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How relocating to a leaky old warehouse made rebooting Disney's smart, subversive "Zootopia" so much easier
It was the one-two punch that would have felled a lesser group of filmmakers. Back in November of 2014, the " Zootopia " story team had just realized that - after 3+ years of developing this project for Walt Disney Animation Studios - they were going to have to change this movie's protagonist...
17 Feb 2017
Getting "Zootopia" just right really challenged Disney screenwriters Jared Bush and Phil Johnston
Given that " Zootopia " is set in a mammals-only city, it's entirely appropriate that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production took home the lion's share of the prizes at this year's Annie Awards . This Byron Howard / Rich Moore movie wound up claiming six of the top trophies...
6 Feb 2017
How "Pinocchio" beat "Bambi" to become Disney's second feature-length animated film after "Snow White"
" Pinocchio " has long been hailed as Walt Disney's masterpiece. While Walt Disney Animation Studios ' second feature-length production may admittedly lack the heart that " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs " had, there's no denying that "Pinocchio" tops its predecessor...
10 Jan 2017
Meet the team who brought Maui to life for Disney's "Moana"
You'd think - looking at Maui from Disney's " Moana " - given this demigod's dimples (more importantly, those eyebrows) that Dwayne Johnson was always supposed to be this character's voice. But that's where you'd be wrong. "You have to understand that - when we're...
16 Nov 2016
From toxic gas leaks to the triumph of 'Finding Dory,' Lindsey Collins has loved every minute of her time at Pixar Animation Studios
When it comes to " Finding Dory " producer Lindsey Collins , she takes "going-with-your-gut" to a whole new level. To explain: This Occidental College graduate joined Walt Disney Animation Studios straight out of school in 1994. And after working as a PA on " Pocahontas "...
15 Nov 2016
TASCHEN 's "Walt Disney Film Archives" features stunning artwork, seldom-told stories from that studio's past
As one very wise cinephile once put it, "Every Disney film is someone's favorite movie." Editor / author Daniel Kothenschulte tried to keep that in mind over the past two years as he worked on " The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 - 1968 " ( TASCHEN America...
2 Nov 2016
Would Woody Allen have been a better fit for LeFou in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" ?
Given that the silver anniversary of Disney's " Beauty and the Beast " is coming up (This Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale film initially went into wide release back on November 22, 1991), a lot of bloggers have recently been writing about this hand-drawn animated feature. Using Walt Disney...
22 Sep 2016
How the makers of Disney's "Moana" almost chickened out
It's kind of a tradition at Walt Disney Animation Studios that the hero or heroine of each new production has an animal companion. Sometimes they talk (EX: Flounder in " The Little Mermaid ") and sometimes they don't (EX: Abu in " Aladdin "). But these furry, feathered or...
8 Sep 2016
Andreas Deja shares the lessons he learned from those animation masters, Disney's Nine Old Men
When Andreas Deja was a little boy growing up in Germany, he loved going to the movies. He especially enjoyed catching the theatrical re-releases of classic Disney animated features like "Lady & the Tramp" and "The Jungle Book." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved...
28 Jul 2016
Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest short, "Inner Workings," explores the importance of mixing work with pleasure
It's Friday. The end of the work week for a lot of folks. Which means that they're finally able to get away from jobs that they don't necessarily enjoy. But what if there was a way to take an unpleasant employment situation like that and then transform that chore into a joy? And not by physically...
17 Jun 2016
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