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    What D23 Says About The State Of Disney Feature Animation

    The big news out of last weekend's D23 Expo in Anaheim, a kind of Comic-Con for Disney, was the lack of news relating to the studio's highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." There wasn't any kind of announcement—no release date or subtitle or confirmation of actors who are scheduled to return (...

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    Notes on the D23 Presentation

    Disney gave a helluva 2-and-a-half-hour presentation yesterday at D23 to tout all its upcoming animated films. Bill Desowitz wrote about it all in the previous post, but I thought I share a few of my my thoughts on the good stuff.

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    Immersed in Movies: D23 Touts Disney DNA

    The big takeaway at Friday's D23 Expo presentation of Disney and Pixar animation was that hand-drawn is still very much a part of the evolving aesthetic.

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    D23 Reviews: 'Monsters' Short 'Party Central' & Rediscovered Mickey Mouse Cartoon 'Get A Horse!'

    As part of the lavish, seemingly endless presentation today on Walt Disney Animation at D23, we were treated to two brand new short film screenings: the North American premiere of the rediscovered, almost lost Mickey Mouse classic "Get A Horse!" (which had its lavish world premiere recently at Annec...

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    Thanks To $190 Million Loss On 'The Lone Ranger,' Disney May Remove Jerry Bruckheimer's Final Cut On 'Pirates 5'

    We can't imagine that the mood around the conference table with Disney execs, star Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is all that cheery. With the studio revealing this week that they're getting ready to take a $190 million hit on "The Lone Ranger," it seems to have resulted in the stars of ...

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    Watch: Darker Alternate Opening Of Disney Classic 'Sword In The Stone'

    Anyone familiar with “The Sword in the Stone,” the 1963 Walt Disney animated feature (the last one released before Walt’s untimely death) based on the T.H. Stone novel, knows that it begins with a storybook opening, accompanied by a wonderful Sherman Brothers song recounting the turbulent recent his...

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    Immersed in Movies: Disney's 'Frozen' Heats Up SIGGRAPH

    Disney's Frozen wowed the tech crowd at SIGGRAPH in Anaheim on Tuesday, revealing a more stunning and sophisticated 2D/CG blend than was previously displayed on Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and the Oscar-winning Paperman short.

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    Pete Docter Talks About His "Challenging" New Pixar Film 'Inside Out'

    Yesterday, while at the computer graphics convention Siggraph, where early Pixar short films dazzled attendees ("Andre and Wally B" premiered at the convention way back in 1987), the Hollywood Reporter stopped and asked Pixar titan Pete Docter about his next feature for the studio—2015's "Inside Out...

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    Disney's Overhead Advertising for "Planes"

    I've seen all manner of advertising in this town - i.e. mega building-size billboards that rival Times Square - but in all my years of riding subways, this was a first: Disney has plastered the ceilings of LA subway cars with posters for their forthcoming animated feature, Planes.

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    Exclusive: Andrew Kevin Walker Rewriting ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel; David Fincher's ‘20,000 Leagues’ Is Dead

    With two major blockbuster flops in two years (“John Carter,” “The Lone Ranger”), the conventional wisdom follows that Disney is probably not green-lighting any major, untested would-be franchises anytime soon (even the the trio behind “The Pirates of The Caribbean” films, Bruckheimer, Depp and Verb...

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