(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best animated flying sequences.)
The best kinds of animated films sweep you away — whether in their dazzling technical craft, their boundless imagination, or their awe-inspiring execution. And the best kinds of animated flying sequences achieve all three.
In honor of the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final film in a franchise that has given us some of the most breakthtaking flying sequences rendered to celluloid, I have compiled the best flying sequences from animated films. Because of my arbitrary decision to limit the definition of “flying” to characters achieving lift for a significant amount of time, it pains me to say that I won’t be including last year’s brilliant Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but honorable mention goes to that leap of faith. Now that that’s all said and done, here are the 10 best animated flying sequences.
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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, the voice actress behind Wendy in Disney’s classic Peter Pan reminisces about working on the movie 65 years later. Plus, find out the origin of the chancla that Miguel’s grandmother carries around in Pixar’s Coco, and watch a video essay about Futurama‘s masterful blend of humor and emotion with science and math. Read More »
Sooner or later, Disney will get around to remaking all of their animated films as live-action. Their 1953 Peter Pan is one of many animated titles in the process of being remade, and they’ve hired A Ghost Story director David Lowery to get the job done. Producer Jim Whitaker recently provided an update on the live-action Peter Pan.
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(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: Peter Pan turns 65 and it’s time to grapple with this popular but problematic classic.)
Few stories have endured throughout the last 100-plus years more than the tale of a boy who could fly and never had to grow up. Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, the upstanding Darling children, Captain Hook, Never Land, and the other details within the iconic yarn weaved by J.M. Barrie have, like pixie dust, lingered in films, TV specials, books, and the Broadway stage literally for generations. The 1904 play led to the 1911 novel, both of which inspired stage musicals, other plays, films and more that directly adapted or were heavily inspired by Barrie’s work.
Today marks the 65th anniversary of arguably the most famous adaptation of Barrie’s eternally young pirate, Disney’s animated take on Peter Pan, a film marked as much by its memorable imagery and music as by its immensely troublesome, retrograde depiction of women and people of color.
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Remember the ’90s? It was a golden age where almost anything was possible, including a Michael Jackson Peter Pan theme park. Jackson commissioned a Disneyland-like theme park that was entirely devoted to Peter Pan, and several designs were drawn up, but the idea eventually faded away. More details on the Michael Jackson Peter Pan theme park are below.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Angie Han
This month, Beauty and the Beast joins Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book on the list of Disney animated features that have undergone live-action makeovers. And over the next few years, that list is only going to grow. It seems like every week brings a major update on yet another Disney fairy tale, and the studio’s already got several dates set aside for these projects through 2019. Let’s take a look at all the Disney live-action remakes in development right now. Read More »
If you’re a fan of LEGO and Disney, then you’ll probably want to start saving your money for a massive set that will bring the magic of Walt Disney World to your collectible shelf.
LEGO has just announced the arrival of a new official set that recreates Cinderella‘s iconic castle out of 4,080 LEGO pieces. If you can’t think in your head what Cinderella’s castle looks like, it’s the one that you can see from pretty much anywhere in Walt Disney World, but not the one that you see in the Disney logo that plays before movies. What’s cool is that even though this is Cinderella’s castle, it’s chock full of Disney easter eggs.
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In today’s Theme Park Bits:
- New footage from the Shanghai Disneyland version of Peter Pan’s Flight.
- An deep dive into the technology behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle For the Sunken Treasure.
- A new look at Shanghai Disneyland’s Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue.
- The first photos from inside Epcot’s Frozen Ever After.
- Details on Universal’s refurbished Incredible Hulk Coaster.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Brave director Brenda Chapman is doubling down on fairy tales. She’s set to make her live-action directing debut with Come Away, a fantasy drama that’s simultaneously a Peter Pan prequel and an Alice in Wonderland prequel. If you’re wondering what on earth that could possibly mean, follow us down the rabbit hole (i.e., below the jump). Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Disney first announced that its Pete’s Dragon reboot would be directed by David Lowery, he seemed like an out-of-left-field choice. Lowery was an indie darling known for directing the Malickian crime romance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and editing Shane Carruth’s trippy Upstream Color; a mainstream family film for Disney seemed about as far from his wheelhouse as a movie could get.
But that unexpected partnership must’ve worked out just fine, because both sides are already gearing up to reunite on another new project. Lowery has been set to direct a live-action reboot of Peter Pan, from a script by his frequent collaborator (and Pete’s Dragon screenwriter) Toby Halbrooks. Read More »