Hunchback of Notre Dame Oral History

In the mid-1990s, the possibilities were endless for Walt Disney Feature Animation. After the studio hit creative highs with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, Disney was powerful enough to take risks that were impossible a decade earlier. An adaptation of an iconic Victor Hugo novel was such a risk.

25 years later, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the most remarkable films Disney’s ever released, and one that hasn’t been topped for sheer boldness. As it celebrates its 25th birthday, 15 of the production’s key players – from directors to songwriters to animators and actors – took part in this oral history recounting how the film was made…and how they got away with it.

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Beauty and the Beast Prequel Series update

The live-action Beauty and the Beast is officially getting a prequel series focused on Gaston and LeFou, and I have only one question: who wants this? Look, the Beauty and the Beast remake was a hit, but is there anyone out there craving an entire prequel TV series about these particular characters? I would say no, but I guess I’m wrong since Disney is about to sink some cash into this idea. Beauty and the Beast actors Luke Evans and Josh Gad are both onboard to reprise their roles, and Briana Middleton has joined the cast as well.

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Loki Panel Discussion

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

In this edition, Marvel Studios takes a closer look at the many sides of Loki with the cast and crew of the new series. Plus, Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis sits down for a wonderful interview with WandaVision villain Kathryn Hahn. Finally, Disney+’s The Deets take a look back at the animated classic Beauty and the Beast with some facts you may not have known. Read More »

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 »