Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd animated motion picture Frozen opened up in a big way in the U.S. over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Taking in an estimated $66.7 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $93 million over the five-day period (the film opened on a Wednesday), the film overtook the Thanksgiving weekend animated film opening box office records previously set by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 2 in 1999 ($80.1 million) and Disney’s Tangled in 2010 ($68.7 million) over the same five-day period.
Earlier this year, Disney chief executive Bog Iger said that the company has no plans to do another hand-drawn, feature-length film. This news is disheartening to many of us animation fanatics, as anyone perusing the animation blogosphere this year can attest to. The sentiments are predictable and apt: Disney’s legacy began with hand-drawn animation, it’s wrong to blame an art form for bad stories, and it’s depressing to imagine Disney as only doing CG films.
Veteran Pixar and Disney animator John Kahrs has parted ways with the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The news came via the @DisneyAnimators Twitter feed. Kahrs, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s beautiful and brilliant Paperman short, recently signed with the William Morris Entertainment (WME) agency.
When Disney announced most recently their upcoming animation slate through 2018 for both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, there were multiple release dates with “untitled” films attached to them. Courtesy of the fantastic Disney blog Blue Sky Disney, we have some information about what the upcoming films from Walt Disney Animation Studios most likely will be.
An online argument is occurring about the screenwriting credit for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 animated hit Tangled. As reported by Cartoon Brew, Jon Bernstein, screenwriter, WGA member and UCLA Extension instructor, claims on a Facebook events page for his 2011 eight-week “Inspired Screenplay” workshop that he was a contributing writer on Tangled.