An A-list roster of voice talent has been assembled for the English-language version of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, which opens in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014, expanding wide on February 28, 2014. The film marks director Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature, as the legendary animation veteran announced his retirement in September 2013.
In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. The voice cast of the English-language version follows.
A bargain at its full price, the Walt Disney Family Museum, located in The Presidio of San Francisco, is currently being featured on Groupon for up to half off the regular price of admission. Regularly priced at $12 – $20, future visitors can now purchase up to four advanced tickets at the rate of just $10 each (children under the age of six are permitted free admission). The Groupon offer must be redeemed by June 30, 2014 with December 26 – 29 blocked out.
Welcome to the newest, happiest, most monster-rific spot on the map — the wondrous land of Roarsville — where five-year old Henry Hugglemonster lives, plays and learns something ‘roarsome’ every day! Together with his loving parents and grandparents, big brother Cobby, sister Summer, baby bro Ivor and a town full of cuddly monsters, Henry embraces all the joys and challenges of growing up. Whether he’s helping his sister put on a show, setting up a hugglejuice stand or entering his monsterdog Beckett in a pet pageant, he’s always discovering new ways to be the best brother, friend and monster he can be! Packed with over two hours of song-filled fun, teamwork and adventure, Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters will make your preschooler roar for more every time.
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.