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Disney Releases 6-Minute Clip from "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure"

by Ed Liuon September 1, 2009
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a video clip of the first six minutes of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the next direct-to-video animated movie starring the famous fairy from Peter Pan: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on October 27, 2009. For more details, read […]

Disney and Marvel: A Primer

by Matthew Williamson September 1, 2009
Well, that certainly came out of nowhere. In a blockbuster deal announced on Monday, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to purchase Marvel Entertainment in a deal worth $4 billion in cash and stock. That means Howard the Duck and Donald Duck are now brothers, and Disney now gets to finally create that Champions movie […]

Cartoon Brew Hosts Behind-the-Scenes Look at "The Princess & the Frog"

by Ed Liuon August 27, 2009
Cartoon Brew TV is hosting a special behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s upcoming animated feature film The Princess and the Frog, focusing on the development of the character Dr. Facilier, the villain of the movie. The film includes animator Bruce Smith, actor Keith David, and directors John Musker and Ron Clements: <object width="480" height="400" id="cfec8c9oi" name="cfec8c9on" […]

Briefly: Terry Gilliam @ Pixar?; "Gavin & Stacey" Star Animated Role

by Ed Liuon August 27, 2009
– In a video interview with /FILM, director Terry Gilliam noted that he “would sweep the floors” to work at Pixar Animation Studios. [via MTV Movies Blog] – Ruth Jones, writer and star of the BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey, will narrate a new pre-school animated series Igam Ogam as “a posh pterodactyl.” [Wales Online]

"Pete’s Dragon" High Flying Edition DVD: The Real Heat’s in the Extras

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2009
It’s not hard to deduce some things from the way a home video release is packaged. Skimpy or non-existent extras usually indicate that a movie is being released on the cheap, maximizing profits by minimizing costs with the expectation that the movie won’t be a top-seller. Interactive games are a dead-giveaway that the primary audience […]

SEC Drops Option Backdating Case Against Former Pixar CFO

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2009
The SEC has dropped its case concerning stock option backdating against Ann Mather, former CFO of Pixar Animation Studios and a board member of Google since November 2005. The case against Mather was initiated in April 2008, and she is the last Pixar employee who faced investigation over the backdated options pricing, which began in […]

"Ponyo" Swims With the Best

by Weathermanon August 18, 2009
So, with Ponyo, we have another Hayao Miyazaki movie. I think we all know what that means: Lots of cute. An almost overwhelming amount of cute. Vague environmental overtones. Mind-blowingly good animation. A story that may or may not get lost amidst all the other stuff. In the case of Ponyo we get all of […]

Pixar Lends Halo but No Franchises to Disney Brand

by Ed Liuon August 17, 2009
A report in the Orlando Sentinel points out the general lack of success Pixar’s latest films have had in creating the kind of multi-platform franchises that lead to toys and rides or exhibits at the Disney theme parks. On a recent conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated, “Up is not the kind of movie […]

"Ponyo" Takes in $3.5M at Box Office in Debut Weekend

by Ed Liuon August 17, 2009
Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo took in an estimated $3.5 million in ticket sales on its inaugural weekend, opening on 927 screens for an estimated $3,782 per screen. The results were good enough to place the movie at #9 at the box office over the weekend. In other animation-related box office news, G.I. Joe: The Rise of […]

"The Tigger Movie" DVD: Baggy, Saggy, Flabby, Drabby, Low-Fun and Humdrum

by Ed Liuon August 13, 2009
The Tigger Movie manages the unimpressive feat of taking the “bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, fun” character from Winnie the Pooh and saddling him with a rather dull movie that is only watchable for its notably good animation and a few new songs by the Sherman Brothers. The plot of the movie […]