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"The Pixar Story:" Almost to Infinity, But Not Really Beyond

There’s no little peril in attempting a biography of a still-living and active subject. No matter the merits of the final product, it will by definition be incomplete. The benefits of access must be measured against the risk that the subject cannot or will not speak with any objectivity. And other interviewees may not speak […]

NYCC 2008: Disney's Royalty and Robots - The "WALL•E" and "Prince Caspian" Panel

Disney conquered the mammoth IGN Theater at New York Comic Con with a panel to screen their two newest films: Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E, and Disney/Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. If audience reaction is any gauge, Disney is going to have two more hits on its hands starting in May, although it must be […]

Newsarama Interviews Leslie Iwerks on "The Pixar Story"

Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has interviewed Leslie Iwerks, director of the documentary film The Pixar Story and granddaughter of legendary Disney animator Ub Iwerks. The younger Iwerks discusses how she became a filmmaker, how she was selected to direct The Pixar Story, her opinions on the senior management and employees of Pixar Animation Studios, and […]

DreamWorks Lands Rights for Live-Action 3-D "Ghost in the Shell" Movie

Variety is reporting that DreamWorks has acquired the rights to adapt Ghost in the Shell as “a 3-D live-action feature.” The original feature film by Mamoru Oshii was based on a manga series by Masamune Shirow, and launched an anime franchise that includes two more feature films, a TV series, three video games, and two […]

Pixar Gives Magazine Sneak Peek at "Wall*E"

Pixar recently screened the first 35 minutes of Wall*E for AWN’s Bill Desowitz, who reports on it here. Sample description: We begin in space, of course. Beautiful images of stars, a nebula and other iconic celestial shots as we hurl rapidly toward Earth. But wait: What’s that song about being “Out There”? “Put on Your […]

Studio Ghibli Announces "Ponyo" Japan Release Date of July 19, 2008

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Ponyo on a Cliff will be released in Japan on July 19, 2008, according to Studio Ghibli. The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and supposedly centers on a goldfish princess and a five-year old boy.

AMC TV Posts Sample of Bob Clampett "John Carter of Mars" Cartoon

The AMC cable TV network has posted an article and video clip of early animation work by Bob Clampett from an animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s novel John Carter of Mars. The footage from the 1930′s was the result of Clampett approaching Burroughs for a serious science fiction adaptation of the novel, but the […]

Black Book Interviews Ralph Bakshi; Details on Bakshi NY Appearances in April

The Black Book website has posted an interview with Ralph Bakshi, the legendary animator behind films such as Fritz the Cat, the animated Lord of the Rings, and the controversial Coonskin. The highly opinionated Bakshi speaks candidly about his youth, the reactions he’s gotten for many of his cartoons, and why he left Hollywood. (NOTE: […]

Disney Announces Next 10 Animated Movies Through 2012

Walt Disney Studios has announced the next 10 animated movies coming from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. The movies will be released between now and 2012, and all Disney and Pixar animated features will be released in Disney Digital 3-D starting with Bolt, coming later this year. Two Pixar movies will be getting sequels: […]

PR: Walt Disney Studios Rolls Out Slate of 10 New Animated Movies Through 2012

The Walt Disney Studios Rolls Out Slate of 10 New Animated Motion Pictures Through 2012 – DISNEY’S ‘FAIRIES’ DIRECT-TO-DVD FRANCHISE WILL ALSO DEBUT NEW YORK, April 8 /PRNewswire/ — The Walt Disney Studios unveiled a diverse and ambitious slate of 10 new animated feature films from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios to be released […]

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