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Frozen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 22, 2013 4:34 PM
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There’s never a dull moment in "Frozen," which throws in a fearsome snow monster, a life-and-death race to rescue one of its principals, and unexpected character twists...

A New Generation Of Disney Legends

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
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Words like “legend” and “icon” get tossed around a lot in Hollywood, but the people who built the Walt Disney company, creating timeless films and beloved theme park attractions, earned those titles long ago.

Monsters University

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 21, 2013 12:05 AM
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When my daughter was young, I found myself watching movies through her eyes. I came to appreciate films that delivered a positive message even if I felt they had shortcomings.

DISNEY ANIMATION ART BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 25, 2013 1:00 AM
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Who ever thought you’d be able to flip original Disney animation art—just as the master animators drew it, in pencil form—or purchase high-quality replicas of the first Disney artwork ever sold to the public? Both options are now available to one and all.

Wreck-It Ralph

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 2, 2012 1:05 AM
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I’m always rooting for a new Disney animated feature, and 'Wreck-It Ralph' gave me a lot to cheer for: a fresh concept and clever execution to match it. Animation veteran (but studio newcomer) Rich Moore has directed this feature with a sharp eye, but winning over both hearts and minds is a tall order, and that’s where the film falls a bit short.

Brave—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 22, 2012 1:05 AM
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If you have kids, you’ll want to take them to 'Brave', and they’ll almost certainly have a good time. If you’re an animation buff, you may have quibbles with the film, which looks great but isn’t up to Pixar’s high standards in terms of story. That’s the problem with creating so many innovative and memorable movies: when you do something that’s “merely” pretty good, it feels like a letdown.

Animated Jazz—And More

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 29, 2011 2:21 AM
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Gordon Goodwin is a talented musician, composer, arranger—and animation buff. Years ago he got to score a pencil-test scene called “The Bedroom Argument” that was cut from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and unearthed for a laserdisc release of the film; you can see (and hear) it now on YouTube. He’d almost forgotten about this long-ago assignment when it turned up online, and says, “I remember how awestruck I was to be working with that iconic material!

Animation Marvels—In Print And On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 10, 2011 5:00 AM
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A spectacular new book about Ray Harryhausen is cause for celebration—but more about that later. The estimable Mr. H was inspired to pursue his art, and craft, by the films he saw as a boy, especially The Lost World (1925) and King Kong (1933). But the man who created the stunning animation in those films, Willis O’Brien, wasn’t the only person experimenting with the wonders of stop-motion. Steve Stanchfield, Stewart McKissick and Ken Priebe at Thunderbean Animation have compiled a dizzying DVD collection of rare short subjects appropriately titled Stop-Motion Marvels! and it’s a must for anyone interested in this field.

A Disney Artist Comes Into Her Own

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 31, 2010 12:17 PM
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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 10, 2009 4:04 AM
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by Walt Stanchfield; edited by Don Hahn

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