You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t seen or at least heard of Pixar movies. 

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You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t seen or at least heard of Pixar movies. The studio’s unique animation style and storylines with complex emotional depth and visual appeal earn them love from fans.

This month, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (OKC Phil) combines live music synced with film selections in Pixar in Concert, a multi-faceted, immersive tour of the studio’s repertoire, which includes 14 feature-length movies. It is the creation of Pete Docter, who directed Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and Up.

“[Disney] wanted it to be a celebration of the music and the films, primarily the music,” said Jonathan Heeley, who works in the musical licensing department of Disney, in a recent telephone interview with Oklahoma Gazette. “[Pixar’s film department] had an idea of what they wanted to include, and they really embraced it as a unique way to expose people to their films.”

When the piece was finished, Heeley said he was especially proud of how well the music stands on its own. It plays an important role in the features, but that role is, by nature, unobtrusive. However, Pixar in Concert highlights how effectively music communicates emotion and action.

“The music is, all of a sudden, a No. 1 priority,” said Heeley. Finding Nemo, for instance, has a richness that I don’t think I would have noticed, and now I love it even more.”

Read the full story in the Feb. 11 issue of Oklahoma Gazette, which hits over 800 racks across the metro area on Wednesday. 
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