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Animated Life by Floyd Norman

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Nothing to Lose

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Nothing Like a Fresh Start

The new film can't beany worse than the last one.

If you're a fan of Pixar Animation Studios (as I am), you're probably familiar with the evolution of their first animated feature film effort called Toy Story. You see, the motion picture concept that the boys from up north showed Disney back in the 1990s was hardly greeted with warm enthusiasm. As a matter of fact, some Disney executives wanted the movie shut down. Confronted by this dire situation, the Pixar brain trust—which included Joe Ranft, Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton—decided to regroup and rethink the entire movie. I saw earlier versions of the film, and Woody the Cowboy was hardly an engaging character. Snarky and wise-ass, ...

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