The 8th Annual Video Effects Society (VES) Awards, which takes place on Sunday, February 28, will honor Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar President Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering. Dr. Catmull helped pioneer the 3D animation process at a division of Lucasfilm which would eventually become Pixar and was a key developer of RenderMan, the software environment which made films like Toy Story possible.
Earlier this week, we broke the news that Disney had registered several new names that might possibly be considered as a replacement title for Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming release Rapunzel: The Hidden Tower, Tangled and The Thief and the Tower.
Today we have learned that there’s another suitor in the running in the form of The Secret Tower for which Disney has now registered THESECRETTOWER.COM, THESECRETTOWER-MOVIE.COM and THESECRETTOWERMOVIE.COM.
Disney registered several domain names yesterday which indicate that a speculated and apparently not widely spread rumor may be true: Rapunzel will either be subtitled or simply renamed to something else. A quick google search for The Thief and the Tower turned up but one result from comments on a blog post on a professional animators’ site from early January and the ‘speculation’ was just that. The consensus from those who appeared to have some inside information on the name change is that Disney is looking for a way to make the film appear less princess-y.
We have received an update from Walt Disney Studios confirming some reports that Beauty and the Beast won’t be making its 3D debut for Valentine’s Day this year as initially announced during last year’s company shareholder meeting.
Although we do not have a new release date, it looks like the film is still expected to be released, but not until some point in 2011.
DisneyPixar.fr has posted a hi-res scan from the French magazine Studio CinéLive which features what appears to be a still from the upcoming release from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Rapunzel, featuring the film’s heroine and bandit Flynn Rider.
To view the original image, visit DisneyPixar.fr
Not too long ago, Walt Disney Animation Studios released (domestically) the Japanese trailer of The Princess and the Frog on the internet. Cranking the coolness factor up to just a tad past 11, a new mash-up (and slightly extended) version of the trailer is now available which features meshes the trailer together in Russian, Spanish, German, French, Hebrew, Italian, Greek, Icelandic and Ukranian in addition to Japanese and English. How does one say bravo in Italian?
The elite unit of elves from ABC’s new holiday television special “Disney Prep & Landing” have taken their covert operation digital. Disney.com features an online command center for all things “Prep & Landing,” offering full-length streaming of the entire special starting on Dec. 9, and an original short “Tiny’s BIG Adventure.” Additionally, Disney Family.com is offering a variety of printables and holiday craft activities, while iPhone and iPod Touch users can take “Disney Prep & Landing” fun with them through a new mobile game (www.itunes.com/waltdisney).
“Disney Prep & Landing” features on Disney.com include:
- Full-length “Disney Prep & Landing” special will be available for streaming
Initially set to air on December 1, ABC has decided to push back the debut of its first holiday special from Walt Disney Animation Studios to December 8 at 8:30 PM ET (not Central as others have been reporting) because of a televised press conference by President Obama. Although the press conference is scheduled to run from 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm and would apparently not overlap with Prep & Landing‘s airing at 8:30, ABC has decided to move it anyway.
The back-to-back season premiere of Scrubs is expected to air at 9PM ET as scheduled.
From the upcoming holiday special, “Disney Prep & Landing,” the ABC Music Lounge will exclusively debut the song “Jingle Jang and Jive” by composer Michael Giacchino (“Lost”). The song will be available for free download in the ABC Music Lounge at www.abcmusiclounge.com starting Monday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m. PT, until Friday, December 11 at midnight, ET/9:00 p.m., PT.
“Disney Prep & Landing” is ABC’s first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and will air TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.