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Disney Shuts Down Pixar Sequel Division

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disney has shut down Circle 7, the CGI-animation division set up to create sequels to Pixar movies (free registration required). Thirty-two of the 168 employees of the division were told that they would lose their jobs as of May 26, while the remainder will be absorbed into Disney’s […]

Lasseter on Post-Merger Role at Disney

An article in the New York Times aggregates a number of public comments made by Pixar’s John Lasseter about his role at Disney once the Disney-Pixar merger is completed (registration required). Some of the topics discussed include how Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull will split their time between Pixar and Disney, Lasster’s attempts to […]

Pixar Stock Certificates a Hot Commodity

An article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the Disney/Pixar merger has triggered a small boom in collectors anxious to own a physical stock certificate of the company before the merger (free registration required). Several companies, such as OneShare.com and Frame-a-Stock offer to sell investors and collectors a single share of stock in a […]

Disney Channel March 2006 Animated Movies & Specials (Updated 3/5)

The following is a list of the animated movies and specials scheduled to air on Disney Channel during the month of March: Aladdin And The King Of Thieves (1996) Saturday, March 4 (1:00 p.m., ET/PT) Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama (2005) Monday, March 13 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000) Tuesday, […]

Disney Channel Achieves Best February Ratings Ever Among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14

Disney Channel posted its highest February ratings ever, in both total programming day and primetime, among its targeted demographics of Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14, according to Nielsen Media Research. Disney Channel’s learning-focused Playhouse Disney block saw its series Little Einsteins reach its highest ratings ever with Kids 2-5 last Saturday. Playhouse Disney weekday ratings […]

Disney Channel's "Higglytown Heroes" Wins Humane Society's Genesis Award

Playhouse Disney’s original series Higglytown Heroes has won a Genesis Award for an episode entitled “Kip’s Shadow” in which one of the Higgly kids rescues a stray dog. The story’s hero, the Animal Shelter Worker, is voiced by Reno 911 star Carlos Alazraqui. Launched in 1986, the Genesis Awards is the Humane Society of the […]

Disney Channel Renews "Little Einsteins" for Second Season

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the animated series Little Einsteins from New York-based Curious Pictures. Little Einsteins premiered last October, scoring the highest Playhouse Disney debut ever among Kids 2-5. Since then, it has consistently ranked as the #1 series with Kids 2-5 against all competition in its time period (daily, 8:00am, […]

Disney Channel Announces Executive Shifts

Following another record-breaking year of ratings growth and an increase in programming development for multiple global platforms, Disney Channel has announced several executive shifts. Adam Bonnett — Disney Channel’s key original series programming executive — has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Original Series; Jeff Brustrom — the channel’s top development executive — has been […]

Disney/Pixar: "Time" Magazine Hints at Future Films

A sidebar to a Disney/Pixar news article in Time magazine takes a look at some possible film projects coming from the combined company. Some films mentioned include Ratatouille, about a rat living in a fancy French restaurant; a film noir project from Incredibles director Brad Bird that may be based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit […]

Disney/Pixar: John Lasseter Dubbed "The New Walt Disney"

An article from Reuters states that several animation industry watchers have dubbed Pixar’s John Lasseter “the new Walt Disney.” (No pressure.) Lasseter is set to become the head of Walt Disney’s animation division if the $7.4 billion Disney/Pixar merger concludes successfully this summer.

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