12 items from 2016
Ron Clements and John Musker have just about seen it all in their 30-some years at Disney. They are largely credited — as the creative powers behind 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” — with launching Disney’s animation renaissance following a period of less-than-successful films for the studio. Today, their seventh animated collaboration, “Moana,” is the writer-directors’ first CG-animated project; Jared Bush wrote the screenplay.
“Moana” tells the tale of a head-strong teen who defies her village’s ban on sailing the ocean in order to save them from destruction. The movie has been a learning experience for the seasoned veterans.
“We had to learn a whole new pipeline,” Musker says. “The way to get from script to storyboard is the same, but once you get into the production process, it is a different thing. It’s less linear.”
In hand-drawn animation, artists go from storyboards to drawing the sets and figuring out »
- Terry Flores
November 22 marks the 25th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beast.” TheWrap teamed up with IMDb to give you these 15 facts you may not have known about the Oscar-winning film. Belle was the first brown-haired Disney princess. The smoke during the transformation of the beast is not animated — it was real smoke originally used in 1985’s “The Black Cauldron.” Although Angela Lansbury is famous for singing the “Beauty and the Beast” ballad, she originally thought another actor would be more suited. The director asked her to make at least one recording of her singing the song, which ended up in »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Simon Brew Nov 1, 2016
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs gets added to the list of live action takes on Disney animated hits...
In a surprise to pretty much nobody on planet Earth, it’s been revealed that Disney has added a live action take on Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs to its collection of remakes of its animated classics. The news follows the announcement of a live action The Lion King last month.
The only slight shock in this instance, really, is that it’s taken so long. Still, the studio’s original animated success is set to be put into the hands of screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, who was the scribe who adapted The Girl On The Train for the big screen.
No director has been announced at this stage.
Few questions feel as stale as the following: Is the Disney Princess feminist? It's become profoundly boring to scavenge for an answer, so common is this refrain that arises each holiday season since Peggy Orenstein’s barnstorm of an essay. It will no doubt be a talking point upon the release of Moana later this year. The "Disney Princess" has congealed into a homogenous, lumpen unit of capitalist excess, so much that each character’s particular idiosyncrasies often become obscured in such discussions.Belle, the heroine of Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale’s Beauty and the Beast (1991), is a headstrong bibliophile with a peripatetic mind; she spends the beginning of the film longing to be elsewhere. “There must be more than this provincial life,” she screams in the film’s opening number, which economically introduces us to the townspeople who fawn over her. Belle, voiced by Paige O’Hara, occupies »
One realm to rule them all. One realm to find them, one realm to bring them all and in the darkness bind them, in the land of Middle-earth where the shadows lie.
Now, far be it from me to ever describe Middle-earth as a dark shadow over anything, but for everyone else trying to make a mega-hit fantasy film, the very thought of competing with Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit must seem the equivalent of toppling literal evil on Earth.
It seems that any time a big-budget fantasy flick is released, they get sneered at as generic, lacking the richness of detail or story compared to Lord Of The Rings.
But if this sounds like I’m suggesting there »
Walt Disney Pictures are returning to the world of The Black Cauldron, with Variety reporting that the studio has picked up the rights to Lloyd Alexander’s five-book fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain – the first two of which were adapted in the 1985 movie.
Released between 1964 and 1968, the five books – The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle Llyr, Taran Wanderer and The High King – are set in the magical land of Prydain, which is engaged in a series of battles with Annuvin, the Land of Death. The series follows its protagonist Taran, an assistant pig-keeper with dreams of becoming a grand hero.
The Black Cauldron was the 25th animated Disney film, and struggled at the box office, grossing just $21 million from a budget of $44 million.
- Gary Collinson
While Disney.s 1985 animated feature The Black Cauldron may not be peak of the Mouse House at their powers, I still maintain that it.s an underrated gem in their back catalog. Whether or not anyone else agrees with me on this particular iteration of the story, that.s apparently not going to stop Disney from reaching into the archives and bringing more stories from Black Cauldron author Lloyd Alexander to life, as they.re working to adapt his fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain for the big screen. A high fantasy series published between 1964 and 1968.a run that includes the novel The Black Cauldron.Lloyd Alexander.s five The Chronicles of Prydain books are based on Welsh mythology. According to Variety, Disney has locked up the rights to the saga and is in the process of developing them into a series of movies. While this is all in the »
Walt Disney Pictures are planning a big-screen adaptation of the book series The Chronicles Of Prydain for the big-screen. According to the trade paper Variety, the studio are plottingg big things for the potential franchise, which was the original inspiration for their 1980s animated feature, The Black Cauldron.
The book is inspired by Welsh mythology, and here’s how the publisher describes the story.
The Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli—all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil »
- Paul Heath
Disney Pictures has reportedly acquired the rights and have announced plans to develop a film franchise based on Lloyd Alexander's fantasy novel series "The Chronicles of Prydain".
If that name sounds familiar, Disney tackled the material before with its 1985 animated feature "The Black Cauldron" - an adaptation of the second book in the six-book series which began in 1964 with "The Book of Three".
Inspired by Welsh mythology, the series followed Taran, an assistant pig-keeper who sets out on a quest to become a hero. He's joined by a strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess named Eilonwy along with several other characters.
No writer or director is yet attached.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Disney has acquired movie rights to the fantasy series “The Chronicles of Prydain” and is in early development on the project, Variety has learned.
The five novels by Lloyd Alexander, based on Welsh mythology, were published annually from 1964 to 1968 and followed the protagonist Taran from youth to maturity. He’s an assistant pig-keeper but initially dreams of being a grand hero.
The books are set in the magical land of Prydain, which resembles ancient Wales and is engaged in a series of battles with Annuvin, the Land of Death.
Other key characters are the young princess Eilonwy, the bard Fflewddur Fflam and a wild creature named Gurgi.
The books are “The Book of Three,” “The Black Cauldron,” “The Castle Llyr,” “Taran Wanderer” and “The High King.” The final book won the John Newbery Medal, given by the Association for Library Service to Children.
Sam Dickerman is the Disney executive on the project, »
- Dave McNary
One of the most interesting things about Walt Disney Feature Animation is the way it has evolved over the course of its history from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs to today. There are such distinct eras in its development, such major shifts in creative energy, such giant peaks and valleys, that even the worst moments in its history are worth study for animation fans. I wish Disney would embrace their entire history and not just their hits, because there is so much to learn from films like Song Of The South or The Black Cauldron. Right now, though, they have hit a stride that is admirable, and Zootopia is another triumph for the current version of the studio following films like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. First and foremost, Zootopia is a reminder of just how beautiful animated films can be. Holy cow, this thing is almost hallucinatory. »
- Drew McWeeny
It’s been a while since I shone a spotlight on some stellar Disney Princess/??? mash-up. Whether depicting them as men, WoC (Women of Color), or zombie survivors, picking a genre and adding princesses is a time-honored Internet tradition. And with Star Wars being at the forefront of our pop culture consciousness, the only real question is why it took this long for a Jedi Princess crossover to happen. Artist Tom Hodges not only drew every single Disney Princess (save poor Eilonwy from “The Black Cauldron” who is Always forgotten) as a Force-wielding Jedi, but each one has her own twist on the Light Side. And they Are all Light Side. Perhaps Hodges will do a Sith Disney Villains collection to give these fierce ladies someone to battle. If anyone at Lucasfilm wants to make Merida’s lightsaber bow a reality, that’d be cool. Just sayin’. After the jump, »
- Donna Dickens
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