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THQ Scores Disney/Pixar Game Deal

8 May, 2002 By: Hive News

THQ Inc. today announced a strategic, multi-property publishing agreement with award-winning interactive entertainment publisher

Disney Interactive and Pixar Animation Studios have granted THQ Inc. exclusive interactive rights to the next three Disney/Pixar animated feature films, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars.

“Disney and Pixar have a legacy of creating blockbuster animated motion pictures including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and, most recently, Monsters, Inc.,” said THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell. “Our handheld adaptations of each of those properties have been top performers at retail. We now look forward to a cross-platform approach to our Disney/Pixar business as we integrate these properties into our product portfolio, strategically managing each brand across every viable game system.”

The worldwide deal extends through 2008 and includes all game systems manufactured by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft as well as home computers.

Finding Nemo, Walt Disney Pictures' presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios Film and the first property scheduled for release under this new agreement, debuts in theaters next summer. The story follows the eventful journeys of two fish – a father and his son Nemo – who get separated in the Great Barrier Reef.

Next up is Pixar's The Incredibles, which depicts a family of undercover superheroes struggling to live a quiet suburban life while surreptitiously saving the world.

Cars, scheduled for release holiday 2005, rounds out the slate. Cars are the stars in this adventure comedy about characters that get their kicks on Route 66.

“Pixar is excited to have entered into this long-term publishing partnership with THQ. This agreement will allow THQ's film-inspired games to benefit from longer development lead times and a growing creative dialogue with Pixar on each film release,” said Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. “Pixar is committed to creating the highest quality animated films for the enjoyment of families around the world. Additionally, we want the entertainment products inspired by our films to appropriately capture their magic, which our new agreement with THQ moves us all closer to achieving in the interactive arena.”

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