The black and white, stop-motion animated 3D film Frankenweenie, from director Tim Burton and based on the ideas in his 1984 live-action short, is a tale about a boy and his beloved dog. After unexpectedly losing Sparky, young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) sews him back together and harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life, but quickly faces unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences for his actions. The voice cast also includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer and Winona Ryder. Here’s the recent trailer. Frankenweenie hits theaters October 5, 2012.
Last week I got to sit down with producer Don Hahn at Comic-Con. During our wide ranging interview we talked about making Frankenweenie, if it was tough to get the studio on board, if the current popularity of The Nightmare Before Christmas helped get the film made, and more. In addition, with Hahn producing Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, we talked about how that’s been going, what Easter Eggs people should look for at Disneyland and Disney World, what he collects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Next year Disneyland and Disneyworld will be relaunching Star Tours at both parks. While plenty of rumors have been online about where the new ride will go, thanks to Star Wars Celebration V taking place in Florida right now, Lucasfilm and Disney have released a new commercial that will be playing while you wait in line to get on the updated ride. In the just over a minute clip, you get to quickly visit Bespin, Endor, and Alderaan – which has recently been voted the safest planet in the galaxy. Star Wars fans will understand why that’s funny. While I always liked the Star Tours ride, I definitely think it was time for an upgrade. Watch the video after the jump:
Walt Disney’s hotly anticipated sequel/reboot (seboot?) Tron Legacy is set to debut in theaters this December. Naturally, Disney is looking for the film to do some serious box-office business and if it does, according to Blue Sky Disney, we can expect to see a computer animated Tron TV show pop up in late 2011, early 2012 on either ABC or new “boy channel” Disney XD. The series would evidently be designed as a “placeholder,” maintaining fan interest while the second movie in what could be a brand new trilogy is put together. The show’s been given the go-ahead for development but as of now it’s still pretty far in the offing and, really, its future will depend on whether or not Legacy meets the studio’s lofty expectations and demonstrates franchise potential.
BSD also has the scoop on some Tron-themed changes to be implemented at the Disney theme parks. Hit the jump for that. Also, click here to get a look at some new images from Tron Legacy and here to read Steve’s Tron Legacy trailer report.
Years ago I heard rumors Disneyland and Disneyworld were going to update the Star Tours ride. After all, the ride was exactly the same since it launched back in 1987 and it definitely needed a paint job. But the prequels came and went, and the ride stayed the same. Until now.
At this weekend’s D23 convention, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo announced plans to update the ride and it’s going to launch in 2011 and it’ll be in 3D. While I’ve fallen out of love with “Star Wars”, I always liked the Star Tours ride and with the technology now available at Lucasfilm and Disney, I’d like to think the new ride is going to be awesome. Anyway, while we have to wait another two years to take it for a spin, Disney has launched a brief trailer and it’s after the jump: