Disney Consumer Products and Marvel today announced the debut of an annual national multi-platform campaign aimed at taking the Marvel brand to new heights — ‘Marvel Super Hero September.’ Launching this September, the month-long celebration will showcase what being a Super Hero is all about by encouraging the public to ‘Power Up Like a Marvel Super Hero.’ This will be done through a supercharged lineup of retail partnerships, licensing partners, advertising, and online activations. The strategy will place a stake in the ground for the Marvel brand, celebrating the entertainment company’s rich 75 year history and its wide array of characters.
After making its debut during ‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic,’ Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first official clip from its upcoming film, Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014). The clip, in which Hiro meets nurse robot Baymax for the first time (or ‘Diagnosis: Puberty’), can be found embedded below. The clip originally premiered for an audience during the film’s panel at this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con.
During tonight’s primetime special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic,’ the Walt Disney Company outlined future plans for the franchise, confirming some long withstanding rumors as well as brand new information on how the company plans on building on the successes of the wildly popular film, in addition to the already confirmed Broadway musical production, Disney On Ice’s Frozen on Ice and the upcoming book series from Random House.
Later tonight, 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.
Short on details, Walt Disney Studios has confirmed its plans to present at the 2014 New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 9, 2014.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an exclusive look at their follow-up to last year’s Frozen, Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014) with directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, producer Roy Conli and special guests. We already know that Scott Adsit, voice of Baymax, will be attending the Comic-Con for other purposes, so it’s likely he too will join the presentation.
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?’
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.