In late 2005, Disney’s DisneyToon Studios (then the king of direct-to-home-video sequels) began development on a sequel to the 1970 animated classic, The Aristocats. Although some storyboards have been passed around the internet, little appears to be known about the canceled project and based on what is known, there’s probably a very good reason for it.
Walt Disney Studios Australia has just released a new featurette for Maleficent (May 30, 2014) titled ‘Creatures’ which uses a bit of new footage to explore the inhabitants of the Moors as well as takes a look at what’s perhaps the most curious creature of all — Maleficent herself. You can find the featurette embedded below.
By now it should come as no surprise that the appearance of the titular character in Maleficent takes her cues from the villain in the Disney animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. Yet for all the similarities the ‘two’ characters share, there were challenges and decisions made when bringing her to life that affected her appearance.
Arguably the most glaring difference would be Maleficent’s skin tone. Whereas Disney Legend Marc Davis imagined her flesh to be decidedly green, the character portrayed by Angelina Jolie takes on a far more pale complexion. Rick Baker, the legendary special effects makeup artist, was responsible for Maleficent’s appearance and explains that the skin color decision was made to keep Maleficent to appear more ‘relatable’ and not ‘too creature-like,’ emphasizing the intent to keep Maleficent ‘pretty and attractive.’
Well, technically it’s more of a second look. When we shared two dozen newly released hi-res stills from Disney’s Maleficent (May 30, 2014) yesterday, we also inadvertently also gave a glimpse of Jolie-Pitt family members Pax and Zahara in their uncredited roles.
Seen here as participants in the coronation scene as mama Maleficent briskly passes by, the pair portray a prince and princess escorted by their ‘mothers’ who — as it turns out — are their real-life tutors, according to an interview Jolie recently gave to Entertainment Weekly.
The picture disc for The Little Mermaid features Ariel and Flounder on one side while Ursula is featured on the reverse; the reverse side for The Lion King features the iconic moment in which Rafiki presents baby Simba to the animal kingdom.
On June 24, 2014, Walt Disney Records will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney Animation Studios animated classic, The Lion King, with the release of a two-disc set, Stitch Kingdom has learned. Although it appears to have a couple of errors, a listing for the Legacy Collection edition has recently appeared on Amazon for pre-order.
Debuting in theaters on June 15, 1994, The Lion King remains one of the studios’ top grossing films to this day and has spawned Broadway, international and touring staged productions worthy of its success.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with approximately 24 newly released high-res stills from Maleficent, in theaters May 30, 2014. In addition, we have been provided with several concept art for creatures found in the film. Both the new stills and concept art have been added to the beginning of their respective galleries embedded below.
Via the official StarWars.com website, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced. The news comes just ahead of Star Wars Day (May 4) on which most anticipated the news to be revealed.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Disney Channel announced it will begin production in July on Teen Beach Movie 2, the sequel to last summer’s Teen Beach Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie that ranks as cable TV’s all-time #2 movie in Total Viewers. Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca will reprise their starring roles as Brady, McKenzie, Lela, Tanner and Butchy, respectively. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Teen Beach Movie 2 will premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel.
Disney has launched a new fashion-oriented blog in support of Maleficent at disneymaleficent.tumblr.com which is teased with the tagline ‘Evil is the New Black’ (evilisthenewblack.com also forwards to the blog). Although aside from a couple of obligatory GIFs designed to go viral, the site is primarily offering news and images related to fashion lines inspired by the new film. In addition, to the pro-fashion slant, however, are several images which appear to be concept art for the film, featuring both the Maleficent and Aurora characters (as well as the Moors and its inhabitants). For your convenience, we have gathered these images together into a gallery which you will find embedded below.