Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bolt coming along strong at WDAS

Readers who saw early concept art or even a short animation loop at SIGGAPH will be surprised by the look of BOLT, the 2008 release from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Back when Lilo & Stitch director Chris Sanders was at the helm, and the film was called "American Dog", viewers would have been treated to a colorful wash inspired by the drawings of Edward Hopper of animation and heartfelt story of a dog who lost his way in America.

Since the decision to switch directors, and much of the story, very little concept art has been seen. What we have seen is a total change in direction. But now a few people have seen test-screenings and the early word is good.

This will likely be the last CGI film from Walt Disney Animation Studios for a while. They'll let the more experienced crew up at Pixar handle that load for now.

Animated News has a photo of a poster for Bolt at California Adventure and the first official trailer is rumored to be in front of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Btw, NT2 is also going to feature the first new Goofy Short to be released in a long time -- How To Hook Up Your Home Theater.

DiggIt!Add to del.icio.usAdd to RedditStumble This

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A New Disney Princess on the Horizon?

Just saw this Wall Street Journal article that discusses Disney's attempt to capitalize on it's princess franchises. But I think they buried the lede. This is the first I've heard of a new Scottish Disney Princess, and the first Disney Princess to come from the halls of Pixar in Emeryville instead of Disney in Burbank/Glendale.

Disney plans to introduce a new African-American princess called Tiana in an animated film, "The Princess and the Frog," a response to demands for more diversity among princesses. Two other animated princess-based movies -- one starring Rapunzel and another starring a Scottish princess in a new Pixar production -- will be rolled out after that.
Interesting. Could that Scottish Princess be from the John Carter of Mars novels? There is one titled A Princess of Mars. I seemed to remember her being from Mars. Could this be Brenda Chapman Lima's as yet unannounced picture?

There's also this interesting little bit about Princess Giselle. Who, is already appearing in a parade at Disney-MGM Studios.
Meanwhile, Disney's first live-action princess movie, "Enchanted," will hit screens this week and is being tapped to sell more princess products. The movie -- in which an animated girl betrothed to a prince is propelled into modern-day, live-action New York City -- was originally conceived as a chance to introduce a new princess, Giselle, to the lineup, according to people familiar with the matter.
Oy. In other words, the film germinated in Marketing before heading to Story? I hope that wasn't the case. That's exactly backwards.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

DiggIt!Add to del.icio.usAdd to RedditStumble This

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dame Judi Dench to narrate Spaceship Earth

I've just heard that Dame Judi Dench, whom you may recognize as 'M' from the recent James Bond films, will be the narrator when Epcot's Spaceship Earth reopens early next year.

This will mark the first female narrator for the attraction and the fourth in the history of the attraction. Previous narrators were Vic Perrin, Walter Cronkite, and Jeremy Irons.

I had heard that Patrick Stewart had been selected as the new narrator. So take this latest leak with a grain of salt. Either Stewart or Dench is infinitly better than Patrick Warburton. Picture in your mind Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove saying "On This Our Spaceship Earth."

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

DiggIt!Add to del.icio.usAdd to RedditStumble This