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Interview with Epic Mickey 2 Composer Jim Dooley

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Interview with Epic Mickey 2 Composer Jim Dooley

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is right around the corner, and I had the privilege of speaking with the game’s composer, Jim Dooley at his studio in Santa Monica.

An acclaimed composer and a fan of Disney, Jim has previously worked on such film, television, and video game projects such as Madagascar, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Pushing Daisies, WilfredInfamous, and countless other works.

In addition to talk about Epic Mickey 2, Jim had much to say about his projects both past and future, as well as his experiences in composing music.

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Disney Pixar Announces Temple Run Brave, Showcases First 31 Minutes of Brave

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Disney Pixar Announces Temple Run Brave, Showcases First 31 Minutes of Brave

Disney Interactive and Pixar have partnered with Imangi Studios to release an expanded version of Imangi’s hit mobile game Temple Run as Temple Run: Brave, showcased alongside an advance screening of the first 31 minutes of Pixar’s upcoming film at the Pixar campus on March 29th.

Temple Run: Brave features all the core mechanics of the incredibly popular (with over 80 million downloads) mobile app – an endless runner where the player is scored based on how far they manage to get from their pursuer, controlled by gestures. Players take control of Brave’s heroine Merida as she flees from the “demon bear” Mordu through improved environments inspired by the Scottish countryside, sliding, jumping, turning – and shooting targets, thanks to the new archery mechanic introduced with the game. While doing so, they collect coins allowing them to purchase various power-ups and accomplish Achievements to compete with friends.

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Pixar Announces Its Thirteenth Movie: Brave

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Pixar Announces Its Thirteenth Movie: Brave

I don’t know about you guys, but Pixar movies always give me a huge nerdgasm. Heck, make that animated movies in general. Something about the classic fairytale storyline coupled with the gorgeous 3D rendering just gets me every time. So as a Pixar nerd and part-time feminist, I was especially excited to hear that Pixar recently released stills of its thirteenth release, Brave.

Pixar’s latest concoction will take place in a fictitious realm within the Scottish highlands. As with many Disney/Pixar movies, the lead character is a headstrong young woman who is determined to prove herself in the face of adversity. In Brave, the lead, Merida, is a fiery princess with a penchant for archery, which leads to trouble for herself and the rest of the kingdom. Read on to find out more about the film, and to seen recently released screenshots.

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Spare Change: Fantasia

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Spare Change: Fantasia

Remember watching Fantasia on an old VHS tape? Times have changed from when Fantasia was first released in the 1940s and was considered a failure. It regained popularity in the 1960s when it was re-released in the theaters. Then it found a permanent place in our lives when it was released on video. This week, Disney Studios released the Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 blu-ray and DVD combo pack. Is it possible to restore seventy year-old magic? Read On

Tangled

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Tangled

Disney’s trumpeting Tangled as its 50th animated feature seems a bit defensive at first.They pioneered the medium of animation in terms of technique, story adaptation, and marketing, paving the way for those young upstarts like Pixar and Dreamworks to take the ball and run with it later.

Still, 72 years later, people still think of animation as a genre of itself, not a storytelling medium, a kid’s parlor trick rather than a means of telling a story. Tangled, as an adaptation of the centuries-old tale of Rapunzel, can do little to defend against these stodgy critics. However, Tangled is about growing up, and it’s a testament to its 49 predecessors in demonstrating how much Disney itself has also grown up.

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