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August 12, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
For the last two years, perhaps the most mystery-shrouded project at Pixar Animation has been the next film by "Monster's Inc. " and "Up" director Pete Docter, a story set inside the brain of a young girl. At the D23 Expo in Anaheim over the weekend, Docter and his producer, Jonas Rivera, revealed more about the quirky, ambitious movie during Disney's animation panel, introducing its cast, showing test footage and finally giving the long-untitled project a name - "Inside Out. " "Inside Out" follows an outgoing 11-year-old girl named Riley whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco just as she's hitting the turbulent emotional waters of adolescence.
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August 9, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
“Finding Dory” may be undergoing a sea change as Pixar is taking a page from a little-seen whale documentary. The Walt Disney-owned animation studio is hard at work on "Finding Dory," a follow-up to the 2003 oceanic blockbuster "Finding Nemo. " But this spring, after Pixar executives viewed "Blackfish," which raises sharp questions about the health of whales in captivity, the studio decided to make substantial changes to the "Dory" script. According to Louie Psihoyos, who directed the Oscar-winning dolphin slaughter documentary “The Cove,” Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and “Dory” director Andrew Stanton sat down with “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite in April after seeing her movie.
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June 21, 2013 | By John Horn
It's apparently never too early to make your movie plans for the summer - even if it's five years away. Hollywood studios love staking out release dates many months in advance, a tactic to ensure that they have some of the best weekends all to themselves. But what has been an industry fixation has turned into a full-blown obsession, with a spate of companies planting release date flags as far out as  2018, even though many of the films haven't yet started production. PHOTOS: Movies Sneaks 2013 It's not surprising that many of the key weekends next summer already have been claimed.
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June 20, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
BERKELEY - On the University of California campus recently, a tour guide told a group of prospective students about the many opportunities open to those studying in the Bay Area - "like getting an internship at Pixar," she said. The Emeryville animation studio is four miles away, but that day Pixar was even closer than the tour guide knew - director Dan Scanlon and three of his colleagues were walking right behind her, on their way to Sather Gate, a bit of Beaux-Arts architecture that had served as creative inspiration for Pixar's new film, "Monsters University," which opens Friday.
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June 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
A collection of cute furry creatures will smother the undead this weekend, as "Monsters University" is expected to top zombie tale "World War Z" and several holdovers at the box office, including "Man of Steel. " The new Pixar film, a follow-up to 2001's "Monsters Inc.," is on track to gross $80 million, according to people who've seen pre-release estimates. That would make it the fourth-biggest opening of the year and the largest opening for an animated movie since “Toy Story 3” in 2010.
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June 20, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Remember the days when Pixar meant perfection? When you could count on its animation to amaze, its stories to sweep you up? Remember "Up"? Or the smooth ride in "Cars"? The "Toy Story" pals whose friendship was anything but plastic? The love among the ruins unearthed by "Wall-E"? A clownfish dad's deep-sea desperation in "Finding Nemo"? PHOTOS: Disney without Pixar What has happened to the memory makers who gave us all that? They are nowhere to be found at "Monsters University," the latest shiny new movie to roll off what increasingly feels like the Disney-Pixar assembly line.
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June 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
It wasn't that long ago when Disney was struggling to revive a moribund animation division while its powerhouse subsidiary Pixar was on a serious roll. Things look a little different these days. “Cars 2” and “Brave,” both released under the Pixar name, were just decently received and not considered the home runs that their predecessors were. “Monsters University,” a sequel out this month, is shaping up as a movie with some similarly mixed reactions. Meanwhile, Disney's own animation division - admittedly with the help of John Lasseter and Pixar brass - is coming off a major hit with last fall's “Wreck-It Ralph.” The company will look to repeat the feat this year with the 3-D “Frozen” a movie co-directed by the writer of 'Wreck-It Ralph,” Jennifer Lee. The Disney film reimagines Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” as an animated tale about a girl (voiced by Kristen Bell)
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June 18, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Love Usher and Nicki Minaj? That probably means you prefer Pixar films to other kids' movies, according to a new study by Echo Nest.  The Somerville, Mass.-based m usic data mining company thinks it can predict your movie tastes based on the music you listen to. Brian Whitman , co-founder and chief technology officer of Echo Nest, and his team have been looking into their company's stockpile of data since 2012 to find out how much...
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May 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Count Jon Stewart among the many thousands of parents and moviegoers unimpressed by Disney's controversial makeover of “Brave” heroine Merida . In case you missed it, last weekend Merida was officially inducted into Disney's “princess collection ,” meaning that her image, like that of Ariel, Belle and Cinderella before her, will now appear on a slew of merchandise aimed at young girls. The problem is that her image will look noticably different than in the hit Pixar film, which celebrated Merida's independent spirit: Like a quirky starlet who's submitted to the pressures of Hollywood by cutting carbs and hiring a stylist, the “princess” version of Merida sports tamer hair, a low-cut neckline, and a narrower waistline.
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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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