Animators React to Frozen 2, Fake Weather in Movies & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how animators react to scenes from Frozen II, Beauty and the Beast and more while they get a breakdown of how certain sequences from these movies were pulled off. Plus, find out how fake weather like rain, fog, and snow is created for movies and TV shows. And finally, take a tour of The Nightmare Before Christmas composer Danny Elfman‘s home and get a glimpse at some of the oddities inside it. Read More »

The Mandalorian Raising Baby Yoda Short Film

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see the difficulties The Mandalorian has raising Baby Yoda in the modern world in an amusing short film. Plus, get up close with a collection of suits from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie that are going up for auction soon. And finally, learn how to expertly drawn Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast as if he jumped from the animated movie right onto your sketch paper. Read More »

2020 Disney Hallmark Ornaments

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means if you aren’t getting your Christmas tree out, then you’re already behind. If you’re looking to beef up your collection of ornaments inspired by the magical films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, then Hallmark has you covered with several new additions to their Keepsake Ornaments line for 2020.

This year, the 2020 Disney Hallmark ornaments include Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, Dumbo, The Aristocats, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, and more. There are even a couple more additions from Disney’s modern favorite like Frozen 2 and Moana. Check them all out below. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast ride concept art

A couple of years ago, we got our first look at The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, the first ride-through theme park attraction based on the 1991 Disney animated classic. Now, just a few days before the ride’s official opening at Tokyo Disneyland next month, a complete video of the experience is here to show off what the developers have been working on. Check it out below. Read More »

Little Town

Don’t trust Alan Menken with your secrets.

The famed composer, who just joined the rarified group of EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) winners, accidentally revealed the title for the Disney+ Beauty and the Beast prequel series for which he’s composing the music. The series, which stars Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou, will be called Little Town, named after the opening line in Beauty and the Beast‘s catchy small-town song “Bonjour.”
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beauty and the beast box office

It’s a tale as old as time: re-release Beauty and the Beast in theaters, and it will take the top spot. But this time, it’s the live-action Beauty and the Beast, and the theaters are a handful of drive-ins and local cinemas that are still open during pandemic times. Disney kept its stranglehold on the top spots of the pandemic box office this past weekend, with reissues of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast and Marvel’s Iron Man taking the number one and number 2 spots, respectively.

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Howard Trailer

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know the songs from Disney’s animated classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. However, you may have a harder time finding is someone who knows the name of the man who wrote those songs.

Howard Ashman is the lyricist behind such memorable tunes as “Under the Sea,” “Friend Like Me,” and “Be Our Guest,” and unfortunately, his musical genius was cut short after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Watch the first Howard trailer for a glimpse into the life and genius of Howard Ashman below. Read More »

Pablo Olivera Blade Runner and Terminator Prints, Ben Harman's Disney Dreamlands

Since San Diego Comic-Con is only unfolding as a virtual online convention, a lot of artists won’t be able to sell their work to fans on the showfloor. Bottleneck Gallery is helping to offset that disappointing situation by having a week’s worth of new art releases, starting today.

First up, Pablo Olivera has delivered a new print for The Terminator franchise, featuring the army of T-800 ensoskeleton cyborgs charging into battle, and another print for Blade Runner, highlighting the mesmerizing futuristic skyline of Los Angeles in the then-future of 2019. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, we have a new set of Disney Dreamland Locations from artist Ben Harman, this time for Robin Hood, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast spinoff

A few days before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt, word came out that Disney+ was developing a live-action Beauty and the Beast spinoff series that would tell a prequel story about what the arrogant Gaston (Luke Evans) and his submissive pal LeFou (Josh Gad) were doing before they entered the narrative of the movie. And while the pandemic has thrown a wrench into many a project over the past few months, it sounds like this one is still chugging full steam ahead.
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Motion Capture Characters

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what the motion capture performances looked like behind the scenes of movies like Beauty and the Beast, the Shape of Water, Call of the Wild, and more. Plus, watch a gag reel of some movie mistakes from the set of Netflix’s new comedy The Wrong Missy, and listen as Scoob! and The Willoughbys star Will Forte improvises some voices for cartoon characters he’s seeing for the first time. Read More »