In our recent review of the ABC television special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,’ we noted that some of the new behind-the-scenes footage included the daughter of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Katie, and the daughter of writer/co-director Jennifer Lee, Aggie, performing the singing voice of Anna alongside Kristen Bell in ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’
On Tuesday night, September 2, 2014, at 8:00 pm ET/PT, the ABC television network will air ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,’ an hour-long special that promises to go behind-the-scenes of what Disney refers to as the most successful animated film at all time.
ABC has provided us with a screener of the television special and we are pleased to report that it was (for the most part) an absolute joy to watch from start to finish. Narrated by Josh Gad (voice of Olaf), the special incorporates interviews with stars Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Jonathan Goff (Kristoff/’Sven’) along with co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, character lead animators Becky Bresee (Anna), Wayne Unten (Elsa), Hyrum Osmond (Olaf), Brittney Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho and John Lasseter.
While it definitely won’t go down in history as one of the longest soundtracks in history, the tracklist for Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day original motion picture soundtrackhas popped up online at Amazon with a digital release date of October 7, 2014. The soundtrack appears to be a mixture of new and previously released tracks as well as the apparent debut of ‘IDK & The Whatevs,’ which is likely composed in part of one of the film’s stars, Bella Thorne, though nothing official has been announced yet.
The full tracklist is as follows:
Our friends at Entertainment Earth have graciously informed us that they are now accepting pre-orders for the fabulous Big Hero 6 series of POP! Vinyl collectibles from Funko. The series consists of GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi (No-Ginger), Fred and — of course — Hiro. Also being released are extra large 6″ versions of Baymax in both mech and a special ‘pearlescent’ nurse version. Most of the figures are set to be released in October with the pearlescent Baymax in November/December.
To see the entire collection and to pre-order starting now, visit the Big Hero 6 POP! Pre-order page.
Disney/Pixar has released the first clip from its upcoming short, Lava, which will play ahead of Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19, 2015). You can find the clip, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Italy, embedded below.
Meet Uku, the star of Pixar’s newest short, Lava, a love story millions of years in the making. Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us this amazing first look at one of the 7 minute, 9 second short’s main leads, Uku (voiced by Kuana Torres Kahele — also the short’s narrator). Uku’s better half, Lele is voiced by Napua Greig.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has provided us with high resolution versions of two recently released stills from Patrick Osborne’s short, Feast, which will play before Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014).
Feast, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation for Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that animation historian John Canemaker will be paying tribute to animation pioneers Winsor McCay and Walt Disney in a three part program that ends with a screening of Disney’s Fantasia. All three events will take place on Saturday, September 13 the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
‘Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation’ will commemorate Gertie the Dinosaur’s 100th birthday with a ‘salute to Gertie and her creator, the prolific comic strip artist and animation pioneer Winsor McCay. This richly illustrated look at McCay’s life and work includes four of his animated shorts, and a re-creation – with audience participation – of the legendary routine that introduced Gertie in McCay’s 1914 vaudeville act.’
Ahead of any official announcement, Amazon has begun listing ‘Mickey Mouse: Season One‘ with a release date of December 2, 2014, although it’s worth noting that Walmart (where the artwork came from in this case) has been listing it for an August 26, 2014 release for some time now.
According to the new listing, the DVD will contain nineteen of the shorts from the award-winning series’ first season as well as a bonus ‘making of’ featurette. The bonus feature, ‘The Making of Disney Mickey Mouse,’ features creators discussing ‘the fun of working with one of the world’s most beloved and recognized characters as they create a fresh new take on an iconic character — Mickey Mouse — for the new millennium.’
Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios have provided us with a high resolution version of a recently released still featuring Hiro and Baymax from their upcoming film, Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014). The photo, seen left, has also been added to the beginning of our gallery of stills from the film, which you can find embedded below.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a high resolution version of a recently released still featuring Meryl Streep stars as the Witch and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel from the upcoming film, Into the Woods (December 25, 2014). The photo, seen left, has also been added to the beginning of our gallery of stills from the film, which you can find embedded below.