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Preview: Disney experiments big time with “Big Hero 6,” enhancing the science of animation in familiar superhero world

Preview: Disney experiments big time with “Big Hero 6,” enhancing the science of animation in familiar superhero world

Each of Disney’s latest crop of computer-animated feature films, from “Bolt” to “Tangled” to “Wreck-it Ralph” and culminating in “Frozen,” has been better than the last. The upcoming “Big Hero 6″ might be the best yet, and that’s no accident.

These features are coming directly out of Walt Disney Animation Studios, where Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter and his “story trust,” made up of the company’s high-level creatives, mirror Pixar’s creative process by meeting multiple times throughout each film’s development to craft the strongest story they can. Judging by the “Big Hero 6″ footage shown to journalists at a recent press event, the process is working.

“Big Hero 6″ is set in the fictional near-future city of San Fransokyo, which geographically is San Francisco but may be culturally closer to Tokyo. Boy genius Hiro Hamada gets accepted into San Fransokyo Tech, the university his older brother and his brother’s friends attend, at the ripe age of 14 after showing off his latest miracle science project—mind-controlled “microbots” that can take on any shape. But tragedy strikes and he becomes despondent. That’s when he meets Baymax, a goofy inflatable healthcare robot invented by his brother, and the two encounter mysterious masked villain Yokai, who is producing his own microbots for presumably nefarious purposes.

Directors Chris Williams & Don Hall.

Disney’s animation studio is even decked out with San Fransokyo flair.

Some of the nearly 30 minutes of footage directors Don Hall and Chris Williams showed us was pretty rough. One portion was just bare-bones sketches with voice-over, while in other scenes characters’ hair stuck out through the tops of their hats. We started near the beginning of the film, when Hiro shows off his invention at a science fair, and saw selected clips up through the introduction of Yokai.

Pictured (L-R): Michael Franceschi (Animation Supervisor), Zach Parrish (Head of Animation), Nathan Engelhardt (Animation Supervisor).

Animation Supervisor Nathan Engelhardt.

Even in its less-than-finished state, this “Big Hero 6″ footage hit all the right notes. The film’s character designers, artists, animators, and writers worked hard to give Baymax a unique identity, and he’s definitely unlike any other AI or robot I’ve ever seen onscreen.


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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit debuts at Disneyland annual passholder event with rare Disney Afternoon characters

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit debuts at Disneyland annual passholder event with rare Disney Afternoon characters

Tonight Disneyland hosted a special event for annual passholders whose passes are expiring between October 1, 2014 and the end of the year, enticing them to renew with a character party.

Taking place across the Disney California Adventure theme park, the event brought back familiar faces from the past and introduced one highly-anticipated one.

The event was called “Fall Back to Fun” and registration was required in advance in order to attend. Those who got in enjoyed an evening of rare characters that included Disney Afternoon stars Darkwing Duck, Launchpad McQuack, and Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers.

Thanks to Sarah Woloski (of Skywalking Through Neverland) and Ashley Mitchell for supplying us with photos and video!

A highlight of the evening was the first-ever appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at Disneyland, riding in a special cavalcade to Buena Vista Street. Starting September 14, Oswald will be meeting and greeting regularly there.


Video: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit character debut at Disneyland in annual passholder event cavalcade


Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts were being shown in the Muppet*Vision 3D theater as well, with passholders receiving popcorn.


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“Frozen Fever” short film announced by Disney for Spring 2015 with new song, return of Anna, Elsa, Olaf

“Frozen Fever” short film announced by Disney for Spring 2015 with new song, return of Anna, Elsa, Olaf

Announced tonight, a new “Frozen” short film is on the way from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

It’s called “Frozen Fever,” bringing back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, Olaf.

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, “Frozen” feature will feature an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

The announcement was first made within the ABC Television Network special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,” which aired September 2. The special also featured the world television debut of a scene from the new action comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6,” as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.”

The short will debut in Spring 2015.


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Disneyland has announced that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will begin meeting and greeting with guests at Disney California Adventure starting September 14.

He’ll be on Buena Vista Street, not far from his namesake gas station near the front of the park.

It won’t be the first time Oswald has appeared as a character in the parks, though it will be his United States debut. Back in April he premiered at Tokyo Disneyland:


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New highlights from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 as Walt Disney World welcomes spookiest season in September

New highlights from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 as Walt Disney World welcomes spookiest season in September

Halloween season is here – already! Yes, September has only begun but last night Walt Disney World officially welcomed the season with the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of 2014.

This year’s event features many of the same fan favorite elements from years past, including an excellent parade and fireworks show along with plenty of characters to meet and lots of candy to take home. But as with every year, a few changes, tweaks, and additions add to the night’s highlights.

This year’s trick-or-treat bags handed out at the front of the park feature “Big Hero 6″ on one side and “Sleeping Beauty” on the other.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

A special limited edition MagicBand is for sale with a fun new design.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Naturally, there are plenty of pins available as well, including this surprise addition last night.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Many guests arrive in costume, encouraged for adults and children alike. One head turner was Jamie Lea Babineau, seizing the opportunity to be inspired by The Haunted Mansion, wearing a wallpaper dress and donning some ghoulish makeup. (Not-So-Scary doesn’t mean Not-At-All-Scary!)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Boo To You Parade

The Boo To You Parade is always a hit at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This year, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz have been added, along with the Bowler Hat Guy and a rearrangement of floats.


Video: Wreck-It Ralph & Vanellope added to Boo To You parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014


Video: FULL Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 Boo To You Parade


Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014 at Walt Disney World


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