Tag Archives: Disney

A Tale Of Two Snow Queens

Frozen_4It was the best of ani­ma­tion, it was the worst of ani­ma­tion. Over the next cou­ple months, you will be able to choose for your­self which is the true Queen, and which will be the also ran. One is from Dis­ney, and one is pro­duced in the frozen land of Rus­sia; both are based on the clas­sic tale The Snow Queen By Hans Chris­t­ian Ander­sen… and both, inter­est­ingly enough, have just released new trail­ers in antic­i­pa­tion of their pend­ing releases.

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Pixar Looking Dry in 2014

dinosaur1For the first time since 2005, Pixar will not have a fea­ture film release in a cal­en­dar year. Dis­ney has just announced that the trou­bled pro­duc­tion The Good Dinosaur has been pushed back to a 2015 release date, leapfrog­ging over Inside Out. This is the sec­ond release date roll back for the film, orig­i­nally intended for this hol­i­day sea­son. Disney’s Frozen took that slot.

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First Trailer for Disney’s Frozen

FrozenDis­ney has released the first trailer for Frozen, their take on the Snow Queen tale made famous by Hans Chris­t­ian Ander­sen. Set for release this Novem­ber, Frozen is a story that Walt him­self con­sid­ered doing, but never actu­ally started on. A ver­sion was con­sid­ered in 2002. By 2010, Dis­ney shelved that project, then changed its sta­tus to “on hold.” The film gained new life in late 2011. when Dis­ney announced a new title for the project (Frozen), and com­mit­ted to a 2013 release date.

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Disney Announces First Marvel Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion has announced their first feature-length ani­mated film based on a Mar­vel prop­erty Big Hero 6. Inspired by a little-known Japan-set Mar­vel series about a team of state-sanctioned super­heroes, the film will cen­ter on a boy named Hiro Hamada and his beloved robot com­pan­ion Bay­Max who join a team of crime fight­ers in a myth­i­cal mashup high-tech city called San Fransokyo.

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Paperman Producer Kristina Reed Flies Out Of Oscars

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed, the pro­ducer of the Acad­emy Award Win­ning ani­mated short Paper­man was escorted from her seat at the awards show shortly after her film won the cov­eted stat­uette. It seems that in her exu­ber­ant mood to cel­e­brate the win, Ms. Reed took to mak­ing paper air­planes, apply­ing a lip-stick kiss, and send­ing the planes into the audi­ence around her.

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Cartoon of the Day: Cinderella

Cinderella

From this date in 1950 comes a Dis­ney fea­ture film based on a story by Charles Per­rault. Cin­derella really marked the return of the Dis­ney stu­dios top the ani­mated fea­ture film, and marked the begin­ning of the mid­dle period of the Dis­ney oeuvre.

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Cartoon of the Day: Freeway Phobia No. 1

Freeway Phobia No. 1Goofy was always good fun, and good fod­der for sto­ries. Free­way Pho­bia No. 1, with a story writ­ten by William R. Bosché is no excep­tion. And, as in many pre­vi­ous films, Goofy plays all the parts. Watch this today for a great belly laugh!

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Cartoon of the Day: Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Today would be the 60th anniver­sary of that kids film about being a grown up kid, Peter Pan. One of my per­sonal favorites, Peter Pan is prob­a­bly the per­fect Dis­ney film– action, adven­ture, great back­grounds and ani­ma­tion, and a stel­lar voice cast. Sec­ond star on the right, and on until dawn…

Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, arrives in the Lon­don nurs­ery of the Dar­ling chil­dren: Wendy, Michael and John. He teaches the chil­dren to fly (with the help of Tin­ker Bell’s pixie dust), then takes them all to Never Land so Wendy can be mother to Peter’s tribe of Lost Boys. In Never Land, there are flir­ta­tious mer­maids, sav­age Indi­ans, and wicked pirates-including Peter’s great neme­sis, Cap­tain Hook. A series of dan­ger­ous and excit­ing cloak-and-dagger adven­tures with Cap­tain Hook and Peter leads to the villain’s ulti­mate defeat, and Peter takes the Dar­ling chil­dren home in the cap­tured pirate ship, which now soars through the sky, thanks to a lit­tle con­tri­bu­tion from Tin­ker Bell.

Cartoon of the Day: How To Ride A Horse

How To Ride A Horse

How To Ride A Horse

From a sort of infor­mal series, How To Ride A Horse is one of those Goofy shorts that just make you laugh. Goofy is amaz­ing, he can carry a whole short and even a whole series, all by himself.

In this short, Goofy has a dif­fi­cult time try­ing to ride a horse.

Orig­i­nally released as part of the fea­ture “The Reluc­tant Dragon.”

Cartoon for the Day: One Man Band

One Man Band

One Man Band

While it was eight years ago today that PIXAR released One Man Band, it almost another half year for any­one to see it. Well, any­one that wasn’t in France at Annecy, at least. DO you remem­ber what film this was ulti­mately paired with for it’s the­atri­cal release?

Like most PIXAR shorts, the story was short… and the char­ac­ters sweet. Two street per­form­ers com­pete for a small child’s last coin.

Release date reflects first show­ing at the 29th Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Fes­ti­val in Annecy, France. Gen­eral release was attached to PIXAR Films Cars on June 9, 2006.

Vio­lin­ists who “por­trayed” the char­ac­ters are Clay­ton Haslop (“Tre­ble”) and Mark Robert­son (“Tippy”). The score was recorded at the Para­mount Scor­ing Stage uti­lized a 38-piece orches­tra as well as the two soloists.