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4 items from 2009

[DVD Review] Walt Disney Animation Collection: Volume 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol

1 October 2009 | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

When Disney released the first six volumes of its Animation Collections it wasn’t surprising to see Mickey and the Beanstalk or The Prince and the Pauper headlining two of the releases. After all, they represented two of the crown jewels of Disney’s short films collection. What was alarming was the omission of Mickey’s Christmas Carol, the beautifully animated take on Dickens’ seminal classic using some of the best old time Disney characters. There are a precious few animated Christmas films worthy of annual viewing. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Merry Christmas Charlie Brown are two of them and Mickey’s Christmas Carol rounds out the trio.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Directed by Burny Mattinson and written by Burny Mattinson and Tony Marino

Starring Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Eddie Carroll, Patricia Parris, Dick Billingsley

Ebenezer Scrooge, ghosts of Christmas past, present and future »

- Lex Walker

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Brand New "Winnie the Pooh" Movie Announced!

10 September 2009 11:06 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

John Lasseter, Academy Award-winning animator, director, and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has announced a fresh, new take on A.A. Milne's children's classic "Winnie the Pooh." The film will be based on five of the author's original stories.

It has been 35 years since Disney produced a feature film starring "Winnie the Pooh" characters, so this is a welcomed treat!

Lasseter, presenting at London's Leicester Square about the future of Disney/Pixar animation, showed some old clips of "Winnie the Pooh" and revealed that the new film will stick to the classic look with a contemporary feel.

Steve Anderson and Don Hall are going to direct and all the filmmakers involved with the film vowed to honor Milne's vision about the world of the Hundred Acre Wood. This new film, Lasseter said, will not be just for kids but for the entire family.

The best part? »

- Manny

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Pixar Reveals Toy Story 3, Cars 2 Updates

10 September 2009 5:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Even though Disney's D23 fan convention kicks off today in Anaheim, it seems we have an early glimpse of what to expect from the convention. Empire is reporting that Pixar's John Lassetter was in London in advance of the convention and revealed some of the big news and clips that will be unveiled at the convention.

Lassetter revealed that Timothy Dalton will be portraying a character in Toy Story 3 called Mr. Pricklepants. Here's the magazine's description of the character and the footage that was shown.

We saw a tiny animation test with Mr Pricklepants (who's cute in a spiky way), but the big news was a lengthy Toy Story 3 clip and trailer. The clip showed Andy packing from college, and emptying all his toys into a black bin bag for storage in the attic. He hesitates over Woody and Buzz, finally putting Woody in the box of things to take for college. »

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John Lasseter wows London crowd with clips

10 September 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- Timothy Dalton, a former James Bond and Shakespearean actor to boot, will voice a worthy thespian hedgehog named Mr Pricklepants in Disney Pixar's "Toy Story 3."

A five second clip of the newly created character for the franchise, shown here by Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter, was greeted with hoots of laughter from a packed Odeon Leicester Square Thursday morning.

It appears that when it comes to getting animated about upcoming projects, Disney thinks big with Lasseter hosting over two hours of footage, clips and trailers from both animation studios he oversees in what is the biggest cinema in the U.K.

Lasseter promised the 1,500-plus audience he would reveal several world firsts, one of which included the casting of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as the two voice leads in the big screen Walt Disney animated adaptation of classic Brothers Grimm fairytale "Rapunzel. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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