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, which was conspicuously absent from San Diego Comic-Con this summer, is going to be presenting at New York Comic Con this year instead. On the schedule for Thursday, October 9th is a presentation which will highlight two upcoming films: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new feature Big Hero 6 and Disney’s live-action sci-fi pic Tomorrowland.
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.
As no-brainers go, this is a 100% lobotomy. Of course Hot Topic is going to carry Disney’s Maleficent products! This is like the culmination of all things Hot Topic—Disney (check!), edgy-borderline goth villain (check!), curious teen tempted by the dark side (check!), possibilities for an infinite amount of dark, cool hipster apparel and accessories from aforementioned checklist (CHECKMATE!).
In conjunction with this year’s SXSW Festival, The Walt Disney Company’s Oh My Disney blog and the always awesome Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, have joined forces for an incredible exhibit of original poster art celebrating films from the Disney Studios (both live action and animation) and Pixar Animation Studios.
Stanford Clark joins Marc to discuss their personal top five animated films of 2013. Which of your favorites from last year made their lists? They also look towards the future and discuss all of 2014’s upcoming animated films.
Also discussed: Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary and Christmas Specials, The Lone Ranger, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Mary Poppins.
(Recorded on 01/06/14)
“A Story About Toys”
Eighteen years ago, the world of animation changed irrevocably. The self-starters at the little animation company that produced (awesome) Listerine and Life Savers commercials had more up their sleeves than just realistic 3D rendering for the likes of George Lucas. Pixar’s Toy Story came out November 22, 1995 and the film’s reception couldn’t have been better if Shakespeare and Walt Disney produced a film scored by Beethoven and The Beatles.
As previously announced, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 19th animated motion picture The Jungle Book is coming to Blu-ray on February 11, 2014. This is the first time on Blu-ray for this film, which is the last animated feature that Walt Disney himself personally worked on before his death in 1966.
Our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment have shared with us their annual holiday gift guide featuring Disney’s latest Blu-ray and DVD releases. Are any of these animated titles on your shopping list this year?