Aug. 30th, 2012

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SEARCHING DEVIANTART.COM ALONE, searching for quality pieces of Nani and Lilo Pelekai that don't fetishize Nani and Lilo's bodies is tough. However, the pieces I did find are pretty and well representative of both characters.


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According to Blu-Ray.com, 1992's Aladdin will be released on Disney's "Diamond Edition" Blu Ray sometime during the Spring of 2013 as to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. For whatever reason there is no English DVD Trailer for either this or the other announcement trailers declaring the other animated features Blu-Ray debuts, so this'll have to do. Be sure to check out the Blu-Ray announcement DVD for the bundle back for Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World which have presumably out and purchaseable since August 21st, 2012.

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3 years ago, David Kawena and I created this project called Princess Academy for Disney. We wanted to create a very artistic, classy but also very funny hand drawn short. Eight times Academy Award winning composer, Alan Menken was very excited about the project and agreed to work on it the moment we would have green light from the studio.

After months working on it, with hundreds and hundreds of storyboards and concept art, the Disney Animation hand drawn studios closed its doors. So there was no point for us to even show that project. I believe this image shows very well the mixture of artistic, high standard and humour of the project. Hope you will like it. Feel free to click on the share button. ~ Olivier Ciappa.


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Last night, Alan Menken held an intimate performance as part of the ‘Destination D’ event at the Disneyland Resort, held by Disney D23, the official fan club of The Walt Disney Company. After wowing the attending crowd with music from decades of his Tony, Grammy and Oscar-winning career, he closed the show with ‘Proud of Your Boy,’ a song that was intended for the original 1992 film, but was cut due to story changes.

It was when introducing the song that Menken mentioned the musical is currently being tweaked for a Broadway run, according to reports from attendees.


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Toni Braxton made her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast beginning September 9, 1998, when she replaced Kim Huber. During her run in the show Alan Menken wrote a new song for the musical called “A Change in Me,” which was specially written for Braxton and has been used in the musical ever since. Her role in Beauty and the Beast marked the first (and only) time a black woman commanded the leading role of Belle on Broadway. It also marked the first time a black woman would star in a Disney musical on Broadway. [SOURCE (2)]


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From an over-the-top Lady Gaga to a fashion-forward Minnie Mouse? That, in a nutshell, is the direction Barneys New York is headed for with its 2012 holiday campaign. The luxury retailer announced Wednesday that it has collaborated with Walt Disney Co. to give its retail stores a jolt of color and character for the all-important holiday shopping season with a combination of electric lights, music and Disney characters called "Electric Holiday,” following last year’s holiday campaign, which tapped the talents of Lady Gaga.

Wednesday’s announcement describes displays featuring “moving art” (moving mannequins of some sort, we presume, or perhaps live models) depicting fashion-forward versions of Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Snow White, Princess Tiana, and Cruella de Vil as runway models on the Paris catwalk -- each dressed in a one-of a-kind look created by a well-known designer.


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WITH THE END OF THE YEAR on the approach, certain websites have already begun to speculate the possible considerations for the 2013 Oscars. In this regard, the following list is what is believed to be strongest contenders for "Best Animated Feature Film".

1. Arjun: The Warrior Prince (Walt Disney Pictures)
2. Brave (Walt Disney Pictures)
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (Universal Pictures)
4. Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures)
5. From Up on Poppy Hill (GKids)
6. Hotel Transylvania (Columbia Pictures)
7. Ice Age: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox)
8. A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (Brainstorm Media)


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THE BIGGEST Indian animated feature, Arjun: The Warrior Prince, is set to be a summer blockbuster. Director Arnab Chaudhuri, 40, talks to Aradhna Wal about scaling animation for adults with a story every child knows.



Tell us about the project.
It is a huge film. It took us three years to make it. Ronnie (Screwvala) approached me with the idea of a film on Arjun and I jumped at it. Common depictions of the Mahabharata are so formal. We’ve used the story to make a big martial arts spectacle. In that sense it’s quite a contemporary take. It’s not just a comedy for kids.

Why tag it ‘The Untold Story’?
It’s about the approach. People think of Arjun as a hero without flaws. But he was a man involved in a power struggle. Before that he was a boy who was a very talented marksman. There is a big difference between being able to hit the target and being a warrior leading an army into battle. We deal with his insecurity, doubt, his transformation and his coming of age. The same with the other Pandavas. What you read and what you see, they’re fine upstanding characters. That is boring. How do you create differences between them? Bhim and Yudhishthir bicker, like brothers would.

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