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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Nick Pitera’s ‘One Man Disney Movie’

Pixar animator Nick Pitera has just outdone — and outsung — himself.

In 2007, Pitera posted on YouTube a one-man duet of himself singing (yes, reportedly without trickery or studio deception) both the male and female leads in the “Aladdin” song “A Whole New World.” That video has been viewed more than 22-million times.

Yesterday, Pitera posted his latest creation inspired by the House of Mouse: The artist’s new “One Man Disney Movie” features him at the mike for six range-spanning roles, including “Heroine,” “Sidekick” and “Villain.” Today, the video had been viewed more than 150,000 times.

In interviews, Pitera says he received his BFA in animation — posting his senior-thesis craft — and began work at Pixar in 2008.

Today, “Toy Story 3” director Lee Unkrich tweeted about his colleague’s video: “1. That's really Nick's voice 2. That's really Nick's chin 3. Nick really works at Pixar.”

On his YouTube channel, Pitera writes: “Music from Disney films has made a huge impact on me, and has been the source of inspiration for many years. Since I was 5, I have dreamt of voicing a character myself, and this is me doing my best to pay homage to a few of my favorites.

“I had so much fun making this video and I hope you enjoy it!”

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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