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"Toy Story" Added to National Film Registry

Pixar’s Toy Story has been added to the National Film Registry, AWN reports. Of the twenty-five motion pictures added this year, Toy Story was the only animated title. More information is available at http://www.loc.gov/film/nfr2005.html.

"Daily Variety" Reports Disney/Pixar Deal "Not Far Now"

A report on the Daily Variety website quotes unnamed insiders as stating that a new distribution deal between the Walt Disney Corporation and Pixar Animation Studios is on the verge of being announced. Daily Variety added that neither side was willing to comment on the record for the report. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

The Ultimate DVD Extra: 20 Years of Pixar at the MoMA

In 1984, a young animator named John Lasseter left Disney to work for George Lucas’ special effects group. 21 years, six feature films, 10 short films, and fifteen Academy Awards later, Pixar Animation Studios has firmly established itself as one of the finest American animation studios in the history of the medium. To commemorate their […]

Mark Andrews' "Colossus" Previewed

Newsarama.com has an article and several preview pages from Mark Andrews’ Colossus, a 224-page original graphic novel to be published by Image Comics in March 2006. Andrews is a Pixar animator and co-director of their latest short film, One Man Band. The comic book will have a forward by Incredibles director Brad Bird and will […]

"Disney Plans to Buy Pixar" Rumors Resurface

A report in The Wall Street Journal is resurrecting a rumor (again) that Disney is considering an outright purchase of Pixar Animation Studios to essentially turn it into their animated film division. The two companies are still engaged in renegotiation talks over their partnership, where Disney co-finances Pixar films and pays for compensation and marketing […]

"Valiant": Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, wait, it's a bird.

What with the overwhelming box office domination of U.S. giants such as Pixar and Dreamworks, it’s easy to forget that animation is a global industry. Even increasingly popular Japanese anime is virtually invisible in theaters. Recently, though, British studio Aardman Animation has begun to make itself heard Stateside, scoring moderate hits with the claymation Chicken […]

New Studio Ghibli Film Announced

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s next film will be entitled Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be an adaptation of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. It is scheduled to be released in Japan in July 2006.

Kon and Hosoda to Direct New Madhouse Films

Madhouse has officially announced two new projects based on the works of Japanese novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka to be directed by Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) and Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie). The project to be directed by Kon is entitled Paprika and is set for a 2007 release. The book’s protagonist is a genius […]

Pixar's Characters as 19th Century Toys

An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]

"Incredibles," "Polar Express" Pick Up Grammy Nominations

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.

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