Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
I'm a little rusty...
By the way, I always make a point to add some links to the sidebar. There's a plethora of kickass animation blogs around, and I suggest you check out some or all of the ones I've linked to - there's some serious talent going around.
Also, thanks for all the people coming out to check out my blog. The traffic's been great! I'll try to post as often as possible, every day if I can. And if you can, please please please leave comments! I love hearing opinions and feedback.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Posted by Alan Cook at 11:44 PM
So, Toy Story 3 is no more, a bunch of artists speak out about their feelings of the takeover, and two posts here and here) outline Paul Briggs' first hand encounter with the new people taking over Disney.
Exciting times ahead...
Posted by Alan Cook at 11:10 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Though you can only buy them on the U.S. version of the store, iTunes now has a lot of Disney shorts up to purchase through the iTunes music store. They include: How to Play Football, The Three Little Pigs, Good Scouts, Ferdinand the Bull, Brave Little Tailor, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Old Mill, The Ugly Duckling, Building a Building, and the Pointer.
I hope One by One (because I don't want to get Lion King 2 just for this) and Destino get released like this...
Supposedly Disney is planning to release a DVD of its classic shorts this summer.
He totally left before I could finish.
Anyways, check out his pretty cool blog. He's got some pretty awesome stuff.
So Steve Jobs (Pixar's CEO) has sold Pixar to Disney for the price of $7.4 Billion U.S .
Disney's CEO Bob Iger Says: "I think this is great for Disney, not only to have Pixar be part of the company, but to have Pixar influence the company," Disney Chief Executive Robert A. Iger told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday after the deal was announced. "It's also possible we'll look at Pixar and see not only how well it's run but how well it lives and seek to overlay that influence on some of our other businesses."
Steve Jobs says: "Disney and Pixar can now collaborate without the barriers that come from two different companies with two different sets of shareholders," Jobs said in a statement. "Now, everyone can focus on what is most important, creating innovative stories, characters and films that delight millions of people around the world."
Looks like Ed Catmull becomes President of the both Disney and Pixar Studios, John Lasseter becomes Chief Creative Officer of Animation and Principal Creative Adviser of Imagineering. Also, Steve now owns the most shares of Disney of any single shareholder, since he owned approximately 3 Billion dollars worth of Pixar's shares which get transferred directly into Disney shares. I believe he joins the Board of Directors.
As a result of this, David Stainton, the current (or was current) president of animation at Disney is leaving.
A post on This Blog quips that at it's current pricing, Apple could potentially buy Disney outright, saying "Even after dropping from a high of $86 to 76, AAPL has a market cap of $64B, versus $50B for Disney."
What all comes out of this is that it seems that Disney is keeping Pixar standalone, but we'll have to see how it develops. I believe the merger still has to under government approval or something, so Pixar or the Government could potentially stop a deal being made. But it does look like it's going to happen.
[UPDATE] A quote from Disney's corporate site: "Both Disney and Pixar animation units will retain their current operations and locations." Link here.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Saturday, January 21, 2006
New animation Podcast available. Check her out :)
Check this post out on the animation Podcast's website for some more interviewish stuff.
Also, I added a few links to the side. Make sure to check em out.
I'll be posting some new stuff later tonight.
Posted by Alan Cook at 11:26 AM