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PR: International Animated Film Society Hosts 1st Student Animation Film Festival

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywoods’ Animator Educator’s Forum is hosting its first Student Animation Film Festival at Woodbury University located on 7500 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, CA 91510 on October 18, 2008 from 10 AM to 7:30 PM. Students enrolled in professional academic programs throughout the United States including NYU Tisch School of the […]

IGN Visits Disney to Check Out "Bolt"

IGN.com has visited Walt Disney Animation Studios for a first-look at Bolt, the new CGI animated movie starring John Travolta as a celebrity dog thrown into the real world. The article contains comments by directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard about their approach to the movie. The article also notes that Bolt will be the […]

OregonLive on the "Coraline" Movie Gamble

OregonLive has posted a lengthy behind-the-scenes look at the feature film Coraline, Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novella. The movie is the first for Laika Entertainment, a new movie studio founded by Nike co-founder and president Phil Knight, and the article notes the risks that Knight is taking with a stop-motion animated […]

"Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow": The Kids are Alright

In 2005, Marvel Comics announced that The O.C. writer Allan Heinberg was going to write a comic book series titled Young Avengers. The general reaction alternated between laughter and derision from superhero comic book fans across the Internet, which only grew louder and harsher after sketchbook information and character names were made available. However, the […]

Disney, Pixar Animation Studios Get New General Managers

Andrew Millstein and Jim Morris have been named general managers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios respectively. [ Source: AWN ]

Totoro Fundraising Auction a Success

The Totoro Forest Project, a fundraising auction headed by Pixar’s Dice Tsutsumi, has sold all 200 of the pieces of art that were provided by top illustrators and animators. The final amount raised is forthcoming. [ Source: AWN ]

Ed Catmull Details Secrets of Pixar's Success at Harvard Business Review

Dr. Ed Catmull, co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios, has written a lengthy article for the Harvard Business Review detailing his views on what makes Pixar a successful company. Titled “How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity,” the article begins with a meeting between Catmull and the head of a major motion picture studio who claimed […]

Hayao Miyazaki at the Venice Premiere of "Ponyo"

Directory Hayao Miyazaki was interviewed at the Venice Film Festival at the screening for his latest movie, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no ue no Ponyo). Miyazaki commented on his insistence on hand-drawn animation vs. the CGI used by his friends at Pixar Animation Studios, how the film was inspired by Hans […]

Fifth Annual Cartoon Art Museum Benefit to be Held at Pixar

The fifth annual benefit dinner for San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will be held at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Attendees will get access to a gallery of pre-production artwork from WALL-E, as well as admission to a presentation hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson, lead, Moving Pictures Group at Pixar. Members […]

NY Times: Disney to Deploy Animated Icons to Sell Blu-ray (UPDATED w/Schedule Info)

The New York Times is reporting that Disney will be releasing five “Platinum Editions” of their movies in Blu-ray format over the next 2 years as part of a push to accelerate adoption of the new, high-definition video format (free registration required). The five titles named were Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, […]

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