As ‘Awards Season’ approaches, studios are once again beginning to assemble their ‘For Your Consideration’ websites and so it is with Walt Disney Studios who recently made its site public once again, revamped for the 2014-15 movie season. This time around, Walt Disney Studios appears to be pushing just Big Hero 6 and Into the Woods as well as shorts Feast and Lava (which presumably Disney would love to attach an Oscar to prior to the theatrical release of Pixar’s Inside Out).
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several new high resolution stills from the upcoming musical film, Into the Woods (December 25, 2014). The new stills, which feature Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf and Christine Baranski, Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard in the roles of Cinderella’s Stepmother and ugly stepsisters Lucinda and Florinda respectively, have been added to the beginning of our existing gallery below.
When the all new Frozen short, ‘Frozen Fever,’ was announced at the tail end of the tail end of the television special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic,’ speculation ran rampant that it would be attached to Disney’s live action Cinderella despite only being told it would arrive in ‘spring 2015.’ It was always our assertion that not only this would not be the case, but it hinted at a still possible home video release of a 3D Blu-ray for Frozen which we originally anticipated for this month (prior to the Sing-Along edition announced for November). While we were put on blast for being the site that cried wolf, new evidence points to this possibility.
First announced by Alan Menken during a press call ahead of his 2013 D23 Expo performance, it appears that the staged musical adaptation of Tangled will be making its Disney Cruise Line debut in May of 2015. The news was prompted by several casting calls announced on Disney’s official auditions calendar, which states that it is casting for an opening company with rehearsals to begin in January 2015 and to conclude in mid-May. As with most Disney Parks and Resorts entertainment, the show is being produced by Imagineering’s Disney Creative Entertainment division and will be directed by Gordon Greenberg, choreographed by Connor Gallagher, with Ed Whitlow as artistic and production director.
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.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a high resolution version of a recently released still featuring Meryl Streep as the Witch 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.
During 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.
Later 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.
In 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?’
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.