Over the last few years, Disney decided to create live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

  • The first batch included Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyonce as Alice in Wonderland.
  • The second batch included Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie, Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.

Disney has decided to create another series of these Dream Portrait Series Ads by photographer Annie Leibovitz.The new set includes Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast, and Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Check the photos out below.

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Walt Disney’s 50 Animated Motion Pictures


Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a short two-minute video celebrating the release of their latest film, by counting down the 49 animated features produced over the past seven decades — from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to 2010’s Tangled. The video is set to the song “Dreams” by Brandi Carlile. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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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 »

VOTD: Pogo Remixes Snow White

Australian video remix artist Pogo has been making a lot of noise with his popular video remixes of Disney/Pixar films. In the past, we’ve featured his video remixes for Up – s Upular, and the Toy Story series  – Toyz Noize and Buzzwings. Composed using chords, bass notes and vocal samples from the films, each of his videos have gone on to become viral video sensations. Now Pogo has returned with a remix of Walt Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

This is my track Wishery, comprising vocal syllables, musical chords and sound effects recorded from the 1937 Disney classic Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to watch/listen to his latest creation now.

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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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snow white bluray
Disney has been a strong supporter of the Blu-Ray format. Dare I say the only studio that puts out discs packed with exclusive Blu-ray features. Pixar’s visual commentary tracks were enough to convince me into buying a Blu-ray player. And now Disney has announced another industry Blu-ray first.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be released on Blu-ray on October 6th, a full seven weeks before the standard definition DVD is released on November 24th. The Snow White Blu-ray release will also come bundled with a copy of the movie on DVD. The release will feature state-of-the-art picture restoration and a pristine 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is priced at $39.99 msrp, while the 2-disc DVD release is priced at $29.99 msrp.

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