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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit takes top animation honors at Critcs' Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association hosted the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards Monday night, honoring the top actors and movies of 2005 in each of 19 categories. In the Best Animated Feature category Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit recorded a victory over other nominees Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, Howl’s Moving Castle, and […]


Pixar releases RenderMan for Maya

Pixar Animation Studios announced Tuesday the beginning of sales of the program RenderMan for Maya 1.0. The Academy-Award winning program “is specifically engineered to deliver high-end feature film quality standards to a new and broader audience” in this version. The new RenderMan for Maya can be purchased from the studio for $1000 and is available […]


Brad Bird to receive first ever Texas Avery Animation Award

Brad Bird, director of animated films The Incredibles and Iron Giant has been selected to receive the first Texas Avery Animation Award. AWN reports that the Oscar-winner will be honored at the Deep Ellum Film Festival on Sunday, November 13, 2005 at North Dallas High School, the alma mater of legendary animator Tex Avery.


Animated "kid's films" becoming increasingly adult

Recent studies like one series conducted by Harvard University suggest that animated movies are becoming increasingly violent with more abundant mature undertones. SeattlPI comments that while cartoons have long had strong scenes, a recent trend in popular culture has led to a lowering of standards for what is considered appropriate in G-rated movies. Scenes from […]


Family Guy to take on FCC

Variety reports that Family Guy is seeking to take on the “anti-indecency squad” of the FCC. The popular Fox network animated series plans to air an episode that will be a direct criticism of the federal agency and its censorship practices. The show however, which will air November 6th, is going to push the bar […]


Pixar for sale?

Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Pixar, has indicated that he might be willing to sell the company for the right price. The 50% owner stated in a published report that he was willing to consider selling to “two people with knowledge of the talks” to extend the studio’s current relationship with distributing giant Disney. […]


Pixar scores Giacchino for Ratatouille

Michael Giacchino, who had his break last year writing the score for Pixar’s hit animated film The Incredibles, has opted to continue his relationship with the studio. Music from the Movies reports that director Jan Pinkava has tapped the composer to score Pixar’s upcoming 2007 film Ratatouille. Along with The Incredibles, Giacchino also has the […]



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