D23 2009: John Lasseter Talks Up the Future of Disney and Pixar Animation

by Jeffrey Harrison September 15, 2009
Early on Sunday, the final day of the D23 2009 Convention, Disney and Pixar Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, hosted an event to talk about the future of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation and their upcoming slates. He reinforced Disney’s current and positive vision of moving forward with both traditional and computer animated features. […]

LA Times on the Hard Sell of "The Princess and the Frog"

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2009
The Los Angeles Times took note of the publicity push Disney is planning for The Princess and the Frog, its return to feature-length hand-drawn animated movies and the first animated movie to star a black princess (free registration required). The push, which began this past weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA (read Toon […]

Timothy Dalton Joins "Toy Story 3" Cast; More Disney & Pixar Casting Revealed

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter is relaying that Timothy Dalton will be joining the cast of Toy Story 3, playing “a worthy thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants.” Dalton is best known as the fourth actor to portray James Bond. The same story repeats the news of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi’s casting in Rapunzel, but adds a […]

D23 2009: "Toy Story 3" Presentation Headlines the D23 Convention

by Jeffrey Harrison September 14, 2009
A final Toy Story mega-event headlined the end of the D23 convention, assuring that the first ever D23 conference would end on a high note. The proceedings started at the D23 Arena situated next to the Anaheim Convention Center with the same trailer for the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D double-feature that John Lasseter debuted earlier in […]

D23 2009: John Lasseter Sets the Record Straight on "Ant-Man," Pixar Sequels

by Jeffrey Harrison September 14, 2009
In the last week, rumors had circulated that Pixar was thinking of producing a feature based on the Marvel Ant-Man comics, a project that has been in development for the past several years, most recently with director and writer Edgar Wright on board. At a D23 press conference, Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter responded […]

D23 2009: What's Going On At Disney's First Ever D23 Convention?

by Jeffrey Harrison September 13, 2009
For better or worse, the brand of Disney has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, all stemming from the mind and vision of Walt E. Disney who created the character of Mickey Mouse in the 1920’s.  Bob Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, decided to organize this first ever fan convention for the […]

Disney Releases New Trailer for "The Princess and the Frog"

by Ed Liuon September 12, 2009
Disney has released a new trailer for The Princess and the Frog, the new animated musical comedy that will mark the studio’s return to hand-drawn animated feature films and also star Disney’s first black princess character. The Princess and the Frog will open in New York City and Los Angeles on November 25, 2009, and […]

New "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" Video Clip Released

by Ed Liuon September 12, 2009
Warner Bros. Animation has released a new video clip from Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the upcoming direct-to-video animated movie based on the graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness. Click the image below to play (requires Apple QuickTime): <!– You can also download the file directly by right-clicking (control-clicking on a Mac) the following link […]

Robert Zemeckis Just Sees What He Wants to See

by Ed Liuon September 11, 2009
Robert Zemeckis is going to remake the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine using his “performance capture” CGI animation techniques, and the news is being received with a number of catcalls and jeers from animation fans and traditional animators. Most of the complaints from animation circles center on the motion-capture technique itself, which converts a filmed actor into […]

Disney and Apple Corps Ltd. Confirm "Yellow Submarine" Remake

by Ed Liuon September 11, 2009
The Walt Disney Company and the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. have confirmed earlier news reports that a remake of the animated movie Yellow Submarine is in production, to be written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. The movie will use the same performance-capture technology Zemeckis used in The Polar Express and Beowulf. The full press release […]