“Moana” tells the tale of a head-strong teen who defies her village’s ban on sailing the ocean in order to save them from destruction. The movie has been a learning experience for the seasoned veterans. “We had to learn a whole new pipeline,” Musker says. “The way to get from script to storyboard is the same, but once you get into the production process, it is a different thing. It’s less linear.”
In Disney's Moana, the 16-year-old title character goes on a journey with the demigod Maui. Taken from Polynesian mythology and voiced by Dwayne Johnson, Maui is an imposing figure, but he's almost upstaged by tiny Mini Maui, a kind of sentient tattoo that comes to life on Maui's impressively muscled and decorated body.
After only a week in business, it is already winning critical acclaim and beginning to rack up award nominations. Maybe most encouraging of all, Native Americans and other indigenous people, are loving “Moana,” which means “ocean” and tells the story of a young Pacific Islander chief’s daughter, a bold, strong and independent teen who sets sail to save her people.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is readying their next computer-generated feature film called "Moana." I got a chance to attend the film's press day in July and sat down with Visual Effects Supervisor Kyle Odermatt and Technical Supervisor Hank Driskill. Both say "Moana," which will hit US theaters in November, is Disney's most effects-filled film ever.
Partway through Moana, an animated musical due out Nov. 23, the titular character’s traveling companion, a tattooed demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), refers to her as a princess. “I am not a princess,” Moana says. “If you wear a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess,” he counters. But Disney’s latest heroine, a 16-year-old Polynesian voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, puts an end to this mansplaining. She doesn’t do it with a witty retort; instead she does it by navigating the ocean, defeating a pissed-off lava monster and saving the world with a dimwitted pet chicken in tow.
While all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, another team is embarking on a very different sort of adventure.
Disney released a new TV spot for its upcoming animated adventure Moana on Sunday night, due to also air during NBC’s Olympics coverage. In the minute-long teaser, the film’s titular heroine (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) asks the tattooed demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to join her on a daring voyage to save the world.
Fans were treated to a sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming “Moana” on Thursday at a Comic-Con, where directors Ron Clements and John Musker showed clips from the animated film featuring an island princess and surprised the capacity crowd by sharing the first three minutes of the film.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has come on board as the first corporate sponsor for Women in Animation.
The sponsorship will help the organization host monthly events, expand its mentorship program and help with the development of its legacy and archive program. Disney’s support will also help the organization continue to raise awareness about its 50-50 by 2025 initiative, which aims to see half of all creative jobs in animation held by women within the next decade.
Disney’s next feature film, Moana, is still in progress and won’t be seen in full for another several months. But Disney’s next short film is ready for its world premiere. Titled Inner Workings, it’ll debut at the Annecy Film Festival in June along with a never-before-seen preview of Moana.
As you might twig from the title, Disney Animation Studios' latest film Zootropolis (called Zootopia in the US) is set in a world run by animals: elephant ice-cream parlours, mouse mafia, buffalo police chiefs – you name it. As one might imagine, animating such a menagerie presented the studio – coming off a streak of hits, from Frozen to Big Hero 6 – with a rather hairy problem.
Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS)’ newest feature film,Zootopia, opening in theaters everywhere this Friday, March 4, draws upon a rich legacy of Disney films with animals at its center, from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) to Bolt (2008). But audiences will see for the first time in Zootopia technical advances in how these animals come to life on screen. Never before has it been possible for animators to visualize such a vast array of animals so realistically, with fur that’s more lifelike than any other Disney animated film.
Zootopia is more than just a massive hit; it’s a record-breaker. The Walt Disney film snagged a $73.7 million opening weekend (as of this writing), which is a record for a Walt Disney animated feature, the biggest non-summer animated opening, the ninth-biggest animated debut of all time, and the third-biggest opening ever for a wholly original motion picture.
“Zootopia,” the latest animated film from Disney, imagines a world where humans never existed and where predator and prey live together in a world of, well, creature comforts. This unique metropolis was conceived by production designer David Goetz and his team, who created an environment where animals of all shapes, sizes and climate needs are able to co-exist.
Instead the nuanced moment comes smack in the middle of a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, and it's not the only edgy reference — "Zootopia," which opens Friday, also includes sly innuendoes about police profiling and workplace discrimination as well as allusions to grown-up pop culture favorites "The Godfather," "Chinatown" and "Breaking Bad." Yes, the studio known for its fairy tale castles and doe-eyed princesses has sneaked a tart, subtle examination of bias into the middle of a talking-animals movie.
It looks like the Spring edition of Disney twenty-three is shaping up to be a special issue!
The new issue of the magazine, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, will include exclusive interviews with John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, as well as the teams behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ run of hits. The issue will also unveil rarely seen visual development art created for the Studio’s most recent films. There are also advance looks at the upcoming animated films Zootopia and the highly-anticipated Moana!
With films like Frozen, Big Hero 6 and next month’s new film Zootopia, Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally done the impossible: It’s regained its former glory and can easily share the animation throne with Pixar.
Just when it was looking like animated animal movies had run out of anything original to say, along comes the smartly amusing, crisply relevant Zootopia to handily demonstrate there’s still plenty of bite left in the anthropomorphic CG menagerie.
Disney’s next princess is headed to theaters in November, and Hawaiian teenager Auli’i Cravalho will voice Moana in the upcoming animated adventure. Now, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote music for the film, and costar Dwayne Johnson have taken to Twitter to share a new look at Moana.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has debuted the new Zootopia trailer, which you can watch in the player below! The new Zootopia trailer features the original song “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Grammy-winning international superstar Shakira. The single will be available everywhere on January 8.
A new trailer for Disney’s forthcoming animated film Zootopia has just been released — and although it centers on an animal utopia in which all beasts get along, this Zootopia shares some elements of our own world that you might find uncomfortably familiar.
What do filmmakers call the virtual herd of voice actors in Disney's animal-filled Zootopia?
"This is a stampede — no, make that a menagerie — of voice talent," says Rich Moore, who directed Zootopia (in theaters March 4) with Byron Howard. The directors recently revealed the cast of animated characters to USA TODAY.
Jack has gone up the beanstalk in countless stories and movies, but now Disney is aiming to tell the “definitive” version of the story, with songs written by Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Shakira announced Friday that she will be a part of the new Disney animated film “Zootopia,” voicing the character of Gazelle. Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, along with producer Clark Spencer, welcomed the singer via video at Disney’s D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and also gave the audience a sneak peek of “Try Everything,” Shakira’s song from the movie.
THERE’S A VERY specific conceit about the world of Zootopia: It a metropolis “designed for animals, by animals. That means this town, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2016 movie, has neighborhoods for all kinds of animals. There’s Sahara Square, for jungle-loving types. There’s Tundratown, for creatures who like things a little colder. There’s even a Rainforest District and a place for rabbits called The Burrows, where the population ticker is constantly going up (get it?). Oh, and the DMV is run by sloths. It’s all very cute, and—judging by what the studio showed at the D23 Expo—it also looks like a beautiful fully-imagined world.
Directors Bryan Howard and Rich Moore took the stage with producer Clark Spencer to talk about Zootopia. If these clips are a good representation of the overall quality of the film and how audience will respond to it, then Disney is will have a big hit on their hands with Zootopia. It’s smart, funny, endearing, and a great deal of work went into crafting the detailed world these characters live in.
A renderer is the software that takes all of the models, animations, and textures as well as lights and other scene objects, to produce the final images that make up an animated movie. The software calculates how light bounces around a virtual scene and shades the objects. Hyperion is our in-house renderer and is a physically-based path tracer.
Frozen Fever, along with eleven other notable Walt Disney animated shorts, will be available for home viewing soon. The dozen award-winning and fan-favorite shorts (listed below) will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Aug. 11 and on Blu-ray Aug. 18. (Three of the shorts have never been released on video before: Frozen Fever, Tick Tock Tale, and Lorenzo.)
It’s a story that could have been scripted by Walt Disney himself: an iconic American animation studio lurches from an illustrious past to a decade of famine. Changes are made and the next 10 years bring a decade of plenty. For Walt Disney Animation Studios, such fiction has become reality.
“We would really like to thank the Academy for honoring our film,” said Big Hero 6 director Don Hall onstage, as he was joined by fellow director Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli for their Best Animated Feature win. “This has been an amazing year for animated films, and we are privileged to be in your company,” he added of the category’s fellow nominees.
Disney’s animated short “Feast,” which depicts a relationship between a voracious puppy named Winston and the young man who feeds him, has won the Academy Award for animated short film.The film, which won an Annie Award earlier this year, played before showings of Disney’s feature “Big Hero 6.”
"Big Hero 6" has been a critical and commercial hit for Walt Disney Animation Studios, scoring an Oscar nomination and taking in more than $500 million at the box office. But the more important number may be the 39,000 hours Disney Animation spent developing the computer program that made the movie possible. The software, called Hyperion, simulates the physics of light, which can make animated films more lifelike or give them an otherworldly look.
On January 9th, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominated Disney’s Big Hero 6, LAIKA and Focus Features’ The Boxtrolls and Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie for Best Animated Film. This nomination for Big Hero 6 marks the first time that an animated feature film has been nominated ahead of it's wide release in the UK.
The November 7 arrival of Disney’s Big Hero 6 is as much a supercomputing triumph as it is an animated feast. It’s the coming out party for Hyperion—a cutting-edge light rendering software shaped by both Disney artists and engineers working in concert for two years.
The movie’s metropolitan portmanteau is a marvel of architectural alchemy. Shibuya skyscrapers with pulsing video screens hug San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Victorian Mission duplexes line hilly San Fransokyo neighborhoods, aglow from the pink-white light of Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom below.
Disney animators needed some help creating the Boston Terrier Winston in the short film Feast. So director Patrick Osborne put a call out for Disney staffers to bring their terriers to work for a canine study session.
It's been eight years since Disney bought Pixar, eight years since CEO Bob Iger put Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull in charge of Disney's flailing animation division. “There was so much pressure on us to close these doors,” Lasseter says. “Ed and I absolutely could not do that.”
A boy’s best friend is his surprisingly squishy robot in this first teaser from Disney’s next animated feature Big Hero 6 (in theaters Nov. 7.) Inspired by the Marvel comic book of the same name, it focuses on a 14-year-old named Hiro Hamada and his faithful, soft-hearted and soft-bodied best pal Baymax.
Five years after buying Marvel for $4 billion, Walt Disney Pictures will bring the comic book title Big Hero 6 to the screen on Nov. 7 in a full-length animated feature. We’ve got a first look at the poster here.
In early 2010, the Getty Conservation Institute began a collaboration with the Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) to improve the understanding of plastics used in modern and contemporary art. 'Animation Cels Shed Light on Preserving Plastics' explores the partnership to increase the treatment options available to conservators dealing with plastic objects in their collections.
Thousands joined together for an epic coast-to-coast “Frozen” singalong live today on “Good Morning America,” from Tony Award-winning singer Idina Menzel, to the New York City Children’s Chorus, to fans who gathered in Times Square, and viewers around the country who sent in their own heartwarming renditions.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is on a roll that began with 2010's 'Tangled' and continued with 2012's 'Wreck-It Ralph.' And now with Frozen - the $150 million movie has grossed almost a billion worldwide - Disney Animation is re-energized.
Disney Animation's 'Frozen' topped the feature competition at the 41st Annie Awards, collecting five trophies. Another Oscar nominated production, Disney's animated short 'Get A Horse!,' won the Annie for best short subject.
It was a night of laughs and tributes to "Frozen," “12 Years a Slave,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and other pictures at the fifth annual African-American Film Critics Association awards.
Quite simply, if the CG Mickey couldn't match the hand-drawn model refashioned to look like the 1928 original, the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse! short wouldn't have worked. And that was the responsibility of CG supervisor Adam Green (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), who worked side-by-side with 2D supervisor Eric Goldberg. Indeed, Green was mentored by Goldberg during this unique production that brilliantly encapsulates the history of Mickey and Disney.
The nation’s film critics’ expressed very warm feelings for Disney’s Frozen last night at the 19th Critics Choice Awards, naming the film Best Animated Feature and giving the Best Song honor to its top musical number, “Let It Go.”
When Walt Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger showed up at the premiere of filmFrozen on Nov. 27, he was already sure that the animated musical about two sisters was something special, a return to the magical essence that made Disney, well, Disney.
The Walt Disney Company's animated musical has been a surprise blockbuster. Despite opening before Thanksgiving, it beat a dozen new entrants to become the most successful movie of the holiday season. A week ago it enjoyed the rare success of ranking No. 1 on its sixth weekend playing nationwide.
In the new “Get a Horse!,” playing in theaters with the animated feature “Frozen,” Mickey, Minnie and their friends go on a hayride, in the process traveling from black-and-white, 2-D hand-drawn images to color, 3-D digital animation.
For four hours on Friday and two hours on Saturday, Walt Disney Studios
gave fans gathered at a convention here an extensive look into its movie
pipeline. And while the crowd was a friendly one, Disney left nothing
But how did Disney’s movie presentations go over with a more skeptical
audience, namely this beat reporter? Here are five takeaways...
The Kids’ Choice Awards were tonight on Nickelodeon, and several
animated films were honored with recognition (sans slime). Disney
Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph won Favorite Animated Movie, while
Adam Sandler won Favorite Voice in Animated Movie for his role as
Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania.
Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne and I exchanged
emails about his career at the Walt Disney Animation Studio, where he was the
animation supervisor on “Paperman,” which won the Academy Award for Best
Animated Short Film.
It was the first animated short Oscars for Disney
Animation Studio since 1969. (George Clooney also won his second Oscar that night, as producer for best motion picture “Argo.”)
John Kahrs, the creator of the romantic,
Oscar-winning animated short Paperman,
calls himself a ‘late bloomer’–despite having worked both at Pixar and now
Disney, this is his directorial debut, at age 45.
Being at the Oscars (and the requisite
after-party) was a ‘surreal’ experience for him, so he regaled Vulture with
what happened during his night out with the stars, including his run-ins with
Anne Hathaway, Steven Spielberg, and Jennifer Lawrence.
John Kahrs is a Disney animator and the director of the Oscar-nominated animated short film “Paperman,” which is distinctive for its melding of traditional hand-drawn and computer-generated animation techniques.
a little icebreaker from the makers of Frozen. Walt Disney Animation Studios has debuted
this exclusive concept image from its upcoming comedy adventure, just in time
to make you feel good about your own December.