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Giacchino, "Ratatouille" Composer, Profiled in USA Today

USA Today profiles and interviews Oscar nominee Michael Giacchino, who wrote the score for Ratatouille. Giacchino made stop-motion animated home movies as a child, the article notes. He also moved sideways into composition, getting a job in the marketing division at Disney Interactive before segueing over into music-writing for games and ultimately for TV and […]

"Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic" Is Another Disney Treasure

Disney continues to roll out its impressive Treasures collection, now in its seventh wave, with this two-disc set about the vision, planning, building and opening of Disneyland in 1955. As with all of the Disney Treasures sets, Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic is very stylishly presented, coming in a silver double-DVD case that is itself […]

"Aristocats" Bows at Number Three on DVD Sales Charts

The Aristocats debuted at number three on the DVD sales charts in its first week of release, trade journal Video Business Online reports. Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest fell from seventh to eleventh place in its fourth week of release, and The Simpsons Movie slipped from ninth to fifteenth place.

"JL: New Frontier": Jeremy Sisto Describes Playing Batman

A year ago, Jeremy Sisto was starring as a private investigator with deep psychological scars in “Kidnapped.” This season, Sisto joined the “Law & Order” legacy of actors as a detective with a haunted past. It’s seem only natural that his next starring role would be as Batman. Warner Bros. has released another interview with […]

PR: 35th Annual Annie Awards Winners And Nominees

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES Best Animated Feature Winner: Ratatouille – Pixar Animation Studios Bee Movie – DreamWorks Animation Persepolis – Sony Pictures Classics Surf’s Up – Sony Pictures Animation The Simpsons Movie – Twentieth Century Fox Best Home Entertainment Production Winner: Futurama “Bender’s Big Score” – The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television Doctor […]

Annie Awards Dominated by "Ratatouille" with 10 Awards

Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille cleaned up at the 35th Annual Annie Awards, taking down 10 awards including Best Animated Feature and Best Director for Brad Bird. Nickelodeon’s now-cancelled El Tigre won for the Best Animated Television Program for Children and the uncontested Character Design in an Animated Television Production award, while Aardman Animation Studios’ Creature Comforts America […]

"Toy Story 3" Scheduled for 2010 Release

Disney-Pixar will release Toy Story 3 in 2010, Reuters reports. Disney CEO also reiterated plans to release 3-D versions of the first two Toy Story movies in 2009.

Toon Zone Interviews Evan Baily on Digging Into "Turok Son of Stone"

In 1954, Dell Comics introduced Turok, Son of Stone. Who created him exactly is in dispute, with different sources giving Matthew H. Manning or Gaylord Du Bois the honor. What isn’t in dispute is the popularity of the pre-Colombian Indian and his companion, the young Andar, in their battles with dinosaurs and monstrous beasts in […]

AP Asks Why "Ratatouille" Isn't a "Best Picture" Nominee

Jake Coyle of the Associated Press poses the question whether Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille was squeezed out of the running for this year’s “Best Picture” Academy Award simply because it was an animated film. Coyle notes that the movie’s broad category of nominations “suggests the kind of broad consensus that often results in bigger awards like best […]

"Cinderella II: Dreams Come True," But Not in This Sequel

It was an uphill battle convincing people that Cinderella III: A Twist in Time was a genuinely good movie, and much of the reason for their doubt can be traced back to Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. Recently re-released as a Special Edition DVD, Cinderella II is emblematic of everything that was wrong with Disney […]

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