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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 on 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 […]

Brad Bird Talks Oscar Nominations for "Ratatouille;" Animators Weigh In on Oscars

by Ed Liuon January 24, 2008
The Oregonian has spoken with writer/director Brad Bird about the multiple Oscar nominations for Ratatouille, noting that award nominations are the “icing on the icing” of the work itself but also adding that “you don’t get too blase about the Oscars.” The article also speaks to Portland-area animators Joan Grantz, Will Vinton, Joanna Priestley, and […]

GhibliWorld Talks to Enrico Casarosa on Studio Ghibli’s Influence on Pixar

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2008
GhibliWorld.com has published Cartoon Brew about how Studio Ghibli, and specifically the work of director Hayao Miyazaki, has affected the films made by Pixar Animation Studios. Casarosa discusses how he discovered Miyazaki, how Miyazaki’s films have affected his work personally and the work of the studio, the differences between American and Japanese animated movie production, […]

New "Wall*E" Trailer Goes Online

by on December 18, 2007
Rotten Tomatoes has posted a new trailer for the upcoming Disney/Pixar feature Wall*E. The new trailer is longer than the original teaser, but does not appear to disclose more in the way of plot.

"Pixar Short Films Collection" Vol. 1: Fun, But Worth the Price?

by Ed Liuon November 15, 2007
They’re the appetizers before the main course or the desserts for the home-video audience. They’re trials for new techniques, new technology, and new filmmakers to stretch their muscles. They’re the often-imitated but never quite duplicated short films of Pixar Animation Studios, and now Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released their first collection of all of […]

"Ratatouille" Is a Film That Really Cooks

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2007
There ought to be a word for an expertly cut trailer that includes all the best scenes from an otherwise terrible movie. This phenomenon seems to be occurring more and more often as the average film gets worse and worse, to the point where a good trailer simply isn’t enough to sell a film. It […]

Getting the Kitchen Craft Right in "Ratatouille"

by Ed Liuon June 13, 2007
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. […]