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Actress Michelle Rodriguez, actor Jason Mitchell and Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, along with Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams, the producing and directing team behind the Animated Feature Film Oscar winner “Big Hero 6,” will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 42nd Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 winning student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.
Rodriguez is a versatile actress whose breakout performance in “Girlfight” (2000) garnered her numerous awards, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance as well as a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance-Female. She went on to star in the multi-billion dollar “Fast and Furious” franchise. In addition, Rodriguez has starred in such film and television projects as “Avatar” for director James Cameron, »
- Michelle McCue
This past week at the D23 Disney Exposition Event, a ton of news regarding the future of Disney franchises was unveiled including the announcement that a Big Hero 6 world will be featured in Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts III.
With the inclusion of Tangled and Big Hero 6 in Sora’s latest adventure, the speculation of which other Disney franchises could join in on the fun is running wild. Let’s take a look at some of the Disney films that would fit well in the universe of Kingdom Hearts.
We won’t be including acquired franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, Studio Ghibli or the Muppets neither will we be including Pixar films or else the list would be never ending! Rather let’s focus on Disney films which have a big fanbase or a fitting aesthetic that have unfortunately been omitted in previous installments of Kingdom Hearts. »
- Ryan Espinoza
As part of Disney’s D23 Expo yesterday, the studio showcased a number of its upcoming animated offerings, including the CG musical Moana, which is directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog) and will mark the 56th film in the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon. After the presentation, Dwayne Johnson offered up a few words about the film, and you can see what The Rock had to say here…
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
Moana is set for release on November 23rd 2016 in the States and on December 2nd 2016 in the UK. »
- Gary Collinson
The trailer for ‘Frozen Fever’ is now available. The highly-anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon Frozen can be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action Cinderella, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13, 2015. In ‘Frozen Fever,’ it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk. · Walt Disney Animation Studios? 2013 feature film ‘Frozen’ won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with ‘Let It Go’) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, ‘Frozen’ posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios biggest opening ever. The »
- Josh Abraham
We've chatted to Roy Conli a couple of times at Den Of Geek, and there's always plenty to dig into. His current film, Big Hero 6, has just been Oscar and BAFTA-nominated, while as it turns out, Disney did start exploring a possible Tangled 2. And he tells us why it never happened.
Here's how our chat went...
I'm the person who sits and reads end credits, and there's a message in the ones for Big Hero 6 that says 'Thanks Andy, we miss you'. We try, on the site, to talk about the stories behind such dedications, and I wonder if you'd mind talking about why this film carries such a dedication?
It's a little emotional.
We had a young man working with us, who we lost. »
By Anjelica Oswald
When the 87th Oscar nominations for best animated feature were announced Jan. 15 and excluded The Lego Movie, the Internet exploded with confusion and disbelief. The film, which was largely expected by many pundits to win the Oscar, was a critical (holding a 96 percent positive score on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial hit (earning $257.7 million stateside). It also earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations and won the Critics’ Choice Award for best animated film. It seemingly had everything going in its favor, so what went wrong?
One sentiment is that the animation branch of the Academy, which chooses the nominations, admire hand-drawn traditional animation and want to celebrate and preserve a fading craft rather than nominate solely computer animated and digital films.
The first computer animated film was Toy Story, which was released in 1995 and was nominated for original screenplay, original song and original score. Director »
- Anjelica Oswald
We're holding a special preview screening of Big Hero 6 in London - and its producer and directors will join us for a Q&A!
Now this is exciting. Arriving in cinemas on Friday 30th January in the UK is the latest film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6. Based on the team of superheroes appearing in Marvel Comics, the film has already been a big hit in America, and has been attracting awards attention. And we're delighted to be able to put on a very special preview screening in London this weekend.
What's more, not only will you get to see the film in a private screening room with fellow Den Of Geek readers ahead of its British release, but we'll also be joined afterwards by producer Roy Conli (Tangled, Treasure Planet), and directors Don Hall (Winnie The Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt). What's more, it won't »
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