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Toon Zone Podcast Episode 1

You read right, Toon Zone News has a podcast! On the show this week: Ben Applegate, chief editor Karl Olson, staff reviewer and podcast producer Matthew Williams, graphics editor Chad Bonin, a.k.a. Knux Five, staff reviewer and Toonami Forum moderator Listen to the thrilling talking, focused on such exciting topics as: Is Pixar facing a […]

Pixar Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

Pixar Animation Studios on Tuesday announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended October 1, 2005. For the quarter, Pixar earned $27.4 million or $0.22 per diluted share on revenues of $45.8 million. These results compare to earnings of $22.4 million or $0.19 per diluted share on revenues of $44.5 million, achieved in the […]

UPDATED: "Chicken Little" Rules the Box Office Roost

Disney’s CGI-animated feature film Chicken Little grossed an estimated $40.1 million in its first 3 days of domestic release, making it the top film over the weekend. Coverage in the Los Angeles Times noted that this take is comparable to DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Shark Tale (which grossed $47.6 and $47.2 million, respectively) and is the […]

"Chicken Little": Disney Finds Life After Pixar

Chicken Little, Disney’s first solo attempt at a CG-animated movie since 2000′s botched Dinosaur, proves that they are ready for a post-Pixar world. The humiliating days when Disney had to outsource the magic are over. This new film doesn’t just contradict all those who predicted its spectacular failure. Disney has captured the personality of a […]

"Chicken Little": The Little Poultry That Could

Here it is: Disney’s first CGI animated feature following its breakup with Pixar. I could get right into the panic of fans (myself included) who watched Disney’s traditional animation house crumble and, upon learning of this new direction, ran through the streets crying, “The sky is falling!” But business must come first. In the old […]

Pixar Founder Receives Award

Visual Effects Society has chosen Pixar founder John Lasseter as its recipient of the 2005 Georges Melies Award for Artistic Excellence, AWN reports. Lasseter oversees all of the studio’s films and associated projects and is currently directing the studio’s next feature film, Cars.

THQ Announces New "Incredibles" Game

THQ Inc. on Tuesday announced that The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer has shipped to retailers and is now available on the PlayStation 2, the Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Windows PC/Mac. The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer is the follow-up to the video game The Incredibles, inspired by the Walt […]

Next Ghibli Feature To Be Announced Dec. 13; Oshii Will Direct Love Story

Nausicaa.net reports on a talk at the Tokyo International Film Festival between Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and director Mamoru Oshii, in which Suzuki revealed that the studio will announce Dec. 13 the name of the property that will be the basis for the next Ghibli feature. Previously, Suzuki had said that Ghibli was in […]

How "Chicken Little" Affects Pixar and Disney

The New York Times notes the effect that Disney’s Chicken Little may have on their talks with Pixar Animation Studios (registration required). Both Disney and Pixar are not actively engaged in talks to renew or alter their distribution agreement, which expires in 2006. Most outsiders are speculating that both companies are waiting to see how […]

Pixar Hit with Two Class Action Lawsuits

The Los Angeles Times reports that Pixar Animation Studios has been sued in two separate class-action lawsuits (free registration required). Both suits charge that the company deliberately misled investors when projecting DVD sales for The Incredibles. Pixar described the lawsuits as “completely baseless.”

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