Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Disney has a long history of slipping little Easter eggs into its animated films, but some are more hidden than others. Pretty much everyone has heard the urban legend about the word “SFX” (or “SEX” for the more gutter-minded) being hidden in the sky in The Lion King, for example.
Then, on the other hand, you have cameos like Rapunzel’s in Frozen, which was so subtle that even Tangled co-director Nathan Greno failed to pick it up. Hit the jump to see Rapunzel and Flynn in their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance.
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Some people who just wants to enjoy the beauty of falling snow, without knowing much about it; they might not be interested in knowing about the ways that temperature, humidity, and other factors conspire to create specific types of snow. But that information is so cool, I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to know more.
Likewise, the animation in Frozen, complete with some lovely and detailed depiction of snow, might be all some people want to see. But if you want to know more, a video has hit YouTube that explains a bit about how the film’s animated snow was achieved. Read More »
Disney, Marvel and Universal all get some ink in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following
- Will a Indiana Jones ride open at Disneyland Paris?
- The Ratatouille ride will open in Summer 2014.
- Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admits to wanting more Marvel rides.
- Get a glimpse of the new Frozen-influenced World of Color show at Disney California Adventure.
- Disney legend Richard Sherman wrote a new song for a show based on the ride It’s A Small World.
- Check out the cover to the Haunted Mansion-inspired comic Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird.
- A Frozen meet and greet is now open in Epcot.
- Read a fantastic interview with the man behind Universal rides like Jurassic Park, King Kong, Terminator and Spider-Man.
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Award season is ready to get into full swing, and one of the early stages of the runup to the Academy Awards is the submission of Best Animated Feature options.
This year there are nineteen submitted features, including big studio fare (Cloudy 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University), one from Studio Ghibli (The Wind Rises), a European effort we’ve covered a good bit (Ernest and Celestine) and a good few films that US audiences haven’t had much chance to see yet. One pleasant side effect of the animated Oscar list is that it draws attention to films that are new to many viewers.
That said, of the studio fare there are only a couple of compelling submissions, and enough of the rest are going to be new enough to Oscar voters that this might not be much of a race. The 86th Annual Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014, and we’ll be curious to see how many films actually make the nomination cut. The awards will be held on March 2, 2014.
Read the submission list below.
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Here’s a trailer for Disney Animation’s Frozen that isn’t as squarely aimed at the kids as the previous ones we’ve seen. Here, there’s a more direct link to Hans Christian Anderson’s original fairy tale The Snow Queen, and also an explanation of the origin of Olaf, the little snow man that has been the focus of so much of the marketing so far.
This trailer also shows off the new song ‘For the First Time in Forever,’ as it positions Frozen as the greatest thing Disney Animtion has done since The Lion King. In general, it makes the film look a bit more sweeping and grand than some of the other trailers have done, and that’s a good thing. Read More »
Here’s the full trailer for Frozen, the new film from Walt Disney Animation. The film is loosely based on the story The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Anderson, and based on this trailer the movie looks like it is aimed squarely at the kids, and those who loved Tangled. What this trailer doesn’t do is give much of an impression that the film is a musical, but at this point perhaps it goes without saying that a Disney animated movie has a big musical component.
Check out the footage below. Read More »
This weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney released a bunch of new images and concept art images for upcoming Disney Animation and Pixar film productions including: the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Toy Story television Special Toy Story of Terror, two original projects from Pixar: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel comic book adaptation Big Hero 6, Frozen, the Disney Toons Tinkerbell spin-off/Captain Hook prequel The Pirate Fairy, and the Mickey Mouse short film Get A Horse! We’ve posted some of these images and photos in news stories from the convention, but they are all collected together in an image gallery after the jump.
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One of the biggest no-shows at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con is Disney. The company who owns Pixar, Lucasfilm and more is letting its comic book division, Marvel, give a presentation to the crowd but the rest of the stacked upcoming Disney slate is nowhere to be found. The reason is that the company’s very own biennial convention, the D23 Expo, takes place a few weeks later. From August 9-11 in Anaheim, CA, all things Disney will be celebrated including their upcoming movies.
A press release has now confirmed at least a few of the movies that will be showcased at the event. There will be an animated presentation, which will focus on Frozen and The Good Dinosaur, and a live-action presentation, which features Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland and Thor: The Dark World. One glaring omission (among many) is Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean it won’t show up. Read the full press release below. Read More »
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