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John Ratzenberger delivers the voice of Mack for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Opening March 31 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will bring an immersive ‘Cars’ experience to the park’s guests. In the attraction guests will come face-to-face with racing legend Lightning McQueen and also see and hear from his friends Cruz Ramirez, Tow Mater,… Read More »John Ratzenberger delivers the voice of Mack for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Cars Land Grand Opening Event – Video

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Yes, that’s a ride. Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

I was standing right in front for the Cars Land Grand Opening event (just behind John Ratzenberger and Randy Newman, seriously), but my video isn’t nearly as good as this official release from Disney (below), so let’s use theirs! Read More »Cars Land Grand Opening Event – Video

Meet Katherine Sarafian, Producer of Brave

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On my recent visit to Pixar Studios I had the great pleasure of interviewing Katherine Sarafian, the producer of the highly anticipated film Brave. She shared some nuggets (seems like there should be a McNuggets joke in there somewhere) about working at Pixar and the story behind Brave, which, in case I haven’t made it clear, looks awesome.

On her career with Pixar:

Well, it has been a long road, but I think that Pixar is one of those places where you can work on lots of different films and have a different career on each film, so I try. On each film I grew into a new role. I started sort of entry level, at the bottom, and moved up. By the time I was on “A Bug’s Life” I was a first-time manager, and once I learned that I could manage people, and really enjoyed doing that, then there was a progression into marketing for a while.

… Pixar is very much about how you recover from your errors. Because I, you know, we, learned on the job. A lot of us did here.

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