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WALL•E Video Game Announced

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Posted by Thomas • January 3, 2008

THQ via BusinessWire have officially announced the WALL•E Video Game for all major platforms which include the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. 

WALL/E is expected to release this summer and will mark THQ’s next installment in the company’s well-established and successful association with Disney/Pixar. Development for WALL/E will be led by THQ’s internal Heavy Iron Studios.

says the press release.

You may remember Heavy Iron Studios as the creators of the Ratatouille video game as well as The Incredibles and its two sequels.

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THQ Not Creating Toy Story 3 VG

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Posted by Thomas • December 5, 2007 is reporting that THQ are not creating the video game for Toy Story 3, due out in 2010, because it doesn’t have the rights to do so. Currently, THQ only have a deal for 4 video games after the merger, starting with Ratatouille. The deal also includes WALL•E, Up and the unannounced 2011 project.

Farrell noted that THQ never had any rights to Toy Story 3, so it was no surprise to them that Disney has decided to develop the videogames internally. The film itself is currently scheduled for a 2010 release.

Because THQ’s current licensing agreement gives them the rights to develop videogame sequels, it won’t actually expire until 2014.

says the article.

Read the full deal here.

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Annie Award Nominees Announced

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Posted by Thomas • December 4, 2007

Nominations for the 35th Annual Annie Awards have been announced, with Ratatouille leading the awards for animation with 13 nominations including Best Animated Feature. In the category it is up against:

Bee Movie – DreamWorks Animation
Persepolis – Sony Pictures Classics
Surf’s Up – Sony Pictures Animation
The Simpsons Movie – Twentieth Century Fox

Other categories Ratatouille has been nominated in are:

2 x Animated Effects
Character Animation in a Feature Production
Character Animation in a Television Production
Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Music in an Animated Feature Production
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

3 x Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Writing in an Animated Feature Producti

Other award nominations for Pixar and Pixar related productions include:

Best Animated Short Subject (Your Friend the Rat)
Best Animated Video Game (THQ Inc.)

The full list is here. And if my memory serves me correctly, no winner of the Best Animated Feature at the Annie’s has gone on to not win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature (bar of course, the Academy’s blunder when they gave that penguin film the award instead of Cars. Surely there is no doubt in their minds this year. I guess this article is also a good segue into this New York Times article on the issue of Disney putting Ratatouille up for Best Picture this year also.

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Rainbow Studios Talk Cars Mater-National

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Posted by Thomas • October 23, 2007

Wired News sat down with Ken George (Executive Producer) and Mark Buchignani (Lead Designer) at Rainbow Studios, the studio which developed the hit game, Cars last year for THQ and Disney/Pixar, and who just made Cars Mater-National.

They discuss what pressures there were creating a follow-up to Cars, do you take a new direction with the game or give the same back as that’s what worked and working with licensed brands.

It’s a good interview, and gives a nice insight into the pressures there are when developing a game, especially a licensed brand game such as Cars.

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