Meet the Director of ‘The Good Dinosaur’

An Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.”  ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Pixar’s latest film is the “coming of age story,” ‘The Good Dinosaur’. On a recent Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to take part in some group discussions with some of the people involved with the film. First up, Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream. Continue reading

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets Animated on XD

The Guardians are off again to do a little good a little bad, a bit of both, in the animated Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney XD.

Marvel’s mega-hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ returns in an animated version on Disney XD. The action-packed epic space adventure debuted with a one-hour special featuring back-to-back episodes on Saturday evening. In addition, Disney has posted a series of 2-part short films giving the back-story of each of the main characters on the Disney XD website. Continue reading

Bring Home More ‘Clarence’ With the ‘Dust Buddies’ DVD

dust buddies

Okay, I’ll admit it; Clarence Wendell may not be the best cartoon role model. I mean, he’s not brave or noble like Finn. He lacks the empathy and drive of Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems. And yet still we love him because, despite his many flaws, he also possesses a can-do attitude, unquestionable loyalty, and positively boundless optimism. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 26 – Floyd Norman


This week, we are beyond thrilled to be joined by an actual Disney Legend: capital D, capital L. Floyd Norman’s career with Disney stretches back to 1956 when he was still a teenager and joined the company as an in-betweener on ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Continue reading

When Did That Disney Movie Happen? (Updated)

Second star to the right, and straight on till morning!"

GeekDad recently took a look at the fan theory that Tarzan is the little brother of Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, showing pretty convincingly why the notion, while fun, is not at all supported by the facts of the stories. The behind-the-scenes conversation around this topic raised the question of what Disney movies take place when, and a few hours down the Google rabbit-hole later, we have some conclusive answers for you. Continue reading

‘What’s Up, Doc?’ Exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Celebrates Chuck Jones


It’s probably safe to say that nobody has had as much impact on animation as Chuck Jones, and the new Smithsonian traveling exhibit, ‘What’s Up, Doc?,’ which just opened at the EMP Museum pays a great tribute to his 70-year career. Continue reading

Meet the Cast of ‘Inside Out’

INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

The actors who brought the characters in Pixar’s Inside Out to life assembled for a press conference on Sunday, June 7 and had a funny and freewheeling discussion about the film which opens Friday. Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Lewis Black (Anger) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness) answered questions, talked over each other, engaged in comedic banter and even sang at one point. Continue reading

The Real Truth About Disney’s “Recycled Animation” – Updated


Recently, many news and entertainment sites have circulated this video showing how “Disney animators reused animation from old movies.” In every report, the story is invariably told that this was done to save time and money, but nobody actually asked anyone who might know for sure. Since nobody else was going to do it, we did. Continue reading

Director Gary Rydstrom Talks About Strange Magic

Director Gary Rydstrom talks about Strange Magic.  Photo courtesy of Merlot Mommy

Director Gary Rydstrom has a lengthy career in Hollywood, most famously as a sound designer at Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound, working on films ranging from Saving Private Ryan to Wreck-It Ralph. Strange Magic represents his debut as a feature film director. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes With Big Hero 6


Continuing the streak that began with Tangled, Disney Animation’s next feature is also their first animated adaptation of a Marvel property, Big Hero 6. Not long ago, I was invited to spend a day at the studio with the artists behind this new film. We met the producer, directors, designers and artists, many of whom also worked on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. We saw storyboards, concept art and several extended sequences of the heroes in action and spoke with the animators who put it all together. Continue reading

Kid’s Imagination + DreamWorks Animator Dad = Action Movie Kid


What if the living room rug really were lava? What if a light saber at the toy store worked? What if a pretend rocket ship at a playground could really take off? DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto has created a series of imaginative videos, starring his son and a little special sauce called CGI. Continue reading