From the best of my feeds: Malcolm Gladwell calls the New York Times on their misleading story about the costs of prescription drugs. Jason Kottke explains how brands that are so recognized actually run the risk of losing their trademarks due to people’s everyday usage of the words (did you know Escalator was a brand?) Brad Bird’s […]
I just read a “review on Cars” by Michael Howe and in case it’s hard to tell, I’m so excited to see this film I’m about to explode! From the review: It’s been over 1 ½ years since Pixar released their last film and — if anything — that last extra half-a-year has probably added to […]
I really enjoyed reading CNN Money’s interview with Pixar’s John Lasseter. The piece has the most extensive comments I’ve seen from Lasseter regarding the Pixar/Disney negotiations. My favourite quote is the comparison of Pixar taking over Disney Feature Animation being like Nemo swallowing a whale.
I came across this great editorial in the New York Times about the Disney-Pixar deal. One thing I’ve learned recently about the deal is that the company is purging itself of most of the middle management that isn’t directly involved in creating the artwork. What they are doing is recreating the old Disney studio from […]
It has only been a short time since Disney’s all stock buy-out of Pixar and already some big changes are under way. The Los Angeles Times reports that with this deal comes an end to quarrel over Pixar sequels. In remarks made during a Tuesday conference call with analysts, Iger and Pixar Chief Executive Steve Jobs […]
I’ve been hearing rumours about Disney buying Pixar in an all-stock deal for a couple of days. Here is the lowdown: The Telegraph article was the first one that I heard of announcing the deal. Today the New York Times reports that Disney may announce their acquisition of Pixar as early as tomorrow. According to the […]
After reading this Newsday.com (Updated link:) wdwmagic forum article about a scuba-diving dentist that claims Disney and Pixar Animation Studios stole the idea for the hit film “Finding Nemo” from him, I think he may have a case. He claims he submitted an illustrated manuscript to Disney and talked on the phone about his story […]
I’m guessing this short film Tin Toy will be featured at the beginning of one of the next two new Pixar movies (either The Incredibles or The Cars). But why wait, check it out now – it appears to be a test piece for Toy Story and it’s actually quite brilliant.
In the realm of feature animation, the hand-drawn no longer rocks the cradle. Thanks to the consistent success of Pixar’s five computer-rendered theatrical releases, coupled with Disney’s recent failure to produce popular hand-drawn films, it’s easy to see why folks are favoring bytes and pixels over ink and paint. Slashdot is offering up a great […]