Animated films have long plundered classic fairy tales to build their modern stories (at least four of the Disney Princesses alone are pulled from Brothers Grimm tales), but Hans Christian Andersen’s rise to posthumous family-friendly prominence didn’t come into play until the late eighties, when Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ (which turns twenty-five this week) first swam on to our cinematic shores. The introduction of Ariel also effectively ended a Princess drought – there had not been a new Princess-centric film since 1959, but after Ariel splashed on to the scene, the House of Mouse started churning out a new one with startlingly regularity (four in the nineties alone) – but its real legacy is introducing Andersen to the younger set by way of mainstream animated outings.
Disney's upcoming roster of animated pictures already includes projects like Pixar's long-awaited 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside Out,' and 'Finding Dory.' Now the company has officially dated two more projects from its Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Even though we were told, once upon a time, that Disney and Pixar had no plans for 'Toy Story 4,' it seems that those plans have changed. After a series of short films that kept us up to date with the adventures of Woody and Buzz Lightyear and friends, Disney CEO Bob Iger has just announced that we'll finally be getting a 'Toy Story 4' after all, and it has an official release date and everything.
Some weeks back we heard the incredible news that 'Star Wars Rebels' would return James Earl Jones to the voice of Darth Vader, ostensibly a sign of a more involved return to the franchise. Now, you can watch Jones' return to the dulcet tones of Darth for yourself, and ignite a lightsaber at new rumors that suggest some 'Star Wars' favorites will return for 'Rebels' as well!
You didn't think Disney and Marvel would team up for an animated superhero film and not deliver at least a few hidden surprises, did you? While it's not directly tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there will still be some Easter eggs for comic book fans in 'Big Hero 6,' according to the film's directors, who also tipped fans off on where to find them.
Following this morning's first look at Johnny Depp's Big Bad Wolf and his Big Dumb Hat from the upcoming musical film 'Into the Woods,' Entertainment Weekly has released even more official photos -- this time featuring more of Anna Kendrick's Cinderella and Chris Pine's Prince Charming, and less Big Bad Wolf. Sorry, silly hat fans.
With 'Frozen' still a raging phenomenon and 'Big Hero 6' right around the corner, the folks at Disney Animation are probably feeling pretty good about their lives and careers at the moment. So the first news about their next film, 'Moana,' arrives at a time when the world's most famous animation studio is at a fairly incredible high and like their last major blockbuster, this is a female-led adventure. Prepare for the merchandise, parents.
If you're excited about 'Big Hero 6,' double-down on that excitement because Disney will be debuting a new animated short when that film hits theaters, and we've got the latest sneak peek. Meet the cute star of their latest short, 'Feast' -- a little puppy with a big appetite. This preview will make you go "aww" and probably send you running for the fridge.
We weren't altogether surprised to learn that 'Star Wars Rebels' would incorporate the iconic Darth Vader at some point, though the news that James Earl Jones would reprise the role on October 26 certainly caught our attention. Now, the first look at 'Rebels' Vader has arrived from yet another legendary figure behind the character, and with a slightly updated design.
If you have kids or little brothers and sisters, you've probably seen 'Frozen' ohhh a thousand times by now. But, even if you can sing "Let It Go" forwards and backwards in your sleep, you still might not know everything there is to know about Disney's biggest animated movie ever.