Watch co-directors of 'The Lion King' sing and dance along with the hand-drawn storyboards as they pitch what would be one of the film's key sequences
How far did Moana go from the initial drawing-board version? With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character. As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.
Last year was such a stellar one for animation, it was almost guaranteed that some great movies would not make the Oscar cut for Best Animated Feature. When the list was revealed Tuesday morning, the final five included a pair of Disney hits (Zootopia and Moana), a high-profile, stop-motion feature (Kubo and the Two Strings), and an acclaimed Swiss drama that already nabbed a Golden Globe nomination (My Life As a Zucchini). Also on the list was another import, The Red Turtle, which nabbed the fifth slot, beating out Pixar’s smash Finding Dory.
This year’s Golden Globe nominees for Best Animated Feature include a Polynesian wayfinder, a two-stringed guitar player, a bunny cop, a singing koala bear and … a talking zucchini? No, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t randomly recognize the latest VeggieTales adventure. Nestled amid high-profile Hollywood nominees like Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, Zootopia, and Sing is My Life as a Zucchini, a coming-of-age story about a young orphan by Swiss animator Claude Barras, making his feature film debut after a lengthy career helming cartoon shorts.
Foot Locker ad taps into nostalgia for '90s kids' favorite in its 20th anniversary year — and maybe plants seeds for a big-screen sequel
Moana may not consider herself to be a traditional Disney princess, but as her wayfinding companion Maui points out in the Mouse House’s newest animated blockbuster, she possesses two of the essential elements that define Disney royalty: a dress and an animal sidekick. To be fair, animal sidekicks aren’t the exclusive companions of Disney princesses; a variety of the studio’s heroes have benefitted from the companionship of various critters. We’ve ranked some of Disney’s best and brightest animal sidekicks — as well as a pair of Pixar-generated creatures, who joined the Disney canon in the wake of the studio’s 2006 acquisition — focusing exclusively on the ones that have accompanied human heroes. (In other words, don’t go looking for Simba’s buddies, Timon and Pumbaa.)
Foreboding preview begins with glimpses of yet another race, until Lightning McQueen starts to waver. It then shows the four-wheeled character flipping on the track in slow motion, with sparks and debris all around.
Disney have undeniably had roaring success over the past six year after something of a creative slump. Studio Ghibli have arguably been at the forefront of the game for decades, with the Japanese studio producing jaw-dropping feature after jaw-dropping feature. Above: Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning triumph ‘Spirited Away’.
Sony Pictures is preparing a major push to nab an unlikely Oscar nomination for R-Rated animation ‘Sausage Party’ at next year’s awards ceremony. Not only is the studio pushing for a Best Animated Feature nod, it thinks the film has a chance in the Best Original Song category as well. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman said: “Academy members are way smarter and more forward-thinking than people realise.
'Suicide Squad' actress would join cast for live-action/CGI film that also includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, and Elizabeth Debicki for project directed by Will Gluck
In case you were wondering how well the ‘Angry Birds’ movie did, the answer it seems is ‘rather well’, as it’s prompted a sequel. According to The Wall Street Journal, the game’s developers are moving forward with a follow up to the animated film released earlier this year. Rovio’s Chief Executive Kati Levoranta confirmed that fans would see a sequel to the popular mobile game that spawned its first movie in May, which went on to take a tidy $347 million in ticket sales from a modest $73 million budget.
Animated movies have become so much a part of the Hollywood narrative that these days you don’t even need to co-opt a small person for an excuse to see the latest dazzling work of creativity from Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks Animation or Universal Animation Studios (home of the Minions).
No doubt anyone out there who loves animation has been looking forward to ‘The Little Prince’ for some time, but Paramount have decided to can it right before release. Its director, Mark Osborne, took to his personal Twitter to announce the frustrating news that his stop motion and computer generated feature was not coming out this month in the US as originally planned, and that fans would unfortunately have to wait a little longer before seeing it. The anticipated film, based on classic 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, débuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and has already made around $80 million in overseas revenue.
Idris Elba has made a career of playing authority figures, straddling both sides of the law in roles as cops (Luther), drug kingpins (The Wire), and warlords (Beasts of No Nation). It made him a natural choice to voice Chief Bogo, the large and stern water buffalo who is the head of police in Disney’s Zootopia (out on Friday). “The character’s just a very uptight dude,” Elba told Yahoo Movies last week, noting that the character’s secret fondness for pop music added to the challenge.
It’s hard to believe that Disney’s Arabian Nights classic ‘Aladdin’ is almost 25 years old, and while we’re all familiar with the adventure Al and his trusty sidekick Abu embark on, we’ve uncovered some of the more fascinating things about the film you might not know. Remember the peddler we see right at the beginning who introduces us to the movie world of Aladdin? Well, he was originally meant to be Genie as it was also voiced by the late Robin Williams.
The first trailer for ‘The BFG’ made its début last week, as the sneak peek got everyone’s excitement levels ramped up, but what do we know about the adaptation?
When Disney released a little animated film called Toy Story 20 years ago this month in 1995, audiences flocked to the theaters and made it the biggest film of that year. They were charmed by the delightful story of toys come to life. But they were also in awe of the groundbreaking new animation style. After 80 years of hand-drawn cartoons, a little-known company called Pixar had revolutionized the genre, introducing the first fully computer-animated film to the world.
Pixar generally takes many years to make its movies, because in animation, every single frame needs to be planned and manufactured from scratch. It’s arguably even more complicated for computer animation, because of all the steps required to build, manipulate, and polish the characters and landscapes in the film.With Pixar’s 16th feature film The Good Dinosaur out this weekend, Yahoo Movies takes you inside the making of a single frame in the studio’s most visually accomplished film. Click through to see how it happens.
Directed by Mark Osborne, this sweet, gorgeous-looking animation is based on the well-known story from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This is the first English language trailer, and features the voices of Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cortand, and Jeff Bridges.
Carlos Baena, experienced former animator for Pixar, is making an animated horror film called ‘La Noria’, and so far it looks amazing. Having worked in the visual effects department on film such as ‘Jurassic Park III’, ‘Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones’, and ‘Men In Black’, Baena is also a seasoned Pixar animator.
Pixar are well known for its superb short films that play before its cinema features. It’s had 10 Oscar nominations, winning three times, but this new story that accompanies ‘The Good Dinosaur’ looks their most intriguing yet. ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ is about an Indian-American family, whereby its star, young Sanjay, is torn between his family’s traditional values and that of Western culture.
Firstly, are there actually legions of fans demanding the animated cartoon from the ‘80s is resurrected? Tracking Board claim Sony Pictures Animation and Studio Canal will team up to bring the tiny hero to the big screen, after the cult television programme was recently rebooted for CBBC. Apparently it’s going to be an origin story, according to a source.
We’ve seen crazy and outrageous fan theories come and go regarding Disney and Pixar films, but this is perhaps the most chilling (excuse pun) for one about ‘Frozen’. A Redditor called Superclaude1 shared a troubling, but plausible theory that centres on the loveable Sven the reindeer and his own - leading man (of sorts) Kristoff.