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John Lasseter on Disney Deal and His Secret Origin Story

John Lasseter of Pixar is the subject of a new interview in Fortune magazine. Among other topics, Lasseter describes his fears on the Disney merger deal and how Disney CEO Bob Iger set those fears to rest, his origins as a hand-drawn animator, his path to becoming a CGI animation pioneer, and an interesting test […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Nearly Finished; Second Trailer Available

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea is nearly complete, according to a post on the movie’s production diary website. They also link to the second trailer for the movie, available from the official movie website.

Dragon's Lair Comic Coming in July

Arcana Studios has issued a press release trumpeting the upcoming Dragon’s Lair comic book mini-series they will be publishing beginning in July. Based on animator Don Bluth’s famous laserdisc-based video game of the same name, the series focuses on heroic knight Dirk the Daring and his adventures to rescue Princess Daphne from an evil dragon […]

Bonnie Arnold: Pushing the State of the Heart "Over the Hedge"

Bonnie Arnold’s resume may not look very long, but it includes an impressive array of top films, from Dances with Wolves to Pixar’s Toy Story to Disney’s Tarzan. Her latest credit is as the producer for DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge, based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. Arnold spoke to Toon […]

DC Comics Announces 4th Quarter Collected Editions

DC Comics has announced the trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and other collected editions to be released between August and December, 2006. Included in the list is the Absolute DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke, coming in October, which will include all 6 issues of the original mini-series plus a pin-up gallery, deleted scenes, and more […]

John Lasseter Speaks at Paris "Cars" Opening

Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog has posted videos from the Paris premiere of Pixar’s Cars, where director John Lasseter answered several questions from the audience, including his cinematic influences and inspirations and what he forsees after the merger with the Walt Disney Corporation.

Cartoon Network Posts Clip for "JLU" Finale

Hannibal Tabu’s Comics Reel is reporting that Cartoon Network has posted a clip from “Destroyer,” the series finale for Justice League Unlimited that is scheduled to air this Saturday at 10:30 PM EDT.

"Animated Shorts" Column Talks "Over the Hedge," "Fairly OddParents" Special

Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com talks to Over the Hedge creators Mike Fry and T. Lewis about the upcoming CGI animated film coming from DreamWorks on May 19. Other topics in the column include the Nickelodeon Fairly OddParents special debuting on May 19 and the addition of teen music stars on the Friday’s […]

UPDATED: Disney Ends Cross-Promotional Deal with McDonald's

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disney and McDonald’s are not renewing their cross-promotional pact (free registration required). The upcoming Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean 2 will be the last two Disney films to be promoted by the fast food chain. Sources in Disney have stated that concerns over McDonald’s culpability in the […]

Warner Brothers to Sell Movies & TV on BitTorrent

In a sudden reversal of company policy, Warner Brothers’ video unit announced plans to release television shows and movies officially through the BitTorrent file-sharing service. In the past, Warner Brothers and most other studios considered such services to be liabilities, resulting in lost revenue due to piracy. The new service is scheduled to start this […]

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