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First Looks at Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" and "Up"; Docter Talks Up "Up"

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
New video clips are available for the upcoming Disney movies The Princess and the Frog and Up. The Princess and the Frog trailer is at the movie’s official website. A brief clip of Up is at the Animation Guild’s weblog. The Animation Guild weblog has also posted a video interview with Up director Pete Docter, […]

"WALL-E" Takes Another $33.4M at Box Office

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2008
Disney’s WALL-E took in an estimated $33.4 million in ticket sales this past weekend, slipping to second place at the box office this past weekend behind Sony’s Hancock. Its total domestic box office sits at $128.1 million. DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda is still maintaining a spot in the top 10, with a $7.5 million […]

Andrew Stanton on Influences, Biblical and Otherwise, on "WALL-E"

by Ed Liuon July 2, 2008
Christianity Today has posted an interview with WALL-E director Andrew Stanton, directly addressing some of the biblical references and inspirations that made their way into the movie, as well as discussing how Stanton’s faith was expressed in the film. Among other things, Stanton discusses how female lead robot EVE’s name was not an accident and […]

"WALL-E" Takes $63.1 million in Debut Weekend; Panda's Kung Fu is Still Strong

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2008
On its debut weekend, Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E took the top spot in the weekend box office race with an estimated $62.5 million in ticket sales. Analysts had expected an opening in the $50-60 million range. The results are tied with Monsters, Inc. to be Pixar’s third biggest opening, sitting right behind The Incredibles ($70.5 million in […]

Vancouver Sun on the Genesis of "WALL•E"

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Vancouver Sun has taken a look into the making of WALL•E, the Disney/Pixar movie which opens this Friday. The article notes the happy coincidence that brings the movie out just in time to capitalize on a growing environmental awareness, and chats with director Andrew Stanton about the long path from idea to screen with […]

NY Times and Boston Globe on "WALL•E" and Director Andrew Stanton

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2008
The New York Times has taken a look at WALL•E, the upcoming Pixar film (free registration required), noting that the tough sell of a rat chef in last year’s Ratatouille pales in comparison to marketing, “a $180 million post-apocalyptic, near-silent robot love story inspired by Charlie Chaplin.” Director Andrew Stanton is interviewed about the inspirations […]

WALL•E to Join Disney Theme Park Casts; Director Stanton Interviewed

by Ed Liuon May 6, 2008
The Screamscape website is reporting that a life-sized animatronic version of WALL•E, the lead robot character in the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie, will begin appearing at Disney theme parks in the United States. The 3-foot tall robot should be joining Disney’s iconic characters in time for the release of WALL•E in late June 2008. (via Toon […]

Newsarama Interviews Leslie Iwerks on "The Pixar Story"

by Ed Liuon April 17, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has interviewed Leslie Iwerks, director of the documentary film The Pixar Story and granddaughter of legendary Disney animator Ub Iwerks. The younger Iwerks discusses how she became a filmmaker, how she was selected to direct The Pixar Story, her opinions on the senior management and employees of Pixar Animation Studios, and […]

Giacchino, "Ratatouille" Composer, Profiled in USA Today

by Maxie Zeuson February 19, 2008
USA Today profiles and interviews Oscar nominee Michael Giacchino, who wrote the score for Ratatouille. Giacchino made stop-motion animated home movies as a child, the article notes. He also moved sideways into composition, getting a job in the marketing division at Disney Interactive before segueing over into music-writing for games and ultimately for TV and […]

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

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2008
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 […]