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Angus MacLane talks about the little story details that made a big difference with Pixar's latest short, "Small Fry"
When the development team that was working of Disney's " Beauty and the Beast " wanted to get the look of the Beast's castle just right, what did they do? These artists toured the Loire Valley in September of 1989, visiting many of France's famous chateaus. And when the " Lion...
22 Nov 2011
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
"Pixar: 25 Years of Animation" reveals the art at the heart of all those hits
In 1979 George Lucas decided to create the Graphics Group as part of the computer division within Lucasfilm . In 1986, Steve Jobs paid Lucas $5 million and renamed the newly independent company Pixar . Twenty-five years have passed, and as of last Friday, " Toy Story 3 " has earned $920 million...
16 Aug 2010
Why For did Walt Disney pull the plug on “Pinocchio”?
DonkeyBoy writes with a question related to Wednesday’s “ The Art of Shrek Forever After ” review . He wants to know about … … that image of teenage Shrek you included with your article. You mentioned that this was a storyline that Mike Mitchell and his team developed for this Dreamworks film and then...
21 May 2010
Why For did Disney wind up giving Maleficent the bird
Trina P. wrote in to say: Thanks for sharing those pictures from the Tim Burton exhibition at the MoMA . I’m a huge Burton fan and had wanted to get down to NYC while that exhibit was there, but never found the time. I noticed that you had a lot of pictures from Tim Burton movies that never got made...
30 Apr 2010
New Orleans-style blowout planned for final weekend of Disney’s “Dreams Come True”
Why are all these people racing through the streets of New Orleans? * Photo by Nancy Stadler Because “ Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from Walt Disney Studios ” is closing on March 14 th . Which means that you now only have six short days to catch this acclaimed exhibition. Photo by...
8 Mar 2010
Toon Tuesday: Disney’s “Dreams Come True” now drawing to a close at the New Orleans Museum of Art
To hear Lella Smith , Creative Director of the Animation Research Library , tell this particular once-upon-a-time, it was John Lasseter who actually came up with the concept for this one-of-a-kind celebration of Disney fairy tale art. (L to R) John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar & Walt...
23 Feb 2010
Leonard Maltin to receive the first-ever NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage Award
For a guy who spends much of his time among the stars (the Hollywood kind, anyway), author and film historian Leonard Maltin is surprisingly down-to-earth. Which is why – when Leonard and I chatted on the phone yesterday about how he’d been selected to receive the very first NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage...
13 Jan 2010
Did you spot all of the in-jokes & Disney references in “Prep and Landing”?
Okay. I know. JHM has already done a number of stories on “ Disney Prep and Landing ,” that new holiday special that Walt Disney Animation Studios produced exclusively for ABC (which – FYI – wound up being the highest rated Christmas special of the 2009 – 2010 season ). Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises...
24 Dec 2009
Revised version of “Timing for Animation” now features the best of the past & the future
Last week, the International Animated Film Society revealed who was in the running for this year’s Annies (which are the animation industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards). And among those singled out for recognition this time around were writer, teacher, animator, historian and all-around-nice-guy...
9 Dec 2009
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