Guillermo del Toro and Disney Will Thrill and Chill Children of All Ages with Animated Film Series DISNEY DOUBLE DARE YOU

     September 11, 2009

Guillermo del Toro is doing something.  Good enough for me.  Just thought you’d like to know.

Alright, in a bit more detail about the next great thing he’ll be bringing us (even though we’re not worthy and don’t deserve it), del Toro is teaming up with Disney to create a series of animated films called “Disney Double Dare You” in what I believe is a valuable quest to make sure that the next generation isn’t a bunch of pussies despite their helicopter parents making sure they never experience anything in life that would make them grow as human beings.  Less personal ranting and more news about greatness after the jump.

Announced at this year’s D23 Expo by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick cook, all the animated features will be produced under del Toro’s guidance and the first project he’ll produce is based off an original story by del Toro called “Trollhunters”.  In a statement, del Toro added that “It is part of the Disney canon to create thrilling, unforgettable moments and villains in all their classic films,” and he’s absolutely right.  Kids can handle so much more than we give them credit for and while I’m not suggesting that you sit your 8-year-old down in front of “Pan’s Labyrinth”, this is yet another feather Disney’s brightly plumed hat and the studio is playing for keeps when it comes to the marketplace.  Check out the full press release before.

Anaheim, California – September 11, 2009 – The Walt Disney Studios, in collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Hobbit”), is launching a new production label called Disney Double Dare You, to create new animated films full of chills and thrills for audiences of all ages, it was announced today at the D23 Expo by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.  All films will be produced under the guidance of del Toro, who originated the concept and the design of DDY and who will also direct certain projects. The first project in development for the new label is called “Trollhunters,” an original del Toro story which he will produce.

Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, “Guillermo is a brilliant and visionary filmmaker, and we’re excited to be launching this new label with him. His knowledge and appreciation for Disney films, along with his penchant for creating worlds of fantasy, presented a great opportunity for us to explore a whole new genre of filmmaking for moviegoers of all ages. We have admired Guillermo’s imaginative approach to filmmaking for some time, and now we’re proud to be working with him to create films full of imaginative delights and lots of thrills at the same time.”

Del Toro added, “As a director, I love to take audiences into fantastic new worlds and provide them with some anxious moments in the process.  It is part of the Disney canon to create thrilling, unforgettable moments and villains in all their classic films.  It is my privilege for DDY to continue in this tradition. To partner up with The Walt Disney Studios, with the support of Dick Cook and John Lasseter, is to belong to a storytelling partnership that I admire deeply.  It is a true honor.  I look forward to coming up with fresh and original stories that will take Disney films in a whole new direction. The emphasis is on fun, and we have some great ideas already on the storyboards.”

Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth received six Academy Award® nominations in 2007, including one for his original screenplay, and went on to win three awards. That film also received a BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English language. His other directing credits include “Hellboy,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Cronos,” and “Mimic,” among others. Del Toro is currently directing back-to-back feature film adaptations of the Tolkien classic, “The Hobbit,” for release in 2011 and 2012.

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