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February 28, 2018

For an animated film, five years is average; in internet years, it’s a whole generation. Filmmakers Rich Moore and Phil Johnston faced down the exponential growth of cyberspace as they found themselves carving out a little slice of the web into which to send redeemed video game villain Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his royal racing sidekick Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the follow-up to Disney’s 2012 smash about the not-so-little game engine that could.

January 16, 2018

Before Ralph Breaks the Internet, he first has to read the terrain. A new photo from the Wreck-It Ralph sequel sees John C. Reilly’s lovable arcade game brute going digital with his best gal pal, Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope.

February 4, 2017

Coming into the 44th Annies with a leading 11 nominations, Zootopia also won for Directing (Bryon Howard and Rich Moore) and a tie for star Jason Bateman with Auli’i Cravalho in fellow Disney release Moana for best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature. Adding to the Golden Globe win Zootopia scored last month and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Animated Feature it won late last year, the pic about a rabbit cop and con man fox has more than $1 billion at the global box office since its spring 2016 release.

December 2, 2016

“Moana” tells the tale of a head-strong teen who defies her village’s ban on sailing the ocean in order to save them from destruction. The movie has been a learning experience for the seasoned veterans. “We had to learn a whole new pipeline,” Musker says. “The way to get from script to storyboard is the same, but once you get into the production process, it is a different thing. It’s less linear.”

December 2, 2016

In Disney's Moana, the 16-year-old title character goes on a journey with the demigod Maui. Taken from Polynesian mythology and voiced by Dwayne Johnson, Maui is an imposing figure, but he's almost upstaged by tiny Mini Maui, a kind of sentient tattoo that comes to life on Maui's impressively muscled and decorated body.

December 2, 2016

After only a week in business, it is already winning critical acclaim and beginning to rack up award nominations. Maybe most encouraging of all, Native Americans and other indigenous people, are loving “Moana,” which means “ocean” and tells the story of a young Pacific Islander chief’s daughter, a bold, strong and independent teen who sets sail to save her people.

November 20, 2016

Zootropolis wins the 2016 British Academy Children's Awards for Feature Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

September 7, 2016

Walt Disney Animation Studios is readying their next computer-generated feature film called "Moana." I got a chance to attend the film's press day in July and sat down with Visual Effects Supervisor Kyle Odermatt and Technical Supervisor Hank Driskill. Both say "Moana," which will hit US theaters in November, is Disney's most effects-filled film ever.

September 1, 2016

Partway through Moana, an animated musical due out Nov. 23, the titular character’s traveling companion, a tattooed demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), refers to her as a princess. “I am not a princess,” Moana says. “If you wear a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess,” he counters. But Disney’s latest heroine, a 16-year-old Polynesian voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, puts an end to this mansplaining. She doesn’t do it with a witty retort; instead she does it by navigating the ocean, defeating a pissed-off lava monster and saving the world with a dimwitted pet chicken in tow.

August 7, 2016

While all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, another team is embarking on a very different sort of adventure.

Disney released a new TV spot for its upcoming animated adventure Moana on Sunday night, due to also air during NBC’s Olympics coverage. In the minute-long teaser, the film’s titular heroine (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) asks the tattooed demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to join her on a daring voyage to save the world.

July 21, 2016

Fans were treated to a sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming “Moana” on Thursday at a Comic-Con, where directors Ron Clements and John Musker showed clips from the animated film featuring an island princess and surprised the capacity crowd by sharing the first three minutes of the film.

July 20, 2016

Get ready for an overdose of cuteness in this brand-new Japanese teaser for Disney‘s animated film “Moana.”

June 13, 2016

Inner Workings dives into the head-vs.-heart dichotomy we’re all familiar with, as a fearful brain and his good-time heart wrestle inside an ordinary Joe.

May 3, 2016

Walt Disney Animation Studios has come on board as the first corporate sponsor for Women in Animation.

The sponsorship will help the organization host monthly events, expand its mentorship program and help with the development of its legacy and archive program. Disney’s support will also help the organization continue to raise awareness about its 50-50 by 2025 initiative, which aims to see half of all creative jobs in animation held by women within the next decade.

April 27, 2016

Disney’s next feature film, Moana, is still in progress and won’t be seen in full for another several months. But Disney’s next short film is ready for its world premiere. Titled Inner Workings, it’ll debut at the Annecy Film Festival in June along with a never-before-seen preview of Moana.

March 22, 2016

As you might twig from the title, Disney Animation Studios' latest film Zootropolis (called Zootopia in the US) is set in a world run by animals: elephant ice-cream parlours, mouse mafia, buffalo police chiefs – you name it. As one might imagine, animating such a menagerie presented the studio – coming off a streak of hits, from Frozen to Big Hero 6 – with a rather hairy problem.

March 10, 2016

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS)’ newest feature film,Zootopia, opening in theaters everywhere this Friday, March 4, draws upon a rich legacy of Disney films with animals at its center, from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) to Bolt (2008). But audiences will see for the first time in Zootopia technical advances in how these animals come to life on screen. Never before has it been possible for animators to visualize such a vast array of animals so realistically, with fur that’s more lifelike than any other Disney animated film.

March 7, 2016

Zootopia is more than just a massive hit; it’s a record-breaker. The Walt Disney film snagged a $73.7 million opening weekend (as of this writing), which is a record for a Walt Disney animated feature, the biggest non-summer animated opening, the ninth-biggest animated debut of all time, and the third-biggest opening ever for a wholly original motion picture.

March 5, 2016

“Zootopia,” the latest animated film from Disney, imagines a world where humans never existed and where predator and prey live together in a world of, well, creature comforts. This unique metropolis was conceived by production designer David Goetz and his team, who created an environment where animals of all shapes, sizes and climate needs are able to co-exist.

March 4, 2016

Shakira talks about her role in 'Zootopia'

March 4, 2016

Instead the nuanced moment comes smack in the middle of a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, and it's not the only edgy reference — "Zootopia," which opens Friday, also includes sly innuendoes about police profiling and workplace discrimination as well as allusions to grown-up pop culture favorites "The Godfather," "Chinatown" and "Breaking Bad." Yes, the studio known for its fairy tale castles and doe-eyed princesses has sneaked a tart, subtle examination of bias into the middle of a talking-animals movie.

March 3, 2016

Zootopia started off as an animated comedy about a city full of talking animals. Then it found a deeper side as a slightly subversive study on tolerance and diversity.

March 2, 2016

Zootopia isn’t simply another fun Disney animated movie. It’s one of the greatest Disney animated movies the company has ever produced.

February 17, 2016

It looks like the Spring edition of Disney twenty-three is shaping up to be a special issue!

The new issue of the magazine, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, will include exclusive interviews with John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, as well as the teams behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ run of hits. The issue will also unveil rarely seen visual development art created for the Studio’s most recent films. There are also advance looks at the upcoming animated films Zootopia and the highly-anticipated Moana!

February 17, 2016

With films like Frozen, Big Hero 6 and next month’s new film Zootopia, Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally done the impossible: It’s regained its former glory and can easily share the animation throne with Pixar.

February 12, 2016

Just when it was looking like animated animal movies had run out of anything original to say, along comes the smartly amusing, crisply relevant Zootopia to handily demonstrate there’s still plenty of bite left in the anthropomorphic CG menagerie.

January 6, 2016

Disney’s next princess is headed to theaters in November, and Hawaiian teenager Auli’i Cravalho will voice Moana in the upcoming animated adventure. Now, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote music for the film, and costar Dwayne Johnson have taken to Twitter to share a new look at Moana.

December 31, 2015

Walt Disney Animation Studios has debuted the new Zootopia trailer, which you can watch in the player below! The new Zootopia trailer features the original song “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Grammy-winning international superstar Shakira. The single will be available everywhere on January 8.

December 31, 2015

A new trailer for Disney’s forthcoming animated film Zootopia has just been released — and although it centers on an animal utopia in which all beasts get along, this Zootopia shares some elements of our own world that you might find uncomfortably familiar.

November 23, 2015

The new trailer for Zootopia is here! Watch now and see the film in theatres in 3D March 4!

November 17, 2015

What do filmmakers call the virtual herd of voice actors in Disney's animal-filled Zootopia?

"This is a stampede — no, make that a menagerie — of voice talent," says Rich Moore, who directed Zootopia (in theaters March 4) with Byron Howard. The directors recently revealed the cast of animated characters to USA TODAY.

October 7, 2015

Searching for their lead character, the filmmakers behind Disney's Moana auditioned hundreds of of talented young women throughout the Pacific Islands before finding their perfect match.

August 14, 2015

Disney is making another movie with a notable female protagonist. 'Moana,' coming late 2016, is about a Polynesian girl from Oceania who goes in search of adventure!

August 14, 2015

Shakira announced Friday that she will be a part of the new Disney animated film “Zootopia,” voicing the character of Gazelle. Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, along with producer Clark Spencer, welcomed the singer via video at Disney’s D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and also gave the audience a sneak peek of “Try Everything,” Shakira’s song from the movie.

August 14, 2015

THERE’S A VERY specific conceit about the world of Zootopia: It a metropolis “designed for animals, by animals. That means this town, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2016 movie, has neighborhoods for all kinds of animals. There’s Sahara Square, for jungle-loving types. There’s Tundratown, for creatures who like things a little colder. There’s even a Rainforest District and a place for rabbits called The Burrows, where the population ticker is constantly going up (get it?). Oh, and the DMV is run by sloths. It’s all very cute, and—judging by what the studio showed at the D23 Expo—it also looks like a beautiful fully-imagined world.

August 14, 2015

Directors Bryan Howard and Rich Moore took the stage with producer Clark Spencer to talk about Zootopia. If these clips are a good representation of the overall quality of the film and how audience will respond to it, then Disney is will have a big hit on their hands with Zootopia. It’s smart, funny, endearing, and a great deal of work went into crafting the detailed world these characters live in.

July 30, 2015

A renderer is the software that takes all of the models, animations, and textures as well as lights and other scene objects, to produce the final images that make up an animated movie. The software calculates how light bounces around a virtual scene and shades the objects. Hyperion is our in-house renderer and is a physically-based path tracer.

June 4, 2015

Frozen Fever, along with eleven other notable Walt Disney animated shorts, will be available for home viewing soon. The dozen award-winning and fan-favorite shorts (listed below) will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Aug. 11 and on Blu-ray Aug. 18. (Three of the shorts have never been released on video before: Frozen Fever, Tick Tock Tale, and Lorenzo.)

April 5, 2015

It’s a story that could have been scripted by Walt Disney himself: an iconic American animation studio lurches from an illustrious past to a decade of famine. Changes are made and the next 10 years bring a decade of plenty. For Walt Disney Animation Studios, such fiction has become reality.

February 22, 2015

“We would really like to thank the Academy for honoring our film,” said Big Hero 6 director Don Hall onstage, as he was joined by fellow director Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli for their Best Animated Feature win. “This has been an amazing year for animated films, and we are privileged to be in your company,” he added of the category’s fellow nominees.

February 22, 2015

Disney’s animated short “Feast,” which depicts a relationship between a voracious puppy named Winston and the young man who feeds him, has won the Academy Award for animated short film.The film, which won an Annie Award earlier this year, played before showings of Disney’s feature “Big Hero 6.”

February 20, 2015

"Big Hero 6" has been a critical and commercial hit for Walt Disney Animation Studios, scoring an Oscar nomination and taking in more than $500 million at the box office. But the more important number may be the 39,000 hours Disney Animation spent developing the computer program that made the movie possible. The software, called Hyperion, simulates the physics of light, which can make animated films more lifelike or give them an otherworldly look.

February 4, 2015

Big Hero 6 was a big winner at the 13th annual VES Awards! Big Hero took all five awards it was going for, including the big toon prize.

February 1, 2015

"Feast" from Walt Disney Animation Studios was honored for 3D Achievement as this year's best Animated Short Film at the 3D Creative Arts Awards!

January 9, 2015

On January 9th, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominated Disney’s Big Hero 6, LAIKA and Focus Features’ The Boxtrolls and Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie for Best Animated Film. This nomination for Big Hero 6 marks the first time that an animated feature film has been nominated ahead of it's wide release in the UK.

November 19, 2014

The November 7 arrival of Disney’s Big Hero 6 is as much a supercomputing triumph as it is an animated feast. It’s the coming out party for Hyperion—a cutting-edge light rendering software shaped by both Disney artists and engineers working in concert for two years.

November 17, 2014

The movie’s metropolitan portmanteau is a marvel of architectural alchemy. Shibuya skyscrapers with pulsing video screens hug San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Victorian Mission duplexes line hilly San Fransokyo neighborhoods, aglow from the pink-white light of Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom below.

November 16, 2014

Disney animators needed some help creating the Boston Terrier Winston in the short film Feast. So director Patrick Osborne put a call out for Disney staffers to bring their terriers to work for a canine study session.

November 8, 2014

The filmmakers behind the animated short, playing in front of Big Hero 6, explain to BuzzFeed News why Disney is reinvesting in an art form that is guaranteed to lose money.

October 21, 2014

It's been eight years since Disney bought Pixar, eight years since CEO Bob Iger put Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull in charge of Disney's flailing animation division. “There was so much pressure on us to close these doors,” Lasseter says. “Ed and I absolutely could not do that.”

June 11, 2014

Disney has released a 6-minute short with the understated titled of “Feast” which made its world premiere at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival on Tuesday.

May 22, 2014

A boy’s best friend is his surprisingly squishy robot in this first teaser from Disney’s next animated feature Big Hero 6 (in theaters Nov. 7.) Inspired by the Marvel comic book of the same name, it focuses on a 14-year-old named Hiro Hamada and his faithful, soft-hearted and soft-bodied best pal Baymax.

May 21, 2014

Five years after buying Marvel for $4 billion, Walt Disney Pictures will bring the comic book title Big Hero 6 to the screen on Nov. 7 in a full-length animated feature. We’ve got a first look at the poster here.

April 10, 2014

In early 2010, the Getty Conservation Institute began a collaboration with the Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) to improve the understanding of plastics used in modern and contemporary art. 'Animation Cels Shed Light on Preserving Plastics' explores the partnership to increase the treatment options available to conservators dealing with plastic objects in their collections.

February 26, 2014

Thousands joined together for an epic coast-to-coast “Frozen” singalong live today on “Good Morning America,” from Tony Award-winning singer Idina Menzel, to the New York City Children’s Chorus, to fans who gathered in Times Square, and viewers around the country who sent in their own heartwarming renditions.

February 22, 2014

'Frozen' takes home Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for an Motion Picture - Animated at the 50th Annual CAS Awards!

February 13, 2014

“Frozen” swept the four awards for animated feature film, including outstanding animation in an animated motion picture.

February 12, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios is on a roll that began with 2010's 'Tangled' and continued with 2012's 'Wreck-It Ralph.' And now with Frozen - the $150 million movie has grossed almost a billion worldwide - Disney Animation is re-energized.

February 7, 2014

“Frozen’s” Jeff Draheim took home the Eddie for best animated feature.

February 1, 2014

Disney Animation's 'Frozen' topped the feature competition at the 41st Annie Awards, collecting five trophies. Another Oscar nominated production, Disney's animated short 'Get A Horse!,' won the Annie for best short subject.

January 31, 2014

It was a night of laughs and tributes to "Frozen," “12 Years a Slave,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and other pictures at the fifth annual African-American Film Critics Association awards.

January 23, 2014

Quite simply, if the CG Mickey couldn't match the hand-drawn model refashioned to look like the 1928 original, the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse! short wouldn't have worked. And that was the responsibility of CG supervisor Adam Green (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), who worked side-by-side with 2D supervisor Eric Goldberg. Indeed, Green was mentored by Goldberg during this unique production that brilliantly encapsulates the history of Mickey and Disney.

January 23, 2014

Peter Del Vecho won the Producers Guild Award for Oustanding Producer of an Animated Theatrical Motion Picture. Congratulations, Peter!

January 17, 2014

The nation’s film critics’ expressed very warm feelings for Disney’s Frozen last night at the 19th Critics Choice Awards, naming the film Best Animated Feature and giving the Best Song honor to its top musical number, “Let It Go.”

January 16, 2014

Disney’s record-breaking musical behemoth Frozen scored two Oscar nominations this morning — one for Best Animated Feature, and another for the film’s musical showstopper “Let It Go.”

January 15, 2014

Disney executives and "Let It Go" songwriters tell THR they're hoping the chart-topping album marks "the beginning of a resurgence" for toon tunes.

January 13, 2014

When Walt Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger showed up at the premiere of filmFrozen on Nov. 27, he was already sure that the animated musical about two sisters was something special, a return to the magical essence that made Disney, well, Disney.

January 12, 2014

The Walt Disney Company's animated musical has been a surprise blockbuster. Despite opening before Thanksgiving, it beat a dozen new entrants to become the most successful movie of the holiday season. A week ago it enjoyed the rare success of ranking No. 1 on its sixth weekend playing nationwide.

November 26, 2013

In the new “Get a Horse!,” playing in theaters with the animated feature “Frozen,” Mickey, Minnie and their friends go on a hayride, in the process traveling from black-and-white, 2-D hand-drawn images to color, 3-D digital animation.

August 11, 2013

For four hours on Friday and two hours on Saturday, Walt Disney Studios gave fans gathered at a convention here an extensive look into its movie pipeline. And while the crowd was a friendly one, Disney left nothing to chance.

But how did Disney’s movie presentations go over with a more skeptical audience, namely this beat reporter? Here are five takeaways...

June 18, 2013

Check out the new Frozen teaser trailer on MTV.com.

June 17, 2013

The actress voices the animated film's heroine, Anna, alongside Broadway star Idina Menzel.

May 9, 2013

Walt Disney Animation Studios announces its 2014 fall release, Big Hero 6.

May 9, 2013

Los Angeles Times takes a look at the Walt Disney Animation Studios of today and tomorrow including an exclusive look at Frozen and Big Hero 6.

March 25, 2013

Congrats to the Disney team who worked on the animated movie “Wreck-It Ralph.”

March 23, 2013

The Kids’ Choice Awards were tonight on Nickelodeon, and several animated films were honored with recognition (sans slime). Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph won Favorite Animated Movie, while Adam Sandler won Favorite Voice in Animated Movie for his role as Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania.

March 18, 2013

Disney’s animated box-office hit “Wreck-It Ralph” knocked the “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” off the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart...

March 8, 2013

Maria Antonieta de las Nieves “La Chilindrina,” quien hizo la voz de la pequena Vanellope von Schweetz en la version en espanol…

March 5, 2013

The company’s Meander software created a gorgeous new style of film by solving one small problem: digital animation software can’t draw curves.

March 4, 2013

Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne and I exchanged emails about his career at the Walt Disney Animation Studio, where he was the animation supervisor on “Paperman,” which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

It was the first animated short Oscars for Disney Animation Studio since 1969. (George Clooney also won his second Oscar that night, as producer for best motion picture “Argo.”)

February 28, 2013

John Kahrs, the creator of the romantic, Oscar-winning animated short Paperman, calls himself a ‘late bloomer’–despite having worked both at Pixar and now Disney, this is his directorial debut, at age 45.

Being at the Oscars (and the requisite after-party) was a ‘surreal’ experience for him, so he regaled Vulture with what happened during his night out with the stars, including his run-ins with Anne Hathaway, Steven Spielberg, and Jennifer Lawrence.

February 24, 2013

Disney’s short Paperman is sweet, sentimental, lovely, lingering and now it is one more thing…an Academy Award winner!

February 22, 2013

A Pixar film is a beautiful thing. Long after Toy Story’s 3-D novelty wore off, artists refined their techniques...

February 8, 2013

Mike Gabriel discusses the various aspects behind the magic of Academy Award-nominated film, Paperman.

February 2, 2013

John Kahrs is a Disney animator and the director of the Oscar-nominated animated short film “Paperman,” which is distinctive for its melding of traditional hand-drawn and computer-generated animation techniques.

December 19, 2012

Broadway star Jonathan Groff has signed on to voice lead character in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy-adventure Frozen.

The Tony Award nominee (Spring Awakening) will voice Kristoff in the film, which kicks off when a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal Winter.

December 13, 2012

Here’s a little icebreaker from the makers of Frozen. Walt Disney Animation Studios has debuted this exclusive concept image from its upcoming comedy adventure, just in time to make you feel good about your own December.

November 29, 2012

Jennifer Lee, one of the screenwriters behind Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph, is making the jump to director.

Lee has been tapped to join Chris Buck in helming Frozen, the studio’s 53rd animated feature, due to hit screens Nov. 27, 2013.

November 2, 2012

It’s difficult not to be taken aback by the stunning visuals of Disney’s latest animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph...