On March 24, 2015, Orbit’s Yen Press imprint will publish Haruki Ueno’s Big Hero 6, Vol 1, a 192-page collection of official manga first published in Japan to introduce the story of the Marvel-inspired film from Walt Disney Animation Studios to the public. The official publisher’s description is as follows:
Hiro’s a genius, but what he really wants is to be like his inventor big brother, Tadashi — but one day, Tadashi vanishes while saving Hiro’s life. The only thing left behind to console the grief-stricken Hiro is Tadashi’s last invention, the health-care companion robot Baymax. But the friendship that grows between the gentle bot and the lonely boy is only the beginning of their adventure…
Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.
Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.
Via the film’s official Facebook page, Walt Disney Studios has released the first concept art for Jon Favreau’s live action/CGI hybrid The Jungle Book (October 9, 2015), currently in production.
According to the concept art’s description, Mowgli — a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves — embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.
Admittedly it’s not much news in it of itself, but an updated synopsis for Ant-Man (July 17, 2015) provided to us by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios assigns character names to many of the ensemble cast. Details are as follows:
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in
scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have released the first full length trailer for Inside Out (June 19, 2015), which you can find embedded below. It appears that a great deal of the ‘new’ footage was actually first shared at the Animation presentation at the 2013 Disney D23 Expo, if memory serves.
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney/Pixar’s original movie Inside Out, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all — inside the mind.
Ahead of any official announcement, Walmart has begun listing the Blu-ray and DVD editions of Big Hero 6 for a release date of February 24, 2015 (also available from Amazon without a release date posted). No additional information in regards to bonus features have been offered, but we will certainly provide updates as they become available to us.
Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is
forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities — and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
While Random House will continue the adventures of Anna and Elsa in a series of new stories, Disney Press will continue to examine the events of Frozen in new lights, this time from the perspective of Hans — and Anna. Due out May 26, 2015, A Frozen Heart is a 304 page novel for young adults that explores what’s going on inside the minds of Anna and Hans and explore their inner emotions as the events of the film unfold. It is written by Elizabeth Rudnick, who has not only written several junior novelizations, but most recently explored the inner thoughts of Aurora and Maleficent in her Maleficent adaptations.
Earlier today, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which will be televised live on the CBS Network on February 8, 2015 at 8 pm ET. To be considered eligible for the 2014 award season, songs and albums must have been released between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.