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"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, […]

Dan Lee, RIP

Dan Lee, the Canadian animator who designed the character of Nemo for the Pixar film Finding Nemo, died of cancer on January 15. He was 35. Lee also worked on other Pixar productions, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc. He had been working on an upcoming 2007 release at the time […]

"Incredible" Sweep at the Annies

The Incredibles swept the Annies Awards last night, winning in every category it was nominated in and taking the trophy in every Animated Feature slot. The Pixar hit carried off ten trophies in total, with Brad Bird taking home three for himself. The Incredibles was named Best Animated Feature and also won Animated Effects (Martin […]

Pixar Named Fifth Most Influential Brand

A survey of 2,000 advertising executives and brand managers says that Pixar was the fifth most influential brand in North America in 2004, Reuters reports. The survey had more good news for Steve Jobs: Apple Computer was named the most influential brand by the polled executives. (via Animated-News)

"The Incredibles," "Shrek 2" Get Multiple Oscar Noms

The Incredibles was nominated for four Academy Awards this morning, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay. Shrek 2 and The Polar Express also received multiple nominations. In the Animated Feature category, The Incredibles, from Pixar and Disney, will face off against two DreamWorks features, Shark Tale and Shrek 2. Animated films will also […]

"Polar Express" Passes $40 Million on IMAX Screens

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience has grossed $40 million since it was released 11 weeks ago, IMAX Corp. today said. The film has already far surpassed the previous record for highest-grossing IMAX release set by The Matrix Reloaded, which grossed $14 million over a 22-week run. [Source: PR Newswire]

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