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Bruce Timm to Draw "Conan" Fill-in Issue

Buried among news coverage of last weekend’s Emerald City Comic convention, it was revealed that Bruce Timm will draw a fill-in story of Dark Horse Comics’ new Conan monthly comic. He will share an issue with comics legend John Severin, although it is unclear if Timm and Severin or regular Conan scribe Kurt Busiek will […]

SpongeBob Welcomed to United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ recently published an article and a photo diary accepting SpongeBob SquarePants into their fold, stating that “Jesus’ message of extravagant welcome extends to all.” Two television networks recently rejected a 30-second ad for the UCC which delivered a similar message, claiming the ad was “too controversial.”

Kiki's Live Action Delivery Service?

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Disney is beginning production on a live-action version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. According to an article in Variety, Jeff Stockwell, writer for the partially animated The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, has been hired to write the screenplay.

Proxy Advisory Firm Says "No" to Disney Board Chairman

The proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis has advised its clients to withhold votes for Disney’s current chairman of the board of directors, former Senator George J. Mitchell (free registration required). (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Analyst: Disney Animation Studio Could Ding Pixar

In reiterating their current rating and target price for Pixar stock, Banc of America has stated that Disney’s planned CGI animation studio may have a negative halo effect on Pixar if Disney’s sequels to Pixar movies are poorly done. It also points out that the creation of the studio suggests a reconciliation between the two […]

Chernin Says No to the House of Mouse

News Corp President Peter Chernin has taken himself out of the running to replace Michael Eisner as Disney’s CEO. In a conference call about News Corp’s quarterly earnings, Chernin stated that he has just signed a new contract and does not intend to leave his current position.

Robert Iger Campaigning Without Campaigning for Disney Top Spot

The Los Angeles Times notes the fine line walked by Robert Iger, presumptive front-runner to replace Michael Eisner as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (free registration required). Iger’s public actions must balance between his clear desire to take over the top spot while assuaging shareholder fears that he will not be appointed CEO through […]

Hai Karate Stages "Incredible" Comeback?

Has-been superheroes apparently use has-been grooming products, The New York Times reports (free registration required). Ex-superhero Lucius Frozone can be seen slapping on some Hai Karate aftershave in The Incredibles, the newspaper notes, in an apparent in-joke in a film that otherwise eschews product placements. The fragrance, which was introduced in the 1960′s, apparently has […]

Will Anybody Direct "Toy Story 3"?

According to rumors reported on the Fox News website, no animation director in Hollywood will accept the assignment to direct Toy Story 3. Disney has the rights to produce sequels to all the Pixar movies it distributed, but it seems no animator will accept the director’s chair for fear of crossing Pixar. Some questions are […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Helps Set Japan Box Office Record

Japanese box office revenue set a new record in 2004, rising to $2.03 billion for the year. According to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, the rise was largely due to the success of local films, with Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle being singled out as the top-grossing film in Japan with receipts totaling […]

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