Roy Conli interview

Don’t call Olaf’s Frozen Adventure a short film. “Technically, it’s a featurette,” according to producer Roy Conli. Whatever you’d like to call it, the 21-minute animated story is set to play in theaters before Pixar’s upcoming Coco. The “featurette,” which is directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton, centers on Olaf, the childish and joyous snowman from Frozen, as he learns about the holiday traditions of the citizens of Arendelle in an attempt to give Elsa and Anna a tradition of their own after the years they spent apart. It’s a fun continuation of the Frozen narrative and a nice return for beloved characters from the 2013 smash hit.

A few weeks ago, I visited Walt Disney Animation and sat down with producer Roy Conli, who told me about John Lasseter‘s involvement, a rejected alternate idea for the special, how the featurette’s music could possibly follow the mega-hit “Let It Go,” and more.
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Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio

Another day, another potential Guillermo del Toro project that we’ll never see. Mr. del Toro is one of the best filmmakers in the business, and he has a tendency to find himself attached to numerous projects, some of which actually get made, others which slip into oblivion. Sadly, it looks like del Toro’s take on Pinocchio falls into the latter category. The Shape of Water filmmaker recently confirmed his Pinocchio film is officially cancelled. It seems no amount of wishing on a star will make the dream of the Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio movie come true.

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This New ‘Coco’ Clip is Jaw-Dropping

Coco clip

Disney and Pixar’s Coco is already generating buzz due to its early release in Mexico and many critics and audiences have praised the film as another winner for animation giants. Rather than sit back and wait for the film’s late November release, Disney and Pixar have released yet another clip to give audiences a taste of the film’s stunning animation. Watch the new Coco clip below.

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Early Man trailer

The folks at the British animation studio Aardman are responsible for beloved movies like Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit, and while CG has largely won out as the dominant form of animation for most major movies, Aardman’s sticking with claymation for a decidedly old school look. That’s especially appropriate for their new film Early Man, which is about as old school as you can get: it’s the story of cavemen butting heads with new technology.

Check out a brand new Early Man trailer below.
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Ferdinand trailer

In the wake of trailers like Peter Rabbit and Sherlock Gnomes that dropped earlier today, 2oth Century Fox and Blue Sky Animation’s upcoming movie Ferdinand looks almost pleasant. Sure, there are the butt jokes that seem to be a requirement in all non-Disney or Pixar animated kids films these days, and yes, things get a bit too on the nose when the titular bull (voiced by John Cena) ends up in – you guessed it – a china shop, but all things considered, this could be a whole lot worse. Check out a new international Ferdinand trailer and a new clip below.
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Peter Rabbit trailer

If you’ve longed for the day when Domhnall Gleeson does battle with a horde of cartoon animals, you’re in luck! In Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter’s storybook classic comes to life, sort of, in a modern setting. James Corden voices the eponymous rabbit, leading a cast of CGI animals in a film full of pratfalls and sight gags. Watch a new Peter Rabbit trailer below.

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jungle cruise pirates of the caribbean

From the moment Disney announced that the studio was making a Jungle Cruise movie based on their classic theme park ride, we knew the comparisons between this film and Pirates of the Caribbean – the most successful Disney movie based on a popular ride – would be inevitable. Now yet another person involved with the new Dwayne Johnson film has drawn that same comparison, along with divulging a tiny bit of info about the film’s approach we hadn’t heard before.
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coco trailer

Disney and Pixar’s latest animated adventure Coco will hit U.S. theaters near the end of the month, and a new trailer has arrived to make sure you know this. Coco is already a hit in Mexico, where it opened two weeks ago. Soon, American audiences will see what all the excitement is about.

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Maori Moana song translation

The entire Moana soundtrack is full of incredible original songs that rival some of Disney’s most classic tunes. But perhaps the most stylish song is “Shiny,” sung by the giant golden crab called Tamatoa. Thanks to Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement channeling both Tim Curry and David Bowie in his performance, it’s a performance that is catchy, funny and simply fantastic. And it sounds even better in Jemaine Clement’s native language.

Moana was already a big deal because it shined a light on the Polynesian culture that isn’t typically in the spotlight of mainstream Hollywood movies. But down in New Zealand it’s connecting with people on another level, because in some areas of the island nation it’s been translated into the indigenous Maori language that has become increasingly rare. Since Jemaine Clement was raised by his Maori mother in New Zealand, he was able to sing the song in Maori for the film’s soundtrack, and it sounds so cool.

Listen to the Maori Moana song translation below. Read More »

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