Michael Giacchino

Over the last few years it seems John Lasseter has been able to emulate many of the elements that have made Pixar a success and bring Walt Disney Animation back to its glory. With Walt Disney Animation’s next feature film Zootopia, they will be borrowing composer Michael Giacchino.

Giacchino broke out huge when Brad Bird brought him to Pixar for The Incredibles — I know I’ve been a fan of the man’s music beginning at that point. The composer has since worked on a number of Pixar’s features including Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and Inside Out as well as nine Pixar animated short films. This is actually not the first time Giacchino has worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he composed the music on the great 2007 Goofy short film How to Hook Up Your Home Theater at time when Lasseter was trying to emulate Pixar’s short films over at Disney Animation.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Michael Giacchino Zootopia score.

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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Disney is holding the press junket for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur this weekend, which means the first critics and journalists have begun seeing Peter Sohn‘s “man and his dog” tale set in a world where the prehistoric era never ended.

So what are the early tweets and reviews saying about Pixar’s latest computer animated film? It seems like the consensus agrees that the film is stunning and visually breathtaking, with fantastic sequences and a story that is at times too conventional but at other times very unconventional, dark and inspired. Most of the reviews seem to note that the film is not as emotionally wrenching as Pixar’s previous film Inside Out. Hit the jump to read spoiler-free quotes from The Good Dinosaur reviews.

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Tangled: The Musical concept art

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Good Dinosaur images

With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, we don’t have much time before we get our second Pixar Animation film of the year, The Good Dinosaur. Everything we’ve seen from the prehistoric adventure looks like it packs another fantastic adventure with an unlikely friendship that will make tears come out of our faces.

Now we have a new The Good Dinosaur clip that doesn’t get the waterworks flowing, but does show off what an asset Sam Elliott‘s voice can be. The Big Lebowski and Prancer star plays the tyrannosaurus rex Butch, the patriarch of a family who has seem some scary things in his time, and he tells Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) around a campfire of just how he got that big scar on his face. Read More »

Seth Rogen

If you grew up in the ’90s, you grew up listening to Alan Menken‘s work. The composer was behind some of the biggest hits of the Disney Renaissance era, including The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, as well as non-animated classics like Little Shop of Horrors and Newsies. But the kids of the ’90s have now grown up to become foul-mouthed adults, and Menken has evolved along with them.

One of Menken’s latest projects is Sausage Party, Seth Rogen‘s R-rated animated comedy. Rogen recently shared a photo from their collaboration to give us just a tiny idea of what this completely bizarre-sounding feature has in store for us. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

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