Walt Disney Studios and DisneyToon Studios are expected to announced today that comedian-slash-actor Dane Cook will be replacing Jon Cryer as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, the the protagonist of its upcoming theatrical release Planes. This news comes just as a new trailer for the film is expected (and previously leaked online), featuring the characters speaking for the first time.
A new international poster for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University has been released and it’s chock full of characters from the film along with several confirmations (such as Randy Boggs (aka Randall) being affiliated with the Roar Omega Roar (ROR) fraternity as well as George Sanderson being in Jaws Theta Chi (JOX)), but what’s perhaps most telling is that none of the Omega Kappa (OK) students are in their respective uniforms. Instead, Mike, Sulley, Don, Squishy, Terri & Terry and Art all simply appear in clothing reading Monsters University. This and the fact that Omega Kappa’s fraternity house is actually in the basement of Squishy’s Mom’s house starts to make one wonder just how official OK starts out.
To virtually no one’s surprise, the revolutionary Paperman short from Walt Disney Animation Studios claimed the industry’s top honor for Short Film (Animated). Director John Kahrs (pictured, left) took to the stage to receive the accolades with a short, yet sincere speech.
Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Kristina Reed (also pictured, left) decided to celebrate the win by tossing kiss-accented paper planes into the audience from her seat in the mezzanine. Although none of the projectiles appeared to approach the stage, Reed was reportedly temporarily ejected from the Dolby Theatre, only to return a few minutes later after a ‘small protest.’
In support of recently released clips, Walt Disney Studios has also provided us with nine new stills from its film, Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.
Quite a few of the new stills feature China Girl (voiced by Joey King) as well as Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) and Finley (voice of Zach Braff) exploring the ruins of China Country. We also get a few additional looks at the darker side of the land including the forest as well as Evanora (Rachel Weisz) getting her witch on as well as some up close and personals between Diggs and Glinda (Michelle Williams).
A new clip from Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful has surfaced, with this one courtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand and titled ‘Argument Over Oz.’ The clip features those wacky sister witches Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Theodora (Mila Kunis) as they debate over the credibility of the newly dubbed Wizard, Oscar Diggs (James Franco) and whether he is able to save the land from the tyranny of the mysterious Wicked Witch of the West. Evanora also begins to question Theodora’s loyalty, fearing/accusing her of pledging allegiances to the Wicked Witch of the West, which elicits quite an interesting response.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, we have a new clip from Disney’s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful. The clip — titled ‘Bananas’ — features a little male bonding between Oscar Diggs/The Wizard (James Franco) and Finley the flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff) as they venture along the yellow brick road in their quest to rid Oz of the Wicked Witch of the West so that Diggs can claim the sea of treasures of the Emerald City as well as ‘appropriately’ pay Finley for his assist in the act. Diggs also gives off the vibe that he’s a bit of a love ‘em and leave ‘em type — surely that can’t can’t come back to bite him in the end.
In the film (which clocks in at 72 minutes in length), the Invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk join forces to save the Earth from its greatest threat yet. When two Hydra scientists try to supercharge a Stark Arc Reactor with Hulk’s Gamma Energy, they unleash a being of pure electricity called Zzzax — and he’s hungry for destruction. Together, Iron Man and Hulk are the only force that stands in the way of the Zzzax’s planetary blackout. But first the super heroic duo will have to get through snarling Wendigos, deadly robots and the scaly powerhouse, Abomination. Can two of Marvel’s mightiest heroes find a way to work together without smashing each other before time runs out?
Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to sit down with Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae, along with John Goodman, for a few minutes as part of a roundtable at the Disney/Pixar presentation at the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Following up on a tip I had received the day before, I took the opportunity to explore what overlap — if any — we might see between Monsters University and the original Monsters Inc. film. Unfortunately Scanlon nearly skirted the question altogether: ‘Well I don’t want to say that, I think you should wait and see. I will say that it’s teeing up to the original film nicely.’
Animation Fascination has uploaded a new featurette/sneak peek at Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, presumed to be included on the upcoming Monsters Inc. blu-ray release. Narrated by director Dan Scanlon, the featurette offers up quite a bit of concept art along with some of the story which involves how rivals Mike Wazowski and James ‘Sulley’ Sullivan were rejected from the prized scaring educational track by Dean Hardscrabble and how Mike concocts a plan to get into the program. To pull it off, they must join the Oozma Kappa fraternity which — although is made up of other scare program rejects — is just OK with us.
Walt Disney Studios Spain has released this trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful. Unfortunately it’s not in English — fortunately there’s very little dialog.
The trailer begins with an extended look of something we’ve already caught a glimpse of: Oscar/Oz (James Franco) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) — along with China Girl (voiced by Joey King) — traveling by bubble to what appears to be Quadling country. After the extended look, we catch glimpses from the film which evoke the scope and grandeur of the land of Oz through the eyes of the camera’s lens, so to speak. One of the highlights appears to be a mid-air duel between Glinda and Evanora (Rachel Weisz), bubbles not required.