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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)

"Howl's Moving Castle" English Cast Announced

Nausicaa.net has posted the English-language cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. The cast includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Blythe Danner. In reporting the news, Nausicaa.net also states that the movie will open in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on June 10 and expand to 60 other cities one week later.

How Will Disney CGI Unit Affect Pixar Negotiations?

The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]

Media Pundits Weigh in on Robert Iger

Two different articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times speculate on the future of the Disney Corporation under its new CEO Robert A. Iger, who will replace outgoing CEO Michael Eisner in September (free registration required for both). Both articles place a heavy emphasis on the Disney-Pixar relationship and the often […]

Audio Interview with Brad Bird at DVD Talk Radio

Brad Bird, director of Pixar’s The Incredibles, has been interviewed for DVD Talk Radio by DVDTalk.com’s editor Geoffrey Kleinman, who has posted the interview as a 4.7 MB MP3 file ready for download. In addition to answering many of the same questions asked since The Incredibles debuted, Bird comments at length on the background behind […]

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