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Layoffs at the Walt Disney Company’s studios and other units may take place in the wake of an internal cost-cutting review begun by the Mouse House several weeks ago, according to “three people with knowledge of the effort.” Continue reading
Eighty years ago today saw the release of Mickey Mouse in Building A Building. This was not the same Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie. Mickey had done a lot of growing up– maturing– in five years, and passed a lot of his bad habits to Donald. And the artists at Disney had shown a drastic improvement in their skills.
Well Happy New Year! We start the year off with an Academy Award winning cartoon featuring Donald Duck from 1943. In fact, Der Fuehrer’s Face is Donald’s ONLY Oscar, to date. As funny as this short is, we should never forget the seriousness behind this and other War films… fighting the Nazi’s was serious business in the early forties, even if it could get a bit funny at times.
Disney is quoted as saying, “It all started with a mouse.” Disney was always inventing, always trying new things, pushing the animation envelope. Today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, and while it was not the first animated feature film, or even the first in full color… it was certainly the first commercially successful animated feature film, and it’s legacy is still being felt today.
Today is actually the anniversary of TWO Winnie the Pooh specials, the aforementioned Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too and, well, I’ll let you figure out the other one. Tigger released in 1974, the other one in 1968.
A couple days ago, I panned Chicken Little in CotD as the worst Disney feature animated film ever; this in NOT that Chicken Little. This one was directed by Clyde Geronimi, and produced in 1943. This one was a short.
One of Disney’s very few holiday themed films, Mickey’s Christmas Carol was released on this date 29 years ago today. Animated by Glen Keane and Mark Henn among others, this featurette went on to get an Academy Award nomination in 1984.
Mikael Hed, chief executive of Finnish gaming company Rovio, says the company is going ahead with a 2016 feature film based on his company’s famous avians, the Angry Birds. But Hed is not happy just making a feature film, he plans on taking the giant of children’s animation, Disney.
I am REALLY on the fence about The Emperor’s New Groove. Sure, it has it’s moments… it has Eartha Kitt… it also has Patrick Warburton and Wendie Malick. On the down side, it does have the barely one-dimensional David Spade in the lead role, and it was directed by Mark Dindal who was still perfecting the art of really screwing up an animated film here (his Masters thesis was Chicken Little in 2005, easily the worst film ever from Disney.)
The rumors of Disney on ice are true, at least as far as the studio’s 53rd full-length animated feature full-length animated feature is concerned. Frozen, due in theaters in a little less than a year is that ice-cold project, and Disney has just released their first peak at the art from the film.
Five movies each have been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday.
Three of the five were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
Release with the Disney feature Bolt, Tokyo Mater was part of Pixar’s Cars Toons series based on the characters from the hit movie Cars. This series of short cartoons feature the characters Mater and Lightning McQueen in various theatrical shorts.
“Frankenweenie,” directed by Tim Burton, has been named the Best Animation of 2012 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day was declared runner-up in the category.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, today’s Cartoon of the Day is Santa’s Workshop. From the middle of the Silly Symphonie series, this short was produced in Technicolor, and directed by Wilfred Jackson.
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.