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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. […]

"Cars" on DVD: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed

Pixar has a lot to live up to. This would be true if their only contributions to film were technological, considering the many breakthroughs they made in the field of computer animation. However, when one considers an unbroken streak of critical and box-office successes, a series of disappointing CGI-animated movies from other studios, and the […]

"LA Times" Profiles Pixar's Ed Catmull

The Los Angeles Times has published a lengthy profile of Dr. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s co-president and current president of Disney Features Animation (free registration required). The article covers Catmull’s management approach, centered around building a “talent-ocracy” where management is shaped around the talent rather than vice-versa, and the warm reception he has received at Disney.

John Lasseter Talks "Cars"; Confirms New 2-D at Disney

An article in the New York Times covers the pressure on Pixar Animation Studios on the upcoming film Cars (registration required), noting that it is poised to extend Pixar’s critical and box-office winning streak past that of Walt Disney himself. Several comments by film director and Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter delve into the […]

John Lasseter on Disney Deal and His Secret Origin Story

John Lasseter of Pixar is the subject of a new interview in Fortune magazine. Among other topics, Lasseter describes his fears on the Disney merger deal and how Disney CEO Bob Iger set those fears to rest, his origins as a hand-drawn animator, his path to becoming a CGI animation pioneer, and an interesting test […]

John Lasseter Speaks at Paris "Cars" Opening

Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog has posted videos from the Paris premiere of Pixar’s Cars, where director John Lasseter answered several questions from the audience, including his cinematic influences and inspirations and what he forsees after the merger with the Walt Disney Corporation.

Pixar Animators Do Comics in Image's "Afterworks 2"

A press release from Image Comics is touting Afterworks 2, an original anthology of comics from several employees at Pixar Animation Studios, with topics that range from retellings of classic myths to fact-based accounts of the assault on Fallujah. Some of the creators involved include Scott Morse (Noble Boy, Soulwind), Bill Presing (Rex Steele: Nazi […]

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