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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, […]

Burden Big for "Chicken Little"

The Los Angeles Times briefly notes the importance that the Walt Disney Company is placing on Chicken Little, the CGI-animated feature film scheduled for release on November 4. The studio is placing particular importance on the film in the face of their recent animated film flops and the possible ending of the Disney-Pixar partnership.

"Howl's Moving Castle" Japanese DVD Details Announced

Nausicaa.net has posted the specifications for the standard and special edition Howl’s Moving Castle DVDs being released in Japan on November 16. The Studio Ghibli Short Films DVD will be released at the same time.

"The Incredibles" Stars on Starz

The Incredibles will be available on Starz On Demand and Starz Ticket on Real Movies beginning September 15, 2005, and will air as the Starz Saturday Premiere on September 24 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). Pixar’s Brad Bird, writer and director of The Incredibles, will introduce the movie. Additionally, Starz will also run a contest in conjunction […]

The Wages of Sin: Why "Sin City" Should Have Been Animated

Whatever its strengths or weaknesses as a movie, the universal consensus is that Sin City is the most faithful comics-to-film translation to date. Virtually all its dialogue is lifted straight from Frank Miller’s original text, and the “digital backlot” techniques used to shoot the film painstakingly reproduce the visuals of the comics. At least one […]

Pixar Receives Request from SEC

Pixar Animation Studios reports receiving an “informal request for information” from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which it has complied with fully. A report in the Wall Street Journal states that the inquiry is related to their second quarter earnings results, which fell short of estimates due to lower-than-expected sales of The Incredibles DVD. DreamWorks […]

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