Disney’s upcoming animated feature Frozen just landed an additional director. The Mouse House announced today that Jennifer Lee will be joining Chris Buck (Tarzan) as co-director on the princess movie. 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. The film harkens back to some of Disney’s earlier, more music-centered films as it will feature original songs from Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit).
Lee has already contributed to the screenplay for Frozen, so it appears she’s been involved with the project for a while. She most recently was credited as one of the screenwriters for Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, so hopefully she can bring some of the humor and heart of that film over to Frozen. Hit the jump to read the press release. The film opens in 3D on November 27, 2013.
From director Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama), the animated movie Wreck-It Ralph is an equal parts hilarious and adorable arcade adventure. For 30 years, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has been stuck in the role of bad guy while the good-guy star of Fix-It Felix Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) always gets to save the day. When Ralph leaves his game, he embarks on a hero’s journey that leads him to the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush, where he meets feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman), who not only becomes his first real friend, but who also gives him his chance to finally save the day. The voice cast also includes Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Ed O’Neill, Dennis Haysbert, Joe Lo Truglio and Adam Carolla.
At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actor John C. Reilly, in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable interview, about how he came to voice Ralph, getting to root for the underdog, his reaction when he saw the world of the movie come together, the challenge of setting the right tone for the character, his video game period, the most surprising thing about getting involved with the movie, and how much he’d like to do voice-over work again. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
One of the greatest parts of Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph (beside the excellent plot, pacing, cast, visuals, humor and heart) is the nostalgia for videogames spanning from the arcade era to modern day. Now, Disney has released these “vintage” commercials for three video games found at Litwak’s Arcade and within the movie itself: Fix-It Felix, Jr.; Sugar Rush and Hero’s Duty.
Wreck-It Ralph, features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd. Hit the jump to watch the commercials and we’ll send you two quarters on your birthday!*
We have the first clip from Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden to share with you today. At nearly two minutes, the clip shows the Navy SEALS about to embark on the mission they’ve been training for: the attack on high value target, Osama Bin Laden. The feature-length dramatization from director John Stockwell (Into the Blue) stars Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas and Kenneth Miller. Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premieres on the National Geographic channel Sunday, November 4th at 8pm. It will also be made available for streaming on Netflix a day after its premiere (just in time for Election Day!).
There’s also a new clip from Rich Moore’s animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. The new clip shows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) at his self-help group, Bad Guys Anonymous. Attempting to make him feel better about being bad are fellow antagonists Zangief, Clyde the Ghost, M. Bison, Neff, Dr. Eggman, Bowser and an axe-wielding zombie. Wreck-It Ralph, also featuring the voices of Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk, opens November 2nd. Hit the jump to see the clips.
Earlier this week Collider was invited to visit Disney’s animation studios to check out almost half-an-hour of footage from its upcoming video game riff, Wreck-it-Ralph and chat with the film’s director Chris Moore and several of the animators. During the visit, we saw how the film moved from concept to screen and got a peek inside the technical challenges involved in bringing the Ralph’s five wildly different worlds to pixelated life. We’ll have all of that for you in the coming days, right now, let’s just focus on the footage screening.
Hit the jump for a summary of what we saw.