• 5 weird Disney films we never got to see
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    Ben Falk

    5 weird Disney films we never got to see

    Here are five fascinatingly different versions of famous Disney movies that almost came to pass, only to be consigned to the idea bin of history. Disney had been trying to make a version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale ‘The Snow Queen’ since the late 1930s, but every attempt had run aground. In 2008, the project was revived again and even had some cast – ‘Will & Grace’ star Megan Mullally was onboard as Elsa (then a flat-out villain) and Josh Gad, who did eventually play snowman Olaf in the finished film.

  • 'Coco': You won't believe all the Disney-Pixar Easter eggs hidden in plain sight
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    Marcus Errico

    'Coco': You won't believe all the Disney-Pixar Easter eggs hidden in plain sight

    You can spot the Pizza Planet truck, Luxo ball, and A113 reference without even going to the movies.

  • Gael García Bernal says 'Coco' is perfect antidote to Trump's anti-Mexican rhetoric
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    Kevin Polowy

    Gael García Bernal says 'Coco' is perfect antidote to Trump's anti-Mexican rhetoric

    The way García Bernal sees it, "Coco," a heartfelt and charming story that celebrates Mexico's Día de los Muertos traditions, is exactly the type of film young Mexican-Americans will enjoy as a counter to the president's vilification of the country's citizenry and emigrants.

  • Josh Gad explains how 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' bridges the gap between 'Frozen' and 'Frozen 2'
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    Kevin Polowy

    Josh Gad explains how 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' bridges the gap between 'Frozen' and 'Frozen 2'

    "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," an animated short that opens this week, follows the eponymous snowman (voiced by Josh Gad) on a journey around Arendelle to explore holiday traditions on behalf of royal sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell).

  • Ring in the season with these exclusive photos from 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'
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    Kevin Polowy

    Ring in the season with these exclusive photos from 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'

    Here you can get a first look at four of the most festive moments from the film, which follows the wise-cracking snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) on a fact-finding mission to discover holiday traditions for his friends Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) after the newly reunited royals realize they don’t have any. Anna, Elsa, and Olaf try to discover the holiday spirit.

  • Elsa and Anna are back! Your first listen to the songs from 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'
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    Elsa and Anna are back! Your first listen to the songs from 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'

    Disney has released the first musical snippets from the upcoming Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, featuring the likes of Olaf (Josh Gad), Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) belting out holiday-themed tunes from the animated featurette. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure finds the goofy snowman and his trusty reindeer steed Sven on a mission across the kingdom after Elsa and Anna realize Arendelle is lacking in holiday traditions.

  • The 'Dumbo' scene that never was: Exclusive art from Disney's archives
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    The 'Dumbo' scene that never was: Exclusive art from Disney's archives

    In his multibook series They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Late Golden Age , Disney historian Didier Ghez has performed his own Indiana Jones act, delving into the recesses of the Mouse House’s storied animation archives to unearth the rarest of cinematic treasures. With the third volume coming out next week, Ghez gave Yahoo Entertainment a sneak preview of his archaeology, stunning artwork created for Disney features and shorts in the 1940s, including such masterpieces as Dumbo ,  Fantasia , Bambi , and Alice in Wonderland. “Half of the pieces in the book come from the Disney vault and half from the collection of the families of Disney artists. More than 90 percent of them had never been seen before in book form,” Ghez says. “Most of them had not been seen by anyone outside of the Disney Studio in more than 75 years.  “Rescuing these pieces of art created by some of the most talented artists of the 20th century is immensely rewarding.” Contained here are illustrations for “The Mouse’s Tale,” a scene from Dumbo that was ultimately cut from the film, as well as the image Ghez calls “the most exceptional document featured in the book.” Click through to see. They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Late Golden Age: The 1940s  —  Part Two (Chronicle Books, $45) will be available on Oct. 10. 

  • 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure': First look at the new toys based on upcoming Disney short
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    'Olaf's Frozen Adventure': First look at the new toys based on upcoming Disney short

    To accompany "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," a 21-minute holiday-themed featurette set to open on Nov. 22 in front of Disney-Pixar's "Coco," there will be an avalanche of tie-in toys, books, clothes, and assorted knickknacks.

  • Danny Trejo, Disney princess?! Watch him recite lyrics from signature ballads
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    Kevin Polowy

    Danny Trejo, Disney princess?! Watch him recite lyrics from signature ballads

    Movie badass Danny Trejo shows tender side, recites lyrics of Disney Princess ballads from 'Pocahontas,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Moana,' and 'Frozen'

  • Jeremy Irons smoked his way through Scar's musical numbers in 'The Lion King'
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    Kevin Polowy

    Jeremy Irons smoked his way through Scar's musical numbers in 'The Lion King'

    Jeremy Irons has the voice of a king — or at least a king’s brother, as he proved with his deliciously wicked work voicing Simba’s evil uncle Scar in Disney’s 1994 animated hit, The Lion King. “He’s a smoker, so when we recorded him, he was smoking, including [during] the song ‘Be Prepared,‘” Lion King co-director Rob Minkoff told Yahoo Movies during a Facebook Live interview on Monday (watch above) while promoting the film’s new Signature Edition home release. Irons taped his vocals in London.

  • A 'Lion King' fan favorite was almost fired from the Disney classic
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    Kevin Polowy

    A 'Lion King' fan favorite was almost fired from the Disney classic

    'Lion King' director Rob Minkoff reveals Ernie Sabella, voice of Pumbaa, was almost let go during production.

  • Olaf's playing reindeer games in 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' poster (exclusive)
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    Kevin Polowy

    Olaf's playing reindeer games in 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' poster (exclusive)

    It continues to be a long wait for Disney’s sequel to the 2013 mega-hit Frozen (trust us, we have kids), with Frozen 2 slated to hit theaters Nov. 27, 2019. In parental terms, that’s roughly 15,000 questions about when the new Frozen movie is coming out. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a 21-minute “featurette” that follows the Josh Gad-voiced snowman and his trusty steed on a mission throughout the kingdom after Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) realize Arendelle is lacking in holiday traditions.

  • 'The Lion King': Watch Exclusive Rare Footage of the Making of 'Hakuna Matata'
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    Marcus Errico

    'The Lion King': Watch Exclusive Rare Footage of the Making of 'Hakuna Matata'

    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

  • 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge': Deep Inside Disney's Newest Theme-Park Land
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    Marcus Errico

    'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge': Deep Inside Disney's Newest Theme-Park Land

    For those of you unable to make it to D23 Expo to see the model in person, Yahoo Movies has brought the exhibit here; click through for a virtual visit to the Star Wars land.

  • The Disney Princesses Assemble: See the Actresses Reveal How They All Came Together for Upcoming 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel
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    The Disney Princesses Assemble: See the Actresses Reveal How They All Came Together for Upcoming 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel

    Disney broke the Internet Friday at the D23 Expo when it showed footage for the upcoming film Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 that revealed the sequel would unite many of its most famous animated princesses. Backstage, Yahoo Movies talked to a handful of the women behind the famous voices — Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), and Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin) — about the unexpected revelation and how it all came together.

  • 'The Lion King': Filmmakers, Cast Reveal Little-Known Facts, From Original Title to Elton's Rejected Tunes
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    Marcus Errico

    'The Lion King': Filmmakers, Cast Reveal Little-Known Facts, From Original Title to Elton's Rejected Tunes

    Filmmakers, animators, and cast members reunited to reminisce about the making of the film — and disclose some fascinating facts about a project they once nicknamed Bambi in the Jungle. Here are the highlights.

  • Whoopi Goldberg Wants Disney to Bring Back 'Song of the South' to Start Conversation About Controversial 1946 Film
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    Kevin Polowy

    Whoopi Goldberg Wants Disney to Bring Back 'Song of the South' to Start Conversation About Controversial 1946 Film

    Whoopi Goldberg was named the "surprise" Disney Legend Friday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, and she had some surprising things to say about the most infamous film in the studio's history.

  • Forget 'Star Wars' — Mark Hamill Says He Always Aspired to Work at Disneyland
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    Kevin Polowy

    Forget 'Star Wars' — Mark Hamill Says He Always Aspired to Work at Disneyland

    Disney has owned Lucasfilm for five years now, and self-professed Disney-phile Mark Hamill could not be happier with life in the Magic Kingdom.

  • From 'Star Wars' to 'Frozen 2': 6 Things We Want to See at Disney's 2017 D23 Expo
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    From 'Star Wars' to 'Frozen 2': 6 Things We Want to See at Disney's 2017 D23 Expo

    'Star Wars,' Marvel, live-action adaptations of animated classics, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' Disney Animation, and theme-parks updates get our attention at D23

  • 'Cars 3' Team on Dark Teaser Trailer: Worried Kids Asked 'Are You Killing Lightning McQueen?'
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    Kevin Polowy

    'Cars 3' Team on Dark Teaser Trailer: Worried Kids Asked 'Are You Killing Lightning McQueen?'

    First teaser for Disney-Pixar's 'Cars 3' surprised fans with its ominous tone; team behind the movie says it was a matter of necessity more than design

  • What Happened to the People in the 'Cars' Universe? 'Cars 3' Cast Offers Theories
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    Kevin Polowy

    What Happened to the People in the 'Cars' Universe? 'Cars 3' Cast Offers Theories

    The 'Cars 3' cast has their own theories

  • 'Beauty and the Beast': Watch Emma Watson's Deleted Scene (Exclusive)
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    Marcus Errico

    'Beauty and the Beast': Watch Emma Watson's Deleted Scene (Exclusive)

    Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, a two-hour-plus spectacle stuffed with a dozen songs, hundreds of characters, and new scenes that fleshed out some plot holes from the animated original, left several bits on the cutting-room floor. Now, Yahoo Movies has your exclusive first look at one of those deleted scenes featuring Emma Watson‘s heroine (watch it above). Director Bill Condon had conceived this scene to come early in the film, as Belle makes her way around her “provincial town” and interacts with its denizens.

  • Inside Disney's New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Ride, From Easter Eggs to Groot-y Goodness
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    Marcus Errico

    Inside Disney's New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Ride, From Easter Eggs to Groot-y Goodness

    Yahoo Movies attended the May 25 opening ceremonies for Disneyland's new Guardians ride; click through for the highlights of the gala event and a sneak peek inside Mission: Breakout!

  • Why the 82-Year-Olds Who Voiced Bambi and Thumper Never Revealed They Were Part of 1942 Disney Classic
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    Kevin Polowy

    Why the 82-Year-Olds Who Voiced Bambi and Thumper Never Revealed They Were Part of 1942 Disney Classic

    You’d think it’d be a great party conversation starter. “By the way,” he would casually mention. “Ever seen Bambi? Of course you’ve seen Bambi. Everyone has seen Bambi. Well, I played him when I was 4.” Maybe throw in a “Biiiiiird“ for a good measure.

  • Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey, Stan Lee Named Disney Legends (Exclusive)
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    Marcus Errico

    Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey, Stan Lee Named Disney Legends (Exclusive)

    Four confirmed as 2017 recipients of the highest honor Disney confers upon artists who have made an indelible impact on the company