Pixar was honored with the Golden Lion in a presentation at the Venice Film Festival this weekend. At the presentation, they revealed the first never-before-seen footage from Toy Story 3 and Princess and the Frog. Descriptions of the clips can be found after the jump thanks to /Film reader Ripido. The scene from the beginning of Toy Story 3 in particular sounds very cinematic. Can’t wait to see it for myself.
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Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Walt Disney Animation Studios has provided CartoonBrew with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette for The Princess and the Frog titled “Conjuring the Villain”.
In the video, supervising animator Bruce Smith (Bebe’s Kids, The Proud Family) discusses the character of Dr. Facilier, the villain of the film, and how voice actor Keith David influences the animators work and the character’s performance. David is shown performing and being directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. There are also some brief bits of pencil tests and color footage.
I’m really hoping to love this film but the voodoo doctor character is one of a few things which has me unsure. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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Surfacing on You Tube today was a rather interesting The Princess and the Frog clip. It’s being called the ‘Comic-Con Video Test’ so despite being a rare /Film-er not at SDCC, I’ll take their word for it and assume that’s where the clip originated. Rather than just being more footage from the film (which, frankly, would still have sucked me in right away) it is something a little more special. In this clip you can see several shots from the film in pencil test form. We’ve embedded it below the break.
A ‘pencil test’ is described thus on Wikipedia (well, at the moment anyway):
In traditional animation, a preliminary version of the final animated scene. The pencil drawings are quickly photographed or scanned and synced with the necessary soundtracks. This allows the animation to be reviewed and improved upon before being passed to assistant animators, who will add details and some of the missing frames in the scene. In European studios, the pencil test is called the “line test”, because it happens before the cels get their colour.
Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Walt Disney Studios has finally announced their schedule for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International. Full details after the jump.
Posted on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Update: The High Definition trailer is now available on Apple. Full trailer still embedded after the jump.
As you probably know, the full trailer for The Princess and the Frog will be attached to Pixar’s Up, which hits theaters later this month. Well guess what? The Disney Channel has premiered the trailer early and the video has shown up on YouTube. I think this looks just wonderful, like the classic Disney films from my childhood.
This is Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation, a new take on E.D. Baker’s novel The Frog Princess (which was actually the original title of the film). Did you know that this is actually the 49th animated feature in the Disney canon? Thanks to /Film reader jaynbalt for the tip. Watch the trailer after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
The first reader reviews of McG’s Terminator Salvation and Disney’s return to hand drawn animation, The Princess and The Frog have shown up online.
Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Frogless has uploaded a clip from the television show/special Backlot Buzz which has John Lasseter talking about and showing clips from Disney’s upcoming return to hand drawn animation, The Princess and the Frog. The footage includes a bunch of new never-before seen footage, including our first real look at the film’s villain. At the end of the clip Lasseter says that “To actually see a hand-drawn animation this well done is like seeing something brand-new again.” I definitely agree. After the last decade of mostly computer animated films, this return to classic-Disney hand-drawn animation feels so new and magical. Watch the footage embedded after the jump.
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I just got back from ShowWest in Las Vegas. ShoWest is a convention for theater owners where, among other things, Hollywood previews some of their upcoming movies. You’ve seen some of my ShoWest overage on the site over the last week, but there was so much going on that I couldn’t get to it all. Frosty from Collider joins me in this video blog wrap-up, where we take a look at nearly everything that we saw over the course of the four day convention. We broke it into two parts because it runs a little bit long. Here is some of the stuff we talked about:
Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Tron 2 3-D, Beauty and the Beast in 3-D, Angels & Demons, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Woody Allen’s new film Whatever Works, The Hurt Locker, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Hangover, Terminator Salvation, Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Proposal, The Princess and the Frog, Men in Black 3, Spider-Man 4, Ghostbusters 3, The Ugly Truth, Julie and Julia, and The Year One.
In the last 5 minutes of the video, George (El Guapo) from Latino Review, Alex from First Showing, Ed from Coming Soon, and Katey from Cinemablend make a cameo appearance and briefly discuss their favorite things from the con. A big thanks goes to Katey Rich for producing this segment. She did the camera work and helped us organize the talking points. Without her, we would have been babbling even more than we did. Part 2 is after the jump.