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"Disney Plans to Buy Pixar" Rumors Resurface

A report in The Wall Street Journal is resurrecting a rumor (again) that Disney is considering an outright purchase of Pixar Animation Studios to essentially turn it into their animated film division. The two companies are still engaged in renegotiation talks over their partnership, where Disney co-finances Pixar films and pays for compensation and marketing […]

Pixar's Characters as 19th Century Toys

An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]

Animation Upstarts Take Aim at Pixar, Dreamworks

An Associated Press article profiles several small animation studios seeking to challenge the market dominance of animation frontrunners Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamworks Animation SKG. The studios mentioned include Orphanage Animation Studios (who recently hired Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky), Wild Brain, and CritterPix.

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 […]

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