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    WATCH: Kermit and the Gang Sing the Sequel Song in New 'Muppets Most Wanted' Trailer

    A clever new trailer has arrived for Disney's upcoming "Muppets Most Wanted," wherein Kermit et al put on a song-and-dance routine to the ditty "We're Doing a Sequel." Though they admit while crooning, "that's what we do in Hollywood, though everybody knows the sequel's never quite as good," it beat...

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    REVIEW: Two 1960s Animated Classics on Blu-ray

    Walt Disney and The Beatles, as cultural icons, seem at first to be as distant as the Arctic and Antarctic. In reality, the two are more intertwined than one might have thought, certainly as creative visionaries. Most notably, each entity released major animated features within one year of each othe...

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    Immersed in Movies: Anatomy of a Scene for the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

    What were the most challenging scenes to animate in the Oscar-Nominated shorts? I posed this to all five directors: Lauren MacMullan (Get A Horse!), Daniel Sousa (Feral), Shuhei Morita (Possessions), Laurent Witz (Mr. Hublot), and Max Lang (Room on the Broom).

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    Meryl Streep's Comments Belie More Than Ignorance of Walt Disney

    The now-infamous comments by Meryl Streep last Tuesday at the National Board of Review regarding Walt Disney set in motion a flurry of corrections from sources who knew Walt personally. Beyond that, her remarks displayed a shocking aversion to simple fact-checking that anybody familiar with Google c...

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    Forgetting Mr. Hanks - Two Animators Revive Walt In "I Hate You Red Light"

    A pair of 2-D animators seemingly beat Tom Hanks and John Lee Hancock to it. Last year J.M Walter and M. R. Horhager produced (and released on the festival circuit) this short, I Hate You Red Light!, featuring co-director Walter as Mr. Disney himself!

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    John Canemaker organizing Mary Blair exhibit for Disney Family Museum

    The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will be presenting a major exhibition devoted to Disney designer Mary Blair (1911-1978). On view from March through September, this installation explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original and beloved art director...

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    Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Monsters University'

    With Monsters University failing to snag a Golden Globes nomination (a first for Pixar), many are wondering how it will impact the Oscar race. But there's more than meets the eye in the Monsters, Inc. prequel. Director Dan Scanlon and global tech/research TD Christophe Hery explain how storytelling ...

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    Emma Thompson: Non-Twinkling, Non-Cavorting and Wonderful in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

    The encouraging scene in the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks has Emma Thompson as the recalcitrant author P.L. Travers, telling her agent why she does not want Walt Disney to put her heroine on screen. "I know what he'll do to her -- she'll be cavorting and twinkling," she says, with great derision.

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    Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films

    "I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Harrison Ford said earlier this year about returning for another "Indiana Jones" sequel. "I don’t think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart. I’m old enough that we don’t need (Sean) Connery any more. I’m old enough to play my own father!...

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    Why Disney Is At War With Its Own Image

    One of the most prominent storytelling factories in modern times has begun to grapple with its legacy in the public eye.

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