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Rise of the Guardians Wins at Satellite Awards

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Dreamworks Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” was named Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media at the Satellite Awards, held Sunday night by the International Press Academy at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Other nominees in the category were DWA’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Brave (Disney*Pixar), Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox Animation), Wreck-it Ralph (Walt Disney Studios) and Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures).

Two tunes from animated films had been nominated for Best Original Song: “Learn Me Right,” performed by Birdy and written by Birdy & Mumford And Sons, from Brave, and “Love Always Comes As A Surprise,” performed by Peter Asher and written by Peter Asher and Dave Stewart, from Madagascar 3. However, they lost to “Suddenly,” performed by Hugh Jackman and written by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer, from the live-action Les Misérables.

The David O. Russell comedy Silver Linings Playbook won five awards, including Best Motion Picture.

DWA’s Rise of the Guardians Surpasses $100M Abroad

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise of the Guardians” went past the $100 million benchmark at the foreign box office over the weekend.

A distant second at the movies, the DreamWorks Animation movie made $20.1 million in its fifth overseas weekend overseas from 7,400 venues in 59 countries. The total foreign gross now stands at $119.4 million.

Distributed by Paramount, Rise of the Guardians opened in second place in Australia, collecting $3.7 million from 259 locations.

Budgeted at $145 million, the animated fantasy features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman. This week, it’s opening in India.

As in North America, the live-action The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the foreign box office. It made $138.2 million at 18,200 screens in 56 countries.

Meanwhile, the Disney 3D family animated film Wreck-It Ralph brought in $4.7 million in its seventh week in 29 countries. It’s made $57.7 million in foreign countries so far. Strong North American results mean a worldwide total of $226.5 million.

Sony Animation’s horror comedy Hotel Transylvania, grossed $1.9 million at 1,755 screens in 50 overseas countries. Its total foreign gross has reached $162 million.

Fox Animation Working On del Toro’s Book Of Life

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro

Fox Animation Studios is joining producer Guillermo del Toro and Reel FX to work on the adventure movie Book of Life, to be released on October 10, 2014.

The movie was originally named Day of the Dead after the Mexican holiday. However, Pixar is working on a film by that title.

Mexican animator-director Jorge R. Guiterrez is directing Book of Life. He and Reel FX approached del Toro with the project.

Guiterrez’s works include Nickelodeon’s award-winning animated TV series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.

Del Toro and Fox are not revealing the exact storyline of Book of Life.

The Croods Coming Out of Cave at Berlin Festival

The Croods

The Croods

DreamWorks Animation’s prehistoric comedy-adventure movie The Croods will have its world premiere at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, it was revealed Thursday.

Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), and with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, the 3D movie will be screened out of competition.

Also known as the Berlinale, the festival runs from February 7 to 17 next year. The Croods is scheduled for general release March 22. Co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures along with DWA, it will be distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The Croods takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen creatures and landscapes.

An old school caveman must lead his family across a volatile prehistoric landscape in search of a new home. The outsized flora and fauna are challenge enough, but the real complication arises when the family is joined by an alarmingly modern caveman whose search for “tomorrow” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the traditions of yesterday. The imaginative and resourceful newcomer helps the Croods navigate their way through the fantastic world beyond their cave.

This marks Sanders’ first work as a solo director for DreamWorks Animation. He had amassed a list of animation film credits for rival Disney.

DreamWorks first announced the movie — then titled Crood Awakening — in 2005 with British studio Aardman Animations, which had a five-picture agreement with DreamWorks at the time. Three films were made together. Financial results proved disappointing, so DreamWorks and Aardman parted ways in late January 2007.

Combustible Heats up Japan Media Arts Festival

Hi No Yojin (Combustible)

Hi No Yojin (Combustible)

Katsuhiro Ohiro’s short film  Hi No Yôjin (Combustible) has won the Grand Prize in the Animation Division of the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

Set in mid-18th century Edo (the old name for Tokyo), Combustible centers on Owaka, a merchant’s daughter, and her childhood friend Matsuyoshi. Though the two are attracted to each other, Matsuyoshi’s family has disowned him, forcing him to make a living as a fireman. But just as their relationship is starting to bloom, Owaka’s family begins to move forward with plans to find her a husband. Unable to forget Matsuyoshi, in a fit of crazed passion, Owaka causes a huge fire to break out, burning down the town. The two lovers happen to cross paths again in the midst of this blaze.

The backdrop for this spectacle is one of the great fires that frequently occurred in the metropolis of Edo. Using traditional Nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings as a motif for the animated images, the work meticulously recreates the manners, implements, and lifestyle of Tokyoites some 300 years ago. In addition, by combining hand-drawn animation with 3D computer graphics, the creators have sought to develop an innovative form of expression through moving images.

Excellence Awards were given to the animated feature films Asura (George Akiyama and Keiichi Sato; Asura Film Partners), The Life of Budori Gusuko (Gisaburo Sugii; The Movie Committee) and Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda; “Wolf Children” Film Partners), as well as the short film The Great Rabbit (Atsushi Wada; Sacrebleu Productions/CaRTe bLaNChe).

New Face Awards were given to the short film Futon (Yoriko Mizushiri), the TV animation Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (Sayo Yamamoto; Monkey Punch/TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. and the Belgian short Oh Willy… (Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels).

The following were jury selections in the Animation Division. All are from Japan unless otherwise specified:

Feature films: Afterschool Midnighters (Hitoshi Takekiyo), Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Doldrey War (Toshiyuki Kubooka), Friends Naki on Monster Island (Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki), FUSE -Memoirs of the Hunter Girl (Masayuki Miyaji), Rainbow Fireflies (Konosuke Uda)

Short films: awaiting (Hakhyun Kim; South Korea), crazy for it (Yutaro Kubo), Deposit of Sentiment (Saori Suzuki), Grain Coupon (Xi Chen; China), Harbor Tale (Yuichi Ito), I am alone, walking on the straightroad (Masanori Okamoto), I’m also a bear (Tsuneo Goda), KiyaKiya (Akino Kondoh), Love Games (Yumi Yound; South Korea), My socks (Ikuo Kato), New Tokyo Ondo (Misaki Uwabo), No Rain No Rainbow (Osamu Sakai), Nyosha (Liran Kapel and Yael Dekel; Israel), Possessions (Shuhei Morita), Recruit Rhapsody (Maho Yoshida), Sunset Flower Blooming (Yuanyuan Hu; China), The Sakuramoto broom workshop (Aya Tsugehata), The Sardine Tin (Louise-Marie Colon; Belgium), Yonalure: Moment to Moment (Ayaka Nakata and Yuki Sakitani), 108 prayer beads (Han Han Li; China)

TV animations: Carefree Fairies (gdgd-partners), Kids On the Slope (Shinichiro Watanabe), tsuritama (tsuritama partners)

The Japan Media Arts Festival honors works of excellence in a diverse range of media — from animation and
manga to games and media art. This year, a record number of 3,503 works were submitted for the festival, including 1,502 works from 71 countries and regions around the world. More applications had been submitted for this, the 16th festival, than in any year since its inception in 1997.

The Exhibition of Award-Winning Works will be held from February 13 to 24 at the National Art Center in Tokyo and other venues.

Sitar Maestro, Composer Ravi Shankar Dead at 92

RAVI SHANKAR

RAVI SHANKAR

Legendary sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, the Ravi Shankar Foundation announced. He was 92.

Over the past year, Shankar had suffered from upper-respiratory and heart problems. He was hospitalized last Thursday after complaining of breathing difficulties. Although heart-valve replacement surgery was successful, recovery proved too difficult for him, the foundation said.

Years before the Beatles made him famous, Shankar helped provide improvised music for the partly animated 1957 National Film Board of Canada short A Chairy Tale, a fairy tale in the modern manner, told without words by film artist Norman McLaren. In the film, a chair (animated by Evelyn Lambart) that declines to be sat upon and a young man perform a sort of pas de deux. A struggle ensues, first for mastery and then for understanding.

“The short film was completely edited before sound of the animation was considered,” said Karin Gunn of the Teach Animation site. “At that time, the distinguished composer-performer sitarist, Ravi Shankar, had come to Montreal. After being invited to view the silent film, he expressed a keen interest in composing the music.”

A Chairy Tale was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects. It won the Canadian Film Award for Best Arts and Experimental, and a Special Award at the BAFTA Awards.

Shankar was India’s most esteemed musical ambassador, and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he did more for Indian music than any other musician.

He was well-known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This, however, he did only after long years of dedicated study under his illustrious guru, Baba Allaudin Khan, and after making a name for himself in India.

Always ahead of his time, Shankar wrote three concertos for sitar and orchestra, the last in 2008. He also authored violin-sitar compositions for Yehudi Menuhin and himself, music for flute virtuoso Jean Pierre Rampal, music for shakuhachi master Hosan Yamamoto and koto virtuoso Musumi Miyashi-ta, and collaborated with Phillip Glass (Passages).

Former Beatle George Harrison produced and participated in two record albums, Shankar Family & Friends and Festival of India, both composed by Ravi Shankar.

Shankar also composed for ballets and films in India, Canada, Europe and the United States — the last including the movies Charly, Gandhi and the Apu Trilogy.

In the period of the awakening of the younger generation in the mid-1960s, Shankar gave three memorable concerts: the Monterey Pop Festival, the Concert for Bangla Desh and the Woodstock Festival.

An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Shankar was a member of the United Nations International Rostrum of composers. He received many awards and honors from his own country and from around the world, including 14 doctorates, the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan, Desikottam, Padma Bhushan of 1967, the Music Council UNESCO award 1975, the Magsaysay Award from Manila, two Grammys, the Fukuoka grand Prize from Japan, the Polar Music Prize of 1998 and the Crystal award from Davos.

In 1986, he was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha, India’s upper house of Parliament.

Deeply moved by the plight of more than eight million refugees who came to India during the Bangla Desh Freedom struggle from Pakistan, Shankar wanted to help in any way he could. He planned to arrange a concert to collect money for the refugees.

He approached his dear friend, Harrison, to help him raise money for this cause. This humanitarian concern from Shankar sowed the seed of the concept for the Concert for Bangla Desh. With Harrison’s help, this concert became the first magnus effort in fundraising, paving the way for many others to do charity concerts.

His recording Tana Mana, released on the private Music label in 1987, brought Shankar’s music into the “New Age” with its unique method of combining traditional instruments with electronics.

In 1989, he celebrated his 50th year of concertizing, and the Birmingham Touring Opera Company commissioned him to do a Music Theatre (Ghanashyam – a broken branch), which created history on the British arts scene.

He was born Robindra Shankar on April 7, 1920 in Varanasi, India, and was the youngest of four brothers,

“Ravi Shankar has brought me a precious gift, and through him, I have added a new dimension to my experience of music. To me, his genius and his humanity can only be compared to that of Mozart’s,” Menuhin reflected.

Harrison once said: “Ravi Shankar is the Godfather of World Music.”

Ravi Shankar is survived by wife Sukanya, daughter Norah Jones, daughter Anoushka Shankar Wright and husband Joe Wright, and three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Take Five Jazz Great Dave Brubeck Dead at 91

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck

Jazz pianist-composer Dave Brubeck, whose recording of “Take Five” sold over a million copies in 1960, died Wednesday of heart failure at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut, near his home in Wilton, Connecticut. He would have turned 92 on Thursday.

Brubeck was on his way to an appointment with his cardiologist when he was stricken Wednesday morning, said longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.

His “Take Five” was heard on the soundtrack of the 1973 Ralph Bakshi adult cartoon movie Heavy Traffic. As well, he composed for — and performed with his ensemble on — “The NASA Space Station,” a 1988 episode of the CBS TV series This Is America, Charlie Brown.

David Warren Brubeck was born in Concord, California on December 6, 1920.

Designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, he continued to be one of the most active and popular musicians in the world up until his death. In a career that has spanned more than six decades, his experiments with odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, and distinctive harmonies remain hallmarks of a unique musical style unfazed by fad and fashion.

Born into a musical family — his two older brothers were professional musicians — at age four he began piano lessons from his mother, a classical pianist. When his family moved to a 45,000 acre cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierras, his life changed dramatically. He stopped music lessons and began to work with his father as a cowboy. On weekends, he played piano with a local dance band.

He entered the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California as a pre-med student with the idea of becoming a veterinarian and returning to ranch life. Working his way through school as a pianist in local clubs, he became increasingly involved in jazz, and decided to switch his major to music.

After graduating with a bachelor of music degree in 1942, he married Iola Whitlock, who was a fellow student at Pacific, and enlisted in the Army. While serving in Europe under General Patton, he led an integrated GI jazz band. After his discharge in 1946, he began his studies at Mills College with French composer, Darius Milhaud, who encouraged him to introduce jazz elements into his classical compositions. This experimentation of mixed genres led to the formation of the Dave Brubeck Octet that included Paul Desmond, Cal Tjader and Bill Smith. In 1949, Brubeck formed an award-winning trio with Cal Tjader and Ron Crotty, and in 1951 established the Dave Brubeck Quartet with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. This historic collaboration lasted seventeen years, and even after the dissolution of the “classic” Quartet, Brubeck and Desmond frequently performed together.

The Quartet’s recordings and concert appearances on college campuses in the 1950s introduced their individual style to thousands of students, many of whom became lifelong “fans.” Their audiences were not limited to campuses, however. The Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond played in jazz clubs in major cities and toured in package shows with such jazz artists as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan. They repeatedly won top honors in trade magazine critic’s and reader’s polls, including the Black newspaper The Pittsburgh Courier.

In 1954, Time magazine ran a cover story about Brubeck’s remarkable ascendancy in the jazz world. Also in 1954, the Dave Brubeck Quartet “breakthrough” album, Jazz at Oberlin, made the charts in Billboard. In 2005, his CD London Flat, London Sharp was also charted by Billboard, making Brubeck the artist who appeared on Billboard charts over the longest period of time.

In 1958, the Quartet performed in Europe for the first time and toured Poland and the Middle East for the U.S. State Department. This led to the introduction of music from other cultures into the Quartet’s repertoire. Then, in 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded an experiment in time signatures, Time Out. To everyone’s surprise, the album sold over a million copies, and Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk, based on a Turkish folk rhythm, and “Take Five,” composed by Paul Desmond, began to appear on jukeboxes throughout the world.

In 1959, Brubeck premiered and recorded his brother Howard’s Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein. In 1960, he composed “Points on Jazz” for the American Ballet Theatre, and in later decades composed for and performed with the Murray Louis Dance Co. His musical theater piece, The Real Ambassadors, starring Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae, was recorded in 1960 and performed to great acclaim at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Early in his career, Brubeck wrote primarily for the Quartet, and some of those pieces, such as “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke,” became part of standard jazz repertoire. His first orchestral composition, “Elementals,” written for an improvising jazz combo and symphony orchestra, was premiered and recorded in 1962.

The “classic” Dave Brubeck Quartet with Desmond, Eugene Wright (who joined in 1958) and Joe Morello (1956) was dissolved in December 1967; “The Light in the Wilderness,” the first of many works combining classical and improvised elements, was premiered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in February 1968 by conductor Erich Kunzel. Brubeck’s second major work, “The Gates of Justice,” a cantata based on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Old Testament, was also premiered by Kunzel in Cincinnati in 1969.

Baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan joined a newly formed Dave Brubeck Trio (with Jack Six, bass and Alan Dawson, drums) in 1968, and they recorded and toured the world together for seven years. In the mid-1970’s, Brubeck performed with three of his musical sons, Darius, Chris and Dan. He later led a quartet that featured former Octet member clarinetist Bill Smith with son Chris on electric bass and Randy Jones, drums. In 1988, this group, along with former bassist Eugene Wright, had the honor of accompanying President Ronald Reagan to Moscow to perform at the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit. Since the Quartet’s first appearance at a State Dinner for King Hussein of Jordan, during the Johnson administration, Brubeck performed at The White House on many special occasions.

Through the decades that followed the dissolution of the “classic” quartet, Brubeck composed many fully notated compositions. These include ballet suites, a string quartet, chamber ensembles, pieces for solo and duo-piano, violin solos, orchestral works and large-scale works for chorus and orchestra, most notably a mass, “To Hope! A Celebration”, that has been performed throughout the English speaking world, Germany, Russia and Austria. In 2002, Classical Brubeck was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices. The double CD includes his Easter oratorio “Beloved Son,” “Pange Lingua Variations,” his exciting Pentecost oratorio, “The Voice of the Holy Spirit,” and a composition for string orchestra, “Regret,” all under the baton of Gloyd, who, since 1976, was associated with Brubeck as conductor, producer and manager. Throughout his career, Brubeck continued to experiment with interweaving jazz and classical music. He performed as composer-performer with most of the major orchestras in the United States, and with prestigious choral groups and orchestras in Europe and America.

While increasingly active as a composer, Brubeck remained a leading figure in the jazz mainstream, appearing at jazz festivals (recently at Newport with Wynton Marsalis), recording (for Telarc) and touring internationally with today’s version of the Dave Brubeck Quartet — Bobby Militello, sax and flute; Randy Jones, drums; and Michael Moore, bass.

Brubeck was a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University and held numerous honorary degrees from American, Canadian, English and German universities, including an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Fribourg University, Switzerland.

He received national and international recognition, including the National Medal of the Arts presented by President Clinton, a Lifetime Achievement Award from National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Medal, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000, the National Endowment for the Arts declared him a Jazz Master. His international honors include Austria’s highest award for the Arts, a citation from the French government, and the Bocconi Medal from Italy.

Brubeck served as chairman of The Brubeck Institute, established in his honor by his alma mater, the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Dave Brubeck is survived by his wife Iola; four sons; daughter Catherine Yaghsizian; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was anticipating a 92nd birthday concert. The performance in Waterbury, Connecticut will go on, but in the form of a tribute.

Three “Simpsons” Episodes Nominated for WGA Award

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Three episodes of “The Simpsons” are among the five nominees for the Writers Guild of America Award in the category of animation.

The three are “Holidays of Future Passed,” written by J. Stewart Burns; “Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda,” written by Jeff Westbrook; and “Treehouse of Horror XXIII,” written by David Mandel and Brian Kelley.

Also up for a WGA Award are “A Farewell to Arms” (Futurama), written by Josh Weinstein, and “Forget-Me-Not” (Family Guy), written by David A. Goodman.

In the Television Graphic Animation category, the nominees are “CBS News Animations,” animation by David Rosen, and “The Oscars” (Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood), animation by Bob Pook, CBS.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) jointly announced on Thursday nominations for outstanding achievement in TV, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2012 season.

The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies Sunday, February 17 in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. For more information, visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

Brave, Muppets Animated Film Music Nominated For ’13 Grammys

Grammy

Grammy

Tunes from such animated or partly animated films as Pixar’s Brave and Disney’s The Muppets are up for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Nominations were announced Wednesday night by The Recording Academy.

For Best Song Written For Visual Media, the nominees include “Learn Me Right” (from Brave), written by Mumford & Sons (performed by Birdy and Mumford & Sons) and “Man Or Muppet” (from The Muppets), written by Bret McKenzie and performed by Jason Segel and Walter.

The Muppets (Various Artists), on Walt Disney Records, is up for a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.

Nominated for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media is The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn, composed by John Williams. It’s on the Sony Classical label.

For the fifth year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live for the first time ever from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West topped the nominations with six each; the Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel each garnered five nods; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards.

“The Grammy Awards process once again has produced a diverse and impressive list of nominations across multiple genres,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year’s nominees truly represent an exceptional and vibrant creative community that exemplifies some of the highest levels of artistry and excellence in their respective fields. Combined with the fifth year of our primetime nominations special, we’re off to an exciting start on the road to Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, on February 10.”

This year’s Grammy Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012). Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed December 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by January 16, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th Grammy telecast.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Netflix, Disney Announce Feature Film Agreement

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios

Netflix Inc. and The Walt Disney Company announced Tuesday a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive United States subscription television service for first-run animated and live-action feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.

Beginning with its 2016 theatrically released feature films, new Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature titles will be made available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the pay TV window on multiple platforms, including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones. Also included in the agreement are high-profile Disney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.

Separately, Disney and Netflix have reached agreement on a multi-year catalog deal that brought to U.S. Netflix members Tuesday such beloved Disney movies as the animated Dumbo, Pocahontas and Alice in Wonderland.

“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal will bring to our subscribers, in the first pay TV window, some of the highest-quality, most imaginative family films being made today,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “It’s a bold leap forward for Internet television, and we are incredibly pleased and proud this iconic family brand is teaming with Netflix to make it happen.”

“With this cutting-edge agreement, we are thrilled to take our highly valued relationship with Netflix to the next level by adding Disney’s premier films to their programming lineup,” said Disney-ABC Domestic Television president Janice Marinelli. “Netflix continues to meet the demands of its subscribers in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, and we are delighted that they will have much earlier access to our top-quality and entertaining slate,” she continued.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.