MILT AND MARC
Everybody knows that Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston were the best of friends. But they were not the only BFFs in the Nine Old Men gang. Marc Davis and Milt Kahl were pretty unseparable as well.
They worked in many sequences, their characters alongside each other interactive, like Aurora and Prince Phillip, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother, Roger and Anita Radcliffe with Cruella DeVil and Peter Pan with Tinkerbell, to name only some. They respected each other’s work, Milt often raved about Marc’s incredible abilities and artistry in general, whereas Marc admitted that his favorite animator was Milt.
It didn’t stop in the workplace, as they used to hang out with their wives, and the four of them would go to ball games and socialize together.
The image is from a card Milt made for Marc Davis around 1975 in honor of their friendship, with a drawing of the both of them.
FESTIVAL OF FANTASY PARADE
This is the new Walt Disney World parade coming to Magic Kingdom in spring 2014.
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will celebrate the New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song.
This parade will specifically highlight the stories of The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Tangled and the Disney-Pixar film Brave among others.
You can see some concept art for the Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and Tangled floats above.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
A while ago I posted it was confirmed that Disney was working in a live-action film of the classic Cinderella. It was confirmed Cate Blanchett would play Lady Tremaine (evil stepmother), whereas the title role was still up for grabs, one at the top of the list was Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia, Les Miserables).
On April 30th it was officially announced that Downton Abbey’s star Lily James will be the one to play the iconic princess. She’s going from brunette aristocrat to blonde orphan for the film, and recently this week was spotted with golden locks.
The film will be directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and the prince will be played by Game of Thrones’ stud, Richard Madden.
BUILDING A REAL CANDYWORLD
We already established that the creative crew’s intention was to create a mouth-watering world, so it actually looks like an actual world made of candy.
So why not build that candy world…. out of candy?
This came to life when Mike Gabriel asked talented (and one of my personal faves) Disney visual develoment artist Brittney Lee to build models of the Sugar Rush town square and race track out of real, sugary, sweet and teeth-rottening CANDY.
These models helped figure out how to make different textures of the ground. Some areas are covered with frosting, others with crumbled cookies and cocoa powder. She spent a lot of time pulling out white Neco wafers from wax paper sleeves full of assorted colors, just so she could make a candy flagstone path.This certainly established the benchmark, and resulted in a more authentic look the artists were trying to accomplish.
Brittney was more than excited when she received the assignment- “The day that I was painting faces on the popcorn people in King Candy’s grandstand, I was like ‘There s no better job on the planet. Nobody else is doing something as cool and silly as I am right now’”.
Even better, when John Lasseter, executive producer of the film, saw the candy faces in the grandstands, he went crazy. Coudn’t contain the excitement, and knew this film was going to be major.
They even did models of the racecars!
Ready to shed a tear for Frozen?
Frozen’s codirector, Jennifer Lee revealed in her twitter account that during the weekend the production crew cried after watching the initial sequence of the film, finished. One of the artists of the film, Paul Briggs twitted that everyone just loves how the film starts, that it truly steals your heart. Well, we all know Disney knows a thing or two on how to accomplish that.
I can’t wait for this movie.
Fan art by Arbetta
Minnie Mouse through the decades!
Look at Minnie and her different looks since the 1920s.
Minnie is such a fashionista, her look evolves as the trends and world around her change, but she always stays true to her character. If there’s one thing we can learn from her example, is to express yourself through fashion while staying true to who you are … and that a bow never goes out of style.
Source: Disney Insider
LOKI IN THE MUPPETS 2?
Any big Tom Hiddlestone fans out there?
Well, then, you are all gonna be ecstatic to find out that
Loki Tom is gonna be featured in The Muppets 2. He is currently filiming fOr The Avengers 2 in the UK studios, same place where the Muppets film is under production, he will portray Great Escapo. He’s admitted to be a big Muppets fan, even saying that the first movie was one of the best films of the decade so far, and can’t wait to be a part of this project.
As if he wasn’t so perfect already.
MARC DAVIS, THE ANIMALS MASTER ANIMATOR
Marc Davis achieved human expressions on a realistic fawn.
Frank Thomas has even admitted that the animators couldn’t have come up with he same results if it wasn’t for Marc’s thorough and extremely useful research.
Characters like the ones in Bambi could easily look overly sweet and kitschy, but when you have artists involved with Marc’s caliber, that’s not going to happen. Instead the film’s cast is portrayed with unparalleled elegance and beauty.
Source: Deja View
A STAR WARS DISNEY PARK?
It has been confirmed that annual pass holders have been receiving with their monthly mails and updates polls about the possibility of visiting a Star Wars theme park.
The saga is already pretty much present in the parks, but now that Disney owns Lucasfilms, this is a bigger possibility. Also there are rumors of building a Marvel park.
What do u guys think?
FROZEN IS THE FIRST FILM TO PRESENT TWO OFFICIAL PRINCESSES
It has been confirmed that the two leading characters from the upcoming Disney film, Frozen, will both enter the official Disney Princess Franchise, as Merida will later this year. These two sisters are princesses in the story, and although it was informed that Anna would join the franchise, Elsa joining is hot news. The campaign will take place November 2014 when the film is released.
Fan Art by: twogranniesandanaxe