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For me, ‘The Rescuers’ series is one of the true gems of Walt Disney Animation’s filmography. Both movies are full of colorful characters, exciting adventure, great humor, and lots of heart. That’s what makes the films so memorable for me, and really makes them stick out above many of the others. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that for the first films thirty fifth anniversary. These were two Disney Animation films I thought we wouldn’t see on blu anytime soon, and I’m so glad to see that Disney proved me wrong. Not only do we get both films now on blu-ray, we get both with gorgeous looking new blu-ray transfers to boot. ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ are back, and looking better than ever, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Disney has released the first poster for Wreck-It Ralph via MSN. Ralph (John C. Reilly) is an 8-bit video game villain who is tired of losing to his in game nemesis Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). After deciding he no longer wants to be the bad guy, Ralph breaks out of his game to roam around the other games in the arcade to prove he can be the good guy too.
As a fan of the original Nintendo (yes I am old) I love the poster and I am really excited about the movie. Wreck-It Ralph hits theaters November 2, 2012.
- First Look: Disney’s Wreck it Ralph (chipandco.com)
Slash Film is reporting that Walt Disney Animation has added a new movie to their Holiday slate. Frozen, formerly titled The Snow Queen, was announced today through the Hollywood trades. There was some confusion with the announcement since some trades thought it was the title of a new film about dinosaurs that Pixar is developing since Frozen has been given the date that was originally given to the Pixar film.
The movie will be an adaptation of the orginial Hans Christian Anderson story. The original story is about two children, Gerda and Kay, who are neighbors and friends. One day Kay is hurt by the fragments of a mirror and his put under the spell of the Snow Queen and taken to her palace. It is up to Gerda to save him.
It is being reported that the film will not be done in traditional hand-drawn animation and will be in 3D. The project had been put on hold several times, most recently in 2010. I think the story will work great as a Disney animated film and I am looking forward to hearing more about the project.
Frozen is set to be released in theaters November 27th, 2013.
- Disney’s 2012 Movie Lineup (couponingtodisney.com)
- Walt Disney Imagineers Install Nemo Icons at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (chipandco.com)
In 1937 the world of animation changed. A man named Walt Disney launched an 84 minute ‘cartoon’ called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and in so doing, started a war that continues to this day!
Of course, the war took some time to really get going. For decades, no other studio was able to compete with Disney’s level of character animation and artistic execution. Many tried, but I challenge you to remember any of the earliest efforts!
It looked like the medium of feature-length animation would belong to only one studio. But then Walt Disney died.
To the credit of the animators left behind, they made a valiant effort to carry on. And many fine films still set the pace for other
animation studios. But it was inevitable that that would change. With better schools and the ‘legitimizing’ of drawing ‘cartoons’, other studios now had access to top rate animators.
The war began in earnest!
As with the cartoons though, the first volleys by the contenders were hit and miss. Many good attempts were made, but again, it is hard to remember them. But the 1970’s and early 1980’s were a time of creative stagnation for Disney, and this allowed other studios to creep up in the rankings. But I believe one of the first films that really put Disney on notice was Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant. For the first time, Disney may not have been losing the war, but they were starting to lose a few battles.
In more recent times, films like Shrek, Madagascar, Kung-Fu Panda, and Despicable Me, have wounded the great Disney Studio.
But have they defeated it?
Not by a long shot! In the late 1980’s, The Little Mermaid let the enemy know that Disney wasn’t going to surrender. A string of hits brought the studio back stronger than ever, albeit, with a few misfires.
Disney really cannot claim to make only ‘classics’, although it does. But it can claim to have two outstanding qualities for its
feature-length animation: Longevity and consistency. No matter what mistakes are made, Disney can be counted on to regroup and return to the top of the box office.
The recent disappointment over the reaction to The Princess and the Frog is a case in point, as it was followed up by the smash hit
Disney does it again! And thus cements the second part of the Triple Threat.
But the third part of the Triple Threat is the hardest for Disney to claim. Live action is perhaps the biggest battlefield of all, with
many more studios joining the fight.
How does Disney hold up against such powerhouses as Universal Studios? Find out in Part Three of this series entitled Disney
Versus: Live Action Studios.
In honor of Walt Disney Animation’s 50th full length feature “Tangled” being released next week, The Fine Brothers spoil all 50 Disney animated feature films in one take. Spoiler alert!
Created, Written & Directed by Benny & Rafi Fine