Disney Animation Studios’ MOANA Set for Release on November 23, 2016

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Disney Animation Studios is on a roll with Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and now Big Hero 6, but they’ll be sitting out 2015.  The good news is that they have two films on tap for 2016: Zootopia and Moana.  As we previously reported, Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016, and now Disney has announced that Moana is set for November 23, 2016.

Hit the jump to learn more about both films.  Zootopia will currently share its weekend with Tim Burton‘s Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars while Moana has the Thanksgiving weekend all to itself, although it will still have to deal with the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be in its second week of release.

BIG HERO 6 Review

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Too often in superhero tales, science falls in the realm of the baddies.  The scientists are the cackling madmen (and almost always men) in white lab coats.  They’re irresponsible with their genius.  Meanwhile, the hero has their superpowers thrust upon them.  What they lack in smarts, they make up for in determination.  Big Hero 6 flips the script by making science cool, but never loses the cute and nerdy heart of heroes who are still out of their depth.  Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Disney Animation Studios’ new movie is filled with gorgeous designs, exciting action, and endearing characters—especially the cuddly robot Baymax (Scott Adsit)—but its most noble deed is getting younger audience members to see science as heroic.

24 Things to Know About Walt Disney’s BIG HERO 6

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To promote the upcoming November 7th release of the Walt Disney Animation Studios feature Big Hero 6, the studio invited members of the press out to see portions of the animated action-adventure comedy and to participate in presentations and demos to show what it takes to put a film like this together, from all aspects of the production.  The story follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to the robot companion Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit).  With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voiced by Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voiced by T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 has the heart and humor that you would expect, but it also has more characters and bigger action than any Disney animated feature to date.  During the early press day to preview what audiences can expect when the film opens, we heard from the directors, the animation department, the script and story department, visual effects and production design.  Hit the jump to find out more about what we learned.

Check out New Images from FEAST, Disney’s Upcoming Animated Short Featuring a Hungry Pup

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Disney has released the first official images from their upcoming animated short film, Feast.  Per the official logline, “The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.”  As you can see from the images, the dog is unsurprisingly adorable, and I like the style of the animation.  The cel shaded look also makes sense considering the short was directed by Patrick Osborne, who worked as the head of animation on Paperman.

Hit the jump to check out the Feast images.  The short will play in front of Big Hero 6, which opens November 7th.

Disney Animation Studios Sets MOANA for 2018; Will Use New Style of CGI Similar to PAPERMAN

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Animation takes a long time, and studios look ahead years in advance. Disney Animation Studios, which recently released the amazing Frozen, already has their eye on 2018.  According to io9, the studio plans to release Moana (pronounced Mo-AH-na) in five years, and it sounds like it will be another interesting spin on a princess film, although a source tells Bleeding Cool that this story “is fresh and original, not a fairytale movie”.  Here’s the logline:

“The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology.”

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Disney Currently Has No Plans to Develop Hand-Drawn Animated Features

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We may have seen the last days of hand-drawn animation.  It’s not going to come from DreamWorks Animation (all of their 2D endeavors flopped), BlueSky, or Sony Pictures Animation.  The last refuge was Disney, who had released the hand-drawn Winnie the Pooh in 2011.  But that looks like the end of Disney’s 2D animation for the foreseeable future.  According to /Film, at “Walt Disney Company shareholder’s meeting, CEO Bob Iger revealed none of Disney’s animation companies, which includes Disney Animation, Pixar and Disney Toons, are currently developing, or have plans to develop, any 2D, hand drawn animation for the big screen. He’s not ruling it out, but the current slate—which probably stretches 3-4 years—has none of it.”

Hit the jump for my thoughts on this sad state of affairs.

Posters for Disney Animation Studios’ FROZEN Provide First Look at Main Characters [Update: Posters Are Fan-Made]

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New posters for Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen have been released, and they show off our first look at the protagonist, Anna (Kristen Bell) and her wicked sister Elsa (Idina Menzel).  You can see that the filmmakers have kept the evolution of the Disney female character with the large pupils, thin irises, high cheekbones, and thin chin.  We tend to ignore these similarities as long as the plot is good, and hopefully Disney will have another animated hit on their hands with their upcoming feature.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also features the voice of Jonathan Groff and music by Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit).  Frozen opens in 3D on November 27th. [Update: Disney has informed us that these are fan-made posters created from some unapproved character art, so we've been asked to take them down.]

Disney Releases John Kahrs’ Amazing Animated Short Film, PAPERMAN

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The best animated film I saw this year wasn’t feature length.  It was John Kahrs‘ short film, Paperman.  The short follows the story of a lonely young man in New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office, and sets out to get her attention.  Using a revolutionary technique of blending 2D and 3D, Paperman isn’t only gorgeous, but it’s also hopelessly romantic.  I felt bad for Wreck-It Ralph since it had to follow this short.  Disney has now posted Paperman online, and while it’s only 2D, you need to take the 6 minutes and 34 seconds to watch it right now.  It will make your day.

Hit the jump to watch Paperman, which is nominated for Best Animated Short Film.

ANT-MAN Set for November 6, 2015; IRON MAN 3 and THOR: THE DARK WORLD Confirmed for 3D; Disney Announces More Release Dates and Changes

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Disney has just sent out a press release announcing release dates and changes for their upcoming slate of films.  The most notable announcement is that Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man finally has a release date. The little-big-superhero is due to hit theaters on November 6, 2015.  Since this will be the first Marvel movie to follow The Avengers 2 (which opens May 1, 2015), I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Hank Pym pop up in Joss Whedon‘s film.

Here’s the rest of the list:

  • Iron Man 3 will now be available in 3D – previously announced 5/3/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
  • Phineas and Ferb moves to “2014 Undated Wide” (from 7/28/13 wide)
  • Thor: The Dark World is final title of previous “Thor 2” and will now be available in 3D – previously announced 11/8/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
  • Bears is now dated on 4/18/14 wide (Disneynature)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy is final title of previous “Marvel Untitled” – previously announced 8/1/14 is unchanged (Marvel)
  • DISNEY ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated on 11/7/14 wide
  • PIXAR ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated on Wed 11/25/15 wide

Concept Art for Disney’s Upcoming Princess Movie, FROZEN

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New concept art for Disney’s upcoming princess movie, Frozen, has leaked online.  For those unfamiliar with the film, Kristen Bell voices a young dreamer named Anna who teams up with “a daring mountain man” to find the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel) and put an end to a spell that has trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.  Broadway vets Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh) tapped to pen original songs for the feature.  Chris Buck (Tarzan) is onboard as director.  I’m glad Disney has another animated musical up their sleeve, but it will be computer-animated, so it looks like the studio has gotten skittish when it comes to 2D because The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh underperformed at the box office.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Frozen opens November 2013.

WINNIE THE POOH Review

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It’s refreshing to see a family film that is completely without cynicism or even awareness of pop culture.  Winnie the Pooh opens with a live-action shot of the bedroom of stuffed animals and the narrator (John Cleese) tells us, without the slightest hint of irony, that the bedroom could belong to any young boy.  The room has no video games, posters, or other mass-produced merchandise.  It’s a bedroom for a young boy in 1920s England which is when and where Winnie the Pooh was created.  The new Disney film based on A.A. Milne’s popular characters firmly holds to that time period and that innocence and comes away with an absolutely charming and lovable movie that is clever, funny, and adorable.

D23 Schedule Announced; Will Feature Presentation from Marvel Studios

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Disney will forego panels and presentations at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con now that the company has established its own convention with the D23 Expo.  This year’s D23 runs from August 19 – 21st and will include presentations, screenings, celebrity panels, autograph signings, and other fan-friendly activities.  The major ramification for Comic-Con isn’t the loss of films from Walt Disney Studios and Pixar (although that certainly stings), but from the loss of Marvel Studios.  While Marvel will certainly have a presence at Comic-Con, its panels will be reserved for D23.

The schedule for D23 has been released and on Saturday, August 20th from 11am to 12:30 pm, the presentation for Walt Disney Studios will be hosted by Disney chairman Rich Ross, President of Production Sean Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Disney and Pixar John Lasseter, and Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige.  Hit the jump for the full schedule.

Schedule D23 Expo’s official website.

Disney’s Animated Film REBOOT RALPH Re-Titled to WRECK-IT RALPH; John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch to Star

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Disney has sent out a press release announcing that their upcoming animated film, Reboot Ralph, has been re-titled to Wreck-It Ralph and will feature the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch.  Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama) will direct the story of a video game bad guy who sets out to prove he can be the hero.  Sure, it’s a little Megamind, but there’s plenty of room to make inside jokes about video games and the comical devotion bad-guy bosses have to destroying the player.

Hit the jump for the full synopsis and what Moore had to say about the film.  Wreck-It Ralph opens in 3D on November 2, 2012.

Collider Visits Disney Animation Studios for TANGLED – Part 2

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The second part (part one is here) of my visit to Walt Disney Animation Studios continues, which focuses on the talented people that made Tangled and the process that it takes. During my press day at the studio we had a flurry of round-table interviews and John Lasseter, head of Disney’s animation wing, stopped by to speak for over 20 minutes. So join me after the break for highlights of what we discussed and a ton of behind-the-scenes information on Tangled.

Collider Visits Disney Animation Studios for TANGLED – Part 1

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What do you do when Disney invites you to spend a day in the Sorcerer’s Hat building of Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California? You clear off your schedule and jump with both feet, which is exactly what I did last week. Tangled, Disney’s 50th animated feature film, is heading towards the home stretch and it is apparent how much work and dedication has gone into this passion project for the many talented folks involved. We were treated to a work in progress screening, games, a plethora of interviews, and much more, so join me after the break for the full details and my initial impression of the film.

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