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How "Chicken Little" Affects Pixar and Disney

The New York Times notes the effect that Disney’s Chicken Little may have on their talks with Pixar Animation Studios (registration required). Both Disney and Pixar are not actively engaged in talks to renew or alter their distribution agreement, which expires in 2006. Most outsiders are speculating that both companies are waiting to see how […]

Pixar Hit with Two Class Action Lawsuits

The Los Angeles Times reports that Pixar Animation Studios has been sued in two separate class-action lawsuits (free registration required). Both suits charge that the company deliberately misled investors when projecting DVD sales for The Incredibles. Pixar described the lawsuits as “completely baseless.”

No Theatrical Release for English-dub "Totoro"

Nausicaa.net has posted a report from the English dub premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. The report notes that there are no plans for any theatrical release of the movie and follows up on several Ghibli DVD projects, including the news that a release of Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday has been shelved indefinitely.

Hayao Miyazaki and Nick Park to Talk at Tokyo Film Festival

Anime News Service is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and Aardman Animation’s Nick Park will be giving a joint talk at the Tokyo Film Festival at 2:30 PM on October 23rd. The talk came about due to “recent friendly work relations” between the two studios. (via Nausicaa.net)

Jim Hill Media Covers Pixar Animators' Comic Book Signing

An article at Jim Hill Media covers a recent signing event for E-ville Press, a self-publishing comic book company composed of Pixar animators. The company has published 5 comics so far, titled Afterworks, Colossus, Rose and Isabel, Little India, and Dumping Grounds.

Ralph Bakshi Talks "Fire and Ice"

Animator Ralph Bakshi has been interviewed by Newsarama.com about the DVD re-issue of Fire and Ice, his 1983 animated swords and sorcery film that teamed him with painter Frank Frazetta and writers Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. Toon Zone reviewed the DVD in August.

English Dub of "My Neighbor Totoro" to Debut October 23

A press release notes that the new English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro will premiere on October 23, 2005, as the closing film of the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival. The screening is by invitation only.

Pixar Shorts, Disney Channel Programming Part of iTunes Video Store

The New York Times covers yesterday’s announcement of Apple’s iPod Video and the corresponding video section of the iTunes Music Store (registration required). Of note to animation fans is the availability of six Pixar short films, including “Red’s Dream,” “Geri’s Game,” and “Boundin’”. Some live-action Disney Channel programming is also available in the store, but […]

"Wallace & Gromit": 24-Carrot Filmmaking

Stop-motion animation has never achieved the same popular success as the hand-drawn variety. Its painstaking production, which involves photographing small models moving in miniscule increments a frame at a time, would drive away all but the most dedicated filmmakers, and the days of shooting to obtain mere minutes of film demand patience well beyond the […]

"Little Einsteins" to Premiere on Disney Channel October 9 (Updated 9/17)

Disney’s Little Einsteins will premiere with two episodes in a special primetime presentation on Sunday, October 9 (7:00pm and 7:30pm, ET/PT) on Disney Channel. In the primetime premiere episode, entitled “I Love to Conduct,” Leo uses his beloved baton to conduct a beautiful sunrise as the kids sing along to Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite, […]

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