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Toon Zone Presents: A Virtual Roundtable with Pete Docter & Bob Peterson on "Up"

In the pre-release run-up for Disney/Pixar’s Up, Wall Street analyst Richard Greenfield expected a poor reception for the movie, stating, “We doubt younger boys will be that excited by the main character” and also added a complaint about the lack of a female lead. About three months later, Greenfield became perhaps one of the only […]

"Up": Thumbs Up, Mostly

When was the last time you watched a film starring a senior citizen? Yes, there are a few out there (David Lynch’s The Straight Story springs to mind), but they’re pretty rare, especially in conventional Hollywood, which goes for “young and beautiful” 99% of the time. What’s even more rare is that Pixar’s Up treats […]

"Monsters Inc" Blu-ray: We Scare in High-Definition Because We Care

Monsters Inc. has taken up permanent residence on my “Top 5 Pixar Movies” list, jockeying for position with both Toy Story movies and The Incredibles. In addition to the personal reasons I’ll discuss later, the movie is thoroughly charming and hilariously funny, while also using the fantastic elements of the story to wittily comment on […]

Toon Zone Presents "Toy Story 3" Trailer

Walt Disney Studios has released a new trailer for Toy Story 3, bringing Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toys of Andy’s room on a new adventure as Andy goes off to college. Toy Story 3 will be released on June 18, 2010.

NY Times on Development of 3-D Versions of "Toy Story"

The New York Times has taken a look at the development of the 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (free registration required). Disney Chief Creative Officer and director of both movies John Lasseter again described the process as “digital archaeology” to get the older movies running on the studio’s current hardware. The […]

D23 2009: John Lasseter Talks Up the Future of Disney and Pixar Animation

Early on Sunday, the final day of the D23 2009 Convention, Disney and Pixar Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, hosted an event to talk about the future of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation and their upcoming slates. He reinforced Disney’s current and positive vision of moving forward with both traditional and computer animated features. […]

Pixar in Venice News Roundup: Lifetime Achievement Award, Oscars, and Toy Story 3-D

Several news stories have emerged from the appearance of John Lasseter and several key members of Pixar Animation Studios at the Venice Film Festival: Lasseter and Pixar were awarded the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by George Lucas) for their contributions to the world of film. Lasseter commented to reporters that “We really set out […]

"Monsters, Inc." Blu-ray Coming Nov 10, 2009; Bonus Features Announced

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released details of Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. release on Blu-ray disc, which will be hitting store shelves on November 10, 2009. In addition to many of the original DVD bonus features, the Blu-ray will include a new Filmmaker’s Roundtable with Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Bob Peterson; a […]

Disney/Pixar's "Up" on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov 10, 2009 (UPDATED)

New items on the Disney Store reveal that Up will be released on November 10, 2009, on DVD and a 4-disc Blu-ray special edition. The Blu-ray release will include the movie and a bonuses disc on Blu-ray along with a standard-definition DVD and a digital copy of the movie on the other two discs. Suggested […]

"WALL-E" Wins 2009 Hugo Award

The 2009 Hugo Awards were announced this past weekend at Anticipation in Montréal, Quebec. Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E won the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” award.

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