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Pixar's Lava Uses Massive Characters and Settings to Tell Sweet Little Love Story

Jim Hill | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

While the artists at Pixar obviously found a way to make a volcano look personable and appealing, there was still the matter of selling the audience on the size of this character and the overall scale of this short.

Disney Looks to Avoid the Mistakes That It Made With 'The Little Mermaid' as It Expands Its 'Frozen' Empire

Jim Hill | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some The Little Mermaid -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item that would have been left in stock was an Ariel doll with long blonde hair.

How Frozen Was Created: ABC Special Shows How Creativity Happens

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

Frozen is the most popular animated movie of all time. What's the creative secret to this amazing hit? How do you come up with a brilliant idea like this: a movie about female empowerment, based on the classic tale The Snow Queen?

Disneytoon Studios worked closely with CalFire to make "Planes: Fire & Rescue" as authentic as possible

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

"Do your research." That is the lesson that John Lasseter -- Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios -- has repeatedly drille...

After 22 Years, Lella Smith Checks Out as Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library

Jim Hill | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When Lella Smith's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, he was incredulous. "Why would you do that, Auntie?" he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!"

The Lego Movie and the Science of Storytelling

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

The success of The Lego Movie is science first and foremost, masterfully brought to life with artistic flair. How do we know this? Because Aristotle told us so over two thousand years ago.

Watch The 'Frozen' Cast Perform The Movie's Songs

Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment

The "Frozen" cast couldn't hold it back anymore, so they united on Sunday (Feb. 9) for a live performance of the beloved Disney movie's songs. Kristen...

Celebrate Mickey Mouse's 85th Birthday

Jim Hill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Even though today is Mickey Mouse's 85th anniversary, this Disney icon looks like he hasn't aged a day. Especially if you watch this classic cartoon character capering in his newest ground-breaking theatrical short, Get A Horse!

Pixar Removes Director From Big Film

Posted 08.30.2013 | Entertainment

Days after it was reported that Bob Peterson had been removed as director of "The Good Dinosaur," Pixar finally confirmed the news to The Los Angeles ...

Big Rumor About Next Pixar Movie

Posted 08.27.2013 | Entertainment

Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" is due out in theaters in nine months, but that apparently hasn't stopped Pixar chief John Lasseter from tinkering under t...

Just Seen It: Disney's Planes Movie Review

Zorianna Kit | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

This week I'm a guest reviewer on the PBS movie review series Just Seen It. I join reviewers Liz Manashil and Sean Wright to discuss the film, whic...

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Jonathan Demme to Direct Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Pilot

Dan Persons | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Demme returns to the paranoid thriller with Line of Sight... John Lasseter digs into his studies for Monsters University... Don't go in that Abandoned Mine...

Vocal Cast for Disney's Planes Includes a Top Gun Reunion, Top Names From Stand-up Comedy

Jim Hill | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

The Planes production team did come up with an appealing aerodynamic cast for this animated feature. But then the question became, who would Disney recruit to come voice this new set of characters?

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Monsters, Inc. 3D

Dan Persons | Posted 02.23.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Once you're done unwrapping the gifts and singing the carols and observing whatever expressions of faith you feel are appropriate for the time (if any), you may want to reinforce the communal feeling with a visit to the cinema for something the whole family can enjoy.

REVIEW: 'Wreck-It Ralph' Charms

AP | JUSTIN LOWE | Posted 12.31.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Guided by executive producer John Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation Studios has clearly devoted significant resources and talent to ...

Interview with Jenny Rosenstrach about Dinner: A Love Story

Nicki Richesin | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Nicki Richesin

"This whole family dinner thing is just a way for me to wire my childrens' bodies in a way so that they automatically show up at the dinner table to talk to me when they are teenagers. They won't have a choice in the matter. They'll just start feeling this magnetic pull to the pork chops at 6:30."

Anna Almendrala

PHOTOS: Cars Land Brings 'Radiator Springs' To Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.09.2012 | Travel

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Has Disney's California Adventure theme park -- Disneyland's younger, less popular sister -- finally arrived with the addition of C...

Disney's Paperman Short Showcases New CG/Hand-Drawn Animation Hybrid

Jim Hill | Posted 08.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Is it really the end of the line for hand-drawn animation at Walt Disney Studios? That was the conclusion that many in Hollywood reached late last year. But that wasn't how John Kahrs saw this situation.

CinemaCon In Las Vegas: A Celebration of Movie and the Movie Industry

Ellen Sterling | Posted 06.26.2012 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

Before he left, he invited the audience to a surprise screening of The Dictator at 11 that evening in a local movie theater and, as he left, he stopped to kiss Katzenberg's head.

PHOTO: Pixar Salutes Steve Jobs

Posted 12.11.2011 | Entertainment

As the world mourned en masse for the loss of the public figure Steve Jobs, a few groups felt the death in a much more intensely personal way. There w...

Steve Jobs Remembered By Pixar Friends

Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment

Steve Jobs purchased The Graphics Group from Lucasfilm in 1986, soon renaming it Pixar and changing its mission from hardware sales to creating ground...

Jennifer Aniston Getting HUGE, All-Time Honor

Posted 08.22.2011 | Entertainment

In Hollywood, there are stars -- ephemeral and fleeting, dependent on each box office return for relevance -- and then there are stars with Stars. La...

Could This Kids Movie Be Big Oil's Next Nemesis?

The Huffington Post | Joanna Zelman | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green

Could an animated film about cars become Big Oil's next nemesis? In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, "Cars 2" director John Lassete...

Movie Review: Cars 2 -- Four Flat Tires

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.21.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cars 2 wins the award for the most unnecessary sequel of the year -- at least until someone makes another Jonah Hex movie. Yes, yes, I know - the 200...

At the Oscars: Breaking Tradition on the Red Carpet

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Here is my red carpet experience captured on video. Will Aaron Sorkin finally join Facebook? How has induction in the Conan O'Brien Oscar-Winner F-bomb Hall of Fame stack yup to the Oscars?