Disney twenty-three Takes Fans Inside Walt Disney Animation Studios

In the 10 years since John Lasseter and Ed Catmull took over the reins of what is now Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney has enjoyed incredible creative and box office success with such films as Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and, of course, Frozen. The spring 2016 issue of Disney twenty-three looks at the creative talents—from writers and directors to…

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Gravity Falls: Solving its Final Mystery

Gravity Falls creator and executive producer Alex Hirsch surprised fans in late 2015 when he announced the series would solve its final riddles in early 2016 after two stellar seasons—and sadly, that finale is upon us. Over two jam-packed seasons, the show has followed 12-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they spend a summer break with their eccentric great…

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All Kinds of Valentines

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance. It’s also a time to celebrate the love that surrounds us every day—between parents and children; between brothers and sisters; and between the best of friends.

We took a look through Disney past and present to find 14 examples of friends and families that truly care for one another.

Flora, Fauna, and…

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Celebrated Costume Designer Sandy Powell Talks Oscars, Cinderella

You can hardly miss Sandy Powell.

Not just for her fiery red hair and cool disposition, but also for her avant-garde and elaborate sartorial vision that’s fit for royalty, old Hollywood, and just about any other time period you can imagine.

The three-time Oscar® winner has been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to costume design. And that statement…

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Five Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Don Iwerks

On Friday, April 8, a group of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members are invited to Lunch with a Disney Legend: Don Iwerks at the Disney Studio lot in Burbank. During the intimate luncheon, guests will have the opportunity to talk with Don about his 35-year Disney career, which included the development of innovative cinematography and film projection systems. Thanks to Don,…

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John Lasseter Reflects on 30 Years of Pixar

In 1986 John Lasseter made a decision that would not only forever change his life, but also the face of animation. He was working at Lucasfilm in the Computer Graphics Group when owner George Lucas decided to sell the division to Steve Jobs. He was given a choice, stay with Lucasfilm and work at Lucas’ visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, or take a…

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First D23 Members Tour Walt Disney’s Office Suite

Friday, January 29, 2016, was a day to be remembered for D23. An intimate group of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members were the very first D23 group to tour Walt Disney’s newly restored office suite on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California!

Throughout the magical afternoon, members attended a behind-the-scenes presentation by the staffs of the Disney…

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“Try Everything” in Zootopia—Plus More in News Briefs

Shakira Shakes Up Zootopia with “Try Everything”

We’re just a few weeks away from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hilarious and heartfelt Zootopia swinging into theaters around the country… and to celebrate, international superstar Shakira recently helped debut some new scenes, plus a clip of her new song for the film, “Try Everything”—written by…

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Did You Know?

By Charles Solomon

January 25 marks the 55th anniversary of the premiere of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The first animated feature to earn more than $10 million on its initial release, Dalmatians has remained a favorite with audiences, critics, and artists since 1961. Disney Legend/animator Andreas Deja summed up the film’s appeal: “It’s the combination of…

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Five Famed Flicks: Disney Films Released in January

It’s the middle of January, a month named after Janus—the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. It’s a time to reflect on the previous year, and to daydream about the fun yet to come in 2016. These particular 31 days got us to thinking: How has Disney kicked off the new year, cinematically speaking, throughout the decades? Sure enough, some of the most…

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