The animated musical Frozen was a massive runaway hit for Walt Disney Animation back in 2013, making a sequel to the movie a forgone conclusion. However, Disney dragged their feet a bit when it came to confirming plans for Frozen 2, and it wasn’t until just over a year ago that the project was officially announced. We still don’t have a release date for Frozen 2, but the good news is star Kristen Bell has revealed that production is slated to begin next month. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
“When Disney does a fairy tale, it becomes the definitive version of that story,” said John Lasseter. “One that doesn’t have a definitive version is Jack and the Beanstalk.” So began Disney’s announcement of their next animated fairy tale movie, Gigantic, at D23.
Disney is already in production on the feature, which has assembled a top-notch team: Nathan Greno (Tangled) is directing, Dorothy McKim (Get a Horse!) is directing, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen) are providing music. More details on the Disney Gigantic movie after the jump. Read More »
As the unfathomable success of Frozen continues to sustain, Disney is being very careful with how they exploit the title. They’re slowly but surely rolling the film and its characters into theme parks. There are no immediate plans for a sequel, but a short film will be out in March. And there have been talks of a stage adaptation too, which just took a major step forward.
The Frozen stage show just officially announced its writers, songwriters and director. Good news, Frozen fans, they’re familiar. The writer and director will be Jennifer Lee, the co-director of the film. Then Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning duo behind the songs in the original film, are doing the songs for the show. So basically, the Frozen musical is in capable, familiar hands. Read more on the Frozen Broadway musical below. Read More »
The ABC special The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is airing right now on the east coast of the US, and the show features a big announcement. The spring of 2015 will see the release of a new Frozen short called Frozen Fever. The short film will be directed by returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and will feature the core characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf. The short will also come complete with a new song from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
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Even though Frozen is still raking in the bucks at the box office, the Blu-ray hits shelves in a few short weeks. It’s already on digital download, but leading up to March 18 release we’ll surely see some very cool behind the scenes content from the year’s biggest animated film.
Odds are none will be cooler than this behind the scenes video featuring Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) and Kristen Bell (Anna) dancing around Disney Animation Studios singing a brand new song by the film’s award-winning team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez . You won’t actually learn anything about Frozen, but will get an insider look at the iconic building and hear yet another super catchy song to boot. Check it out. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Disney’s Bob the Musical has been in the works for a full decade at this point, but it’s been slow going. One of the last updates we got on it was that 21 Jump Street‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were negotiating to direct, but even that ultimately amounted to nothing as they’ve since moved on. However, it finally seems to be gaining some fresh momentum as Rock of Ages scribe Allan Loeb has been tapped to write the musical comedy.
As for what’s inspired this sudden uptick in activity, well, we’re not privy to the conversations that took place. But if we had to guess, we’d say that Frozen‘s lasting success probably had a little something to do with it — Bob the Musical has long had Frozen composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to write the tunes. Hit the jump for the latest on this long-gestating project.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Given Matt Stone and Trey Parker‘s experience as TV- and movie-makers, it seems inevitable that their first stage musical (with Robert Lopez) The Book of Mormon will get turned into a film at some point. Especially given that it’s now a bona fide hit. The show picked up an impressive nine Tonys at the 2011 ceremonies, including Best Musical, and has proved popular enough to spawn a North American tour and upcoming produtions in Chicago and London.
But months after the play’s March 2011 debut, Stone and Parker were emphasizing that though they might want to do a movie “in several years,” nothing was in development at that moment. A year later, it seems not much has changed. In fact, Parker says they “don’t talk about it too much right now.” If and when adaptation gets going, though, the pair are certain they’ll want to direct it themselves. Read their comments after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
An animated adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen has been in the development at Disney on and off for about a decade now, but a few encouraging signs suggest we’re finally getting pretty close to seeing the story hit the big screen. Well, relatively speaking.
Late last year, the studio announced a November 27, 2013 release date for a revamped CG version of the project, and followed up a few months later by casting Kristen Bell in a lead role. This week brings several more big updates: Idina Menzel has landed a major part opposite Bell, while the music department has added some exciting fresh blood in the form of husband-and-wife duo Robert Lopez (Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh). And on top of all that, we also have a new official synopsis. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Well, we did warn you it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. Not long ago, we reported on an eventual feature film adaptation of The Book of Mormon, the award-winning Broadway musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Avenue Q co-writer Robert Lopez. At the time, we wrote that the movie was still several years away, but now it sounds even less solid than that. Stone and Parker have since clarified their statements, saying that the theoretical movie is not even in development at this point.
The hit show centers around two Mormon missionaries (currently played by Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells) who find themselves out of their depth when they’re sent to do God’s work in Uganda. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
When The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway this year, it was one of the most highly anticipated musicals in recent memory. The combination of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-writer Robert Lopez guaranteed a sharp, irreverent sense of humor, with Lopez’ involvement suggesting strong musical numbers as well. And when the show finally opened, it managed to exceed those sky-high expectations, raking in nine awards including Best Musical at this year’s Tonys.
So it should come as no huge surprise that Hollywood vets Parker and Stone are already planning a big-screen adaptation of their hit production, though fans may be disappointed to learn that the movie version is still a ways off. Read more after the jump.
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