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'Cars' Finishes First at Annie Awards, But 'Flushed Away' Takes the Most Hardware

Pixar’s Cars was named best animated feature at the 34th annual Annie Awards, handed out Sunday at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California. But ASIFA-Hollywood presented Flushed Away, from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, with more trophies than any other film. ‘Flushed’ earned honors in five categories: Scott Cegielski took the prize for animated effects; […]

Steve Jobs Approved Backdated Options for Pixar's Lasseter

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that John Lasseter was granted back-dated options as part of his contract renewal in 2001. The options were granted at a price from three months before the contract was signed, which also happened to be the lowest price from the prior year. The contract was signed by Pixar CEO […]

'Toy Story 3' Coming Along, without Lasseter; More Disney Details Outlined

Toy Story 3 is coming in 2009, but John Lasseter won’t be the director, according to a Daily Variety report. Lasseter and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull provided extensive details on their upcoming slate in a Walt Disney Feature Animation presentation at Disney’s investor conference Thursday. In addition to confirming for the first time that […]

Pixar Prez Describes Corporate Philosophy

Pixar president Ed Catmull spoke at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on January 31, where he described Pixar’s philosophy of facing and fixing small problems before they become large ones, Exduco reports. Catmull described personnel problems at the animation studio following the success of Toy Story and some of the steps the company took […]

LA Times Profiles Lasseter and Newman

The Los Angeles Times carries a lengthy joint profile of John Lasseter and composer Randy Newman, who have collaborated on most of Pixar’s films.

Peter S. Beagle on "The Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary

Peter S. Beagle is one of those creators who proves that the universe is not fair in distributing talent. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written when he was at the ripe old age of 19, and he followed it up with a huge library of highly beloved novels that get categorized […]

Whedon Off "Wonder Woman"

Joss Whedon has bowed out of a planned Wonder Woman movie, says The Hollywood Reporter, confirming what Whedon himself wrote at www.whedonesque.com. In that post, Whedon cited creative differences with Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures for the parting of ways.

"Cinderella III" Makes Real Movie Magic

Even before seeing it, Disney fans are citing many reasons to dislike Cinderella III. It’s another direct-to-video sequel from the Disney studios, joining a crowded field of sequels that range from the pretty good to the nearly unwatchable. It’s also a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, even though the original’s […]

A Dressing Down For... The Audience

Here, you see the beginning of a new feature at the TZ Opinions/Editorial section. Op/Ed will still feature any number of editorials or miscellanous articles, but we now inaugurate a bimonthly column (written by myself and others in the TZ Crew) dedicated either to significant praise or condemnation of some specific topic in regards to […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Topped Japanese Box Office in 2006

Variety reports that Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), the Studio Ghibli film directed by Goro Miyazaki, was the No. 1 box office hit in Japan for 2006, earning $63.2 million. Fifth was Death Note: The Last Name, a live action film based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, with $43 million. Notably, […]

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