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Variety’s “Purpose Family Entertainment + Faith-based Summit”

Variety’s “Purpose Family Entertainment + Faith-based Summit”

Recently, Hollywood’s elite gathered for Variety’s “Purpose Family Entertainment + Faith-based Summit” at the Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel at Beverly Hills. “Every film that came out of Hollywood before 1962 was a faith-based film,” John Ratzenberger told me as the June 12 summit wound down, summing up with a succinctness reminiscent of his character Cliff in Cheers. Pixar Animation Studios, devoting itself solely to family entertainment, led the way. The reason is simple. Pixar’s producers started having kids and wanted them to ingest...

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“You Can Do Anything in a Dream”

“You Can Do Anything in a Dream”

Any parent knows that explaining and discussing dreams with toddlers can be amusing and surreal. That’s the topic tackled in Matthew Clarke’s latest YouTube episode of “Convos With My 2-Year-Old”. Clarke records real conversations with his daughter, and then reenacts them with a grown man. Watch the latest episode for John Ratzenberger’s guest appearance within a dream!

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John Ratzenberger to Appear in New Pixar Movie ‘Inside Out’

John Ratzenberger to Appear in New Pixar Movie ‘Inside Out’

Pixar has a new movie expected to debut in June 2015 – and John Ratzenberger will be among the movie’s star-studded voice acting cast. Pixar describes the plot of the upcoming movie: “Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in...

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Star Wars Disney Weekends to Include John Ratzenberger

Star Wars Disney Weekends to Include John Ratzenberger

Disney has announced which members of the Star Wars universe will attend the 2014 edition of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. The event, which is included in regular park admission, will run for a record-setting five weekends, beginning May 16. Park guests will see actors from the six motion pictures, “The Clone Wars” animated series and “Star Wars Rebels” television series that’s set to debut this fall on Disney XD. As previously announced, Mark Hamill, best known for his role...

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The 10 Secret Ingredients Hidden in Every Pixar Movie

The 10 Secret Ingredients Hidden in Every Pixar Movie

PolicyMic.com author Rachel Redfern has put together a list of the 10 secret ingredients hidden in every Pixar movie. Click here to read the full article, and be sure to notice item #2 – “A Voice We All Recognize.” Redfern writes: “John Ratzenberger, while delightful in Cheers, has become a pivotal touchstone in every Pixar film, a familiar anchor that audiences can count on. He has voice acted a role in every Pixar film to date. Ratzenberger played P.T. Flea in A Bug’s Life; Hamm in Toy Story; Yeti, the Abominable...

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Happy Birthday to John Ratzenberger!

Happy Birthday to John Ratzenberger!

Happy birthday to John Ratzenberger, who turns 67 today. John got his start in the performing arts with the improvisational comedy group, “Sal’s Meat Market”, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, while a student at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield/Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was later affiliated with the ensemble group, “The Downtown Cabaret”. To learn more about John’s acting career, and to see quotes and images, check out his full IMDB...

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The Making of Radio Shack’s “The Phone Call”

The Making of Radio Shack’s “The Phone Call”

It was a blast to see all those famous folks from the 1980s—we’re talking everyone from Mary Lou Retton to Erik Estrada—burst into a Radio Shack store and clear the shelves in the Super Bowl spot “The Phone Call.” But the :30 created by Austin-based GSD&M and directed by Frank Todaro of bicoastal Moxie Pictures offered much more than a trip down memory lane. It was a self-effacing admission by the struggling electronics retailer that it needs to get with the times, and Super Bowl viewers and ad critics appreciated the humor and the...

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NCA 2014 State of the Industry Conference

NCA 2014 State of the Industry Conference

John Ratzenberger will be a “featured expert” at this year’s National Confectioners Association (NCA) State of the Industry Conference. The theme is “The Consumer Today – The Consumer Tomorrow” and will feature experts across a variety of industries speaking to the more than 600 confectionery industry leaders and key retailers from all channels of trade. Attendees will gain valuable insights and ideas to apply to their business, all while networking with industry peers. For more information, visit the NCA...

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Self-Reliance and Handsaws

Self-Reliance and Handsaws

John Ratzenberger has been featured on the Huffington Posts’ blog in an article titled Self-Reliance and Handsaws: John Ratzenberger’s Tools for Life by Joseph Parker. Highlights include: To Ratzenberger, equipping the children of future generations with such hands-on skills and abilities is imperative to the continuation of our economy and way of life. He believes our country was built thanks to the hard work and self-sufficiency of those who knew how to create and fix things. “That’s what built America:...

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John Ratzenberger Named 2014 Lehigh Valley Commencement Speaker

John Ratzenberger Named 2014 Lehigh Valley Commencement Speaker

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – John Ratzenberger, Emmy-nominated actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will be the featured speaker at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s 2014 commencement ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. May 10 at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem. Ratzenberger produced and hosted “Made in America,” a show for the Travel Channel, which established a television precedent and led the way for a new series of shows including “Dirty Jobs,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and others. These shows...

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