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Iger on Pixar Talks and Running Disney

Robert A. Iger, set to take over Disney’s CEO position on October 1, was briefly interviewed by the New York Times about managing Disney (free registration required). Among other topics, Iger provides marginally more details about the re-opening of talks between Disney and Pixar Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing, […]

SF Gate on Ghibli vs. Disney

A review of the Studio Ghibli retrospective running in Berkeley is the launch pad for an article on SFGate.com comparing the Japanese studio’s animated works to those of the Disney Corporation. The works of the Pixar Animation Studio are also brought into the discussion. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Simpsons" Movie Confirmed

An animated Simpsons feature film has finally been confirmed by the producers of the show. Simpsons spokeswoman Antonia Kaughman has stated to MTV News that the movie will be in production concurrently with the TV show, with the same writing staff working on both. No potential release date for the movie was provided. (via Internet […]

Iger Reports Good Negotiations with Pixar

At a Deutsche Bank conference, Disney CEO-elect Robert Iger stated that he has had “really good” talks with Pixar to renew their movie distribution deal, but declined to state if or when a new agreement would be reached. At the same conference, Iger also commented on Disney’s overall strategy and its position in the next-generation […]

"Rock & Rule" Cranks it Up to Eleven

Giants Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and Fox’s steady stream of entertaining films such as Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Madagascar, and Robots have recently spoiled fans of western animation. While business is booming, it is doing so within a very narrowly defined genre: safe family fare with some clever jokes for mom and dad. That wasn’t […]

"Madagascar" the Movie Has Little Impact on the Country

An article in the New York Times discusses the lack of impact DreamWorks’ Madagascar has had on the country it is named for (free registration required). The movie is not even being screened in the country, whose capital city has only two movie theatres showing martial arts movies and evangelical films.

USA Today Profiles "Madagascar" Thespians

USA Today has an article on the big-name actors lending their voices to DreamWorks’ Madagascar.

"Howl's Moving Castle" Debut Press Release

Nausicaa.net has published the press release for the debut of Howl’s Moving Castle at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The movie is scheduled to debut on June 9, 2005; tickets are available by phone at 1-800-DISNEY6 or at the El Capitan Theatre website.

Ad Exec Praises Animation

Mark Tutssel, chairman of the advertising industry’s Clio Awards organization, is urging advertisers to investigate the use of animation in their commercials, AdWeek reports. Tutssel’s remarks, which were provoked by worries that people are increasingly tuning out advertising, were meant to spur advertisers into making “fresh, interesting and engaging” commercials that use creative techniques. Tutssel […]

"Appleseed": The Fantastic Tale of a Girl and Her Cyborg. And Lots of Bullets.

In contrast to American animated films, a large percentage of anime features are adaptations of popular Japanese comic books, or manga (and they say Hollywood has run out of ideas). Such adaptations make perfect sense, of course, because they supply a powerful brand name, loyal fan base and plenty of material for possible sequels. On […]

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