Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peter Jackson may direct the Hobbit after all!

I was excited about Guillermo del Toro directing the Hobbit films and was a bit disappointed when he had to step down a few months ago.

Learning that Peter Jackson may step in and direct the movies after all is really good news!

Read more about the news here

Friday, June 25, 2010

Interview with Mark Henn and Mike Surrey

Here's a roundtable interview that Disney animators Mark Henn and Mike Surrey did with the press in Dallas shortly prior to the release of the Princess and the Frog.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Here's another interview with Mark Henn

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pres-Aid - A fund-raising art auction

This got to my attention today and I wanted to make a post about it to get people to head over to Pres-Aid.

From the website:
"Animator Pres Romanillos has suffered a relapse of leukemia, and is in the hospital awaiting a repeat bone marrow transplant. His friends are putting together a charity art auction for his benefit.

The Talbert Family Foundation has set up a charitable fund for Pres. 100% of these donations will go to Pres and Jeannine, to pay medical and day-to-day expenses. These donations are tax deductible. Thank you!"

Pres Romanillos worked on such awesome movies as Mulan, Spirit, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Shrek 2, Madagascar, and many other films. Click here to read more about him.

The auction has some amazing pieces of art for you to bid on - head over to Pres-Aid and check it out.

The Theater's Best Kept Secret

I'm currently reading "Sanford Meisner - On Acting" and found a really cool documentary online - "Sanford Meisner - The Theater's Best Kept Secrets".

It's old and probably been posted tons of times before, but for those that haven't seen it, check it out!

I also recommend to grab his book "Sanford Meisner - On Acting", it's a great way to get introduced to method acting by one of the greatest acting teachers ever.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Frogumentary

The Frogumentary - a videoblog in four parts on the making of the Princess and the Frog.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Jeffrey Katzenberg on Charlie Rose

Half hour interview with Jeffrey Katzenberg on Charlie Rose where he talks about his journey, the movie business today, 3-D and animation. Interesting stuff.

Click here to watch the show


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Inspiration from the great Milt Kahl

Richard Williams on Milt Kahl

Brad Bird on Milt Kahl:

Milt Kahl Pencil Tests from Robin Hood:

More Milt Kahl Pencil Tests from Pencil Test Depot

Milt Kahl Disney Family Album Part 1:

Milt Kahl Disney Family Album Part 2:

Milt Kahl Disney Family Album Part 3:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Waking Sleeping Beauty

I just love these documentaries and can't wait for this one to become available.

Click here to get some clips form the actual film.

Interview with Don Hahn and Peter Schneider:

Here's a podcast by Speaking of Animation with Don Hahn and Peter Schneider about the making of the movie.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Brad Bird Interview

An old interview from 2004 shot prior to the release of The Incredibles, but still pretty cool

Chris Sanders on How to Train Your Dragon

The co-director of How to Train Your Dragon talks about the movie.

Watch a lot more behind the scenes stuff on How to Train Your Dragon at Trailer Addict

Sunday, June 06, 2010

The Beauty and the Beast Documentary

Documentary from 1991 about the making of one of my favorite Disney movies.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Thursday, June 03, 2010

John Musker and Ron Clements Interview

Here's a really nice interview from Animated News about the Princess and the Frog with Ron Clements and John Musker.

The best news is that the whole movie is available in rough pencil test on the Blu-Ray edition. Awesome.

Read the interview here.