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Pixar Shorts, Disney Channel Programming Part of iTunes Video Store

The New York Times covers yesterday’s announcement of Apple’s iPod Video and the corresponding video section of the iTunes Music Store (registration required). Of note to animation fans is the availability of six Pixar short films, including “Red’s Dream,” “Geri’s Game,” and “Boundin’”. Some live-action Disney Channel programming is also available in the store, but […]

Pixar's Joe Ranft Killed in Car Accident

News outlets are reporting that Pixar’s Joe Ranft was killed on Tuesday in a car accident. Ranft was riding in a vehicle which veered off the road and fell 130 feet before landing near the mouth of the Navarro River. In addition to working on stories and storyboards on Pixar movies, Ranft also voiced Heimlich […]

Joss Whedon on "Toy Story," Other Films

In Focus interviews Joss Whedon on a number of his film projects, including his work on Pixar’s Toy Story.

"Incredibles" Wins Three at VSDA Awards

The Incredibles last night picked up three awards at the 2005 Home Entertainment Awards of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA), the association says. The Pixar title was named Family Title of the Year, Sell-Through Title of the Year from a Major Studio, and Marketing Campaign of the Year from a Major Studio. Mulan II […]

Ben Burtt Moves to Pixar; Possible Director for "Chassis"

Academy Award winning sound designer Ben Burtt has left his position at Lucasfilm for Pixar Animation Studios. A recent news item on Comicon.com’s The Beat weblog suggests that Burtt may be directing Chassis, an adaptation of a comic book series from Hurricane Comics that centers around an independent rocket car driver from an alternate history […]

Iger on Pixar Talks and Running Disney

Robert A. Iger, set to take over Disney’s CEO position on October 1, was briefly interviewed by the New York Times about managing Disney (free registration required). Among other topics, Iger provides marginally more details about the re-opening of talks between Disney and Pixar Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing, […]

Disney, Pixar Trying to Make Up

Walt Disney and Pixar are trying to patch up their differences, The Times of London reports. Dick Cook, the head of Disney Studios, says it is “definitely our desire” to conclude a new pact with Pixar, while Pixar’s Ed Catmull says that Pixar will resume negotiations with Disney in September, now that Disney CEO Michael […]

How Will Disney CGI Unit Affect Pixar Negotiations?

The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]

James Stewart Weighs in on Disney-Pixar Rift

In an interview with the Motley Fool investment news site, James B. Stewart, author of DisneyWar, gives his assessment of the Disney-Pixar rift, calling it the result of a disagreement between Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Pixar and Apple CEO Steven Jobs. Stewart also talks about the tension-filled shareholders meeting in March 2004 and Eisner’s […]

Brad Bird Open to "Incredibles" Sequel

The Incredibles-director Brad Bird is open to the idea of making a sequel to the hit film, but only if a good story can be conceived for it, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. (via Animated-News)

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