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"Toy Story 3" Set for Summer 2008 Release

Disney will premiere Toy Story 3 at the International Licensing Show in the summer of 2008, AWN reports. The film, which is being made without the participation of Pixar, will have Buzz Lightyear recalled to Taiwan after a series of malfunctions; Woody and the rest of the toys will try to save Buzz.

Miyazaki Audio Feature Available from NPR

National Public Radio has posted a page for their Nausicaa.net, which contains their original radio story (in Real and Windows Media formats), video clips from Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, and a bonus audio feature from Pixar director Pete Docter about how Miyazaki works. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Howl's Moving Castle" Box Office Results

Nausicaa.net is reporting the box office results of Howl’s Moving Castle from two separate news sources, each of which interprets the results differently. BoxOfficeMojo.com interprets a $427,987 take from 36 venues as a disappointment compared to the debut of Spirited Away. However, BoxOfficeGuru.com takes a lower estimated take of $401,000 and spins it as an […]

Iger on Pixar Talks and Running Disney

Robert A. Iger, set to take over Disney’s CEO position on October 1, was briefly interviewed by the New York Times about managing Disney (free registration required). Among other topics, Iger provides marginally more details about the re-opening of talks between Disney and Pixar Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing, […]

SF Gate on Ghibli vs. Disney

A review of the Studio Ghibli retrospective running in Berkeley is the launch pad for an article on SFGate.com comparing the Japanese studio’s animated works to those of the Disney Corporation. The works of the Pixar Animation Studio are also brought into the discussion. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Simpsons" Movie Confirmed

An animated Simpsons feature film has finally been confirmed by the producers of the show. Simpsons spokeswoman Antonia Kaughman has stated to MTV News that the movie will be in production concurrently with the TV show, with the same writing staff working on both. No potential release date for the movie was provided. (via Internet […]

Iger Reports Good Negotiations with Pixar

At a Deutsche Bank conference, Disney CEO-elect Robert Iger stated that he has had “really good” talks with Pixar to renew their movie distribution deal, but declined to state if or when a new agreement would be reached. At the same conference, Iger also commented on Disney’s overall strategy and its position in the next-generation […]

"Rock & Rule" Cranks it Up to Eleven

Giants Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and Fox’s steady stream of entertaining films such as Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Madagascar, and Robots have recently spoiled fans of western animation. While business is booming, it is doing so within a very narrowly defined genre: safe family fare with some clever jokes for mom and dad. That wasn’t […]

"Madagascar" the Movie Has Little Impact on the Country

An article in the New York Times discusses the lack of impact DreamWorks’ Madagascar has had on the country it is named for (free registration required). The movie is not even being screened in the country, whose capital city has only two movie theatres showing martial arts movies and evangelical films.

USA Today Profiles "Madagascar" Thespians

USA Today has an article on the big-name actors lending their voices to DreamWorks’ Madagascar.

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