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August 30, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Pixar Animation has removed the director of its 2014 film, "The Good Dinosaur," and not named a replacement, marking the fourth time in eight movies that the Emeryville studio has made a director change midstream. With the film's release date fast approaching and various creative choices unmade, Pixar executives decided to replace director Bob Peterson this summer, according to the studio's president, Ed Catmull. "All directors get really deep in their films," Catmull said this week.
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August 30, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Pixar Animation has removed the director of its 2014 film, "The Good Dinosaur," and not named a replacement, marking the fourth time in eight movies that the Emeryville studio has made a director change midstream. With the film's release date fast approaching and various creative choices unmade, Pixar executives decided to replace director Bob Peterson this summer, according to the studio's president, Ed Catmull. "All directors get really deep in their films," Catmull said this week.
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June 22, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If the Walt Disney Studios logo were the only one on "Brave," this film's impeccable visuals and valiant heroine would be enough to call it a success. But "Brave" is also a Pixar Animation Studios film, and that means it has to answer to a higher standard. Pixar's dozen previous features, including classics like"Toy Story,""Up,""Wall-E, ""Ratatouille"and"The Incredibles,"have used subversive wit and singular characters to set a standard for computer-animated features that is the envy of the civilized world.
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May 15, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Despite an online petition that garnered over 200,000 signatures protesting the re-imagining of Pixar's "Brave" heroine Merida, Disney has no intention of abandoning its sexier version of the Scottish archer. The modified Merida was created specifically to welcome the character into the company's princess collection. And according to a Disney representative on Wednesday, the image of Merida that sparked this maelstrom is part of a limited run of products including backpacks and pajamas.
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February 24, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Pixar's "Brave," which tells the tale of a spirited Scottish princess who accidentally unleashes an ancient curse on her kingdom and then has to undo the damage, won the Academy Award for animated feature film on Sunday. Co-directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman accepted the award, which marked the first Oscar win for both filmmakers. (Andrews was previously nominated for animated short for 2005's "One Man Band. ") A computer-animated 3-D adventure, "Brave" features the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters.
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January 15, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
"Brave," its filmmakers at Pixar Animation Studios would like you to know, is not your mother's fairy tale, beginning with its unruly heroine, Merida. Deft with a bow and arrow and crowned with a massive mane of curly red hair, Merida (voiced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald), defies her parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) and disregards an ancient custom, inadvertently setting off calamity in the lush, fog-shrouded Scottish highlands where she lives.
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May 15, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Despite an online petition that garnered over 200,000 signatures protesting the re-imagining of Pixar's "Brave" heroine Merida, Disney has no intention of abandoning its sexier version of the Scottish archer. The modified Merida was created specifically to welcome the character into the company's princess collection. And according to a Disney representative on Wednesday, the image of Merida that sparked this maelstrom is part of a limited run of products including backpacks and pajamas.
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May 13, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
This post has been updated, please see below for details. Merida, the feisty, outdoorsy heroine of Pixar's 2012 animated film "Brave,"  was many a parent's dream come true. In an era in which girls are often hypersexualized in entertainment and the media, Merida stood apart. She hates  all the finery that comes with being a lady in the higher court. Her father may be king, but she is far more interested in being a good shot and riding her horse than in following the path her mother has set for her, which requires marriage to keep the kingdom operating harmoniously.
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December 18, 1998 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
Apparently, nobody told Brenda Chapman about outsized Hollywood egos. The first woman to direct a major animated film, Chapman sits on the floor of her modest office at DreamWorks' new animation facility in Glendale. She does a pretzel thing with her legs as she talks about "The Prince of Egypt," which opens today nationwide. An enormous amount is riding on this animated tale of Moses (dubbed "The Zion King" by the wags who do such dubbing).
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December 6, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
In the costly and time-intensive discipline of animated filmmaking, every movie comes with high stakes. Five directors who recently came together for the first Envelope Animation Round Table discussed the artistic and business demands of the medium. In a conversation at the Los Angeles Times, Mark Andrews ("Brave," with Brenda Chapman), Chris Butler ("ParaNorman," with Sam Fell), Rich Moore ('Wreck-It Ralph"), Peter Ramsey ("Rise of the Guardians") and Genndy Tartakovsky ("Hotel Transylvania")
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
This post has been updated, please see below for details. Merida, the feisty, outdoorsy heroine of Pixar's 2012 animated film "Brave,"  was many a parent's dream come true. In an era in which girls are often hypersexualized in entertainment and the media, Merida stood apart. She hates  all the finery that comes with being a lady in the higher court. Her father may be king, but she is far more interested in being a good shot and riding her horse than in following the path her mother has set for her, which requires marriage to keep the kingdom operating harmoniously.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Pixar's "Brave," which tells the tale of a spirited Scottish princess who accidentally unleashes an ancient curse on her kingdom and then has to undo the damage, won the Academy Award for animated feature film on Sunday. Co-directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman accepted the award, which marked the first Oscar win for both filmmakers. (Andrews was previously nominated for animated short for 2005's "One Man Band. ") A computer-animated 3-D adventure, "Brave" features the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
In the costly and time-intensive discipline of animated filmmaking, every movie comes with high stakes. Five directors who recently came together for the first Envelope Animation Round Table discussed the artistic and business demands of the medium. In a conversation at the Los Angeles Times, Mark Andrews ("Brave," with Brenda Chapman), Chris Butler ("ParaNorman," with Sam Fell), Rich Moore ('Wreck-It Ralph"), Peter Ramsey ("Rise of the Guardians") and Genndy Tartakovsky ("Hotel Transylvania")
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June 22, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If the Walt Disney Studios logo were the only one on "Brave," this film's impeccable visuals and valiant heroine would be enough to call it a success. But "Brave" is also a Pixar Animation Studios film, and that means it has to answer to a higher standard. Pixar's dozen previous features, including classics like"Toy Story,""Up,""Wall-E, ""Ratatouille"and"The Incredibles,"have used subversive wit and singular characters to set a standard for computer-animated features that is the envy of the civilized world.
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June 21, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - It takes a fearless sort of man to wear a skirt to the office - even when the office is a den of art school grads, the boss is an avuncular guy with a Hawaiian shirt fetish and the skirt is a stylish plaid number designed for charging through the Scottish Highlands. Mark Andrews, originator of "kilt Fridays" at Pixar Animation Studios here in Northern California, has the requisite nerve. So when Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter announced in late 2010 that "creative differences" had arisen on the studio's movie"Brave" - which centers on a rebellious teenage princess in ancient Scotland - and that director Brenda Chapman was being replaced, he looked to Andrews.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
"Brave," its filmmakers at Pixar Animation Studios would like you to know, is not your mother's fairy tale, beginning with its unruly heroine, Merida. Deft with a bow and arrow and crowned with a massive mane of curly red hair, Merida (voiced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald), defies her parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) and disregards an ancient custom, inadvertently setting off calamity in the lush, fog-shrouded Scottish highlands where she lives.
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June 21, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - It takes a fearless sort of man to wear a skirt to the office - even when the office is a den of art school grads, the boss is an avuncular guy with a Hawaiian shirt fetish and the skirt is a stylish plaid number designed for charging through the Scottish Highlands. Mark Andrews, originator of "kilt Fridays" at Pixar Animation Studios here in Northern California, has the requisite nerve. So when Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter announced in late 2010 that "creative differences" had arisen on the studio's movie"Brave" - which centers on a rebellious teenage princess in ancient Scotland - and that director Brenda Chapman was being replaced, he looked to Andrews.
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May 25, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Crews of hundreds can typically spend years making a single animated feature — and it's not uncommon during what "Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson describes as a "messy, creative process" for a director to be fired midway through a production. It happened to Jan Pinkava, who was directing 2007's "Ratatouille" before Brad Bird took over the Oscar-winning Pixar film. And it happened to Chris Sanders ("How to Train Your Dragon"), who was removed from Disney's "American Dog" in 2006, before it was reimagined as "Bolt.
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May 25, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Crews of hundreds can typically spend years making a single animated feature — and it's not uncommon during what "Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson describes as a "messy, creative process" for a director to be fired midway through a production. It happened to Jan Pinkava, who was directing 2007's "Ratatouille" before Brad Bird took over the Oscar-winning Pixar film. And it happened to Chris Sanders ("How to Train Your Dragon"), who was removed from Disney's "American Dog" in 2006, before it was reimagined as "Bolt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1998 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
Apparently, nobody told Brenda Chapman about outsized Hollywood egos. The first woman to direct a major animated film, Chapman sits on the floor of her modest office at DreamWorks' new animation facility in Glendale. She does a pretzel thing with her legs as she talks about "The Prince of Egypt," which opens today nationwide. An enormous amount is riding on this animated tale of Moses (dubbed "The Zion King" by the wags who do such dubbing).
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