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Actor must be a slim, 7ft tall man with upright posture

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Until recently, any film turned out by the animation studio was sure to be a masterpiece. But now, with yet another director leaving during a shoot, The Independent's Nicholas Barber asks if it has lost its way.

Watch clips of Disney Pixar's best animated films below:

Gareth Bale deserves the huge wages he earns at Real Madrid

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Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

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Most people's perception is that fashion is peopled by archetypal female Disney villains - think of Queen Grimhilde, who banished Snow White for outdoing her in the youth and beauty stakes. Not too different to many a fashion editor, you could assume.

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Inside Out characters Fear, Sadness and Joy

Pixar announces Amy Poehler as star in Inside Out, from director of Up and Monsters, Inc.

The animation is set for release in summer 2015

Sinkhole opens up near Disney World in Florida

A sinkhole caused a section of a Florida resort villa near Disney World to partially collapse Monday, while another section of the villa was sinking, authorities said.

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