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Huffington Post -- How Josh Gad almost missed out on the chance to voice Olaf the snowman for Disney "Frozen"
To be asked to participate in the first reading of a brand-new Disney animated feature was like a dream come true for Josh Gad. "You have to understand that -- when I was growing up -- I was absolutely obsessed with the animated films of Disney's Second Golden Age," Gad explained during...
2 Dec 2013
"Moving Innovation" is a ridiculously entertaining & informative look back at the history of computer animation
"Discover a new world with Epic the Movie by Blue Sky Studios , a brand-new 3D animated film from the people who brought you Ice Age ." That's the message that the folks who work in promotions at 20th Century Fox have been hammering home for the past few weeks. As they try & make sure...
13 May 2013
Huffington Post - Disney showcases its past & future with "Snow White" and "Paperman" screenings at New York Film Festival
Disney showcases its past & future with "Snow White" and "Paperman" screenings at New York Film Festival You'd think, given her previous dealings with poison apples, that Snow White would be somewhat hesitant when it comes to visiting the Big Apple. But Disney's very first...
27 Sep 2012
Toon Tuesday: Enjoy a little cheesecake from the Mouse
Here's an interesting bit of trivia for you film history buff out there. Grim Natwick - the animation legend who many in the industry credit with making the title character in Disney's " Snow White " seem so lifelike ... Snow White and Forest Animals Special Set-up from "Snow White...
9 May 2011
Terrific "Tangled" is the hair ... er ... heir apparent to Disney's fairy tale crown
I have been writing professionally about The Walt Disney Company for over 25 years now. Which is why I can tell you what it felt like to be in a theater on November 17, 1989. Which was the night that " The Little Mermaid " was first released to theaters. As the credits rolled, I remember turning...
30 Sep 2010
"Tale as Old as Time" may make you fall in love with Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" all over again
It is arguably the best-loved film of that trio of fairy tales that Walt Disney Animation Studios produced during its Second Golden Age. The first hand-drawn animated feature ever to be nominated for Best Picture, " Beauty and the Beast " has been discussed, dissected and written about so often...
1 Sep 2010
Volume 9 of the “Walt’s People” series features some great behind-the-scenes stories
Good God. Are we really already be up to Volume 9 in the “Walt’s People” series? I can recall when Disney Historian Didier Ghez initially proposed these books (which – if I’m remembering correctly – was sometime back during the Pleistocene Epoch) that would collect & then reprint the very best Mouse...
5 May 2010
How do you carve “Snow White” ‘s Hag and Evil Queen out of clay?
David Kracov remembers the night that he decided to quit working in animation. “A bunch of my friends took me out to Astroburger . And while we were eating, Brad Bird tried to talk me out of quitting. Brad said that he wanted me to come work with him on this new movie he wanted to make. Which was about...
4 May 2010
“Waking Sleeping Beauty” continues to wow crowds around the country
In an age where even blockbusters have to battle for screen space (Witness what happened late last month when the studios behind “ How to Train Your Dragon ” and “ Clash of the Titans ” clashed over the limited number of 3D-capable theaters that were available at that time), what chance does a dinky...
16 Apr 2010
Don Hahn & Peter Schneider to host Q & A sessions this coming weekend during NY and LA screenings of “Waking Sleeping Beauty”
For the past few months, JHM has been talking up “ Waking Sleeping Beauty ,” that terrific new documentary about the Second Golden Age of Disney Feature Animation. Well, this film goes into limited release this Friday in New York, LA, Chicago and San Francisco. The 1975 graduating class of Cal Arts included...
24 Mar 2010
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