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Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment in $4 Billion Stock and Cash Deal

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will be acquiring Marvel Entertainment for approximately $4 billion in a stock and cash transaction based on the closing share price of Disney stock on Friday. Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 characters. A conference call with investors is slated to take […]

Disney Releases "Pete's Dragon" Videos

In advance of its release on DVD on August 18, 2009, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following embedded video clips from the Pete’s Dragon High-Flying Edition DVD: Dragon In the Cave (Film) Nora (Film) Chase (Film) Featurette: Dragons (Bonus) Monsters (Bonus) The full press release with details about the movie’s release follows: […]

Disney Reports $954M Profit in Q3 2009; 26% Drop from Last Year

The Walt Disney Corporation reported net income of $954 million on revenues of $8.6 billion for the third quarter of 2009 — a 26% drop in profit from the same period a year ago ($1.28 billion income on $8.81 billion in revenues). A sharp drop in advertising and DVD revenue combined with theme-park discounts were […]

St. Petersburg Times Interviews "Phineas & Ferb" Creators

The St. Petersburg Times has interviewed Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, co-creators of Disney’s hit animated comedy Phineas & Ferb. Among other things, the pair discuss how one moves from shows like Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants to Phineas & Ferb, the inspirations for the mixed family and individual characters on the show, whether […]

Disney Wants New Hand-Drawn Animated Feature Every 2 Years

Firstshowing.net is reporting that Walt Disney Feature Animation’s visual effects supervisor Marlon West stated at this year’s Wondercon that “Disney is looking to continue making one 2D hand drawn animated movie once every two or so years from now on.” The statement was made during a panel on The Princess and the Frog, the first […]

NYCC2009: A Roundtable Discussion with "Up"'s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Pete Docter’s long career with Pixar Animation Studios has meant he’s worked on many of the studio’s most beloved films, including both Toy Story movies, WALL-E, and his directorial debut Monsters, Inc. Jonas Rivera has also been with the studio for quite some time, starting off as an assistant on Toy Story and working his […]

Disney Reports $845M Profit for 1Q 2009; Plans to Reduce DVD Releases

The Walt Disney Company announced a profit of $845 million for the first financial quarter of 2009 (ending December 27, 2008), representing a 32% decline from the $1.25 billion for the same time a year ago (free registration required). In a conference call with analysts, Disney CEO Robert Iger stated that the worldwide drop in […]

PR: NYCC and Disney/Pixar Present the First 50 Minutes of "Up"

NYCC And Disney•Pixar Present The First 50 Minutes Of UP Norwalk, CT, February 3, 2009: New York Comic Con is proud to announce that the first 50 minutes of Disney•Pixar’s 10th film, UP, will screen for the first time at New York Comic Con in the IGN Theater. UP is a comedy adventure about 78-year-old […]

"Oliver and Company" 20th Anniversary DVD Is Better as History Than as Cinema

Most Disney aficionados mark The Little Mermaid as the film that turned around American feature animation’s declining fortunes. Oliver and Company, though, was the first film made under the then-new Disney regime led by Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg. That film, a very loose adaptation of Dickens’ Oliver Twist that turns the title character into […]

"Mary Poppins": Practically Perfect in Every Way

Mary Poppins simply needs no introduction. It is arguably Walt Disney’s single biggest achievement in motion pictures; it features one of the all-time great screen performances (and debuts) by Julie Andrews; it is one of the few films that practically everybody has seen; it is universally loved and yet has a literate intelligence rare in […]

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