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Disney/Pixar Merger: Conditions Revealed in SEC Filing

The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times have covered a recent SEC filing about the proposed Disney/Pixar merger (registration required for both), noting that Pixar creative chief John Lasseter will be granted the power to greenlight all animated features from the studio, subject to final approval from Disney CEO Robert Iger. The filing […]

"Toy Story 3" Not to Be

A report in the Los Angeles Times states that Disney plans to shut down Circle 7, the animation unit created by the Disney studios to make sequels to successful Pixar movies, and production on Toy Story 3 will be halted (free registration required). While no official statement has been made by Disney or Pixar executives […]

Disney Channel February 2006 Movies & Specials

The following is a list of the animated movies and specials scheduled to air on Disney Channel during the month of February: Aladdin And The King Of Thieves (1996) Sunday, February 12 (1:00 p.m., ET/PT) Cinderella (1950) Sunday, February 12 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) Monday, February 13 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT) Disney’s Dinosaur (2000) Saturday, February 4 […]

Playhouse Disney Launches Broadband Service

Disney Online, in partnership with Disney Channel, has launched Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online, a new broadband subscription product. The service is now available for an annual subscription fee of $49.95. More information is available at www.preschooltime.com, where parents can subscribe to the product or access a free trial. [Source: Business Wire]

"BusinessWeek" Debunks "Disney Buys Pixar" Rumors

An article in BusinessWeek on-line debunks the oft-repeated rumor that the Walt Disney Corporation will buy Pixar Animation Studios and make Steve Jobs the CEO of Disney. The two companies were reported close to renewing their distribution deal, but neither will comment publicly about the negotiations.

Disney Channel January 2006 Movies & Specials

The following is a list of the animated movies and specials scheduled to air on Disney Channel during the month of January: The Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (2005) Sunday, January 8 (6:00 p.m., ET/PT) The Country Bears (2002) Monday, January 2 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: A Sitch In Time Sunday, January […]

"W.I.T.C.H." Comes to Disney Channel

W.I.T.C.H., the animated series based on the stories told in the global comic magazine and U.S. chapter books from Hyperion Books for Children, will make its Disney Channel premiere on Saturday, January 28, at 3:30pm. It will air regularly Saturdays 3:30pm (ET/PT) and Sundays at 11:00am (ET/PT). [Source: Disney Channel]

Disney Channel Hires Creative Director

Sharon Ngoi has joined Disney Channel’s marketing team as creative director. In her new position, Ngoi is responsible for leading the on-air strategy and creative execution of the Playhouse Disney brand, overseeing on-air promotion, branding, and design. She will work closely with Playhouse Disney’s programming team to support key initiatives and with the new media […]

"Disney Plans to Buy Pixar" Rumors Resurface

A report in The Wall Street Journal is resurrecting a rumor (again) that Disney is considering an outright purchase of Pixar Animation Studios to essentially turn it into their animated film division. The two companies are still engaged in renegotiation talks over their partnership, where Disney co-finances Pixar films and pays for compensation and marketing […]

Leonard Maltin Interviewed on Disney and Animation

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has been interviewed by DVD Talk Radio about the latest releases in the Walt Disney Treasures Collection. Maltin also talks about the state of animation and the relationship between Hayao Miyazaki and Walt Disney. A 7MB MP3 file of the 10-minute interview is available for downloading.

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