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"Cars" Stays in the Lead in Weekend Box Office

Disney/Pixar’s Cars remained ahead of its competition in the weekend box office estimates race, with an estimated $31.2 million in ticket sales to bring its domestic total gross to $114.5 million.

"Animated Shorts" Column on "Venture Bros." Season 2

Newsarama.com’s latest “Animated Shorts” column interviews The Venture Brothers‘ creator Jackson Publick on season 2 of the cult hit show on Adult Swim. Among other topics, Publick details plans for the new season in the wake of the surprise ending to the first season, praises his creative collaborators, and credits the fans for convincing Adult […]

Glico Markets "Grave of the Fireflies" Candy

Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog notes that Asian food company Glico is marketing “Shuwa Puccho Can drops retro Candy,” a 130g tin of candy based on Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies. In the film, a similar tin of candy serves as one of the lead characters’ few sources of nourishment, with the tin getting […]

"LA Times" Profiles Pixar's Ed Catmull

The Los Angeles Times has published a lengthy profile of Dr. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s co-president and current president of Disney Features Animation (free registration required). The article covers Catmull’s management approach, centered around building a “talent-ocracy” where management is shaped around the talent rather than vice-versa, and the warm reception he has received at Disney.

"Cars" Leads Box Office, Disappoints Wall Street

Disney/Pixar’s Cars led the weekend box office with an estimated take of .8 million. However, the number seems to have disappointed Wall Street, with Disney’s stock price taking a minor hit in the morning before a partial recovery as of press time. In comparison, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo had opening weekend box office numbers […]

"Cars": Two-Thirds of a Great Movie

Upon waking up this morning and browsing through the Philadelphia Inquirer, I came across Steven Rea’s review of Cars. To my amazement I found not the lavish praise usually heaped on Pixar films, but two measly stars and a short statement that sums it all up: “Pixar finally rolled out a clunker.” This gave new […]

"Cars": Kachink! Kachink!....Kaching?

I will state right off that bat I do not dislike the new Pixar movie Cars by any measure. It’s a well made, sweet and funny film in the finest tradition of what Pixar has established as their legacy. That is also Cars biggest problem, it’s made by the same studio that made Toy Story, […]

"Cars": Animated NASCAR

Cars has a lot in common with Pixar’s first entry, Toy Story. Both star normally inanimate objects and deal with characters reconsidering their quest to be #1. Despite these similarities, has Pixar gained considerable ground since its feature length debut 11 years ago? The plot: Through a series of late-night road mishaps, racing car newbie […]

CGI "Gatchaman" Coming from Imagi Animation Studios

Imagi Animation Studios has announced that they are producing a CGI animated feature-length movie based on Gatchaman, a.k.a. G-Force. The film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who has handled both duties for the CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is produced in association with Tatsunoko Production of Japan, Inc. No release date […]

Afterworks 2 Ups Page Count; Previews On-Line

Image Comics has announced that Afterworks 2, the anthology trade paperback by artists from Pixar Animation Studios, will be expanding from 200 pages to 360 pages. The price of the book will not change from the initially solicited $24.99. In addition, two on-line previews from the book are available. ComicBookResources.com has an 18-page preview of […]

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