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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 »

‘Frozen’ Trailer: Fight the Freeze

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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.

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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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Walt Disney Animation Studios has released character images for their upcoming 53rd animated feature film Frozen.

The story follows “fearless optimist Anna” (voiced by Kristen Bell) who teams up with a rugged mountain man named Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and “his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), “whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.”

The movie is set to hit theaters this Thanksgiving, but we can meet the cast of characters now. After the jump you’ll find images of all the main characters, along with information about their roles.
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After all the talk about Disney’s Frozen as an eye-popping fairy tale epic about the bonds of sisterhood, it was a bit surprising to find that the first teaser was… a 90-second short about an anthropomorphic snowman and a weirdly dog-like reindeer. Cute as the video was, it didn’t offer much of an idea as to what the film would really be like.

Fortunately, a new trailer does a much better job of showing off the movie’s grand, gorgeous sweep. The only catch is that it’s dubbed over in Japanese. Oh well. At least we can still enjoy the frightening snow monsters and dazzling snowy landscapes. Check it out after the jump.

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