The Genie (Aladdin)

The internet is bursting with fan theories about popular films, some more plausible than others, and it seems like new ones get added to the pile every day. But it’s not often one actually gets verified by someone who should know. 23 years after Aladdin‘s theatrical release, directors Ron Clement and John Musker have finally confirmed one of the most enduring theories surrounding Robin Williams‘ Genie. Find out what it is after the jump.  Read More »


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Robin Williams Aladdin outtakes

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 23 years since Disney’s animated musical Aladdin hit theaters. And while it’s not a special anniversary for the film, the film comes to Blu-Ray for the first time on October 13th, which means there are some cool new special features that are coming to light.

One such feature reveals Robin Williams Aladdin outtakes from his voice recording sessions as Genie, one of most iconic roles from the late actor’s celebrated career. And a tease of the never-before-seen footage of Williams firing on all cylinders has surfaced online. Watch it below! Read More »

Moana D23

Walt Disney Animation Studios has the South Pacific set adventure Moana, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, set for release for the holiday season in 2016.

Some announcements about the forthcoming project at the D23 Expo were just made, including some new details on the story and music, as well new information on the characters Moana and Maui, the latter being a demigod voiced by Dwayne Johnson, who sounds almost like a South Pacific version of Thor.

The first footage from the movie was shown along with some proof of concept clips, and one of the snippets of the movie actually made Dwayne Johnson cry. This sounds like it’s going to be a lovely, touching tale from Disney. Find out what we learned at the Moana D23 panel after the jump!

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Disney Animation is on a roll. The legendary home of Mickey Mouse was living under the shadow of Pixar for a few years, but they’ve since come back incredibly strong. Big Hero 6, out next month, is a winner. 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph is really great and, of course 2013’s Frozen is the biggest animated film in history. After that, the only official news we have about what’s coming next is Zootopia, which will be out in early 2016.

Now, Disney has official announced its 56th animated film. The movie is called Moana, and you can read more about it below. Read More »


On Friday December 4th, I was lucky enough to spend the whole day at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank. My mission was to film footage for a /Film Exclusive documentary about the return of hand-drawn animation, focusing on Disney’s superlative new picture, The Princess and the Frog.

During the day I carried out filmed interviews with the film’s directors John Musker and Ron Clements, leading lady Anika Noni Rose, producer Peter del Vecho and a whole host of animation, storyboarding and design talent. I think I pushed deeper than you’d typically see on a behind-the-scenes piece for DVD, for example, and I’m sure I managed to get an awful lot of good footage and interesting discussion, as well as some genuine revelations about the current state of hand-drawn animation and the creative qualities of The Princess and the Frog.

That documentary will be some time coming, however – I’ve got hours and hours of footage to sculpt – but, in the meantime, I’ll be able to show you a few little glimpses of what went down on the day. To start off with, there’s a very brief and essentially unedited clip after the break, one in which Peter del Vecho makes very clear the next few hand-drawn projects from Walt Disney Animation.

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The Princess and the Frog Concept Art

Disney Animation Studios has released new concept artwork from Disney’s return to 2D animation, The Princess and the Frog. More images after the jump.

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The Princess and the Frog

Disney has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming 2D animated film, The Princess and the Frog. The film promises to return to the Broadway-style musical in the likes of the successful Disney films. I want to root for traditional animation, but this film doesn’t look like it even comes close to the standards set with Walt Disney’s classics. And in a day an age where audiences are spoiled with Pixar productions, a 2D production has to be three times as special. What do you guys think?

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Written/directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, the animated musical is set in New Orleans. The movie follows Tiana, a young African-American girl who lives in the infamous French Quarter. The new movie will feature a soulful singing crocodile, voodoo spells, and the music of Randy Newman (as heard in the teaser). The Princess and the Frog hits theaters on Christmas 2009.