A press release notes that Toonfest 2005 is scheduled for September 16-17 in Marceline, MO, which was the childhood hometown of Walt Disney. Special guests will include Tom Wilson (Ziggy), Jim Borgman (Zits), Tony Baxter (Senior Vice President of Creative Devlopment at Walt Disney Imagineering), and Charles Solomon (animation critic).
We all slow down eventually, even in the world of entertainment. Kevin Costner, for example, has gone from battling vicious gangsters to canoodling with frumpy housewives. In a less drastic manner, Galaxy Railways lowers the pressure heading into its second volume, “His Father’s Son.” In my review of the first volume, I compared Galaxy Railways […]
Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki received a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, September 9. In statements to the press, he stated that he was unconcerned at the relatively poor performance of his movies outside of Japan and claimed he nearly skipped the award ceremony, feeling that lifetime achievement awards are for […]
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.
An article in the New York Times states that the Walt Disney Company is refusing to progress on talks for a Shanghai Disneyland theme park until it receives assurances that it can broadcast Disney shows on Chinese television (free registration required). Stricter Chinese media ownership regulations issued on August 1 essentially bar foreign television channels […]
The New York Times has published a feature article about the path that Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has taken to get to the screen (free registration required). The movie, opening on October 7, will be Aardman’s second feature-length stop-motion animated movie and the first to star Nick Park’s Oscar-winning duo.