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20:07

Two Slackers, A Roadtrip And An Alien

Greg Mottola's sci-fi comedy, now out on DVD, stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two guys who hit the highway after Comic-Con -- and pick up an ET on the side of the road. The character-driven laughs depend on your buying into a main character who's entirely computer-generated.

30:45

Serkis: Playing Virtual Parts On The Big Screen

You might not recognize actor Andy Serkis, but you've probably seen his characters on-screen. Searches is Hollywood's go-to actor for computer-generated roles. His movies include Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

27:45

Greg Mottola: Making 'Paul' Realistically Alien

The director's new sci-fi comedy stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two guys who hit the highway after Comic-Con -- and pick up an ET on the side of the road. The character-driven laughs depend on your buying into a main character who's entirely computer-generated.

06:10

'Avatar': Cameron's Dizzying, Immersive Parable.

James Cameron's trademark blend of grandiosity, jaw-dropping technology and cornball populism is back — and mightier than ever — in Avatar, a vertigo-inducing sci-fi epic that's as predictable and tin-eared as it is savvy and technically adept.

21:31

John Lasseter

John Lasseter, Executive Vice President of Creative for Pixar, Inc. Lasseter was one of the founding members of the computer-animated filmmaking company. He served as director and animator of the feature films Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life. Lasseter also directed a number of shorts for Pixar, including Tin Toy, Red's Dream and Luxo, Jr. Lasseter joined Lucas film's Computer Division in 1984, and then helped create Pixar in 1986. He previously worked as an animator for Walt Disney. This interview first aired February 27, 2002.

44:24

John Lasseter

John Lasseter, Executive Vice President of Creative for Pixar, Inc. Lasseter was one of the founding members of the computer animated filmmaking company. He served as Director and Animator of the feature films Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bugs Life. He was also Executive Producer of Monsters, Inc. Toy Story was the first computer-animated feature film. Lasseter also directed a number of shorts for Pixar, including Tin Toy, Reds Dream and Luxo, Jr. Tin Toy won an Oscar in 1988 for Best Animated Short Film.

10:24

John Lasseter Discusses Computer Animation.

Computer animator John Lasseter. His film "Tin Toy" won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. An earlier work, "Luxo Jr.," which brought to life a small fry Luxo lamp, was also nominated for an Academy Award for animation. Lasseter is the head animator at Pixar, the computer animation company that grew out of the computer graphics division of George Lucas's Lucasfilm. Lassetter also designed and animated the stained glass knight in Steven Spielberg's 1985 film "Young Sherlock Holmes." (Rebroadcast.

09:51

John Lasseter Brings Animation into the Digital Age

Lasseter began his career as a traditional animator; now he works for the production studio Pixar, founded by Steve Jobs. He joins Fresh Air to talk about the mechanics of computer animation, and how he tries to get audiences to look past the novelty of his approach and focus on the story.

10:00

Computer Animator Steven Segal.

Computer animator Steven Segal. Segal does his programming on his home computer, unlike most computer animation which is composed on complex processors. His entry in a national computer animation festival is titled "Dance of the Stumblers."

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