Walt Disney Studios has just released this rather lengthy featurette for its upcoming release of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which debuts in theaters nationwide on October 5, 2012. Joining Burton for the featurette are cast members Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Martin Landau. Also featured from the creative team are executive producer Don Hahn, producer Allison Abbate, production designer Rick Heinrichs and puppet designer Joe Holman.
The featurette also includes quite a bit of behind-the-scenes footage including the voiceover work as well as shooting the actual sets and props. A small amount of new footage is also shared.
Also released online was this Time Warner Cable exclusive featuring some of the cast and crew along with some great behind-the-scenes footage including time lapse photography of creating the film.
Some of the more exciting recent news to come out of Walt Disney Studios came from Disney’s Don Hahn via Empire Online.
Hahn, who has recently finished a 3D conversion of Beauty and the Beast and is currently working with Tim Burton on a feature-length version of Burton’s short Frankenweenie told the site that he’ll soon be working on getting The Lion King 3D conversion underway. In the past, Hahn has entertained the idea of converting other Disney animated classics to 3D but has stopped short of making any promises, most likely waiting to see where Beauty landed. Missing its target of Valentine’s Day 2010 and despite a Blu-ray release and huge marketing push this fall, we can still anticipate seeing the 3D film next year. Buzz on the conversion has been overwhelmingly positive.
In related news, Hahn confirmed that the sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is hopping along while confirming what’s already been known regarding The Snow Queen, noting that the story just wasn’t there for now.
Narrator Pierce Brosnan was joined by Disney stars and OCEAN’s Make a Wave anthem performers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato along with the rest of the Jonas Brothers along with oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and filmmakers and executives from Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature including Robert Iger, Rich Ross, Kirk Wise and Don Hahn. Artist Wylan was also on hand to debut a mural inspired by the film.
All photos by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
In the spring of 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum approached veteran filmmaker Don Hahn with a proposal to create a film that would celebrate the holidays through the eyes of Walt Disney. Under the direction of Diane Disney Miller, her husband Ron, and executive director Richard Benefield, the genesis of this idea became Christmas with Walt Disney, an enchanting fifty-one minute film filled with the joy and merriment of the holidays.
Mr. Hahn, whose credits include The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, was tapped to produce this film that will now become an annual event for The Walt Disney Family Museum to stage and entertain their guests each year during the holidays.
Christmas with Walt Disney is full of surprises including scenes from the television specials and vintage commercials from early Disney sponsors such as Kodak and Coca Cola. The studio Dixieland band, Firehouse Five plus Two makes a spirited appearance, as do clips from dozens of Disney’s films including Swiss Family Robinson, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia and a clip from The Happiest Millionaire featuring Fred McMurray and Greer Garson singing “It Won’t be Long ‘til Christmas”— a very rare clip since this song was cut out of the picture.
“During our first screening of some selected clips to Ron and Diane, we showed clips of Walt skiing and ice skating with Lillian intercut with clips of Mickey and Goofy on ice,” said executive producer Craig Murray. “The quick cuts from Walt to Goofy did the trick and showed how much this man’s life became his art.”
The film will be shown several times a day (except Tuesdays and December 25 and January 1) from November 27 – January 4. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit the museum’s website.
Waking Sleeping Beauty, directed by Disney film producer Don Hahn and co-produced by Hahn and Peter Schneider, is an upcoming documentary that goes behind the scenes of the rebirth of Disney Animation with films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with these stills from the film which capture the essence of what went in to creating a series of films that defined an entire generation of new fans of Disney animation.
Click on any thumbnail to see the larger version or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow.
The following is a list of confirmed seminars that will be taking place at Stage 23 during the D23 Expo. More information will be provided as it becomes available:
Early Bird Books Seminars
Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers Book Series with Ridley Pearson (in person) and Dave Barry (via Satellite)
September 11, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age with author Don Hahn
September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
South of the Border with author JB Kaufman
September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Haunted Mansion: Sounds of Spooks and Music of the Macabre
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Randy Thornton of Walt Disney Records will present a fascinating retrospective of Disney’s most mysterious music and spooky soundtracks, including a behind-the-scene glimpse of what it takes to turn your favorite music tracks from parks and film into the official albums that “follow you home!”
September 10, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jason Surrell Discusses the Haunted Mansion
Jason Surrell, author of The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies, discusses the evolution of our Mansion from beloved attraction to major motion picture.
September 11, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase
Guests will go “behind the fairy tale” at the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings showcase; they will hear from celebrity wedding designer David Tutera and couture wedding gown designer Kirstie Kelly who will unveil the first public viewing sketch of the Princess Tiana-inspired wedding gown releasing this October.
September 12, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
As a reminder, Stage 23 will be cleared between presentations
Disney Consumer Products Unveils D23 Expo Plans: Dream Home, Tiana Wedding Gown, Lifesize LEGO Mural, So Much More
ANAHEIM, Calif. — August 20, 2009 — Disney’s spectacular product lines will come to life like never before in over 20,000 square feet of fun-filled interactive experiences and activities at the inaugural D23 Expo, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will treat fans to a sneak peek of the latest and most innovative Disney products as well as the chance to meet and hear from the artists and designers that bring them to life.
D23 Expo attendees will have the premier opportunity to visit the first-ever Disney Dream Home, stroll through 30 years of history of Disney-inspired Hallmark keepsake ornaments, witness Disney Fine Art created right before their eyes, and immerse in the magic of a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding where guests will get a first look at the yet-to-be-unveiled Princess Tiana wedding gown inspired by The Princess and the Frog. They will go behind the scenes of Disney products through a series of events and presentations including fashion shows, art galleries, appearances by best-selling authors such as Ridley Pearson and artists such as Thomas Kinkade, and seminars describing the creative process by Disney toys and electronics designers.Plus, they will be part of a special introduction to the history and future of Disney Store by Disney Stores Worldwide president, Jim Fielding, and much more.
There will be fun for the whole family at the Disney Creativity Center hosted by Crayola, the Disney Princess Story time and Royal Manners event, the Baby Einstein World of Discovery Center, and a magnificent live LEGO building event of Disney characters with the help of Master Builders.
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