Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
"...this was also the first year for a newly-created category - Best Animated Feature Film. According to the Academy's rules, an 'animated film' had to be at least 70 minutes in length, have a significant amount of major animated characters, and be at least 75% animated. The three nominees this year were Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Monsters, Inc., and PDI/Dreamworks' Shrek (the winner), with its lovable green ogre (Mike Myers) and smart-alec donkey (Eddie Murphy). This was the first-ever Oscar for an animated feature film."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In 2005, Lumpy the Heffalump melted our hearts when he busted onto the screen in "Pooh's Heffalump Movie." His exuberance, loyalty, and silliness were the essence of an innocent childhood. Fans of the purple Heffalump, Heffridge Trumpler Brompet Heffalump the Fourth, need to join together to ensure Lumpy is in the film. It is possible that Disney will make this new Pooh film a direct sequel to the original, which would cut Lumpy out. If you're a fan of this heartwarming, purple Heffalump please express it by signing the petition and letting Disney know that Lumpy should be in the 2011 Winnie the Pooh sequel!
Please sign my petition!
Then pass this along to all other Pooh and Lumpy fans you know of, as well as posting it at any related Disney news site, blog, or forum! Add it to your signatures on forums, as well!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Well, though the buyers who attended these particular preview sessions were first sworn to secrecy by Disney officials, several immediately reached out to me afterwards to say how thrilled they were to learn that Pete Docter will be following up "Up" with a sequel to "Monsters, Inc."
The rumors are true...It appears that Pete Docter has settled on his next directing gig and the film project is a familiar one. While he likely won't be talking about it until his press junkets are through for "Up," the feature that he'll be working on(and has been for a while) is the sequel to "Monster's Inc." with tentative plans for it being Pixar's 2013 release.You heard it here guys...
When I followed up with Doctor about [the ideas for a sequel being considered] all he would say is "I can neither confirm nor deny". (And he did it in a nervous voice).
We’ve thought about it… We’ve got a couple ideas.
When I interviewed Peter Sohn last month I asked him about Monsters, Inc. 2 at the end of the call. He was about to say something —I can't...— but the Pixar publicist listening in made sure he didn't finish the sentence!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Now Disney studio execs were understandably upset when Keane upped and quit The Snow Queen, a project extremely important to WDFA’s future since it will be their first feature length cartoon based on a classic fairy tale since the original Aladdin back in 1992. Mouse House execs are really counting on this movie to help the Walt Disney Company reconnect with its increasingly disenfranchised customers. So to have a big gun like Glen opt not to work on that project anymore (and take a flyer on something as flaky as Rapunzel) was really a blow. That said, Disney execs were still thrilled that Keane opted to stay at WDFA.
The Snow Queen. Can you tell me about that?HS: I worked together with Dick Zondag on The Snow Queen. I’ve known him since Balto, actually, which we did for Steven Spielberg animation. When the time came for The Snow Queen, they gave me call and then I did some first design based on a young Meryl Streep kind of character. Unluckily, the project was canceled because Disney didn’t want to go into fairytales anymore at that time. They said that they wanted something wise, witty and more modern, because at that time, you know, everybody said that the Disney formula was dead and nobody wanted to see princesses and stuff like that. So, that project was canceled, sadly. But I spent a couple of weeks on some Queens, trying different levels of caricature on her, some more cartoony, others less.
Dear Neal,Nice to hear from you. Anyway, I haven't heard from any Snowqueen-plans, which doesn't mean, that it's not going to happen, but so far nobody has talked to me about it. I'm sorry I can't help you out there, but I will keep my eyes and ears open.Thank you, H
Sorry dude, the studio doesn't want Snow Queen info out at this point. Thanks for the interest.
In his future at Disney?I'm preparing the soundtracks of two cartoons, Rapunzel and Snow Queen, and of a live musical film feature of Beauty and the Beast. At the same time I am also working on a musical comedy that will debut in Autumn 2010, Leap of Faith.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Those worries can be put to rest. More than five months from the premiere of Disney's latest animated film, the first to be traditionally-animated since 2004's "Home on the Range", a new 2D film has been announced.
The film will star a familiar, silly ol' bear. His name? Winnie the Pooh.
New Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh Initiatives
Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh remain among the company's key character franchises; for a broad cross-section of consumers, these two classic characters boast a deep emotional connection and an unrivaled affinity like no other. In support of this, DCP has developed comprehensive plans to propel the growth of these classic character properties and keep them "top of mind" across demographics.
Beginning with Winnie the Pooh, DCP and Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced a new theatrical film planned for spring 2011, making it Pooh's first theatrical release in six years since Pooh's Heffalump Movie in 2005. DCP will focus merchandise strategy on moms of infants and toddlers, with a secondary focus on women. Other Disney businesses, including Disney Publishing, are developing Pooh content for a new generation of consumers that will further drive the growth potential of this classic character.
The other reactions have been negative at best. Disney fans are in disbelief that after touting "The Princess and the Frog" as a return to classic animation, Disney has chosen to follow with a sequel. The problem is the original 1977 film Winnie the Pooh has had nearly a dozen sequel films and TV shows spin off of it. For many, Pooh has been sucked dry and is now a lifeless, ragged old toy. So, while they aren't necessarily against the idea of a sequel, these enraged fans are against a Pooh sequel.
The counter-argument has been that if Disney wants to ensure a successful return to 2D after the market has been dominated and over-saturated by CGI for the last five years, than they need to produce something familiar to consumers. Hence, a Princess film and a Pooh film.
Fans have hopes that bolder, original animation projects will follow.
The aforementioned press release left doubt as to which studio was animating the picture, which caused further debate in forums. At face value, it sounded like Walt Disney Animation Studios - creators of all the 'classics' (spanning from 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to last year's "BOLT"). Others remained un-convinced and thought that it had to be DisneyToon Studios, creators of the many 'cheapquels' (The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time).
Well, I was determined to find out for myself. I pulled out my Disney contacts list and shot off an e-mail to every Disney higher-up I had. It was a little desperate, but hey, I got results!
My e-mail to Disney Motion Pictures Group President Mark Zoradi was forwarded to Disney spokeswoman Heidi Trotta.
The information she has sent is breaking news! No other report has had this information. Currently, all news reports about this new 2011 Winnie the Pooh film merely echo one another and are very vague. My report below includes major updates!
I will post her e-mail first, followed by my original e-mail to Mark Zoradi, where she has posted her answers.
Your e-mail was forwarded to me for response.
My answers are below in red.
Thank you so much for
Dear Mr. Zoradi,
Disney Animation fans are excited about the newly announced Winnie the Pooh feature film arriving in Spring 2011.
This was exciting news to come out of the Licensing Exposition in Las Vegas yesterday.
However, there is some confusion that is causing an uproar across forums and blogs. Is this film being animated at and/or by Walt Disney Animation Studios? The movie is being produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. This marks the first time in more than 35 years that a Winnie the Pooh motion picture is being produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Under the supervision of John Lasseter and producer, Clark Spencer ("Lilo & Stitch," "Bolt") the movie is due out in theaters spring 2011. Steve Anderson ("Meet the Robinsons") and Don Hall (head of story on "The Princess and The Frog") will co-direct. Tidbit: Burny Mattinson who worked as an animator on the original Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree featurette in 1964 will serve as the lead story artist on the project.
The studio is seen in the website below: http://www.disneyanimation.com/aboutus/history.html
Is that Walt Disney Animation Studios animating this new Spring 2011 Winnie the Pooh feature? Yes
If not, who/which studio is in charge of animating the upcoming film?
If so, does that make it one of the 'classics' or 'canon' films, also represented at the aforementioned website. Yes
Your assistance with these questions is highly appreciated. If you could just take a moment to clear up the confusion to settle down fans who are up in arms, that would be great!
Thank you in advance,
This marks only the third (maybe fourth) official sequel within the Disney Animated Classics Line:
Fantasia and Fantasia 2000
The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under
(Possibly) Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros
Not only that, but it is going to be traditionally animated!
So, are you excited or not? Please sound off in the comments section!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
A Thailand-based DVD distributor held a New Year's party and handed out booklets that showed their 2009 Disney DVD release slate. "The Black Cauldron" was listed in the book for a 2009 re-release:
We don't have any information on that title as of yet.Well, there's information now!
Disney's imported, dubbed film "The Secret of the Magic Gourd " is coming to DVD on January 27th. One of the previews is for a 'The Black Cauldron: Special Edition'. This was revealed on the Hi-Def Digest forums:
All there is is a trailer. We have no further information. This could possibly contain some of the infamous cuts made to the film, that is not known. Also, The film was restored around 2002 by a comapny called Lowry Digital to make a 2k Master from the original negative. This restored version of the film has been put on DVD in France and Korea, but not in the U.S.
There has only been one Region 01 DVD release in the states before, and many Disney fans have complained about the edits, the lack of anamorphic widescreen, and a poor transfer. This 'special edition' may be Disney's response to that.
Don't hold your breath for the cuts being on the DVD, but it's safe to say this will have anamorphic widescreen and be the restoration.
"The Black Cauldron" released in 1985. It was Disney's first PG-rated animated classic. It has since fallen into minor obscurity and is not often recognized by Disney.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
GhibliWorld is reporting that Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce the English localization of Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. The cast includes Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, Frankie Jonas, Noah Cyrus and Cloris Leachman.
The film tells the story of a young boy who befriends a goldfish princess who longs to become human.
The film, which has already released in Japan, is going to come stateside next year. It is being said that it will hit the silver screen during the first quarter of 2009, due to the comic series debuting in April and the "Art of" book arriving in March. It's believed the film will release soon after to coincide with the book and comic.