The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Set will be released by Disney in North America and is now available for pre-order for $224.99. The U.S. release of this set appears to be an Amazon exclusive. Shipping is free with or without Amazon Prime. The set includes the following films: Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises. An international trailer and details about bonus features included in the set, can be found after the jump.

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At some point in your life, you’ve likely encountered Pez candy, the chalky, fruity, antacid-like sugar tablets dispensed from trademark containers featuring popular characters whose heads lift open and to push out candy. And somehow, a company called Envision Media Arts is developing a Pez movie. Find out more about this bewildering project below! Read More »

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If you’ve watched Walt Disney Animation‘s computer animated films in recent years and wondered how they’re able to make their characters and settings look so realistic, a new video explains the process in very simple terms.

Walt Disney Animation has posted a roughly 10-minute video diving into their image rendering engine called Hyperion, explaining how the software uses a technique called path tracing to calculate how light will bounce off any given object in a scene. It’s a very fascinating and well-explained technique that will have you looking at Disney movies in a whole new light (no pun intended).

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Disney is giving Guardians of the Galaxy the animated series treatment on Disney XD, joining the ranks of other Marvel animated shows as well as Star Wars Rebels. We’ve already seen the trailer for the new show coming in the fall, but now the first clip has arrived, revealing that this series will reveal more backstory about our characters than the feature film did.

Leading up to the premiere of the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, Disney XD is releasing a series of two-minute Origins shorts, showing the backstories of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot. And new a tease of Star-Lord’s origin story has been released online, showing his first meeting with the Ravager named Yondu.

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Instead, this new project is a reprisal of the 1986 cult classic film Troll, with original director and writer John Carl Buechler heading back to his fantasy world in the format of a 3D animated feature film. So what’s with the Harry Potter Jr movie angle? Find out after the jump! Read More »

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In April, we told you that Disney would be producing a stage production of Tangled for their Disney Cruise ships. Tangled: The Musical will premiere onboard the Disney Magic in November, and Disney has started to show the public what its going to look like. Hit the jump to get a behind the scenes tour of how they brought the animated world to life on the stage.

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It’s well-established that major filmmakers make commercials in between big projects in order to make money and stretch their skills. That tendency extends even to venerated animation companies such as Studio Ghibli. Below you’ll find a set of Studio Ghibli commercials — that is, spots made by Ghlibi, not ads for the studio — some of which very obviously feature the input of Miyazaki himself. Read More »