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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Moring Watch - Moments Between Montages

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the directorial debut of actress Kristen Stewart with a short film called Come Swim. Plus, find out what happens in the moments between a movie’s montage, and watch a Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer cut in the style of the most recent Black Panther trailer. Read More »

Neil Blomkamp short film

Neil Blomkamp, the father of Chappie, is back with another visually stunning short film featuring one of Blomkamp’s favorite tropes: robots! Titled Praetoria, this is more of a test reel than a full short film, but it gives you another glimpse of what Blomkamp has been up to lately. Watch the new Neil Blomkamp short film below.

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Movie Quotes Animated - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a fun animated video puts a new spin of famous movie quotes. Plus, see video from the live Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory concert at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, and check out a special dance-off featuring the four best friends from Stranger Things. Read More »

Disney's Ventana Short - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, watch an animated short film called Ventana, created by the interns who worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios this past summer. Plus, check out a video essay examining the different kinds of time travel in movies, TV and books over the years, and check out a metal cover of the Tales of the Crypt theme song. Read More »

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Months before the Thor: Ragnarok trailers surprised everyone with their irreverent tone and wacky dialogue, director Taika Waititi was workshopping the more lighthearted take on Thor in a medium he knew best: mockumentaries.

The director drew from his experience making the brilliant supernatural mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, taking a hammer (heh) to the dour tone that Thor had adopted in Thor: The Dark World to give the God of Thunder a zany makeover and an ordinary roommate, Darryl. While Darryl is tragically not canonical, that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of him. Our favorite hapless Australian flatmate may soon be getting a visit from a certain Grandmaster, Jeff Goldblum revealed.

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Jackie Chan - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a video essay explores why Jackie Chan should be considered a master of silent comedy on the big screen. Plus, watch a short film called Lemon Drink about a woman who realizes her boyfriend only speaks in movie quotes, and see Adam Scott and Ben Schwartz respond to some wild Parks and Recreation fan theories. Read More »

Madea at the White House - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, some genius took all the sounds we have of porgs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and used them to recreate a very porgy version of the Star Wars theme. Plus, a short film called reStart finds a woman trapped in a time loop, and see what happens when Tyler Perry as Madea becomes the new White House communications director

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Phil Tippett - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, watch a documentary short about Phil Tippett, the animator behind movies like Star Wars and Jurassic Park. Plus, see if Binging with Babish can accurately recreate McDonald’s Szechuan sauce recently made popular again by Rick and Morty. And finally see how a meeting goes for members in a group called Human Centipede Anonymous. Read More »

Game of Thrones Anime Intro - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Game of Thrones gets an outstanding anime style opening credits sequence. Plus, watch the cast of Agents of SHIELD goof around during production on the official gag reel. And see an adorable stop-motion animated short called B-Bot that has flairs of WALL-E in it. Read More »