Avatar: The Last Airbender - Reference Acting for Animation

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, learn what it takes to be a reference actor for animated movies and TV shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender. Plus, see how storyboards for The Little Mermaid compare to the final animated movie from 1989. And finally, watch as Lana Condor and Noah Centineo react to the trailer for To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the end of the romantic comedy franchise. Read More »

Little Mermaid Remake Cast Noma Dumezweni

The live-action The Little Mermaid remake cast continues to grow. The latest: Noma Dumezweni, who delivered a memorable performance in the mostly forgettable The Undoing, is diving into the Disney flick. As to which character Dumezweni might be playing, well, that’s mostly a mystery. All we know for now is that it’s a new character created specifically for the film, not a character from the 1989 animated film.

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Jungle Cruise Trailer

In case you spent all day yesterday on the Moon, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, Disney hosted a massive Investor Day presentation where they laid out plans for all sorts of future films and TV shows. It was kind of like Comic-Con, but all Disney, all the time, and with a lot more talk about stock options. We here at /Film covered the biggest of the big news yesterday, but there were still plenty of odds and ends left to round-up.

So gather round, children, and allow me to tell you the tale of the future Disney has in store for all of us. As a wise man once said, we are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.

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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 »

Disney Animation Posters and Marvel Artwork by Cliff Cramp and Mark Chilcott

Artists Cliff Cramp and Mark Chilcott have delivered some stunning pop culture for our consumption in the past. Not too long ago, Cramp crafted a series of The Lord of the Rings pieces that brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life beautifully, and Chilcott provided several different versions of Batman in Gotham City. Now both artists are back taking in different pop culture iconography in their signature styles.

This time, Cliff Cramp has honed in on some astounding landscapes of Disney’s animated classics such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Bambi, Mulan, and more. Meanwhile, Mark Chilcott has shifted to the superheroes of New York with some masterful interpretations of Spider-Man and Daredevil. Check out all of their latest pieces below. Read More »

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 »

Rick and Morty Props

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, learn how the props of the animated series Rick and Morty are designed and see some alternate versions of some of the most famous devices. Plus, listen to a pair of therapists analyze the relationships of Disney characters like Anna from Frozen and more. And finally, watch Conan O’Brien learn a stunt from Jackie Chan in a vintage. Read More »

coronavirus updates

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wears on, the economic effects of social distancing and industry-wide shutdowns of Hollywood productions across the world are being heavily felt. But everyone from companies, to celebrities, to top executives are pitching in to lessen the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Former and current Disney CEOs Bob Iger and Bob Chapek helped set an example recently by foregoing all and part of their salaries, respectively, and top executives in other multimedia companies are following in their footsteps, with top Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky executives donating their salaries to help coronavirus relief efforts. Meanwhile, massive company that Disney is, the House of Mouse continues to stay in the headlines by donating masks and furloughing workers.

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Little Mermaid remake soundtrack

Alan Menken, the legendary composer who is responsible for providing the scores for several Disney animated classics, was hard at work on the studio’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid when the coronavirus ground Hollywood to a halt. And while we already knew that the new movie would feature new music, we weren’t sure about exactly how much to expect. But now we know: the ebullient composer recently revealed that there will be four new songs for the film.

Read on for his exact quotes, plus news about Disenchanted, Hercules, and more. Read More »