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Disney Shuts Down Pixar Sequel Division

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disney has shut down Circle 7, the CGI-animation division set up to create sequels to Pixar movies (free registration required). Thirty-two of the 168 employees of the division were told that they would lose their jobs as of May 26, while the remainder will be absorbed into Disney’s […]

Chef Returns to "South Park" (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2006
Comedy Central has announced that James McElroy, a.k.a. “Chef,” will be returning to South Park with this Wednesday’s 10th season premiere episode. The episode synopsis states that Chef returns to the town, but Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny “notice that something about Chef seems different.” There is no word on who will be providing the […]

Lasseter on Post-Merger Role at Disney

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
An article in the New York Times aggregates a number of public comments made by Pixar’s John Lasseter about his role at Disney once the Disney-Pixar merger is completed (registration required). Some of the topics discussed include how Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull will split their time between Pixar and Disney, Lasster’s attempts to […]

Pixar Stock Certificates a Hot Commodity

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
An article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the Disney/Pixar merger has triggered a small boom in collectors anxious to own a physical stock certificate of the company before the merger (free registration required). Several companies, such as OneShare.com and Frame-a-Stock offer to sell investors and collectors a single share of stock in a […]

"Minoriteam" Creators Talk About Motivations and Influences

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
An article in the New York Times speaks to Adam de la Peña, Todd James and Peter Girardi about their new animated series Minoriteam, which debuted on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block last night (registration required). The trio talk about the use of ribald humor as social commentary, the potential of the show to offend, […]

NY Times on Overly Talky Cartoons

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
The New York Times‘ Arts & Leisure section published an article by Charles Solomon commenting on the excessively talkative cartoon films coming out of the major studios today (registration required). He condemns films such as Chicken Little, Madagascar, and Hoodwinked for being overstuffed with dialogue. These movies stand in contrast to the examples set by […]

WizardWorld L.A. News Roundup: "Ultimate Avengers" Voice Actors Panel, "Gargoyles"

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
This past weekend’s WizardWorld Los Angeles comic convention was the platform for DC, Marvel, and other American comic book companies to make several new announcements. The Comics Reporter’s “Collective Memory” feature is the best single source for all the news reports filed about the con. Of particular interest to animation fans are the panel discussion […]

Japanese "Earthsea" Translator Speaks About Ghibli Film

by Ed Liuon March 17, 2006
Studio Ghibli has posted an article written by Masako Shimizu about her connections to Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea movie. Shimizu is the Japanese translator of the original Earthsea novels written by Ursula K. LeGuin. (via Nausicaa.net)

"South Park" vs. Scientology: Round 2

by Ed Liuon March 17, 2006
Many news outlets are reporting rumors that a rebroadcast of the “Trapped in a Closet” episode of South Park was pulled due to threats from Hollywood star Tom Cruise. The episode, originally broadcast last year and originally scheduled to re-air last Wednesday, made fun of the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise specifically. Representatives for […]

NY Daily News: "Avatar" to Go to iTunes

by Ed Liuon March 17, 2006
An article in the New York Daily News on the success of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender states that the first season of the show will be available on Apple’s iTunes Music Store, along with the second season premiere. According to comments made in the article by series creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the […]