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"LA Times" Profiles Pixar’s Ed Catmull

by Ed Liuon June 12, 2006
The Los Angeles Times has published a lengthy profile of Dr. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s co-president and current president of Disney Features Animation (free registration required). The article covers Catmull’s management approach, centered around building a “talent-ocracy” where management is shaped around the talent rather than vice-versa, and the warm reception he has received at Disney.

"Cars" Leads Box Office, Disappoints Wall Street

by Ed Liuon June 12, 2006
Disney/Pixar’s Cars led the weekend box office with an estimated take of .8 million. However, the number seems to have disappointed Wall Street, with Disney’s stock price taking a minor hit in the morning before a partial recovery as of press time. In comparison, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo had opening weekend box office numbers […]

"IGPX" Continues its Championship Run

by on June 12, 2006
Who knew a racing version of Rock ‘Em-Sock ‘Em Robots could be so much fun? We’re in the home stretch for Season 1, so it’s time for IGPX to change into speed mode and race towards the finish line. After their win against Team Skylark, Team Satomi is sitting pretty good. They’re tied for 2nd […]

New ‘Spider-Man’ Animated Series Announced

by on June 11, 2006
According to IFMagazine.com, Marvel and Sony are preparing to bring Spider-Man to the small screen once again, in an all-new animated series set to launch around the upcoming Spider-Man 3–which will be released next summer. The article also states that an Iron Man animated series will likely go into production after the movie is released.

"Cars": Two-Thirds of a Great Movie

by on June 11, 2006
Upon waking up this morning and browsing through the Philadelphia Inquirer, I came across Steven Rea’s review of Cars. To my amazement I found not the lavish praise usually heaped on Pixar films, but two measly stars and a short statement that sums it all up: “Pixar finally rolled out a clunker.” This gave new […]

"Cars": Kachink! Kachink!….Kaching?

by Weathermanon June 11, 2006
I will state right off that bat I do not dislike the new Pixar movie Cars by any measure. It’s a well made, sweet and funny film in the finest tradition of what Pixar has established as their legacy. That is also Cars biggest problem, it’s made by the same studio that made Toy Story, […]

"Cars": Animated NASCAR

by SB20xxon June 11, 2006
Cars has a lot in common with Pixar’s first entry, Toy Story. Both star normally inanimate objects and deal with characters reconsidering their quest to be #1. Despite these similarities, has Pixar gained considerable ground since its feature length debut 11 years ago? The plot: Through a series of late-night road mishaps, racing car newbie […]

George Kashdan, Superhero Script Writer 1928 – 2006

by Ed Liuon June 9, 2006
Writer Mark Evanier has reported the passing of writer and editor George Kashdan last Saturday at the age of 78, “apparently from complications relating to a stroke.” Kashdan wrote and edited many of DC’s earliest comic books, overseeing the launches of monthly comic book titles for Aquaman, Metamorpho, and Teen Titans. Kashdan also contributed to […]

CGI "Gatchaman" Coming from Imagi Animation Studios

by Ed Liuon June 9, 2006
Imagi Animation Studios has announced that they are producing a CGI animated feature-length movie based on Gatchaman, a.k.a. G-Force. The film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who has handled both duties for the CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is produced in association with Tatsunoko Production of Japan, Inc. No release date […]

"Oban Star Racers": Good Golly, Miss Molly!

by on June 9, 2006
Judging a show based on the first episode is always a tricky thing to do. You are shoved into a universe that you know nothing about, introduced to unfamiliar characters, and to top it all off, you may have expectations already in place before watching. I must admit I had high expectations for Oban Star […]