Apologies that this is a day late, but we were recording our two-part (and thus rather long) Disney Renaissance podcast late yesterday, and frankly, if I looked at anything else animation related, I fear I may have imploded. Nonetheless, here's the recap of what was a very packed - if not all entirely cheery - week of animation news. Lots of Frozen stuff (you wouldn't have believed that a month ago), two hotly anticipated 2014 animation films pushed back to 2015, a spooky new trailer for Toy Story of Terror!, your usual features, some special editorials and a brand new interview/podcast all make this an exciting week! Check out what happened
New Frozen poster and trailer countdown: We started the week with a snowy new poster for Disney's Frozen, which is again heavy on Olaf. As we'd see later on in the week, there's not an awful lot of the little snowman in the new trailer (and, we assume, neither in the film), but Disney are definitely putting the heft of their advertising campaign behind him. Director Jennifer Lee also announced on Twitter that the trailer would (officially) be released online on 26th September (so that's only 3 days now)! Check out the full poster here.
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Disney Retrospective, Mulan: The subject of this week's Retrospective is a very personal film for Munir, as he recounts a story from his childhood and the important role that 1998's Mulan played in it. We discussed on our just recorded Disney Renaissance podcast how high quality this film is, and Munir echoes that here. "With very relevant messages and a wonderful leading character," he says "Mulan is a Disney film that should not be missed, and it ranks in a high place in the Disney canon." Read the full review here.
Guest Editorial: Is Disney Animated Princess Marketing Sexist? Morgan Stradling from The Rotoscopers paid A113Animation a visit this week (figuratively speaking, of course), and penned this excellent guest post for us. Particularly relevant in the midst of all the Olaf-heavy Frozen marketing, Morgan examines Disney's recent promotion of their animated princess movies, and asks whether the strategy is sexist, or very clever. Check out that article here.
Episode 5: An interview with the directors of The Scarecrow: If you don't feel like reading, you can still check out my interview with Brandon Oldenburg and Limbert Fabian, as it's available to download now as the latest episode of the A113Animation Podcast! The interview runs about half an hour, so the show's just a mini bonus one, rather than a full episode. All the same, check out the podcast here! Episode 6 (part 1 of our Disney Renaissance special) should be out before the end of the month; episode 7 will be out in October.