With its 53rd animated feature, Frozen, under its belt and resting comfortably at the top of the box office, Walt Disney Animation Studios held a private party honoring 90 years of animation in the Walt Disney Studios’ Legends Plaza last night. Kicking off with a screening of Frozen, the cocktail reception was hosted by Robert Iger, John Lasseter, Alan Horn and Ed Catmull and counted numerous Disney legends, filmmakers, artists and voice talent amongst its guests.
The ABC Television Network proudly announced today that it has extended its relationship with the popular ‘Peanuts’ animated specials by Charles M. Schulz in a deal with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions until 2020. The beloved Emmy Award-winning specials created by Charles M. Schulz and produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez began airing on ABC in December 2001. The ‘Peanuts’ animated holiday specials include ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ and the iconic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ which first aired on television in 1965, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the coming year.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, presents Frozen, a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey — teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven –to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film also stars the vocal talents of Santino Fontana (as Hans) and Alan Tudyk (as Duke of Weselton).
The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco’s Presidio, will be featuring the life’s work of artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair in a special exhibition titled ‘Magic. Color. Flair. The World of Mary Blair.‘ The exhibit, which is being curated by author and animation historian John Canemaker, is scheduled to run between March 13 and September 7, 2014.
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.
Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Monsters University and The Wind Rises are up against Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine and The Croods. Frozen and Monsters University also dominated with nine other nominations each in the following categories:
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.
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.
Walt Disney Studios UK (via Walt Disney Records) has released an extended clip from Disney’s upcoming film, Frozen (November 27, 2013), which features the full version of the ‘In Summer’ sequence as performed by Olaf in which the snowman ponders how wonderful his life might be during the hottest months of the year. The song — performed here by Josh Gad as Olaf — was written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and can be found on the original motion picture soundtrack (available for pre-order via Amazon and iTunes).
For the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition, Disney’s The Jungle Book has never looked so lush or sounded so good! Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-the-scenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu-ray a must-have for every family’s classic collection. Now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns ‘The Bare Necessities’ of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie, the orangutan. But watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle!