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Patton Oswalt: ‘I Don’t Think Cancel Culture Is Real’ — Interview

Patton Oswalt has several modes: There’s the affable, warts-and-all comedian who has been performing onstage for decades, the comedic performer with dramatic chops known for everything from “Ratatouille” to “Young Adult,” and a comic book junkie who reads as much as he writes for the form.These days, all those instincts are on display. This week, […]

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Lightyear Spoiler Review: A Brand Deposit That Fails To Achieve Lift-Off

Expectations are the damnedest thing. Over nearly thirty years of making computer-animated feature films, Pixar Animation Studios has created a set of expectations that are gradually becoming impossible to overcome. Among its initial films, the studio made such wonderful original stories that seemed impossible to top. In the late-2000s, with a run of films like […]

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Lightyear Director Angus MacLane And Producer Galyn Susman On Metanarrative And More [Interview]

Director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman have been heavily involved in numerous Pixar projects going back decades. Susman’s first credit as an associate producer came with “Ratatouille” in 2007, and she later produced several Pixar shorts and TV specials. Her first credited feature as a producer was for “Toy Story 4,” and she returns […]

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‘Ray Gunn’: Director Brad Bird Reunites With Disgraced Former Pixar Head John Lasseter For Orginal Animated Film

Director Brad Bird is returning to animated feature films, but won’t be heading back to Pixar. Bird previously worked with the Disney-owned animation house leading two Best Animated Feature Oscars for his work on “Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” According to Deadline, Bird is teaming up with disgraced former Pixar head John Lasseter and Skydance Animation for […]

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‘Nona’: The Pixar SparkShort Wrestles with Cross-Generational Bonding During Playtime

In the Pixar SparkShort, “Nona” (from Disney+), Louis Gonzales tapped into childhood memories of bonding with his grandma over wrestling. However, he needed a conflict, so he came up with a story in which a five-year-old girl visits her grandma, who is too preoccupied with watching her favorite TV show, “E.W.W. Smashdown Wrestling,” to play […]

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