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Media Weighs In on Disney's Purchase of Pixar

The mainstream media has exploded with news and commentary about yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times: – USA Today and USA Today both feature articles about John Lasseter, Executive Vice President Creative for Pixar and newly named Chief Creative Officer for Disney animation studios. The Times article may require registration to read. Of special […]

TCM to Air Miyazaki Films Through May

A posting on Nausicaa.net notes that the Turner Classic Movies channel will be airing the films of Hayao Miyazaki through May, although the on-line schedule only shows a rebroadcast of Spirited Away at the end of March. The same article notes that Only Yesterday will be aired this Thursday on TCM in a subtitled version, […]

Larry Schwartz Talks "Kappa Mikey"

The “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com has spoken to Larry Schwartz of the Animation Collective about Kappa Mikey, a new series debuting on Nicktoons later this month. The series focuses on an American animated actor sent to star in a Japanese anime show, and combines American and Japanese animation styles to send up the culture […]

"Family Guy" Comics Coming in April

Devil’s Due Publishing will be releasing a Family Guy comic book mini-series starting in April. Titled “100 Ways to Kill Lois,” the bi-monthly three-issue comic will be written by series writer Matt Fleckenstein and drawn by Benjamin Phillips. Devil’s Due also stated that the series will be collected later this year, and that sales will […]

Dini to Write "Detective Comics"

Writer Paul Dini and artist Rags Morales will be teaming up on DC’s Detective Comics title starting this year, according to a comment at the end of the Dini/Morales team on (note: article contains spoilers for DC’s Infinite Crisis event). Dini confirmed that he will be writing “the Busiek/Pacheco Superman team” on his weblog, and […]

"Superman: Braniac Attacks" Direct-to-Video Later This Year

The Superman homepage has an exclusive look at Superman: Braniac Attacks, a new direct-to-video movie coming later this year from Warner Brothers Animation. Tim Daly and Dana Delany will reprise their roles as Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League. The report states that the January 30th issue of […]

"Disney Buys Pixar": Deal Imminent?

Separate reports in BusinessWeek and the Hollywood Reporter (quoting the Associated Press) are quoting anonymous sources that state that the Disney Board of Directors has approved the purchase of Pixar Animation Studios for approximately $7 billion. Disney may announce the deal, to be completed in a stock transaction, as early as today. Representatives from both […]

"Wallace and Gromit" Wins Producer's Guild Award

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has won the best animated motion picture award from Producer’s Guild of America (free registration required). This year is the first for the category. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Comics Previews for Jan 20, 2006: All-Star Superman, Planet Hulk, Lions Tigers &c

The following free previews for comics are available on the Internet: AVAILABLE NOW – Buzzscope.com has posted some last-minute previews for comics released last Wednesday, including DC’s All-Star Superman #2 and Infinite Crisis #4. AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK – Mile High Comics has advance looks at next week’s DC and Marvel comic books, including Plastic Man […]

"Disney Buying Pixar" Rumors Gaining Strength

A report in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal (summarized by Reuters) quoted unnamed sources stating that the Walt Disney Company was in serious talks to acquire Pixar Animation Studios, paying a small premium over Pixar’s market value of $6.7 billion at the time. Since that time, more details of the story have come from a report […]

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