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Boston Globe on Pixar's Success and the Hollywood Studio System

The Boston Globe has published a feature article examining how Pixar’s techinques for continuing success with critics and audiences can trace their lineage back to the heyday of the Hollywood Studio Era (“a period roughly coinciding with the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, 1933-1945″). Writer Mark Feeny notes that, “what most distinguished Studio Era Hollywood was […]

Find "Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure" on Blu-ray and DVD on October 27, 2009

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has issued a press release announcing the upcoming release of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on October 27, 2009. The direct-to-video CGI animated movie follows last year’s Tinker Bell, following the famed fairy in an action-packed adventure to save Pixie Hollow after she accidentally puts it in jeopardy. The […]

"Up" Stays Up at Box Office with $44.3M in Second Week (UPDATED)

Disney/Pixar’s Up fended off box office newcomers in its second week of release, continuing to hold the #1 spot at the box office with an estimated $44.2 million in ticket sales. The number represents a very respectable 35% drop from its debut weekend, when many new releases typically drop 50% or more. New release The […]

"Ponyo" to Debut on 800 Screens in US

Producer Frank Marshall has stated on his Twitter account that Ponyo, the latest movie from Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, will be debuting on 800 screens when it is released on August 14, 2009. This will make it noticeably larger than any prior Miyazaki release in the US — 2002’s Spirited Away was showing on 714 […]

More "Up" Interviews Around the Web

Several new interviews about Disney/Pixar’s Up have hit the Internet in the wake of the movie’s successful debut weekend: Up writer, co-director, and voice of Dug the dog Bob Peterson spoke briefly with the Washington Post about the movie, the creative environment at Pixar, and moving from a daily comic strip writer/artist in college to […]

Pixar Delivers Another "Up"-Lifting Movie Experience

Pixar has a history of delivering movies that have a solid story to go along with their equally solid visuals. With every film the studio puts out comes an expectation—and for some people perhaps even a desire—to see them fail. They’ll have to keep on waiting. Up provides that same level of visual quality, and […]

NY Times on Disney's "Princess and the Frog" vs. Critics of Race

The New York Times has surveyed the obstacles facing Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (free registration required), noting the equal amounts of praise and criticism it has drawn several months before its release because it will depict the first black Disney Princess character. On the one side, Disney can claim that cast member Oprah […]

"Up" Soars with $68.11M Ticket Sales in Debut Weekend (UPDATED)

Disney/Pixar’s Up maintained the studio’s perfect critical and commercial track record by garnering high critical notices and taking the #1 box office spot in its debut weekend with an estimated $68.2 million in US ticket sales. The total makes it the third most-successful Pixar opening to date right behind the $70 million debut weekends for […]

Media Round-"Up" on Pixar's Latest Feature Film

Several new articles about Disney/Pixar’s Up have been published in advance of the movie’s premiere on May 29, 2009: Canada.com speaks with Ed Asner, the voice of 78-year old Carl Fredricksen in the movie. Asner discusses how “it was an honour because, at my age, you aren’t likely to be cast as a lead in […]

"A Bug's Life" Blu-ray: Little Ants, Big Movie

Oddly enough, I never saw A Bug’s Life in theaters back in 1998, opting for DreamWorks’ “ant” movie instead. Eventually, I saw it on home video, and at the time I liked it, but obviously I had no other Pixar film to compare it to other than Toy Story. I didn’t realize that much better […]

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