Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes

Earlier this summer, a group of journalists was invited to Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA to learn about the impressive process that went into their latest film Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 is based on, but not linked to, a Marvel comic book of the same name. That makes it the first Disney animated Marvel movie and while the comic and film share very little in common two things they do share are the focus on action and emotion.

We posted a nice long piece about all of the cool tidbits we learned about the film but, we also got a chance to sit down with some of the lead creators of the film. You’ve already seen our interview with the story guys and now, we’ve got an interview directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. Hall (Winnie the Pooh) was specifically tasked by John Lasseter to make a movie based on Marvel and Williams (Bolt) was brought on later to help with the load.  

In our interview we talk about pitching a story to John Lasseter, working on the film’s music, creating some of the superhero personas, the genesis of the project and more. Below, read our interview with the men responsible for Big Hero 6. Read More »

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Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes

Earlier this summer, a group of journalists was invited to Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA to learn about the impressive process that went into Disney’s latest film Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 is based on, but not linked to, a Marvel comic book of the same name. That makes it the first Disney animated Marvel movie and while the comic and film share very little in common two things they do share are the focus on action and emotion.

We posted a nice long piece about all of the cool tidbits we learned about the film but, we also got a chance to sit down with some of the lead creators of the film. Below, we’ve go an interview with Paul Briggs, the head of story on the film, and Robert L. Baird, who wrote the screenplay. We discussed the complicated development of an animated film with so many moving parts, what it’s like working as a writer at Disney Animation Studios, the schedule and how far the work ahead, writing superhero action that meshes with Disney’s sensibilities and why they think Disney hasn’t done many sequels.

Below, read our interview with the men behind the story and words in Big Hero 6. Read More »

up star wars

Star Wars Episode VII speculation, scenes, and cold, hard Star Wars Rebels facts highlight this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read the following:

  • Star Wars Episode VII star Pip Andersen made a visit to Andy Serkis‘ Imaginarium Studios.
  • Star Wars Rebels premiered Friday to 6.5 million viewers and is coming to New York Comic-Con.
  • Star Wars in Concert might be returning.
  • Simon Kinberg analyzed every moment of Star Wars Rebels for StarWars.com
  • Read a possible description of a hanger space in Star Wars Episode VII as well as a lightsaber showdown.
  • ABC will air an episode of Star Wars Rebels on October 26 with a new scene.
  • Read an excerpt from James Luceno‘s Star Wars novel Tarkin.
  • Watch a video of the Director of Music and Scoring at Skywalker Sound.

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Simpsons Movie quad

Nothing is as good as it was 25 years ago, but The Simpsons comes close. The longest running animated show in history may not have the cultural impact or consistent comedy impact it did in the 1990s, but in the past few years, it has expanded beyond mere television. Mobile games, mobile apps, marathons, concerts, The Simpsons is now more than a TV show. It’s a way of life.

That uptick in cultural relevance has not gone unnoticed by the executives at 20th Century Fox. They’ve once again asked producers to do a sequel to 2007′s The Simpsons Movie. But, like the producers said in 2007, 2013 (twice) and now in 2014, it’s still not happening. Read producer James L. Brooks‘ thoughts on a Simpsons Movie sequel, as well as his take on the original film, below. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Droids in Distress Free

Of the many new shows premiering this fall, only one is set in a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. That alone should be enough to ensure Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels gets plenty of attention, but Disney isn’t taking any chances.

The series kicked off over the weekend with the one-hour movie “Spark of Rebellion,” which was effectively the first two episodes combined into a premiere event. Now the regular series premiere, titled “Droids in Distress,” has been made available online for free — one week in advance of its scheduled air date. Hit the jump to find out how you can watch Droids in Distress free.

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Laika hand-drawn

Released just over a week ago, The Boxtrolls had the best-ever opening for Laika, and going into this weekend had a global take sitting at $38m. Those are good numbers, and all the more remarkable because The Boxtrolls isn’t a smooth and sanitized picture. Rather it is idiosyncratic and unusual, especially for today’s animation landscape. Since Laika’s films aren’t cheap (this one is reportedly budgeted at around $60m) and take considerable time to create, it’s good to know that the company has a partner going forward.

Focus Features and Universal have partnered with Laika in the past to release the studio’s films domestically and abroad. And the companies have announced that they’ve signed a new three-film pact. That means that we’ll see another trio of Laika films with the muscle of Focus and Universal behind them. More info follows. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels tv movie

Editor’s Note: This is our review of the first episode of Star Wars Rebels from San Diego Comic-Con 2014. We’re republishing it because the show premieres Friday October 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on Disney Channel. It then replays Monday October 6 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Disney XD. It’ll then air every Monday at 9 p.m. EST/ST on Disney XD in the United States.

Disney Channel and LucasFilm premiered the Star Wars Rebels one hour television movie debut in San Diego on Thursday night of Comic Con 2014. Germain Lussier and I were in attendance at the exclusive screening at the Gaslamp Reading Cinemas. After the jump you can watch a spoiler-free video blog reaction we recorded shortly after the premiere of the Star Wars Rebels tv movie. I have also included some brief thoughts in print as well as three new clips including a new Star Wars Rebels trailer.

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Agent Kallus Star Wars Rebels

The animated series Star Wars Rebels premieres on the Disney Channel tonight (at 9 ET/PT) and will then bounce to Mondays on Disney XD, beginning October 13.  The show is set in the period between episodes three and four — so between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars — and features some original trilogy vibe as it tracks the rise of the Rebellion.

It sounds like we’ll see (or at least hear) the return of Darth Vader in the show — something that has been hinted at and rumored for months. And it seems as if James Earl Jones will be back to voice him. Below, check out that info, along with all these Rebels bits.

  • The official Star Wars site has an interview with producer Simon Kinberg.
  • Dave Filoni and Joel Aron talk about lightsabers in Rebels.
  • See a Rebels clip featuring Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla and some creatures.
  • Another clip features a lightsaber duel involving the Inquisitor.
  • Watch Rebels red carpet interviews with the cast and crew.
  • Exec producer Greg Weisman will leave Rebels after the first season.

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