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Just a speck of an entry this time, by way of contrast. ^_^ (Assuming I can actually submit this.. looks like today may have seen the threshold met for RFI disrupting DSL connections, due to locals using Mr Hertz' popular new invention, Old Sparky Brand Lights of Seasonally Flickering Illumination) I also wanted to post this before it went stale: tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 7.30pm, Asifa Hollywood members can see The Incredibles. With a Q&A session with Brad Bird. Moderated by Matt Groening. Not such a bad way to spend an evening, ne?

An interesting glimpse inside North Korea (11MB QuickTime), portraying an atmosphere of fear of an outside attack, and continued reverence for their leader.

A curious cross-marketing agreement should see fruition in the coming summer, between the California Tree Fruit Agreement and Apple, offering iTMS tracks with the purchase of peaches, plums, and nectarines.

Interesting inclusion in the 2005 Meeting of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association: "[F5] Pervert Studies: Considerations of the Social Life of Sex, Pleasure and the Erotic"

A look into the one possible future of DVD cryptography, as explained by the scheme's architect.

Finally, for the otaku with not enough music in their life: Bandai's limited run of 2000 units of the Neon Genesis Evangelion iPod. Meet the end (or rebirth) of the world in style!

And tonight.. I'm making toast!'ll be seeing the aforementioned flick. At last!
Oh, gods, of course! Yes, Lilo and Stitch most certainly belongs in that list. Gorgeous design work throughout, and a comparatively mundane setting for a Disney production (the routine contemporary life, that is. If life's got to be tough, somewhere in Hawaii seems like as good a place as any to endure it), plus some great little jokes. (Stitch as record player, yay! I might have to try rigging up a suitably miniscule switch between my teeth sometime just to pull that off as a prank someday :)

Yes, I recall something about the Dinosaur unit being amongst those axed. Bizarre, if Disney's really going to try going head-to-head with Pixar. I wonder if there's some chance they might actually rise to the challenge? Then again, is there any need for them to do so? Certainly at the moment, they seem quite content to live off TV-grade animation direct to video, the parks, and general merchandising, these occasional gems notwithstanding. And whilst hardly a classic in the sense of the original, TLK 1.5 was far better than I'd expected, especially given the level of the first sequel.

Interesting that Pixar's delayed Cars 'til 2006 - amongst other effects, that means the Disney contract stretches out that long, too, though Eisner's due to go on Sept. 30, 2006, too. (That photo is disturbing)

And I finally got to see The Incredibles. Wow. ^_^
I hear tell that Toy Story 3 will be Disney's first 3D film--done without Pixar, as Disney actually owns the license. Can anyone collaborate this?
Ugh. I've heard a similar murmuring, but whether it's actually officially on the production schedule, I'm not sure. Pixar doesn't want to see it happen, obviously - they don't want to be stuck making endless sequels, and it wouldn't count towards the five-picture deal, which presently runs out with Cars. Disney does own the rights to the characters, though, and I believe Pixar has first refusal on any such project.

Stories like this suggest they may well be proceeding, although Tom Hanks has expressed hesitancy over appearing. Perhaps they could go with good imitations of the stars' voices, and just through brand recognition, I dare say they'd turn a profit.

And then there are masters like Miyazaki, who shuns sequels entirely, the closest being The Cat Returns (not one of their best, I felt.. a fun ride, but I'd been hoping for so much more, given how vibrant and promising the Baron's character had been in Whisper of the Heart, even if so briefly). Aah, I want to see Howl's Moving Castle! Maybe I'll just slip in Spirited Away in the meantime. ^_^