Archive | February, 2015

First glimpse of “Frozen Fever”

26 Feb

Brace yourselves: Frozen pandemonium is about to resurge.

Yesterday, Disney debuted a 30 second teaser of Frozen Fever, a short film to play before the March 13 release of Disney’s live-action Cinderella.

The short chronicles Elsa’s attempt at making Anna’s birthday special, despite suffering a massive cold. Favorite characters like Sven, Olaf and Kristoff will join in the festivities, and the Anderson-Lopez team is including a brand new song (the undercurrents of which can be heard throughout the teaser).

The Company also released a new line of clothes, dolls and accessories to accompany the short film. For all interested parents parties, nothing has sold out *yet*, but as with all Frozen merchandise, don’t expect these to stay in-stock long.

Frozen Fever will premiere March 13 along with Cinderella.

“DuckTales” Reboot

26 Feb

Scrooge McDuck and the trio of Huey, Dewey and Louie are returning to the silver screen.

’80s babies rejoiced when Disney announced a reboot of “DuckTales” is in the works. The Company reported the start date would be in 2017, and the show would launch on Disney X-D, Disney’s male-focused offshoot.

The original Emmy-winning show chronicled McDuck and the triplets, and a slew of other webbed-footed personalities joined in on the antics from 1987-1990. Disney aired reruns until the mid-1990s, and the show spawned a movie in 1990.

No word yet as to the casting or potential plot lines, but hopefully it’ll be just as engaging as the first series.

Congrats, Big Hero 6 and Feast!

23 Feb

A huge congratulations to Big Hero 6 for its Best Animated film Oscar win, and to Feast (which debuted before Big Hero 6) in its Best Animated Short win!

The Academy was clearly satisfied with your care!

Art by Jerrod Maruyama; Courtesy of Inside the Magic

“Pete’s Dragon” Remake

12 Feb

Production has begun in New Zealand of a remake of Pete’s Dragon, Disney’s classic 1977 animation/live-action combo.

Photography for the film started this weekend to retell the story of an orphaned boy, Pete (played by newcomer Oakes Fegley) and his best friend, Elliott the dragon. It’s scheduled to hit theaters in August 2016.

Other notable cast members include Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace, a park ranger who stumbles upon Elliott; Wes Bentley as Jack, a mill owner; Karl Urban as Jack’s brother Gavin; and Robert Redford as Grace’s father.

Courtesy Disney, 1977

Pete’s Dragon will be directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), who’ll also be assisting Toby Halbrooks with the screenplay.

WETA Digital, founded by Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson, is the visual effects company tasked with digitizing Elliott.

The biggest question left unanswered: Who will cover “Candle on the Water,” the movie’s tear-jerking ballad?

“Frozen Fever” heats up with stills

2 Feb Courtesy of Disney

Even as parts of the nation battle against snow rivaling Elsa’s powers, more Frozen teasers have come to warm up fans.

And by the looks of new images released today, Elsa’s done a bit more warming up too!

The short film, Frozen Fever, will debut in theaters before Disney’s live-action Cinderella due out March 13.

Fever, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, follows Elsa as she attempts to throw sister Anna the perfect birthday party.

However, plans get skewed when Elsa gets a cold before the party. The cold obviously bothered her anyway.

The short will feature new music from husband-and-wife dream team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Parents of the world: brace yourselves for another catchy tune your 5-year-old will be singing around the house.

In an interview with USA Today, Josh Gad (who gave life to Olaf) said “If history is any indicator, kids will go nuts.”

Super “Tomorrowland” trailer premiers during Super Bowl

2 Feb

Everyone who watches Super Bowl for the ads got another glimpse of Disney’s Tomorrowland.

No deflated footballs in this teaser, folks. It looks pretty spectacular.

This 32-second clip gives viewers a clearer idea of what Tomorrowland looks like. The chrome and gold-plated cityscapes astound as sultry George Clooney invites the imaginative into a world of discovery.

If you watch closely at the 16 second mark, you might even catch a glimpse of a futuristic TTA/Monorail hybrid.

Viewers also snag their first glimpse at Hugh Laurie, who plays David Nix – a character will very little detail at this point.

Tomorrowland hits theaters May 22, 2015.