music From "The Croods" To Be Featured During USC/Utah Halftime Show

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 20, 2013 8:16 PM
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This Saturday, September 21st, the USC Marching Trojans will perform a "Tribute to Alan Silvestri" during half-time of the USC/Utah football game. The Marching Trojans will perform the selection "Smash & Grab" from Dreamworks Animation The Croods while footage from the film will simultaneously play on the Los Angeles Coliseum Jumbotron.

Book Review: Lavish Art Abounds In The Art of The Croods

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • April 1, 2013 1:23 PM
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There are two things a competently written art book should do: Give the reader an in-depth, inside look at how a film is created, and make one feel as if one is experiencing the world of the film without actually being in the theater. Noela Hueso succeeds at both on her first attempt at an “Art of” book.