"Waking Sleeping Beauty": A Candid History of Disney’s Renaissance

by Todd DuBoison December 2, 2010
The documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty offers an focused inside look at the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios between 1984 and 1994, up until The Lion King hit theaters to tremendous success. The film is produced by veteran producer Don Hahn (who also directed) and one-time Disney executive Peter Schneider, both of whom played very […]

Don Hahn Discusses "Waking Sleeping Beauty" and "Fantasia" Home Video Releases

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2010
Disney producer/director Don Hahn has been interviewed by and about the release of his documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty on DVD and Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 on Blu-ray and DVD. In both interviews, Hahn discusses the making of both movies, the goals he had from the outset in making Waking Sleeping Beauty, other projects […]

Academy Narrows Best Animated Shorts Field to 10

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2010
The 33 animated short films deemed eligible for the Best Animated Short Film Academy Award for 2010 have been whittled down to the following 10: “The Cow Who Wanted To Be a Hamburger” “Coyote Falls” “Day & Night” “The Gruffalo” “Let’s Pollute” “The Lost Thing” “Madagascar, A Journey Diary (Madagascar, carnet de voyage)” “Sensology” “The […]

Clips and Stills from "Fantasia/Fantasia 2000" Special Edition, "Destino" Bonuses

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several video clips from the new Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Special Edition Blu-ray combo pack, with a special focus on “Destino,” the famed (and incomplete) collaboration between Walt Disney and surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Click any of the following clips to play: “Destino” Video Clip How Disney and Dali Met […]

"Fantasia": Animation Fantastique

by Todd DuBoison November 30, 2010
The Walt Disney quote on the packaging is truth in advertising: Fantasia is timeless. Seventy years after its debut in 1940, no production has brought animation and truly great music together in such a perfect synthesis. Fantasia was an experimental project of the best sort, an earnest attempt by Walt Disney and his company to […]

"Tangled": It’s Everything I Hoped ‘The Princess And The Frog’ Would Be!

by darkdetectiveon November 26, 2010
The best way I can describe Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Tangled, its fiftieth animated feature, is to say it’s everything I’d hoped The Princess and the Frog would be. While The Princess and the Frog often seemed at times like it was trying too hard to be a film from the Disney Renaissance, Tangled actually […]

Hester & Kuhn and Peter Chung on "Firebreather"

by Ed Liuon November 23, 2010
At, Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn talk about translating their Firebreather comic book series into the original CGI movie slated to premiere on Cartoon Network tomorrow, November 24, 2010, at 7:00 PM (6:00 PM Central). Among other topics, the pair discuss their relationship with Hollywood, their favorite parts of the movie, how they handle […]

"Firebreather" Doesn’t Quite Set the World on Fire

by Ed Liuon November 22, 2010
While DC Comics had its share of teenaged superhero sidekicks, Marvel Comics truly established the archetype of the full-fledged teen superhero with Spider-Man and the X-Men. The kind of teenaged angst when everything is a matter of life-and-death meshed well with the actual life-and-death action that drives superhero comic book stories, and acquiring and learning […]

Disney: No More Animated Fairy Tale Animated Features (UPDATED with Disney Response)

by Ed Liuon November 21, 2010
The Los Angeles Times reports that after this Wednesday’s release of Tangled, the Walt Disney Corporation will not be producing any new films based on fairy-tales “for the foreseeable future.” The move is the latest in a series of decisions ranging from the cancellation of The Snow Queen and Jack and the Beanstalk feature films […]