First Look: ‘Frozen’ Concept Art Featuring Anna, Kristoff (Hi-Res)

Frozen © Disney

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios UK, today we get our first look at newly released concept art from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming film, Frozen, featuring Anna and Kristoff.

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

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‘Monsters Unversity’ New Hi-Res Still Features Wide-Eyed Freshman Mike Wazowski

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with this hi-res version of a recently released image featuring Mike Wazowski as he embarks on his educational career at Monsters University, which debuts in theaters on June 21, 2013.

The image has also been added to our gallery of stills from the film below. As a reminder, click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image and click on the resize arrow to view the image at its original resolution.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Character Descriptions, Fun Facts (Part One)

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with an official list of character descriptions (more or less spoiler-free) and what they have dubbed ‘Fun Facts: Part One,’ which gives some additional insight into the creation of the prequel of the classic L. Frank Baum series of books.

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Disney’s ‘For Your Consideration’ Site Features Scripts, Music and Images from Films

'Brave' For Your Consideration AdOver the past couple of months, Walt Disney Studios has been slowly ramping up its ‘For Your Consideration’ website (available at WaltDisneyStudiosAwards.com), dedicated to promoting various aspects of its films for consideration by the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar nominations/awards.

Although the site is still missing a few promised elements, such as the music from the Walt Disney Animation Studios short, Paperman, most of them are there, including an introductory video which introduces and goes behind the scenes of the promoted films: Frankenweenie, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph and Paperman.

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Netflix Adds New Disney Content; Will Offer Streaming During ‘Pay TV’ Window Starting 2016

Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.

Beginning with its 2016 theatrically released feature films, new Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature titles will be made available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the pay TV window on multiple platforms, including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones. Also included in the agreement are high-profile Disney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.

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‘Iron Man 3′ New Hi-Res Stills Spotlight on Iron Patriot, Dr. Maya Hansen

Iron Man 3

Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have shared with us a few new hi-res stills from Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, in theaters on May 3, 2013. Among the new images are a good look at Iron Patriot as well as Dr. Maya Hansen (portrayed by Rebecca Hall) — a contemporary of Tony Stark and recognized biotechnologist whose work on the ‘super soldier’ program yielded Extremis, a compound which genetically alters its subjects into super beings.

The new images have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. As always, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. If the resize arrow appears, you may click it to see the image in its original resolution.

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‘Frankenweenie’ Blu-Ray Moved to January 8; Bonus Features Confirmed

Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' on Disney Blu-ray 3DWe have yet to see any official announcement from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, but thanks to a new listing from DisneyStore.com, we have now learned that plans to release Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie on Blu-ray have moved up from the original reported date of January 15, 2013 to a fairly official date of January 8, 2013. Note, however, that Disney Store lists only the non 3D version of the release whereas other retailers, such as Amazon.com, are listing the Disney 3D Blu-ray version

The listing essentially also confirms much of what we previously reported regarding the bonus features. As a recap, the bonus features are recapped below, as per Disney Store:

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‘Monsters University’ Teaser Poster Released

'Monsters University' Teaser PosterFeaturing text books including Scareonomics and a spin on the classic self-help book, I’m OK, You’re OK (titled I’m Scary, You’re Scary), the new teaser poster for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University was unveiled earlier today exclusively by Fandango.

The article also shares a few more details about the film but basically confirms an earlier report of ours that Mike Wazowski and Sulley do in fact join the Oozma Kappa (speaking of OK) fraternity.

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

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‘The Avengers,’ ‘John Carter’ in Running for Visual Effects Academy Award

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards, among which can be found Marvel’s The Avengers from Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios’John Carter. Also among the contenders is Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which is a technical notch for Marvel, speaking purely from the intellectual property perspective.

The other films being considered for nomination in the category are: Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Prometheus, Skyfall and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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Disney Hints at Launch Date for ‘Disney Movies Anywhere’ Initiative

Disney Movies AnywhereThough it’s been promoting the program for well over a year and has even since changed the name of it, it appears that The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) may be finally ready to unveil its ‘Disney Movies Anywhere’ (formerly ‘Disney Studios All Access’) initiative.

Based on Disney’s own proprietary technology dubbed Keychest, DMA will allow customers to purchase a single copy of a Disney title and subsequently be able to watch it across all devices on an on-demand basis. A competing technology, UltraViolet — which is backed by movie studios other than Disney — has been available for some time, but has not been well received overall by its customers. TWDC CEO Bob Iger has suggested in the past that he would allow UltraViolet to be the trailblazer and potentially gauge their market reaction to help mold that of Disney’s own.

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