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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Cartoon Brew Hosts Behind-the-Scenes Look at "The Princess & the Frog"

Cartoon Brew TV is hosting a special behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s upcoming animated feature film The Princess and the Frog, focusing on the development of the character Dr. Facilier, the villain of the movie. The film includes animator Bruce Smith, actor Keith David, and directors John Musker and Ron Clements: <object width="480" height="400" id="cfec8c9oi" name="cfec8c9on" […]

"Sleeping Beauty: Once Upon a Dream" Exhibit at SF Cartoon Art Museum to Jan 10, 2010

The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum will be hosting a gallery show of artwork from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty from now until January 10, 2010. An article in the San Francisco Examiner reveals that the bulk of the show is from Disney animator Ron Dias, who also provided other examples of his work on later movies […]

Disney Releases New Concept Art for "Rapunzel"

CinemaBlend.com has posted several newly released concept art pieces for Disney’s upcoming CGI animated movie Rapunzel. The movie is currently slated for release in 2010.

"Princess and the Frog" Gets More Criticism for Cajun Stereotypes

Disney’s upcoming animated movie The Princess and the Frog has drawn a protest from The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), which claims that the character Ray the firefly is “a continuation of the stereotyping of Cajun people, which is inaccurate,” adding that the Disney movie is only the latest in a […]

NY Times on Disney's "Princess and the Frog" vs. Critics of Race

The New York Times has surveyed the obstacles facing Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (free registration required), noting the equal amounts of praise and criticism it has drawn several months before its release because it will depict the first black Disney Princess character. On the one side, Disney can claim that cast member Oprah […]

Disney Releases Tech Details for "Snow White" Blu-ray Coming Oct 6, 2009

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released details of the upcoming Blu-ray release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which will inaugurate what they are calling the “Diamond Collection” line of home video releases. The “combo pack” containing the standard-definition DVD and high-definition Blu-ray will be released on October 6, 2009, with the standard-definition […]

Washington Post on Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"

The Washington Post has taken a look at The Princess and the Frog, the upcoming animated feature film from Disney that will be the studio’s return to hand-drawn animated movies and the first to feature a black princess character. The article examines the potential cultural impact of the movie, speaking to a professor at Brown, […]

"Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland": Nonsense of the Worst Kind

What are the great works of “nonsense”? Any connoisseur of the form, if asked to provide a list, would surely populate it heavily with cartoons. “Duck Amuck,” “The Great Piggybank Robbery,” the Betty Boop adaptation of “Snow White,” the Mickey Mouse cartoon “Thru the Mirror”: these are all brilliant works of animation whose brilliance has […]

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