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Robin Williams Suggests Personal Feud Led to Animation Blacklisting

In an interview with the Calgary Sun newspaper, Robin Williams has suggested that a public falling out with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1992 has prevented him from working in animated films for Disney or DreamWorks. The original feud was over the use of Williams’ voice as the Genie in Aladdin in toys and […]

How Will Disney CGI Unit Affect Pixar Negotiations?

The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]

Steve Englehart Interviewed about Batman, "Dark Detective" Mini-Series

Writer Steve Englehart has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his iconic take on Batman originally published in the 1970′s. Englehart also answers questions about his upcoming mini-series Batman: Dark Detective, which promises a gubernatorial run by the Joker and the return of Silver St. Cloud, one of Batman’s most enduring romantic foils.

Fred Patten Hospitalized by Stroke

Pioneering manga and anime enthusiast Fred Patten has been hospitalized by a stroke, according to a report in Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Patten co-founded the first anime fan club in 1977 and has written articles about anime and manga for more than 20 years.

"Kim Possible" Soundtrack Returns on March 22

Disney’s Kim Possible TV series soundtrack is returning with all the music from the original soundtrack as well as three new songs — “Could It Be,” “Rappin’ Drakken,” and “Call Me, Beep Me” — from Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama. The Kim Possible soundtrack and Disney’s Karaoke Series: Kim Possible will be available […]

Manga Makes Mess in Maine

The Portland Press Herald of Maine reports on a dispute over “racy” manga in the public library system centering on the perceived sexist depiction of female characters. Tokyo Mew Mew and Peach Girl are mentioned specifically as racier manga of questionable artistic merit. In a rare show of common sense, an editorial in the paper […]

Media Pundits Weigh in on Robert Iger

Two different articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times speculate on the future of the Disney Corporation under its new CEO Robert A. Iger, who will replace outgoing CEO Michael Eisner in September (free registration required for both). Both articles place a heavy emphasis on the Disney-Pixar relationship and the often […]

Judge Rules Disney Can't Recoup $524,000 in Pooh Royalty Court Costs

Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl ruled on Monday that Disney cannot recoup 4,000 in court costs incurred during their court battle over Winnie the Pooh royalties with the Slesinger family. The amount is more than half of the $1 million Disney sued to reclaim. The judge will rule on the remaining expenses on a […]

Robert Iger Named New Disney CEO (Updated)

Robert A. Iger will succeed Michael D. Eisner as The Walt Disney Company CEO, the company announced today. Iger was unanimously selected for the job by the Walt Disney Co. board of directors. He will take over on September 30, 2005, following Eisner’s stepping down. [Source: The Associated Press (via ABCNEWS.com)] Update: Roy Disney and […]

Audio Interview with Brad Bird at DVD Talk Radio

Brad Bird, director of Pixar’s The Incredibles, has been interviewed for DVD Talk Radio by DVDTalk.com’s editor Geoffrey Kleinman, who has posted the interview as a 4.7 MB MP3 file ready for download. In addition to answering many of the same questions asked since The Incredibles debuted, Bird comments at length on the background behind […]

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