Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) has announced it will be opening a new facility north of the border in Vancouver, BC, Canada sometime in 2022. Animation veteran Amir Nasrabadi will serve as head of Walt Disney Animation Studios in Vancouver. His resume includes overseeing Pixar… Read More »Walt Disney Animation Studios to Open Vancouver Location with ‘Moana’ Series as First Project
Welcome to the next installment of our Animated Anniversary series! Before embarking on our second trip down memory lane, you can read Part 1 here. Here we review a handful of animated features that celebrate their birthdays (i.e. their United States release date) in March,… Read More »Animated Anniversary: Memory Lane Magic (Part 2)
If Gazelle’s “Try Everything” doesn’t get you bopping, this announcement surely will. Shanghai Disney Resort just announced that a “Zootopia”-themed land is coming to Shanghai Disneyland, marking the second major expansion since the resort opened in 2016. Disney’s animated hit “Zootopia” hit screens in 2016.… Read More »Shanghai Disneyland Welcomes “Zootopia”
The big rumor over the weekend was that Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be closing Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Cast members were reportedly told that the conservation themed land would be going to a seasonal basis beginning in October. Others heard that it was permanently closing, although… Read More »Disney’s Animal Kingdom closing Rafiki’s Planet Watch, what’s coming next?
Judy Hopps wanted to be the first rabbit police officer in Zootopia, but she had to overcome prejudice and bullying to earn her badge. In a new special edition of “As Told by Emoji,” the creators of Zootopia released a video PSA for October’s National… Read More »Disney’s Zootopia Anti-Bullying PSA for National Bullying Prevention Month
One of the amazing research teams at Disney Research division of Walt Disney Imagineering has come up with a way to allow the animated world to interact with the real world in real tie on the screen. They call their first official proof of concept… Read More »Disney research let’s you interact with virtual characters via augmented reality
Last summer I had the privilege of attending a Filmmaking Residency at CalArts (essentially Disney University), which included a fantastic guest speaker appearance by Rich Moore, co-creator of Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, and many others. Since “Zootopia” is now an Oscar-winning film (and Moore an Oscar-winning… Read More »An evening with Disney animation director Rich Moore
It really is the truth that it’s an honor just to be nominated. When you’re on the list with other talented artists and technicians you’ve been recognized for excellence. But to win an Oscar will forever write your name in the record books. Here are… Read More »Disney’s Oscars Wins totalled