Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Now that he’s no longer starring in Broadway’s Hamilton several days a week, Lin-Manuel Miranda is free to do whatever he wants… and what he wants to do, apparently, is become BFFs with Disney. Not only did he help compose music for last winter’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this fall’s Moana, he’s set to co-star in the studio’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. And now he’s set to reunite with the Mouse House yet again for The Little Mermaid, a live-action remake of the 1989 animated classic. Read More »
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The final numbers for this past weekend’s box office aren’t in yet, but it looks like Sausage Party will have raked in just over $33 million. That’s an impressive debut for an R-rated animated comedy, especially opening up against the second weekend of blockbuster like Suicide Squad. It appears audiences were interested in something that was truly original and went against the grain of what’s been playing on most screens all summer.
Now a new Sausage Party featurette dives into one of the most important elements of the movie, though it’s not a piece you’d immediately recognize as being integral to a movie like this. Since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg aren’t animators, it should come as no surprise that they brought in experienced animation directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan to helm the feature. But what’s truly surprising is they got Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, best known for his work on The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, to compose the score and the opening musical number in the grocery store. The filmmakers and composer talk about their approach to the score in a new Sausage Party featurette. Read More »
For those who haven’t heard, last weekend saw The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California host an event called The Little Mermaid Live. The event rounded up some impressive singing talent from film and television along with a 71-piece orchestra to perform the Alan Menken‘s iconic music from Disney’s animated classic. Thankfully, since nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket now, we get to see some of the highlights from the show.
Renditions of The Little Mermaid songs from the show featured pop singer Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) as Ursula, Darren Criss (Glee) as Prince Eric, Titus Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Sebastian, and John Stamos as the frighteningly enthusiastic chef Louie. Plus, there was a special guest that fans of the original movie absolutely went crazy for. Find out who it was, and watch some of The Little Mermaid Live videos after the jump. Read More »
In April, we told you that Disney would be producing a stage production of Tangled for their Disney Cruise ships. Tangled: The Musical premiered onboard the Disney Magic this month, and now we have video footage of the hour-long musical’s three new songs composed by Beauty and the Beast/Aladdin composer Alan Menken. Hit the jump to hear the three new songs in the footage from the new musical numbers, as well as get a behind the scenes tour of how they brought the animated world to life on the stage.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
If you grew up in the ’90s, you grew up listening to Alan Menken‘s work. The composer was behind some of the biggest hits of the Disney Renaissance era, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, as well as non-animated classics like Little Shop of Horrors and Newsies. But the kids of the ’90s have now grown up to become foul-mouthed adults, and Menken has evolved along with them.
One of Menken’s latest projects is Sausage Party, Seth Rogen‘s R-rated animated comedy. Rogen recently shared a photo from their collaboration to give us just a tiny idea of what this completely bizarre-sounding feature has in store for us. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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The passing of Robin Williams removed any chance of Mrs. Doubtfire 2 ever happening, but it turns out the character will endure regardless. In a new interview, composer Alan Menken revealed he’s working on a Mrs. Doubtfire musical for the stage. Read more below. Read More »
Disney has a long history of bringing their successful film musicals into real life via the theater stage. Movies like Beauty and The Beast, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid have all made it to Broadway. The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin are still (or soon to be) playing. There are rumors Frozen is in the works too, but before that can go into production a brand new project has been announced. It’s based on the 1996 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and will feature the music and lyrics of multiple Oscar, Grammy and Tony winners Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, responsible for work like Newsies, Wicked, and Little Shop of Horrors.
The show will debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA in October before a potential, but as-yet-unconfirmed, Broadway run. Read More »
Walt Disney Studios has announced the title for their Holiday 2013 movie — Frozen. All of the Hollywood tradepapers are reporting that the movie in question is the Pixar film announced at D23 Expo: Bob Peterson’s “The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs“. This is not the case. It seems that the confusion came as the Dinosaur project originally had the November 27th, 2013 date, and it appears Walt Disney Animation has now taken that date for their own release. What is the film? The project formerly known as The Snow Queen.
We have independently confirmed this with three sources. I was first tipped off when Pixar animators were tweeting the news, expressing their surprise as even they had not heard about the title. I confirmed with Disney Publicity that it wasn’t a Pixar movie after all, right before BleedingCool tipped me that the project might actually be The Snow Queen. And have since confirmed their report with people in the know.
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Alan Menken has won eight Oscars, mostly for his work on such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. He’s both a composer and songwriter who is synonymous with upbeat, happy music that’s fun for the whole family. Now that Disney owns Marvel, it seems they’ve imported their Oscar-winner to help with one of their upcoming comic book movies, Captain America: The First Avenger. According to Badass Digest, Menken is writing a song, or songs, for the film that will most likely be used when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is sent out on a USO tour. Read more after the break. Read More »