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UP House Neighbors Seek Monochromatic Compliance

UP house Herriman UT in monochromeThe Deseret News reports that a group of grouchy neighbors in Herriman, UT are trying to get the UP house, recently sold to Clinton and Lynette Hamblin, to conform to its monochromatic, earth-tone neighborhood. The homeowners association is deliberating about whether or not the house will be granted an exception to the rule, and will have a decision within 30 days.

The Hamblins are hopeful that they can keep it as is, but are willing to be compliant to establish good will in the neighborhood. Some neighbors appreciate the variety and distinction it brings to the neighborhood, and claim that it even drives up their property values. But Josh Bohrn expects the house to comply with the rules, "We see it every morning when we wake up and eat breakfast. We would like to not have to see multi-colors as we look out of our windows." Oh, what a world.

Disney Seeking Legal Action against Pixar Petroleum

Word came Monday that a Canadian oil company had made free use of the Pixar brand in dubbing its new division, Pixar Petroleum, Ltd. Disney, owner of all Pixar trademarks, stated this week "we intend to take the appropriate legal action."

The oil company apparently has a slew of Hollywood themed divisions and partners, including Paramount, Fox, Summit and MGM. Paramount Pictures is also now said to be exploring its legal options

The two companies' stance on the oil industry could not be more opposite, with Pixar chief John Lasseter having been very outspoken in his support of alternative fuel over big oil. In fact, Cars 2, their latest flick written and directed by Lasseter himself, villainizes big oil in its competition against alternative fuels.

While it's reassuring to hear that Disney is aggressively pursuing its rights, I can't help but doubt that they can lay any justifiable claim against the oil company, as a trademark is generally enforcable only within the immediate circle of its industry. Animated movies to oil is a bit of a stretch. Disney may have some grounds, however, if they can show that their brand will be impacted for the worse, which in a controversial industry like oil could be a viable argument.

La Luna Makes Oscar Short List

Pixar La Luna Short Film Logo The Academy announced today the short list for consideration in the Best Animated Short category. Pixar's La Luna made the cut along with 9 other films:

  • Dimanche/Sunday — National Film Board of Canada
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore — Moonbot Studios
  • I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat — Warner Bros.
  • Luminaris — JPZtudio
  • Magic Piano — BreakThru Films
  • A Morning Stroll — Studio AKA
  • Paths of Hate — Platige Image
  • Specky Four-Eyes — Vivement Lundi!
  • Wild Life — National Film Board of Canada

The list will be pared down further still to 3–5 nominations which will be announced on the 24th of January along with nominations in all the other categories including Best Animated Feature for which Cars 2 is eligible.

Critics seem to be speaking pretty favorably about La Luna which will premier publicly next year with the release of Brave. It may be Pixar's best shot at a win this season.