Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco

The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.

“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”

Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving
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Disney’s Bambi Signature Collection on Blu-ray June 6th – Check Out These Bonus Clips & Concept Art

Bambi, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Collection on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on June 6. The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.

We Are Movie Geeks has some great bonus material to share with you today from Disney’s Bambi. The clips and artwork below showcase the animation techniques and animation research that went into creating Bambi along with a personal story from Walt on his daughter Diane’s reaction to Bambi.

Animation School:

Animating Wildlife:

Walt and Diane:

Bambi was
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Disney’s Bambi Signature Collection on Digital HD and Blu-ray May 23rd

“I’m thumpin’! That’s why they call me Thumper!”

Today at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by At&T, Walt Disney Studios announced the addition of “Bambi,” the endearing, timeless tale of a wide-eyed fawn, to the celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection.

Bambi,” which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on June 6. The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.

Here’s the Bambi trailer:

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Walt Disney Family Museum to Exhibit Work by ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Artist Eyvind Earle

The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will feature a new exhibition on the life and work of iconic Disney artist Eyvind Earle, beginning May 18 and running through Jan. 8.

Earle is best known for his lush landscapes and as the lead stylist behind Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” (1959). He has produced concept art for other Disney classics, including 1955’s “Lady and the Tramp” and “Peter Pan” (1953).

“Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” is co-curated by Eyvind Earle Publishing CEO Ioan Szasz and Michael Labrie, director of collections and exhibitions for the museum and the Walt Disney Family Foundation.

“Whether it was through a modest snowy landscape for a Christmas card or a more intricate background concept for films like ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ Earle brought magic to everything he touched,” said Szasz, who starting working with Earle in 1988.

The exhibit will feature more than 250 works by Earle, including his rich work
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Horror Highlights: Animation & Disneyana Auction, Twenty Twenty-four, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Vol. 6

Walt Disney's Last Will and Testament, artwork from How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and many, many more incredible items are up for auction in the highly anticipated Animation and Disneyana event that began on December 9th. Also: watch two new clips plus the official trailer for Richard Mundy's Twenty Twenty-Four, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 Vol. 6 cover art and preview pages.

Animation & Disneyana Auction Details: Press Release: "Calabasas, Calif.- Walt Disney's Last Will and Testament, plus his signed document marking the genesis of the Disney Empire/brand; How the Grinch Stole Christmas production artwork (perfectly timed to the 50th anniversary of the animated TV special!) and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas original artwork and set pieces; Disneyana, featuring rare animation art and Disney park props, including an "Atom-mobile" miniature prop from the retired Journey Through Inner Space attraction, an assortment of
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Star Wars' George Lucas and composer Danny Elfman are officially becoming Disney Legends

Star Wars' George Lucas and composer Danny Elfman are officially becoming Disney Legends
Move over, Aladdin: Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas and composer Danny Elfman are amongst eight new Disney Legends.

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger will host the D23 Expo 2015 awards ceremony in Anaheim on Friday, August 14, recognising some of Disney's remarkable contributors.

Lucas and Elfman will be honoured alongside All My Children star Susan Lucci and Disney animator Andreas Deja.

The work of George Bodenheimer, Eyvind Earle, Carson Van Osten and Julie Reihm Casaletto will also be celebrated at the event.

Iger said: "The Disney Legend Award is our highest honour, and we are incredibly proud to recognise these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy.

"Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."

Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Robin Williams and Julie Andrews.
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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement.
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Disney to honour George Lucas, Danny Elfman, and others at D23.

Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.

This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Faerie Evil: The Making of Maleficent

Trevor Hogg chats with director Robert Stromberg, production visual effects supervisor Carey Villegas, visual effects supervisors Seth Maury and Kelly Port, digital effects supervisor Darren Hendler, and previs supervisor Mark Nelson about reviving a Disney classic…

“There are not many production designers/visual effects people who have made the leap which doesn’t make sense to me because it seems like the perfect breeding ground to moving up into directing,” reflects filmmaker Robert Stromberg who started as a matte painter and became the Oscar-winning production designer for Avatar [2009] and Alice in Wonderland [2010]. “On Master and Commander [2003] I met Peter Weir and we hit it off. I came in as a Visual Effects Supervisor and spent so much time with Peter that I became a liaison between him and Ilm. We started talking about other things especially about characters and what it is like to direct. I learned so much from
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‘Maleficent’: The Pleasures and Perils of the Revisionist Fairy Tale

‘Maleficent’: The Pleasures and Perils of the Revisionist Fairy Tale
(Note: This piece discusses key plot points from “Maleficent.”)

If we must take a revisionist sledgehammer to our most beloved fairy tales — and if the recent likes of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Mirror, Mirror,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Jack the Giant Slayer” and “Oz the Great and Powerful” are any indication, it seems we must — the results should always turn out to be as interesting as “Maleficent.” With its righteous gender politics and a mesmerizing Angelina Jolie front and center, this live-action fantasy doesn’t just offer an engrossing “Wicked”-style alternative reading of Disney’s 1959 animated masterpiece, “Sleeping Beauty.” It also represents the studio’s latest concerted effort to dismantle, or at least gently undermine, some of its time-honored myths and stereotypes.

When Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) mistakenly identifies Maleficent as her “fairy godmother,” Jolie’s deadpan reaction is priceless: the barest flicker of a raised eyebrow,
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‘Maleficent’ neuters an icon


Written by Linda Woolverton

Directed by Robert Stromberg

USA, 2014

Michael Myers is terrifying because he’s an absolute. What exists behind the mask is confined to our imagination. As soon as Rob Zombie went behind the mask, and made Myers into a broken child, we lost a bit of the magic. The imagined terror of a crazed killer’s motivations were solidified, and suddenly he was less terrifying. Less interesting.

The same is this true of Maleficent in Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut. One of Disney’s most iconic villainesses, she is adored by women of all ages. In 1959’s Sleeping Beauty, she was a harbinger of chaos with an elegant grace and lethal determination. For many, she was the star of the film, while the waif-like Princess Aurora simply allowed the plot to happen to her. While Angelina Jolie’s embodiment of Maleficent is excellent, Stromberg and writer
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Disney's Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Coming on October 7

Disney will be releasing Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere this fall to coincide with the home video release of the live-action prequel Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. The release marks the second appearance of Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray, the first coming to celebrate the film's 50th anniversary.

As Sleeping Beauty has been upgraded to Diamond Edition status, Disney have created some all-new bonus features that will be debuting on the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo to compliment the digitally restored picture and sound. They include three never-before-seen deleted scenes, and a sing-along for the kids.

Here's the full breakdown of all the bonus features on the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray combo:

'Once Upon A Parade' (Starring Sarah Hyland) - Behind every attraction, event and parade at the Magic Kingdom is a unique story. Join Sarah Hyland from ABC's "Modern Family" as
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Behind The Kickstart: Armello With Trent Kusters

Matt Mueller: Hi Trent, thank you so much for taking some time to go over your Kickstarter project Armello with me. I know things are crazy hectic over there at the moment, so your time is greatly appreciated. How are you holding up?

Trent Kusters: Pax was wild, then with a Kickstarter running too, Wow. But yeah, I'm holding up. Back into the swing of things now. Working with some indies in Boston at the moment.

Mm: First off, for those who aren't familiar, why did you and your team set out to create the game, and what exactly is Armello?

Tk: Armello is a digital board game that mixes elements from a lot of tabletop games (card games, board games, pen and paper RPGs, etc) and then leverages the medium of video games to really make them as awesome as they can be. This crazy mission came about
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Sleeping Beauty and the Impact of Eyvind Earle

Among the most sumptuous of Walt Disney’s films, Sleeping Beauty’s enduring legacy is largely due to its incredible art design and complete creative vision. In production for nearly 10 years, the film was very costly and represented the end of an era for Disney hand-drawn animation. Though collaboration is key in most Disney productions, Sleeping Beauty owes its entire aesthetic soul to one man.

Sleeping Beauty was to be the third Disney “Princess” film, and the studio had ambitions to set it apart from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella through its art design. Integral to this vision was the collaboration of Eyvind Earle, a noted American illustrator who had worked on other Disney films. His work includes experimental backgrounds for the 1953 short For Whom the Bull Toils, colour direction on the award-winning Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom, along with further work on Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp.
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'Sleeping Beauty': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Disney Classic

With anticipation building for Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," due May 30, it's worth noting that the source of her live-action remake, Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty," marks its 55th anniversary this week. Released on January 29, 1959, the movie was only a modest hit at the time, but over the years, it earned acclaim for its gorgeous wide-screen visuals, its memorable music, and its unforgettable villainess.

It's a movie you probably watched many times as a child, and yet there are still some things you probably don't know about "Sleeping Beauty," including its connections to Bugs Bunny, "The Andy Griffith Show," and the British royal family.

Here's a list of 25 such items you can stack on your spindle -- but be careful to shield your fingertip.

1. "Sleeping Beauty" is adapted from both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions of the classic fairy tale. In Perrault, the princess's name is Aurora; in Grimm, it's Briar Rose.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4 Interview with Showrunner Dave Filoni

Dave Filoni is the man who, with sagely input from George Lucas, steers Star Wars: The Clone Wars ship. He's been with the series since day one, and will probably ride it until the end meets up with the beginning of Revenge of the Sith.

The great thing about Dave running The Clone Wars is he was a die-hard Star Wars fan before taking on the challenge of running the show. With his animation experience ranging from King of the Hill to Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender comes a burning desire to tell the stories with the characters that fans will be excited about and want to see.

Dave was kind enough to take some time out of his chaotic schedule to answer some questions about The Clone Wars season 4 for us as part of our weeklong feature on the new season. He talks about some new environments the show will journey to,
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Disney Rarities On Auction—And On View

Auctions offering Disney artwork and memorabilia are fairly commonplace, but the material gathered for Profiles in History’s newest event, in conjunction with The actual envelope, in Walt Disney’s handwriting.Van Eaton Galleries, is positively staggering. There are animation and layout drawings, cels, conceptual and inspirational artwork by such great artists as Mary Blair, Eyvind Earle, and Tyrus Wong, maquettes from the original Character Model Department, artifacts from Disneyland, and much, much more—including some juicy non-Disney items like title-card treatments from MGM cartoons. But there are two headline-making Disney items of vast historical significance. One is a hand-written letter from Walt to…
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John Lasseter Returns to Hand Drawn Animation with The Princess and the Frog

John Lasseter talks The Princess and the Frog

John Lasseter; co-founder of Pixar, the history-making computer animation studio, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and the principal creative advisor to Walt Disney Imagineering, is one busy guy. Always at the forefront of what can be accomplished within animation, Lasseter is so excited for Walt Disney Animation Studio's upcoming release, The Princess and the Frog, which marks the return of the musical fairytale with a Princess at the center. An animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans, this modern twist on a classic tale features a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. A new classic in the realm of Disney's famed animation, the film is being released this Tuesday,
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Tim Burton To Make Sleeping Beauty?

Tim Burton To Make Sleeping Beauty?
File this firmly under "rumour" for the moment, but Harry over at AICN is claiming that Tim Burton may direct Maleficent, a twist on Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty. But this time, as you may have guessed from the title, we see things through the eyes of the villainess.The original film is one of Disney's very best, with gorgeous animation by artist Eyvind Earle and that fabulous baddie in Maleficent herself, with a voice like an angel and a penchant for dastardly deeds. In comparison, Aurora herself was a bit wet, frankly, so to an extent we can get behind the focus on Maleficent. And of course Burton started his career in Disney Animation, which practically guarantees a great love and respect for the original.The only problem, however, is that Maleficent's a <i>really</i> unsympathetic baddie. Remember, she curses <i>an infant</i> to death because she wasn't invited to a party
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DVD Review: Sleeping Beauty (2-Disc Platinum Edition)

Sleeping Beauty has always had a special place in my heart. This timeless tale of daring-do and courtly romance has always made me swoon from the time I was a small little child. I imagine it will continue to do the same throughout the rest of my life. As stories of princes and princesses go, this one is my absolute favorite, and I doubt I could ever tire of watching it. It plays so well no matter what your gender or age. Disney goes out of their way to sell all their fairy tale titles with princesses to little girls but that does the actual films themselves a huge disservice, this one maybe most of all. There is high adventure to be found here, pretty dresses and cute fairy magic are only one part of the equation bringing this story to life. Much was made, at the time, over Walt's
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