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"Aladdin and the King of Thieves" Makes a Rich Haul of Laughs

Rejoice! Rejoice! Robin Williams returns to the fold in Disney’s Aladdin III: Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Yes, sometimes even the mighty Mouse learns from its mistakes, and, following the Return of Jafar debacle, Disney managed to lure the venerable Genie back for this 1996 direct-to-video finale to the Aladdin saga. It’s got Genie, […]

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

Disney Plans More Platinum, DTV DVD Releases

Walt Disney will continue to release two Platinum-edition DVDs per year, and plans to repeat the cycle of releases when high-definition DVD is established, UltimateDisney reports. The company is also set to release more direct-to-video releases, which have given Disney triple-digit returns on its investment. UltimateDisney also reports that Disney has twenty CGI-feature projects in […]

"The Incredibles": Best-Reviewed Film of 2004

The Incredibles has been awarded a Golden Tomato (Wide Release) by Rotten Tomatoes, recognizing it as one of the best-reviewed films of 2004. The film garnered a 97% “Tomatometer” rating at the website, which tracks the opinions of several hundred print, broadcast and online reviewers. [Source: Business Wire]

Analyst: Disney Animation Studio Could Ding Pixar

In reiterating their current rating and target price for Pixar stock, Banc of America has stated that Disney’s planned CGI animation studio may have a negative halo effect on Pixar if Disney’s sequels to Pixar movies are poorly done. It also points out that the creation of the studio suggests a reconciliation between the two […]

"Toy Story 3" To Get Theatrical Release

Walt Disney will give Toy Story 3 a theatrical release rather than send it straight to video, Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook told Reuters yesterday. The sequel, which is being made without the participation of Pixar, will be produced at a new Glendale facility and should be ready by 2008. It will not be Disney’s […]

Will Anybody Direct "Toy Story 3"?

According to rumors reported on the Fox News website, no animation director in Hollywood will accept the assignment to direct Toy Story 3. Disney has the rights to produce sequels to all the Pixar movies it distributed, but it seems no animator will accept the director’s chair for fear of crossing Pixar. Some questions are […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Helps Set Japan Box Office Record

Japanese box office revenue set a new record in 2004, rising to $2.03 billion for the year. According to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, the rise was largely due to the success of local films, with Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle being singled out as the top-grossing film in Japan with receipts totaling […]

"Song of the South" May See DVD Release

Songofthesouth.net, a fan site dedicated to Disney’s Song of the South movie, is reporting that Dick Cook, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, has stated publicly that Song of the South will be released on DVD eventually. In a Q&A session at the Summer 2004 Annual Convention of the NFFC, Cook stated that controversial material […]

"Aladdin II - The Return of Jafar": No Genie in this Lamp

Disney has always been a firm believer in the adage that more is better. So they wasted little time in following up 1992′s wildly successful Aladdin with the direct-to-video The Return of Jafar, beginning an ignominious tradition that has picked up both steam and plenty of cash over the years. Now, with a DVD release, […]

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