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Paul Mariano Describes What It’s Like BEING GEORGE CLOONEY

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Any film, and any filmmaker, who can make Mussolini part of the story of film dubbing is a film, and a filmmaker, that I want to know. With BEING GEORGE CLOONEY, and Paul Mariano, I was amply rewarded for my time watching this illuminating documentary about the voice actors who put Italian (French, Hindi, Portuguese, etc.)… Read More »

FANTASIA/FANTASIA 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition

Finally together and on both DVD and Blu-Ray format, the deluxe, 4-disc, release of FANTASIA and FANTASIA 2000 is more than the chance to see both features in all their glory. It’’s a chance to marvel that the old-fashioned hand-drawn animation, for all its limitations, has none when it comes to imagination. It is the emotional… Read More »

Mark Henn & Mike Surrey Invite Us to Meet THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG

I’ve always said that animators are among the happiest people on the planet, and Mark Henn and Mike Surrey were no exception. Tasked with bringing Tianna and Ray, respectively, to life in Disney’s instant classic, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, they were delighted to talk about the pleasures and perils of returning to a completely hand… Read More »

Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi are TANGLED

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi share more than their voices in common with their characters from TANGLED. Like Rapunzel and Flynn, these two know how to make their banter sprightly. It was what I enjoyed most about our conversation when I spoke to them on November 7, 2010. Which is not to say that hearing… Read More »

Rich Moore Gives WRECK-IT RALPH Serious Depth

Rich Moore spent a healthy part of his youth playing video games, which ultimately paid off when the time came to come up with the story for WRECK-IT RALPH. When I spoke to him on October 17, 2012, the first thing I wanted to know was how he got from video games in general to existential… Read More »

Dean DeBlois & Clark Spencer & LILO AND STITCH

Dean DeBlois and Clark Spencer, co-director and producer respectively of LILO AND STITCH are, like so many Disney folk, big kids masquerading as grown-ups. Stitch, the alien of the title, is like nothing so much as Buster Keaton’s evil alter ego, and Lilo, the little girl who adopts him, is more like the typical Disney nemesis, not heroine.… Read More »