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Disney Reports First Quarter Earnings

The Walt Disney Company on Monday reported earnings for the first quarter ended December 31, 2005. Net income came in at $734 million or $0.37 a share, compared with $686 million or $0.33 a share a year ago. Revenue climbed 2% to $8.85 billion from last year’s level of $8.67 billion. The company also reported […]

"Hoodwinked": CG in Da Hood, G

Hoodwinked, written and directed by newcomer to the world of animation Corey Edwards, comes to us courtesy of Kanbar Animation Studio and Blue Yonder Films. Not ringing any bells? It shouldn’t; this isn’t a Pixar, nor is it a Dreamworks. It isn’t even a Blue Sky. Nope, it’s all fresh talent. Does the Hoodwinked team […]

Disney/Pixar: "Time" Magazine Hints at Future Films

A sidebar to a Disney/Pixar news article in Time magazine takes a look at some possible film projects coming from the combined company. Some films mentioned include Ratatouille, about a rat living in a fancy French restaurant; a film noir project from Incredibles director Brad Bird that may be based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit […]

Disney/Pixar: John Lasseter Dubbed "The New Walt Disney"

An article from Reuters states that several animation industry watchers have dubbed Pixar’s John Lasseter “the new Walt Disney.” (No pressure.) Lasseter is set to become the head of Walt Disney’s animation division if the $7.4 billion Disney/Pixar merger concludes successfully this summer.

Toys for Sale: The Inevitability of the Pixar-Disney Merger

Economic logic, it seems, rarely rules in Hollywood. Too often, egos get in the way. But the announcement that the Walt Disney Company will be buying Pixar Animation Studios shows that even Hollywood will sometimes bow to the obvious. The Disney-Pixar merger is certainly the most momentous entertainment combination since Time bought Warner, and history […]

Disney/Pixar Merger: Conditions Revealed in SEC Filing

The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times have covered a recent SEC filing about the proposed Disney/Pixar merger (registration required for both), noting that Pixar creative chief John Lasseter will be granted the power to greenlight all animated features from the studio, subject to final approval from Disney CEO Robert Iger. The filing […]

"Toy Story 3" Not to Be

A report in the Los Angeles Times states that Disney plans to shut down Circle 7, the animation unit created by the Disney studios to make sequels to successful Pixar movies, and production on Toy Story 3 will be halted (free registration required). While no official statement has been made by Disney or Pixar executives […]

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 […]

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