With a career spanning for 30 years, odds are pretty good that you’ve seen a cartoon that Frank Nissen has worked on. After an apprenticeship in commercial and educational programming, Nissen began his directorial career on such cult classic TV specials as Cosmic Christmas and The Devil and Daniel Mouse. His touch can also be […]
Newsarama.com has spoken to Pixar animator Sanjay Patel about his recently released book The Little Book of Hindu Deities, a primer on the Hindu pantheon aimed at younger readers. Patel discusses his aesthetic choices, how own personal history colored the reasons for doing the book, and how it went from a self-published volume to a […]
BusinessWeek carries a lengthy and very positive profile of Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger. The article credits Iger with dispelling the “poisonous” atmosphere that oppressed the company at the end of Michael Eisner’s term by giving division chiefs more room to improvise and experiment. The article also notes that Iger has kept his hands […]
Three of the animated short subjects nominated for an Oscar this year were produced by major studios, The Hollywood Reporter notes. This is largely because the studios see the form as a good training ground for talent, the article goes on to say. Pixar/Disney had two shorts nominated (“Lifted” and “The Little Match Girl”) this […]
Tales from Earthsea, the latest feature film from Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, took home the dubious Worst Director and Worst Film honors at the Japanese Bunshun Raspberry Awards. The “awards” are voted on by 32 Japanese movie critics, a group that had no particular affection for the younger Miyazaki’s work […]
ComingSoon.net has posted the first still image from Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E, their newest animated film directed by Andrew Stanton and scheduled for release in June 2008. The still of the title character was taken from a letter to Disney shareholders from CEO Robert A. Iger. (via Toon Zone member tb4000)
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Disney/Pixar is in active negotiations for the film rights to the John Carter of Mars series of novels. Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan, the series centers on a Civil War officer transported to the savage landscape of Mars. The Burroughs estate claimed that the rights […]
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has awarded the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film to Disney/Pixar’s Cars, and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song to “The Song of the Heart” from Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet. A full list of the Golden Globe award winners is available at the HFPA website.