Posts Tagged ‘disney’

Review: “The Wind Rises” – Miyazaki’s Solemn Tribute to Invention

by Todd DuBoison March 3, 2014
Reasonable people can disagree about whether Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films will stick, but I think it is impossible to walk away from The Wind Rises without a lasting impression that it was created and directed as though it were this auteur’s final project. This film of exquisite beauty is ostensibly a biopic […]


Odds Are Frozen Walks Away With Oscar

by Alex Beanon February 28, 2014
As we close in on the 86th Academy Awards, it is becoming more apparent that Walt Disney will finally get their first Disney-only Oscar as their 2013 runaway hit, “Frozen” has been predicted by virtually everybody and their grandmothers to win the gold statuette for Best Animated feature Film. In fact, it doesn’t even look […]

Defenders Set For NYC-Based Netflix Debut

by Alex Beanon February 27, 2014
Disney has set a deal to film a Marvel series – “The Defenders” – on Netflix. While the roster of the Defenders [who were defending Earth from all sorts of evil] was rather large, for the purposes of the Disney-Netflix-Marvel series, there will be four NYC-based Defenders – Daredevil, Iron Fist Jessica Jones and Luke […]


“Frozen” Composers on Internationalizing Music; Idina Menzel Profiled by NY Times

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, composers for Disney’s Frozen, about the challenges of internationalizing the score for the film. The pair discuss working with Disney Character Voices International senior vp creative Rick Dempsey, noting specific linguistic usages that were avoided to make translation easier, and details other instances where […]


CLIP: Bonus Excerpt from “Making of ‘Frozen'” with Olaf and Kristoff

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
In conjunction with the release of Frozen via digital download today and on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18, 2014, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following “making of” video and stills from a bonus featurette looking behind the scenes of the movie with actors Josh Gad (Olaf) and Jonathan Groff (Kristoff): Making […]

Pixar’s Mark Andrews Reported as Possible Director for “Doctor Strange”

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter states that several directors have met or are slated to meet with senior Marvel Studios management to helm a planned movie based on Doctor Strange, Marvel Comics’ Master of the Mystic Arts created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Among the names mentioned was Mark Andrews from Pixar Animation Studios, who co-wrote […]


Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]