Interesting.. seems Toy Story 3 is a go after all, for 2009, directed by the co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, and Finding Nemo, with a script from the writer of Little Miss Sunshine. Also, American Dog is on track again, for 2008. "Catmull denied speculation that Walt Disney Feature Animation may become a 2-D-only studio, with Pixar handling CGI, though he did confirm the Mouse will bring back hand-drawn pics."
Elsewhere in animation, the head of Cartoon Network has quit over the fantastically inept response in Boston recently.
Little Miss Sunshine, I'm pleased to say, lived up to its promise. Dry wit and dark humor abound, with performances well up to the measure of the script. (Trailers here; I much prefer trailer 2) It's a simple enough idea - a family goes on a roadtrip to take the daughter to a beauty pageant in Redondo Beach, 800 miles away from Albuquerque. (I admit, all I recall of Albuquerque was we had breakfast there en route to CF2. Magnificent desert scenery all around, but I've always been fond of arid climates. And snowy ones. Even rain can be wonderful, like getting caught in a monsoon - not much point hurrying, as you'll be soaked in seconds, and besides, it's so warm =:) But that doesn't take into account the family involved, constantly under pressures and tribulations of their own. It's very much a character driven film, and it succeeds completely in ensuring you actually care about what happens to each of them. Add in a memorable score that nonetheless doesn't impose itself upon the film, and it shines.
Pity there's no such thing as fruit & vegetable taxidermy, else one could make quite a cool phone by putting one inside an ex-banana.
The chronicles of a taxi dispatcher - wonderful if you've previously enjoyed the gems of customer service of the inimitable Gord. Here's one example, of dealing with someone who'd stolen some corporate vouchers. Management thought banning the guy by name would work; he decides to ensure he'll never call back..
These boots are wonderful. ^_^ I hope I can wind up with them, but they don't seem easy to find, especially at any sane price.
Oooh. More Eva! Seems Gainax are working on a series of four movies, culminating in the "true conclusion" of the EVA saga. These will apparently be cinematically released, not OVAs. (Though OVAs are often of particularly good quality in Japan, compared to TV productions, with larger animation budgets to play with) Phil Yff states that the official site says, "The first part and the second part make the best use of 3D computer graphics and the latest digital technology to upgrade the animation and backgrounds from those of the old TV series. The story is completely new and will also include the appearance of new settings and characters. It will be entirely different from the old TV version and the old movie releases. Each movie is planned to last 90 minutes give or take." "The first movie will be shown early Summer 2007, the second movie Spring of 2008. The third and fourth movies will be released as a two-parter in Summer of 2008."
Good review of the final release of AmigaOS 4. The post-article discussion's worth a look as well, including Dave Haynie chiming in. I'm not sure what to make of it - the results don't look especially impressive, considering the competition, and the current owners seem to be well and truly in the mold of the original Commodore management, winding up with an OS licensable only on official hardware - except there's no official hardware available. Some might consider this a drawback in a business plan. Here's a journal going further into the platform's past; what it once was, and how things went wrong.
This article is an interesting brief read, on the topic of mutually beneficial evolution.
On the music DRM front, it seems as if EMI may ditch it, though Warner - publically, at least - is refusing to budge. The Reg also published a decent two-page commentary by a lawyer in the entertainment industry, formerly with Sony.