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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, […]

Pixar's Ed Catmull to Receive First Randy Pausch Prize from CMU

Carnegie Mellon University will be awarding its first Randy Pausch prize to Dr. Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. The prize is named for the late Prof. Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who passed away from pancreatic cancer in July, and is intended to honor entertainment […]

PR: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Announces Blu-ray Platinum Editions

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Announces Expansive Slate of Upcoming PLATINUM EDITIONS Pinocchio * Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs * Fantasia * Fantasia 2000 * Beauty and the Beast Each Available For the first time on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Launching Disney’s New BD Live Network – Worldwide – Fall […]

Korea Times Interviews Pixar's Ralph Eggleston and Andrew Pienaar

The Korea Times has interviewed Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston (production director) and Andrew Pienaar (technical director), who were in South Korea to deliver lectures in conjunction with a Pixar exhibition on display at the Seoul Arts Center through September 7, 2008. The pair discuss the working environment at Pixar Animation Studios, noting that it’s the Pixar […]

"WALL-E" on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov 18, 2008

Walt Disney Home Entertainment will release Pixar’s latest movie WALL-E on DVD and Blu-ray disc on November 18, 2008. Details are still emerging, but current reports state that the movie will be available in a three-disc deluxe edition DVD and a two-disc Blu-ray edition (with the second disc believed to be a standard-definition DVD holding […]

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