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Pixar's Ed Catmull to Receive First Randy Pausch Prize from CMU

Carnegie Mellon University will be awarding its first Randy Pausch prize to Dr. Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. The prize is named for the late Prof. Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who passed away from pancreatic cancer in July, and is intended to honor entertainment […]

PR: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Announces Blu-ray Platinum Editions

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Announces Expansive Slate of Upcoming PLATINUM EDITIONS Pinocchio * Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs * Fantasia * Fantasia 2000 * Beauty and the Beast Each Available For the first time on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Launching Disney’s New BD Live Network – Worldwide – Fall […]

Korea Times Interviews Pixar's Ralph Eggleston and Andrew Pienaar

The Korea Times has interviewed Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston (production director) and Andrew Pienaar (technical director), who were in South Korea to deliver lectures in conjunction with a Pixar exhibition on display at the Seoul Arts Center through September 7, 2008. The pair discuss the working environment at Pixar Animation Studios, noting that it’s the Pixar […]

"WALL-E" on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov 18, 2008

Walt Disney Home Entertainment will release Pixar’s latest movie WALL-E on DVD and Blu-ray disc on November 18, 2008. Details are still emerging, but current reports state that the movie will be available in a three-disc deluxe edition DVD and a two-disc Blu-ray edition (with the second disc believed to be a standard-definition DVD holding […]

Ghibli World Interviews Michel Ocelot

The GhibliWorld.com website has posted a lengthy interview with Michel Ocelot, director of Azur et Asmar and Kirikou and the Sorceress. Among other topics, Ocelot discusses the use of music in his movies and hand-drawn animation vs. CGI, as well as digging into several of his more popular films. (via Nausicaa.net)

Kristen Bell Joins "Astro Boy" Cast

Variety is reporting that Kristen Bell will join the voice cast of Imagi Animation Studio’s Astro Boy as the lead female character. She will join Nicholas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, and Eugene Levy as cast members, with Freddie Highmore as the title character. The CGI animated film is due for release in […]

"Sleeping Beauty" to Screen at El Capitan Theatre from Aug 29 - Sep 18, 2008

Disney will be screening the newly restored Sleeping Beauty at the historic El Capitan Theatre from August 29 – September 18, 2008. A special gala event will take place on opening night, hosted by veteran Disney producer Don Hahn and a panel of animation cast and crew, including Mary Costa (voice of Princess Aurora), animator […]

Toon Zone Interviews Voice Actor Hynden Walch: Alien Girls and Killer Clowns

It was a very pleasant discovery to find that voice actor Hynden Walch is as delightfully energetic, outgoing, and endearing as many of the charcters she provides voices for. She may be best known as Starfire on Teen Titans, but in her 10 years in the voice acting business, she has provided voices for projects […]

A Chat with Disney's Burny Mattinson about "Sleeping Beauty"'s Maleficent

On Tuesday, August 19, 2008, Toon Zone News was able to sit in on an on-line chat with longtime Disney animator Burny Mattinson to chat about his work on Maleficent in the classic animated film Sleeping Beauty. He got his start in the studio mailroom, but moved into the animation department as an in-betweener for […]

Henry Selick on "Nightmare Before Christmas" Blu-ray (UPDATED with "Coraline")

The Monsters and Critics website has taken a look at the upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas Blu-ray release, which will hit store shelves next Tuesday, August 26, 2008. They have also posted a brief discussion they had with director Henry Selick about possibilities for a sequel, and also a transcript of a round-table discussion where Selick […]

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