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Atlantis Vs. Treasure Planet, Which Is Better?

They're two of Disney's most underrated animated features, they're sci-fi epics that split the fandom down the middle, they make us want to either soar to the stars or submerge to a sunken city. Of course, we're talking about Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet. One is an original steampunk adventure, the other is a retro-futurism reimagining. But which one is better?

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That is the question we plan to answer today. After viewing both films, we've compiled a list of elements they both share to find out who outdoes who. Will it be Milo Thatch and the city of Atlantis, or Jim Hawkins and Flint's Trove? Read on and find out.
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Walt Disney Animation Adds Four Directors to New Film Projects

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Walt Disney Animation Adds Four Directors to New Film Projects
Four filmmakers have have been hired as directors at Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wdas), the company announced on Tuesday. Two of the directors are veteran story artists, whose careers have grown at Wdas, and the two directors who are new to the studio have both directed acclaimed films.

Directors Carlos Lopez Estrada, Suzi Yoonessi, and Disney vets Josie Trinidad and Marc Smith are each developing new theatrical animated films.

“We aim to have Walt Disney Animation Studios serve as the premiere home for filmmakers interested in telling engaging stories within the limitless animation medium,” Wdas Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee said in a statement to TheWrap. “Carlos and Suzi are two incredible, inventive filmmakers who have both received acclaim for their work. Josie and Marc, master, lead story artists, have been instrumental in shaping such films as ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Frozen 2.’ We are so thrilled to have these four talented artists
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Walt Disney Animation Names Directors for Four New Film Projects (Exclusive)

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has appointed four filmmakers to work on original content for the studio. Directors Carlos Lopez Estrada (“Blindspotting”) and Suzi Yoonessi, along with Disney veterans Josie Trinidad and Marc Smith are each developing new animated films for theatrical release.

The announcement comes as Disney and Walt Disney Animation’s chief creative officer Jennifer Lee works to increase the studio’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Among its upcoming slate, Disney animation has “Raya and the Last Dragon” starring Awkwafina and written by Adele Lim.

“We aim to have Walt Disney Animation Studios serve as the premiere home for filmmakers interested in telling engaging stories within the limitless animation medium,” Lee, who wrote and directed “Frozen” and its forthcoming sequel, said in a statement. “Carlos and Suzi are two incredible, inventive filmmakers who have both received acclaim for their work. Josie and Marc, master, lead story artists, have
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YouTube Millionaires: Caleb Hyles Covers Everything From Anime Themes To Disney Megahits To “Old Town Road” — With A Twist

Caleb Hyles can cover anything. That might seem like hyperbole, but it’s really, really not. Take a glance at his channel, and you’ll see pitch-perfect covers of songs across octaves and genres, from the theme to hit ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice to to 30 Second to Mars’ dramatic “The Kill” to Disney hits like “I’m Still Here” from highly underrated film Treasure Planet to country’s latest and greatest, “Old Town Road”...Hyles can do -- and has done -- it all.

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Chris Pratt Also Being Eyed For Disney’s Live-Action Tarzan Remake

The Lion King recently roared past $1 billion at the global box office, so you can be sure we’ll be getting many more remakes of Disney’s classics in the next few years. In particular, revamps of the beloved titles from the so-called Disney Renaissance (1989-99) have gone down well with audiences and as such, it’s no surprise that the latest movie that we’re hearing will get the remake treatment is 1999’s Tarzan.

Yesterday, we brought you the news that Ryan Reynolds is on the studio’s wishlist to play the titular jungle man and our sources have now informed us that Chris Pratt is likewise on Disney’s radar to bring Tarzan to life. As the project is at such an early stage, though, it’s possible – and probably likely – that the studio hasn’t reached out to either actor yet as they’re only on a wishlist right now.
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Treasure Planet Live-Action Remake In The Works At Disney

As long as these live-action remakes continue to make Disney a boatload of money at the box office, they’re going to keep being produced. The public has already witnessed the reimagining of classics like Aladdin, Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Pete’s Dragon and more over the past few years, not to mention the upcoming Mulan, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King releases all on the horizon.

One would think that might be enough when it comes to remakes, but one would be wrong. Following the news that both Pocahontas and Chip ‘n’ Dale will be made into live-action features, we’re now hearing that Disney is also planning to give Treasure Planet the same treatment. As with some of these other projects that we’ve reported on, it’s only in the very early stages of development, but it’s said to be on their list of
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Tom Holland Wanted for Disney's Atlantis Live-Action Remake?

Tom Holland Wanted for Disney's Atlantis Live-Action Remake?
With his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in not only director Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home but The Russo Brothers' Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Tom Holland is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men.

And today we have word that the Captain America: Civil War and In the Heart of the Sea actor is being eyed for the lead role in Disney's planned upcoming live-action remake of their semi-hit animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Evidently, Disney intends to "stick fairly close to the animated film," and it seems that Holland is being eyed to play the role of geeky Smithsonian cartographer Milo Thatch, initially voiced by Michael J. Fox in the 2001 animated version.

While it might seem like a live-action remake of Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a strange plan for Disney, it could actually be one of their best ideas yet.
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‘Spider-Verse’ Co-Director Peter Ramsey to Speak at 2019 View Conference

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‘Spider-Verse’ Co-Director Peter Ramsey to Speak at 2019 View Conference
Peter Ramsey, who won an Oscar this year for co-directing the hit animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” has joined the long list of high-level speakers for the 2019 View Conference, which runs from Oct. 21-25 in Turin, Italy.

“I’m delighted to announce that Peter Ramsey, who is the first African American director to win an Academy Award for best animated feature, will speak at View 2019,” said conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Also among our great speakers this year is Siobhan Reddy, a powerful woman in the games industry, and Sergio Pablos, who is creating a 2D animated feature in Madrid for Netflix. We’ll see Image Engine’s dragons in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Spencer Cook’s animation in ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters,’ Todd Sue’s art direction for ‘Apex Legends,’ and Sebastien Hue’s concept art. And we’re bringing back four of our most interesting speakers with new,
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Treasure Planet is a Buried Disney Treasure

Mark Harrison May 23, 2019

2002's Treasure Planet was a passion project for Aladdin directors John Musker and Ron Clements.

Writer-directors John Musker and Ron Clements have a hell of a track record at Disney. As key figures in the studio’s animation renaissance in the 1990s, they brought The Little Mermaid, Aladdin (the original one), and Hercules to the screen before the House of Mouse finally gave them a crack at their pet project – Treasure Planet, an outer-space adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island.

Featuring the voice talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, and Emma Thompson, the 2002 film reimagines Jim Hawkins as the tearaway teenage son of a single mother who obtains a digital treasure map from dying pirate Billy Bones. Fascinated by stories of the fabled Treasure Planet since childhood, Jim jumps at the chance to leave his backwater homeworld and join an outer-space voyage
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Exclusive Interview – Director Yarrow Cheney talks The Grinch, 3D Animation, and Mummies Alive!

Red Stewart chats with The Grinch co-director Yarrow Cheney

Yarrow Cheney is an American animator who has been working in the film and television industries since the mid-90s. He is best known for his contributions to projects like The Maxx, Treasure Planet, and Despicable Me, as well as co-directing the Illumination movies The Secret Life of Pets and The Grinch.

Mr. Cheney, thank for taking the time to speak with me sir.

Oh, it’s a complete pleasure.

I have to ask, you’ve been working in the animation industry since the 1990s, and you’ve seen, firsthand, the transition from 2D to 3D animation. I’m wondering, to animators like yourself, in retrospect was that change something that was obviously going to happen? That the industry was going to switch to 3D?

You know, it’s interesting. I went through school, majoring in animation at the CalArts, and
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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)

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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)
Even though Disney is currently the king of the box office, they aren’t immune from a big misfire. With a $130 million budget and a $20 million opening “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is shaping up to be one of 2018’s biggest bombs. But will it be as infamous as some of these all-time flops?

Ishtar” (1987) — With reports of a rocky production and a budget that got way out of hand, critics and the Hollywood trades savaged Elaine May’s adventure comedy as it collapsed to just $14 million made. For years, it was considered one of the worst films ever made, but is now considered by some to be a stealth success.

47 Ronin” (2013) — Though Keanu Reeves was on his game in the action scenes, this Japanese fantasy was panned for its story and cost Universal big as it failed to make back its $175 million budget.

Cutthroat Island” (1995) – Geena Davis, still hot from “Thelma & Louise,
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'The Princess And The Frog' screenwriter boards animation 'MiBots' (exclusive)

The UK’s Evolutionary Films are handling the project in Cannes this week.

Screenwriter Rob Edwards, whose credits include two Oscar-nominated Disney animations in Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog, will write MiBots for Spanish animation studio Wise Blue Studios.

UK sales outfit Evolutionary Films are handling the project in Cannes this week and are reporting offers for a number of territories.

Maxi Valero wrote the original story, which will form the basis for Edwards’ screenplay. The film will follow a young scientist who befriends a group of zany, futuristic, and adorable robots and teams up with them to fight evil.
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John Musker, Co-Director of ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and ‘Moana,’ Retires After Four Decades With Disney

John Musker, Co-Director of ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and ‘Moana,’ Retires After Four Decades With Disney
One of the Disney Renaissance’s key figures is stepping down. John Musker, who’s responsible for such classics as “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid,” has announced his retirement after a 41-year tenure. Musker joined the company in 1977 and, alongside creative partner, also co-wrote and -directed “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Hercules,” “Treasure Planet,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Moana.”

A retirement party was held for him yesterday, according to the Cartoon Brew; that he’s far from a household name despite several of his creations attaining that status speaks to the unique plight of animation directors. Musker received two Academy Award nominations in the Best Animated Feature category, though neither “Moana” nor “The Princess and the Frog” won the prize. Had the award (which was introduced in 2001) existed earlier, it’s difficult to imagine “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” not winning it.
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The Main Cast of Guy Ritchie's Aladdin Featured in First Photo From the Set of the Film

Disney has announced that director Guy Ritchie has started production on their live-action adaptation of Aladdin and the announcement came with a photo from the set of the film. The photo features Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. They are all smiles and ready to go!

Here's the full press released from Disney with additional details from the film:

The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan’s daughter; Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan’s beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari
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We Need To Talk About The Word “Remake”

If we’re going to use it as an insult, let’s define our terms.

The film industry seems to have no shortage of words that either serve as synonyms or subsets of “adaptation,” most of which are brought to you by the letter “R”: reboot, reimagining, rendition, redo, revival, retelling, recreation, reanimation (and looking to the other 25 letters in the alphabet, version, homage, makeover, update). One, however, is not treated quite like the others, and that word is “remake.” When filmmakers bring it up by choice, it usually seems to be to explain why their films should not be thought of by that term, thank you very much.

Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or perhaps you think I’m reading far too much into things. After going through over 500 pages of research on remakes and adaptations, I myself thought the latter just as possible as the former.

So
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Island Life: Revisiting ‘Lilo & Stitch’ After ‘Moana’

‘Lilo & Stitch’ deserves better.

Lilo & Stitch is the “Barb” of Disney movies. Yes, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet exist. However, neither of those films have seen as much success and then sunk back into Disney-relative obscurity quite like Lilo & Stitch. The film was a full-fledged franchise in its heyday spawning multiple television series, two direct-to-video sequels, a Kingdom Hearts cameo, and its own video game. To be fair, Disney did have a reference to Lilo & Stitch in Moana — early on, Moana helps a baby turtle make its way into the ocean by obscuring it from birds under a palm frond. A solid “save the cat” moment that creates a presumption of goodness and a sly reference to Lilo & Stitch. Stitch, in a post-credit image, is seen shadowing a turtle and its child in the same way. It’s a fun little throwback to Disney’s first foray into depicting Polynesian culture.

Lilo
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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch

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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch
Disney has its fair share of detractors, but few of them would point to the animation studio’s craft when criticizing the occasional sameness of its fairy tales and princess stories. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has put together a six-minute video highlighting some of the best shots from more than 40 animated Disney offerings, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way to last year’s “Moana.” Both the video and a list of the featured movies are below. (via Film School Rejects)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

“Pinocchio” (1940)

“Fantasia” (1940)

“Dumbo” (1941)

“Bambi” (1942)

“Cinderella” (1950)

Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

The Sword in the Stone” (1963)

The Jungle Book” (1967)

“The Aristocats” (1970)

“Robin Hood
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Ron Clements & John Musker interview: Moana, Disney, animation

Den Of Geek Dec 1, 2016

Legendary Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker on Moana, Hercules, Disney and Dwayne Johnson.

Ron Clements and John Musker are movie stars to me. Since I first saw Basil The Great Mouse Detective in my early years, I’ve been a huge fan of their movies. But then their collective CV as directors covers the likes of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog as well. Even in the movies of theirs I warm to less, there’s something I latch on to.

It’s been seven years since the lovely The Princess And The Frog, and the pair finally have a new movie. It’s called Moana, and I got to pretend to be professional, and chat to them about it.

I just about held it together for the full interview too. You’re proud of me, right?

What a human film Moana is.
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Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie

Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes. Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about […]

The post Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie appeared first on /Film.
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Fantastic Beasts composer James Newton Howard’s 17 greatest scores

With James Newton Howard lending a magical soundscape to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, writer Sean Wilson selects his personal favourites from an extraordinary film score career…

Enveloping muggles and devoted fans alike in a warmly nostalgic air of magic, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has yielded enthusiastic reviews and a strong box office showing. And behind the scenes is one of the greatest magicians of all: veteran score composer James Newton Howard, whose rich array of melodies and themes encapsulate the dazzling world of magizoologist Newt Scamander. To mark this superb score from one of Hollywood’s finest, here’s a rundown of Newton Howard’s greatest compositional achievements.

17. The Sixth Sense (1999)

The composer’s first collaboration with longstanding collaborator M. Night Shyamalan is possibly the most discreet and understated of their team-ups, but no less effective for it.
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