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"Pete's Dragon" High Flying Edition DVD: The Real Heat's in the Extras

It’s not hard to deduce some things from the way a home video release is packaged. Skimpy or non-existent extras usually indicate that a movie is being released on the cheap, maximizing profits by minimizing costs with the expectation that the movie won’t be a top-seller. Interactive games are a dead-giveaway that the primary audience […]

SEC Drops Option Backdating Case Against Former Pixar CFO

The SEC has dropped its case concerning stock option backdating against Ann Mather, former CFO of Pixar Animation Studios and a board member of Google since November 2005. The case against Mather was initiated in April 2008, and she is the last Pixar employee who faced investigation over the backdated options pricing, which began in […]

"Ponyo" Swims With the Best

So, with Ponyo, we have another Hayao Miyazaki movie. I think we all know what that means: Lots of cute. An almost overwhelming amount of cute. Vague environmental overtones. Mind-blowingly good animation. A story that may or may not get lost amidst all the other stuff. In the case of Ponyo we get all of […]

Pixar Lends Halo but No Franchises to Disney Brand

A report in the Orlando Sentinel points out the general lack of success Pixar’s latest films have had in creating the kind of multi-platform franchises that lead to toys and rides or exhibits at the Disney theme parks. On a recent conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated, “Up is not the kind of movie […]

"Ponyo" Takes in $3.5M at Box Office in Debut Weekend

Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo took in an estimated $3.5 million in ticket sales on its inaugural weekend, opening on 927 screens for an estimated $3,782 per screen. The results were good enough to place the movie at #9 at the box office over the weekend. In other animation-related box office news, G.I. Joe: The Rise of […]

"The Tigger Movie" DVD: Baggy, Saggy, Flabby, Drabby, Low-Fun and Humdrum

The Tigger Movie manages the unimpressive feat of taking the “bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, fun” character from Winnie the Pooh and saddling him with a rather dull movie that is only watchable for its notably good animation and a few new songs by the Sherman Brothers. The plot of the movie […]

"Monsters, Inc." Blu-ray Coming Nov 10, 2009; Bonus Features Announced

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released details of Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. release on Blu-ray disc, which will be hitting store shelves on November 10, 2009. In addition to many of the original DVD bonus features, the Blu-ray will include a new Filmmaker’s Roundtable with Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Bob Peterson; a […]

Disney/Pixar's "Up" on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov 10, 2009 (UPDATED)

New items on the Disney Store reveal that Up will be released on November 10, 2009, on DVD and a 4-disc Blu-ray special edition. The Blu-ray release will include the movie and a bonuses disc on Blu-ray along with a standard-definition DVD and a digital copy of the movie on the other two discs. Suggested […]

"WALL-E" Wins 2009 Hugo Award

The 2009 Hugo Awards were announced this past weekend at Anticipation in Montréal, Quebec. Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E won the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” award.

"Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" Announced as Next DC Animated DVD Feature

The packaging for the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies direct-to-video animated movie has revealed the title and some information about Warner Bros. Animation’s next DTV project. The next movie will be titled Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and Dwayne McDuffie was listed as the writer for the movie. No other details are available about the movie […]

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