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"Hana": Don't Be Reluctant to Catch This Samurai Flick

Hana is subtitled “The Tale of a Reluctant Samurai,” though “reluctant” doesn’t even begin to describe Soza, the samurai of the subtitle. “Incompetent” is nearer the mark. But don’t let Soza’s thumb-fumbled way with a katana put you off this charming feature from Hirokazu Koreeda. Hana won’t be to the taste of those who like […]

DVD Talk Visits Pixar Animation Studios for "WALL-E"

DVD Talk’s John Sinnott has posted a report of his visit to Pixar Animation Studios to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of WALL-E. Sinnott’s visit included discussions with director Andrew Stanton, producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins, sound designer Ben Burtt, and storyboard artist Derek Thompson. WALL-E will be released on DVD and […]

"WALL-E" Comes to Home Video in 1-, 2-, and 3-Disc DVD and 2- and 3-Disc Blu-ray

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released information about the upcoming home video release of Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E. The film will be available in five different versions: A single-disc DVD edition, containing the movie, the short films “Presto” and “BURN-E” (the latter of which is new for the DVD release), audio commentary by director Andrew Stanton, […]

PR: "WALL-E" Comes Home in 1-, 2- and 3-Disc DVD and 2- and 3-Disc Blu-ray

From the Humans Who Brought You Finding Nemo and Cars… The Year’s Most Acclaimed and Original Film Comes Home — November 18! Disney•Pixar’s Box Office Favorite WALL•E Out-of-This-World Single, Double and Triple-Disc DVD Releases and Spectacular Hi-Def Two and Three-Disc Blu-ray™ Versions Featuring Disney’s All-New BD-Live Network Hilarious All-New Bonus Short BURN•E Debuts on all […]

PR: "WALL-E" DVD and Blu-ray Feature Comparison Chart

Content DVD 1- Disc *DVD 2 – Disc DVD 3 – Disc BD 2 – Disc BD 3 – Disc FEATURE & Other Items “WALL•E” Feature X X X X X “Presto” Theatrical Short X X X X X “BURN•E” DVD Exclusive Short X X X X X Audio Commentary by Andrew Stanton X X […]

"Glago's Guest" Short Pulled from "Bolt"

According to AWN, Disney’s new short film “Glago’s Guest” will no longer be shown ahead of Bolt, as originally planned. No explanation was provided. The short attracted no small attention for its technical and storytelling experimentation, and did have a short theatrical run to qualify for a Best Animated Short Film Academy Award for 2008. […]

AWN Interviews Co-Directors of Disney's "Car Toons"

Animation World Magazine has interviewed Victor Navone and Rob Gibbs, co-directors on the Disney Channel’s new Car Toons short films based on Pixar’s Cars. The pair discuss how the project got started, how involved Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter was in making the shorts, and the storytelling and technical hurdles they had to vault […]

Briefly: "Bob & Margaret" Creator Profile; Pixar in Poland; Simpsons' Al Jean in UK

* The Vancouver Sun has profiled Oscar-winning husband-and-wife animators David Fine and Alison Snowden, creators of the animated series Bob and Margaret. * Poland’s TVP station has acquired the rights to air Pixar’s 14 animated short films on television. [Animation Insider] * Simpsons executive producer Al Jean will headline the Bradford Animation Festival in the […]

"Tinker Bell:" The Girls Will Love It, The Boys May Not Admit It

Some toy commercials are disguised as entertainment, and some entertainment is disguised as a toy commercial. The link between entertainment and merchandise has existed ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs figured out the cross-marketing potential of Tarzan, turning him into the first mass-merchandised fictional character, but that success pales in comparison to the virtual art form […]

"Coraline" News Roundup: Laika's Gamble, Preview Look, Gaiman Comments

Several different media outlets have recently published articles about Coraline, the stop-motion feature film from Laika Entertainment directed by Henry Selick and based on the novella by Neil Gaiman. The Times-Picayune weblog has posted an article dealing with the big gamble that Laika is taking with Coraline, noting that the hard market sell of a […]

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