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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.

Kristen Bell Is The Snow Queen In Disney's 'Frozen'; 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Gets New Trailer & WB Buys Graphic Novel 'Bolivar' For Animated Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 6, 2012 9:20 AM
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In a story on Kristen Bell joining the cast of Jennifer Getzinger's cinematic adaptation of Neil LaBute's play "Some Girls," The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that the actress-formerly-known-as-Veronica Mars will "provide the speaking and singing voice" as the lead in Disney's upcoming feature "Frozen," which means she will play the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale character the Snow Queen (first published way back in 1845). Additionally, the trade states that Warner Bros. and Weed Road (Akiva Goldsman's WB-based production shingle) have picked up the forthcoming graphic novel "Bolivar" for Irish animator Kealan O'Rourke to write and direct.

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