Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition will be available to own on Blu-ray on October 7, 2014. It will also be available in Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere same day.
The 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including ‘Once Upon A Parade,’ in which ‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new ‘Festival Of Fantasy Parade,’ ‘Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,’ a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and ‘@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,’ in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.
From the world of Cars soars Planes: Fire & Rescue, a new comedy-adventure featuring a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil’ Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
Ahead of any official announcements, Amazon has begun listing several Disney films slated for a blu-ray release on August 12, 2014. While the domestic version of the site currently lists dates for just a couple of the titles on DVD format, Amazon Canada is being more forthcoming about the titles and the release date — if they are indeed correct.
The complete list of titles expected to be released on August 12 (so far) are: Tarzan; Hercules; The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad; Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (10th Anniversary); and Bedknobs And Broomsticks: Special Edition.
Walt Disney Studios has released the first full-length trailer for Disney’s upcoming film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (October 10, 2014), which you can find embedded below.
Via Moviefone, Walt Disney Studios has released its first clip from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), titled ‘Awkward Situation.’ The clip, which can be found embedded below, features Angelina Jolie killing it as Maleficent, inviting herself to the christening of baby Aurora. What’s particularly of note in this clip (and the full scene in general) is how much it borrows from the 1959 Sleeping Beauty, particularly the dialogue.
Another day and the Maleficent publicity machine continues to crank out tons of fascinating images, both conceptual and straight from the actual film. Walt Disney Studios has once again provided us with several newly released high-res stills from Maleficent, in theaters May 30, 2014, as well as more concept art. Both the new stills and concept art have been added to the beginning of their respective galleries embedded below.
In late 2005, Disney’s DisneyToon Studios (then the king of direct-to-home-video sequels) began development on a sequel to the 1970 animated classic, The Aristocats. Although some storyboards have been passed around the internet, little appears to be known about the canceled project and based on what is known, there’s probably a very good reason for it.
Walt Disney Studios Australia has just released a new featurette for Maleficent (May 30, 2014) titled ‘Creatures’ which uses a bit of new footage to explore the inhabitants of the Moors as well as takes a look at what’s perhaps the most curious creature of all — Maleficent herself. You can find the featurette embedded below.
By now it should come as no surprise that the appearance of the titular character in Maleficent takes her cues from the villain in the Disney animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. Yet for all the similarities the ‘two’ characters share, there were challenges and decisions made when bringing her to life that affected her appearance.
Arguably the most glaring difference would be Maleficent’s skin tone. Whereas Disney Legend Marc Davis imagined her flesh to be decidedly green, the character portrayed by Angelina Jolie takes on a far more pale complexion. Rick Baker, the legendary special effects makeup artist, was responsible for Maleficent’s appearance and explains that the skin color decision was made to keep Maleficent to appear more ‘relatable’ and not ‘too creature-like,’ emphasizing the intent to keep Maleficent ‘pretty and attractive.’