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2008-09-25 21:00:25

Disney Channel, Toon Disney and ABC Family will air a series of animated shorts featuring the character Mater from the movie "Cars," studio officials announced. The world premiere of Disney-Pixar's "Cars Toons," directed by Oscar winner John Lasseter, is scheduled for Oct. 27 on Toon Disney, The Walt Disney Co. and ABC Television Group said Thursday. Two other episodes are to air on Toon Disney later that week. Disney Channel will present all three shorts throughout the day Nov. 1 and...

2008-08-03 06:00:17

By Frank Gabrenya, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 3--With all due respect to Batman, the Joker and fans of dark crime dramas, the best-reviewed movie of 2008 is an animated feature rated G. WALL-E, the sci-fi comedy-adventure from the Pixar studio, has received a score of 93 on the Web site Metacritic.com, which tallies numerical grades of zero to 100 based on reviews from key publications and online sites. That score is the highest of the year; The Dark Knight, by comparison,...

2008-07-20 09:00:28

By Jonathan Romney Earth is an abandoned rubbish tip void of life ... enter WALL.E, a futuristic Robot-son Crusoe with a hint of Woody Allen WALL.E Andrew Stanton 103 MINS, U Film One of the best jokes in WALLE, the new digital animation from Pixar, is the end-credits sequence, which gives us the history of figurative art in a nutshell. A series of animated pastiches takes us from cave painting to the present, through ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, Turner and Seurat, all the way to...

2008-07-09 09:00:37

By Tim Walker It's a cartoon about a lonely robot who can't even speak, but America's leading critics are queuing up to hail Pixar's summer blockbuster as 'ET' meets 'Citizen Kane'. Tim Walker discovers why we're all about to fall for 'Wall-E' - and why it could even become the defining film of our times The lunch at which he was created is the stuff of legend. In 1994, as production wrapped on their first full-length feature film, Toy Story, four of Pixar Animation's big guns gathered at...

2008-06-28 00:02:24

By GREG HERNANDEZ They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. You could add a blockbuster opening for a Pixar movie to that list. Disney's Pixar Animation Studios label is a shoo-in to continue its string of box office successes with the release of "WALL-E." It will likely bring in at least $60 million when it opens today in just under 4,000 theaters. It comes from the makers of last year's "Ratatouille" and such previous hits as "Finding Nemo,""Cars,""Monsters,...

2008-06-27 15:02:39

By Michael Janusonis BOSTON -- Bringing to the screen the charming story of a robot that was forgotten on an ecologically decimated Earth was a 14-year process according to Andrew Stanton, director and co-writer of WALL- E. Stanton, who grew up in Rockport, Mass., and went on to become the second animator hired by the new Pixar Studios in the early 1990s, said the idea for the script popped up during a lunch in 1994 with the fledgling Pixar staff while they were in the middle of making...

2008-06-24 02:25:00

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When Pixar's Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter took the stage to tout Disney's new Toy Story Mania ride recently, there was a subtle difference _ he wasn't wearing his trademark Hawaiian T-shirt. Instead, Lasseter wore a light green Buzz Lightyear shirt with a retro, futuristic theme of spaceships and planets. The shirt represented the blend of corporate cultures that jelled after the Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion. Over the past two...

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2008-06-22 06:00:00

Even for Pixar, a company that thrives on new frontiers, WALL-E is a gutsy next move. It's the first dystopian parable that's actually ecstatic fun. It's also the closest Pixar has come to making a full-length silent movie. The choice of hero is audacious: a beeping, whirring Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth class, or WALL-E. For long, unbroken, startlingly seductive stretches, we see him navigate an abandoned American city all by himself. (He does have a pet cockroach.) Thanks to him,...

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2008-06-19 12:00:00

Dressed in his corporate black suit, Walt Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger slaps on a pair of pink 3-D glasses and climbs alongside me in the two-person cab of a new ride at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim. Before long, Iger and I are ducking flying toys, aiming brightly colored plastic cannons at plates, and whizzing past Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and other characters on a ride based on Toy Story, the blockbuster computer animated film Pixar Studios made for Disney in 1995. Toy Story Mania...

2008-06-17 15:00:36

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In a spectacular ceremony featuring sky divers, fireworks and Disney executives, along with NASA Astronauts and Buzz Lightyear on board the International Space Station, the new Toy Story Mania! attraction premiered today in Disney's California Adventure as part of Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams." Inspired by the Disney-Pixar films "Toy Story" and "Toy Story II," Toy Story Mania! raises the bar for interactive ride-game attractions. It's a...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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