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The first new project announcement from Walt Disney Animation Studios to be announced at D23 this weekend is Zootopia, an animated feature set in an animal world. More specifically, it is a “buddy action comedy set in a world where humans never existed.”

The film will be released in 2016, and you can get many more details below. Read More »

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Briefly: Somehow, Jason Bateman has had scant gigs in feature animation. (While he has voiced a few animated characters on TV, his main feature role was in the English dub of Arthur and the Invisibles.) That’s going to change with the new film from Tangled co-director Byron Howard, who is setting up a new animated project at Disney.

The new film is reportedly an “untitled animal comedy” that is still without a release date. More details are thing, but THR reports that Bateman is set to make his feature voice acting debut in the film. Disney is usually pretty tight-lipped about animated projects, and given that it already has Frozen set for November 27 of this year and another film slated for Nov. 7, 2014, it could well be 2015 before this one is released.

Hot off the first look at the next Toy Story short film, Small Fry, Disney announced the directors of Tangled will bring back those characters in short form at the beginning of the new year. A short sequel called Tangled Ever After will play with Beauty and the Beast 3D when it’s released January 13, 2012. Once again directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, the short will take place at Rapunzel and Flynn’s wedding where Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse lose the rings. Read more about the film and check out the full poster after the break. Read More »

Poster for Disney Short ‘Tangled Ever After’

This is one of the early salvos from Disney’s D23 Expo, which started yesterday and is ongoing today. The Marvel Studios panel will take place later this afternoon, and as Peter and Germain are sitting in on that we’ll likely have a good bit of news to share later in the day.

For now, here’s a compliment to yesterday’s announcement of Small Fry, the Pixar Toy Story short that will play in front of The Muppets. This is the poster for Tangled Ever After, a short film from Tangled directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. While we don’t have plot details you can probably glean most of the big notes from the poster, which is after the break. Read More »

New Photo: Disney’s Rapunzel

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Brazilian website Animations has posted a few new magazine scans featuring the first real image from Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film Rapunzel.

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Bolt Teaser Poster

I hear that the teaser trailer for Bolt will probably be attached to Pixar’s WALL-E, which hits theaters next week. Disney has just released the first theatrical teaser poster (as opposed to the teaser poster which has been on display at Disneyland) for the movie, which makes this that much more likely. But before you see the teaser trailer, lets take a look back at the project’s troubled history.

Originally titled American Dog, Chris Sanders was attached to write and direct. But Sander’s vison of the animated movie was a little “too bold”. His early concepts featured a one-eyed cat and an oversized radioactive rabbit (see the publicly released concept art below). Disney was supposedly looking for something a bit more “mainstream”. Funny, considering that Sanders is responsible for Disney’s last popular non-Pixar character/movie, Lilo & Stitch. Sanders was replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, and the film was rewritten and retitled Bolt.

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And this is what Bolt looks like…

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One must remember that Brad Bird replaced Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille, which was went through rewrites, and look how that turned out. But on the other hand, Ratatouille had Brad Bird, Bolt has Chris Williams, who was a writer on Mulan and The Emperor’s New Groove, and Byron Howard, who was a Supervising Animator on Chicken Little and Brother Bear. The characters look very generic, at least at first glance. Also, the casting of Miley Cyrus doesn’t instill confidence (click here to watch Miley explain her character and see a bit of unfinished footage from the film). I’m very interested to see the teaser trailer. With John Lasseter in charge as Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation, you have to put a little faith in the decision to take the project in a totally different direction.

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The official plot synopsis follows: For super-dog Bolt (voiced by John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue – at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the canine star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet – a cross-country journey through the real world. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions – a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman), and TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino – Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) brings her vocal talents to the role of Penny, Bolt’s human co-star on the television series.

Bolt will hit theaters on November 26th, 2008 in Disney Digital 3-D™.

contributing sources: IMPAwards, blogspot, AICN, Animation Nation

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