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Did you know that Barbie in Toy Story was voiced by Jodi Benson of Little Mermaid fame? Or, that Billy Crystal turned down the role of Buzz Lightyear, but still managed to work with Pixar, playing the character of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters Inc. films? Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the secret found in nearly every single one of Wes Anderson's movies.

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While some scenes in movies may look completely real, they were most likely shot in front of a green screen with the environment added in later. For example, this scene from Captain America shows the hero hanging just a few inches above a moving train, but in reality, he was safely in the studio. Continue reading for more.

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Animator Alan Becker managed to recreate the world of Hayao Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away' entirely in Minecraft. So far, he's completed the bathhouse, ghost town and a handful of other areas. This animated film tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a sullen ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. Continue reading for more.

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For those who don't already know, Frozen is Disney's latest computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film that's loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, it is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The film's animators visited an Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada to study how light reflects and refracts on snow and ice. For the film's setting, the animators used the landscape of Norway and the feel of the winter season of Wyoming for inspiration. Continue reading to see the mind-blowing snow simulator tech demo in-action.

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Emma Coates, Pixar's story artist, recently tweeted the 22 rules of storytelling, or at least the ones needed to make a perfect film. Our favorite would have to be coming up with an ending before writing the middle. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for one of the most amazing golf shots ever captured on video.

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A graphic designer took on the challenge of taking stills from multi-million dollar animated films that required thousands of man-hours to create and replicated each frame with Maya in just 30 minutes. We've rounded up ten of the most popular examples for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see more.

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No matter how you look at it, 9-months is a considerable amount of time, especially if you have a baby growing inside you. This couple decided to turn their journey into a creative stop-motion film that shows the birth cycle in just over 90-seconds. Continue reading to see more.

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You haven't seen Dragon Ball Z in all its glory, until you've seen these awesome flipbook battle episodes by YouTube user "etoilec1" from France. Some of them include Gohan vs. Janemba, Broly vs. Vegeta, and more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Magic Moving Images don't require any technology to work, and they're essentially animated optical illusions. Simply put, all you need are the special acetate overlays to bring images, such as horses, 3D objects, and London landmarks, to life. These illusions first appeared in the 19th century as simple optical devices such as the Thaumatrope and the Zoetrope. Product page. Continue reading for the videos.

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If Pixar were to create a short about LEGO, this is how it might look. That's right, "as The LEGO Group celebrates its 80th Birthday, we take a look back at its history with this short animated film." Continue reading for the video.

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