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Pixar Characters Coming to Happy Meals

Such Pixar characters as Mr. Incredible and Buzz Lightyear will be featured in McDonald’s Happy Meals in a promotional tie-in running through April 14, the restaurant chain said today. With the purchase of a Happy Meal or a Mighty Kids Meal, guests will receive one of eight retail-size action figures from a Pixar movie. Figures […]

Pixar President Catmull Open to Deals from All Comers

In remarks to French daily Les Echos, Pixar co-founder and President Ed Catmull has stated that Pixar is ready to resume talks over distribution with Disney, but reiterated Pixar’s interest to deal with other studios as well. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

"Howl's Moving Castle" English Cast Announced

Nausicaa.net has posted the English-language cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. The cast includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Blythe Danner. In reporting the news, Nausicaa.net also states that the movie will open in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on June 10 and expand to 60 other cities one week later.

How Will Disney CGI Unit Affect Pixar Negotiations?

The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]

Media Pundits Weigh in on Robert Iger

Two different articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times speculate on the future of the Disney Corporation under its new CEO Robert A. Iger, who will replace outgoing CEO Michael Eisner in September (free registration required for both). Both articles place a heavy emphasis on the Disney-Pixar relationship and the often […]

Audio Interview with Brad Bird at DVD Talk Radio

Brad Bird, director of Pixar’s The Incredibles, has been interviewed for DVD Talk Radio by DVDTalk.com’s editor Geoffrey Kleinman, who has posted the interview as a 4.7 MB MP3 file ready for download. In addition to answering many of the same questions asked since The Incredibles debuted, Bird comments at length on the background behind […]

"Robots" Have More Heart Than Sharks

Some of my favorite moments from Futurama are the ones that see robots put in situations you’d think would be exclusive to humans. Fox’s new movie Robots, with animation by Blue Sky, may not have a character as edgy as Bender, but it does manage to build an entire society of robots that, even without […]

"The Incredibles": These Four are Fantastic

Pixar seems to be that rarest of creatures in Hollywood: a studio that can do no wrong. It seems many are waiting for the studio’s inevitable first flop. It remains to be seen whether they will find it in next year’s Cars, Pixar’s final film with Disney, which, in a surprising and disturbing turn, seems […]

The Cat Returns: A Magical Tale of Many Kitties

Studio Ghibli is often deemed the Disney of Japan, and it is difficult to find much fault with the comparison. Not only do both dominate their respective domestic (traditional) animation markets, but there are many similarities to be found in the epic adventures and enchanting fairy tales they bring to the screen. There are also […]

"The Incredibles" Wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

The Incredibles has won the 2005 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Also nominated were Shark Tale and Shrek 2. [Source: AMPAS: 77th Annual Academy Awards]

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