Were you expecting a Christmas present from Walt Disney and the frozen North this year? Well get ready, because that is exactly what is under the tree. Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short Empty Socks- long considered a lost film- was recently found in a library almost at the Arctic circle. The short, released just over 85 years ago, was the first Disney “Christmas” themed short and featured Oswald plays Santa for a group of orphans. It was a silent cartoon. Prior to this discovery, the only extant copy of Empty Socks was a 25-second sequence preserved at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
The Golden Globes have announced their picks for the Best Animated Feature Film of the year. Sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes picked the five nominees from a field of 17 contenders including L’arte Della Felicità (Big Sur), Big Hero 6 (Disney), The Book of Life (Twentieth Century Fox), The Boxtrolls (Laika), Cheatin’ (Plimpton Studios) , Henry & Me (Reveal Studios), The Hero of Color City (Exodus), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks), The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros.), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks), Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks), Pirate Fairy (DisneyToon), Planes: Fire & Rescue (DisneyToon), Rio 2 (Blue Sky), The Snow Queen 2 ( Wizart), Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon), Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) (Studio Ghibli).
With heating up the box office over the weekend, Disney Studios is firming up their slate for 2016 this week. s expected, Disney has confirmed for theatrical release and 3D screens on March 4, 2016. Later that year, the Polynesian-flavored will open for the holiday crowd on November 23, 2016. Both films are CG-animated features.
Pixar is now officially working on it’s fourth in the Toy Story series. The film is set to be directed by John Lasseter, who directed and . The basic story is written by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich, with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack turning out the screenplay. The new film will be produced by Galyn Susman.
This year, there looks to be 20 animated films as possible contenders in the race for the Best Animated Film Oscar. The list has no apparent front runner, and no film this year from Pixar. The field is a rounded out with many more foreign films than usual, with entries from France, Ireland, Japan, the U.K. and Latvia. The list induces three films from Disney and from DreamWorks Animation, and one each from Blue Sky and Reel FX Animation.
Disney Studio’s next animated feature film Big Hero 6 opened a little early in Russia… and bowled the Russians over. After opening to rave reviews at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23, 2014, Disney shuttled the film to Russia to take advantage of two weeks of school holidays in Russia in late October. Big Hero 6 brought in 5 million in the first two days, which is considered a very strong open in the Russia. The film opens to US audiences later this week, on November 7th.
After Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen became the highest grossing animated film of all time, it was inevitable that the mouse-house would revisit the arctic kingdom of Elisa and Anna. In a move that will make pre-teens the world over scream for more Icee’s, Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced that in Spring 2015 they will follow the feature film up with the release a theatrical short titled Frozen Fever.
Here’s hoping you like Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book…. because you are about to get three animated feature versions in as many years. Based on their popular animated series of the same name, DQ Entertainment will be the first out of the gate with their The Jungle Book. 2015 will see Disney’s second bite at the apple, with their own remake of The Jungle Book. And not wanting to be left out, Warner Bros. is bringing up the rear with 2016’s Jungle Book: Origins. While DQ’s entry is first, and comes from the land of The Jungle Book, it will probably make the least impact on American audiences. But both Disney and Warner Bros. versions feature all-star casts, and both look to attract a ton of attention as they come to theaters. We have a score-card so you can keep track of which star is attached to which project….
When The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, it left the year 2014 entirely devoid of a Pixar feature film. The film has lead a very troubled existence, from first being pulled from Disney’s Frozen‘s 2013 release date to having the director removed in August of 2013. No new director has even yet been announced, but a brain trust of John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and original project co-director Pete Sohn has been hard at work for most of the last year, restructuring and rewriting the film.
Ottawa International Animation Festival is celebrating the world’s most beloved, successful and pioneering animation studio with a series of screenings, talks, exhibitions and legendary Disney animators. Presented with the support of Celebrate Ontario and Walt Disney Animation Studios, OIAF’s tribute to Walt Disney Animation Studios touches upon their impact in feature films with a 25th anniversary screening of The Little Mermaid – a film that revitalized both the studio and the animation feature when it was released.