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

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(ABC/Ron Tom) JENNIFER LEE, CHRIS BUCKOn Tuesday night, September 2, 2014, 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.

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‘Into the Woods’ New Hi-Res Still Featuring the Witch, Rapunzel

Meryl Streep stars as the Witch and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a high resolution version of a recently released still featuring Meryl Streep stars as the Witch and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel from the upcoming film, Into the Woods (December 25, 2014). The photo, seen left, has also been added to the beginning of our gallery of stills from the film, which you can find embedded below.

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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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WATCH: ‘Into the Woods’ Trailer, Hi-Res Stills

Meryl Streep in 'Into the Woods' ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by: Peter MountainVia Walt Disney Studios Australia, we now have the first trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods,  which you can find embedded below.

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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‘The Lion King’ to Open Productions at Shanghai Disney Resort, Mexico City

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that it will be bringing two brand-new productions of its long-running Broadway smash musical, ‘The Lion King’ to both the Shanghai Disney Resort and Mexico City, in partnership with Disney Parks and Resorts and OCESA respectively. The announcement was made today by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. The two productions will be the 23rd and 24th mounted around the world since the show’s Broadway debut in 1997.

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LISTEN: ‘Friend Like Me’ from Aladdin Broadway Production

'Aladdin' Original Cast RecordingWalt Disney Records and Disney Theatrical have released the original cast recording of ‘Friend Like Me’ as performed by Tony Award nominee James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie in the Broadway musical’s showstopping number. You can hear the song in its entirety embedded below.

In addition to Iglehart’s nomination, the show was also nominated for four other awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Chad Beguelin), Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begeulin) and Best Choreography (Casey Nicholaw).

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‘Shakespeare in Love’ Cast Announced; Performances Begin July 2 in London

In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Disney Theatrical and Sonia Friedman Productions today announced its initial cast for ‘Shakespeare in Love’ which begins performances on July 2, 2014 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London with an opening date of July 23.

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Disney Theatrical Announces Lottery, Rush Tickets for Broadway Shows

Earlier today, Disney Theatrical announced that it will be offering same-day ticket programs for both ‘Newsies’ as well as its newest Broadway family member, ‘Aladdin.’

Beginning two and a half hours before each performance, patrons can sign up to enter a lottery drawing for ‘Aladdin’ tickets which will be held two hours before showtime at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd Street). Winners will be able to purchase up to two tickets each for $30 each ticket (cash only).

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