Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Disney site goes THROW BACK & Real ducks do DUCKTALES theme song!

Yesterday, along with Disney releasing REAL DUCKS acting out the opening to DuckTales, Disney also went into a '90s  a throwback site featuring spinning gifs, animated flames, and a web counter. The horrors of sweet nostalgia can been seen here:  http://partners.disney.com/throwback



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“Frozen Fever” a new animated short coming SPRING 2015!

Last night during the airing of the ABC special "The Story of FROZEN: Making of a Disney classic", they announced “Frozen Fever” a new animated short that will premiere in the spring of 2015. The story will revolve around Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff want to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.




We will keep you updated as soon as we hear more! 
 



Monday, September 1, 2014

Have a swell LABOR DAY from TDDF & 5 Things You'll Learn in 'The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic'!




And - From: ABC.com: A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscar-winning animated film, "The Story of 'Frozen': Making a Disney Animated Classic," is set to debut on Sept. 2 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, and fans have a lot to look forward to. 

With interviews from "Frozen" stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, executive producer and Disney Animation Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter and the film's producers and directors, there's a lot that will be revealed about the film by Disney, parent company to ABC News. Producer Paul Del Vecho gave ABC News a preview. 


1. Nobody Expected the Film's Monster Success: The team behind "Frozen" always knew that the film was special, but nobody expected it to become the fifth highest grossing film of all time. "It took on a life of its own," Del Vecho marveled. "It's been very exciting!" 
 
2. The Film Required New Technology: One reason "Frozen" had such a magical effect on viewers was because of the way it looked. The snow scenes, for example, required special technology, which Walt Disney Animation Studios created for the movie. "We didn't want characters to walk on a white surface. We wanted them to interact with the snow," he said, adding that facial animation was also improved to allow for subtlety. "We tend to build on the success of [previous films, including 'Tangled'] and advance the artistry." 

3. ... But It Built on Old Themes: Yes, "Frozen" was a departure from previous Disney animated films, but there were familiar tropes, too. However, the film dealt with them a little differently. "We did want to turn them on their heads -- the love at first sight, or the [concept of] Prince Charming," he said. "We kept asking ourselves, 'What movie do we want to see today?' and ... we did not set these girls up on a pedestal. They have real issues and real problems just like we all do in real life. [We wanted to] make them real and relatable." 

4. "Let It Go" Created the Movie's Theme: "It was such an empowering song that we ended up rewriting quite a bit of the movie to make that song and theme fit," Del Vecho said of the movie's feel-good anthem. "What I love most about it is everyone who hears it comes up to me and has a different of interpretation of why it touches them." 

5. You'll Get a Sneak Peek at a Future Project: While work on the "Frozen" franchise is still ongoing (there's a Broadway show in the works and a "Frozen" story arc coming to "Once Upon a Time" on ABC),") Walt Disney Animation Studios is currently putting the finishing touches on it newest film, "Big Hero Six." The ABC special will feature the debut of a scene from the film. "We're really hitting our stride and telling real, believable, heartfelt stories," Del Vecho said.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit meet and greets starting Sept 14th at Disneyland's California Adventure!

Exciting news from Disney California Adventure/Disneyland! On September 14th at Buena Vista Street the LONG long awaited welcome the newest Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit! Up till now Oswald has only been located at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan so this is GREAT news for us Disney fans! (at least the west coasters). 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Villains Unleashed 2014 - Constantine, Maleficent, Oogies Boogie and more!

 For thos of us who couldn't attend Villains Unleashed at WDW over the weekend, fan sites like Inside the Magic and have provided video clips from the event. EnJoy!

First up...Constantine from Muppets Most Wanted met guests during the Villains Unleashed event from inside a jail cell! 



 And lastly a  sampling of the 50 villains that were featured in the Villains Unleashed event at Walt Disney World, including Constantine from Muppets Most Wanted, Star Wars characters, Oogie Boogie, live action Maleficent, Megara, Shan Yu, and many more.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Disney's CEO Bob Iger and Kermit the Frog take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge! (videos)

The ALS Ice bucket challenge has been quite a crazy in resent weeks on facebook and 2 famous faces from Disney took the challenge. Disney CEO Bob Iger and Disney's own muppet, Kermit the Frog! 

  Bob accepted the challenge from Apple CEO Tim Cook and named three familiar characters—Olivia Pope (ABC’s Scandal), Peter Quill (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) and Tony Stark (aka Iron Man)—to take the challenge.



And  Kermit accepted the challenge from WWE CEO Vince McMahon and named three Muppets Most Wanted co-stars—Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, and Ricky Gervais—to take the challenge.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur has been 'Completely Reimagined'!

From: Yahoo - Last fall, the once seemingly infallible Pixar had to admit it could make mistakes. The animation powerhouse had to postpone the release of its planned summer 2014 blockbuster The Good Dinosaur, which had been in development since 2011,by a full year — to November 2015.  At the time, the studio was cagey about the exact reasons for the reasons for the delay, apart from acknowledging that original director, Bob Peterson, had been reassigned and replaced by his co-director, Peter Sohn. Otherwise, the movie shuffled back into the company’s toy chest, to be worked over by its vaunted Brain Trust, a think tank of talent that reportedly includes such Pixar lifers as John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter.
     
Now, one of The Good Dinosaur's A-list cast members, John Lithgow, has opened a tiny but revealing crack in that toy-chest lid. In an interview with the entertainment site Collider, the actor revealed that he’ll soon be heading back into the recording studio to reprise his role for an all-new version of the story. “I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.”  

The one thing that remains the same, Lithgow added, is that he’s still voicing the Apatosaurus father of the titular good dino, with Frances McDormand playing his lizard bride. What he didn’t say, however, was if any of his on-screen saurian brood survived the Brain Trust culling; Bill Hader, Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris and Lucas Neff were all part of the Lithgow/McDormand clan the first time around, but there’s a chance that one or more of them may meet with an errant meteor or that hungry Tyrannosaurs from The Land Before Time.

It should be remembered, though, that the studio has been through this particular cycle before — as far back as the original Toy Story.  That movie famously courted disaster following an apocalyptic 1993 test screening for its Disney backers, forcing first-time feature director  Lasseter to send the entire creative team back to the factory, eventually emerging with the hit that transformed the animation industry. Toy Story 2 similarly underwent a lot of tinkering and became one of the textbook examples of sequels that surpass the original. 


But the most relevant story to The Good Dinosaur is the case of Ratatouille, where the original creator, Jan Pinkava, was replaced by Brad Bird a mere 18 months shy of the movie’s 2007 release date. “I was finally on a vacation that summer,” Bird (who directed 2004’s The Incredibles) told Entertainment Weekly about how the assignment came his way. “Two days into it, I got a call from [Pixar honcho] Steve Jobs.  

A day later, I got a call from John [Lasseter] and Ed [Catmull, who were then running Pixar].  Even though they didn’t say, ”Come back from your vacation right now,” suddenly my vacation was full of worry.”  Bird made a number of dramatic changes to Pinkava’s original story — and handpicked the movie’s star, Patton Oswalt — before embarking on a rapid-fire year-long production process. Ratatouille earned Pixar some of its best reviews and its third Best Animated Feature Oscar.

Of course, for every Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille, there’s a case like Brave, where Pixar’s revolving carousel of talent and story fixes resulted in a movie that may have been a commercial success, but was arguably something of a creative disappointment.  The anti-Disney princess fairy tale was the brainchild of Brenda Chapman, who mined her relationship with her own daughter for inspiration. 

 But in a move that shocked both her and the rest of the industry, Pixar took its first female director off her own movie two years into production, tapping Mark Andrews to replace her. Although Brave cleared the $200 million bar at the box office and nabbed an Oscar, Chapman’s exit left a bad taste in the mouths of many. Chapman herself departed Pixar in the wake of Brave and wrote a New York Times op-ed two months after the movie’s release in which she described the experience as a “heartbreakingly hard road.” 

Still, many Pixar fans are hoping that Lithgow’s promises of “a fantastic new story” are on the money, and that the retrofitted Good Dinosaur lives up to its title.  Pixar’s working methods have certainly proven successful enough in the past to want to give them the benefit of the doubt this time around. And it’s not like Pixar is in imminent danger of extinction, even if The Good Dinosaur can’t be salvaged; they’ve got Docter’s next film, Inside Out, due out next summer and the Nemo sequel Finding Dory in June 2016. 

Of course, it was a lot easier to believe in their creative invincibility when their filmography had more movies like Up and Wall-E — and fewer like Cars 2 and Monsters University.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Disney/PIXAR's NEW Combat Carl PSA! (video)

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the Combat Carl animated PSA which helps warn children about the dangers of coughing..

‘Toy Story OF TERROR!’ makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. The rarely seen, especially spooky teaser created for the D23 fan conference. Also available only on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a new short piece about film references featuring Mr. Pricklepants and a Bonus Deleted Scene with Editor’s Introduction.

‘Toy Story of TERROR!’ features the voice talents of original Toy Story cast members Tom Hanks as “Woody,” Tim Allen as “Buzz Lightyear,” Joan Cusack as “Jessie,” Timothy Dalton as “Mr. Pricklepants,” Don Rickles as “Mr. Potato Head,” Kristen Schaal as “Trixie” and Wallace Shawn as “Rex,” along with series newcomer Carl Weathers as “Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr.”