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A still from the Pixar movie "Brave"

After my article about the archery in Brave ran here, I got a call from a publicist at Disney. He wanted to know if my interest in Brave was solely due to the archery. I explained that I’m a life-long cartoon and animation nut, love Pixar and Disney, and have actually studied traditional and computer animation, that I am a cartoonist, and that I’m of Scottish ancestry, so this movie hits every button I have. He then asked if I would be interested in visiting Pixar to meet the people who made the film.

Would I be interested? Is Indiana Jones interested in ancient artifacts? Is Bruce Wayne interested in stopping crime? Is Han Solo interested in money? Am I interested, he asks! That’s what I thought in the microsecond it took to form the words “heck, yeah!” Then I went to talk to the boss at my new job, where I’ve been on-staff for all of three weeks. Her immediate response, when I asked for time off and said why, was “You have to go! It’s too cool not to!”

So I’m going to visit Pixar the first week of April, along with about two dozen other bloggers, mostly from sites focusing on family and parenting. As soon as the list of attendees was sent out, several of them friended me on Facebook, and they seem like a fun bunch of people. I’m looking forward to the trip.

“Yes,” I hear you cry, “that’s nice for you, but what does it mean to me?”

It means I need your help. What questions would you like me to ask the Pixar animators? Post your questions in the comments section here, or on the new GeekDad Community forum, and I’ll take them with me and ask, then report back with the answers. You can ask questions about Brave, or about Disneynature’s new film Chimpanzee, which opens on Earth Day, or about the short film La Luna, which will be screened along with Brave when it comes to your local theater. You can also ask questions about the new Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, which I will also be visiting. I’m particularly looking forward to that; my friend Floyd Norman, a bona fide Disney Legend, was a consultant for the museum, and the little bits he told me about it sound fascinating. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Please submit your questions before April 3; that’s when I head north to Pixar. Come on, what are you dying to know about Brave and Pixar?

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