feature animation

Pixar’s Coco wins top honors at Imagen Awards

Pixar’s “Coco” is still picking up awards as we prepare to move into the next awards season. The movie, which tells the touching story of a multi-generational family during the Dia de los Muertos festival, won both Best Feature Film and Best Director for Lee… Read More »Pixar’s Coco wins top honors at Imagen Awards

Moana teaser trailer takes us to fascinating world

Over the past few years, Disney animation has taken us to the fantasy worlds of Arendelle, San Fransokyo and Zootopia, so what’s next? We got our answer this week when Disney released the first teaser trailer for their next animated feature; Moana. Normally teaser trailers… Read More »Moana teaser trailer takes us to fascinating world

Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur reportedly back on track

In October, we reported that Pixar’s animated feature “The Good Dinosaur” had been moving forward with a new director – Peter Sohn. Sohn even hand drew a little teaser video. After replacing the previous director, a not uncommon occurrence at Pixar (it’s happened in 4… Read More »Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur reportedly back on track

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Concept Art Explored

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With just a few months left before Disney’s next animated feature hits the cinemas, it’s time we start paying closer attention to the world created for Big Hero 6.

Animation World Network was given access to some early concept art for the movie and was able to talk with Don Hall, co-director of the film, about the movie and the comic book it was based on.

“I was encouraged to explore the Marvel universe,” explained Hall, “and one of the projects I found was called ‘Big Hero 6.’ I’d never heard of it, but I liked the title and its Japanese influences — it just sounded cool.” Disney encouraged the filmmakers to take the existing property and make it their own. “We thought about sticking more closely to the source material,” he added, “but the idea of creating our own world was far too enticing.”

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We also get a look at more concept art for the characters in the film, including this final character lineup:

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The Big Hero 6 characters (L-R): Wasabi, Go Go Tomago, Honey Lemon, Fred, Hiro Hamada, Baymax, Aunt Cass, Tadashi Hamada, Professor Robert Callaghan and Yokai.

Much more awesome concept art in the original article at AWN!

Below the jump, one more awesome mini-trailer featuring Baymax who has all the right dance moves:

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Frozen Co-Director Chris Buck on Bringing Movie to Life

Trevor Hogg over at Flickering Myth is back with another insightful look at the inner workings of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Fans of Disney’s Frozen will want to read his interview with co-directory Chris Buck about the creation of the animated musical. I knew the… Read More »Frozen Co-Director Chris Buck on Bringing Movie to Life

Disney’s Frozen Passes One Billion Dollars at Box Office

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Yesterday was quite a day for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Not only did their most recent film “Frozen” win two Academy Awards, it crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. That makes it the biggest non-sequel animated film ever and the second biggest animated film of all time. Not too shabby for a film that struggled to get out of story development.

The golden icicles keep piling up in Disney’s bank account with an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. Passing that threshold makes it The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” Disney’s second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

“With ‘Frozen,’ we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in a way we only dreamed was possible,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “Animation is the cornerstone of our company, and thanks to the vision, dedication, and talent of our tremendous cast and filmmaking team, Disney Animation has come roaring back with a new classic for fans of all ages.”Read More »Disney’s Frozen Passes One Billion Dollars at Box Office

Frozen Races To Another Box Office Freeze Out

On this weekend when severe storms may have kept audiences away from theaters across most of the US, Disney’s animated feature Frozen continued to freeze out the competition at the top of the box office. It iced out Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and claimed… Read More »Frozen Races To Another Box Office Freeze Out