I know a lot of people think of disney and think largely of their animated films or their live action films. Disney has evolved over the decades to include many different ways of making films (claymation, CGI, motion capture… the list goes on) Many of my friends are film makers and so when we go see films we always end up taking some note of how the film was made and how they pulled it off and I always wonder if we’re the only ones who do this. I wonder if what I usually see is true or if more people have a favorite type of Disney film making other than simply animation. Lets take a poll to find out.
Brave spent its opening weekend at number one, earning over $66 million according to preliminary reports, well done! This makes it Pixar’s 13th film to open at number one. Have you seen it yet? If so, tell us what you thought about it!
Excerpt from The LA Times:
“Brave” is the 13th film from Pixar Animation to open in the No. 1 position at the multiplex, as the 3-D film debuted with a strong $66.7 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. Meanwhile, the 3-D animated “Madagascar 3″ continued to do strong business even on its third weekend in theaters, grossing an additional $20 million. The DreamWorks Animation title has now collected $157.4 million in the U.S. and Canada.
You can see the complete list of box office estimates at Box Office Mojo.
So if you haven’t already heard, it’s been announced that Pixar are creating a prequel to Monsters Inc, called Monsters University. It’s starring Mike and Sulley again, both voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal, and it was co-written by Pete Docker, who directed and co-wrote Monsters Inc, and Andrew Stanton, who also co-wrote Monsters Inc.
According to Wikipedia, the plot is loosely based on how Mike and Sulley went from being enemies to friends. Billy Crystal says that the film is “college pranks with monsters. And I wear a retainer. Mike has a retainer.”. He also said that the script is “hilarious”.
We still have to wait another year though, as the release date is currently set at June 21st 2013!
Monsters Inc is the eigth heighest grossing animation of all time, and managed to earn $256 million at the box office! Monsters University is Pixar’s first prequel and I can definitley say it’s already highly anticipated…
How excited are you?
Hello! My name is Kelly, and this is my first post! I hope you are all having a wonderful day today.
Glen Keane has recently announced that after 37 years working at Disney, he is leaving.
On March 23st 2012, he wrote in a letter to co workers:
“I owe so much to those great animators who mentored me — Eric Larson, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston — as well as to the many other wonderful people at Disney whom I have been fortunate to work with in the past nearly 38 years. I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can’t resist its siren call to step out and discover them.”
Keane created some of the most fantastic artwork and animation for countless Disney movies, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Tangled and personally has inspired me to perservere in the things that I love. Instead of being sad that he’s left, be thankful for all that he’s brought to the Walt Disney company, and be very excited to see what he will continue to bring to the rest of the world!
It seems this man will never stop giving, no matter what he does!
A fantastic tumblr account dedicated to Keane art can be found here and it’s definitley worth checking out.
Here is a lovely video of Glen Keane, himself, drawing and talking about the character of Rapunzel (my favourite Disney princess) It’s so fantastic to see the passion he has for what he does. He will definitley be missed, but never forgotten. Time will tell what else he has to offer!
Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
From director Tim Burton comes a black and white, 3-D animated film that is sure to captivate our hearts just like his films have in the past like The Nightmare Before Christmas(1993). This new film is not so new, its based off of a 1984 animated short that Burton created with the same name, Frankenweenie. The animated film tells the story of a young boy, Victor, and his dog, Sparky. When Sparky is killed, Victor is distraught to find a way to bring back his beloved companion from the grave. Victor digs up Sparky and brings him back to life with the power of science. The two are re-united and it’s all bliss until Sparky escapes. The undead dog wreaks havoc on the town. This film will no doubt be just as successful as Burton’s other films have been. The film is set to release on October 5th of 2012, just in time for Halloween.
The HD version of the trailer can be found here… http://disney.go.com/frankenweenie/?cmp=wdsmp_fkw_EMC_120302_watch_cta_Extl
Thanks to Movies.com for the heads up on this 5 minute salute to Disney animation through the years. Let us know what you think!
“‘If it was right on the big screen, on a classy VHS tape, or on a simple disc, the times we spent laughing, crying, and cheering for these mesmerizing characters will stay in our hearts forever. We all flew to Neverland. We all went under the sea. We all found the honey,’ writes NkMcdonalds,” writes Movies.com