January 16, 2014 |
The Oscar nominees for animated feature this year reflect shifts in an art form that has become an increasingly crucial part of the movie business. There is the return of an industry giant, Walt Disney Animation Studios, which saw its blockbuster musical "Frozen" collect nominations both for animated feature and original song; the validation of a younger studio player, Los Angeles and Paris-based Illumination Entertainment, which secured its first Oscar nominations for "Despicable Me 2" and that movie's original song, "Happy"; the omission of a category stalwart, Pixar Animation, which was passed over for its prequel "Monsters University"; and the end of an august career, that of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, who was nominated for what he has said will be his final film, "The Wind Rises.
December 10, 2013 |
Dan Scanlon, 37, joined Pixar in 2001, working as a story artist on "Cars" and "Toy Story 3," and he co-directed the 2006 short film "Mater and the Ghost Light. " He made his feature directorial debut this year with "Monsters University," which became the third-highest-grossing film in Pixar's history. We spoke to Scanlon about his own movie history recently. What's the first movie you saw? It was probably "The Empire Strikes Back," though, since I was only 4, it's hazy.
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.