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This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Has animation A-lister Brad Bird (Ratatouille) left the medium behind (starting with 2011's Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol) in part out of creative frustration? Photos: From 'Toy Story' to 'Brave': Your Essential Guide to Pixar's Movies During an intimate CalArts fundraising salon Jan. 29 at a Beverly Hills house, he discussed animation with Pixar colleague Mark Andrews: "Where's the Francis Ford Coppola or the Alfonso Cuaron of the field? … Why can't there be an Annie Hall? … Why does it always have to be cute?" Bird

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