12 Things to Know about SLEEPING BEAUTY and the Art of Disney Animation

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Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty is now available on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, with all-new special features.  While at the home Walt Disney built on Woking Way in Los Feliz, Calif. in 1932, for an event celebrating Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, we learned a lot about the development process and the evolution of the artwork, especially from chatting with Doug Engalla, a staff member at the Disney Animation Research Library since 1990.

During a presentation about the evolution of the 1959 animated favorite, which started down a path to development as far back as 1951 and continued right up until its release, Engalla talked about how the story changed, the evolution of the villain Maleficent, and the exacting nature of the artwork.  Hit the jump to learn more about the film and the art of Disney animation.

Robert Redford in Talks to Star in Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON

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Nearly everything about Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake has pretty unexpected.  First, the studio enlisted David Lowery—the director behind the Terrence Malick-esque crime film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints—to take the helm instead of some studio-friendly journeyman.  Now the studio is surprising once again with its first big cast member, as word comes that Robert Redford is in talks to take on a pivotal role in the picture, which will live-action save for CG effects that will bring the titular dragon to life.  Hit the jump for more on the Pete’s Dragon remake, including how much the story will differ from the 1977 iteration.

BIG HERO 6 Comic-Con Panel Recap: Brand New Clips and Big Laughs Thanks to Baymax

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You’d think some of the folks attending the Big Hero 6 panel at New York Comic-Con might be big fans of the source material.  However, when the guy warming up the crowd prior to the panel asked who has read the comic book, hardly anyone responded.  In fact, one of the only audible responses was, “It’s weird.”  Weird or not, Big Hero 6 the movie looks like it’ll be a major crowd-pleaser.  At this point, Walt Disney Animation Studios has unleashed a slew of promotional material and Baymax is absolutely killing it in every last bit of it.

With the film less than a month away from its big debut, directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, producer Roy Conli, and voice actors Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung and T.J. Miller all hit the main stage at the Javits Center to talk Big Hero 6 and show off some unseen clips from the film.  Hit the jump for my Big Hero 6 Comic-Con panel recap, and click here to watch the new trailer.

BIG HERO 6 Comic Con Trailer Opens Up the Epic Scope of the Film

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I had no idea that Disney’s Big Hero 6 was going to be this big.  Everything I had seen so far from the film seemed to indicate that this story about Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada’s (Ryan Potter) would actually be somewhat smaller in scope. But no, the sizzle reel unveiled today at the New York Comic Con changed all of that.  Big Hero 6 is flat out Mario Kart massive. Hit the jump to check out the new Big Hero 6 NYCC sizzle reel.  The film also features the voices of Daniel HenneyT.J. MillerJamie ChungDamon Wayans Jr.Genesis RodriguezJames CromwellAlan Tudyk, and Maya Rudolph.  Big Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th.  If you want to know more we’ve got Christina’s interviews with directors Don Hall & Chris WilliamsHead of Animation Zach Parrish, and 24 things to know about the film.

TOMORROWLAND Trailer and Poster: George Clooney Leads Brad Bird’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

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Disney has released the first Tomorrowland trailer for director Brad Bird’s mysterious new sci-fi film.  Scripted by Bird and Lost alum Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’”  And the trailer is great, offering a simple scenario that hints at the film’s possibilities without spoiling too much.  I love Robertson’s reaction to the reveal.

Hit the jump to watch the Tomorrowland trailer and click here to check out Perri’s Comic-Con panel recap.  The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Kathryn HahnTomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22, 2015.  Now that I know what the heck this movie is I’m getting pretty excited for it.  So glad this teaser hints rather than spoils. 

First TOMORROWLAND Images Unveiled; Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof Reveal Story Details for Unique Sci-Fi Film

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Disney’s mysterious Tomorrowland has been one of the more curious projects percolating over the past couple over years, in no small part because it acts as The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird’s second live-action feature and boasts a screenplay from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.  Plot details have been almost humorously non-existent, especially since production wrapped quite a while ago.  What we do know is that the film has a connection to the Disney theme park of the same name and stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson.  However, with more details poised to be unveiled at New York Comic-Con this weekend, the very first Tomorrowland images have arrived along with some exciting revelations from Bird and Lindelof about the pic.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Tomorrowland images and to see what Bird and Lindelof have to say about this sci-fi/fantasy film and its connection to Walt Disney himself.

Is Disney Planning to Reissue the STAR WARS Movies on Digital?

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The Star Wars movies have been reissued time and time again in various forms.  They’ve been on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray, but now that the bounds of physical media are breaking down, it’s likely that the saga could now be headed to digital platforms.  Film Divider came across an Italian TV spot for Disney’s digital service that includes games, apps, and yes, movies.  And to showcase the movies, they used clips from Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope.  With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VII and Disney now owning Lucasfilm, there’s a hope among fans that they’ll get Blu-rays of the original editions of the original trilogy.  It would be nice to see this ad as a hint that these HD original editions are coming, but we’re still a ways off.

Hit the jump for more and to see the ad.

STAR WARS REBELS Renewed For Season 2 Ahead of Tomorrow’s Premiere

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Disney XD is really digging into Star Wars Rebels and have officially renewed the series just a little over 24 hours before it premieres tomorrow night with its kick-off movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion on the Disney Channel (not XD) at 9PM.  I imagine this development has pretty much been on the table all along and was (wisely) timed as a boost to tomorrow’s launch.  Not a bad play.

Star Wars Rebels, the series as we will come to know it, premieres on Disney XD October 13th and features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr.David OyelowoJason IsaacsVanessa MarshallSteve Blum, and Tiya Sircar.  Hit the jump for more on Star Wars Rebels Season 2.  

PETE’S DRAGON Has Cast Oona Lawrence in the Title Role of Director David Lowery’s Live Action Remake

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery (who has been on this new project for a year) has finally found the titular Pete for his Pete’s Dragon remake.  Oona Lawrence (Boardwalk Empire, Fort Bliss) will now play the title role.  Lowery, who is now confirmed to direct after initially being attached as a writer, shared script duties on the picture with Tony Halbrooks. Considering how night-and-day different this material is from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, it will be interesting to see what Lowery comes up with.

The new Pete’s Dragon will not be a musical, but will borrow elements from the original, which centered on a young orphan who flees his abusive parents and befriends a dragon that often turns invisible.  This new version will also be live-action with a CGI dragon.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

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.

BIG HERO 6 Clip Introduces Unlikely Friends Hiro and Baymax

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Disney has released a new Big Hero 6 clip online.  Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) directed the adaptation of the Marvel comic, which takes place in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo, and tells the story of a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) who, with his robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit) in tow, teams up with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters to save the metropolis from destruction.

I’m not familiar with the source material, but I really dug the trailer and am looking forward to seeing this movie next month.  I think it’s interesting that a lot of the more clever writing on the studio end of things these days is for animated projects.  This clip is most certainly from earlier in the film considering it seems to be the scene where Hiro and Baymax first meet.  Hit the jump to check out the new Big Hero 6 clip.  The film also features the voices of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., and Alan TudykBig Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th.  And be sure to check back in with us tomorrow, since we have a lot more coverage on this film hitting then.

FROZEN FEVER Short Brings Back Familiar Faces With a New Song

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On the heels of Frozen’s billion dollar global gross last year comes the new Disney short, Frozen Fever, which you can check out next year.  Since it will be a while before we get a sequel to that film, this will likely be your only opportunity in the near future to get caught up with Anna, Elsa, Krista and Olaf.

Frozen Fever will be directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who also helmed the original film.  It will also feature a new song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who are working together again for the first time since collaborating on Frozen in 2013.  Hit the jump for more on Frozen Fever.

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.

Steve Martin in Final Negotiations to Star in Disney’s MAGIC CAMP

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We haven’t seen Steve Martin on the big screen since The Big Year in 2011 and minus the animated film Home, he doesn’t even have anything on the way.  However, that could change soon, because it’s being reported that Martin is currently in final negotiations to star in Disney’s Magic Camp.

Martin co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman and it focuses on a “straight-laced” banker who attended Magic Camp as a kid.  Now, all grown up, he’s going back to become a counselor in hopes of winning the Golden Wand competition.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

Special LOST-Themed Episode of PHINEAS AND FERB to Air September 29th; First Look at a Polar Bear

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We learned a few days ago that the Disney XD original series Phineas and Ferb will be resurrecting Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s characters from Shaun of the Dead for a special Halloween episode, and now news comes that a Lost-themed episode will debut next month.  Titled “Lost in Danville”, the episode features a story by Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof and a voice performance by John Locke himself Terry O’Quinn.  The story involves a mysterious locked capsule falling into Phineas and Ferb’s backyard, which may or may not contain a polar bear.  I’m not particularly familiar with Phineas and Ferb myself, but the one-two punch of the Shaun of the Dead and Lost news is making me rethinking my interest in the series.

Hit the jump to check out the first Phineas and Ferb Lost episode image.  It airs on Disney XD on Monday, September 29th at 7:30pm ET/PT.

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