Category Archives: Animation Studios
It’s time to revisit everyone’s favorite toys again in a new Halloween special on ABC this October. Pixar and ABC have teamed up to bring us ‘Toy Story of Terror’, a new ‘Toy Story’ short film, which sees the toys ending up at a creepy hotel in the middle of a roadtrip with Bonnie. When one of the toys goes missing, the rest are left with the mystery to figure out what has happened to their missing friend, and how to make sure it doesn’t happen to them as well. The shorts sees the return of familiar faces Buzz, Woody, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Jessie, with Jessie taking center stage this time around. Producer Galyn Susman told TV guide why they chose to make Jessie front in center this time around:
“We’ve gotten to see a lot of development in Woody and in Buzz and we felt it was Jesse’s turn to really show some growth.”
Jason Bateman is in talks to voice-star in a new Walt Disney Animation feature project that will be directed by the director of Disney’s hit “Tangled,” Byron Howard.
Howard is well respected in the animation community and one of the directors behind Disney Animation’s recent resurgence. In fact, he directed (along with Chris Williams) Bolt in 2008, which was nominated for an Oscar. He co-directed the hit “Tangled” with Nathan Greno. He is also a Disney veteran, having worked in various jobs on movies ranging from Pocahontas and Mulan to Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear.
We’re just a little over a month away from Pixar’s newest film, ‘Monsters University’, which is one of my most anticipated films of the year. I talked quite a bit about it almost two years ago, after the 2011 D23 Expo here in Anaheim, CA. As a huge fan of ‘Monsters, Inc.’, I really don’t think I could be more excited for the film, and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for it to get here. The film reunites Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski, and John Goodman as James P. Sullivan, but this time, the two aren’t nearly as close as they were in the original. We find the two for the first time, in their college years, where they’re rival scarers in their classes. It’s a very interesting dynamic, so it’ll be fun to see it play out, as well as to see what brings them together.
In anticipation for the new film, Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar have brought mothers across the world a message, wishing them a very happy Mother’s Day. The video below features quite a few characters from the prequel,and plays off the very familiar Pixar humors. It’s a very short and sweet, and makes me even more excited for the film than I already was. Hit the jump to check out this Mother’s Day greeting, as well as the latest trailer for ‘Monsters University’, which opens nationwide June 21, 2013.
Walt Disney Animation is about to take their first jump into the Marvel universe. According to HeroComplex, the studio has just announced that Marvel’s ‘Big Hero 6′ will be released sometime next year. The CGI film will is being directed by Don Hall, who directed ‘Winnie the Pooh’ for the studio just a few years ago.
‘Big Hero 6′ has a distinctly Japanese vibe and feel, trying to capture the feel of Japanese Manga. The series followed a group of Japanese Government sanctioned superhero team, much like the X-Men, to help them fight against threats. The new film will move away from Tokyo, to the newly created San Fransokyo, which is a hybrid of the high teach Japan, and the Northern California local, San Francisco.
Don Hall has this to say about the why he choose ‘Big Hero 6′ as the first Disney animated Marvel film:
There will be a special preview screening of Disney’s “Planes” at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Oshkosh becomes the busiest airport in the world the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. This year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will take place July 29-August 4, 2013. Although airplanes take off all the time here, 2013 will be a first for some very special planes.
We’re looking forward to the summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars!” Those attending AirVenture 2013 will have the opportunity to experience a special preview screening at the Fly-In Theater on Friday night, August 2, 2013. This will be one week before the movie opens in theaters nationwide. Disney’s “Planes” will help all who see it understand the thrill and excitement that flying offers.