disney inventors

12 Inventors to Inspire an Up-and-Coming Scientist

By Megan Deppe

“There’s really no secret about our approach. We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We’re always exploring and experimenting.” This was Walt Disney’s approach to making a difference in the world, so it only makes sense that many Disney…

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Katherine McNamara

D23 Fab Five: See Which Disney Princesses Inspired This Shadowhunters Star

By Beth Deitchman

Katherine McNamara stars on the Freeform series Shadowhunters as Clary Fray, a teenager with mystical abilities who’s tasked with helping protect humanity from all manner of demons. No pressure, right? Thrown into a world of fairies, witches, werewolves, and vampires, Clary is faced with secrets from her past while charting a course for a very

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23 Favorite Pixar Supporting Characters

Buzz and Woody. Dory. Merida. Joy and Sadness. They’re some of the most iconic characters in Disney•Pixar (not to mention animation) history, and they’re known the world over. As we celebrate the amazing 30-year history of Pixar Animation Studios, we thought we’d take a moment to praise some of our favorite supporting characters from Pixar’s 16 feature…

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Randy Newman

Randy Newman

“I have a great interest in animation and found computer graphics fascinating,” Randy Newman said in 1995. “I’ve always admired Carl Stalling and the other composers who specialized in music for cartoons, and I wanted to do one myself.”

That “one,” Toy Story, led to scores and songs for James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters,…

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Joe Ranft

Joe Ranft

Joe Ranft was widely respected as one of the top story artists in the animation industry. He was one of seven writers nominated for an Academy Award® for best original screenplay for Toy Story, but Joe spent most of his time drawing storyboards for animated films.

“I don’t know if people really understand what I do,” he said in a 1998 interview. “When I say…

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Scene from Disney animated feature a bug's life

a bug’s life Is Released

After the success of Pixar’s first feature film, Toy Story, the much ANTicipated follow-up, a bug’s life, was released on this day in 1998, telling the story of an independent thinker ant named Flik. After one of his inventions goes wrong, he embarks on a mission to save his colony. To ensure authenticity for their latest flik, er, flick, Pixar created a “bug cam” and…

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