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There's Something Fishy About Asher Blinkoff's Voice Work in Hotel Transylvania 2

Jim Hill | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

And why did Tartakovsky opt to cast Asher as the voice of Dennis, Dracula's half-human, half-vampire grandson? Basically because Blinkoff -- unlike so many child actors working in Hollywood today -- still actually sounded like an authentic six-and-a-half, almost seven-year-old boy.

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider's Adventures Continue With Tangled Animated Series

Jim Hill | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As part of today's official announcement of Disney Television Animation's Tangled series, Gary Marsh -- President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide -- was quick to praise the talented team that has come together to make this new TV show possible.

What Is It Like to Be the Voice of a Disney Character?

Quora | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment

What little girl doesn't dream of being a princess, especially a DISNEY princess? Ever since I watched The Little Mermaid as a child, I've been singing to lobsters, and calling forks and spoons, "gizmos and gadgets."

It Takes More Than Movie Magic to Pull Off 'Disney Night' on ABC's Dancing with the Stars

Jim Hill | Posted 06.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So how long does it take to add some Disney magic to Dancing with the Stars ? Would you believe 9 months?

When It Comes to Disney's 101 Dalmatians, the 'de Vil' Is in the Details

Jim Hill | Posted 04.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It was actually Marc Davis' masterful work on the Mistress of All Evil for Sleeping Beauty that led to his being assigned Cruella de Vil. But given that 101 Dalmatians was Walt Disney Animation Studios' first film to be set in a contemporary setting, well, Davis wanted Cruella to be a real departure from everything that he'd done with Maleficent. He wanted her to be the first modern-day Disney villain.

Dear Disney, Please Cast These Undiscovered Teens As Your Next Princess

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment

It's only been three months since Disney announced the 2016 release of "Moana," its next animated film, but we're already expecting success of "Frozen...

Big Hero 6 Producer Roy Conli Reflects on His First-Ever Academy Award Nomination

Jim Hill | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After Disney's Tangled made its theatrical debut back in November of 2010, Roy Conli thought that there was no way to top the experience that this veteran producer had just had on that Walt Disney Animation Studios production.

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.

Anika Noni Rose Brings Back Disney's First Black Princess for a Special Sofia the First Episode

Jim Hill | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

"I love being part of the Disney family. Did I mention that I'm the youngest person ever to be inducted as a Disney Legend? That's a huge honor that I take very, very seriously," Anika said.

How a Droopy Diaper and a Cute Rice Cooker Inspired Baymax's Distinctive Look and Movement in Disney's Big Hero 6

Jim Hill | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you're a new parent and find that there's something strangely familiar with Baymax, the huggable robot star of Big Hero 6, there's a good reason for that.

Disney Animation's 'Big Hero 6' Is Far More Than Meets the Eye

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Kimberly Cooper

It's what my high school film teacher Mr. Hosney would call a 700-layer-cake experience, that with each new viewing of the film, another layer of insight -- whether cultural, generational, or emotional -- is uncovered.

Big Hero 6 - Suspenseful, Funny and Creative. Will This Be 2014's Frozen,?

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 01.05.2015 | Teen

From Walt Disney Animation Studios' team that brought us Frozen, comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure featuring Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada.

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.

Disney's 'Feast' Trailer Will Definitely Make You Feel Some Puppy Love

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.19.2014 | Entertainment

Disney's trailer for its new animated short, "Feast," is probably your aww of the century. According to the trailer's description, the short is th...

Big Hero 6 Hopes to Make Big Splash in the Big Apple at This Year's New York Comic-Con

Jim Hill | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Big Hero 6 tells the story of Hiro Hamada, a 14 year-old genius who specializes in robotics. Hiro, his older brother Tadashi and their aunt Cass live together in a city that is also something of a mash-up.

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.

Original Ending of Disney's Aladdin Reveals the Wedding Gift That the Genie Wanted to Give Aladdin and Jasmine

Jim Hill | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Let's cut to the chase here, folks: If there hadn't been a Robin Williams, there never would have been a Disney's Aladdin. Don't believe me? Then check out this excerpt from the screenplay for this animated classic.

The Artists & Animators Behind Disney's Aladdin Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Jim Hill | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you were to ask members of the general public which Disney character they most closely associated with this late comic genius... Well, it wouldn't be even close. It was Williams' hilarious & heartfelt voice work as the Genie in 1992's Aladdin.

What Was It Like as a Woman Animator in the Early Disney Days?

Quora | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment

"It was fun around there. We enjoyed it. The girls in ink and paint were called "The Nunnery." This was during and after the Depression. I loved it. And I loved having some money in my pocket. It was great."

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...

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Literally Puts a New Face on the Disney Theme Park Experience

Jim Hill | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When it comes to the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, it's kind of a tradition that good enough isn't really good enough.

Annecy Attendees Will Be the First to Feast Their Eyes on Feast, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Newest Short

Jim Hill | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

The artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios have literally prepared a Feast. Which is the title of a brand-new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne. Osborne first came to John Kahrs' attention after he created an experimental animation test at WDAS.

'Frozen' Takes Crown From 'Toy Story 3'

Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment

"Frozen" has officially become the highest-grossing animated film of all time, its total reaching $1.072 billion this weekend -- $398.4 million domest...

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!"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Loves How Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' Celebrates the Magic of Normal, Everyday Life

Jim Hill | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in these big budget blockbusters, one might wonder why he'd then be so eager to voice a desk-bound aeronautical engineer in The Wind Rises. But Joseph has a two word answer to that question: Hayao Miyazaki.