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Media Weighs In on Disney's Purchase of Pixar

The mainstream media has exploded with news and commentary about yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times: – USA Today and USA Today both feature articles about John Lasseter, Executive Vice President Creative for Pixar and newly named Chief Creative Officer for Disney animation studios. The Times article may require registration to read. Of special […]

Disney To Buy Pixar In $7.4 Billion Deal

Disney has just announced that it will purchase Pixar Animation Studios in a deal worth around $7.4 billion in stock, making the animated studio a wholly owned subsidiary. Chief personnel involved in the deal include Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter. Jobs will become Disney’s largest individual shareholder and will hold a seat on […]

"Disney Buys Pixar": Deal Imminent?

Separate reports in BusinessWeek and the Hollywood Reporter (quoting the Associated Press) are quoting anonymous sources that state that the Disney Board of Directors has approved the purchase of Pixar Animation Studios for approximately $7 billion. Disney may announce the deal, to be completed in a stock transaction, as early as today. Representatives from both […]

"Disney Buying Pixar" Rumors Gaining Strength

A report in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal (summarized by Reuters) quoted unnamed sources stating that the Walt Disney Company was in serious talks to acquire Pixar Animation Studios, paying a small premium over Pixar’s market value of $6.7 billion at the time. Since that time, more details of the story have come from a report […]

"BusinessWeek" Debunks "Disney Buys Pixar" Rumors

An article in BusinessWeek on-line debunks the oft-repeated rumor that the Walt Disney Corporation will buy Pixar Animation Studios and make Steve Jobs the CEO of Disney. The two companies were reported close to renewing their distribution deal, but neither will comment publicly about the negotiations.

"The Incredibles" Tops 2005 DVD Sales Charts

Home Media Research has released a list of the 10 top-selling DVDs of 2005, with Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles landing the top spot with 17.38 million copies sold. In all, half of the titles on the list are animated movies, with DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar and Shark Tale tying for 3rd place with 10 million each in […]

Pixar DVDs Go On Sale

A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles will all receive price cuts for their “Collector’s Edition” DVDs on January 8, 2006, according to Ultimate Disney. The DVDs are expected to be available for somewhere around $15.00 each. (via Animated-News)

"Toy Story" Added to National Film Registry

Pixar’s Toy Story has been added to the National Film Registry, AWN reports. Of the twenty-five motion pictures added this year, Toy Story was the only animated title. More information is available at http://www.loc.gov/film/nfr2005.html.

"Daily Variety" Reports Disney/Pixar Deal "Not Far Now"

A report on the Daily Variety website quotes unnamed insiders as stating that a new distribution deal between the Walt Disney Corporation and Pixar Animation Studios is on the verge of being announced. Daily Variety added that neither side was willing to comment on the record for the report. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

The Ultimate DVD Extra: 20 Years of Pixar at the MoMA

In 1984, a young animator named John Lasseter left Disney to work for George Lucas’ special effects group. 21 years, six feature films, 10 short films, and fifteen Academy Awards later, Pixar Animation Studios has firmly established itself as one of the finest American animation studios in the history of the medium. To commemorate their […]

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