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.
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 […]
An article in the Los Angeles Times states that Pixar Studios President Dr. Ed Catmull will receive 400,000 shares of Pixar stock as a result of the merger deal with the Walt Disney Company (free registration required). The shares will be worth $25.64 million at Tuesday’s closing price of $64.10/share, and come in addition to […]
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disney has shut down Circle 7, the CGI-animation division set up to create sequels to Pixar movies (free registration required). Thirty-two of the 168 employees of the division were told that they would lose their jobs as of May 26, while the remainder will be absorbed into Disney’s […]
An article in the New York Times aggregates a number of public comments made by Pixar’s John Lasseter about his role at Disney once the Disney-Pixar merger is completed (registration required). Some of the topics discussed include how Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull will split their time between Pixar and Disney, Lasster’s attempts to […]
An article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the Disney/Pixar merger has triggered a small boom in collectors anxious to own a physical stock certificate of the company before the merger (free registration required). Several companies, such as OneShare.com and Frame-a-Stock offer to sell investors and collectors a single share of stock in a […]
A sidebar to a Disney/Pixar news article in Time magazine takes a look at some possible film projects coming from the combined company. Some films mentioned include Ratatouille, about a rat living in a fancy French restaurant; a film noir project from Incredibles director Brad Bird that may be based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit […]
An article from Reuters states that several animation industry watchers have dubbed Pixar’s John Lasseter “the new Walt Disney.” (No pressure.) Lasseter is set to become the head of Walt Disney’s animation division if the $7.4 billion Disney/Pixar merger concludes successfully this summer.
Economic logic, it seems, rarely rules in Hollywood. Too often, egos get in the way. But the announcement that the Walt Disney Company will be buying Pixar Animation Studios shows that even Hollywood will sometimes bow to the obvious. The Disney-Pixar merger is certainly the most momentous entertainment combination since Time bought Warner, and history […]
The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times have covered a recent SEC filing about the proposed Disney/Pixar merger (registration required for both), noting that Pixar creative chief John Lasseter will be granted the power to greenlight all animated features from the studio, subject to final approval from Disney CEO Robert Iger. The filing […]