Monday, August 27, 2012

The Next Re-release


Of course, we all know that Monsters, Inc.'s 3D re-release has been moved forward to December 19th. It was originally scheduled for release on January 18th. Currently, the next 3D re-release is The Little Mermaid, which is penciled for a September 13, 2013 release. Perhaps Disney can re-release something for January 2013, or maybe February or March.

What could they possibly re-release? Or better yet, will they even convert said film to 3D in such a short timeframe? Or not? Maybe they can convert something for the summer, that's also a possibility. What could they release though? A lot of people seem to be clamoring a 3D re-release of Aladdin, which would actually make sense since the Diamond Edition Blu-ray is coming and the fact that it is still a very popular film from the Disney canon. Since we don't know much about the upcoming Blu-ray release or anything else, it's unknown if Disney is converting Aladdin to 3D, will convert it, or not.

Anyways, what Disney animated classic would you like to see return to theaters? What Pixar film would you like to re-experience in theaters? Also, do you want Disney to continue re-releasing films without converting them to 3D? I sure would, as I ranted about this before. Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King's 3D conversions were experiments, and the latter actually boasted impressive 3D. (Haven't seen the 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast, sadly.) Do you think they should continue re-releasing them in 3D? Fire away!

Personally, my first choices would be the first five Disney animated films, but NOT in 3D.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Don't You Forget About Me


Remember Walt Disney Feature Animation's Florida studio? Wasn't it terrible that it was shut down way back in 2004?

Well, this thought just crossed my mind yesterday. With Disney getting better and going back to what's right, what if Disney were to revive that studio? Think about it. Disney is trying to bring back hand-drawn animation while also finding revolutionary new ways to blend computer animation with hand-drawn animation. If the pipeline fills up, they can do certain films while also working on new short films and other projects. Pixar set up Pixar Canada to do this, as their pipeline expands in both the world of feature films and short films. It could also help speed up production while still having quality product turned out. Lasseter's short film training program has already paid off, as seen in The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Winnie the Pooh.

Would you like for that to happen? Or do you think Walt Disney Animation Studios can manage without another studio?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Parallels


Disney animation is currently about to enter a new Renaissance, or in many ways, has already entered it. When? Why have they entered a new Renaissance, though? Why isn’t there much hubbub over this?

The last few Disney films, despite any box office performance, are critically successful. In fact, Disney’s slow rebirth is no different from their rise to glory in the late 1980s...

DreamWorks' New Partner



After a six-year partnership with Paramount, DreamWorks Animation SKG has now entered a five-year distribution deal with 20th Century Fox, of all studios. Now for a long time, us animation fans wondered who would start distributing the moon boy productions after the deal with Paramount would end. I always thought it would be Warner Bros., since they have never had a big animation studio making hit after hit for them. Every other studio is taken, but that didn't stop them from turning to Fox.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

J.J. Abrams Gets Animated


Paramount certainly made a wise decision by setting up their own animation studio last summer. They'll be able to compete with the big guns after the deal with DreamWorks comes to an end while also making a name for themselves. Early on, I was hoping that the then-new studio would tackle projects like Rango, films that were unconventional and bold.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

6 Reasons To Look Forward To "Big Hero 6"


Note: As I've said in my reviews of various comic book films, I'm not much a comic book reader. I have gotten into the stories because of the films themselves, so if my knowledge is a bit rusty on the subject, I apologize. This is from the perspective of an animation fan...

Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming adaptation of Marvel's Big Hero 6 is already looking like it's going to be a game changer for the Mouse House and Disney animation. So what's there to look forward to even though it's only in the development stages?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Let's Go Blundering!


Remember Aardman Animations' recent film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits? Chances are, you may not unless you are in the know of what's going on in the animation industry. Yes indeed, this little film happens to be another one of those animated films that came and went at the domestic box office. Why is that? Instead of being a poor animated film (in fact, it was a really good film), The Pirates! was actually another victim of executive meddling and misguided decisions. Columbia Pictures' attempts to help get the picture to sell ultimately sunk this high seas romp.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

ScaraNorman


Get ready for it, folks. Laika's newest animated film, ParaNorman, is right around the corner. From the ads and marketing, you know it's going to be about ghouls, zombies and other creepy things. It'll be spooky for the younger set, much like Laika's debut film, Coraline. You know exactly what's going to happen when it hits theaters next weekend. Parents are going to complain...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Frozen: Pre-Trailer Speculation

Unfortunately, this cool logo isn't official...

Walt Disney Animation Studios has truly been getting better. Little by little, they are shattering the whole "Disney hasn't made a good animated movie since the Renaissance" belief with critically acclaimed films and Tangled, which was their biggest hit at the box office in years. Next in line is Wreck-It Ralph (opening on November 2nd), which is poised to be an even bigger hit with its video game setting, positive trailer reception and the surprisingly strong marketing. After that comes Frozen, the next fairy tale adaptation in the Disney canon...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Next Retro Revival


Well it looks like we have a new entry for the "let's see what classic show/cartoon/comic from the good ol' days we can reinvent" trend. ALF...

Yes, that's right. Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to ALF, as they're already developing a live action/CG hybrid film. The show's creator, Paul Fusco, will produce the film alongside episode producer Tom Patchett and The Smurfs' producer Jordan Kerner.

What do you think? Do you think it'll be another terrible half-CG schlockfest like The Smurfs? Or something that's faithful to original source material, like The Muppets? I can't say at the moment, I'm just tired of most of these animation studios trying to modernize childhood icons and classic shows from the past, though I will give Sony Pictures Animation a lot of credit, since they have a lot of upcoming projects that do sound promising. Only time will tell with this one.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Po Returns


DreamWorks recently announced that Kung Fu Panda 3, which was already in development for quite some time, will be a co-production with the newly established Oriental DreamWorks. The plan is to have it ready by around 2016 or 2017. In addition to that, the third How to Train Your Dragon film is planned for 2016.

Personally, I'm looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 3, despite my initial disapproval of DreamWorks' knack for making more sequels than Pixar or anyone else, though other studios are starting to jump on this bandwagon as well. Fox has another Rio coming in 2014, and they'll probably have another Ice Age film after that. Sony has a Smurfs trilogy planned, plus a Cloudy with a Chance with Meatballs sequel, and so on...

Why would I be excited for this, though? Simple. Kung Fu Panda 2 was surprisingly good and arguably superior to its impressive predecessor, plus the ending was a slight sequel hook. If it's a quality film and it brings in the bucks for the company, then I'm content with that, seeing how it will support the more original projects in the pipeline. With all this expansion (DreamWorks acquiring Classic Media recently), we can only imagine how big their upcoming slate will be...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Quite a Magical Time


One of the most interesting sections of Beatles history for me is the mid-to-late 1967 period, following the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band's manager, Brian Epstein, had died on August 27th. The glue that held the Fab Four together wasn't there anymore. What could the band give listeners after the release of Pepper? The Beatles were slowly straying from the two-album-a-year routine, which began in 1966 with Revolver. Since EMI needed an album for the Christmas market, their best bet was a greatest hits compilation. So what could the four give listeners for the holidays of 1967?

It was none other than Magical Mystery Tour...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Disney VHS Collection Update

Here's a new Disney VHS collection update for you...



When I got my current YouTube channel back in February of 2010, I immediately filmed myself demonstrating the collection all over again like I did on my old account. Then I filmed a much more in-depth series in December, but during that time, I didn't really get any new VHS tapes or Beta tapes for the collection. I only got the super rare 1986 Walt Disney Classics box set and two more other Classics editions after that. I did an update for the box set, of course, but for the other two VHS tapes, they just appeared in a video where I showed the entire collection...

So this is my first real Disney VHS update that's done like a Blu-ray or DVD update would be done. Suffice to say, I'm glad I went to that yard sale. I also scooped up a non-Disney animated classic too, so enjoy. More updates should come later on this month if I find anything.

A little more about the tapes themselves:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1994 VHS - For many years, Disney refused to release this film on home video since it was one of their highest grossing titles of all time (adjusted, it's the highest grossing animated film of all time) and it continued to do extremely well when theatrically re-released. They had the same attitude towards Fantasia as well, but they finally released that film on video in 1991 and it became the best-selling home video of all time until One Hundred and One Dalmatians hit home video months later. So with that, Disney re-released theatrically one last time and had this begin the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection, replacing The Classics.
- Originally released on October 25, 1994

Fantasia 1991 VHS - One of the only Disney films actually packed in the black clamshell case (not counting the first four releases in the Classics line, and the Limited Gold Editions). The version of the film on this video release was the 1990 50th Anniversary print which added end credits to the film. The cut itself is the same as the 1946 "general release" version, running 120 minutes. This would also be the first release of Disney animated classic that came as a part of a deluxe box set.
- Originally released on November 1, 1991

Old Yeller 2002 VHS - Made a big mistake in the video, accidentally saying it came out in 2004. Not much to say about this one, considering that Old Yeller was one of those titles that didn't go back in the Vault.
- Originally released on May 7, 2002

The Rescuers 1999 VHS - Of course, we all know the controversy surrounding this video release. Oddly enough, the VHS uses the 1989 theatrical re-release version of the film on here. It doesn't open with the Buena Vista logo, but instead the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo. The Buena Vista logo appears at the end, much like it did for the 1991 theatrical re-release of One Hundred and One Dalmatians and very early printings of the 1992 VHS (without the previews that follow).
- Originally released on January 5, 1999, clean version released March 23rd

The Little Mermaid 1998 VHS - The version of the film used on this video release is that of the 1997 theatrical re-release, with some minor alterations to the end credits plus the priest's knee altered since that also caused a lot of controversy.
- Originally released on March 31, 1998

The Secret of NIMH 1994 VHS - Not much to comment on here, as the film had been released on home video twice before this was released. In fact, there were plans to theatrically re-release it sometime in the late 1980s. If that happened, maybe the film would've gotten more popularity.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Dark Age? (Part 3)


Part 1
Part 2

With Disney losing Don Bluth and several young animators during production of The Fox and the Hound in 1979, the studio was beginning to undergo some revisions. The live action output significantly changed. While Disney had delivered great live action films over the years like Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Pollyanna and several others, there were also a lot of goofball comedies that were polluting the 1970s: The BoatniksThe Million Dollar DuckNo Deposit, No ReturnGus, The Cat from Outer SpaceLove Bug sequels and a whole lot more.