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Avengers, Brave, Muppets, and Monsters University at Disney’s D23 Expo

Avengers, Brave, Muppets, and Monsters University at Disney's D23 Expo

Comic-Con, E3, WizardWorld and more are all part of the convention boom that has taken over in the past decade or so. Hoping to join in the take over, Disney is ready to unleash a whole new world of exclusives and teaser information at their own upcoming convention, D23 Expo. Fans will get a special look inside Disney projects, Pixar Movies, and the comic book world of Marvel, with all-star appearances from the folks behind the Muppets, The Avengers, Pixar’s Brave, and so much more. The whole adventure begins on August 19th, an we’d need a full press release to get all the details out there … so thankfully, that’s exactly what we have! Read on.

Disney XD fishes Finding Nemo

Disney XD fishes Finding Nemo

The spread of Disney’s latest empire, Disney XD, is moving far and wide, reaching Canada tomorrow morning, June 1st. As part of the Astral Media family, the new network will be host to a whole slew of Disney projects, animated and otherwise, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Kick Buttowski, Phineas and Ferb, Sky High, and Holes. Of special interest to our site and other Pixar fans will be the debut of Finding Nemo on June 25th. It’s been nearly 10 years since the film first cracked theaters in 2003 – by now, Nemo could be raising a family of his own! So, if you feel like visiting your pals Marlin, Dory, Crush, and others – head on over to Disney XD for your fix!

Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles Review

Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles Review

For the past ten or fifteen years, it is undeniable how popular CG animated toons have been; the Toy Story franchise, Shrek, How to train your Dragon, Cars, Madagascar, etc, etc. In that same span of time, it is similarly clear that this is also the age of the super hero; The Batman and Dark Knight films, Spider-Man, X-Men and Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, etc. So, in 2004, Disney teamed with Pixar to release what would seemingly be the perfect storm collaboration: The Incredibles, a CG animated film about super heroes. Seven years later, the package is ready for home viewing on the highest of definitions, Blu-ray, asking us the question “how was it?” In a ridiculously cliched description; Incredible.

Disney releases The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition

Disney releases The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition

In 1985, there was no Toy Story. There was no Finding Nemo, no Beauty and the Beast, no Incredibles, no Lion King, no Cars, no Little Mermaid. The heyday of the Disney Studio had passed into a bit of a darker time, perhaps best documented in the early parts of the Waking Sleeping Beauty documentary. However, the time was not without its stories, and Disney was still hard at work on their epics. One such dynamic creation was the Black Cauldron, the 25th theatrical animated presentation based on Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain book series. An evil Horned King, a demonic Black Cauldron, a world in peril, with only a handful of young-yet-noble heroes to save the day: Taran, Princess Eilonwy, Fflewddur Fflam, and Gurgi. Now, 25 years later, Disney is re-releasing the story on DVD as The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition, set to hit stores on September 14th. Check out the full press release and DVD box art.

Disney’s Day & Night short before Pixar’s Toy Story 3

Disney's Day & Night short before Pixar's Toy Story 3

Pixar is not only world famous for it’s amazing CG feature length films, they’re also well regarded for their powerful animated shorts; brief, several-minute toons that can stand on their own at festivals, or, more recently, quick specials that appear before the longer movies. Through the Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Up, and Wall-E, we’ve seen shorts like Presto, For the Birds, Geri’s Game, and more. Disney’s Toy Story 3 debuted a few weeks ago with a brand new short running just before it; Day & Night. The animation features two characters, Day and Night, that act out what their names refer to. For example, Day has a bright sun within him, where as Night has a cool moon. Day is a rainbow; Night is fireworks. Make sense? …not so much? Well check out this “making of” clip, then go see it in theaters with Toy Story!

Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Jack Black lead list of top voice talent

Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and Jack Black lead list of top voice talent

Forbes recently compiled a top 10 list of Hollywood’s Animation A-List; the voice actor’s who bring in the most attention, and most money, for their animated features. With the pheneomenal and enduring success of the Shrek franchise, it’s not difficult to see why Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy are up there as Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey in the DreamWorks Animation pics, pulling in about $10 million a piece – potentially more in the upcoming Shrek Forever After. Kung Fu Panda’s Jack Black also edges towards the top, and will likely help kick that up a little further in the sequel, The Kaboom of Doom, scheduled to hit theaters summer 2011. Take a look at the full list

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Waking Sleeping Beauty

The history of beautiful animated films is no perfect fairytale. Sure, now we have Finding Nemo, Coraline, Kung Fu Panda, and The Princess and the Frog. And yeah, it all stems from the rich heritage of golden age classics, like early Mickey Mouse reels, Snow White, Looney Tunes, and Sleeping Beauty. But the late 1970s brought a “dark age,” when animation studios were shut down, artists fired, projects canceled, and the medium itself was thought to be dead. That’s where the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty steps in, telling the true story of how animation, and the love for the art, was brought back to life by a group including Roy Disney (of Disney family fame), John Lasseter (Pixar, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up, Wall-E, etc.) Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Alice in Wonderland, etc.), and Don Bluth (An American Tail, The Land Before Time, The Secret of NIMH, etc.) and dozens of others. Together, they brought us the Disney Renaissance, revived the entire industry with new classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. On March 26th, in select theaters, you’ll get to see the story for yourself. But for now, check out the trailer!

Pixar Short Films

Pixar Short Films

On December 2nd, at 7pm, ABC Family will be hosting Walt Disney Pictures Presents Pixar Short Films, a full, 2-hour special that features 20 (20!) short animations created by the animation powerhouse. This is not going to be a marathon of Toy Story, Up, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others; rather, this will be a showcase of many of the brief mini-movies that aired before those films in theaters, as well as a collection of animations never seen in movie houses. The set list includes: Geri’s Game, For the Birds, Tin Toy, Luxo Jr., Mike’s New Car, One Man Band, Lifted and Presto. Check out a little gallery of images from the shorts, after the break!

The Wall-E DVD reviews are in!

Wall-E DVD

The lucky devils at IGN have gotten their hands on a fresh new copy of the WALL•E DVD before we could, so they got to review it first.  Here’s what they had to say about it:

WALL•E is the kind of movie that you spend months anticipating and then have nothing to say about it when you finally see it. A masterpiece on par with Pixar’s very best films, Andrew Stanton’s overdue follow-up to Finding Nemo is everything one could possibly want from a film about a robot finding love, and even more. But the problem is that its substance is all so visible and understandable that it demands, and needs, no further analysis. All of which is why the best that should be said about it is it’s wonderful, and you should see it as soon as possible.

[Source: IGN]
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