Walt Disney Animation Studios has cast native Hawaiian, Auli’i Cravalho, 14, in the lead role in “MOANA.” This talented teen was chosen from hundreds of gifted actors who auditioned for the role opposite Dwayne Johnson. She has enjoyed singing and dancing since she was a small child, but this high school sophomore never imagined she’d be cast in a Disney movie.
One of my favorite books has been made into a movie starring Robert Redford whom I’ve adored since the 70s. Somehow the fact that this was happening had gotten by me unnoticed until today! I happened to look up the title for another piece I’m writing about crafting while listening to audiobooks, when there it was an advertisement for “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson opening Labor Day weekend!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a fantastic new collection of their best short films. Included in the collection are award-winning and beloved films like “Lorenzo,” which was nominated for Best Animated Short in 2004. It also includes contemporary favorites like Disney’s “Frozen Fever,” which stars Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf, and Sven. Plus Oscar winners “Feast” from 2014 and “Paperman” from 2012.
John Lasseter, Disney’s Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, announced on behalf of Walt Disney Animation studios that they were creating the definitive version of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Titled GIGANTIC, it is directed by Nathan Greno (Tangled) and produce by Dorothy McKim (Prep & Landing) and will feature music from Rober Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriters from FROZEN.
Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore and producer Clark Spencer were on hand to share an extended sneak peek into the movie ZOOTOPIA which premieres March 4, 2016.
It’s time to do the time warp again! It’s been 40 yeas since The Rocky Horror Picture Show with it’s all-star cast, including: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf. It doesn’t seem that long because it’s been featured in midnight showings for decades making it the longest running theatrical movie release of all time. In fact, it’s still playing at over 300 theaters in the US!