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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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Film News Roundup: Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ Retitled ‘Mowgli’ by Warner Bros.

Film News Roundup: Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ Retitled ‘Mowgli’ by Warner Bros.
In today’s film news roundup, Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book movie has been retitled “Mowgli,” the Art Directors Guild honors a pair of Disney animators and 30 Project Involve participants are announced.

Name Change

Warner Bros.’ has changed the name of the Andy Serkis live-action Jungle Book movie from “Jungle Book: Origins” to “Mowgli.”

The studio made the announcement Tuesday. Serkis is directing the movie, which will open on Oct. 19, 2018 — more than two years after Disney launched its live-action version of “The Jungle Book” with Jon Favreau directing. The project is based on Rudyard Kipling series “The Jungle Book,” which follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India.

Voice cast includes Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Naomie Harris as Nisha, Andy Serkis, Baloo, Peter Mullan as Akela, Jack Reynor as Mowgli’s Brother Wolf, Eddie Marsan as Vihaan,
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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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Exclusive: Moana director Ron Clements on the future of hand-drawn animation

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Ron Clements, the mind behind such classics as Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, recently spoke to HeyUGuys about his Oscar-nominated animation sensation Moana. In a wide-ranging interview he also shares his thoughts on the future of hand-drawn animation, how he feels about Guy Ritchie’s remake of Aladdin (let’s hope Jason Statham will be cast as the Genie) and his relationship with frequent collaborator and co-director John Musker.

Moana marks your first computer-animated movie; I think it still clearly retains that traditional Disney ethos, which I appreciated, but what do you think you were able to achieve creating Moana using CGI that you couldn’t with traditional animation, and do you think traditional animation still has advantages over CGI in other ways?

Well, I love traditional animation; John (Musker) and I both love traditional animation and we hope traditional animation has a bright future. With Moana
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Disney's Frozen Won't Get a Live-Action Reboot Anytime Soon

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters this weekend, and it's the umpteenth time Disney has rebooted one of their animated classics with a live-action cast. The movie has already made bank it its opening day, and Disney isn't about to stop this trend anytime soon. There are live-action reboots of Aladdin, Dumbo, and the Little Mermaid all in various stages of production right now. And more are expected to be announced before the year is over. But there is one movie you can scratch off the list. And that's the 2013 blockbuster smash hit Frozen.

So you can stop sweating and worrying about whether Disney is going to give this fairy tale a humanized rebuff. Also off the list for any immediate Disney live-action reboot are the movies The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Bolt and The Princess and the Frog. You can scratch Tangled and Big Hero 6 off that list.
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Sherlock, and the musical highlights of Sherlock Holmes

Sean Wilson Jan 16, 2017

From the BBC's Sherlock, through Disney, Hans Zimmer and Young Sherlock Holmes: we salute the music of Mr Holmes...

Few characters have enjoyed as much reinvention as Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth Sherlock Holmes, an enduring icon who is as much bound up with the history of cinema (and indeed stage, TV and radio) as he is with literature. Indeed, adaptations of Holmes stories stretch right the way back to the earliest days of film at the start of the 20th century. Fittingly enough given Holmes' penchant for a violin serenade, the musical scores to his adventures are as richly varied as the outcomes to his mysteries are unexpected. Here are Holmes' musical highlights, from Buster Keaton through to Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Not, strictly speaking, a Sherlock movie but as the title implies, the legacy of the character casts a long shadow over Buster Keaton's silent classic.
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Disney Animation Veterans Ride the CG Tide With ‘Moana’

Disney Animation Veterans Ride the CG Tide With ‘Moana’
Ron Clements and John Musker have just about seen it all in their 30-some years at Disney. They are largely credited — as the creative powers behind 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” — with launching Disney’s animation renaissance following a period of less-than-successful films for the studio. Today, their seventh animated collaboration, “Moana,” is the writer-directors’ first CG-animated project; Jared Bush wrote the screenplay.

Moana” tells the tale of a head-strong teen who defies her village’s ban on sailing the ocean in order to save them from destruction. The movie has been a learning experience for the seasoned veterans.

“We had to learn a whole new pipeline,” Musker says. “The way to get from script to storyboard is the same, but once you get into the production process, it is a different thing. It’s less linear.”

In hand-drawn animation, artists go from storyboards to drawing the sets and figuring out
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Exclusive Interview: Moana directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker talk film’s origins, Dwayne Johnson and Disney remakes

Disney have this weekend continued their unprecedented run of success with their latest animated film, Moana, storming to the top of the Us charts with $81.1 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Now the film is bound for the UK this Friday and to celebrate the release, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis sat down with the film’s directors Ron Clements and John Musker to discuss the film, Dwayne Johnson’s singing and their thoughts on the Aladdin live-action remake.

The film sees our heroine Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) set sail through the vast oceans of to search for the precious heart of Te Fiti which was stolen many years ago by demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson. The film is in part about explorations and journeys and the director’s said that they both had some aspirations in their youth about being explorers.

“I read the novels of
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Ron Clements & John Musker interview: Moana, Disney, animation

Den Of Geek Dec 1, 2016

Legendary Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker on Moana, Hercules, Disney and Dwayne Johnson.

Ron Clements and John Musker are movie stars to me. Since I first saw Basil The Great Mouse Detective in my early years, I’ve been a huge fan of their movies. But then their collective CV as directors covers the likes of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog as well. Even in the movies of theirs I warm to less, there’s something I latch on to.

It’s been seven years since the lovely The Princess And The Frog, and the pair finally have a new movie. It’s called Moana, and I got to pretend to be professional, and chat to them about it.

I just about held it together for the full interview too. You’re proud of me, right?

What a human film Moana is.
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Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie

Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes. Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about […]

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Disney’s Hercules, and the challenge of casting

Simon Brew Nov 23, 2016

Jack Nicholson was originally in line for Disney’s Hercules – but 1989’s Batman movie scuppered it…

If you believe the rhetoric, then between The Lion King and the current resurgence for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney didn’t release an animated movie of any merit. I’ve long been one of those calling bobbins on this. Between The Lion King and, say, Tangled, we had The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Meet The Robinsons and The Princess & The Frog, for example. I’d argue there’s a mix of underappreciated and flat-out excellent movies in that lot.

And we also had Hercules.

1997’s Hercules wasn’t a raging box office success, and it was the first Walt Disney Animation Studios project to fall shy of $100m at the American box office since The Rescuers Down Under in 1990. Granted,
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For Our Consideration: 25 years later, Beauty And The Beast remains Disney’s best modern movie

Though Walt Disney Animation Studios has existed in some form for almost 90 years, there is no more important period in its history than the Disney Renaissance, which lasted for the final 15 years of the 20th century. This is the era when more than a handful of Disney’s recent financial, if not full-throated creative, triumphs were released, from the more modestly successful The Great Mouse Detective to The Little Mermaid to The Lion King to Fantasia 2000. (The term “Disney Renaissance” was coined by fans, not in-house, so the definition of when the period extends from can, and should, be stretched to include both the 1986 Sherlock Holmes-esque adaptation that convinced Disney executives to keep funding animated projects and the 1999 “sequel” to Fantasia, which is a fitting tribute to the 1940 classic.) The Disney Renaissance, despite encompassing so many different films, is best identified by a series ...
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‘Moana’ Directors Talk ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Influences and Taika Waititi’s Screenplay

‘Moana’ Directors Talk ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Influences and Taika Waititi’s Screenplay
Over the Summer, I got the great opportunity to talk with filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker about their upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana. Ron & Jon are animation legends, having worked on many great Disney animated movies over the years, including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet […]

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'Moana' -- Here's What We Know So Far About Disney's Next Big Family Movie

As we draw closer to the release of Moana, we're getting a better idea of what to expect when the next animated adventure from Disney hits theaters. The company has been on a creative roll lately, especially since Wreck-It Ralph emerged to big success in 2012. Since then, we've seen Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia all score with critics and audiences alike. Moana marks the first feature in seven years by directors Ron Clements and John Musker, who've enjoyed a long and storied career at Disney. Their early efforts included The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. Their last movie was The Princess and the Frog in 2009. Clements and Musker began developing Moana in 2011, based on their own original idea. The movie's creative team traveled...

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First teaser poster for Disney’s next animated hit ‘Moana’ arrives

Moana first look

Ahead of the debut of its first teaser trailer on Sunday, Disney have release a teaser poster for their next animated movie Moana, which will debut in cinemas on the 2nd December.

Dwayne Johnson leads the vocal cast of the film, which is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the legendary filmmakers behind the likes of The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, as well as Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.

Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a long line of navigators she sets off for a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which it hides, all the while learning what the power love between friends can accomplish.

Auli’i Cravalho voices the title character.

More on Moana, including the first
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Alan Young, ‘Mister Ed’ Star, Dies at 96

Alan Young, ‘Mister Ed’ Star, Dies at 96
Alan Young, who gamely played straight man to a talking horse for five years in classic sitcom “Mr. Ed,” died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 96.

On the series, which ran from 1961-66 on CBS, Young played architect Wilbur Post, who was married to Carol (played by Connie Hines, who died in 2009) and kept a horse, Mr. Ed, in their suburban stable. Mr. Ed, voiced by Allan “Rocky” Lane, would speak only to Wilbur, but given Mr. Ed’s rather outlandish personality and the superbly mild affect of Young’s Wilbur, just who owned whom could occasionally be a matter of debate.

Young also voiced Scrooge McDuck and numerous other animated characters, as well as guesting on dozens of TV shows.

In 2005 “Mr. Ed” won a TV Land Award for most heart-warming pet-owner interaction. Young also directed four episodes of “Mr. Ed.
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Disney to Screen Never-Seen ‘Moana’ Sequences at Annecy

Disney to Screen Never-Seen ‘Moana’ Sequences at Annecy
Unseen artwork and work-in-progress sequences from “Moana,” produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios, will be unveiled at June’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, one of the world’s biggest toon events.

The sneak-peek will be presented by “Moana” directorial duo Ron Clements and John Musker, whose collaboration dates back to “The Great Mouse Detective.” Since then they have written and directed Disney titles such as “The Little Mermaid” (1989), “Aladdin” (1992), “Hercules” (1997) and “The Princess and the Frog” (2009).

CG animated feature film “Moana” follows an adventurous teenager (Moana), the chief’s only daughter, and from a family of illustrious sea wayfarers, who sails out on an intrepid journey helped by a demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) to prove herself a master pathfinder and save her people.

Clements and Musker will take an Annecy audience through their research on “their most ambitious production to date,” per a Disney statement.

Cast
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From the People Archive: Why Prince Once Went on a Blind Date with a Fan

From the People Archive: Why Prince Once Went on a Blind Date with a Fan
Prince, iconic singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy winner, has died at the age of 57. In 1986, to celebrate the release of his movie Under the Cherry Moon, Prince agreed to go on a blind date with a radio contest winner. People caught up with the lucky fan to discuss her night out with the music icon. Read the cover story below:First you win a contest, and then you win friends. That's how it happened for Lisa Barber, 20, a Sheridan, Wyo. motel chambermaid who last month dialed an MTV contest number and, by being the 10,000th caller, won a date with Prince and
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CinemaCon Lays Foundation for 2016’s Animated Awards Race

CinemaCon Lays Foundation for 2016’s Animated Awards Race
From a ten-minute preview of Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets” to a 27-minute deep dive into Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” this year’s CinemaCon is laying the groundwork for a very competitive animated feature awards race in 2016.

Warner Bros. got the ball rolling Tuesday by presenting a look at “Storks,” from writer-director Nicholas Stoller. The film, co-directed by Doug Sweetland, tells the story of, well, storks, who have transitioned from delivering babies to delivering packages. Complications ensue when an order for a baby appears. Andy Samberg stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Kelsey Grammer and Katie Crown.

(WB also touted the Warner Animation Group, which could land future consideration for everything from “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2” to a new spin on the world of Scooby Doo and friends.)

Sticking with avian themes, Sony Pictures Animation will be releasing “The Angry Birds Movie” later this year. On Tuesday,
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