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We Finally Know What 'Toy Story 4' Will Be About

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment

Woody is finally about to get his own romantic comedy. We already knew that "Toy Story 4" would be a love story, but now we know who it wil...

Star Wars and Star Power -- Plus Marvel, Pixar, and Plenty of Disney -- at This Year's D23 EXPO

Jim Hill | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When D23 -- Disney's official fan club -- launched the D23 EXPO back in 2009, all the "wonderful worlds" of Disney was pretty much just Disney. And --...

What about ('YeHaa) Bob? A Walt Disney World Institution Hits His Stride

Donald Liebenson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Donald Liebenson

His character, "Yehaa" Bob, is a tireless, relentlessly goofy entertainer with serious piano chops. He's got a wide-ranging repertoire, and signature crowd-pleasing bits and catch phrases ("How's my hair?") that he's honed over the course of his almost two decades of performing at the Roost.

Gary Snyder | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business
Gary Snyder


How Walt Disney Animation Studios Kept Feast From Looking Like a Dog's Dinner

Jim Hill | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

In the end Patrick Osborne and his storyboard artists did finally find a way to deliver on Feast's initial promise. But a lot of that was because of many of the behind-the-scenes creative decisions that they made as they rushed to put this new animated short together. Take, for example, Winston, the cartoon canine who serves as Feast's central character.

Gamers Deck the Virtual Halls of Their Disney Infinity Toy Boxes

Jim Hill | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As you've probably already heard, Disney Parks and Resorts go kind of Christmas Crazy this time of year with character-specific decorations giving each land at the Parks an especially festive feel for the holiday season. But what you may not have heard is that Disney Infinity fans are now also embracing the spirit of the season.

Galyn Susman Talks About Pixar's First Ever Christmas Special, Toy Story That Time Forgot

Jim Hill | Posted 02.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So what's been going on with the Toy Story gang since we last saw Buzz, Woody & Co. on the steps at Bonnie's house, as they sadly watched Andy drive off to college? Quite a lot, actually.

If Put In Other Industries, Many Hollywood Executives Would Be Fired

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

In Hollywood, the art of the deal takes precedence over audience appeal. Ideas and screenplays are bought and produced with millions of dollars before any consumer is allowed to take a peek at the results.

Disney Announces 'Toy Story 4' Is Set For June 2017

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 11.06.2014 | Entertainment

It's back to infinity and beyond for Woody and the gang, who will officially return to the big screen for "Toy Story 4." Disney CEO Bob Iger announ...

John Musker and Ron Clements Chart an Ambitious Course for Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 Release

Jim Hill | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As Ron and John chart a course for their most ambitious animated feature to date through those treacherous, shark-filled waters that are known as modern motion picture production.

Pixar's Lava Uses Massive Characters and Settings to Tell Sweet Little Love Story

Jim Hill | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

While the artists at Pixar obviously found a way to make a volcano look personable and appealing, there was still the matter of selling the audience on the size of this character and the overall scale of this short.

Disney Looks to Avoid the Mistakes That It Made With 'The Little Mermaid' as It Expands Its 'Frozen' Empire

Jim Hill | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some The Little Mermaid -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item that would have been left in stock was an Ariel doll with long blonde hair.

How Frozen Was Created: ABC Special Shows How Creativity Happens

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

Frozen is the most popular animated movie of all time. What's the creative secret to this amazing hit? How do you come up with a brilliant idea like this: a movie about female empowerment, based on the classic tale The Snow Queen?

Disneytoon Studios worked closely with CalFire to make "Planes: Fire & Rescue" as authentic as possible

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

"Do your research." That is the lesson that John Lasseter -- Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios -- has repeatedly drille...

After 22 Years, Lella Smith Checks Out as Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library

Jim Hill | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When Lella Smith's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, he was incredulous. "Why would you do that, Auntie?" he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!"

The Lego Movie and the Science of Storytelling

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.26.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

The success of The Lego Movie is science first and foremost, masterfully brought to life with artistic flair. How do we know this? Because Aristotle told us so over two thousand years ago.

Watch The 'Frozen' Cast Perform The Movie's Songs

Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment

The "Frozen" cast couldn't hold it back anymore, so they united on Sunday (Feb. 9) for a live performance of the beloved Disney movie's songs. Kristen...

Celebrate Mickey Mouse's 85th Birthday

Jim Hill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Even though today is Mickey Mouse's 85th anniversary, this Disney icon looks like he hasn't aged a day. Especially if you watch this classic cartoon character capering in his newest ground-breaking theatrical short, Get A Horse!

Pixar Removes Director From Big Film

Posted 08.30.2013 | Entertainment

Days after it was reported that Bob Peterson had been removed as director of "The Good Dinosaur," Pixar finally confirmed the news to The Los Angeles ...

Big Rumor About Next Pixar Movie

Posted 08.27.2013 | Entertainment

Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" is due out in theaters in nine months, but that apparently hasn't stopped Pixar chief John Lasseter from tinkering under t...

Just Seen It: Disney's Planes Movie Review

Zorianna Kit | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

This week I'm a guest reviewer on the PBS movie review series Just Seen It. I join reviewers Liz Manashil and Sean Wright to discuss the film, whic...

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Jonathan Demme to Direct Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Pilot

Dan Persons | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Demme returns to the paranoid thriller with Line of Sight... John Lasseter digs into his studies for Monsters University... Don't go in that Abandoned Mine...

Vocal Cast for Disney's Planes Includes a Top Gun Reunion, Top Names From Stand-up Comedy

Jim Hill | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

The Planes production team did come up with an appealing aerodynamic cast for this animated feature. But then the question became, who would Disney recruit to come voice this new set of characters?

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Monsters, Inc. 3D

Dan Persons | Posted 02.23.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Once you're done unwrapping the gifts and singing the carols and observing whatever expressions of faith you feel are appropriate for the time (if any), you may want to reinforce the communal feeling with a visit to the cinema for something the whole family can enjoy.

REVIEW: 'Wreck-It Ralph' Charms

AP | JUSTIN LOWE | Posted 12.31.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Guided by executive producer John Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation Studios has clearly devoted significant resources and talent to ...