Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Disney Roundup: April 24, 2012

I've got a lot of stuff to cover this week and it's all crazy awesome.
Disney's just paid big bucks for the rights to Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. I am so excited about this my head might explode. More info here!

On this 25th of April, we wish Artist-Writer-Director Ron Clements a Happy Birthday! Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Ron joined Disney Animation as an apprentice to Frank Thomas (one of the Nine Old Men of Disney Animation) and made his feature debut as an Animator on THE RESCUERS.

Joining John Musker, Ron and John (as they're known at the Studio) have co-directed THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, HERCULES, TREASURE PLANET, and PRINCESS AND THE FROG. Ron and John are currently working to develop the next hand-drawn feature at Disney Animation. (Sorry, we can't tell you what that is.)
This was posted on Disney's Animation Research Library's facebook page this week. That's right. John Musker and Ron Clemens are working on something 2D. Be still my fangirl heart.

Rumors have been circulating that Disneyland Paris is getting a new Star Wars section including an updated Star Tours, a restaurant that looks like Mos Eisley, and their own Jedi Training Academy. We're not sure if that's true yet, but it sure would be cool. More info about that here! And in related news, that's Rizzo the rat dressed as Yoda up there, just part of the awesome Star Wars Weekends merch that's been released this week. More of that over here.

 "Paperman" is the Pixar short that's going to be shown in front of Wreck it Ralph, and it's mysteriously described as using "a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques." There's more info about it here! Pixar also has a name for it's dinosaur film which will supposedly be out May 30, 2014, The Good Dinosaur. More about that here. And if all of that wasn't cool enough, their next project after that will be a Dia de los Muertos based film. More info on that here!

I'm just gonna pack the rest of this awesome into one paragraph. Wreck it Ralph's got an extensive list of awesome video game celebrity cameos. Opening dates for the rest of Disney World's Fantasyland have been revealed. This Cinderella box set makes us drool. This video about the new Agent P's World Showcase Adventure is awesome.

I'm sorry if this post made your brain implode from the sheer amount of awesome.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Disney Magic #32: Beauty and the Beast: Podcast as Old as Time...

This week, in a podcast that is almost half an hour longer than the movie it's even about, we look at Beauty and the Beast, one of the most beloved Disney films of all time. As we make our way through the movie we marvel at the beautiful music, and animation, and discuss some of the unexpectedly deep and well rounded characters of the film. But we also take time to try and figure out what all of the rules of this enchantment are and exactly how far away from the village is this mysterious enchanted castle? Direct Download Link Here

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Men Behind the Mouse

Over the years, the physical appearance of Disney’s most famous character has changed a great deal.

But one thing that has always remained the same is the iconic, falsetto voice that we have all learned to associate with the character. But who’s voice is that? Over the years, four different men have been credited with being the official Voice of Mickey Mouse. These are The Men Behind The Mouse

1. Walt Disney

The first person to voice Micky Mouse was his creator Walt Disney. Starting in 1929, Mickey first spoke in the short “The Karnival Kid” the ninth film in the Mickey Mouse series. (up until that point, Mickey had only whistled, laughed, cried, or otherwise vocalized himself) Walt Disney would continue to voice the mouse until 1947 at which point the time and effort it took to run his growing film empire didn’t leave enough time for his voice work, and his smoking habit was also causing problems with his voice. Disney’s final role as Mickey Mouse was in the movie Fun and Fancy Free. However, Disney was able to reprise the role in 1954-1959 for the introductions of the Mickey Mouse Club TV series.

2. Jimmy MacDonald

Jimmy MacDonald’s first job as Mickey Mouse was also Disney’s last job, Fun and Fancy Free. In fact both Disney’s and MacDonald’s voices can be heard on the final soundtrack. Macdonald would voice Mickey in all the remaining shorts and publicity projects between 1947 and 1977

3. Wayne Allwine

Wayne Allwine took over the role of Mickey Mouse in 1977 voicing the animated intros for The New Mickey Mouse Club. His first theatrical outing as the voice of Mickey was in Mickey’s Christmas Carol in 1983, the first theatrical outing for the character in thirty years. Allwine continued to voice Mickey Mouse in everything from His movies such as The Prince and the Pauper in 1990, to his TV shows, such as Disney’s House of Mouse in the eary 2000s, to his appearances in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games. In fact Allwine would be the official voice of Mickey until his death in 2009. His final performance was in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS. It is interesting to note however that in 1991, Allwine married Russi Taylor who was, and still is the voice of Minnie Mouse.

4. Bret Iwan

Bret Iwan is the current voice of the iconic mouse, taking the role over in 2009. His first job in the role was to record Mickey’s diloague for the Animal Kingdom theme park as well as the 2009 version of Disney on Ice. His first full performance as the mouse was for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep for the PSP, and has since gone on to voice Mickey Mouse in other high profile video games such as Epic Mickey. Iwan’s most recent performance as Mickey was for the video game Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekly Disney Roundup April 22, 2012

Someone is making Minecraft Disney World! So cool. Also, pretty much the best way to cure your PDD (Post Disney Depression) without having to watch parade videos 20 hours a day. Source.

Wreck-It Ralph has a new poster! I like the 8-bit style, very fitting. Still have no idea how to feel about this movie though! A trailer would be nice.

Flickr user armadillo444 snapped this photo of an adorable dancer in Tiana's Showboat Jubilee. Oh and John Lasseter. That's him in his trademark Hawaiian shirt snapping pictures on his phone like a tourist. So cool.

Muppet bloopers are the best.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Disney Magic #31: The Rescuers 2: Trouble in Australia

This week we watch "The Rescuers Down Under," the sequel to Disney's highly successful film from the 70s. Sandwiched in between "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast," this is something of an overlooked film in the Disney Renaissance era. While it's not a full blown musical like the movies that surround it (in fact there's not a single song in the whole movie) it's still a surprisingly entertaining film worthy of its spot in the Renaissance era.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekly Roundup: April 15, 2012

Here's a cool time lapse of all the stuff happening behind the scenes at the new Fantasyland expansion!

Oh, Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, even grumpy mer-dads who hate humans love you.

Maleficent has a release date! March 14, 2014. I'm still pretty unsure about this project, but I'm interested to see what they come up with!

Also our Tumblr hit 300 followers!

This news probably isn't that exciting to any of you other than Joel and I. But if you don't follow us on Tumblr already, you should! I put a lot of work into making graphics and such for it :D

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Disney Magic #30: Having Fun, Under The Sea

As we start the Disney Renaissance Era, we get to meet our next Disney Princess from a kingdom under the sea. The Little Mermaid boast what may be the mest soundtrack of a Disney Movie so far, with an Oscar winning score, an amazing "wish for" song in "Part of Your World" and of course "Under the Sea" which not only won an Oscar for best song, but a Golden Globe and a Grammy as well. so join us, and Sing along to The Little Mermaid.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Weekly Roundup: April 8, 2012

Happy Easter! Here's Mickey and Minnie all gussied up for the parade at Tokyo Disney. Strangely enough, their Easter parade is totally the cutest. Here's the full thing! The costumes are just so adorable.

You guys. This is the most darling thing.

Brb, moving to Paris.

Rowan Stocks-Moore designed a set of amazing Disney posters recently! This one is my favorite of the bunch, but they're all pretty equally awesome. See the rest here!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Disney Magic #29: When Oliver the Cat Joined a Gang of Dogs

Our final movie before the Renaissance Era is Oliver and Company. Inspired by by the classic novel Oliver Twist, this adaptation is about as loose as it can get without falling off the bone. Also after several movies with few or no songs whatsoever, we return to a more musical format with several songs which helps with the fact that Billy Joel voices a character in this movie.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekly Disney Roundup: April 1, 2012

This amazing Tokyo Disney ad was made by Madhouse. Beware of tears!

Merida is coming to the Disney parks! The top is concept for Disneyland and the bottom is for Disney World. So excited! I love all the weapons and the archery stuff. Also, the three little bears will be present at meet and greets as well!

I happened upon this super sweet song that was cut out from The Aristocats. It features Duchess singing about Madame, and it's really love.

We talked briefly about this memo in our last podcast, so here it is for you to see! This was sent around the studios after the hullabaloo about the name change from "Basil of Baker Street" to "The Great Mouse Detective."