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Incredible fakes fire up Disney

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Posted by Thomas • April 12, 2005

Incredible fakes fire up Disney

Disney said today it is asking lawyers to take action over a flood of counterfeit toys being sold around Asia featuring characters from the smash hit movie The Incredibles.

Fake toys and merchandise are being sold across the region because toy shops are unable to keep up with demand for genuine items following the Disney-Pixar movie’s success.

The shortage was highlighted in Hong Kong where Toys R Us said last month it had been “kicking and screaming” for new supplies from licensee Hasbro but was still waiting.

Badly-made fake action figures are being sold across the former British territory, most of them apparently originating in China.

In a statement, a spokesman for Disney Consumer Products said: “We are aware of the counterfeit problems in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, and our legal department is currently investigating the most effective way to address the issue.

“Counterfeit products are a concern, not only because it is confusing to the consumer, but poor product quality can also be dangerous to children.”

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He said Disney was trying to get additional merchandise to key Asian retailers by sourcing toys from “alternate sources” to address the shortage.

Mr Hayashi added: “Disney Consumer Products and our licensees plan to better adjust our forecasts and be more flexible to the market opportunity for our film merchandise so we can react faster to demand.”

Connie Lau of the Hong Kong Consumer Council said parents could be exposing their children to “unknown risks” if they buy fake toys for them.

“I am not saying cheap is bad, but if a toy which usually sells for around 10 US dollars is being sold for one US dollar, you should be suspicious,” she said.

“If you suspect it is a fake, don’t buy it. If you do you could be exposing your children to unknown risks.”

Fake toys can contain small parts that can choke children and may have been made with paint containing high levels of metals such as lead, she said.

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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”

Pixar, The Incredibles

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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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

Pixar, The Incredibles

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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