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Posted by Thomas • February 9, 2005

Jim Morris left his post as Lucasfilm Digital President in November looking for a shift in his career. He had served at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic for 17 years, working on amazing computer animation and special effects shots like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, the pseudopod in The Abyss, and the CGI worlds of the Star Wars prequels. But because he wanted to continue his earlier career of producing movies, he stepped down from Lucasfilm. Now he has landed in the only other major film company in the San Francisco area. It comes to no surprise that Jim Morris will begin working on Pixar’s new projects on February 14.

This acquisition comes at a crucial time for Pixar. With their Disney partnership ceasing after 2006’s Cars, Pixar will be on its own with no external funding. Morris will be working on Pixar’s first projects as an independent company, and crucial projects they will be. But make no mistake: after February 14th, Pixar will be even more of a force to be reckoned with.

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Posted by Thomas • February 5, 2005


Book Signing: Brad Bird The Incredibles
By James Wray Feb 4, 2005, 23:52 GMT

Meet the Oscar® nominated creator of THE INCREDIBLES, Brad Bird.

Brad will be signing copies of “The Art of The Incredibles” book for legions of INCREDIBLES fans and the first 250 fans will also receive a copy of the Oscar® nominated screenplay from THE INCREDIBLES.

BRAD BIRD (Director/Screenwriter/Voice of Edna Mode) has long been regarded by his peers in the animation community as one of the most innovative, talented and passionate purveyors of his craft. He makes his Pixar debut with THE INCREDIBLES following a distinguished career in television and film.

Bird’s credits include a stint as executive consultant to thehit animated television series, “King of the Hill” and “The Simpsons.” For the latter, he directed several memorableepisodes, including “Krusty Gets Busted” and “Like Father, Like Clown.” He is also the creator (writer, director, andco-producer) of the “Family Dog” episode of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” In addition, Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the live-action feature “*batteries not included.” Forthe big screen, Bird made an auspicious directing debut with the acclaimed 1999 animated feature, “The Iron Giant.” Healso co-wrote the screenplay for that film, which was one of the best reviewed films of the year.

THE INCREDIBLES is nominated for four Academy Awards this year: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

The signing will take place 7.30pm Wednesday, February 9 at Barnes and Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

You can read more about the book in our database.

Buy from Amazon or search Amazon UK

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02/03/2005: “Incredibles captures Golden Tomato awards”

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Posted by Thomas • February 4, 2005

02/03/2005: “Incredibles captures Golden Tomato awards”

Rotten Tomatoes has announced the recipients of the Golden Tomato Awards for 2004. For the third time in the ceremony’s six year run, Pixar took the top prize, with The Incredibles achieving the title “The Best Reviewed Film of 2004 in Wide Release”. Other animated films in top 25 included Shrek 2, Team America: World Police, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In the “Best to Worst Animated Films of 2004” category, The Incredibles also took the #1 position, with Shrek 2 and Teacher’s Pet following in the 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Shark Tale was the worst reviewed major animated film of 2004, despite being nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.

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02/03/2005: “Incredibles captures Golden Tomato awards”

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Posted by Thomas • February 4, 2005

02/03/2005: “Incredibles captures Golden Tomato awards”

Rotten Tomatoes has announced the recipients of the Golden Tomato Awards for 2004. For the third time in the ceremony’s six year run, Pixar took the top prize, with The Incredibles achieving the title “The Best Reviewed Film of 2004 in Wide Release”. Other animated films in top 25 included Shrek 2, Team America: World Police, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In the “Best to Worst Animated Films of 2004” category, The Incredibles also took the #1 position, with Shrek 2 and Teacher’s Pet following in the 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Shark Tale was the worst reviewed major animated film of 2004, despite being nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.

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Posted by Thomas • February 2, 2005

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‘Finding Nemo’ animator dies of cancer

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February 02, 2005

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Dan Lee, a lead animator at Pixar Animation Studios who contributed to some of the most successful animated films ever, has died. He was 35.

Lee died Jan. 15 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley following a 17-month battle with lung cancer.

“Dan was a longtime member of our Pixar family,” said Andrew Stanton, the director of “Finding Nemo.” “He single-handedly designed Nemo and has been a major influence at Pixar. Dan was a wonderful, irreplaceable, talented human being, and we miss him terribly.”

Lee began working at Pixar in 1996 and worked as a sketch artist, character designer and animator for “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

“He was a very talented guy. I don’t know if he knew how actually talented he was,” said Carmen Ngai, a technical director at Pixar. “He was extremely modest.”

Lee was born in Montreal and grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. He was the youngest of four children born to Chinese immigrants.

“He seemed to be just gifted,” Lee’s older sister, Sunny Lee-Fay, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When he was a teenager, I used to say to him, ‘Why are you still watching cartoons?’”

Before working at Pixar, he worked on television cartoons and commercials for several studios, including Kennedy Cartoons in Toronto and Colossal Pictures in San Francisco.

Lee is survived by his mother and father, Kam-Sau and Hung-Yau Lee of Toronto; and sisters Sunny Lee-Fay of Vancouver, Mei Okurmura of Tustin, Calif., and Brenda Lee Truong of Toronto.

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Posted by Thomas • February 2, 2005

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‘Finding Nemo’ animator dies of cancer

The Associated Press

February 02, 2005

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Dan Lee, a lead animator at Pixar Animation Studios who contributed to some of the most successful animated films ever, has died. He was 35.

Lee died Jan. 15 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley following a 17-month battle with lung cancer.

“Dan was a longtime member of our Pixar family,” said Andrew Stanton, the director of “Finding Nemo.” “He single-handedly designed Nemo and has been a major influence at Pixar. Dan was a wonderful, irreplaceable, talented human being, and we miss him terribly.”

Lee began working at Pixar in 1996 and worked as a sketch artist, character designer and animator for “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

“He was a very talented guy. I don’t know if he knew how actually talented he was,” said Carmen Ngai, a technical director at Pixar. “He was extremely modest.”

Lee was born in Montreal and grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. He was the youngest of four children born to Chinese immigrants.

“He seemed to be just gifted,” Lee’s older sister, Sunny Lee-Fay, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When he was a teenager, I used to say to him, ‘Why are you still watching cartoons?’”

Before working at Pixar, he worked on television cartoons and commercials for several studios, including Kennedy Cartoons in Toronto and Colossal Pictures in San Francisco.

Lee is survived by his mother and father, Kam-Sau and Hung-Yau Lee of Toronto; and sisters Sunny Lee-Fay of Vancouver, Mei Okurmura of Tustin, Calif., and Brenda Lee Truong of Toronto.

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Disney building a unit to make Pixar sequel movies – Feb. 1, 2005

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Posted by Thomas • February 2, 2005

Disney moving on without Pixar?

Media giant plans to build a new animation studio to create sequels to hits it made with Pixar.
February 1, 2005: 5:19 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co. is building a new animation unit to create feature film sequels to the hits it made with Pixar Animation Studios, starting with a “Toy Story 3” feature film due by 2008, studio Chairman Dick Cook told Reuters Tuesday.

Fans have wondered for years whether Disney would make the next “Toy Story” as a straight-to-DVD project, like follow-ups to Disney hits such as “Lion King.”

But Cook said it would be a theatrical release.

Disney has the right to make sequels to films from the Pixar relationship, with which Pixar could cooperate or not.

Pixar (Research) has not shown interest thus far, but Disney is moving ahead with plans of its own.

Disney’s “Toy Story” sequel will be built at a new division in Glendale, California, near the feature animation division’s headquarters in Burbank, Cook said.

“It would be another unit,” he said, adding that Disney was still deciding how many animators it would hire.

“They’ll have individual projects in there, using the same technology and the same infrastructure that we have at the main location in feature animation, and it will primarily be doing sequels to Disney/Pixar films,” he said.

Speaking to Wall Street analysts who were meeting with company executives at Walt Disney World, Cook said that feature animation planned to produce one major film each year, for release around summer or winter holidays.

Cook said the Pixar sequel planned for 2008 would not be the main Disney animated feature for that year.

Disney (Research), best known for its hand-drawn style films, also showed analysts previews of “Chicken Little,” it’s first computer-animated feature.

Disney’s feature animation division has been under fire in recent years as Disney cut jobs and restructured, turning to computer animation in the shadow of Pixar. The two studios will part ways after one more jointly produced film, “Cars.”

“We’re not falling on our swords anymore,” Cook told analysts. “This is a new beginning for feature animation.”

One investor gave Disney credit for putting feature animation back on its feet with “Chicken Little” and other original work that was previewed at the meeting.

“Not everything is going to be wonderful, but my guess is this will be a credible departure from dependence on the Pixar situation,” media investor Hal Vogel told Reuters at the conference.

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Disney building a unit to make Pixar sequel movies – Feb. 1, 2005

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Posted by Thomas • February 2, 2005

Disney moving on without Pixar?

Media giant plans to build a new animation studio to create sequels to hits it made with Pixar.

February 1, 2005: 5:19 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co. is building a new animation unit to create feature film sequels to the hits it made with Pixar Animation Studios, starting with a “Toy Story 3” feature film due by 2008, studio Chairman Dick Cook told Reuters Tuesday.

Fans have wondered for years whether Disney would make the next “Toy Story” as a straight-to-DVD project, like follow-ups to Disney hits such as “Lion King.”

But Cook said it would be a theatrical release.

Disney has the right to make sequels to films from the Pixar relationship, with which Pixar could cooperate or not.

Pixar (Research) has not shown interest thus far, but Disney is moving ahead with plans of its own.

Disney’s “Toy Story” sequel will be built at a new division in Glendale, California, near the feature animation division’s headquarters in Burbank, Cook said.

“It would be another unit,” he said, adding that Disney was still deciding how many animators it would hire.

“They’ll have individual projects in there, using the same technology and the same infrastructure that we have at the main location in feature animation, and it will primarily be doing sequels to Disney/Pixar films,” he said.

Speaking to Wall Street analysts who were meeting with company executives at Walt Disney World, Cook said that feature animation planned to produce one major film each year, for release around summer or winter holidays.

Cook said the Pixar sequel planned for 2008 would not be the main Disney animated feature for that year.

Disney (Research), best known for its hand-drawn style films, also showed analysts previews of “Chicken Little,” it’s first computer-animated feature.

Disney’s feature animation division has been under fire in recent years as Disney cut jobs and restructured, turning to computer animation in the shadow of Pixar. The two studios will part ways after one more jointly produced film, “Cars.”

“We’re not falling on our swords anymore,” Cook told analysts. “This is a new beginning for feature animation.”

One investor gave Disney credit for putting feature animation back on its feet with “Chicken Little” and other original work that was previewed at the meeting.

“Not everything is going to be wonderful, but my guess is this will be a credible departure from dependence on the Pixar situation,” media investor Hal Vogel told Reuters at the conference.

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USATODAY.com – ‘The Incredibles’ sweeps Annie Awards

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Posted by Thomas • January 31, 2005

‘The Incredibles’ sweeps Annie Awards
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — It was an incredible night for The Incredibles. The Pixar Animation Studios film about a family of superheros who save the day swept the 32nd annual Annie Awards on Sunday, winning top honors for best animated feature, best directing and best voice acting for Brad Bird, the film’s director who voiced the diminutive seamstress Edna Mode.
The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society to honor outstanding animation in television and film. Winners, including last year’s Finding Nemo, have typically gone on to win the Academy Award for best animated feature. The film was distributed by The Walt Disney Co.

In the voice acting category, Bird beat Antonio Banderas, who provided the voice for Puss in Boots in the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek 2. He also edged out Samuel L. Jackson, who was nominated for his voicing of the cool superhero Frozone in The Incredibles.

The film also took awards for writing, production design and music for the throbbing score composed by Michael Giacchino.

Two of the Annie nominees for best theatrical feature —The Incredibles and Shrek 2— are nominated for an Oscar for best animated film at the Feb. 27 Academy Awards.

Among the other winners on Sunday were Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants for best animated television production, and actress Brittany Murphy for giving voice to the character Luane in the Fox TV show King of the Hill.

The awards were presented at the Alex Theater. Among the presenters were comic book legend Stan Lee and Debra Jo Rupp, co-star of the Fox sitcom That 70’s Show. The awards were hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.

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USATODAY.com – ‘The Incredibles’ sweeps Annie Awards

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Posted by Thomas • January 31, 2005

‘The Incredibles’ sweeps Annie Awards

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — It was an incredible night for The Incredibles. The Pixar Animation Studios film about a family of superheros who save the day swept the 32nd annual Annie Awards on Sunday, winning top honors for best animated feature, best directing and best voice acting for Brad Bird, the film’s director who voiced the diminutive seamstress Edna Mode.

The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society to honor outstanding animation in television and film. Winners, including last year’s Finding Nemo, have typically gone on to win the Academy Award for best animated feature. The film was distributed by The Walt Disney Co.

In the voice acting category, Bird beat Antonio Banderas, who provided the voice for Puss in Boots in the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek 2. He also edged out Samuel L. Jackson, who was nominated for his voicing of the cool superhero Frozone in The Incredibles.

The film also took awards for writing, production design and music for the throbbing score composed by Michael Giacchino.

Two of the Annie nominees for best theatrical feature —The Incredibles and Shrek 2— are nominated for an Oscar for best animated film at the Feb. 27 Academy Awards.

Among the other winners on Sunday were Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants for best animated television production, and actress Brittany Murphy for giving voice to the character Luane in the Fox TV show King of the Hill.

The awards were presented at the Alex Theater. Among the presenters were comic book legend Stan Lee and Debra Jo Rupp, co-star of the Fox sitcom That 70’s Show. The awards were hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.

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