We at Animation Fascination wish to pay our respects to Diane Disney Miller, the eldest daughter of Walt Disney who passed away on November 19, 2013 at age 79. Many beautiful tributes have been written about Diane over the past few days. We hope you’ll take the time to search them out and learn more about this remarkable woman.
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.
The Walt Disney Company’s forever young symbol and star Mickey Mouse turns 85 today. As we all know, Mickey’s theatrical debut was in the short film Steamboat Willie which premiered in New York City on November 18, 1928.
Seventy-three years ago today, Walt Disney Productions released their third Animated Feature, Fantasia. I didn’t realize that this film was so closely released after Snow White and Pinocchio—in fact it was released the same year as Pinocchio! There are so many remarkable things about this film, which was initially a bomb in the box office, but which has gone on to be the 22nd in the US (when adjusted for inflation). It initially had mixed critical reviews, but today has a Fresh rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
This segment will pay homage to great (and not-so-great) animated films in history.
So, forty years ago a movie came out that may have had an exceedingly low-budget, but also has an incredibly high quotability and musical ranking. Walt Disney’s Robin Hood released in the US on November 8, 1973 to great critical acclaim. It has an 83 minute running time and about 587 classic one-liners:
“Sire, if you don’t mind my saying, you have a very loud thumb.”
While I’m really looking forward to learning more about Disney’s and Pixar’s upcoming animation slate at the D23 Expo 2013 this weekend, I am also really stoked for “The Disney Songbook” concert starring celebrated songwriters and long-time Disney collaborators Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken happening at 6:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
Are you getting stoked for next week’s D23 Expo 2013? We are! One of the myriad of cool things happening there will be the North American debut of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new short Get a Horse!. The short will be screened during the “Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios” arena presentation with John Lasseter at 10 a.m. PT, Friday, August 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
Walt Disney Animation Studios debuted their new short Get a Horse! at the Annecy International Animation Festival last week. According to reports, the short is a “clever (and impressive) blend of traditional 2D animation and CG animation” that has resulted in a final product that is “simply stunning.”