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Pixar Profits Drop in Latest Quarter

Pixar Animation Studios earned $55.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2004, down from $83.9 million in the same period in 2003, Reuters reports. Revenues fell to $108.9 million from $164.8 million. The company said results were hurt by comparisons to a quarter which saw the DVD release of Finding Nemo. The company still managed […]

"Divergence Eve" to DVD on March 1

ADV Films will release the first volume of the sci-fi/action space thriller Divergence Eve: Welcome to Watcher’s Nest to home video on March 1, the company said today. The DVD-only release will feature five complete episodes in anamorphic widescreen and English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening and closing animation; […]

"Tarzan II" Swings to DVD in June

Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release Tarzan II to home video on June 14, Animated Bliss reports. It will retail for $29.99.

Mark Hamill's "Comic Book: The Movie" Wins Two DVDX Awards

Winners of The 5th Annual DVD Exclusive Awards were presented Tuesday, February 8, in Los Angeles. Disney ruled overall, collecting twelve awards–five of them earned by The Lion King 1½ which won categories for “Best Director,” “Best Screenplay,” and “Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie.” Mark Hamill’s directorial debut, Comic Book: The Movie, received two awards: […]

ADV Announces "Hello Kitty" for March 1

ADV will release Hello Kitty & Friends: Basket of Fun to DVD on March 1, the company said today. The DVD-only release will feature four complete episodes and one bonus episode, presented in English 2.0 audio. It will retail for $14.98. [Source: ADV Films]

Floyd Norman on "Song of the South"

Veteran animator Floyd Norman has written another column for Jim Hill Media about his difficulties trying to write a comic strip using characters from Disney’s Song of the South. Norman also comments on recent rumors that the movie will finally be released on DVD. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

"Aladdin and the King of Thieves" Makes a Rich Haul of Laughs

Rejoice! Rejoice! Robin Williams returns to the fold in Disney’s Aladdin III: Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Yes, sometimes even the mighty Mouse learns from its mistakes, and, following the Return of Jafar debacle, Disney managed to lure the venerable Genie back for this 1996 direct-to-video finale to the Aladdin saga. It’s got Genie, […]

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

Disney Plans More Platinum, DTV DVD Releases

Walt Disney will continue to release two Platinum-edition DVDs per year, and plans to repeat the cycle of releases when high-definition DVD is established, UltimateDisney reports. The company is also set to release more direct-to-video releases, which have given Disney triple-digit returns on its investment. UltimateDisney also reports that Disney has twenty CGI-feature projects in […]

Ottawa Animation Festival Issues Call for Entries

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is issuing a worldwide call for entries for its 2005 festival, which will be held September 21-25. Deadline for entry is June 1, 2005; preview tapes or DVDs must be received by June 18. An online entry form, plus festival and Television Animation Conference information, are available on the animation […]

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