Disney has made exciting announcements today about the upcoming production of Frozen 2, the sequel to the most successful animated film in the universe, Frozen 1.
I prefer bad news first, so let’s begin with Frozen Fever. This 7 minute short that precedes Kenneth Branagh’s masterpiece retelling of Disney’s 1950 animated classic, Cinderella, is just annoying. Pandering, cheap, ridiculous premise (Elsa sneezes and snow babies pop out of her), cliché song and overall, just an obvious attempt at selling some new Frozen merchandise in the form of teeny stuffed snowmen and an Elsa dress that’s the same–but now in green! I pray this short is not indicative of what Frozen 2 is going to look like, but if the snowshoe fits…run away. Luckily, this brief, gratuitous sequel is not 90+ minutes long (yet) and the film that follows it is magical enough to almost make you forget Elsa singing, “a cold never bothered me anyway” (Get it? Cause she’s got a cold! And that’s also a line from “Let it Go.” Get it? Insert gun emoticon.) Almost.
The Walt Disney Studios announced this week that a director and writers have been hired to work on a sequel to their 2007 live-action/animated film Enchanted.
Directing the sequel will be Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal, The Guilt Trip). Writing the script are J. David Stem and David N. Weiss (Shrek 2, Are We There Yet?, Daddy Day Camp, The Smurfs (2011), The Smurfs 2). Producers are Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld.
Jon Hueber and Stanford Clark join Marc to interview Jason Schleifer, the head of character animation at DreamWorks Animation about his career as well as Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
We talk about his work at Weta Digital on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, moving up the ranks at DreamWorks, and receiving philosophical wisdom from a random guy on a sand dune.
Also Discussed: trailers for The BoxTrolls and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, the DreamWorks short Almost Home, Frozen on Blu-ray, breaking news about Cartoon Network, and so much more…
(Recorded on 03/10/14)
To our loyal readers living in or visiting the New York City area, get your vocal chords warmed up because it’s your turn to sing “Let It Go” live on nationwide TV! On Wednesday, February 26th, ABC’s Good Morning America will broadcast a nationwide sing-a-long of the Oscar-nominated hit song “Let It Go” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit movie Frozen.
We now have more reasons to be stoked for the Oscars this year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that both Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel will be performing their mega hits live on Oscar night from their mega hit animated films–Pharrell Williams will perform “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and Idina Menzel will perform “Let It Go” from Frozen. (Oh, and did we mention that U2 will also be performing live as well?)
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen is not only a box office and award-winning hit, it has become a YouTube sensation as well with fans posting countless videos of them (and their children) singing their favorite tunes from the film. In response, Disney will release a sing-along version of Frozen in select U.S. theaters beginning Friday, January 31.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film Frozen took home the Golden Globe last night for Best Animated Feature Film. Frozen won over DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2. The co-directors of Frozen Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee were on hand to accept the award. Also in attendance at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles was Disney and Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter (the Golden Globes just happened to coincide with his birthday so the award was a nice birthday present, that’s for sure).
Nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual Golden Globe Awards were announced today in Hollywood, CA. The Golden Globe Awards have award categories for both television and film. Similar to the Academy Awards, they also have a Best Animated Feature Film category.
We’re one month away from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest feature Frozen opening in U.S. theaters. Lots is going on in preparation for the November 27 release of the film. Check out a brief recap of the latest happenings this week after the jump…