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  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: The story behind "The Pixar Story"

    It's going to seem like "Old Home Week" at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater tonight. What with acclaimed filmmaker Leslie Iwerks sharing the stage with industry legend Roy E. Disney during the Q & A portion of tonight's screening of " The Pixar Story " at the American Cinematheque . You see, if it hadn...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Ariel meets her maker? Has Tinker Bell lost her voice?

    Have you ever heard the old saying that "Life imitates art" ? Well, this past Wednesday night, master animator Glen Keane actually got to live that axiom. When -- after attending a performance of Disney Theatrical 's new musical, " The Little Mermaid " -- Glen got to go backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne...
  • Blog Post: "To Infinity and Beyond!" is an entertaining look back at Pixar's first two decades

    There's this genuinely eerie passage in Karen Paik 's " To Infinity and Beyond! The Story of Pixar Animation Studios " ( Chronicle Books , November 2007), which talks about how a single book basically changed the course of John Lasseter 's life. In ninth grade, Lasseter was searching the art section...
  • Blog Post: Tube Tuesday: Gary Trousdale tries to "Shrek the Halls" without first wrecking DreamWorks Animation's most important franchise

    Tomorrow night on ABC ... It's "Shrek's First Christmas" ! Everyone's favorite ogre makes his small screen debut in this brand-new holiday special. Which details what happens when Shrek accidentally winds up on Santa's naughty list. With the hope that they can somehow get jolly old St. Nick to change...
  • Blog Post: A special "Toon Much of a Good Thing" edition of Why For

    First up, Danny writes in to ask: Jim, Any reason that you know of why Pixar started skimping on their DVD packages? Up to and including " The Incredibles ," no company did the medium justice better than Pixar. But the discs for " Cars " and " Rataouille " (which I have an advanced copy of) are pathetic...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : The Failure Factor

    A couple weeks ago, we had a visit from John Lasseter and two hundred of his wizards from Pixar Animation Studios . The Pixar team was getting a special tour of both the Burbank and Glendale facilities of the Walt Disney Company. It was good to see so many old friends & colleagues again. And I couldn...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Will live action productions really help Pixar deal with its brand fatigue problem?

    I know, I know. Pixar diehards keep insisting that " Ratatouille " is this enormous success. That there's no possible way that anyone could ever be disappointed with the way this Brad Bird film has performed to date. Well, if that's really the case, then someone should probably tell Brad that. For -...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: Wanna see what the first few minutes of "Enchanted" looks like?

    Given that " The Game Plan " was No. 1 at the box office for the second weekend in a row, I'd imagine that Oren Aviv (i.e. the president of production at Walt Disney Pictures), is feeling pretty happy right about now. Of course, that's probably because this Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson comedy was the very...
  • Blog Post: How Mickey Mouse almost got to play Christopher Columbus

    How are you supposed to celebrate Columbus Day anyway? I mean, I suppose -- if Walt Disney Animation Studios had actually completed that Mickey Mouse featurette back in the early 1990s (You know? That half-hour-long film in which the world's most famous mouse was supposed to have portrayed Christoper...
  • Blog Post: "Walt Disney's Cinderella" is a picture-perfect picture book

    This is probably going to seem like a very weird request. But -- if you could -- I'd really like it if you guys could buy up a bunch of copies of " Walt Disney's Cinderella " (Disney Press, August 2007) Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved "And why should we do that?," you ask...
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