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Snow White was a risk that could have finished Disney. Ryan looks at how the world's first animated feature changed the landscape of cinema
In 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios released Frozen, its 53rd animated feature. With takings of well over $1bn and counting, it ranks as the most successful animated film of all time, eclipsing the previous title holder - Pixar's Toy Story 3 - by around $200m.
For a generation who've grown up with such films as The Lion King and Tangled, Disney probably seems like an immovable cultural force: as recognisable and unchanging as Mount Rushmore or the American flag. But Disney has survived a series of peaks and troughs since its founding in the 1920s, from its decline in the 1970s and early 80s, its revival in the 90s, and its second burst of creative energy in the 2000s.
From its inception, Disney Animation Studios has moved with the times, »
Bringing to life the vision for Disney Animation's “Big Hero 6” required technology that didn't exist. Not a problem. Ever since Pixar legends John Lasseter and Ed Catmull took the reigns at Disney Animation in 2006, reaching for the impossible has been the mandate. For “Big Hero 6,” the Disney team made a leap of faith in a new computer software called Hyperion, named for the street in Los Angeles where Walt and Roy Disney founded their animation studio. Also read: John Lasseter Returning to Direct ‘Toy Story 4' for June 2017 Release Hyperion, which was developed in house as a “science. »
- Gina Hall
The Disney Dtv sequels have become a bit if an embarrassment to the Disney legacy. There have been a lot of them and for every Toy Story 2 there are a half dozen cash-ins like Aladdin The Return Of Jafar, Beauty And The Beast’S Enchanted Christmas, and Lilo And Stitch – Stitch Has A Glitch. Most seemed rushed with inferior animation, weak tunes, and lame scripts. They may have worked their way into the wallets of the Disney fans, but not their hearts.
Let’s face it – topping Phil Harris and his classic jungle jive in the original 1967 Jungle Book wasn’t going to happen but 2003’s Jungle Book 2 was better than most sequels, had an impressive voice cast, and was wise enough to include the Jb signature tune “The Bear Necessities” not once but three times! The film’s animation was more detailed and vivid than most of Disney »
- Tom Stockman
Written by David Jonas, Vance Gerry, Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Al Wilson, Roy Morita, Peter Young, Art Stevens, Joe Hale, Rosemary Anne Sisson, Roy Edward Disney, Tony Marino, Steve Hulett, Melvin Shaw, Burny Mattinson, John Musker, Ron Clements, and Doug Lefler
If there is one movie, Disney would like to delete from its animation library, it’s The Black Cauldron. What began as another feather in their animation cap became a perfect storm of misfortune that lead to a box office bomb that put Disney on the edge of disaster. They waited 13 years before releasing the film on VHS, and only because enough fans requested the film be made available. Although The Black Cauldron isn’t considered a Disney classic, it has established itself as a cult classic.
Those looking beyond mainstream animation will find a hidden gem within »
- Elizabeth Rico
For those of you bummed by the lack of Academy love for Saving Mr. Banks or bummed that Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Walt Disney in that film comprised such a small part of the running time, you may like this following bit of news. Two biopics about Disney, known as the godfather of animation and the winningest person in Oscar history, are scheduled to come out in 2014. They are As Dreamers Do, which stars Olan Rogers as Disney and focuses on his childhood growing up in the Midwest and his aspirations to draw, and Walt Before Mickey, based on Timothy Susanin’s novel that focuses on his years as a young adult on the cusp of fame.
- Jordan Adler
5 items from 2014
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