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"Howl's Moving Castle" to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle will be receiving the Hollywood Animation of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 24. The same referring article at Nausicaa.net also reveals the role that My Neighbor Totoro‘s theme song “Sampo” (Stroll) played in the space shuttle Discovery‘s latest mission.

Pixar's Joe Ranft Killed in Car Accident

News outlets are reporting that Pixar’s Joe Ranft was killed on Tuesday in a car accident. Ranft was riding in a vehicle which veered off the road and fell 130 feet before landing near the mouth of the Navarro River. In addition to working on stories and storyboards on Pixar movies, Ranft also voiced Heimlich […]

"Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" DVDs Scheduled for Spring 2006 Release

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are scheduled for a Spring 2006 release on DVD, according to a trailer on Disney’s website for the Studio Ghibli DVD collection.

SICAF 2005 Short Films: The Funny and the Foreboding, the Serious and the Solemn

Toon Zone takes a look at some of the professional short films in competition at this year’s Seventeen 2004 Hisko Hulsing, The Netherlands Hisko Hulsing from the Netherlands directs this surreal depiction of a young man’s nightmare in a working-class Dutch town. The man, who has long hair he’s given to twirling, doesn’t fit in […]

Disney On Ice Tour Opens in September

Disney on Ice’s Disney presents Pixar’s The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure will make its debut in Florida this September and then tour the eastern and central US, Animated News reports.

Studios Working with Colleges to Train Animators

Walt Disney, DreamWorks Animation, and Pixar are collaborating with colleges and univesities to train the next generation of animators, USA Today reports. The studios are creating educational programs to ensure that students and animators already in their employ are trained in the CG techniques that are currently in high demand.

E-Ville Press Brings Pixar Talent to Comics

The Great Curve weblog has interviewed Ted Mathot of E-Ville Press, a company composed of several Pixar employees self-publishing their own comic books. The interview covers the basics of the company and Rose and Isabel, their first comic book which centers on two sisters living during the Civil War. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

Companies Report 2Q Earnings

Time Warner, Viacom, and Pixar all reported second quarter financial results this week. Time Warner’s revenues decreased 1% over the same period in 2004 to $10.7 billion, with expected declines at the Filmed Entertainment and AOL segments offset almost entirely by growth at the Cable, Networks, and Publishing segments. The Company reported an Operating Loss […]

Are Pixar's Best Days Over?

CNN Money has released an in-depth examination into Pixar, whose fortunes seem to be starting a slow fall due to uncertainty over its new distributor and slower-than-expected sales on its DVD release of The Incredibles.

Joss Whedon on "Toy Story," Other Films

In Focus interviews Joss Whedon on a number of his film projects, including his work on Pixar’s Toy Story.

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