As long rumored, Pixar was acquired by Disney yesterday, and headline writers showed no restraint (witness Slashdot’s Pixar Eaten by Mickey Mouse, and Techworld’s Disney buys Pixar and Steve Jobs for $7.4 bn).

I got an email from an old friend in the animation business who was at Disney before the merger. He says that the word is that the two animation units will remain intact and separate organizational units for the time being, with the only possible overlap area Toy Story 3 (which Disney had wanted for themselves but which will likely now be done in the Pixar unit).

All I ask is, if you are planning to use the combined form of the name, please use the one in the headline rather than the alternative, for obvious reasons.