Last year offered several stellar animated films. But in my mind, of all the Oscar-nominated animated films in 2016, the rightful winner took the prize: Zootopia.
A movie like Moana doesn’t come together without a few things hitting the cutting room floor. But even when that happens, it’s rare that fans ever get to see it.
Normally when reviewing a movie, you come up with a healthy mix of positive and negative things to say about it. In the case of Disney’s Moana, though, I’m really struggling to come up with the latter. It’s just that wonderful.
Off the top of your head, you can probably rattle off dozens of famous live-action film directors. In animation though, except for a very elite group, the directors are rarely the stars of the show. Two names that may not be on that list, but should, are Ron Clements and John Musker.
Later this month, Disney is releasing the animated musical Moana, which is directed by the same people who made The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. And if the early reviews are right, the directors have lived up to that incredible standard.
With films like Frozen, Zootopia, and Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios is in the midst of a renaissance, much like it was in the early ’90s with films like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. Now, with Disney’s latest film, Moana, these two eras are finally crossing over, thanks to…
Continuing the 25th-anniversary celebrations for the animated Beauty and the Beast, Angela Lansbury took the stage before a screening of the film in New York to sing the song that she made iconic. (She even said her classic lines to Chip after it was over!)
An adventurous young girl sets out with a demi-god to solve the mystery of her people in Moana, the upcoming film from Disney Animation. It sounds like a simple story, but as directors Ron Clements and John Musker can tell you, putting it on-screen is anything but simple.
When you sit through an animated film, everything flies by so fast. You barely get a chance to think about how much work goes into it. Animation has no second takes—everything has to be perfect and ready before animation begins. That means directors take drastic measures to get things right from the start.
Computer animation evolves at an alarming rate. One year, a movie like Frozen or Big Hero 6 looks like the peak of what’s possible. Then, only a year later, the next thing goes way beyond that. In this case, the next thing is Zootopia, and in this movie a single giraffe has more individual hairs on it—nine…
In November 2014, the team behind Disney’s Zootopia had a very bad day. After years of development and production, they realized a huge aspect of their movie didn’t work. There were two main characters, one primary and one secondary— and they had to be flipped for the film to make sense.
Disney Animation has been on a roll recently and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon. Their next film, Zootopia, hits theaters March 4 and it features a world just like ours, except it’s totally populated by animals.
For many girls, there’s no greater wish than to become a Disney princess. That dream is about to come true for Auli’i Cravalho of Oahu, Hawaii. She was just cast as the voice of Moana, the star of Disney Animation’s upcoming musical folk adventure.
You might already be excited for Walt Disney Animation's Big Hero 6, but are you ready for the ridiculous cuteness that is Feast? Check out the first footage for the short film showing before Big Hero 6, about the life of a Boston Terrier, told through a series of meals.
Even though I love today's 3D animation movies made with CG, there's something about seeing old fashioned hand-drawn animation that makes me feel like I'm peering into another world of breathtakingly fluid characters dancing on paper. Former Disney animator Glen Keane was a master at such animation and is responsible…
We know Frozen went through a number of visual and story developments before becoming the tale of two sisters we ultimately saw on the screen. One of those ideas that never came to fruition was a sassy, face-grabbing Snow Queen inspired by Bette Midler.