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Big Hero 6 Director Chris Williams to Helm Netflix Animated Movie

Joseph Baxter Nov 5, 2018

Netflix animated feature Jacob and the Sea Beast will have the directorial talent of Big Hero 6 and Moana helmer Chris Williams.

Netflix’s array of original content will soon see the addition of a major family-friendly feature, an animated offering titled Jacob and the Sea Beast. To prove just how major of a movie it has, the streaming giant has just appointed a director who’s banked serious accomplishments in the genre in Chris Williams.

Jacob and the Sea Beast has been announced today as a production of Netflix, which reveals the feature as a CG animated film. The movie will be the brainchild of Big Hero 6 helmer Chris Williams, who is set as writer and director. The feature will serve as Williams’s first solo run as a director.

The story of Jacob and the Sea Beast is officially described as “the epic story
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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)

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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)
Even though Disney is currently the king of the box office, they aren’t immune from a big misfire. With a $130 million budget and a $20 million opening “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is shaping up to be one of 2018’s biggest bombs. But will it be as infamous as some of these all-time flops?

Ishtar” (1987) — With reports of a rocky production and a budget that got way out of hand, critics and the Hollywood trades savaged Elaine May’s adventure comedy as it collapsed to just $14 million made. For years, it was considered one of the worst films ever made, but is now considered by some to be a stealth success.

47 Ronin” (2013) — Though Keanu Reeves was on his game in the action scenes, this Japanese fantasy was panned for its story and cost Universal big as it failed to make back its $175 million budget.

Cutthroat Island” (1995) – Geena Davis, still hot from “Thelma & Louise,
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Original Aladdin Writer Blasts Disney Over Remake Trailer

Disney fans across the world might be filled with anticipation after watching the new trailer for the live-action Aladdin remake, but not everyone is thrilled. After watching the trailer, one of the original co-writers of the animated film, Terry Rossio, has taken to Twitter to voice his concerns. Noticing something about the trailer that seemed all too familiar for the screenwriter, Rossio couldn't help but feel slighted about the fact that Disney couldn't so much as offer him access into one of their theme parks.

"So strange that literally the only words spoken in the new Aladdin trailer happens to be a rhyme that my writing partner and I wrote, and Disney offers zero compensation to us (or to any screenwriters on any of these live-action re-makes) not even a t-shirt or a pass to the park."

What many of us already know about the upcoming remake is that it
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‘Aladdin’ First Trailer: Guy Ritchie Brings the Disney Classic to Life in Live-Action Epic

Disney has had massive success at the box office with their live-action adaptations of their beloved animated classics, from “Cinderella” to “The Jungle Book.” Next up for the studio is this department is Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin,” which brings to life Ron Clements and John Musker’s 1992 movie with help from director Guy Ritchie and a cast that features Will Smith as the Genie.

Aladdin” stars relative newcomer Mena Massoud in the title role of a thief who discovers a magic lamp containing a genie. Aladdin tries to hide the lamp from the villainous Jafar by pretending to be a wealthy prince, but his disguise gets in the way of his real feelings for the Sultan’s daughter, Princess Jasmine.

While the live-action movie will follow the plot of the 1992 animated film, it will also introduce some new characters like Billy Magnussen’s Prince Anders, Aladdin’s rival for Princess Jasmine’s affections.
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Zendaya looks set to tackle the Little Mermaid

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The Greatest Showman and Spider-Man: Homecoming actress, Zendaya has reportedly been offered the lead in Disney’s Live-Action remake of The Little Mermaid.

According to That Hashtag Show, the ex-Disney star is rumoured to have been offered the role of Ariel. However, reps for both Zendaya and Disney have refused to comment.

Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall is set to take the helm on the remake, with Jane Goldman penning the script. Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be composing the music. It is thought the film will serve as both an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and the 1989 Disney animated classic.

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The 1989 animated musical classic tells the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human. It was written, produced, and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker,
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Dave Michener Dies: Veteran Disney Animator, Story Artist, Director Was 85

Dave Michener, a veteran Disney animator, story artist, and director from 1956 up until his retirement from The Walt Disney Studios in 1987, has died at 85. He passed away on February 15 at his home in Los Angeles from complications due to a virus, according to his wife.

Over the course of his 31-year career with Disney, Michener contributed his artistic talents to such Disney classics as Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, and finally The Great Mouse Detective (for which he received a co-directing credit alongside John Musker and Ron Clements).

Michener was born in Los Angeles on November 5, 1932. His father was a famous architect who helped design many of the iconic buildings in the Miracle Mile district of the city. His uncle was the best-selling author James Michener.
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Disney Animator Dave Michener Dies at 85

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Dave Michener, an animator and story artist who worked at Walt Disney Studios for more than 30 years, died on Feb. 15. He was 85. His wife Donna said he died at his Los Angeles home from complications due to a virus.

He co-directed “The Great Mouse Detective” alongside John Musker and Ron Clements.

Michener worked at Disney starting in 1956 until his retirement in 1987, contributing to classics like “Sleeping Beauty,” “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day,” “The Aristocats,” “Robin Hood,” “The Rescuers” and “The Fox and the Hound.”

The animator started his career at Disney right out of college when he was hired by Walt Disney himself, who had seen one of his art exhibits at the Chouinard Art Institute. Michener went on to produce and direct character animation for the Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla. in the 1980s, followed by similar
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about John Musker

John Musker is a director that has seen and done a lot in his time spent around animation and with Disney. His career has stretched for decades in which he’s been a part of some of the greatest films that the corporation has ever produced, cementing his legacy and his name in their ranks as one of the absolute best. After 40 years of faithful storytelling however he’s hanging up his director’s hat and moving on. It’s safe to say that he’s going to be missed since he’s leaving behind some big shoes to fill, but after so long he’s

Five Things You Didn’t Know about John Musker
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John Musker’s Greatest Legacy at Disney Was His Willingness to Change

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: why the recently retired John Musker matters to Disney’s past and its future.) There are only a few people whose […]

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Daily Podcast: The Best Films & TV of SXSW 2018, Shia Labeouf, John Musker, Chopping Mall, Weinstein & Justice League

Daily Podcast: The Best Films & TV of SXSW 2018, Shia Labeouf, John Musker, Chopping Mall, Weinstein & Justice League
On the March 20, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about Shia Labeouf, John Musker, movie theater accidents, Chopping Mall, The Weinstein Company, and Justice League. And in Our Feature Presentation, /Film Managing Editor Jacob Hall joins us to talk about […]

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John Musker, Co-Director of ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Moana,’ and More, Retires from Disney

After nearly four decades with Disney, director John Musker is retiring. Musker co-wrote and co-directed seven feature films throughout his 41-year career at the House of Mouse, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Moana and more. You may not be familiar with the name John Musker, but he’s had a hand in creating some of the most iconic animated Disney […]

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Aladdin and Moana Co-Director John Musker Retires from Disney

A legend has retired from Disney. Even if you don't know his name, John Musker surely had a hand in making some of your favorite classic Disney movies. He co-directed Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and, more recently, Moana, among other notable works for the Mouse House. However, after more than 40 years with the company, he's decided to retire. But he's arguably going out on top, at least as far as his work with Disney is concerned.

News of John Musker's retirement from Disney spread on social media following a party that was thrown in his honor. Many of those who attended the paryt, that also worked with him over the years, took to social media to share their thoughts on the man who is undoubtedly a big part of Disney history. Hyrum Osmond, who worked with Musker on Moana, had this to say on Twitter.

"Wishing a very happy retirement
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John Musker, Co-Director of ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and ‘Moana,’ Retires After Four Decades With Disney

John Musker, Co-Director of ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and ‘Moana,’ Retires After Four Decades With Disney
One of the Disney Renaissance’s key figures is stepping down. John Musker, who’s responsible for such classics as “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid,” has announced his retirement after a 41-year tenure. Musker joined the company in 1977 and, alongside creative partner, also co-wrote and -directed “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Hercules,” “Treasure Planet,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Moana.”

A retirement party was held for him yesterday, according to the Cartoon Brew; that he’s far from a household name despite several of his creations attaining that status speaks to the unique plight of animation directors. Musker received two Academy Award nominations in the Best Animated Feature category, though neither “Moana” nor “The Princess and the Frog” won the prize. Had the award (which was introduced in 2001) existed earlier, it’s difficult to imagine “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” not winning it.
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ADG Awards 2018: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Coco,’ ‘Logan’ Take Production Design

ADG Awards 2018: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Coco,’ ‘Logan’ Take Production Design
As expected, “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Shape of Water” were the big production design winners for fantasy and period at the 22nd Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday at Hollywood and Highland. “Logan” was the surprising contemporary winner (production designed by Francois Audouy), but Pixar’s “Coco” made history as the Adg’s first animation honoree (earned by production designer Harley Jessup).

Production designers Dennis Gassner and Paul Austerberry will square off for the Oscar. Gassner, the favorite, created a harsh and brutalistic dystopia for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel, while Austerberry’s brought noir and water motifs to Guillermo del Toro’s period fantasy-romance.

For TV, “Game of Thrones,” (period or fantasy), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (contemporary), “Black Mirror” (limited series), “Glow” (half-hour series), and “Will & Grace” (multi-camera series) were the big winners.

Adg honors went to Lucasfilm president and “Star Wars” franchise producer Kathleen Kennedy
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Adg Awards: Ron Clements & John Musker Set For William Cameron Menzies Honor

The Art Directors Guild said today that Oscar-nominated writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker will receive its 2018 William Cameron Menzies Award. The award recognizes the filmmaking partners’ innovative artistic work on numerous Disney animated movies of the past 30 years including Moana, The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Island, Hercules, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Great Mouse Detective. They will accept their hardware January 27 during the 22nd…
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‘Aladdin’ Creators Recall Robin Williams on the Animated Classic’s 25th Anniversary

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‘Aladdin’ Creators Recall Robin Williams on the Animated Classic’s 25th Anniversary
In news sure to send ’90s kids into despair as they share “Want to feel old?” posts on social media, “Aladdin” turns 25 today. The creators of that animated classic have shared their recollections with Variety, musing on everything from what some see as its status as the true beginning of the Disney Renaissance to talents of the late, great Robin Williams.

John Musker, who co-directed the film with Ron Clements, says it wasn’t just the actor’s comic brilliance that led to his casting as the Genie but his “mercurial voice” as well.

Read More:‘Aladdin’ Remake: Will Smith Cast as the Genie as Disney Finds Its Two Leads in Relative Unknowns

They also needed to “find an animation hook,” he tells Variety. “We wanted to find something that we felt you can only do in animation that you would never be able to do as well as live action.
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10 Magical Facts to Celebrate 25 Years of Aladdin

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10 Magical Facts to Celebrate 25 Years of Aladdin10 Magical Facts to Celebrate 25 Years of AladdinKurt Anthony11/24/2017 11:01:00 Am

Ah, Salaam and good evening to you, worthy friend. Please, please, come closer!

Released in theatres on November 25, 1992, today marks the 25th anniversary of Aladdin. Considered one of the founding films of the Disney Renaissance, Aladdin was Walt Disney Studio’s 31st animated feature film and ushered in a new era of classics.

Directed by famous Disney duo Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Moana) and featuring music by Disney Legends Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Howard Ashman, you couldn’t have wished for a better team! Of course, we can’t forget the late Robin Williams as the voice of the eternally hilarious Genie; a role he was awarded a special honour for at the 1993 Golden Globes.

The film was an instant success. With a budget of $28M and
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‘Aladdin’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the 1992 Animated Classic!

‘Aladdin’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the 1992 Animated Classic!
Twenty-five years ago -- November 25, 1992, to be exact -- in the city of Agrabah, a street rat, an outspoken princess and an eager-to-please genie were at the center of another groundbreaking animated musical from Walt Disney Pictures.

Telling the story of a young man who falls in love with a princess and befriends a genie as he aspires for something more in his life, Aladdin quickly became a touchstone in Disney’s canon of animated films. Following the romance-driven The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, the 1992 movie boasted a bigger sense of humor -- largely thanks to Robin Williams’ performance as Genie -- and more action.

Earning universal praise, Aladdin earned $217 million at the U.S. box office and maintains a 94 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But like its predecessors, the soundtrack, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, propelled it to awards success, winning it two Academy
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The Main Cast of Guy Ritchie's Aladdin Featured in First Photo From the Set of the Film

Disney has announced that director Guy Ritchie has started production on their live-action adaptation of Aladdin and the announcement came with a photo from the set of the film. The photo features Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. They are all smiles and ready to go!

Here's the full press released from Disney with additional details from the film:

The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan’s daughter; Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan’s beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari
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BAFTA announces 2017 Student Film Award winners

BAFTA announces 2017 Student Film Award winners
Special jury prize awarded to Daphne Matziaraki for documentary 4.1 Miles.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Student Film Awards.

In a gala ceremony in Los Angeles there was a tie in the first ever BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by Laika between Alicja Jasina for Once Upon A Line (USC) and Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu for The Wishgranter (Ringling College of Art & Design).

The BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary was awarded to Daphne Matziaraki for 4.1 Miles (USC), which also won the special jury prize.

The BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action was awarded to Jimmy Keyrouz for Nocturne In Black (Columbia University).

This year, the BAFTA Student Film Awards underwent an international expansion, resulting in more than 400 submissions from 15 countries.

The BAFTA La Access For All campaign has benefited from the expansion and will drive funds towards the organisation’s scholarship
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