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Disney, Pixar Trying to Make Up

Walt Disney and Pixar are trying to patch up their differences, The Times of London reports. Dick Cook, the head of Disney Studios, says it is “definitely our desire” to conclude a new pact with Pixar, while Pixar’s Ed Catmull says that Pixar will resume negotiations with Disney in September, now that Disney CEO Michael […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" English Website Opens

The English website for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle has been opened. The movie will debut in the United States on June 10, 2005. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Porco Rosso": That Magnificent Pig in His Flying Machine

One wonders what Hollywood studios would have made of animated leading man Marco. He’s a short, fat, mustached Italian bounty hunter who just happens to be a pig (literally). Comical hijinks ensue, right? Yes, and fart jokes, thank you DreamWorks. But hold on a moment. Marco’s no comedian, and he’s not even all that sociable. […]

Empire of the Rats: Disney, Eisner, and the Rot in Hollywood

Michael Eisner is either the biggest liar in Hollywood, or he has been the object of more scurrilous lies than anyone else in Tinseltown. is peddling trivia, not data. In 2003, only 18% of Hollywood’s total revenues came from the US box office. The rest came from foreign sales, TV sales and DVDs. In all […]

Iger Promises More Power to Division Chiefs

Walt Disney CEO-designate Robert Iger plans to delegate more power to top executives at the company, Reuters reports. Iger also says he wants to reopen distribution talks with Pixar Animation Studios. Discussions between Disney and Pixar foundered last year.

Foamies Announces Disney Licensing Agreement

Foamies, a line of foam-shaped products by Darice, will launch a new collection featuring some of Disney’s characters including Winnie the Pooh, Disney Princesses, and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo on a variety of foam crafting kits. The new Disney collection is planned to hit store shelves this fall and will offer a variety of arts and […]

Katzenberg: CGI Glut No Problem

Jeffrey Katzenberg downplayed concerns that a glut of CGI-animated films could oversaturate the film market, Reuters reports. The DreamWorks Animation executive, speaking at a media conference last week, expressed doubt that any companies except DreamWorks and Pixar had the resources to produce high-quality animated offerings and argued that the films coming out are sufficiently distinct […]

Pixar Announces Two-for-One Stock Split

Pixar Animation Studios today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a two-for-one split of the company’s common stock and a proportional increase in the number of Pixar common shares authorized from 100 million to 200 million. Shareholders of record at the close of trading on April 4, 2005 will receive one additional share […]

Pixar Characters Coming to Happy Meals

Such Pixar characters as Mr. Incredible and Buzz Lightyear will be featured in McDonald’s Happy Meals in a promotional tie-in running through April 14, the restaurant chain said today. With the purchase of a Happy Meal or a Mighty Kids Meal, guests will receive one of eight retail-size action figures from a Pixar movie. Figures […]

Pixar President Catmull Open to Deals from All Comers

In remarks to French daily Les Echos, Pixar co-founder and President Ed Catmull has stated that Pixar is ready to resume talks over distribution with Disney, but reiterated Pixar’s interest to deal with other studios as well. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

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