Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer as Disney’s TRON?

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What happens if you reduce the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer to its basic forms and highlight them as beams of neon? You get a trailer that feels like it could be set in the world of Disney’s TRON:

Okay, that’s not quite exactly TRON. But I do like it.

This trailer was made by UK artist “Neonardo” who designs animation as if it was done entirely in neon. The effect is simple and fun drawing out the essence of what makes the trailer work.

Neonardo has also created an incredible animated neon take on the Marvel Ant-Man poster. Check it out below:
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Disney Wins Several Awards at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards

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The Annie Awards, which honor excellence in animation in film, video, and television, were held last night, and Disney won many of its categories in TV, but got snubbed when it came to the movies.

Big Hero 6 was nominated for Best Animated Feature, and Outstanding Achievement Directing in an Animated Feature Production, but lost in both categories to Dreamwork’s How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Last year, Disney won both categories on the strength of the blockbuster film, Disney’s FrozenBig Hero 6 did walk away with one award, for Animated Effects in an Animated Production. Baymax would be proud.

Disney did much better with television, winning eight trophies overall. Five of them went to the Disney Channel’s “Disney Mickey Mouse” show, which had the second-most wins of any title.

The Walt Disney Family Museum also won the evening’s Special Achievement Award, which recognizes the unique and significant impact the winner has had on the art and industry of animation.

Here are all the Annie Awards that Disney won on January 31, 2015: Continue reading

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Instapic: Rats!


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The animal statues dusted across Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom always reminds me of a Miyazaki movie from Studio Ghibli. This rat is near Pizzafari.

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Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake will now replace Michael C. Hall with Karl Urban

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Some news for all of you looking forward to the Pete’s Dragon remake. Michael C. Hall from Dexter was originally set to star in the modern adaptation. Now, it looks like Karl Urban is taking his place.

No worries though. It seems this change is simply due to scheduling conflicts. This does not seem to be a reflection on how things are going. This bad news for every Michael Hall fan. I myself am a much bigger fan of Karl Urban. Any film that stars him is a must see on my list.

Karl Urban will now join Robert Redford, Bryce Howard, Oakes Fegley (Pete), and more for the adaptation. With the film set for August 2016, don’t expect many more details anytime soon.

( Photo courtesy Xanathon cc-by-sa license )

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The last time Disney produced a Super Bowl halftime show

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The year was 2000 and St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans were competing in the first Super Bowl of the new millennium inside the Georgia Dome. After Gloria Estafan and Stevie Wonder performed in 1999, Disney decided they could do better. Disney was known for the great half-time shows they produced at the Orange Bowl for college football, so they got this right?

What Disney decided to do was a high concept 10 minute concert version of their WDW Millennium Celebration with elements of Reflections of Earth and Tapestry of Nations. Performing was Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton and they brought out Edward James Olmos to narrate.

Wait, where was Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy? Where are the Disney songs we love to hear? Nope, none of that. We Disney fans all know and love these Millenium Celebration songs now, but at that point, they might as well have been from Mars. I remember being impressed, but the rest of the world was mostly confused.

And that was the last time Disney was asked to do a Halftime show? Coincidence?

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