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Talk has been stirring of a rift between Marvel Comics and Disney Animation over the latter's upcoming "Big Hero 6" animated film which is loosely based on the Marvel comics title of the same name. As previously reported, Marvel has no plans to reprint any of the comic's past adventures or re-introduce the characters into its pages.
At the same time, Disney Animation chief John Lasseter confirmed the other day that the film is essentially an all Disney production with Marvel having little to no input. Now, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has now confirmed to Cbr that "there are no plans" for re-introducing any of the Big Hero 6 characters, adding:
"The characters and stories that have appeared in our comics are very different from what they are in the film. Releasing material that would be viewed as movie tie-in product would be a disservice to filmgoers. We wanted »
- Garth Franklin
What could easily play like another synergistic infomercial or glorified electronic press kit somehow trumps that with “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic,” an ABC special touting its parent company’s valentine to warm the hearts of shareholders. Perhaps that’s because “Frozen” qualifies as a legitimate cultural phenomenon, plus the recollections of those involved – and how the film found its voice – are personal and enlightening enough to overcome the obvious fluff factor. Parents, in particular, should let their kids see the hard work underlying such an enterprise, since nothing here will spoil the magic.
For those unfamiliar with how labor-intensive the genre is, it’s stated right off the bat that the movie – now the highest-grossing animated film of all time – employed 600 people for 2 ½ years. More notable, though, are the contortions through which the story went before the signature song, “Let It Go,” “fundamentally changed the entire movie, »
- Brian Lowry
This Fall's "Big Hero 6" is the first ever animated adaptation of a Marvel property at Disney. Yet, in many eyes, it's not really seen as a true collaboration. The comic itself is obscure and consisted of only a few issues, the adaptation a relatively loose one, and it has no ties to Disney's other existing Marvel works.
Disney Animation and Pixar's John Lasseter seems to agree with that assessment. He was recently asked by Vulture if there have been any discussions between Marvel and Disney or Pixar to make an animated movie that could fit within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He said: "Not yet. No, we haven't. If we went directly into the Marvel Universe, that would mean we'd work more directly with Marvel." He adds that, aside from some screenings involving Marvel Cco Joe Quesada, "Big Hero 6" is very much a Disney film - "Without question, it »
- Garth Franklin
Though Marvel and Disney have formed a lucrative partnership, the former has been dominating the superhero genre thanks to movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Disney.s animation arm is trying to close the gap a tad with the release of the heroic Big Hero 6 this November. Does that mean that a full-blow team up of Marvel and Disney.s animators could be coming down the chute? Not necessarily. John Lasseter, the Pixar head who helped right the ship at Disney Animation, was presenting to media on behalf of Big Hero 6, and was asked by Vulture if the studios have had conversations about joining their forces. Big Hero 6 is an adaptation of a less-than-popular Marvel title, but it has a distinct Disney flair to it, aiming it squarely as kids. But Lasseter, despite the potential of such a pairing, tossed cold »
Guardians of the Galaxy was considered by many to be a big risk for Marvel Studios, introducing these relatively obscure characters into the massively-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, the risk paid off, with Guardians of the Galaxy grossing over $500 million worldwide after just one month in release. Marvel's parent company Walt Disney Studios are taking a similar risk with their first animated adaptation of a Marvel comic book this fall, Big Hero 6, a title much more obscure than Guardians of the Galaxy.
"They do feel like distant cousins. Guardians is a Marvel movie, but it's sort of gone off on a different branch. It indicates that fans of superhero movies are willing to try new flavors."
Since Big Hero 6 »
The special is hosted by Josh Gad, who voiced the character Olaf in the film, and will feature interviews with stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Gad. Jon Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney Animated Studios and Pixar, and members of the filmmaking team will also be featured. Additionally, viewers will see footage of the Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the film’s look and design.
The one-hour special, produced by Lincoln Square Productions, will also include announcements about the next chapter of “Frozen,” along with a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”
It will also feature a sneak peek from Disney Animated Studios’ upcoming action-comedy film, “Big Hero 6, »
- Kevin Noonan
Disney's Pixar has released the first teaser of upcoming animated short “Lava.” It's not a trailer, but rather a short clip (above) of a volcano named Uku singing, and he has a lovely voice. Also read: Why Disney Fired John Lasseter – And How He Came Back to Heal the Studio Director James Ford Murphy's unique tale takes place over millions of years, and is inspired by the beauty of tropical islands and the allure of ocean volcanoes. “Lava” will hit theaters with upcoming feature-length Pixar film “Inside Out” on June 19 next year. »
- Greg Gilman
Believe it or not, it's been five years since Disney bought Marvel for a whopping $4 billion! However, the one thing that many of us thought would happen hasn't, and that's a joint production between Marvel and Disney. Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 appeared to be a step in the right direction, but while it may be using Marvel characters, it's not exactly a Marvel movie! When asked by Vulture about whether there have been discussions of some sort of team up, John Lasseter revealed: "Not yet. No, we haven’t. If we went directly into the Marvel Universe, that would mean we’d work more directly with Marvel. Without question, it was made 100 percent here. They’d forgotten the books existed." Director Don Hall meanwhile believes that people will gravitate towards the quirky looking Big Hero 6 for the same reason that they did for Guardians of the Galaxy. "They »
When Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment five years ago, bringing the comic-book juggernaut into a company that also includes Pixar, fanboys started drooling: Could the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe, which carefully threads recurring plot points and superheroes through a series of live-action sequels, now include animated movies, too? Nobody would know that better than John Lasseter, who runs both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, so when I saw him yesterday at a Burbank event touting Disney’s CG-animated Big Hero 6 — which is based on a Marvel comic book but doesn’t take place in the same cinematic universe as The Avengers — I had to ask if he’d talked to Marvel about mounting a big-screen animated venture that might slot into the movie continuity already established by films like Iron Man, Captain America, and Guardians of the Galaxy.“Not yet. No, we haven’t,” admitted Lasseter. “If we went directly »
- Kyle Buchanan
Early Wednesday morning, John Lasseter stood in front of a small group of journalists in a theater in the animation building on the Disney lot to introduce a presentation about November's new animated release, "Big Hero 6," and it felt to me, after over a decade of attending events where Lasseter has spoken, like a bit of a victory lap. And why not? Since "Bolt," Disney Feature Animation has been slowly but surely rebuilding what was a tarnished brand into something that is every bit as strong as the strongest moments from the "Mermaid" through "Lion King" era. "Frozen" was a global smash hit, and more than that, it managed that elusive cultural penetration where it goes beyond being successful and simply becomes omnipresent. "Frozen" was everywhere. Everyone knew what it was. Considering how dark things were for the studio before it was re-organized from within, it's amazing to see »
- Drew McWeeny
The 2014 best animated feature Oscar race might well come down to DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Disney's Big Hero 6. Dragon was one of this summer's biggest critical and commercial hits. Hero won't be released until Nov. 7, the first weekend after Halloween. But Disney-Pixar chief John Lasseter, the film's producer Roy Conli and co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams teased the movie Wednesday by revealing 25 minutes of footage at a gathering of Oscar bloggers at the Disney Animation building in Burbank, a clear indication that Disney intends to give the film a
- Scott Feinberg
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced a seven-year collaboration with the Japan Foundation that includes co-producing a pan-Asian omnibus series.
UniJapan and the Japan Foundation are set to hold Film Culture Exchange Projects linking Japan and other Asian countries at Tiff for the next seven years.
Firstly, this year Tiff will launch Crosscut Asia, a showcase of Asian films that will focus on particular countries, filmmakers, actors and themes. In its first year, Crosscut Asia will focus on new Thai films. The line-up will be announced Sept 30 with the rest of the Tiff selection.
Secondly, Japan Foundation Asia Center will present the Spirit of Asia Award to one film from the Asian Future section for up-and-coming directors. The winning production team will get a trophy and a trip to Japan, or, in the case of a Japanese winner, an invitation to travel to other Asian countries.
Lastly, Japan Foundation »
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The upcoming animated short film Feast, which will run in theaters with Big Hero 6, opening on November 7th, is the story of one man’s life, as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed through the meals that they share. It’s a beautiful, funny, heart-warming story about love. During a recent presentation and screening at Walt Disney Animation Studios, to showcase their latest short, director Patrick Osborne talked about how quickly Feast went from pitch to finished product, all with the guidance and support of John Lasseter. During the interview, he discussed where this idea came from, making this as part of Disney’s shorts program, what the pitch process is like, creating the look of the food, developing a short versus a feature, what the lighting process is like, the must-have foods that he wanted to include, why he chose to »
- Christina Radish
Last fall, Pixar Animation had to push back the release of The Good Dinosaur from an initial release this past summer back to November 25th, 2015. The news came just a few weeks after we learned Bob Peterson had been removed from the film as director and a brain trust consisting of John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn were put in place to take over the project. Now we have word that Pixar has completely overhauled the film as voice star John Lithgow says the film has been drastically changed for the better. Speaking with Collider (promoting his forthcoming, fantastic indie Love is Strange), Lithgow said: “I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. »
- Ethan Anderton
2014 marks the first year since 2005 that Pixar has not released a new movie, following the studio's decision to shift their upcoming project The Good Dinosaur from a May 30, 2014 release to November 25, 2015, after they removed director Bob Peterson from the project last August.
We haven't heard anything about this delayed Pixar animated adventure since then, but now we have a new update from voice actor John Lithgow, who revealed in a new interview that the studio has completely reworked the story, and he will have to come back in to record the new dialogue next month.
"I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I'm gonna record again on it within the next month. Don't worry. It's coming and it's gonna be better than I ever imagined."
The actor confirmed that both he and »
ABC has released another photo from the upcoming fourth season of Once Upon a Time, which features a fresh look at Georgina Haig as Frozen's Queen Elsa and Elizabeth Lail as Anna. The series has also added Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff, Tyler Jacob Moore as Hans and John Rhys-Davies will voice the rock troll King, Pabbie. The fourth season is set to premiere Sunday, September 28th. Fans will get an advenaced look at the upcoming Frozen characters in action during ABC's The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, a new special airing Tuesday, September 2 (8:00 -9:00 p.m., Et). Check out the photo, then read on for details.
Once Upon a Time: Season 4, Episode 1
The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special »
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award- winning film “Frozen,” now the biggest animated feature of all time. A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.
Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought “Frozen” to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, »
- Michelle McCue
The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award-winning film Frozen, now the biggest animated feature of all time. A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.
Take a look at photos from The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, which airs Tuesday, September 2 (8:00 -9:00 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network, along with five new images from Frozen.
The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic: TV Pictures Gallery
Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and »
If you're not ready to let go of "Frozen" quite yet, ABC invites you to go behind-the-scenes of the animated smash with the upcoming "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic." The new special will offer an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of "Frozen" and feature interviews with stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa), executive producer John Lasseter, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriters who put "Let It Go" into everyone's brain. The press release also notes that the special will "include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of 'Frozen,'" but it seems to refer to the upcoming appearances of Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on a future episode of ABC’s "Once Upon a Time" more than the inevitable theatrical sequel. "The Story of »
- Dave Lewis
The one-hour special includes interviews with stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, and artists, and chief creative officer John Lasseter. The production includes footage from the Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of Arendelle.
The special has added timing value for Disney-owned ABC, as its fantasy drama Once Upon a Time is launching its live-action Frozen-inspired arc this fall. (The special will also include preview »
- James Hibberd
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