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Animation Evaluation: Pixar 1995-2006

Toy Story (1995) Kevin: Whenever one great civilization falls, another one rises up in its place. It’s no different in cinema history. The Disney studio released their 33rd animated feature, Pocahontas, in 1995. Pixar released their 1st. Toy Story was heralded at the time for innovation and novelty. It is remembered today for giving us…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #22 Avatar: The Last Airbender

(Note: Brian and I recorded an accompanying podcast to this post, in which I addressed some of the points of this article.) I’ll get this out of the way first: Avatar: The Last Airbender is a cartoon marketed to kids, but it’s not a “kids show.” More accurately, it’s not JUST a kids show. Some of…

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ETCast, Episode 004 – Community, TV theme songs

Brian and I recently sat down to record the fourth episode of the Earn This Podcast. Our two main points of discussion: TV theme songs — what are our favorites, what are the different types, what separates good ones from bad ones. Also hear Brian and Dan sing a couple of their favorites. The show…

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Enlightenment through Sound Collage

Last week I encountered something brand new in music and I want you to share the experience with me. After our recent conversation, knowing I’d be in Boston on business, Beth McDonald tipped me off to a concert series being run by the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP).  The schedule of performances, now…