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Brad Bird Interviewed at Spline Doctors Podcast

The Spline Doctors weblog, run by two Pixar animators, has just posted Cartoon Brew. The interview runs for nearly an hour, and covers both Bird’s personal history and professional opinions on animation. (via Cartoon Brew)

1,600+ Pre-Orders for "The Last Unicorn;" 35,000 Sales in 1st Week

According to the latest “Phoenix” newsletter, more than 1,600 pre-orders for The Last Unicorn 25th Anniversary DVD edition came in directly to the Conlan Press website. The response has temporarily overwhelmed author Peter S. Beagle and the staff, who were expecting approximately 300 pre-orders before the DVD’s February 6 release date. The needs to fulfill […]

PR: Disney-ABC Television Group Announces 2007-08 Kids Programming Lineup

Disney Channel: DISNEY-ABC TELEVISION GROUP ANNOUNCES 2007-08 KIDS PROGRAMMING LINEUP Following a year of record-breaking ratings and chart-topping music success combined with a celebrated kid-driven, family inclusive, parent-approved brand affinity, Disney-ABC Television Group unveiled its kids’ programming slate for the 2007-08 television season. Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide, and Tricia Wilber, executive vice […]

'Cars' Finishes First at Annie Awards, But 'Flushed Away' Takes the Most Hardware

Pixar’s Cars was named best animated feature at the 34th annual Annie Awards, handed out Sunday at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California. But ASIFA-Hollywood presented Flushed Away, from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, with more trophies than any other film. ‘Flushed’ earned honors in five categories: Scott Cegielski took the prize for animated effects; […]

Steve Jobs Approved Backdated Options for Pixar's Lasseter

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that John Lasseter was granted back-dated options as part of his contract renewal in 2001. The options were granted at a price from three months before the contract was signed, which also happened to be the lowest price from the prior year. The contract was signed by Pixar CEO […]

'Toy Story 3' Coming Along, without Lasseter; More Disney Details Outlined

Toy Story 3 is coming in 2009, but John Lasseter won’t be the director, according to a Daily Variety report. Lasseter and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull provided extensive details on their upcoming slate in a Walt Disney Feature Animation presentation at Disney’s investor conference Thursday. In addition to confirming for the first time that […]

Pixar Prez Describes Corporate Philosophy

Pixar president Ed Catmull spoke at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on January 31, where he described Pixar’s philosophy of facing and fixing small problems before they become large ones, Exduco reports. Catmull described personnel problems at the animation studio following the success of Toy Story and some of the steps the company took […]

LA Times Profiles Lasseter and Newman

The Los Angeles Times carries a lengthy joint profile of John Lasseter and composer Randy Newman, who have collaborated on most of Pixar’s films.

Peter S. Beagle on "The Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary

Peter S. Beagle is one of those creators who proves that the universe is not fair in distributing talent. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written when he was at the ripe old age of 19, and he followed it up with a huge library of highly beloved novels that get categorized […]

Whedon Off "Wonder Woman"

Joss Whedon has bowed out of a planned Wonder Woman movie, says The Hollywood Reporter, confirming what Whedon himself wrote at www.whedonesque.com. In that post, Whedon cited creative differences with Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures for the parting of ways.

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