November 22, 2013 |
Pixar Animation Studios has laid off an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film "The Good Dinosaur. " The layoffs affect less than 5% of the company's 1,200-person workforce, according to a source close to the studio. In September, "The Good Dinosaur" was pushed back from its original release date of May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015. About a month before the project was delayed, the studio, a unit of Walt Disney Studios, removed director Bob Peterson from the project.
October 25, 2013 |
Netflix said it will become the exclusive subscription on-demand service providing Disney live-action and animated films in the Netherlands. Beginning next year, Netflix subscribers will have access to first-run films from Disney, Pixar and Marvel studios -- such as "The Avengers," "Monsters University" and "The Lone Ranger" -- to watch on their Internet-connected devices. The service already streams several Disney and Pixar movies, including "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Ratatouille," classics like "Mary Poppins" and "Lady and the Tramp," as well as complete seasons of the ABC Studios' television show "Lost.
September 26, 2013 |
“The Scarecrow,” a short animated video put out by Chipotle Mexican Grill, seems part Pixar, part Tim Burton, accompanied by a creepily melancholy version of the song “Pure Imagination” from the first Willy Wonka movie. At first it appears that the “pure imagination” is us kidding ourselves that our food is made of, you know, food, or something that we would recognize as food. A “100% beef-ish” product is extruded from a factory into children's lunches and the packages that shoppers put in their supermarket carts.
September 19, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if I need a new hairstyle. The Skinny: While I'm not a fan of Thursday night football, I do want to see the Chiefs-Eagles game because former Eagles coach Andy Reid now coaches the Chiefs. Should be good drama. Speaking of drama, today's stories include Deadline editor Nikki Finke's ongoing fight with her owner Jay Penske. Also, reality producer Mark Burnett looks to conquer new genres. Daily Dose: A helicopter owned by Long Island-based Cablevision Systems Corp.
September 18, 2013 |
The Walt Disney Co. is pushing back "The Good Dinosaur," the Pixar movie that had been set for release in 2014, making next year the animation studio's first without a feature film since 2005. "The Good Dinosaur," which was to have hit theaters May 30, 2014, will now arrive Nov. 25, 2015, on the date "Finding Dory" was set to open. That movie, Andrew Stanton's "Finding Nemo" sequel, will now arrive in the summer of 2016. "Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film," said Pixar's president, Ed Catmull.
August 30, 2013 |
Pixar Animation has removed the director of its 2014 film, "The Good Dinosaur," and not named a replacement, marking the fourth time in eight movies that the Emeryville studio has made a director change midstream. With the film's release date fast approaching and various creative choices unmade, Pixar executives decided to replace director Bob Peterson this summer, according to the studio's president, Ed Catmull. "All directors get really deep in their films," Catmull said this week.