A report in The Wall Street Journal is resurrecting a rumor (again) that Disney is considering an outright purchase of Pixar Animation Studios to essentially turn it into their animated film division. The two companies are still engaged in renegotiation talks over their partnership, where Disney co-finances Pixar films and pays for compensation and marketing […]
What with the overwhelming box office domination of U.S. giants such as Pixar and Dreamworks, it’s easy to forget that animation is a global industry. Even increasingly popular Japanese anime is virtually invisible in theaters. Recently, though, British studio Aardman Animation has begun to make itself heard Stateside, scoring moderate hits with the claymation Chicken […]
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s next film will be entitled Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be an adaptation of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. It is scheduled to be released in Japan in July 2006.
Madhouse has officially announced two new projects based on the works of Japanese novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka to be directed by Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) and Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie). The project to be directed by Kon is entitled Paprika and is set for a 2007 release. The book’s protagonist is a genius […]
An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.
Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios have begun prepping the 3D-animated Horton Hears A Who, with Robots story consultant and former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward CO-directing with Robots art director Steve Martino, AWN reports, citing Variety. A spring 2008 release is currently scheduled.
Last Fall there was much talk of how Pixar’s superb The Incredibles was a perfectly imagined take on Marvel Comics’ First Family of superheroes: the Fantastic Four. Oddly there was no talk of lawsuits. Maybe that was for fear of bad publicity, as this year Fox brought the four to the big screen for their […]
An Associated Press article profiles several small animation studios seeking to challenge the market dominance of animation frontrunners Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamworks Animation SKG. The studios mentioned include Orphanage Animation Studios (who recently hired Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky), Wild Brain, and CritterPix.