Found this pair of videos of the Mr. Potato Head (voiced by Don Rickles) audio-animatronic at the entrance to “Toy Story Midway Mania” at California Adventure. This audio-animatronic is an example of two great Imagineering technologies merging to make some magic. Audio-animatronics harkens back to… Read More »Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story Mania – New Video
Gina Keating of Reuters writes about Disney using hand-drawn "two-dimensional" a.k.a. "traditional" animation. Hand-drawn animation, out of fashion in the computer age, experienced a rescue worthy of a fairy tale on Thursday, when Walt Disney animators announced they would bring back the art form to the big screen. "We will be bringing back hand-drawn (two-dimensional)… Read More »Disney Open to Multiple Animation Methods
Disney is about to release a new Animated Film, but it’s not from Walt Disney Feature Animation, in fact it’s not from the Walt Disney Company at all. Valiant was created by Vanguard Studios and was bought for distribution by Disney. Motley Fool thinks Disney’s strategy is a little murky with this one. I have… Read More »Motley Fool Foolish on Disney?
Joss Whedon (imdb), creator of the very successful Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel TV series, got his start as part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation stable. He wanted to write the next big animated musical for the mouse, but instead, he was asked to script doctor Toy Story, the first film in the… Read More »Joss Whedon Spills the beans on Toy Story
Okay. This is actually old news. But a Reuters article that ran yesterday is stirring up the dust again. Disney has to start completely from scratch on this Toy Story sequel. Apparently, Pixar isn’t obligated to give them anything, not even character model sheets. AWpTiMuS.com explains the general feelings out there on his blog. Of… Read More »Disney Creates Seperate Unit for Digital Animation
What is to become of Disney Animation? Is the brand already too watered down by the direct to video sequals and television quality animation passed off as feature animation? People are getting concerned. I’ll tell you why people are concerned. They think Disney’s lost its touch. Whether the Mickey Mouse company decides to hand off… Read More »Illuminating Fool
Bolt.com, an online community for teens and twenty somethings, has posted their top ten list of Classic Disney Animated Films. The Lion King rules the roost beating out some of the more recent films including those by Pixar. Here’s the total list: Bolt’s Top 10 Animated Movies 1. The Lion King… Read More »Disney’s Top Animated Features
Apparently Disney is content to severe all ties with Pixar and go it alone with their own CGI Animation Department. To that end, they just announced that two more sequels to the Toy Story movie will be released, but this time without the help of Pixar. If that doesn’t put a nail in the coffin… Read More »Toy Story III & IV