Snow Queen

Despite Frozen‘s $1.2 billion box office haul, Disney still hasn’t announced any plans for a direct sequel. Fortunately(?), last year’s other Snow Queen adaptation is happy to fill that gap.

Timur Bekmambetov is set to produce the Russian 3D CG sequel The Snow Queen: Journey Continues, with a starry English-language voice cast including Sean Bean, Sharlto Copley, Bella Thorne, and Isabella Fuhrman. Hit the jump for more details on the non-Frozen Snow Queen follow-up.

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VOTD: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar

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Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I think a whole college thesis could be done about the color design of Pixar’s films, or at very least a film school course. The Pixar color supercut video is embedded after the jump for your enjoyment.

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Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage

Walt Disney Productions purchased the film rights to Gary K. Wolf‘s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? shortly after the book’s publication in 1981, and Disney spent many years trying to bring Who Framed Roger Rabbit to the screen.

In the early 1980′s, Disney developed test footage with animation director Darrell Van Citters with Paul Reubens voicing Roger Rabbit, Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as Eddie Valiant, and Russi Taylor as Jessica Rabbit. This was right around the time that Reubens was getting ready to reveal his Pee-Wee Herman persona to the world.

The early test footage was broadcast once on a 1983 Disney Channel show called Disney Studio Showcase, and never seen from again — until now. Thief Archive (via CartoonBrew) has found the footage of the television airing of these early animation tests. Watch the Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage now, embedded after the jump.

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When discussing the films of Wes Anderson, many people seem to choose 2009′s Fantastic Mr. Fox as their least favorite of his movies. I find that fact to be crazy because, in 2009, Fantastic Mr. Fox was my favorite film of the year.

Sure it looked different from rest of Anderson’s films, but at its heart, it really wasn’t. Anderson’s musical choices, parental themes, locked-off camera angles and long takes were all there, just seen through the eyes of stop-motion animation. Watch it again and it’s as timeless, if not more so, than most of the directors other films.

And now, it’s the first Anderson film to get its own toy line. Funko will release four beautiful Fantastic Mr Fox toys from the animated film in November. Check them out below. Read More »

Futurama Simpsons Crossover Episode

Futurama will return to to the airwaves with Fry, Leela, Bender and company appearing in a special episode of The Simpsons airing on November 9th 2014. Hit the jump to see the first look at this Futurama Simpsons crossover episode.

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Big Hero 6 Behind the Scenes

The best Disney animated films suck you into their world. You lock in and follow the characters on a journey without ever thinking of what went into it. That’s the magic not only of Disney, but film in general.

What sets animation apart is the absolutely insane detail and years of work that go into each film. Near decades can pass in which stories are written, ripped apart and written again. Tens of thousands of miles are travelled to research the tiniest visual elements. Millions and millions of animated frames, passed between departments, all come together until you have something like Big Hero 6.

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 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. While the comic and film share very little in common two things they do share are the focus on action and emotion.

In Big Hero 6, a young boy and a soft robot team up with a group of friends to become a superhero team. Over the course of several hours, we were taken around the studio to watch footage, learn about the design of the film, the writing process, animation and much more. Below, we’ll take you on that tour with us – complete with lots of photos – so you can learn all about what Disney has in store come November 7. And, most importantly, how much work went into it. Read More »

Big Hero 6 clip

Big Hero 6 is Disney’s upcoming animated film, loosely based on a Marvel comic series, that centers on a boy who weaponizes, or hero-izes as it were, his robot Baymax. We’ve seen a lot of the rotund white Baymax in previous materials for the film, but we still don’t know much about him. In this clip we meet Baymax, and find that he’s something of a caregiver, if (at first) one who is a little, er, thick. Check out the long Big Hero 6 clip below. It’s a cute and funny bit that doesn’t seem to give away anything at all important about the film.  Read More »

new Frozen short

The ABC special The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is airing right now on the east coast of the US, and the show features a big announcement. The spring of 2015 will see the release of a new Frozen short called Frozen Fever. The short film will be directed by returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and will feature the core characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf. The short will also come complete with a new song from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

More details on the new Frozen short are after the jump. Read More »

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