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Watch an exclusive Big Hero 6 featurette ahead of its premiere on DisneyLife

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Author: Zehra Phelan

To celebrate the imminent premiere of Big Hero 6, the TV series only on Disney Xd and DisneyLife from the 1st of March we reveal a first look featurette and a series of images and Gifs from the animation.

The story picks up immediately following the events of the film and continues the adventures and friendship of Hiro, the fourteen-year-old orphaned tech genius and Baymax, his very special plus-sized inflatable healthcare companion.

Also in the News – Paddington director Paul King to take on Pinocchio for Disney

Big Hero 6 was the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel Comics characters. Loosely based on the superhero team of the same name by Marvel Comics, the film was the 54th Disney animated feature film, directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the film tells the story of Hiro Hamada, a young robotics prodigy who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain.
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Disney Previews DuckTales reboot and Big Hero 6: The Series at D23

Author: Zehra Phelan

Over at the TV animation panel at D23 this past weekend, Disney Xd took the opportunity to unveil a sneak peek of the rebooted DuckTales and Big Hero 6 series of short clips of what audiences can expect to see on their release to a living room near you.

Related: DuckTales Images and Casting News

In Disney’s Exclusive Sneak Peak of DuckTales Huey, Louie and Dewey, alongside Webby have not seemed to have aged one bit since we last saw them on our TV screens back in 1990, some 27 years ago (now who feels old?). The boys are still causing mischief with a dart gun battle between themselves getting under the feet of others.

The rebooted series will air in September 2017 with an hour-long movie special to go out in August to get young audiences hyped for the series.

The series is notable for being the first
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Titans: Castle alum Seamus Dever joins the cast

Kirsten Howard Rob Leane Mike Cecchini Jan 18, 2018

The live action Teen Titans TV show will star a familiar face for fans of Castle, it's been announced...

Better known as Detective Kevin Ryan on ABC’s successful Nathan Fillion vehicle, Castle, Seamus Dever will have a new role in the live action Teen Titans TV series.

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Details of Dever's character are not being revealed at this time, for reasons best known to Warner Bros, who are hoping that the show will make a big splash as part of their DC streaming service, set to launch this year.

We'll be seeing quite a bit of Dever in small screen comic properties in 2018, as he's also set to appear in the second season of Legion, which is heading our way in the spring.

More as we have it.
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Disney Is Bringing Westworld-Style Robots to Its Theme Parks?

Disney Is Bringing Westworld-Style Robots to Its Theme Parks?
HBO's hit series Westworld showed the dangers of using robots in theme parks, but a futuristic park like this, where adults live out their own fantasies by using these robots, would be quite controversial if it were to be built in real life. A new report reveals that Disney may be starting the process to implement real soft-body robots that would interact with guests at its theme parks, but they won't have any Westworld-type applications. These bots are believed to be playing Disney characters, but it isn't known what characters will be implemented at this time.

Orlando Sentinel broke the news that Disney has filed for a patent, where the company reveals they are, "designing a robot that will move and physically interact like an animated character." The prototype sketch that was included with the patent application reportedly showed a round body that was reminiscent of the Big Hero 6 character Baymax.
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Awards Roundup: CinemaCon to Honor Goldie Hawn, John Cena, Ansel Elgort and More

Awards Roundup: CinemaCon to Honor Goldie Hawn, John Cena, Ansel Elgort and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

– Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn will receive the prestigious “Cinema Icon Award” at CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) held March 27 – 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Hawn will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony Thursday, March 30 hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon. Previous winners of this esteemed award include Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Costner.

“With a career that has spanned roles in more than 30 films Goldie Hawn continues to shine on the big screen as one of the most entertaining, relatable and recognizable actresses of our time,” noted Neuhauser. “With an unforgettable presence and charm both onscreen and off Hawn has entertained audiences of all ages and we are pleased to honor an
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Moana Releases Two Bonus Clips

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Disney’s Moana hit Digital HD this week and we have some special bonus clips to share with you.

Helmed by Clements and Musker, the directing team behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog, and co-directed by Chris Williams & Don Hall (Oscar®-winning Big Hero 6 -Best Animated Feature Film in 2015), Moana” is produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band), and executive produced by John Lasseter. Jared Bush (Zootopia) wrote the screenplay. Moana features original songs from a diverse and dynamic team that includes Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan The Lion King) and Opetaia Foaʻi (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). Mancina composed the original score.

Easter Eggs

Writing “We Know the Way”

Moana stars Auli‘i
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Moana Surfs for Digital HD Feb. 21, Disc March 7

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Burbank, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 — Walt Disney Animation StudiosMoana, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s Ballers, Central Intelligence) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. Now, Moana sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.

Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of
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Variety Staffers Pick Some of Their Favorite Film Moments From 2016

Variety Staffers Pick Some of Their Favorite Film Moments From 2016
Whether a moody sci-fi drama (“Arrival”) or a quirky comedy about teenage angst (“The Edge of Seventeen”), 2016 presented a wide variety of movies with memorable moments. Variety staffers picked their top choices for stand-out scenes.

Arrival

(Paramount)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

We learn at the very beginning of Villeneuve’s ethereal sci-fi thriller that Louise Banks’ (Amy Adams) daughter, Hannah, dies. But when we find out how and when and in what way, it’s more crushing than we ever could have imagined. In one of the film’s saddest and most heartbreaking scenes, Hannah asks Louise why her father (Jeremy Renner) left, and why he’s been looking at her differently lately. Louise, torn between revealing the truth and protecting Hannah’s innocence, tells Hannah that he left because Louise told him something that he wasn’t ready to hear. And we are left in suspense. — Malina Saval

Captain Fantastic
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Awfj 2016 Eda Awards winners announced

And the winners are…

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Moonlight

Best Director: Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Best Screenplay, Original: Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan

Best Screenplay, Adapted: MoonlightBarry Jenkins

Best Documentary: 13th – Ava DuVernay

Best Animated Film: ZootopiaByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Best Actress: Ruth NeggaLoving

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola DavisFences

Best Actor: Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala AliMoonlight

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: MoonlightYesi Ramirez

Best Cinematography: MoonlightJames Laxton

Best Editing: MoonlightJoi McMillon and Nat Sanders

Best Non-English-Language Film: The Handmaiden – Chan-Wook Park, South Korea

Eda Female Focus Awards

These awards honor women only.

Best Woman Director: Ava DuVernay – 13th

Best Woman Screenwriter: Kelly ReichardtCertain Women

Best Animated Female: Judy in ZootopiaGinnifer Goodwin And
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Arrival, La La Land, Hell Or High Water Among The Nominees For The 2016 Awfj Eda Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have announced the nominees for the 2016 Awfj Eda Awards.

In their 10th annual awards season, the 25 categories are divided into three sections, the Best Of Awards, Female Focus Awards and Eda Special Mention Awards.

Andrea Arnold, Ava DuVernay, Rebecca Miller, Mira Nair and Lorene Scafaria were among the filmmakers nominated in this year’s awards.

Nominees in each category are determined by Awfj members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 76 voting Awfj members.

The winners will be announced on December 21.

2016 Awfj Eda Awards Nominees

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film

Arrival

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Damien ChazelleLa La Land

Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Kenneth LonerganManchester by the Sea

David MackenzieHell or High Water

Denis VilleneuveArrival

Best Screenplay, Original
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Head Of Animation Hyrum Osmond And Story Artist David Derrick Jr on Disney's latest: Moana

  • Cinelinx
Moana is the story of a young Polynesian heir ineffably drawn to the one thing that her community opposes: venturing out into the ocean, like the little mermaid was so drawn to land, like a monster to Boo, and like an ambitious rat was to the culinary arts.

Moana Head of Animation Hyrum Osmand (Zootopia, Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, Tangled) and Story Artist David Derrick Jr. (How To Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away, Bee Movie) talked with the press in a roundtable before speaking to the visual arts students at the University of Denver. Tucked away in a corner of the university, David tapped into what made Moana so personal to him, allowing him to segue easily into the film’s themes of Polynesian ancestry and culture while Hyrum explored the unique challenges this particular film offered Disney’s elite animators.

Q.Michael J. Casey [Boulder Weekly]: On the Oceanic Story Trust.
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Film Review: ‘Moana’ is Walt Disney Pictures at its Breezy Best

Chicago – “Moana” is a solid example of the time honored Disney musical. It is exactly the sort of sun drenched warm weather beacon we residents of cold weather climes can enjoy as the holiday season approaches, and it a refreshing change from another spin of Mele Kalikimaka.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

In many ways “Moana” is more fun than this season’s other relentlessly upbeat musical “Trolls.” It goes without saying that a Disney film is going to look terrific, but Moana’s blue waters, beautifully lush landscapes, and splashes of inventive flights of fancy are so inviting I wanted to just dive right in without giving your eye socket a cavity. There are catchy songs courtesy of “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, an appealingly spunky heroine and the Rock. And…this just might be my daughter’s favorite movie of the year.

The story centers on Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho), a
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‘Moana’ Review Roundup: Lush Animation Wows Audiences

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Moana, directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams, follows a Disney princess of sorts, but one who is definitely in need of no man. She is one tough cookie who will one day take her father’s place as Chief of Polynesian island Motunui. She leaves home against her father’s wishes following an […]

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Moana – Review

2016 appears to be the year when animation truly ruled the box office, perhaps even more than it did 17 years ago. Of course, the still-reigning animated feature king is Pixar, who had the biggest grossing flick of the year with its sequel Finding Dory. Hot on their heels are the upstarts at Illumination Entertainment and Universal (home of the Minions) who had a smash hit with The Secret Life Of Pets and will be back at the multiplex in just a couple of weeks with Sing. We’ve seen films based on established properties Angry Birds and Trolls along with another Ice Age sequel and the fantasy Storks. The talented folks at Laika (Coraline) dazzled us with Kubo And The Two Strings. Oh, there was even an R-rated (for very raunchy) CGI feature Sausage Party Pixar’s sister company Walt Disney Animation (both studios films are released under the Disney banner
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Swallows and Amazons and other great classic children’s book-to-film adaptations

To celebrate the release of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons – directed by Philippa Lowthorpe – on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download from December 12th, we take a look at some of the best book to film adaptations to have captivated young audiences.

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome’s classic series of novels have been loved by readers since its first publication nearly a century ago. Now it comes to the big screen, promising audiences a tale of whimsical adventure. While on holiday in the beautiful Lake District the four Walker children discover a seemingly deserted island but soon find that a pair of sisters, the Blacketts, have already lain claim to the land. Taking up the mantles of their respective sailboats the two groups of children engage in a battle of wits for control of the island, but when the Walkers discover a secret about the Blackett’s uncle, the
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“Moana” proves that Dwayne Johnson can truly do anything

It seems like I write this at least once or twice a year, but Disney is poised to have another big hit on their hands. They continually churn out enjoyable fare, especially with their animated musical offerings. On Wednesday, their latest hits in Moana, which very much feels like it’s a successor to Frozen. Featuring songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda and a winning bit of voice work from Dwayne Johnson, it’s poised to be a big deal during Thanksgiving. Family fare always has a leg up, and this will be no exception. It’s going to contend for awards, that’s for sure, but it will also make a mint at the box office first, and that never hurts. Audiences are in for a treat. The movie is essentially standard issue Disney princess stuff, though there’s a bit of tinkering with that premise. Young Moana (Auli’i Cravalho
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Movie Review – Moana (2016)

Moana, 2016.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

Featuring the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Alan Tudyk and Nicole Scherzinger.

Synopsis:

A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Ron Clements and John Musker largely define the millennials’ idea of Disney. Having directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Hercules, they are integral to the modern Disney catalogue. And for the last few years, co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams (Oscar-winners for Big Hero 6) have helped keep Disney on top of their game. As a group of creative minds, Moana was due to be a shining example of what Disney can do, and it most certainly is. It brings together all the right ingredients to maintain that winning formula. It isn’t attempting anything different,
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‘Moana’ Review

Stars: Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Oscar Kightley | Written by Jared Bush, Ron Clements | Directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall

Moana is Disney’s latest animated film and may end up being the most original and best animated film that Disney has released in years. Disney used folklore from the Polynesian culture and based on this film, Disney should start using more culture folklore in the future to guide their films.

Moana tells the story of Moana Waialiki, voiced by the amazing newcomer Auli’I Cravalho, a sixteen-year-old daughter of Chief Tui Waialiki (Temuera Morrison) who dreams of venturing out on her own and away from her mystical island in Polynesia but is forbidden based on tales told of unknown dangers in the ocean. When the ocean (yes, the ocean is literally a character) and Moana’s grandmother (Rachel House
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AFI Fest Review: ‘Moana’ is a Well-Directed, Exhausting Adventure

It’s time for another Disney Princess movie, and you know how it goes. Disney knows too, and wants you to know that it knows. When the title character of Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) denies that she’s a princess, claiming that she’s merely the daughter of her island’s chief and the next chieftain, her adventuring partner Maui (Dwayne Johnson) asserts, “Same difference,” and that, “You wear a dress and have an animal sidekick. You’re a princess.” But Disney is doing its best to make the culture rethink cinematic fantasy princesses, countering the stereotypes of helpless femininity (which the studio largely put in place) with a new roster of highly capable action heroines. And Moana is, as they call it, a good role model. And the movie around her is fine.

One big leg up that Moana has on other recent Disney fare, and a lot of computer-animated films in general,
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‘Moana’ Review: Dazzling Visuals, Dwayne Johnson and Lin-Manuel Miranda Sustain This Animated Disney Musical

‘Moana’ Review: Dazzling Visuals, Dwayne Johnson and Lin-Manuel Miranda Sustain This Animated Disney Musical
Disney’s animation roster has a history of playing with culturally insensitive fire, from the “siamese” cats in “Lady and the Tramp” to the savage Middle Eastern stereotypes in “Aladdin.” The same directors of that movie, Ron Clements and John Musker, reteam for “Moana,” the tale of a young Polynesian woman who commands the high seas to save the world. But the movie has two other co-directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams, whose credits include more recent Disney efforts such as “Big Hero 6.” While the quartet of credits may contribute to the movie’s uneven tone, it also suggests a merging of Disney’s past and present.

Visually dazzling and loaded with charm, the movie is also blatant in its quest for cultural sensitivity: It has memorable songs by “Hamilton” phenom Lin-Manuel Miranda and a first-rate mystical soundtrack by Samoan composer Opetaia Tavia Foa’i, in addition to a
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