Lucasfilm is getting into the CG animation game, and the company’s first film, directed by Gary Rydstrom (Lifted, Toy Story‘s Hawaiian Vacation) from a story by George Lucas, is a musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and (if the tunes are anything to go by) the teen culture of the ’50s and ’60s. The film is Strange Magic, and it features a few other influences too, as the first footage shows. Check out the Strange Magic trailer below.
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We knew that Lucasfilm was making a new animated movie; now it is already set for release in January 2015. Recently rumors surfaced of a possible sequel title for Frozen, when Disney registered URLs using the title “Strange Magic.” As it turns out, Strange Magic is the name of an already-completed animated film from Lucasfilm.
The movie features the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina and Elijah Kelley. Gary Rydstrom directs from a story by George Lucas, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Pixar works on their films for years; most releases are developed for a good five years. Almost every film they’ve developed has had problems at one point of another. Some, like Ratatouille and Toy Story, were completely reworked when Pixar realized the story wasn’t working. The film newt was announced in 2008 at a Disney presentation, and canceled only two years later, making it the first announced Pixar movie to be canceled. Now we learn how the death of one story gave birth to another.
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As the Disney earnings call approaches, Disney finally decided to announce publicly that screenwriter Michael Arndt was officially off Star Wars Episode VII, and that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are busy working on the current screenplay. (If you havent yet, read more about that here.) But the press release also featured details of the crew that is on board for the upcoming sequel. Lets take a look at the list of names after the jump.
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Tomorrow Disney kicks off its own private fan/press event, D23, which takes place every two years. There will be many new materials revealed from a variety of Disney projects, from Frozen and Big Hero 6 to the Pixar films The Good Dinosaur, Inside/Out from Up director Pete Docter, and Finding Dory from Andrew Stanton. The new Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse will be shown off, and then on Saturday there’ll probably be something from that little Star Wars project.
John Lasseter is talking about the animated side of Disney today in advance of the presentations tomorrow, and you can get some of his big statements below. Read More »
Lucasfilm has always stood for something. For many years, it was a beacon of excellence thanks to Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Then, for a while, it was a whipping boy thanks to fan dissatisfaction. These days, after the sale to Disney, it’s a mystery box. A company whose inner workings and project slate are still quite secret. But there’s a list of stuff we do know the company is doing: the Star Wars movies, beginning with Star Wars Episode VII, as well as a new Star Wars animated series and video games. Now we have information on another project.
In a new interview the Oscar-winning co-director of Brave, Brenda Chapman, revealed she’s completed work on an animated feature at Lucasfilm which is now being directed by multiple Oscar-winning sound man and Pixar director Gary Rydstrom. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Twenty years later after its original release, it’s still tough to top Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park for believable movie dinosaurs. While we’ll never know for certain how close the effects wizards actually came to replicating the prehistoric creatures, everything about their appearances in the film, from the way cock their heads to the way they hiss at their prey, feels uncannily lifelike.
That movie magic is all the more impressive considering how far special effects have advanced since Jurassic Park first hit theaters. Unlike so many other sci-fi classics of the ’80s and ’90s, Jurassic Park holds up gloriously well. Find out how sound designer Gary Rydstrom and the artists and engineers of Stan Winston Studio pulled it off after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve got lots of beautiful concept art for you on this Monday evening from two separate projects: Walt Disney Animation’s upcoming short Tick Tock Tale, and Pixar’s canceled feature Newt. I’ve been looking forward to Tick Tock Tale since we got our first look at some clips and images, so I’m finding the concept art interesting to look at. But the Newt images are just making me sad all over again that we’ll never get to see the finished product. Prepare to get happy, then sad, after the jump.
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After over a year of speculation, yesterday it was finally officially announced that Pixar is working on a Monsters Inc sequel. Not only that, but Monsters Inc 2 even has a release date: November 16th 2012.But the one thing absent from the announcement was any mention of a writer or director. Who is writing Monsters Inc 2? What is Pete Docter‘s mystery project? We delve into these questions and more, after the jump.
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Yesterday when we told you that Cars 2 had been moved forward to the Summer 2011, we forgot to tell you that Pixar’s Newt would be getting the old Cars 2 release date of Summer 2012. It wasn’t made clear why the change was made, but I’m assuming that newt probably required more development time, while all the characters of Cars have already been designed, cutting down the traditional pre-production timeline.
newt marks the directing debut of multiple Academy Award winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who made his Pixar debut with the short film Lifted (which premiered in front of Ratatouille). The plot synopsis that was released earlier this years follows: “What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other? Newt and Brooke embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice. Love, it turns out, is not a science.”