We first mentioned the ‘Summerween’ episode of ‘Gravity Falls’ in our coverage of the Disney Television Animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year and now the time to celebrate is almost here! This Friday, the ‘Summerween’ episode premieres on Disney Channel and we’ve been given this first look at some of the hilarity that is sure to ensue.
Disney Junior has quietly launched a microsite at sofiathefirst.com in anticipation of its first original Disney princess, ‘Sofia the First.’ An original movie is set to premiere on November 18, 2012 at 7 pm ET on Disney Channel, to be followed by a series commencing in spring 2013.
Nearly a month after we first announced the upcoming arrival of ‘Pixar Shorts Voume 2‘ on Blu-ray (available to own November 13, 2012), Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially confirmed the release and date along with a list of all of the shorts included in the second collection of short films from Pixar Animation Studios as well as student films from John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton.
The included shorts are as follows:
- BURN-E — BURN-E is a dedicated, hard working robot that finds himself locked out of his ship and quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a difficult endeavor. Based on characters from WALL-E. (Directed by: Angus MacLane)
As we previously reported, Disney will be releasing a set of ‘lost chords’ from Cinderella on October 2, just as they have done with recent classic releases, The Aristocats and The Rescuers. The new ‘Lost Chords’ series consists not only demos of songs written for the films that ended up not being used, but all-new, fully orchestrated songs, produced in the same vein as if they had been used in the original film after-all.
Glen Keane and other Disney artists will be joining their contemporaries in participating in the GRworks ‘First 10+’ art show taking place this weekend at the Robert Reynolds Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Featuring original art (some of which can be sampled on the official website), the exhibition kicks off this evening with its opening reception from 6 pm – 10 pm. The exhibit will open on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 from 11 am – 7 pm.
Original artwork and prints will be available for purchase (we are told Glen Keane’s work will be among that available) and a portion of proceeds go to support local art projects.
The story of an arcade-game bad guy who embarks on a quest to prove he’s really a good guy, Wreck-It Ralph journeys through wildly diverse arcade-game worlds, including the ’80s-era, 8-bit video-game world of Fix-It Felix, Jr., the ultra-modern first-person shooter game Hero’s Duty and the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush. Helping to differentiate these worlds from one another are unique cinematography, animation, effects and music. ‘Music is another way to set the stage and make these worlds completely different,’ said producer Clark Spencer.
In conjunction with the release of the new Wreck-It Ralph trailer in honor of National Video Games Day, Walt Disney Animation Studios has also provided us with a few new hi-res stills from the film.
The new stills, which feature Fix-It Felix Jr. with the Nicelanders, Ralph with Vanellope von Schweetz, Sgt. Calhoun and ‘Hero’s Duty,’ have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version:
And just in case you missed it, the new trailer is below, featuring new cameos from Frogger, Dig Dug and Tapper as well as Games Central Station safety monitor, Sonic the Hedgehog as well as music from Lipps Inc and FUN.
Walt Disney Studios has just released this new clip from its upcoming release of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. While New Holland seems like the picturesque town, it seems to attract more lightning than most locations. Could it be a result of the town windmill? Or is there more at play. In either case, in this clip titled ‘Lightning,’ new science teacher Mr. Ryzkruski (voiced by Martin Landau) explains to the class lightning’s rationale. But just what happened to the previous teacher anyway?
Also, from down under, we have a look at two new television ads for the film which contain quite a bit more animation, previously unseen.
Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) debuted a newly restored digital print of the once-thought-lost 1928 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit animated short Hungry Hobos at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, according to Dave Bossert, producer/creative director and head of special projects for WDAS. The film, which was found in a private film vault in England in 2011, was acquired by Disney that same year and has undergone extensive digital restoration. Hungry Hobos will debut in Telluride, Colorado as part of a special animation shorts program presented by leading film historian and restoration expert Serge Bromberg.
Via its YouTube channel, Walt Disney Studios has shared its latest ad for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which opens in theaters nationwide on October 5. They have also provided us with two new stills from the film which have been added to our gallery below.
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.