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What D23 Says About The State Of Disney Feature Animation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 23, 2013 2:15 PM
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The big news out of last weekend's D23 Expo in Anaheim, a kind of Comic-Con for Disney, was the lack of news relating to the studio's highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." There wasn't any kind of announcement—no release date or subtitle or confirmation of actors who are scheduled to return (and those who will be sitting this one out). In fact, the silence around 'Star Wars' was so deafening that many lost sight of just how much the studio divulged about its upcoming slate of animated features. Not only did they map out the movies that the studio will be delivering through 2016, but they also showcased what will be the pattern for Disney animated features for years and years to come. Only nobody noticed because they were too busy looking for that Death Star.

Watch: NSFW Featurette For 'Kick Ass 2,' & SFW Clip From Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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A couple of clips for upcoming movies hit over the weekend, at polar opposites from each other, one for a big animated movie that's still a few months away, the other a red-band featurette for an imminent R-rated comic book blockbuster.

D23 Reviews: 'Monsters' Short 'Party Central' & Rediscovered Mickey Mouse Cartoon 'Get A Horse!'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 9, 2013 10:48 PM
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Party Central, Monsters University
As part of the lavish, seemingly endless presentation today on Walt Disney Animation at D23, we were treated to two brand new short film screenings: the North American premiere of the rediscovered, almost lost Mickey Mouse classic "Get A Horse!" (which had its lavish world premiere recently at Annecy) and what ended up being the world premiere of a "Monsters University" spin-off short called "Party Central." They were both very special short films that reiterated that Pixar and Walt Disney Feature Animation are two very different studios with two very different approaches that still fall comfortably under the larger umbrella of Disney animation.

Watch: Japanese Teaser Trailers For 'Diana' Biopic & Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2013 12:55 PM
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If you are wondering what binds these two movies together other than they both boast teaser trailers from Japan, well, they are both movies about princesses (wildly different movies, but still) so let's just get right to it...

Watch: Disney Goes 'Ice Age' In First Teaser Trailer For 'Frozen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 6:46 AM
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So what does Disney do when getting the first word out about their brand new princess movie? Get an article in USA Today featuring an interview with Kristen Bell? Yep, makes sense. Make sure that the very first teaser trailer looks like an "Ice Age" movie....uh, what?

Disney CEO Bob Iger Says There Are No Current Plans For Hand Drawn Animation – But What Does He Really Mean?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2013 12:22 PM
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At a Disney shareholder’s meeting on Wednesday, CEO Bob Iger said that none of Disney’s companies are planning to develop a hand-drawn feature animated film for the big screen in the foreseeable future. This story was picked up by /Film and Collider as effectively ringing the bell of traditional animation at the Walt Disney Company. To poorly paraphrase Mark Twain, though, the death of traditional animation at Disney has been greatly exaggerated.

Watch: Studio Ghibli's 'From Up On Poppy Hill' Gets English Trailer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 5, 2013 2:12 PM
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There are a number of animated projects getting unveiled in 2013, and two of the most intriguing just got new promotional materials – a trio of teaser posters from Walt Disney Feature Animation's latest princess story "Frozen" and the long-delayed domestic debut of Studio Ghibli's coming-of-age tale "From Up On Poppy Hill." Both have us very, very excited.

New Images From Pixar's 'Monsters University,' Disney's 'Frozen' & Posters For Studio Ghibli's Next Two Movies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2012 11:41 AM
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2013 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for animated features, with three original animated films from DreamWorks Animation: the hotly anticipated sequels to the wonderful "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and slightly-less-wonderful "Despicable Me," and a new film from "Ice Age" mastermind Chris Wedge. Over the past couple of days, too, we've gotten brand new images from arguably the most exciting projects of next year – Pixar's college-set prequel "Monsters University;" Disney's newest princess endeavor "Frozen," and a pair of Studio Ghibli movies by their cofounders – Isao Takahata's "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" and Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises."

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Writer Derek Connolly Writing A Pixar Film; Jennifer Lee To Co-Direct Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 29, 2012 2:11 PM
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Who would have thought that “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the low budget sci-fi-ish Sundance hit, would produce some of the most sought after creative talent in the business right now? It was a cute movie and there was certainly some artistry at work, but anyone who thought that the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, would soon be mentioned in the same breath as the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels (and become attached to a highly touted “Flight of the Navigator” remake) is either lying or psychic. Now comes word that Trevorrow’s “Safety Not Guaranteed” collaborator Derek Connolly (who is also working on ‘Navigator’) has a job almost as vaulted as guiding the future adventures of the Skywalker clan – he’s writing a new movie for Pixar.

Disney Sets November 27, 2013 Date For Animated 'Frozen' With Kristen Bell

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 11, 2012 6:25 PM
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2012 has been an interesting year for Disney. It has seen some very high highs (the record-smashing "The Avengers," which recently eclipsed "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" to become the studio's single most successful film of all time) and very low lows ("John Carter," Andrew Stanton's sci-fi western, poisoned by bad publicity and even worse marketing, will cost the studio least $200 million). In truth, the studio only has a handful of true Disney films left on the horizon - a pair of animated treats (Pixar's "Brave," which we liked but didn't love; and Thanksgiving's videogame-themed "Wreck-It Ralph," a movie that we've been told is just phenomenal, even in super unfinished form) and a weird fantasy drama "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," which opens late this summer and looks like a total snooze (the rest of the movies Disney is releasing will be DreamWorks co-ops.) So it's not such a stretch to imagine execs looking towards 2013, with the period western "Lone Ranger" and, now, a big animated movie that fits just outside (but still snuggled up next to) the Disney princess line.

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