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"20 Years of Pixar" Exhibit at London's Science Museum April 1

The “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit will be opening at London’s Science Museum on April 1, running through to June 10, 2006. The museum’s “Talk Animation!” series will also host 3 separate Pixar artists to speak about their work with the studio: April 3: Loren Carpenter, Senior Scientist April 5: Dan Mason, Animator April […]

"Chicken Little": Disney Lays a Bronze Egg

Though they recently kissed and made up on a long weekend in Barbados, in 2005 Disney and Pixar’s relationship came to a rocky end, and as the former dodged Wedgwood barrages it drunkenly vowed to succeed on its own in the CGI world. Those flying saucers gave Disney six stitches and an idea: what if […]

"Cars" Debuts in North Carolina on May 26

Disney/Pixar’s Cars is scheduled for a May 26 debut at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The location is just outside Charlotte, which was recently named as the site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Voice actors from the movie and NASCAR stars will attend, with proceeds from the debut going to the […]

"Howl's Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002′s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Disney Shuts Down Pixar Sequel Division

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disney has shut down Circle 7, the CGI-animation division set up to create sequels to Pixar movies (free registration required). Thirty-two of the 168 employees of the division were told that they would lose their jobs as of May 26, while the remainder will be absorbed into Disney’s […]

Lasseter on Post-Merger Role at Disney

An article in the New York Times aggregates a number of public comments made by Pixar’s John Lasseter about his role at Disney once the Disney-Pixar merger is completed (registration required). Some of the topics discussed include how Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull will split their time between Pixar and Disney, Lasster’s attempts to […]

Pixar Stock Certificates a Hot Commodity

An article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the Disney/Pixar merger has triggered a small boom in collectors anxious to own a physical stock certificate of the company before the merger (free registration required). Several companies, such as OneShare.com and Frame-a-Stock offer to sell investors and collectors a single share of stock in a […]

Domestic Is Better: StarToons' Jon McClenahan Gets Interviewed

Recently I interviewed Jon McClenahan, the founder of StarToons, one of the few fully American animation studios of the 1990s. His studio’s work included Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria!, and other smaller projects. Here’s what the talented animator, director, and former truck driver (yes, it’s true!) revealed. Your name, age, current […]

Theatre Owners Hope for Animation Salvation in 2006

An article in the Los Angeles Times about the ShoWest convention addresses the lackluster box office performance of 2005 (free registration required), where theatre owners complained about the terrible movies produced throughout the year. Of interest to animation fans is the fact that studios used animated features to demonstrate their new commitment to quality. Disney/Pixar’s […]

"Taro The Dragon Boy" A Decent Alternative to Miyazaki and Disney

We have seen an extremely limited amount of old school anime here in the ‘States. Sure, we have the popular series such as Astro Boy, Speed Racer, Mobile Suit Gundam, Lupin III, Gigantor, and the like, but the vast majority stays in Japan. Whether it’s because the tapes are in bad condition or that most […]

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