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"Cars" Debuts in North Carolina on May 26

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
Disney/Pixar’s Cars is scheduled for a May 26 debut at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The location is just outside Charlotte, which was recently named as the site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Voice actors from the movie and NASCAR stars will attend, with proceeds from the debut going to the […]

Animated Shorts on 100th Anniversary of Animation and Nick Talent Search

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
The weekly Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com has posted an article about the upcoming 100th anniversary of animation. On April 6, 1906, cartoonist J. Stuart Blackton released the first animated film, entitled Humorous Phases of Smiling Faces, and created a smash hit sensation. Column writer Steve Fritz links to the celebrations to be conducted by […]

GhibliWorld.com on "House Hunting" Animated Short; Takahata Interview

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
Nausicaa.net is reporting that the GhibliWorld.com website has information about the short film Yadosagashi (House Hunting) currently showing at the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo. At press time, GhibliWorld.com is also headlining an interview with Ghibli director and co-founder Isao Takahata.

Justice for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Songwriter

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
The New York Times has published a front-page article about the history of Solomon Linda, a South African singer/songwriter whose 1939 song “Mbube” became the hit single, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (registration required). Despite the multiple recordings of the song and the millions in licensing fees generated, including its brief use in Disney’s The Lion […]

"Simpsons" and "King of the Hill" Renewed by Fox

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2006
Fox has announced the renewal of The Simpsons and King of the Hill. The Simpsons has been renewed for two seasons, bringing it to Season 19. King of the Hill has been renewed for its 11th season, which will begin next January. (via TZ poster Jeff Harris)

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, […]