Limited to an edition size of 250 pieces, this tribute to the Walt Disney classic animated film is silk screened and measures 12″ x 36″. It will retail for $60.
For more information as well as close-ups of the piece, visit the DarkInkArt.com website (formerly AcmeSpecialtyArt.com).
Nearly forty million viewers across the United States tuned in last night to see which of the past year’s films would be acknowledged with the most coveted award in the industry. Among the nominations were thirteen for Disney films across nine categories. When all was said and done and the pixie dust had settled, Disney walked away with four Oscars, split evenly among its 2010 billion dollar babies, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
With half the nominations for best original song going to Disney films (‘I See the Light’ from Tangled and ‘We Belong Together’ from Toy Story 3), it was a good bet that one of them would take home the Oscar and, sure enough, Randy Newman took the honor for his Toy Story 3 tune after his live performance along with a performance by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, accompanied by Alan Menken on piano.
During his acceptance speech, Newman joked regarding his ratio of nominations to wins, noting ‘my percentages aren’t great. I’ve been nominated 20 times and this is the 2nd time I won. At the Academy, at the lunch they have for the nominees, where they have like a Randy Newman chicken by this time…’
Backstage, Newman remained humbled and surprisingly candid as he addressed the press regarding his win and his career in general.
‘This is really very nice, you know. I didn’t totally expect it. You know, last year, I was nominated for a couple of songs from Princess and the Frog, but I knew it wouldn’t win. I knew the country thing wouldn’t win. This time, I thought I might. It didn’t help me prepare anything to say, but it was very nice, as it always is, when people want to give you something.’
Newman also confessed that he didn’t necessarily feel that the award-winning song was one of the best examples of his work, stating ‘this isn’t the most consequential thing I’ve ever done for a movie by a long shot. You know, I remember I thought the score of A Bug’s Life really helped. Toy Story 2 also. The Natural.’
This was Newman’s second Oscar win for the category of best original song, his first being for ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
Alice in Wonderland‘s two awards were unsurprisingly for categories of the visual persuasion. The first of the two Oscars awarded went to production designer Robert Stromberg and set decorator Karen O’Hara for Best Direction. During his portion of the acceptance speech, Stromberg plussed the prized statuette by adding a Mad Hatter hat, scaled down to Oscar size, courtesy of his props department (you can see the hat applied to Stromberg’s awards in the photo gallery below).
The second of the two awards went to long-time Tim Burton collaborator Colleen Atwood for Achievement in Costume Design. This marked Atwood’s third Academy win, although she had previously been nominated several times, including for her work on other Burton films such as Sweeney Todd and Sleepy Hollow (all three of which also not-so-coincidentally starred Johnny Depp).
Arguably, however, the biggest award of the night that went to a Disney film was that for Best Animated Feature, which went to Disney/Pixar’s Lee Unkrich for Toy Story 3.
Backstage, at the urge of a member of the press, Unkrich expanded on his acceptance speech, explaining the importance of thanking his grandmother before all others.
Said Unkrich, ‘my grandma was always very supportive of me, and once she knew I wanted to make movies, she was always the first to say that she would see me. She would say, I am going to live to see you get an Oscar, and unfortunately, that never happened, but she’s always been with me in my heart. And there’s a moment in Toy Story 3 that’s very inspired by her. When I was making the first Toy Story which I edited, she got cancer, and I rushed home to see her because it was clear she was not going to be around long. And there was a moment where I looked at her for the very last time, and I knew that that was the last time I was seeing my grandmother alive, and I took kind of a mental snapshot at that moment before I turned away and left.
‘And I always carry that with me now, and when we were making Toy Story 3, there’s a moment at the end of the film where Andy gets back in his car, and he kind of looks back at his toys one last time before he drives off to college, and I told this story to my animators, and Mike Arndt, my writer, everybody, and I would like to think in my heart that the moment is infused with just a deeper level of emotion because of that because I told that story.’
Unkrich also seemed optimistic about the prospects of an animated film earning Best Picture in the future: ‘I think the fact that two years running now we have had animated films that have made it and received Best Picture nominations show that the walls between live action and animation are becoming a bit more permeable. I think we have a ways to go, but I think the fact that we made it into that category twice now, we have accomplished something. And the fact that so many people around the world that even in the Academy have come up to me and said, you know, Toy Story 3 was my favorite film of the year, that just tells me that we are doing something right. Hopefully, eventually people will just vote with their heart and if they truly think that a film moved them the most or excited them the most and it happens to be animated, that some day an animated film could win Best Picture.’
Below is our gallery of photos from last night’s awards ceremony, from red carpet arrivals to backstage with members of The Walt Disney Company family.
Photos courtesy of and © A.M.P.A.S. and ABC respectively. All rights reserved.
The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique. When all is said and done, Walt Disney Studios racked up a total of thirteen nominations, the bulk of which were divided by Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Toy Story 3 definitely took the more significant categories however, nominated for both Best Animated Feature Film (Lee Unkrich) and Best Picture (Darla Anderson). The critic and fan favorite was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt with story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich) and Achievement in Sound Editing (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers) in which it competes against fellow Disney film TRON: Legacy (Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague). Toy Story 3 also received a nomination for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) for Randy Newman’s We Belong Together where it competes against Tangled‘s sole nomination, I See the Light by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.
The accompanying Disney/Pixar short Day & Night, by Teddy Newton, received a nod for Best Animated Short.
Alice in Wonderland received nominations primarily for its visual elements in categories Achievement in Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Art Direction (Robert Stromberg – Production Design and Karen O’Hara – Set Decoration) and Achievement in Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips) in which it will compete against Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 2 (Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick).
Julie Taymor’s take on The Tempest was also nominated in the category for Achievement in Costume Design (Sandy Powell).
Ahead of the 2011 International Toy Fair in New York City, Tonner has announced a partial list of its new releases for this year, amongst which are several Disney properties including Rapunzel from Tangled, several dolls from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Muppets and Tamina from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Rapunzel ($189.99, LE 1000) from Tonner features a 16″ body and comes dressed in a custom-printed satin blouse with lace trim and lace-up detail, paired with a matching custom-printed satin skirt. Matching ballet slippers also included.
Shipping date is to be determined. For more information, images or to reserve now, see here.
Tonner’s ‘Um from Umbridge’ ($299.99, LE 250) features Alice from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland with a 22″ tall body adorned with the curtain-inspired dress she sported after crashing the Red Queen’s party. She features a meticulously detailed costume consisting of an extravagant dress with layered tiers of tulle and custom printed chiffon overlay. Her arm is bandaged with a matching ribbon trimmed wrap, while her slender waist is wrapped in a tasseled belt. Pantyhose and shoes also included.
Shipping date is in mid-February. For more information, images or to reserve now, see here.
On the flip side, Alice gets very small in Tonner’s ‘Tea Party Crasher’ ($149.99, LE 500) with this 10″ body and her custom-made dress courtesy of the Mad Hatter. The Tea Party Crasher comes in a chiffon dress with fine lace trim, ribbons around the bodice, and perfectly coordinated fabric flower. Matching ribbon bandage, pantyhose, and ribbon shoes also included.
Shipping date is scheduled for mid-January. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
‘Voyage of Wonder’ ($199.99, LE 200) features Alice post-battle with a 16″ body. Alice seeks to discover the wonders of her own world, setting sail in soft chiffon blouse with a printed tie under a patterned vest and tiered rick-rack skirt. A finely tailored coat, mesh fingerless gloves, pantyhose, and faux-leather lace-up boots also included.
Shipping date is to be determined. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Tonner’s ‘Futterwacken’ ($249.99, LE 300) features Tarrant Hightopp (aka the Mad Hatter) as he celebrates defeat over the Red Queen army with the beloved Futterwacken dance. The 16″ body features a dickie under a gold trimmed vest, plaid kilt with tasseled belt, striped stockings, custom-printed necktie, intricately trimmed jacket, resin ‘spool’ bandolier, faux-leather boots, and signature hat.
Shipping date to be determined. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Saving the most interesting of the Alice in Wonderland collection for last, Tonner’s ‘Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum’ ($374.99, LE 100) features five points of articulation, dressed in a striped knit top with black pants held up with red suspenders. Their socks and shoes are hand-painted.
The set of two is scheduled to ship in early February. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Moving right along, perennial Tonner favorite Miss Piggy prepares to hit the road (or at least dress like it) in ‘Hog Wild’ ($199.99, LE 300). This fierce biker-pig comes dressed in a gleaming faux-leather pant suit with faux -fur collar and cuffs over a shimmering knit bodysuit. Matching hat, faux-pearl necklace, gloves with ring detail and faux-leather zip-up boots also included.
Shipping date is scheduled for early February. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Tonner knows every wild hog deserves a ‘Wild Frog’ ($69.99, LE 500). Here, Kermit the Frog proudly touts himself as a member of the biker gang the ‘Wild Frogs.’ The daring amphibian comes dressed in faux-leather jacket with stud detailing. The back of the jacket features the ‘Wild Frogs’ logo.
Shipping date is to be determined. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
Tonner’s ‘Princess in Disguise’ ($189.99, LE 200) features 16″ tall Tamina from Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as she disguises herself slave girl style in a richly beaded top with flowing chiffon drapes and equally ornate harem pants. Gilded crown, ‘Sands of Time’ necklace, and slippers also included.
Shipping date scheduled for late February. For more information, images or to pre-order, see here.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is the weakest link in the nomination chain with a single, but very crucial nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in which it competes against Walt Disney Animation Studios’ own Tangled along with unsurprising entries from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.
Tangled also has its work cut out for it in the Best Original Song (Motion Picture) category for ‘I See the Light’ by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. There it competes with entries from Burlesque, Country Strong and Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Meanwhile in the live action department, it’s all smiles for Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland which scored nominations in three categories: Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Original Score by Danny Elfman and Johnny Depp for Best Performance in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) in which Depp is pitted against himself for The Tourist.
On the small screen, it’s all about ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ (produced by 20th Century Fox) which received a nomination for Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical), Sofia Vergara for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Emmy-Award winning Eric Stonestreet for the male counterpart of the same category.
The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST) /8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais. The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The full list Golden Globe nominees can be found on HFPA’s official blog.
UPDATE #1: Corrected animation studio information.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of contenders for Achievement in Visual Effects (VFX) last night and a third of them are films by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios, although they’re definitely up against some tough competition. Selected for consideration are: Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Price of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and TRON: Legacy.
The current list of 15 will be narrowed down to seven in early January by members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee who had selected the initial list. At that point, all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.
Other films being considered for the award are: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hereafter, Inception, The Last Airbender, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Shutter Island, and Unstoppable.
Disney Design Group has announced that in addition to the Dreamfinder/Figment Vinylmation and 3″ Retro Magic Kingdom figure being released at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts on December 17, they will also be available online at DisneyStore.com.
In addition, the online-exclusive 9″ Mad Hatter and 3″ Dormouse by Chris Chapman and Maria Clapsis will also be available online. The DisneyStore.com exclusive is expected to be limited to 1200 pieces.
Update #1: Despite the announcement, the vinylmations did not appear on DisneyStore.com today. However, the limited edition Disneyland Ticket Vinylmation set has.
Update #2: The Mad Hatter vinylmation is now available online.
The highly anticipated blu-ray debut of the Walt Disney 1951 classic Alice in Wonderland will be released on February 1, 2011 according to Amazon.com which now lists it available for pre-order.
Blu-ray bonus features are set to include:
- Reflections on Alice (DVD edition)
- Operation Wonderland (Now in HD)
- Thru the Mirror Mickey Mouse animated short (Now in HD)
- “I’m Odd” newly discovered Cheshire Cat song and intro
- Original theatrical trailers (1951 & 1974)
- One-hour in Wonderland
- An Alice Comedy: Alice’s Wonderland
- Through the Keyhole: A Companion’s Guide to Wonderland – View the movie in this special mode and discover references to the original Lewis Carroll classic introduced by the voice of Alice, Kathryn Beaumont
- Disney View – Watch the movie in this expanded viewing experience with new Disney art in the wings of the screen
- Painting the Roses Red game – Help paint the roses red in the Queen’s garden. Careful, or someone could lose their head!
- Walt Disney color TV introduction (1959) – A never-before-seen color TV intro by Walt
- Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob – Kathryn Beaumont, provides an introduction to this newly discovered reference footage of Alice talking to the doorknob
- Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks – Kathryn Beaumont introduces a newly discovered pencil test of Alice shrinking
Very early this year, we reported on a Hollywood Reporter blurb that didn’t seem to catch the eye of most — Disney planned on releasing three Blu-ray 3D titles this year: A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.
Shortly thereafter it was widely rumored but never substantiated that Disney was considering making Alice in Wonderland a package deal with Sony products. However Sony recently announced and Variety confirms that it will be offering not just Alice in Wonderland as an exclusive bundle with its 3D home theater equipment this fall, but that Disney’s Bolt will also be available exclusively in Blu-ray 3D with Sony. The titles will come alongside purchases of Sony Bravia 3D TVs and — without the assistance of eBay — consumers will be forced to choose between the two. Whether the 3D titles will become available for general purchase in the future is up in the air.
TMZ is reporting that designer Arman Mkrtchyan has filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court against The Walt Disney Company on the grounds that his work was used in Walt Disney Studios’ Alice in Wonderland without any compensation. Claiming that the Red Queen’s throne is a virtual clone of his own piece (and that he in fact had designed a matching set, representing each suit), Mkrtchyan is suing Disney for a ‘designer’s fee’ in the amount of $50,000.
If the case does go to trial, don’t anticipate it to be scheduled on the same day the Knave of Hearts is finally brought to justice for stealing tarts.