Merida’s artistic “makeover” as part of becoming a full-fledged member of the Disney Princess brand has been met with major criticism, especially from her creator, former Pixar director Brenda Chapman. As reported by Animation Fascination and many other news sites, Merida, the heroine from Pixar’s 2012 animated hit Brave, was inducted into the Disney Princess “Royal Court” last weekend in a ceremony held at Walt Disney World. New artwork was created for Merida as part of the induction and for new Merida products for the Disney Princess product line. All Disney princesses have received a newly designed look over the last few months, which takes them more “off model” from how they looked in their respective films and makes them look more like, well, something else more sparkly.
Merida, the fiery red-head heroine from Pixar’s 2012 hit Brave, will officially join the Disney Princess “royal court” next month. On Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. EDT, in a special “royal celebration” in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in Florida, Merida will be crowned and become a full-fledged member of the Disney Princess brand. All 10 current Disney princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel) will be in attendance. Merida is the first Pixar-created princess to join the Disney Princess club, I mean court.
In this episode Matt is away so Marc is joined by Rudie Obias (from “AuteurCast“). They recap the 85th annual Academy Awards nominees and winners, as well as their opinions on the films.
Also discussed: new Blu-ray/DVD releases from Disney and Pixar, the VFX protests, and new trailers including Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
The 85th Academy Awards show is now in the record books. With host Seth MacFarlane (sans Stewie, unfortunately), Hollywood’s big night was full of fashion, surprises, musical numbers a-go-go (“Gold-fin-GAH” anyone?) and speeches great and, well, not so great (although the Jaws theme was a nice touch when time was running out). Overall, it was a reminder about what a terrific year it’s been for movies, including animated ones.
It’s that time of year again, folks! Let’s break out the bow ties and gowns in celebration of what’s commonly known as “the biggest night in Hollywood”. I’m talking, of course, about the 85th Annual Academy Awards. 2012 was filled with wonderful animated creations that have entertained and moved us all. The Academy has narrowed down their favorites in each category to five Shorts and five Full-Length Feature nominees, all vying for the highest honor, an Oscar. We here at Animation Fascination have decided to share exactly who we would like to win tonight, take a look after the jump…
Can you hear the music?
In this episode Marc and Matt interview Annie Award nominated Pixar composer Alex Mandel. We discuss Alex’s influences on his music, how he came to work for Pixar, Mickey Mouse-ing, and what it’s like to have an iTunes library in your head. Alex also talks about the collaborative process at Pixar and the 25 verse version of one of the songs he wrote for Brave.
The new trailers for Monsters University and From Up on Poppy Hill as well as our recommendations are also brought up.
We’re Back! In this episode Marc and Matt are joined by returning guest host Tim Costello to discuss November’s animation releases. From Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and Paperman, to Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, as well as a whole slew of Blu-ray and DVD reviews. They’re all here in this episode, plus much, much more…