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PR: "WALL-E" DVD and Blu-ray Feature Comparison Chart

Content DVD 1- Disc *DVD 2 – Disc DVD 3 – Disc BD 2 – Disc BD 3 – Disc FEATURE & Other Items “WALL•E” Feature X X X X X “Presto” Theatrical Short X X X X X “BURN•E” DVD Exclusive Short X X X X X Audio Commentary by Andrew Stanton X X […]

"Glago's Guest" Short Pulled from "Bolt"

According to AWN, Disney’s new short film “Glago’s Guest” will no longer be shown ahead of Bolt, as originally planned. No explanation was provided. The short attracted no small attention for its technical and storytelling experimentation, and did have a short theatrical run to qualify for a Best Animated Short Film Academy Award for 2008. […]

AWN Interviews Co-Directors of Disney's "Car Toons"

Animation World Magazine has interviewed Victor Navone and Rob Gibbs, co-directors on the Disney Channel’s new Car Toons short films based on Pixar’s Cars. The pair discuss how the project got started, how involved Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter was in making the shorts, and the storytelling and technical hurdles they had to vault […]

Briefly: "Bob & Margaret" Creator Profile; Pixar in Poland; Simpsons' Al Jean in UK

* The Vancouver Sun has profiled Oscar-winning husband-and-wife animators David Fine and Alison Snowden, creators of the animated series Bob and Margaret. * Poland’s TVP station has acquired the rights to air Pixar’s 14 animated short films on television. [Animation Insider] * Simpsons executive producer Al Jean will headline the Bradford Animation Festival in the […]

"Tinker Bell:" The Girls Will Love It, The Boys May Not Admit It

Some toy commercials are disguised as entertainment, and some entertainment is disguised as a toy commercial. The link between entertainment and merchandise has existed ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs figured out the cross-marketing potential of Tarzan, turning him into the first mass-merchandised fictional character, but that success pales in comparison to the virtual art form […]

"Coraline" News Roundup: Laika's Gamble, Preview Look, Gaiman Comments

Several different media outlets have recently published articles about Coraline, the stop-motion feature film from Laika Entertainment directed by Henry Selick and based on the novella by Neil Gaiman. The Times-Picayune weblog has posted an article dealing with the big gamble that Laika is taking with Coraline, noting that the hard market sell of a […]

LA Times on What "Bolt" Means for Disney; Theaters Balk at "Bolt" Preview

The Los Angeles Times has published an article on how all eyes in the industry are on Disney’s Bolt (free registration required) to evaluate the success of the Disney-Pixar merger and see whether Walt Disney Feature Animation can begin to reclaim its past glories. The article details the history of Bolt, including story changes from […]

Hollywood Reporter Names John Lasseter "Innovator of the Year"

The Hollywood Reporter has named John Lasseter as their Innovator of the Year for 2008 for his work at Disney and Pixar, saying, “There are few men as inventive as Lasseter and even fewer whose creativity pays such respect to tradition.” The article details Lasseter’s rise to his current position, including his dismissal from Walt […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on "The Alchemy of Animation"

Most animation fans know that Disney experienced a resurrection in its animated feature films starting in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s, with The Little Mermaid in the vanguard, followed closely by the Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. What two of those four movies have in common is veteran producer […]

"Oliver & Company" 20th Anniversary DVD Coming February 3, 2009

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the Oliver & Company 20th Anniversary DVD will be released on February 3, 2009. Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, Oliver & Company follows a young stray kitten named Oliver (Joey Lawrence) who falls in with the street-smart mutt Dodger (Billy Joel) for a life […]

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