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.’
In support of its in-park preview of Maleficent (May 30, 2014) which starts tomorrow at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Disney Parks has released this featurette titled ‘Reinventing the Tale’ which features Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, screenwriter Linda Woolverton and director Robert Stromberg talking about the film. There’s also a bit of new footage in it as well. You can find the video embedded below.
Walt Disney Studios has just released a new clip from its upcoming sports film, Million Dollar Arm (May 16, 2014), titled ‘Billion New Fans.’ In the clip, which you can find embedded below, J.B. and Ash pitch Mr. Chang the idea of a billion new fans.
Pictured here is Lead The Way – Join Today which features The Inquisitor. Other designs include Protecting Lothal – Protecting You, Explore the Galaxy – Join the Imperial Navy, If the Headgear Fits, Wear It and Ace Pilots Needed.
Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced it will present the exhibition ‘Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis’ from April 30 through November 30, 2014. On view in the museum’s Theater Gallery, the exhibition — co-curated by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja — spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (b. 1913). Davis, who was named a Disney Legend in 1989, was assigned and executed some of the most difficult animation for Walt Disney’s leading ladies and femmes fatales from classics such as Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1956), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). It was Davis’ mastery of the human form and authority on anatomy and movement that brought these iconic female characters to life and made them believable.
Victory Hill Exhibitions, in association with Marvel Entertainment, announces the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., the highly anticipated new exhibition based on the global box office smash, Marvel’s The AVENGERS. Premiering May 23, 2014 at Discovery Times Square, this S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based exhibition will run from May 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
The Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a completely immersive experience that brings visitors into the world of The AVENGERS. Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an interactive exhibit experience that allows visitors to participate in a simulated recruitment as if they were being trained as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: “The Astronaut Wives Club” on Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m.; “Bachelor in Paradise” on Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.; “Rising Star” on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m.; and “The Quest” on Thursday, June 19 at 8:00
Eleven weeks after its release, the Frozen soundtrack has certified Platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies, and has spent four non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Industry sources are forecasting the album’s return to the top position on Wednesday. The last soundtrack to spend 5 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart was 1998’s “Titantic.” The Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, also certified Platinum with sales over 1.2M. Menzel, who provides the voice of Elsa in the film, will perform the song at the Oscars (March 2).
DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.