Cast, crew and celebrities came out in full force last night in support of Disney/Pixar’s Brave which opens nationwide on Friday, June 22. Even Princess Merida herself, along with trusty steed Angus, stopped by for some photo ops. The premiere, which also marked the grand opening of the Dolby Theater (formerly Kodak) was held as special presentation for Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. An additional screening of the film is being offered tonight for LA FilmFest goers.
A new trailer for Disney’s Secret of the Wings has arrived on the mainland and it holds nothing back as it reveals Pixie Hollow’s greatest secret. When Tinker Bell pays a visit to the Winter Woods, she meets a fairy named Periwinkle whose wings sparkle just like Tink’s. And it’s small wonder why — Periwinkle and Tinker Bell are sisters!
For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.
Now that Disney (NYSE:DIS) has finally gotten its ‘TV Everywhere’ initiative off the ground, as we first reported earlier this month — with even more networks such as ABC Family on the way, along with cable providers beyond Comcast — the focus now shifts to Disney’s extensive film collection.
An announcement made last week on Disney Movies Online has raised some eyebrows, causing some to ponder if DSAA/Keychest’s time has finally arrived. Certainly the changes coming to DMO on June 27 are worth the contemplation: accounts for those under 13 not permitted; accounts only for United States users; and a slew of films that won’t be available for viewing online for the foreseeable future.
Walt Disney Studios has released this first image of Angelina Jolie in title role of Maleficent, which will open in theaters on March 14, 2014. The film will chronicle the Maleficent from childhood and the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart, leading her to curse the baby Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), played by Elle Fanning.
Also starring in the film are Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Sam Riley. Maleficent will be directed by Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg and is written by Linda Woolverton. Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).
The clip, titled ‘Brawl,’ overlaps just a bit with the previously released ‘Suitors‘ clip. In the latter clip, we are introduced to Young Macintosh, Young MacGuffin and Wee Dingwall as they are presented to King Fergus and Queen Elinor for consideration of Princess Merida’s hand in marriage. The new clip carries the scene even further with an ensuing brawl that the bear king is forced to put an end to, though a certain set of triplets don’t necessarily seem to agree with that logic.
For Disney D23 members fortunate enough to have attended one of the nationwide D23 Fanniversary events will no doubt recall the video below as being one of the many highlights of the event. Using sketches found within the Disney Archives, the staff produced a video re-creating what might have been a scene from the 1928 lost short, Harem Scarem, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Yahoo! has now exclusively released the re-created segment online:
According to DisneyShorts.org, Oswald is a tourist in a Moroccan cafe and falls in love with a dancing girl, who he inevitably has to rescue from the clutches of Pete.
The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced that it will be honoring the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with a special exhibition beginning later this year.
On view from November 15, 2012 to April 14, 2013, the exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s vision and the artistry of his dedicated staff, illustrating how they shaped and defined an entirely new American art form through their creation of this groundbreaking film. Guided by the vision of a master storyteller, 32 animators, 1032 assistants, 107 inbetweeners, 10 layout artists, 25 background artists, 65 special effects animators and 158 inkers and painters and countless production staff came together to create the masterpiece. The exhibition is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, and guest curated by Lella Smith, Creative Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.
They did it for Mother’s Day, so it’s only fitting that dads get the royal treatment as well. Disney/Pixar has released a brand new promo for Brave which shares some insight into the strong bonds between Princess Merida and her father, King Fergus. Once again, the film’s track ‘Into the Open Air’ as performed by Julie Fowlis provides the background music for the video.
The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for Brave, a new tale that joins the land’s ancient lore — stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, Braveis the grand adventure of Merida, a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage.
Just a couple of days after announcing that an ‘Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition’ will tour the world, including stops at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several additional behind-the-scenes photos from the film. A feature-length stop-motion remake of the original short film by Burton, Frankenweenie is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in Frozen, a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh, The Princess and the Frog), Frozen features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.