Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NEW Dinner & a Movie Program at EL CAPITAN THEATRE Starts this Friday

Here we go with a story again that features both animation and food. From a press release I just received:

In conjunction with the El Capitan Theatre's engagement of Disney's "Planes: Fire and Rescue" opening this Friday, The El Capitan is rolling out a new program called “Dinner and a Movie” by partnering with another Hollywood classic, Miceli’s Italian Restaurant.

El Capitan guests may book a special package including reserved seating at Miceli's at 5:15pm that includes choice of pasta entrees, side salad, mini cannoli, and fountain beverage, with tax and gratuity included. Dinner is followed by reserved seating for the 6:45pm 3D screening of Disney's "Planes: Fire and Rescue" at The El Capitan Theatre, plus live on stage, an all-new show with Mickey and Friends for $30 per person. (Dinner and movie tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance of date attending, and seating is limited and subject to availability.)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Toy Story: Art Influencing Reality

This is one of those things you look at and wonder how you didn't think of doing it:

I assume the Pizza Planet truck is nearby.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sony Announces Medusa

Sony Pictures Animation Announces
New Original Feature Project MEDUSA,
With Emmy® Winner Lauren Faust To Direct

Culver City, CA, June 5, 2014 – Sony Pictures Animation today announced the acquisition of an original animated comedy feature pitch by Todd Alcott and Holly Golden entitled MEDUSA, which will tell an all-new story behind the infamous snake-headed lady from Greek mythology.  Emmy® winner Lauren Faust, who rebooted the My Little Pony franchise in 2010 and turned it into the current My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic phenomenon with an ever-growing fanbase of all ages, is attached to direct the feature.

Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate will supervise production, along with Jenny Marchick and Daniel Inkeles. Kouyate states, “After hearing the ingeniously funny pitch from Todd and Holly, we could immediately see the enormous potential in the idea.  And when Lauren Faust, a uniquely gifted animation filmmaker with a real talent for relating to audiences, connected with the project, we knew the combination of her vision and their story would create something extraordinary.  MEDUSA will be a clever, heartfelt animated comedy about a girl who’s having the ultimate bad hair day."

Director Faust comments, “Todd and Holly's version of the tale of Medusa is filled with so many of my favorite ideas to work with: magic, mythology, humor and strong, funny, extremely relatable characters.  I was excited by the idea of showing the comedy behind an otherwise horrific monster, and I was really drawn to the writer's unique re-imagining of Greek mythology.  In our story, we meet Medusa as a young human, who, like so many of us, is overwhelmed with trying to fit a certain mold to please others.  Her resulting popularity ticks off the wrong Goddess who turns her into the snake-haired monster we all know and fear. Medusa sets out on a quest to reverse this curse with the help of a goofy team of oddball and misfit mythological creatures who help her learn that what makes you different is, in fact, what makes you strong.”

Allcott was a co-writer on the animated feature hit Antz, and most recently worked on the Weinstein Company’s live-action The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Philip Noyce; Golden has enjoyed a successful career in reality television production. 

Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the 2012 monster hit comedy Hotel Transylvania, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies—with the family comedies Hotel Transylvania 2 and all-animated Untitled Smurfs Movie scheduled in September 2015 and August 2016 respectively.  Sony Pictures Animation also released a critically acclaimed, brand new mini-movie on DVD and television last Fall, The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow.  The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films:  the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  In 2007, Surf's Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise, turned 10 in 2012.  Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Making of "Get a Horse!"

Just found three videos about the making of Disney's innovative "Get a Horse!" Here's the first one:

Meet the Creators of Get a Horse! - Disney Insider on Disney Video

And the next two are here and here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Radiator Springs 500½

Disney/Pixar's RADIATOR SPRINGS 500 1/2 Premieres on Disney Movies Anywhere
Race into summer with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of Radiator Springs 500½. The all-new Disney•Pixar short is available for free, and is an exciting first installment in the "Tales from Radiator Springs" series. Just download Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Radiator Springs 500½ now!

Featuring Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and directed by Rob Gibbs ("Mater's Tall Tales"), Radiator Springs 500½ tells the story of a "leisurely drive" planned in honor of Radiator Springs' town founder, Stanley, which turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race. Meanwhile, the townsfolk, led by a Stanley-costumed Mater, enjoy the planned "leisurely drive" to retrace Stanley's original frontier route. Thinking they're on the same course, a wrong turn sends McQueen and the Baja pros on a treacherously wild bid for survival. The misunderstanding leaves the racing professionals in awe of the "legend" of Stanley: the Original Off-Road Racer.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Toy Story OF TERROR! Home Video Release


“Terrific Non-Stop Entertainment.”
Matt Roush, TV Guide Magazine

The “Toy Story” Gang’s Frightfully Fun Adventure
Releasing for the First Time on Blu-ray™ & DVD!

On Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Digital HD August 19th

Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features Include Parody Vintage Toy Commercials,
Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary, and Much More!

Burbank, Calif., May 16, 2014 – Everyone’s favorite Toys are back in Disney•Pixar’s frightfully fun adventure “Toy Story OF TERROR!” available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th.  Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash “Toy Story 3,” Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that’s a must-own for “Toy Story” and Disney•Pixar fans this summer!

“Toy Story OF TERROR!” makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. Additional all-new bonus features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes with Editor Introductions and “Team of Specialists,” in which director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make this fun-filled “Toy Story” adventure!

 Additional in-home special features include three “Toy Story Toons” shorts: “Small Fry,” “Partysaurus Rex” and “Hawaiian Vacation” – each with Audio Commentary; and the rarely seen, especially spooky teaser created for the D23 fan conference. Also available only on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a new short piece about film references featuring Mr. Pricklepants and a Bonus Deleted Scene with Editor’s Introduction.

 Written and directed by Angus MacLane, animator on such Disney•Pixar classics as “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Toy Story 2 & 3” and produced by Galyn Susman, “Toy Story OF TERROR!” features an original score by composer Michael Giacchino (“Ratatouille,” “Up,” “Cars 2”).

What starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this Toy Story OF TERROR!

“Toy Story OF TERROR!” features the voice talents of original “Toy Story” cast members Tom Hanks as “Woody,” Tim Allen as “Buzz Lightyear,” Joan Cusack as “Jessie,” Timothy Dalton as “Mr. Pricklepants,” Don Rickles as “Mr. Potato Head,” Kristen Schaal as “Trixie” and Wallace Shawn as “Rex,” along with series newcomer Carl Weathers as “Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr.”

Bonus Materials for This Product:
Blu-ray + Digital Copy
·         “Toy Story Toons” Shorts:
    • Hawaiian Vacation
    • Small Fry
    • Partysaurus Rex
·         Audio Commentaries:
    • Toy Story of Terror!, Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, and Partysaurus Rex
·         Team of Specialists  - Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
·         3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions
    • Pencil Topper Trilogy
    • Travel Brochures
    • Road Trip Roulette
·         Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions
    • Old Timer
    • Combat Carl
    • Transitron
·         D23 Teaser

Bonus Materials for This Product:
·         “Toy Story Toons” Shorts:
    • Hawaiian Vacation (5:50)
    • Small Fry (7:07)
    • Partysaurus Rex (6:31)
·         Audio Commentaries:
    • Toy Story OF TERROR!, Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex
·         Team of Specialists - Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
·         Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions
    • Old Timer
    • Combat Carl
    • Transitron
·         D23 Teaser                  

Bonus Materials for This Product:
DMA (Disney Movies Anywhere)
·         A new short piece about film references featuring Mr. Pricklepants
·         Deleted Scene – Bob's Boatyard w/Editor’s Introduction (2:00)

Digital HD for This Product Also Includes:
·       Toy Story Toons Shorts*:
o   Hawaiian Vacation
o   Small Fry
o   Partysaurus Rex
·       Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions
o   Old Timer
o   Combat Carl
o   Transitron

Digital HD Bonus Materials for This Product**:
·       Team of Specialists - Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
·       3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions
o   Pencil Topper Trilogy
o   Travel Brochures
o   Road Trip Roulette
·       D23 Teaser
*Also available for separate purchase from select digital retailers
**Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Street Date:                                           August 19, 2014 (Direct Prebook: 6/24/14; Distributor Prebook: 7/8/14)

Feature Run Time:                              Approximately 22 minutes

Rating:                                                   Feature Film: “TVG” in U.S., G in Canada (CE and CF)  [TBD]
                                                                Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio:                                        Blu-ray Feature Film = 1.78:1 • 1080p High Definition
                                                                DVD Feature Film = 1.78:1 • Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions

Audio:                                                    Blu-ray Feature Film: English 7.1, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English 2.0, DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD Feature Film = English 5.1, 2.0 and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital; Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

Languages/Subtitles:                          English ESL, SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles (Applies To Film Content Only)

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New HTTYD Standee

I guess this is more of a "flyee:"

How To Train our Dragon 2 Flying Standee