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Pixar's Catmull and Hollander Describe Story Development at SIGGRAPH

Variety reports on a presentation at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference about the story development process at Pixar Animation Studios. The session was led by Pixar President and Co-founder Ed Catmull, who was joined by producer Richard Hollander (“Presto”), who described their highly untraditional and unstructured process that has led to an unprecedented chain of critical […]

PR: Imagi Secures US$30M (HK$234M) in Financing

Imagi Secures US$30 Million (HK$234 Million) in Financing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hong Kong (September 16, 2008) – Imagi International Holdings, Limited (HKSE Stock Code: 0585) today announced that it had raised US$30 million in financing through two separate subscription agreements. The first agreement, the terms of which were originally announced to the stock exchange on […]

Bob Winquist, Influential CalArts Instructor, 1923 - 2008

The Los Angeles Times reports the passing of Bob Winquist at the age of 85 on September 10, 2008, due to complications related to old age (free registration required). Winquist was an extremely influential animation teacher at the California Institute of the Arts, with his followers including Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston and Pete Docter. Winquist also […]

The Australian Interviews Andrew Stanton on "WALL-E"

The Australian has interviewed Pixar’s Andrew Stanton about WALL-E (which opens in Australia tomorrow, September 18, 2008). Several topics recur in the interview, such as the perceived political message or contradictions of that message, but Stanton also delves into new territory, such as how Finding Nemo‘s success emboldened him to try something different in WALL-E.

Disney Releases Video Previews from "101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure"

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released two video previews from the 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure Special Edition DVD. Auditions: Lost in London: 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure is available now.

Disney Releases "Sleeping Beauty" Platinum Edition/Blu-ray Details

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released details on the upcoming Sleeping Beauty 2-disc Platinum Edition and Blu-ray home video releases. In addition to a digital remastering of the film (and its release in full 1080p high-definition resolution for the Blu-ray disc), both releases will include a raft of special features, including a recently uncovered […]

PR: International Animated Film Society Hosts 1st Student Animation Film Festival

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywoods’ Animator Educator’s Forum is hosting its first Student Animation Film Festival at Woodbury University located on 7500 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, CA 91510 on October 18, 2008 from 10 AM to 7:30 PM. Students enrolled in professional academic programs throughout the United States including NYU Tisch School of the […]

IGN Visits Disney to Check Out "Bolt"

IGN.com has visited Walt Disney Animation Studios for a first-look at Bolt, the new CGI animated movie starring John Travolta as a celebrity dog thrown into the real world. The article contains comments by directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard about their approach to the movie. The article also notes that Bolt will be the […]

OregonLive on the "Coraline" Movie Gamble

OregonLive has posted a lengthy behind-the-scenes look at the feature film Coraline, Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novella. The movie is the first for Laika Entertainment, a new movie studio founded by Nike co-founder and president Phil Knight, and the article notes the risks that Knight is taking with a stop-motion animated […]

"Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow": The Kids are Alright

In 2005, Marvel Comics announced that The O.C. writer Allan Heinberg was going to write a comic book series titled Young Avengers. The general reaction alternated between laughter and derision from superhero comic book fans across the Internet, which only grew louder and harsher after sketchbook information and character names were made available. However, the […]

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