12 items from 2015
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
The film was inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team and was directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”). It tells the story of a robotics prodigy who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain.
“Big Hero 6” has grossed over $540 million worldwide.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” had been the frontrunner in the category.
Disney won the animation category last year with “Frozen” along with best song for “Let it Go.”
- Dave McNary
By Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
This year there are 30 nominees in the animated category, between the Short and Features. “Don’t we love these people who bring us the magic?,” said Academy Governor Bill Kroyer as The Academy celebrated the Feature Animated films on Thursday.
The Academy presented their seventh annual event celebrating the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who won last year’s Animated Feature Film Oscar for Frozen, moderated the discussion with all the nominated filmmakers from Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. This year’s nominated films come from around the world and encompass traditional animation, computer animation and stop-motion, and the evening also featured clips from each film.
Prior to the panel discussion, a few of the nominees spoke with Wamg.
- Movie Geeks
If you saw Disney's animated superhero flick Big Hero 6 last year, then you've already seen the adorable short film that preceded it from the feature's co-head of animation, Patrick Wilson (no, not the actor). Feast was a lovely, charming tale of a Boston terrier named Winston through whom we see various stages of his owner’s life, specifically at meal time. It's a unique perspective for the short story, and it's greatly affecting and moving. Now Disney has released a quick making of featurette that's just over a minute long as to how the story went from storyboard to pre-visualization to final animation. There's even footage of a real Boston terrier used as reference for the animators. We'd love to see more of the process though. Watch now! Here's the making-of featurette for Walt Disney Animation's short Feast from Variety: Big Hero 6 is co-directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh »
- Ethan Anderton
We never get tired of the story of Cinderella, and whether we know it or not, the version we never get tired of is the one put forth by Walt Disney 65 years ago. The 1950 animated feature, released 65 years ago this week (on February 15, 1950) was an instant classic, and its this version we think of when we imagine all the visual details of the story -- the slipper, the pumpkin, the fairy godmother, the mice, and Cinderella and Prince Charming dancing all over the palace grounds.
Still, as many times as we've heard the story or seen the cartoon, there's still more to be mined from the 17th-century fairy tale. (Indeed, Disney is releasing a new live-action retelling next month.) As many times as you've seen the 1950 classic, there's plenty you may not know about it -- how the actress who played Cinderella landed the part without even knowing she'd auditioned, »
- Gary Susman
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams; Screenwriters: Jordan Roberts, Dan Gerson, Robert L Baird; Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Tj Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr; Running time: 108 mins; Certificate: PG
Disney mines the Marvel Comics back catalogue for its latest animation Big Hero 6, a delightfully entertaining East/West genre blend that's a neat addition to the ever-expanding superhero genre. Think of it as an Avengers aimed at tweens.
The story takes place in the fictional future city of San Fransokyo where Hiro (Ryan Potter), a 14-year-old tech whizz, and his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) live with their Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph). Hiro is directionless and constantly running into trouble, but through his older brother he begins to develop his interest in robotics.
Baymax, a rotund vinyl-clad healthcare android, is Tadashi's prize invention. Able to scan a patient for illness and injury and treat them, he comically waddles »
In today’s Academy News:
“Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”
“Glory,” written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) for the film “Selma,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
Common won a Grammy in 2002 for Best R&B Song for “Love »
- Michelle McCue
The Big Hero 6 director talks T-shirts and unexpected audience laughter. Plus the last-minute post-credits sequence to the film.
It might have been an odd place to start, but our chat with Big Hero 6 co-director kicked off with T-shirts. Hall, on the promotional tour for the film, has been sporting a few impressive Big Hero 6 shirts that we've not seen before, and so we kicked off by asking him about them.
The T-shirts, then...
Sadly, it seems, we can't get our hands on them...!
When a crew finishes on a film, they design and make their own T-Shirts. I remember that on the set of Titanic, the crew apparently had different T-shirts every week, depending on how things were going. That was during the massive overruns I think.
I never heard that! Oh my god. So were the crew coming out with Ascii versions of 'I survived a Don Hall film' or something? »
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- Brad Brevet
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 »
It's no secret that Disney loves putting easter eggs referencing their previous films in all their animated projects, and Big Hero 6 is no exception. And since the production of Frozen overlapped with the Marvel comic book adaptation, there are a few little nods to the monstrous musical hit in the film. Of course, there are many more easter eggs to be found in the film outside of Frozen, and you'll be able to track them all down when the film hits Digital HD & Disney's Movies Anywhere service on February 3rd followed by the Blu-ray Combo Pack on February 24th. But for now, check out the Frozen easter eggs in the video below! Here's the Frozen easter eggs from Disney's Big Hero 6 from Disney Anywhere: However, I have a feeling there's more, since there's also this Frozen easter egg as well. Big Hero 6 is co-directed by Don Hall »
- Ethan Anderton
Beginning Jan. 16 the first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix users in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France.
New episodes will debut throughout the year.
“The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ finds the feline in the hidden city of San Lorenzo, a mythical land invisible to the outside world thanks to a magical spell the protects its inhabitants, and its wonderous treasure. When Puss in Boots accidentally breaks the spell, the must do more than fight off an endless legion of invaders and marauders – he must become a legend.
“Action, comedy, adventure and heart combine with a dazzling visual style to make ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ both unique and timeless, »
- Shelli Weinstein
12 items from 2015
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