Helping you find the hidden images sprinkled throughout the movie
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Modern cinema's most beloved animation house, Pixar Animation Studios, has spent over three decades (did you know Pixar was first founded as part of the computer division at Lucasfilm, way back in 1979?) inventing and implementing new computer programs and systems, using them to make some of the best animated films the world has ever seen. Pixar's fourteen feature productions have proven to be both critically and commercially successful, and that success is, no doubt, due to their unwavering attention to detail and their willingness to have a whole heck of a lot of fun with their often very different narratives.
Pixar has a long and healthy relationship with so-called "Easter eggs," little hidden nuggets that pepper their films: inside jokes, references to their other productions, nods to Pixar employees or even just sly shout-outs to some of the geekier sides of their craft. Pixar's love of Easter eggs also adds an extra layer to their already-clever films, weaving in pieces of narrative from other films to further the idea that every character in their films is living in some special Pixar universe (for the sake of our personal happiness, let's ignore the implications of "Cars" existing in said universe). Pixar's fourth feature film, "Monsters, Inc.," is no different, as the 2001 release comes complete with Easter eggs of every shape and color, including now-classic inside jokes and nods to upcoming films that are sure to still give its audience the warm and fuzziest.
With the sequel "Monsters University" hitting theaters this week, we wanted to look back at some of the best (and smartest!) Easter eggs in "Monsters, Inc.," some of which may give us an idea of what we can anticipate finding tucked away in the newest Pixar feature.
Young stars you love watching and who to watch out for next
By Michaela Sinclair
Special to MSN TV
Young Hollywood continues to thoroughly impress us with scene-stealing performances and breakout roles, proving once again that age is just a number. In our annual roundup of the top 25 television actors age 25 or younger, we obviously highlighted the A-listers, but pay attention to the emerging stars you'll want to look out for.
New series 'Little Children, Big Challenges' meant to help children who have parents behind bars
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E! reports the new series, "Little Children, Big Challenges" is being promoted as a "bilingual multimedia initiative" that's meant to help kids whose parents are incarcerated.
The initiative also includes a storybook about a muppet who brings her uncle to family fun night because her dad is in prison and couldn't be there.
Network releases two images from the pilot episode
You've probably seen the pictures the cast has tweeted out from the set, but now the network has released two official pictures from the pilot episode (and MSN and Mom & Pop Culture are among only a few media outlets to get the photos first!)
Bing: More about 'Girl Meets World' | More about 'Boy Meets World'The first pic has Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) together again with their daughter, Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter).The second pic is of Riley and Maya together at their school.
Set in New York City, Disney Channel says the new comedy series will have the same feel as "Boy Meets World," only this time, the story will be told from a tween's (Cory and Topanga's daughter's) persepctive.
No premiere date has been announced yet.
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New Jersey second-grader comes to the aid of his choking friend
"Sesame Street" has helped kids all across the world learn many lessons in the years the show has been on the air. In the case of William Ruhno, a second-grader from New Jersey, watching the PBS series helped him save a life.
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William and his friend Derek Almeida were on the playground at Ann Street School last Friday when Derek started choking on a pretzel.
That's when the 7-year-old started doing the Heimlich maneuver he learned from watching "Sesame Street."
He told the CBS affiliate in New York: "I put my arms around him, did a fist and pulled."
It didn't work the first time, but on the second try, the pretzel dislodged.
Derek is grateful that his best friend was there to save him. "Well, I really appreciate that William is a very good friend, and is always at my side," he said.
Watch the full interview with William and Derek below:
Iron Man, Thor and guest star George Takei
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On Sunday, June 9 in a special one-hour event, Iron Man (Adrian Pasdar) joins Spider-Man to contain an unstoppable threat.
Then in "Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man," Spider-Man and his team are turned into mini-versions of themselves when they cross paths with Loki and the Destroyer. Travis Willingham will reprise his role as the Avenger, The Mighty Thor in this episode.
Then in the episode airing Sunday, June 16, George Takei guest stars as Elder Monk.
"Ultimate Spider-Man" airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.
Steve Carell returns as Gru to take on a new super criminal
Gru returns to save the world again in "Despicable Me 2"! This time Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a new super criminal. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove are the returning voice cast. Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong and Steve Coogan also join the lineup to lend their voices to the sequel.
Check out this exclusive clip where Lucy and Gru are rescued by minions!
"Despicable Me 2" is out in theaters July 3.
Season 3 of the Disney Channel show set to premiere Friday
In the episode called "trANTsferred" Chyna, Olive, Fletcher, Angus and Lexi audition for an exclusive and presigious A.N.T. boarding school developed by former child star prodigy and billionaire, Zoltan Grundy.
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Season 3 of "A.N.T. Farm" premieres Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.