• The Walt Disney Studios
    ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Good Dinosaur’ Dominate Annie Nods

    Disney’s ‘Inside Out and ‘The Good Dinosaur’ both received nominations this Tuesday for best animated feature of 2015 for the 43rd Annie Awards. Pixar Animation Studios, which is owned by Disney, dominated the nominations with 14 for ‘Inside Out’ and 10 for ‘The Good Dinosaur’. Other Disney produced nominations include: Sheriff Callie’s Wild West (2), Gravity Falls […]

  • D23
    Enter The Zoetrope at D23

    The Target Animation Studio @ D23 was a unique and fun experience, where gusests could learn about Animations past and future. Center stage was a large Zoetrope, one of the very first animation devices. A Zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation devices that produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings […]

  • Pixar
    Pixar Offers ‘RenderMan’ Software for Free

    In a bold move Pixar Studios has announce it will be offering it’s custom built animation software for free. This is the same tool used to create Toy Story, Wreck It Ralph and Monster’s University. Individual licences for the RenderMan software are currently available for $495, but starting in August, amateur animators can get hold […]

  • Disney Research
    Disney Research: New Algorithms Improve Animations

    A team led by Disney Research, Zürich has developed a method to more efficiently render animated scenes that involve fog, smoke or other substances that affect the travel of light, significantly reducing the time necessary to produce high-quality images or animations without grain or noise. The method, called joint importance sampling, helps identify potential paths […]

  • Marvel
    Disney, Toei and Bandai Join for Japanese Marvel Animated Series

    Disney Japan has partnered with Japanese animation powerhouse Toei will create Marvel Disk Wars that will be paired with a full rollout of Bandai merchandise this spring 2014. Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers is the first original Marvel animated series created specifically for Japanese audiences. The new series will feature all-new teen characters teaming up […]

  • The Walt Disney Studios
    ‘Frozen’ Trailer

    Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ 53rd animated feature, opens November 27. The 3D film is co-directed by Chris Buck and Wreck It Ralph co-writer Jennifer Lee. Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel lead the voice cast. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film takes place […]

  • Marvel
    ‘Big Hero 6′ to be Disney’s First Animated Marvel Movie

    Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Thursday that its adapting Marvel’s Big Hero 6 into an animated feature.  The film is set for a 3D release on Nov. 7, 2014. The story first appeared in 1998, and was recently released as part of a five-issue miniseries in 2008. A released description the film states: “From Walt Disney Animation […]

  • Collectibles
    Unreleased 1938 Mickey Mouse Sketch Discovered

    The Disney Archives has released a newly discovered sketch from 1938, “Mickey’s Toothache,” part of an incomplete cartoon that was part of an effort to make Mickey a more complete character. In “Mickey’s Toothache,” created in April 1938, artist Ferdinand Horvath has the newly adventurous Mickey experiencing something akin to a psychedelic nightmare. In the words […]

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    Disney Artist, Harald Siepermann Dies at 50

    Disney Artist, Harald Siepermann passed away last Saturday. He was 50 years old and was suffering from cancer. Harald was one of the foremost character designers at Disney. Born in Bochum, Germany, he studied art and illustration at the Folkwang School in Essen, where one of his teachers was Hans Bacher. Siepermann began his career […]

  • Collectibles
    Never-before-seen Disney Artwork Goes on Sale in England

    Never-before-seen artwork by Walt Disney Studios was on view at Tatton Park Fine Arts Fair last week. The collection belongs to a “well known,” but undisclosed, former Disney storyboard artist, who worked at the company in the 1930s and 1940s. This public display included original pencil drawings of Mickey Mouse (1933) and Snow White And […]

  • Tinker Bell

    This wonderful drawing of Tinker Bell was created in 1953 by Disney supervising animator Les Clark, one of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men. Tweet

  • DbM Scuttlebutt – The Ups and Downs of Being Disney

    Disney wins four THEA Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The Themed Entertainment Association awarded Disney THEA’s in the following categories: Attraction – Radiator Springs Racers, Disney California Adventure Park; New Theme Park Land – Cars Land, Disney California Adventure Park; Themed Hotel Resort – Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii; Theme Park […]

  • Adventures In Music: Melody – 1953

    Melody is an educational Adventures in Music animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions, and originally released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on May 28, 1953. Professor Owl talks about the importance of melody in life, which he claims is only present in two animals: birds and humans. His interest lies in the latter, as he follows the human life […]