In honor of today’s Blu-ray release of Frozen (with a still unconfirmed release of the 3D Blu-ray in October), Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Disney Movies Anywhere released this featurette focusing on co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho, art director Michael Giaimo and others as they explore the Frozen suite at the Hotel de Glace in Quebec City, Canada. Long before the creation of the suite, however, the hotel itself was crucial to the animation process for Frozen as it served as reference material for the way light was reflected against the ice creations.
As part of its annual tribute to Oscar winners (and sometimes nominees), Mondo has announced it will be releasing its poster for Frozen by artist Tom Whalen at a random time tomorrow, March 18, 2014 (usually between 10 am – 12 pm ET, but never guaranteed). Those interested in attempting to grab a copy are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcement.
Known to sell out in mere seconds, the Mondo poster series entry for Frozen is limited to an edition size of just 440 pieces. It measures 24″ x 36″ and will retail for $50. For those that miss the opportunity tomorrow, there are no guarantees, but Whalen sometimes sells artist proof variants at his online store at a later date.
Via her official Twitter, Maleficent earlier detailed that she was born with wings and revealed a first look image of her sporting them. In addition to the image which is featured to the left, we also included our gallery of stills from the film. The tweet existed for just a few seconds before the Maleficent account went private
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s confirmation of nothing to announce for the 3D Blu-ray edition of Disney’s Frozen has made fans feel as though they were left out in the cold, with many resorting to order the 3D edition from overseas, amidst fears of ‘double-dipping.’ Although there has been no official announcement, marketing materials obtained by Stitch Kingdom have indeed confirmed plans for an October 2014 release of the 3D Blu-ray/DVD release of Frozen.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with nine new high-res versions of recently released stills from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), which has been added to the beginning of our gallery embedded below. Although a couple of the stills actually came from the Dream trailer aired during the Grammys, there are some bonified gems in the new set including an endearing shot of Mama Angelina and daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as a very young Aurora.
‘Well, Well,’ read the single tweet that emanated from the newly created (and verified) Twitter account of a user who goes by the name of Maleficent. Accompanying the tweet was this final one sheet poster for the film which debuts in theaters on May 30, 2014.
Earlier this evening, during the live telecast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards presentation, Broadway diva and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel took to the Dolby Theatre stage to perform the Oscar-winning song ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen. Pictured left are Menzel and Frozen co-star Kristen Bell on the red carpet prior the Awards program (photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).
Embedded below, you can find the televised performance of ‘Let It Go,’ also courtesy of AMPAS, which earned Menzel a standing ovation from the A-List audience.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with two new high-res stills from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), which has been added to the beginning of our gallery embedded below. The new stills feature Elle Fanning as Aurora under the curse of Maleficent and Angelia Jolie as Maleficent herself.
Eleven weeks after its release, the Frozen soundtrack has certified Platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies, and has spent four non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Industry sources are forecasting the album’s return to the top position on Wednesday. The last soundtrack to spend 5 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart was 1998′s “Titantic.” The Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, also certified Platinum with sales over 1.2M. Menzel, who provides the voice of Elsa in the film, will perform the song at the Oscars (March 2).
I had the pleasure meeting Walt Disney Studios Chief Technology Officer Jamie Voris via a teleconference yesterday evening during which he guided me step by step through the iOS version of ‘Disney Movies Anywhere’ (formerly Disney Studio All Access), the company’s hotly anticipated digital rights system for movie portability. Built upon a foundation of Disney’s proprietary digital rights management system, KeyChest, Voris explained that the key is modularity. Although the system is being launched as ‘Phase One’ with support for desktops (Flash video) and Apple iOS devices via iTunes, it should be straightforward for them to partner with any content provider on most devices. The app even supports Apple TV via iCloud and AirPlay support. The service officially launched today, coinciding with the digital release of Frozen as well as the Blu-ray release of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World.