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

Jim Hill | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

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
Quora

"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.

How Walt Disney Animation Studios Evolved Mickey Mouse Backwards for Get A Horse!

Jim Hill | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen Get A Horse! How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off?

Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Reveal the Real-life Inspirations for Disney Frozen Songs

Jim Hill | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

How were Bobby and Kristen-Anderson Lopez were able to create the first movie soundtrack since 2003 to sit at the top of the charts -- No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- for four non-consecutive weeks? I mean, when you make music that's No. 1 on iTunes in more than 30 countries, you have to be doing something different, right?

'Frozen' Has Made More Money At The Box Office Than 'The Lion King'

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 01.28.2014 | Entertainment

Disney's "Frozen" has become a sensation in the 10 weeks since its Thanksgiving premiere. It has made a worldwide total of $810 million during its tim...

'Frozen' Directors Credit Crew With Film's Academy Award Nomination

Jim Hill | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So was it glamorous and exciting for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee earlier today when they learned that Frozen -- the Walt Disney Pictures release that they had co-directed -- had been nominated for Best Animated Feature? Not exactly.

New Disney Film 'Moana' In The Works

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 12.16.2013 | Entertainment

For months, rumors have been swirling about Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest venture, "Moana." Bleeding Cool broke the first details of the new p...

How Josh Gad Almost Missed Out on the Chance to Voice Olaf the Snowman for Disney's Frozen

Jim Hill | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Since childhood, Josh had dreamed of voicing the next Timon, Lumiere or Sebastian. That sidekick in a Disney animated film that you just can't forget. But then Book of Mormon happened.

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!

'Remember Roy E. Disney' Shines a Spotlight on Walt's nephew, who saved the Walt Disney Company Not Once but Twice

Jim Hill | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So it was Walt who dreamed up the Disney Company. And it was his older brother Roy O. who repeatedly found the funds necessary to turn Walt's dreams into reality.