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"Fortune" Magazine Names Steve Jobs CEO of the Decade

Fortune magazine has named Steve Jobs as CEO of the Decade, citing his work at both Apple and Disney/Pixar, as well as the occasional moments where the two overlapped. Among other reasons, Fortune cites the $5 million investment Jobs made to buy Pixar from Lucasfilm that grew to more than $3 billion when Pixar was […]

Pixar and Luxo Settle Lawsuit; Docter Not Working on "Monsters Inc." Sequel

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Esq. weblog notes that the pending trademark infringement lawsuit between lamp-maker Luxo and Disney has been settled amicably. The suit centered on a proposed Up limited-edition Blu-ray gift set that would have included a replica of “Luxo Jr.”, the juvenile desk lamp that was the star of his own animated short and […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Most Influential People in Animation

Animation is an art form. It taps into parts of the imagination you might not have thought possible. It effectively creates the illusion of life, and when done properly it is capable of evoking a vast array of emotions. While animation is still largely considered fodder for children, this decade has seen noticeable progress towards […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 3

You are reading Part 3 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   Pixar For better or worse, Pixar changed the animation landscape with its initial foray into feature film production. Toy Story (1995) proved conclusively that a character driven story could be told effectively using 3D […]

Disney's "Christmas Carol" Takes $30M in Opening Weekend

Disney’s A Christmas Carol took in $30.05 million domestically in its opening weekend to take the #1 spot at the box office, comfortably ahead of the $13.15 million for the #2 movie This Is It although higher ticket prices for the 3-D and IMAX versions inflated the final take. The latest motion-captured CGI movie from […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute": They Ain't Making Corn Flakes

If there’s a kid’s cartoon of the 1980’s that’s suitable for a darker, grittier, more violent remake, it’s G.I. Joe, partially because of its military angle and partially because of its substantial adult fanbase that enjoyed the cartoon and/or the comic book as kids. It is for that fanbase that Hasbro commissioned G.I. Joe: Resolute, […]

Toon Zone Presents: A Virtual Roundtable with Pete Docter & Bob Peterson on "Up"

In the pre-release run-up for Disney/Pixar’s Up, Wall Street analyst Richard Greenfield expected a poor reception for the movie, stating, “We doubt younger boys will be that excited by the main character” and also added a complaint about the lack of a female lead. About three months later, Greenfield became perhaps one of the only […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Stop-Motion   Let’s take a quick respite from the studio breakdown to talk about stop-motion animation. This retrospective blog post is about 3D CG and 2D animation, so […]

"Up": Thumbs Up, Mostly

When was the last time you watched a film starring a senior citizen? Yes, there are a few out there (David Lynch’s The Straight Story springs to mind), but they’re pretty rare, especially in conventional Hollywood, which goes for “young and beautiful” 99% of the time. What’s even more rare is that Pixar’s Up treats […]

"Monsters Inc" Blu-ray: We Scare in High-Definition Because We Care

Monsters Inc. has taken up permanent residence on my “Top 5 Pixar Movies” list, jockeying for position with both Toy Story movies and The Incredibles. In addition to the personal reasons I’ll discuss later, the movie is thoroughly charming and hilariously funny, while also using the fantastic elements of the story to wittily comment on […]

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