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"LA Times" Profiles Pixar's Ed Catmull

The Los Angeles Times has published a lengthy profile of Dr. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s co-president and current president of Disney Features Animation (free registration required). The article covers Catmull’s management approach, centered around building a “talent-ocracy” where management is shaped around the talent rather than vice-versa, and the warm reception he has received at Disney.

"Cars" Leads Box Office, Disappoints Wall Street

Disney/Pixar’s Cars led the weekend box office with an estimated take of .8 million. However, the number seems to have disappointed Wall Street, with Disney’s stock price taking a minor hit in the morning before a partial recovery as of press time. In comparison, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo had opening weekend box office numbers […]

"Cars": Two-Thirds of a Great Movie

Upon waking up this morning and browsing through the Philadelphia Inquirer, I came across Steven Rea’s review of Cars. To my amazement I found not the lavish praise usually heaped on Pixar films, but two measly stars and a short statement that sums it all up: “Pixar finally rolled out a clunker.” This gave new […]

"Cars": Kachink! Kachink!....Kaching?

I will state right off that bat I do not dislike the new Pixar movie Cars by any measure. It’s a well made, sweet and funny film in the finest tradition of what Pixar has established as their legacy. That is also Cars biggest problem, it’s made by the same studio that made Toy Story, […]

"Cars": Animated NASCAR

Cars has a lot in common with Pixar’s first entry, Toy Story. Both star normally inanimate objects and deal with characters reconsidering their quest to be #1. Despite these similarities, has Pixar gained considerable ground since its feature length debut 11 years ago? The plot: Through a series of late-night road mishaps, racing car newbie […]

CGI "Gatchaman" Coming from Imagi Animation Studios

Imagi Animation Studios has announced that they are producing a CGI animated feature-length movie based on Gatchaman, a.k.a. G-Force. The film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who has handled both duties for the CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is produced in association with Tatsunoko Production of Japan, Inc. No release date […]

Afterworks 2 Ups Page Count; Previews On-Line

Image Comics has announced that Afterworks 2, the anthology trade paperback by artists from Pixar Animation Studios, will be expanding from 200 pages to 360 pages. The price of the book will not change from the initially solicited $24.99. In addition, two on-line previews from the book are available. ComicBookResources.com has an 18-page preview of […]

"Car Talk" Hosts Interviewed on Roles in "Cars"

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, a.k.a. “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers” on National Public Radio’s Car Talk, have been interviewed by Cars.com about their roles in the upcoming Cars film from Disney/Pixar. The two detail how they got the roles and the difference between voice acting and radio and promise that the movie will be […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 9: DreamWorks Supervising Animators Burgess, Hill & Reisig

David Burgess, John Hill and Jason Reisig, supervising animators at DreamWorks Animation, talk about characterizations, fur troubles, and animation in Over the Hedge, plus the new wave of “cartoony” cg cartoons and new projects such as Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda and Rex Havoc. RSS feed On the next episode, TZ talks with Pixar animator […]

John Lasseter Talks "Cars"; Confirms New 2-D at Disney

An article in the New York Times covers the pressure on Pixar Animation Studios on the upcoming film Cars (registration required), noting that it is poised to extend Pixar’s critical and box-office winning streak past that of Walt Disney himself. Several comments by film director and Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter delve into the […]

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