Hollywood Reporter Goes Behind the Scenes of "Up"

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2009
As part of their coverage of the Academy Awards Nomination process, the Hollywood Reporter has taken a look behind the scenes at Disney/Pixar’s Up, noting an anecdote in the recording studio with Ed Asner, the inspirations for the project, a brief timeline of the movie’s five-year production period, and many more behind-the-scenes trivia factoids about […]

"Up," "G.I. Joe" Top DVD/Blu-Ray Sales Charts

by on November 19, 2009
Video Business reports: Pixar’s $293 million-grossing blockbuster hit Up soared to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts in its debut week, according to Rentrak. Paramount Home Entertainment’s summer blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which grossed $150.2 million in theaters, remained in the Top 3 among the charts. Paramount broke […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Shorts

by on November 18, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Short films – that’s where the good stuff is. Sure, TV series and feature films get the mainstream glory, but they are – to crib shamelessly from Ambrose Bierce – merely short films padded. Just look at the things! Ideas good and bad alike get stretched mercilessly […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Significant Headlines from the ’00s

by Ed Liuon November 16, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. We wanted to name the biggest news stories for animation as part of our look back at the past decade. We arbitrarily limited candidates to single news stories which, in our opinion, had a significant impact on the art or business of animation, if not the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV – Part 2

by on November 14, 2009
You are reading Part 2 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Kids’ WB: That’s All Folks? Things looked rosier over at Kids’ WB, thanks mostly to the ongoing success of Pokemon, the resources of Warner Bros. Animation, and the general oversight of WB Network boss Jamie […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Features

by on November 13, 2009
 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.    This has been a great decade for animated features. Mainstream acceptance of animation has greatly expanded, with a majority of films that would have been ignored in the 70s and 80s getting wide theatrical releases and heavy commercial and critical attention. A lot of this attention […]

"Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" Trailer Released

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2009
IGN Video is hosting the trailer for the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated movie: More Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths News & Previews Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is scheduled for release in Spring 2010.

"Fortune" Magazine Names Steve Jobs CEO of the Decade

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2009
Fortune magazine has named Steve Jobs as CEO of the Decade, citing his work at both Apple and Disney/Pixar, as well as the occasional moments where the two overlapped. Among other reasons, Fortune cites the $5 million investment Jobs made to buy Pixar from Lucasfilm that grew to more than $3 billion when Pixar was […]

Pixar and Luxo Settle Lawsuit; Docter Not Working on "Monsters Inc." Sequel

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Esq. weblog notes that the pending trademark infringement lawsuit between lamp-maker Luxo and Disney has been settled amicably. The suit centered on a proposed Up limited-edition Blu-ray gift set that would have included a replica of “Luxo Jr.”, the juvenile desk lamp that was the star of his own animated short and […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Most Influential People in Animation

by Eileen Cruzon November 12, 2009
Animation is an art form. It taps into parts of the imagination you might not have thought possible. It effectively creates the illusion of life, and when done properly it is capable of evoking a vast array of emotions. While animation is still largely considered fodder for children, this decade has seen noticeable progress towards […]