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Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco

The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.

“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”

Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving
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Walt Disney Family Museum to Exhibit Work by ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Artist Eyvind Earle

The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will feature a new exhibition on the life and work of iconic Disney artist Eyvind Earle, beginning May 18 and running through Jan. 8.

Earle is best known for his lush landscapes and as the lead stylist behind Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” (1959). He has produced concept art for other Disney classics, including 1955’s “Lady and the Tramp” and “Peter Pan” (1953).

“Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” is co-curated by Eyvind Earle Publishing CEO Ioan Szasz and Michael Labrie, director of collections and exhibitions for the museum and the Walt Disney Family Foundation.

“Whether it was through a modest snowy landscape for a Christmas card or a more intricate background concept for films like ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ Earle brought magic to everything he touched,” said Szasz, who starting working with Earle in 1988.

The exhibit will feature more than 250 works by Earle, including his rich work
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Animator Andreas Deja’s Work on Exhibit at Walt Disney Family Museum

Animator Andreas Deja’s Work on Exhibit at Walt Disney Family Museum
An exhibition of work by longtime Disney animator Andreas Deja is on display through Oct. 4 at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

Deja, who was named a Disney legend at the last D23 Expo in 2015, is best known as the character animator behind such Disney villains as Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin’s” Jafar, and Scar in “The Lion King.” He was also behind such characters as the hero in “Hercules,” Mama Odie in “The Princess and the Frog,” and Lilo of “Lilo & Stitch,” among many others.

He is currently working on his own independent short film, “Mushka,” about a young girl and her pet tiger set in Russia.

Deja, who was born in Poland and raised in Germany, first applied to be an animator at Disney when he was just 10 years old, right after he first saw the studio’s “The Jungle Book.”

“The day
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Star Wars' George Lucas and composer Danny Elfman are officially becoming Disney Legends

Star Wars' George Lucas and composer Danny Elfman are officially becoming Disney Legends
Move over, Aladdin: Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas and composer Danny Elfman are amongst eight new Disney Legends.

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger will host the D23 Expo 2015 awards ceremony in Anaheim on Friday, August 14, recognising some of Disney's remarkable contributors.

Lucas and Elfman will be honoured alongside All My Children star Susan Lucci and Disney animator Andreas Deja.

The work of George Bodenheimer, Eyvind Earle, Carson Van Osten and Julie Reihm Casaletto will also be celebrated at the event.

Iger said: "The Disney Legend Award is our highest honour, and we are incredibly proud to recognise these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy.

"Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."

Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Robin Williams and Julie Andrews.
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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement.
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Disney to honour George Lucas, Danny Elfman, and others at D23.

Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.

This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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George Lucas, Danny Elfman, Others To Be Honored At D23 2015

Disney today announced that Star Wars creator George Lucas, and a group of people with long ties to Disney and Disney-owned properties, will be named an honored as official Disney legends this year at the biannual D23 Expo in Anaheim. In addition to Lucas, honorees will include All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja, and composer Danny Elfman. The ceremony will be held on the first day of the gathering of Disney fans, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim…
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George Lucas, Danny Elfman, Others To Be Honored At D23 2015

George Lucas, Danny Elfman, Others To Be Honored At D23 2015
Disney today announced that Star Wars creator George Lucas, and a group of people with long ties to Disney and Disney-owned properties, will be named an honored as official Disney legends this year at the biannual D23 Expo in Anaheim. In addition to Lucas, honorees will include All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja, and composer Danny Elfman. The ceremony will be held on the first day of the gathering of Disney fans, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim…
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Disney's Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Coming on October 7

Disney will be releasing Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere this fall to coincide with the home video release of the live-action prequel Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. The release marks the second appearance of Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray, the first coming to celebrate the film's 50th anniversary.

As Sleeping Beauty has been upgraded to Diamond Edition status, Disney have created some all-new bonus features that will be debuting on the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo to compliment the digitally restored picture and sound. They include three never-before-seen deleted scenes, and a sing-along for the kids.

Here's the full breakdown of all the bonus features on the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray combo:

'Once Upon A Parade' (Starring Sarah Hyland) - Behind every attraction, event and parade at the Magic Kingdom is a unique story. Join Sarah Hyland from ABC's "Modern Family" as
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Comic-con 2013: Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary Panel Video

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Comic-con 2013: Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary Panel Video
The 25th anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was celebrated at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 with a panel featuring producer Don Hahn, voice of Roger Rabbit Charles Fleischer, animator Andreas Deja and more. Check out the full video from this exciting Q&A.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was released June 21st, 1988 and stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, Alan Tilvern, Richard LeParmentier, Lou Hirsch. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis.
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Comic-Con 2013 schedule: All the best movie events

Comic-Con has released the full schedule of all the events that will take place over the course of its four days, which you can see for yourself here. For your convention convenience, we’ve collected all of best movie-related panels, programs, Q&As, screenings, and dog-and-pony shows below, including ones involving anticipated upcoming releases like Ender's Game, Divergent, Gravity, and The World’s End. Check them out and mark your calendars. San Diego Comic-Con runs July 17-21. For the full list of TV highlights, check out our list on Inside TV.

Thursday, July 18

Thurs., 10:30am-11:30am, Room 6A,
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The Academy To Show Who Framed Roger Rabbit April 4

Robert Zemeckis and Roger Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988. © Walt Disney Studios

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new digital restoration of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature a post-screening onstage discussion with director Robert Zemeckis and members of the cast and crew, including actress Joanna Cassidy, voice actor Charles Fleischer, supervising animator Andreas Deja, screenwriter Peter S. Seaman and associate producers Don Hahn and Steve Starkey. The panel will be moderated by director Rich Moore, who received an Oscar® nomination for Animated Feature Film for “Wreck-It Ralph” this past year.

A masterful blend of live-action filmmaking and classic animation, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” boldly announced the rebirth of the Disney animation studio. The film endures as an inventive tribute
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Roger Rabbit Is Turning 25: Restored Print to Be Screened at the Academy; Zemeckis in Attendance

Roger Rabbit: Zemeckis' classic blend of animation and live action will have a 25th anniversary screening at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in April Upon its release in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was called a landmark mix of animation and live action; the Robert Zemeckis-directed movie also marked the beginning of the renaissance of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, which had hit rock bottom in the '80s after decades of steady decline. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, the Academy will present a new digital restoration at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Pictured above: a youthful-looking Zemeckis and pal Roger Rabbit.) Zemeckis, who has since made his mark in performance capture animation features (for instance, 2004's The Polar Express, with Tom Hanks and 2007's Beowulf, with Angelina Jolie), will be present for a post-screening onstage chat about his movie.
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Celebrating “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” 25th anniversary

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new digital restoration of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will feature a post-screening onstage discussion with director Robert Zemeckis and members of the cast and crew, including actress Joanna Cassidy, voice actor Charles Fleischer, supervising animator Andreas Deja, screenwriter Peter S. Seaman and associate producers Don Hahn and Steve Starkey. The panel will be moderated by director Rich Moore, who received an Oscar® nomination for Animated Feature Film for “Wreck-It Ralph” this past year. A masterful blend of live-action filmmaking and classic animation, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” boldly announced the rebirth of the Disney animation studio. The film endures as an inventive tribute to animation’s golden age that also set a new standard for what the medium could achieve.
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Sleeping Beauty Awakens In 70mm At The Academy – July 16

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” as the second film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy.s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The film will be introduced by animator Andreas Deja (.Winnie the Pooh,. .The Princess and the Frog.) and character designer Mike Giaimo (.FernGully: The Last Rainforest,. .Pocahontas.).

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, “Sleeping Beauty” earned an Academy Award® nomination for Music . Scoring of a Musical Picture (George Bruns). It is the last fairy tale produced by Walt Disney (after his death, the studio did not return to the genre for feature-length films until 1989.s .The Little Mermaid.). It is also the first animated film in the Technirama widescreen process.

The 70mm short “Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot” (1957) will be screened before the feature at 7 p.m.
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Legendary Animator Glen Keane Leaves Disney

In what many saw as a shock, veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, one of the so-called celebrity animators from Disney’s “Second Renaissance” in the early 1990s, designing and animating immortal characters like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” and Aladdin from “Aladdin,” left the studio on Friday. Keane had been with the studio for almost thirty-seven years (he briefly departed from the studio to do freelance work but was still contracted almost exclusively for Disney). In his letter of resignation (posted at Cartoon Brew), Keane said, “I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can’t resist its siren call to step out and discover them.”

Keane is the son of Bil Keane, creator of “The Family Circus” cartoon strip. Keane joined Disney in 1974 after leaving Cal Arts, and was mentored by Ollie Johnston,
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"Rango" Wins Big at Annie Awards! "Transformers," "Planet of the Apes" Receive Kudos! Check Out Complete List of Winners!

Jennifer Yuh Nelson's "Kung Fu Panda 2" dominated the Annie Awards nominations, but the International Animated Film Society decided to give its highest honor -- the Best Animated Feature award -- to Gore Verbinski's "Rango." Both films are from DreamWorks Animation and they still have to duke it out at the upcoming Oscars in the Best Animated Feature Film category.

Besides the Best Animated trophy, "Rango" also collected awards for Best Editing and Writing. But Nelson, the first woman to direct a feature film animation from a major Hollywood production company, won the Directing in a Feature Production award! Yay! (Check out my interview with Jennifer Yuh Nelson for "Kung Fu Panda 2" right here)

The Annie Awards winners were announced yesterday at the UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 39th Annual Annie Awards (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies,
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Rango, Bill Nighy, Jennifer Yuh Nelson: Annie Awards Animated Feature Winners

Gore Verbinski's Rango, voiced by Johnny Depp Production Categories Best Animated Feature A Cat in Paris Arrugas (Wrinkles) Arthur Christmas Cars 2 Chico & Rita Kung Fu Panda 2 Puss in Boots * Rango Rio The Adventures of Tintin Best Animated Special Production Adventure Time: Thank You Batman: Year One Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas * Kung Fu Panda: Secret of the Masters Prey 2 Star Tours Best Animated Short Subject * Adam and Dog I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat La Luna (Notes on) Biology Paths of Hate Sunday The Ballad of Nessie The Girl and the Fox Wild Life and Studio Gds Individual Achievement Categories Animated Effects in an Animated Production Can Yuksel, Puss In Boots Chase Cooper, Rango Dan Lund, Winnie The Pooh Dave Tidgewell, Kung Fu Panda 2 Eric Froemling, Cars 2 Jason Mayer, Kung Fu Panda 2 Joel Aron, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Jon Reisch,
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Lion King’

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They were Skittles. I remember this part distinctly. I was in the front row of the theater on Friday, June 24, 1994, throwing Skittles at the big screen with the other kids I was seeing The Lion King with. I know that my parents weren’t there with me; I was misbehaving, sure, but my parents were responsible enough that, had they been with me, I’d have been in my seat like a good boy. (Of course, for this specific movie, they weren’t responsible enough to be in the theater, instead letting me see the movie with a couple of friends, one of whom was a bit older. But that’s neither here nor there.) Yes, for some odd reason, the first time I saw The Lion King, it did not hold my attention as it should have. I also have a specific memory of thinking to myself after leaving the movie,
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Annie Award 2011 Nominations: Rango, Rio, The Adventures Of Tintin

Carlos Saldanha's Rio Production Categories Best Animated Feature A Cat in Paris – Folimage Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L. Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios Chico & Rita – Chico & Rita Distribution Limited Kung Fu Panda 2DreamWorks Animation Puss In BootsDreamWorks Animation RangoParamount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/Gk Films Production Rio – Blue Sky Studios The Adventures of TintinAmblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall Best Animated Special Production Adventure Time: Thank You – Cartoon Network Studios Batman: Year OneWarner Bros. Animation Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – Blue Sky Studios Kung Fu Panda – Secrets of the Masters – DreamWorks Animation Prey 2 – Blur Studio Star Tours – Industrial Light & Magic Best Animated Short Subject Adam and Dog – Lodge Films I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat – Warner Bros. Animation La Luna – Pixar Animation Studios (Notes on) Biology – Ornana
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