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Tame your ponytails because it’s about to get rocky! Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory partner with Screenvision to bring “everypony” a sequel from the successful feature of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls comes … MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS: RAINBOW ROCKS in theaters September 27th! Dance in your seats, wiggle your tails, and get ready to rock out as Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Princess Twilight form a new rock band that’ll go head-to-head with the newest girl group in Battle of the Bands at CHS
Book your tickets at a theater near you: http://www.screenvision.com/cinema-events/my-little-pony-equestria-girls-rainbow-rocks/
August 13, 2014 by Alex Bean
Disney will be releasing a special entitled “The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Disney Classic” on ABC next month. The one-hour special will delve into the Walt Disney Animation Studios and see the work of the creative team that produced the blockbuster film as well as appearances by voice-stars Kristin Bell and Idina Menzel and what the next steps will be in the “frozen” universe. Additionally, ABC/Disney will provide a preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on the ABC show “Once Upon A Time” and conclude with a sneak peek at the upcoming Disney movie “Big Hero 6”.
“The Story of frozen: Making An Animated Disney Classic” on ABC on September 2, 2014.
We’ve had a new Pixar movie every year for eight years now, so when The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, it was tough not to be both concerned and disappointed, especially considering what went down prior to that announcement. Almost exactly a year ago, word got out that director Bob Peterson was removed from the project. On top of that, Peterson’s co-director, Peter Sohn, didn’t even get the solo gig. Instead, he’s overseeing it as part of the Pixar Brain Trust.
When we expressed our disappointment regarding the Good Dinosaur delay and the lack of a Pixar movie this year, Lithgow explained:
“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.”
In fact, Lithgow also made a point of noting:
“But me and Frannie McDormand, we’re still playing Momma and Poppa dinosaur.”
Does that mean some of the roles might have been re-cast? Of course this is only speculation, but considering the Good Dinosaur roster was loaded with in-demand talent, it seems like that’s a possibility.
One of the things that happens now at the studio is that directors who are working on films for the studio are approached as their projects are winding down and asked to come up with three ideas that they want to pursue. They bring those three ideas into a room to meet, and they have to be sure that these are all ideas that they would want to throw themselves into. Lasseter talks about how important it is not to put all of your emotional eggs into one creative basket, knowing how things happen. "Big Hero 6" was born in the period where Don Hall was wrapping up work on "Winnie The Pooh," and it sounds like it began with a simple question that was asked endlessly online when Marvel was purchased by Disney.
"Can we work with Marvel properties and make movies in the Marvel universe?"
Hall, a fanboy since childhood, was the first one to ask officially, and Lasseter told him that Bob Iger had indeed suggested that Marvel was a resource to be utilized. That started Hall down a rabbit hole of research as he started looking up characters both famous and obscure. It was in one strange corner of the X-Men universe that he first stumbled across "Big Hero 6," a book that existed for a hot second back in the late '90s and that attempted a comeback about six years ago. Sunfire and Silver Samurai were both part of the launch of the book, but are obviously tied up in Fox's overall X-Men deal. It was a later line-up that was used by Hall and Chris Williams in their film, and even though the names match, that's about all that readers of the book will recognize. Even the relationship that appears to be the core of this new film is something that was largely imagined for the movie.
It's also the thing that got Lasseter to say yes to the movie. "The simple story of this young guy who is a young prodigy genius in robotics who has a great relationship with his brother, but his brother dies early on. The robot that his brother left behind then becomes his surrogate brother who helps him grow and mature, and that's what got us all excited."
Didn't know that's what it was about? Before today, I'll be honest… I didn't know much about the movie at all. I'd seen the first very cute trailer with Baymax, the big white robot, and the kid. Beyond that, I knew about the Marvel connection, but I've never seen an issue of the book, and I had no idea what it was about. Today's presentation is the first time I knew about the X-Men connection.
One thing they wanted to make clear today, though, is that this really isn't a superhero movie. "It's a supernerd movie," Lasseter explained. "No one has super powers. They have their brains, and they have technology, and that's what they use to save the day."
It's a Marvel movie in the sense that the source material was originally published by Marvel, but this wasn't produced by the same team who have been working on the live-action Marvel movies. Instead, they met with Williams and Hall and made it clear that they fully expected to see the material adapted so that the end result will be a Walt Disney Feature Animation movie. And the fact that the studio finally seems to have a real handle on what that means is the reason the films are connecting with audiences.
DreamWorks announced yesterday that they will push back the release date of How to Train Your Dragon 3 to June 9, 2017. No reason was given for the delay.
The film, which will be directed and written by Dean DeBlois, was originally slated to be released on June 17, 2016, which is also the release date of the Pixar sequel Finding Dory. DreamWorks will also release Croods 2 in December 2017.
September 4, 2014 by Alex Bean
Some Disney animators, led by James Lopez, have created a short animated film centered on a steampunk heroine named Victoria Daring and entitled “Hullabaloo” on crowdfunding site, Indiegogo – surpassing their original goal of $80,000 and now aiming for $140,000 so they can produce a second episode…
sdsichero wrote:DreamWorks Delays Release of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3′
Do you think it has anything to do with how poorly the sequel did at the box office?
September 8, 2014 by Alex Bean
Dreamworks Animation has officially given a release date for the Australian animated musical movie “The Larrikins” – about a family of bilbies [rabbit-bandicoot-like animals that live Down Under] and their adventures in the Aussie outback – directed by Tim Minchin [“Matilda”].
“The Larrikins” is currently scheduled to be released on January 25, 2018 in Australia and February 16, 2018 in the USA.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit was one of the most seminal animated projects of the last thirty years, but few people are aware of the long gestation of the project. Disney had purchased the rights to Gary K. Wolf’s book Who Censored Roger Rabbit in 1981, and spent years developing the project before Richard Williams and Robert Zemeckis ever got involved.
Bits and pieces of that earlier project have floated around online, but it’s been difficult to get a sense of what it was all about. Yesterday, the ever-valuable Thief Archive, operated by video archivist/restorationist Garrett Gilchrist, posted a 1983 Disney Channel show called Disney Studio Showcase that shows animation tests of Roger voiced by a pre-Pee-wee’s Playhouse Paul Reubens. It’s the most extensive footage I’ve ever seen from the unmade version: