It’s been a pretty big month for news from Disney about animation or animation-adjacent projects.
First, Wreck-It Ralph got an arcade game port for E3 and an official trailer. It’s the story of a video game bad guy (think Donkey Kong) who wants to do good in the world. It has a very Monsters, Inc. look, which is never a bad thing.
It looks like it might turn out really cute. I’m also digging all the video game parodies and straight-up copies in the Bad Guys Anon meeting.Next, Disney is making a big push for Frankenweenie. There’s an Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit, a big promotional push with trailers and teasers, and now a series of stills are being released. Today brings us the parents Frankenstein. Tomorrow, another six new images.
Disney also announced its next princess/fairy tale title. Frozen, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. Menzel will voice the Snow Queen who casts the kingdom in a blanket of frost and Kristen Bell will play the young girl fighting to save the world.
It’s going to be a musical with original songs by Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q). Don’t worry about Lopez. He also did the songs for the new Winnie the Pooh movie last year. He doesn’t have to work blue. He just chooses to.
Finally, in animation-adjacent news, Disney’s Maleficent just started production. Maleficent is the untold tale of one of the most memorable movie villains of all time. Angelina Jolie gets to act out the circumstances that led this poor misguided sorceress to curse an infant as the ultimate act of revenge.
Here’s the first look at Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.
That would be four promotional stories that broke for Disney (close enough to) animated films so far this month. What else are they hiding from us?
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