ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for its 41st Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
In addition to the release of the new trailer for Muppets Most Wanted earlier today, Walt Disney Studios has also launched a small viral-type website for Badguy Management, found at BadguyTalent.com. The site provides a message from Badguy Management CEO, Dominic Badguy (portrayed by Ricky Gervais) and serves as an open call for finding new talent for Badguy (pronouned Bad-GEE — it’s French, afterall) to represent. The website also features a live phone number (213-293-5218) which doles out a small message from Badguy, but it’s not much to write home about to be blunt.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC and Huffy, the leading bike manufacturer in the United States, have announced that they will develop a new line of bicycles, tricycles, scooters and accessories that will introduce Super Heroic action and fun to the category. The new products will be a major expansion in the bike category for Marvel with innovations in the space that will transform the bike into an essential piece of gear for kids to play out their Super Hero missions. Focusing on Marvel’s main franchises, including new films like Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Columbia Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the new line will roll out to stores in the Spring and Fall of 2014. The addition of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy into the mix, also introduces Marvel’s newest heroes and furthers the reach of this highly anticipated extension of the Marvel Universe.
Walt Disney Studios released a new trailer earlier today for its upcoming Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, which you can find embedded below (courtesy of Walt Disney Studios UK).
Additionally, we have received a few new stills from the film which have been added to the beginning of our gallery, also embedded below. As usual, click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version and then click on the resize arrow to see the image in its original resolution.
In honor of the trailer for Disney Touchstone Pictures’ domestic distribution of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises being released yesterday, Disney has also quietly launched several social media accounts to support the releases on February 21, 2014 (limited) and February 28 (wide).
TheWindRisesMovie.com now forwards to a Tumblr account (which you can follow by using this link). Additionally a Twitter account has been established at @WindRisesFilm and Facebook page. The Tumblr page also links to a press kit which offers some background on the film along with some fun facts.
The Walt Disney Studios updated its award site earlier today and added the full recording to ‘Let It Go’ from the original motion picture soundtrack (available for pre-order via Amazon and iTunes) as it is performed in the film by Elsa (Idina Menzel).
It can be found at the bottom of the Frozen music page, which is also intended to highlight the score, composed by Christophe Becke (only the song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez — which Disney hopes to score recognition for best song — appears to be currently available, however). It’s been posted to their site in OGG format.
Walt Disney Studios today announced that for one week only, guests will have the opportunity to see Disney’s upcoming Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, in a state-of-the-art movie theater on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California, and then walk in Walt Disney’s footsteps on a special tour of the famous lot. This limited engagement features one show daily at 7 pm from December 13th through December 19th.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Spain, we now have the first full minute of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest short, Get A Horse! Debuting in theaters on November 27, 2013 ahead of Frozen, the short — which has recently been shortlisted for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a best animated short Oscar nomination — features the original voice of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney himself.
The black-and-white, hand-drawn short’s story follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal, Minnie, and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. The gang is enjoying a musical haywagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.
From Disney comes Maleficent — the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.