D23 Expo 2015 Prints

D23 Expo 2015 kicks off on Friday in Anaheim, California, and pop culture screen print collectors should take note as the convention will see a ton of new officially licensed screen print releases from top artists like Mark Englert, JC Richard, Dave Perillo, Joe Dunn and more. We’ve covered some of the prints already on the site, but so many new prints have been posted since, I thought it was time for a good round up of what is available and where. Hit the jump to see the D23 Expo 2015 print releases.

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange is gearing up for production this fall ahead of its November 4th, 2016 release date, and the film’s cinematographer Ben Davis (Guardians of the Galaxy) has shared what the film’s visual style might look like. He says that the film, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) will look like “Marvel’s Fantasia.” But what does that mean? Find out after the jump.

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Fantasia Night on Bald Mountain

When it comes to Disney’s apparent determination to live-action-remake every story it’s ever animated, not even Fantasia is exempt. Disney is developing a feature film based on the Night on Bald Mountain closing sequence from the 1940 musical anthology. Hit the jump for all the details on the Fantasia live action remake.  Read More »

VOTD: 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes

In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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On December 23, 1935, Walt Disney wrote an eight page letter to a gentleman named Don Graham at the Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) asking him to help train new, and improve old, Disney animators. Walt felt that many of the men he employed weren’t working up to their potential and that by focusing on a few simple things, the studio’s output would improve exponentially. Well, after this letter, the studio released – in order – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. So, it seemed to have worked.

The letter is a fascinating look into the genius mind of Walt Disney, as it details the unique way he looked at movies, humor, drawing, running a company and much more. He details the minutia – such as body type and rhythm of movement – of animation and implores animators not to ignore these incredibly important things. Animators, or just fans of Disney, should really enjoy this. Check out scans of the letter and link to the full transcript after the break. Read More »

The Sorcerer's Apprentice Fantasia

Jon Turteltaub‘s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is inspired by the sequence in the Walt Disney Animated film Fantasia. While the film takes the 8 minute scene of classic animation and expands on the idea greatly, the movie does feature a sequence inspired by the original animated Mickey Mouse segment. Disney has released a new featurette that takes a look at this sequence, giving us a peek at what it looks like in live-action with Jay Baruchel. We also get our first listen to the music which is also inspired by the original Fantasia animation. Watch the clip, embedded after the jump.
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Though nothing now could live up to the excitement of seeing Fantasia on it’s original release, when it was a real big event with allocated seating, a dress code, programme booklets and the first ever stereophonic sound in cinema, I’m still getting pretty sparky over the film’s imminent Blu-ray edition.

Coming to Disney’s Diamond Edition collection will be not only the original Fantasia but its turn of the millennium brethren, Fantasia 2000 and something called Fantasia World which, according to the new trailer, will showcase “never-before-seen animated short films”. I’m assuming the Clair De Lune sequence, a deleted scene from the original that was released as a standalone in the mid 90s, will also be included. We’ll likely get the Dali/Disney collaboration Destino too, I’ll wager.

Watch the full trailer after the break.

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Time Out London has published a list of the 50 greatest animated feature films of all time curated by Terry Gilliam . I’m not sure if this means that Gilliam hand picked the titles on the list, or if the filmmaker was simply commenting on the list created by the TimeOut editors. Either way, you can find a listing of the top 20 entries below:

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