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Buyers 'Get Squirrely' for John H. Williams animation

13 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK and Australia / Nz deals on animation featuring voices of Will Forte, John Leguizamo.

Signature Entertainment has acquired UK and Ireland rights from Sc Films International to animation Get Squirrely, which it intends to release this summer.

The 3D animation, about a squirrel who plots to pull off a major heist at a giant nut factory, features the voices of Jason Jones (Pitch Perfect 2), Will Forte (Lego Movie), John Leguizamo (Ice Age), Samantha Bee (Sisters), Jim Cummings (The Lion King), Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice and John Cleese.

The Canadian feature was produced by John H. Williams (Shrek) of Vanguard Films and Dan Krech of Awesometown Entertainment. Ross Venokur directs.

Rialto acquired the film for Australia / Nz after releasing Sc Films’ animation Reef 2: High Tide in 2015. Alchemy has Us rights.

Sc Films animations include Gamba, Monkey King: The Hero and Wish. The copmany will also handle Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales slate during Efm. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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'Frozen' Holiday Special Is Coming to ABC in 2017

18 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Do you wanna build a snowman? ABC proudly announces the next chapter in the Frozen story, an all-new, all-original holiday special starring the whole Frozen cast of characters, including Olaf, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Sven. The Frozen Holiday Special is directed by two-time Emmy Award-winning directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (ABC's Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa), produced by Oscar-winning producer Roy Conli (Big Hero 6) and features the original voice cast including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad. The currently untitled Frozen Holiday Special will air Holidays 2017 (date tba) on the ABC Television Network.

Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature Frozen launched a worldwide phenomenon in 2013, becoming the highest-grossing animated feature ever released with more than $1.27 billion in global box office. Frozen has received multiple honors, including two Academy Awards, the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, PGA Award, five Annie Awards and two Grammy Awards. The »

- MovieWeb

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Disney Theatricals Sets Broadway Timeline For Fresh ‘Frozen’ Musical In 2018

21 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher made it official today: Frozen, the musical based on the Mouse’s blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film from 2013, will come to Broadway in the spring of 2018 at a theater to be announced. Presumably, it will join Aladdin, at Disney’s Broadway flagship, the New Amsterdam Theatre, and The Lion King, which is at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre; both shows are long runs and among the highest-grossing… »

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Disney Theatricals Sets Broadway Timeline For Fresh ‘Frozen’ Musical In 2018

21 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher made it official today: Frozen, the musical based on the Mouse’s blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film from 2013, will come to Broadway in the spring of 2018 at a theater to be announced. Presumably, it will join Aladdin, at Disney’s Broadway flagship, the New Amsterdam Theatre, and The Lion King, which is at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre; both shows are long runs and among the highest-grossing… »

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‘Frozen’ Musical Sets Broadway Timeline, Creative Team

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stage musical adaptation of Disney animated megahit “Frozen” is targeting a Broadway opening in spring 2018, following an out-of-town tryout in the summer of 2017, with exact dates still to be nailed down.

Directed by Alex Timbers (“Here Lies Loves,” “The Pee-wee Herman Show”), the production reunites three key members of the movie’s creative team: songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), who’ll pen additional original songs for the stage incarnation, and screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee, who will write the musical’s book.

Peter Darling, the choreographer who won a Tony for “Billy Elliot” and is currently represented on Broadway with “Matilda,” will choreograph, part of a creative team that will also include Disney regulars Bob Crowley (“Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” “An American in Paris”) and Natasha Katz (“Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “School of Rock”). Peter Hylenski (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “After Midnight”) will design the sound, »

- Gordon Cox

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New Jungle Book Trailer: It's Like The Lion King, But Live-Action and Terrifying

7 February 2016 5:56 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Did you love Disney's animated animal movies like The Jungle Book and The Lion King as a kid? Then the studio's new live-action Jungle Book will terrify you. In a new trailer for the film, which shows off to have a very Scar-and-Mufasa rivalry between Shere Khan and Bagheera — plus a scene reminiscent of that wildebeest stampede! — we see a whole lot more of Disney's live-action world. All of Hollywood's biggest stars signed on for the chance to voice CGI animals in the remake (except for people like Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis, who are voicing CGI animals in the competing Jungle Book: Origins). We've got Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha. Hey, was hearing Bill Murray hum the "Bear Necessities" on your bucket list? Because now you can check that off. Watch the latest trailer above »

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Film Review: ‘Life, Animated’

6 February 2016 8:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The busy subgenre of documentaries featuring autistic subjects gets a strong new entry in “Life, Animated,” a captivating portrait of a young man for whom Disney animated movies have provided a powerful lifeline to progress, language and understanding. Interweaving clips from “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Peter Pan” and any number of toon classics whose words and images the 23-year-old Owen Suskind has long committed to memory, this latest film from Roger Ross Williams (“God Loves Uganda”) teems with insights into how children’s fantasy can and can’t bridge a developmental gap, but works on an even more basic, emotional level as a warm testament to a family’s love and resilience. Acquired for North American distribution by the Orchard, this winner of a Sundance directing prize could benefit from its accessible hook and generous sampling of Disney clips to reach a wider-than-usual audience for nonfiction titles of its type. »

- Justin Chang

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Disney Animated Classics Get Reimagined as Tim Burton Movies

2 February 2016 8:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tim Burton and Disney have a long-standing relationship. He was, after all, notoriously fired by Disney while making the 1984 black & white short Frankenweenie, which would later become a feature-length Stop-Motion adventure for the studio. Before that, he worked as an uncredited animator on the 1981 classic The Fox and the Hound and the live-action 1982 sci-fi cult classic Tron. He has since reunited with the studio to direct the live-action blockbuster smash hit Alice in Wonderland in 2010. And in 2018, he will bestow the world with his live-action/CGI adaptation of Dumbo. But now, one enterprising artist as set out to discover what 10 classic Disney animated movies may have looked like with Tim Burton steering the wheel.

Andrew Tarusov, an artist and animator from Moscow, has designed a special set of movie posters. These ten images even include Dumbo as they set out to reimagine and recreate some of the greatest animated movies of all time. »

- MovieWeb

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Five Questions for Life, Animated Director Roger Ross Williams

29 January 2016 10:16 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Chances are you’ve experienced one or two-dozen animated films from Walt Disney Studios. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King: the studio famous for introducing the world to Mickey Mouse has produced some of the most identifiable films (and, subsequently, images) of the twentieth century. One of the studio’s most ardent fans is Owen Suskind, a young man diagnosed as autistic at the age of three and the subject of a memoir, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, written by his father Ron Suskind. Using Disney films as a guide to communicate and express himself to […] »

- Erik Luers

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7 Happy Endings That Are Totally Ruined By Science

28 January 2016 8:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s that time again, time to gleefully pick holes in well-loved classics, just because I can.

We all know that our favourite films probably aren’t particularly scientifically accurate – as somebody who loves science, that would make them face-clawingly dull.

We also all know that everybody loves a happy ending, so it’s probably a good thing that filmmakers aren’t exactly fastidious in their scientific accuracy. The world is a cruel, cruel place and, had the harsh realities of life been included in some of your favourite classics, we’d have a generation of very scarred and disturbed children on our hands.

However, we’re all grown-ups now and, if the internet is anything to go by, we have a sadistic obsession with ruining our own childhoods.

So, ready to find out just how dark and savage the real world is? Let’s start with The Lion King shall we? »

- Stevie Shephard

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Harrison Ford to Reveal ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Plans on ‘Disneyland 60’ Special

27 January 2016 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harrison Ford won’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away for his next “Star Wars” role — the man behind Han Solo will give fans a first look at the “Star Wars”-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts as part of ABC’s upcoming TV special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”

Ford will preview the two park expansions during the two-hour Disney special, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Previously announced guests for “Disneyland 60,” which will be hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” champ Derek Hough, include Elton John, Josh Gad and Hough’s “DWTS” co-star Witney Carson. Hough and Carson will perform a dance tribute utilizing music from Disney’s most popular properties, while John will debut a new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”

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- Laura Prudom

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Harrison Ford to Reveal ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Plans on ‘Disneyland 60’ Special

27 January 2016 4:20 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Harrison Ford won’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away for his next “Star Wars” role — the man behind Han Solo will give fans a first look at the “Star Wars”-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts as part of ABC’s upcoming TV special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”

Ford will preview the two park expansions during the two-hour Disney special, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Previously announced guests for “Disneyland 60,” which will be hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” champ Derek Hough, include Elton John, Josh Gad and Hough’s “DWTS” co-star Witney Carson. Hough and Carson will perform a dance tribute utilizing music from Disney’s most popular properties, while John will debut a new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”

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- Laura Prudom

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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut

25 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

55 years ago today, audiences got to meet Pongo, Perdita, Patch, and 98 more spotted puppies when “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. The film is often credited with saving Disney Animation — 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” under-performed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs. Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, even tried to convince Walt to shut down their animation department and shift focus to TV production. Fortunately for Baloo, Ariel, Simba, Elsa and all the animated Disney greats that were yet to come, “101 Dalmatians” was a box office hit — it was the 10th highest grossing film of 1961 in the U.S. and Canada. And the characters of “101 Dalmatians” have made their mark on pop culture in the 55 years since. Cruella de Vil, the movie’s villain who wants to turn the puppies into a dog-skin fur coat, ranked at #39 on AFI’s list of the top 50 movie villains of all time. Glenn Close »

- Emily Rome

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Cleverman to premiere in Berlin

24 January 2016 3:48 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Hunter Page-Lochard in Cleverman.

Screen Australia and Goalpost Pictures' Cleverman will premiere at the upcoming Berlinale - the same berth given to the likes of Better Call Saul and Bloodline at last year's festival.

The show will be presented as part of the Berlinale Special Series at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, alongside new shows from heavyweights such as Susanne Bier and Nick Hornby.

President of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, Joel Stillerman, said: .We're extremely proud that Cleverman has been selected for a special series screening at Berlinale, and are excited to welcome it to SundanceTV later this year. Cleverman is a wonderfully original piece of indigenous storytelling that will appeal to a very broad audience, and has a lot to say about the world we live in..

The six-part series features Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Golden Globe® nominee Frances O'Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman »

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On this day in pop culture history: Trekkies gathered for the first ‘Star Trek’ convention

21 January 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fan conventions are big business now, with attendees paying hundreds of dollars for front-row seats, autographs, and photo ops with their favorite TV stars. But in 1972, a convention that gathered fans and gave them the chance to meet their TV idols was a rather new concept. It was in that year, from January 21-23, that Trekkies got together for what’s often recognized as the first true “Star Trek” convention. A convention specifically for enthusiasts of the Gene Roddenberry show had been organized before — in March 1969, at the Newark Public Library — though that event did not have any celebrity guests. It did feature a slide show of “Star Trek” aliens, skits, and a fan panel discussion. The January 1972 con was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel (now Hotel Pennsylvania) in New York, and among the celebrity guests were Roddenberry, Majel Barrett, D.C. Fontana. The legend goes that 500 people were expected to attend, »

- Emily Rome

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Interview with Chantel Riley

18 January 2016 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Broadway sensation Chantel Riley. The Canadian, currently winning raves for her long-standing turn as Nala in The Lion King, makes her major film debut in a month with a pivotal role in Jesse Owens pic Race.

How much did you know about Jesse Owens before signing on to Race?

I knew a little bit about him. I knew that he was an Olympic champion during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during Hitlers reign and that he pretty much embarrassed Hitler by winning all those medals…lol

And was it your long-standing role on Broadway’s The Lion King that helped snare you the role?

I can’t really speak for the casting directors on that one, but I like to believe that they saw something in me that they wanted to work with. I mean it wasn’t like they asked »

- Phil Wheat

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Norm Of The North – The Review

15 January 2016 1:09 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sometimes a film critic has to throw himself or herself on a bomb for the good of the movie-going public. One such bomb is Norm Of The North. I see these movies so you don’t have to.

Norm Of The North is an animated movie about a polar bear that has to go to New York to save his Arctic home. What could go wrong with that kids’ movie premise? Well, in the case of “Norm of the North,” everything. What is the threat that Norm and his little lemming buddies want to save their home from – climate change? oil drilling? No, it is a housing development. Yeah, this Arctic is threatened with gentrification, at the hands of a billionaire developer named Mr. Greene (wink, wink).

Yep, that is about as funny as this film gets.

Norm (voiced by Rob Schneider) is a clumsy polar bear who is object »

- Cate Marquis

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Veteran Voice Director Kelly Ward Helps Bring Out the Roar in Disney Channel’s ‘Lion Guard’

14 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Disney Television Animation execs decided to create a series spinoff from the classic film “The Lion King,” they turned to veteran voice director Kelly Ward to ensure the vocal performances in “The Lion Guard” would roar to life.

The series premieres Friday, Jan. 15, with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Disney Channel.

The Lion Guard,” which has a decidedly ecological spin, follows the exploits of Kion, the Prince of the Pride Lands and the second cub of the original film’s Simba and Nala. He and his friends — a cheetah, a hippotamus, a cattle egret and a honey badger — make up the Lion Guard to protect their homeland.

The series initially kicked off with a TV movie, “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” last November. It drew impressive ratings for the Disney Channel, averaging 5.358 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates.

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- Terry Flores

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Shanghai Disney Resort set for June launch

12 January 2016 5:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group announced on Tuesday that Shanghai Disney Resort will stage an opening day ceremony on June 16.

Disney’s first destination resort in mainland China, located in the Pudong District of Shanghai, will feature classic properties and attractions tailored to the Chinese population.

Shanghai Disney Resort attractionsShanghai Disneyland theme park with six themed lands built around the Enchanted Storybook Castle – Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland;Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel;Disneytown shopping, dining and entertainment district featuring the World Of Disney Store and the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, home to the first Mandarin production of The Lion King; andRecreational area Wishing Star Park with gardens,  walking path and glittering lake set in 40 hectares of grounds.

“When it opens in June, Shanghai Disney resort will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination that is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese,” said Disney »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Voice review – nonsense with laughs

9 January 2016 1:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Boy George beats Sir Tom and will.i.am babbles on adorably. And the contestants? Well, there’s a singing vicar, a man who used to ride an ostrich and a Bryn Terfel soundalike. Plus: a geographical mishap on Pointless Celebrities

Spin those red chairs, baby, The Voice (BBC1, Saturday) is back. For the fifth and final time on the BBC, which got laryngitis remember, lost its Voice, to ITV. No Rita, she already jumped (also to ITV). Or Sir Tom, who was unceremoniously pushed; why, why, why d’you fire me?

Replaced by Paloma Faith and Boy George from the 1980s. Paloma is promising, for her Kalashnikov cackle (like Barbara Windsor in peak Carry On). And for her healthy and correct views on the musical theatre genre. “I absolutely despise musicals with a passion and I could never work with someone who likes them,” she says. Yes! Paloma, I think I love you. »

- Sam Wollaston

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