Hand Drawn trailer helps market Big Hero 6 in Japan

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There’s something about hand-drawn animation and its ability to draw up major emotions with just a few curves of a pencil. So, even though Big Hero 6 is computer animated, it’s no surprise Disney turned to an anime inspired look to market the movie in Japan.

The animated trailer was made by Tekken who is a comedian known for emotional flip-book-style anime shorts. The song in the trailer is “Story” by the popular singer AI.

The trailer provides a bit of a backstory for the entire film without giving too much away. It centers on the relationship between Hiro and his brother Tadashi, then moves on to how Baymax cares for Hiro.

Even if you’ve not seen Big Hero 6, get your kleenex ready.

In Japan the film is known as Baymax, owing perhaps to Japan’s slight obsession with robots.

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Disney Store Chain Reaction Christmas Ad

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The Disney Store UK has released a charming Christmas ad that features a chain reaction involving hundreds of toys, apparel, and other merchandise.

Rube Goldberg would have been proud.

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Annie Leibovitz Photo Graces Cinderella Poster

You saw the poster earlier with the first trailer for Disney’s live action remake of Cinderella, but did you detect something special. Okay, Lily James as Cinderella is pretty special by herself, but the artistic eye of photographer Annie Leibobitz actually took the photo, as well as a number of other photos, to help promote the film. Many of those photos are available on newstands now inside Vogue magazine’s December issue.

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If that poster looks familiar, it probably reminds you of the very first photo in Annie Leibovitz’s Disney Dream Portrait Series with Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella taken way back in 2007.

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I guess it’s okay if great artists steal from themselves, right?

Walt Disney Studios has also released a few more photos showing various characters in costumes designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell. Continue reading

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Magic Kingdom Plaza Improvement – November 2014 Construction Update

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The Plaza (or Hub) at the Magic Kingdom is undergoing a major renovation in order to improve guest flow during the busy show and parade times. We’re back with another look at the progress made so far. We had two updates in September, but we actually skipped October. So there’s been quite a bit of progress since we last checked in.

The side closer to Crystal Palace is closer to completion. You can start to see where the viewing area/garden area will take shape as well a the new path that will lead from near Crystal Palace into the hub. The Tomorrowland Terrace side is a bit further behind, and there’s more work to be done as they also have to build a new seating area in front of the Plaza Restaurant.

The end result of this construction will be a wider area leading from Main Street to the Hub. There will be two garden areas that can be used for fireworks viewing parties, expanded outside seating for Casey’s Jr and some much needed seating for the Ice Cream Palace and Starbucks.

Continue the tour below: Continue reading

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Cinderella trailer reveals live action remake

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It’s official, we have the first full trailer for Disney live-action adaptation of Cinderella! Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, this film seems to pack nostalgia for the animated original in spades. Seeing more than a few moments brought to life is truly wonderful. I’m sure you’ll recognize more than a few scenes that seem to have been brought straight from the animated film.

While we do only see snippets of the actors portrayals, what we do see seems to be perfect. Each actor seems to have been cast perfectly and I think I am most excited for Helen Bonham Carters and Cate Blanchett’s portrayals.

On top of what we see in terms of acting we are also treated to some spectacular visuals. To say that I got chills from the trailer is a little bit of an understatement.

While Maleficent sought to update the original film with a more unconventional villain and twist on true love, Cinderella seems to be a more straight forward adaptation. While I hope Disney gives us a good twist at the end, I hope they also take it to a darker place. With Sir Branagh’s directorial filmography mostly consisting of Shakespeare films, I wouldn’t be too surprised if he goes in that direction.

Regardless of how Cinderella turns out, it looks like we are in for a very faithful re imagining of the original film that will make us feel like a kid again. Cinderella coming March 13th, 2015.

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