For anyone who has dreamed of watching a shot for shot remake of Disney’s 1991 Best Picture nominee Beauty and the Beast with inferior animation and terrible voice acting from a foreign country, your day has finally come. We were lucky enough to come upon this video and, with Beauty and the Beast currently hot again off its current Blu-ray release and recent Sing-A-Long theatrical run, it’s too funny not to highlight. The jaw-dropping trailer is embedded right after the jump. Read More »
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Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. A studio re-releases a hugely successful property back into theaters to milk the audience for every extra dollar they can. Recent examples include 20th Century Fox with Avatar and Star Wars, Paramount with Grease and now Disney is doing it with the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast. Like with Grease, though, this re-release encourages you to belt out the lyrics to your favorite songs like “Be Our Guest” and “Gaston” as this is a sing-a-long event! The Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long will hit select theaters for two nights only, September 29 and October 2. Hit the jump for more information on what the future has in store for Beauty and the Beast. Read More »
It has been almost two years since Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that they would be converting Beauty and the Beast into 3D for a Valentine’s Day 2010 theatrical rerelease. Disney has been showing a short test of the 3D footage at various industry events, including last year’s ShoWest. Unlike the live-action 3D post conversions, I was actually quite impressed with what Disney was able to achieve with the added dimensionality (read my previous report here). Earlier this year, Disney pushed the releease back to a To Be Announced 2011 date, and it was later revealed that they were so happy with how Beauty 3D turned out, that they were also in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D as well.
We still don’t know when the 3D version will hit theaters, but many assume it’s February 14th 2011, as Disney wanted to target Valentine’s Day in it’s previous release plans. But a one minute teaser trailer has been found online, and can now be watched embedded after the jump. According to the trailer, it will get a very limited release in New Zealand on August 12th 2010.
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Initially scheduled to hit cinemas this February was Disney’s 3D rerelease of Beauty and the Beast. As the months went on and we heard nothing new, and there was definitely no trailer released or official announcements made, it began to seem like the film had just slipped off the sheet completely. A real shame, because the demo sequences previewed last March were very well received indeed.
All the while, reports kept consolidating that the film was approaching a Blu-ray release, in the original 2D. This release is currently expected to happen in October.
I’m going to speculate that these two releases have been re-ordered to better boost their overall commercial prospects. It doesn’t seem like rocket science to milk the 2D version of the film completely first, and then add the 3D element in for a little extra juice. I’m thinking we’ll see 2D BD, a 3D film and then ultimately a 3D BD.
The Disneyphiles at Stitch Kingdom are reporting word from Disney themselves that the film “is still expected to be released, but not until some point in 2011″. Seems to fit my pattern nicely. Better late than never, I suppose.
Few people have shaped the course of modern animation as much as John Lasseter. The man directed classic films such as Toy Story 1 and 2, and A Bug’s Life, but he’s also the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and at Walt Disney, in addition to being the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. In short, this man brings out the child in each one of us, and makes that child’s dreams come true. We had the chance to sit down with Lasseter for a quick chat about his inspirations for Toy Story 3, the 3-D trend for animated films, his approach to Pixar villains, and what he has planned for Walt Disney Imagineering.
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What are Hollywood’s expectations for James Cameron‘s Avatar? We haven’t even seen a trailer, or even a photo, but many are already touting a “revolution.” With the director of the highest grossing film of all time behind it, everyone is hoping for big.
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When Disney first announced that they would be rereleasing Beauty and the Beast upconverted into Digital 3D, I was very skeptical. For a film like Toy Story, the up conversion makes sense because the movie was animated using 3D models. But with a hand drawn animated film like Beauty and the Beast, you have an entirely different animal altogether. I imagined someone ripping through the original film frame by frame, cutting out characters and objects, and separating them into layers, and that the result would look similar to the effect of the old multi-plane animation camera. Boy, I was wrong.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 by David Chen
The /Filmcast Interview is a series of conversations with actors, directors, and other key figures from the entertainment industry. In this episode, David Chen speaks with legendary producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) about the animation industry, the making of Beauty and the Beast 3D, and Hahn’s new book, The Alchemy of Animation.
Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Want to be interviewed on the /Filmcast? Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call and leave a voicemail at (781) 583-1993.
Download or Play Now:
- What are the trends in animation you’ve found most significant?
- Hand drawn animation
- The Little Matchgirl (buy this movie on iTunes now!)
- Stop motion animation
- Cinematography in animated films
- The 3D version of Beauty and the Beast
- The academy award for Best Animated Film
- What excites you most about animation right now?
- The Alchemy of Animation
A big thanks to Andy Sorcini from The Drill Down podcast for making this interview possible. Don Hahn will be signing copies of his book, The Alchemy of Animation, at 7 PM this Thursday, December 11th, at the Barnes and Noble on 210 Americana Way in Glendale, CA.
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