WATCH: Hans Zimmer, Filmmakers Discus Musical Legacy of ‘The Lion King’

'The Legacy Collection: The Lion King'Starting with The Lion King for its 20th anniversary, Walt Disney Records’ Disney Music Emporium recently debuted its incredibly well received series of soundtracks revisited with its Legacy Collection. To celebrate the revitalized success of one of the most highly regarded animated films in cinematic history, Disney Music invited The Lion King‘s filmmakers to gather together to reminisce about a project that could never have anticipated its ultimate legacy in its contributions to both worlds of cinema and music.

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‘Frozen’ New Animated Short, ‘Frozen Fever’ on Horizon

(ABC/Ron Tom) JENNIFER LEE, CHRIS BUCKDuring tonight’s primetime special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic,’ the Walt Disney Company outlined future plans for the franchise, confirming some long withstanding rumors as well as brand new information on how the company plans on building on the successes of the wildly popular film, in addition to the already confirmed Broadway musical production, Disney On Ice’s Frozen on Ice and the upcoming book series from Random House.

 

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REVIEW: ‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic’

(ABC/Ron Tom) JENNIFER LEE, CHRIS BUCKLater tonight, at 8:00 pm ET/PT, the ABC television network will air ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,’ an hour-long special that promises to go behind-the-scenes of what Disney refers to as the most successful animated film at all time.

ABC has provided us with a screener of the television special and we are pleased to report that it was (for the most part) an absolute joy to watch from start to finish. Narrated by Josh Gad (voice of Olaf), the special incorporates interviews with stars Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Jonathan Goff (Kristoff/’Sven’) along with co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, character lead animators Becky Bresee (Anna), Wayne Unten (Elsa), Hyrum Osmond (Olaf), Brittney Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho and John Lasseter.

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WATCH: ‘The Story of Frozen’ Clip, ‘Voices of Young Anna & Elsa’

(ABC/Ron Tom) JENNIFER LEE, CHRIS BUCKIn our recent review of the ABC television special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,’ we noted that some of the new behind-the-scenes footage included the daughter of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Katie, and the daughter of writer/co-director Jennifer Lee, Aggie, performing the singing voice of Anna alongside Kristen Bell in ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’

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‘Alexander…’ Soundtrack to Feature The Vamps, Justine Dorsey

'‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ After PosterWhile it definitely won’t go down in history as one of the longest soundtracks in history, the tracklist for Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day original motion picture soundtrackhas popped up online at Amazon with a digital release date of October 7, 2014. The soundtrack appears to be a mixture of new and previously released tracks as well as the apparent debut of ‘IDK & The Whatevs,’ which is likely composed in part of one of the film’s stars, Bella Thorne, though nothing official has been announced yet.

The full tracklist is as follows:

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PHOTO: Maddie & Tae Get Patriotic with Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World

Maddie & Tae with Minnie Mose (Charlie Champagne/Disney)New country music duo Maddie & Tae — Maddie Marlow (left) and Tae Dye (right) — pose with Minnie Mouse at Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion this past weekend. The duo’s debut single, ‘Girl in A Country Song,’ is rising up the charts and its music video currently has amassed more than 5 million views on YouTube.

Photo by Charlie Champagne, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic’ ABC Special Premieres September 2

(ABC/Ron Tom) JENNIFER LEE, CHRIS BUCKABC has announced it will air an hour-long special titled ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic’ which will premiere on the ABC television network on September 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The special promises to share the behind-the-scenes secrets in producing Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought Frozen to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer and artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter — the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big screen animated musical.  Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of Arendelle — the fictional kingdom — and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Frozen: Sing-Along’ Edition DVD with ‘Breaking the Ice’ Featurette in November

'Frozen: Sing-Along Edition' on DVDWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has confirmed our earlier report that the ‘Sing-Along’ edition of the smash animated hit Frozen will be released on DVD and digital on November 18, 2014. As we previously announced, Disney Store has begun taking pre-orders. Amazon has also begun listing the title.

The DVD will contain both the standard theatrical cut as well as the special edition sing-along cut that played in theaters earlier this year. Also included will be the Mickey Mouse Get A Horse! short as well as the ‘Breaking the Ice – The Real Making of Frozen’ six minute featurette that was initially promised on the original Blu-ray release but was never delivered.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen: Sing-Along’ Edition on DVD in November with All New Bonus Feature

'Frozen: Sing-Along Edition' on DVDAhead of any official announcement, Disney Store has begun taking pre-orders for a DVD format of the Frozen: Sing-Along edition that enjoyed a theatrical run earlier this year. According to Disney Store, the DVD will be available to own on November 18, 2014.

According to the DVD’s description on the item page, it will include the full theatrical sing-along cut as well as a digital copy of the film. Also promised is an unspecified, ‘never-before-seen’ bonus.

Based on prior experiences with Disney Store, the lack of a Blu-ray version on the site does not preclude one from being available through other retailers as Disney Store has been slow to adopt the Blu-ray format.

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Disney’s ‘Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty’ Now Available for Pre-order

Disney's Legacy Collection 'Sleeping Beauty' Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for the third title in the Disney Legacy Collection, Sleeping Beauty, which will be released on October 7, 2014, in honor of the 55th anniversary of the 1959 animated classic.

The two disc set features the original songs and score from the film as well as album versions of tracks, demos and ‘lost chords’ — songs that were written for the film but were ultimately cut in various stages of production before the film made it to the big screen.

The complete track list is as follows:

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