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AP Asks Why "Ratatouille" Isn't a "Best Picture" Nominee

Jake Coyle of the Associated Press poses the question whether Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille was squeezed out of the running for this year’s “Best Picture” Academy Award simply because it was an animated film. Coyle notes that the movie’s broad category of nominations “suggests the kind of broad consensus that often results in bigger awards like best […]

Brad Bird Talks Oscar Nominations for "Ratatouille;" Animators Weigh In on Oscars

The Oregonian has spoken with writer/director Brad Bird about the multiple Oscar nominations for Ratatouille, noting that award nominations are the “icing on the icing” of the work itself but also adding that “you don’t get too blase about the Oscars.” The article also speaks to Portland-area animators Joan Grantz, Will Vinton, Joanna Priestley, and […]

GhibliWorld Talks to Enrico Casarosa on Studio Ghibli's Influence on Pixar

GhibliWorld.com has published Cartoon Brew about how Studio Ghibli, and specifically the work of director Hayao Miyazaki, has affected the films made by Pixar Animation Studios. Casarosa discusses how he discovered Miyazaki, how Miyazaki’s films have affected his work personally and the work of the studio, the differences between American and Japanese animated movie production, […]

New "Wall*E" Trailer Goes Online

Rotten Tomatoes has posted a new trailer for the upcoming Disney/Pixar feature Wall*E. The new trailer is longer than the original teaser, but does not appear to disclose more in the way of plot.

"Pixar Short Films Collection" Vol. 1: Fun, But Worth the Price?

They’re the appetizers before the main course or the desserts for the home-video audience. They’re trials for new techniques, new technology, and new filmmakers to stretch their muscles. They’re the often-imitated but never quite duplicated short films of Pixar Animation Studios, and now Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released their first collection of all of […]

"Ratatouille" Is a Film That Really Cooks

There ought to be a word for an expertly cut trailer that includes all the best scenes from an otherwise terrible movie. This phenomenon seems to be occurring more and more often as the average film gets worse and worse, to the point where a good trailer simply isn’t enough to sell a film. It […]

Getting the Kitchen Craft Right in "Ratatouille"

The New York Times‘ Dining and Wine section has taken a look behind the scenes at Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille (registration required), detailing how the crew of the movie were compelled to observe and eat at many fine French restaurants and work with French Laundry chef Thomas Keller to get the food preparation right for the movie. […]

First Shot of Disney/Pixar's "WALL•E"

ComingSoon.net has posted the first still image from Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E, their newest animated film directed by Andrew Stanton and scheduled for release in June 2008. The still of the title character was taken from a letter to Disney shareholders from CEO Robert A. Iger. (via Toon Zone member tb4000)

Disney/Pixar Reported Seeking "John Carter of Mars" Rights

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Disney/Pixar is in active negotiations for the film rights to the John Carter of Mars series of novels. Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan, the series centers on a Civil War officer transported to the savage landscape of Mars. The Burroughs estate claimed that the rights […]

Why Is Pixar So Successful? Behold - The Ultimate Secret!

I liken Pixar Animation Studios to the Roadrunner. No matter how many traps the coyotes of the desert try to lay down for the purpose of capturing and devouring the essence of this miraculous being, it speeds on through, turning almost any effort to siphon the powers on show into a painful instance of backlash. […]

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