The Little Matchgirl (2006)
With each new release, Disney continues their tradition of having a short animated film play before their movies, and now they're brining all of their latest (including this year's Frozen Fever) together in one collection on Blu-Ray/DVD...and it's available Now!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes an extraordinary new collection of award-winning and beloved short films featuring the never-before-released Frozen Fever, starring Frozen's Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff, and the Oscar®-nominated Lorenzo. The Short Films Collection features contemporary shorts starring classic characters, including the 2012 groundbreaking Mickey Mouse cartoon, Get A Horse!, holiday treats like Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa as well as hailed Oscar® winners Paperman and Feast.
This week, we dive under the sea to be part of the world of The Little Mermaid.
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
1989/ 82 minutes
And so began the Disney Renaissance; after almost two decades of misfires and failures, the duumvirate of Clements and Musker brought forth a string of some of Disney’s greatest and best-loved animated films.
The genesis of Disney’s The Little Mermaid began back in the 1930s, as part of a package film of short tales based on the work of Hans Christian Andersen. The idea was dropped for a number of reasons, but was given a
Of the five nominees for animated short film, three were from major studios: Pixar's "Lifted", which centers on a young alien who is learning how to abduct a human on Earth; the Walt Disney Co.'s "The Little Matchgirl", based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale about a young girl who sells matches during winter; and "No Time for Nuts", from 20th Century Fox's Blue Sky Studios, which stars "Ice Age"'s Scrat in a time-traveling journey to protect his beloved acorn.
They will compete against Mikrofilm/National Film Board of Canada's "The Danish Poet", about a poet whose creative well has run dry, and Szimplafilm/Kedd's "Maestro", in which the title character prepares for his big moment just before the curtain rises.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios and the principal creative adviser at Walt Disney Imagineering, said Pixar has been making shorts for a while, and now he's bringing that focus to Disney, which bought Pixar in January 2006.
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