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How Director Joachim Rønning Made Magic in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

By Zach Johnson

It’s not unusual to hear Joachim Rønning ask, “What’s next?”

After continuing the adventures of Jack Sparrow in Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ 2017 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Rønning was approached to direct Maleficent’s next chapter. The Disney villain’s origin story had cast a spell on audiences…

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How Wonderful! Inside the Majestic Maleficent: Mistress of Evil World Premiere

By Zach Johnson

Well, well… imagine our delight when we received an invitation to attend the world premiere of The Walt Disney Studios’ latest live-action adventure film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Hosted at the famed El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, thousands of fans lined Hollywood Blvd. to get a glimpse of Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle…

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You Need to See These Creepy Cute Disney Halloween Masks from the Walt Disney Archives

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Vintage Halloween masks can be a charming portal to the past—or a creepy peek at design differences from another era. Whether you’re wishing for one of these retro Disney masks of your own or hoping they stay firmly in the past, you’ll be fascinated by this collection of Ben Cooper Disney Halloween masks from our friends at the Walt Disney…

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You Need to See This Royally Rare Sleeping Beauty Concept Art

By Jocelyn Buhlman

60 years ago, we fell under the spell of Sleeping Beauty, the gorgeously animated Disney film known for its unique style inspired by illuminated manuscripts. From the lush backgrounds to the enchanting character designs, the art from this Disney animated classic is unforgettable. To celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s milestone anniversary, check out…

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11 Royal Facts You Might Not Know About Sleeping Beauty

By Jim Fanning

Released on January 29, 1959, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is celebrating 60 years of timeless characters, magnificent music of the classical kind, and dazzling animated artistry. One of the most elaborate animated features ever produced, this enchanting epic tells the spellbinding tale of a lovely princess cursed by an evil fairy to fall into a…

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How Eyvind Earle’s Stunning Art Made Sleeping Beauty a “Moving Illustration”

By Charles Solomon

The amazing artwork of Sleeping Beauty has now become iconic for its unique detail and shape, but how did the stunning designs of this animated classic come to be?

The day Walt Disney put the first scenes from Sleeping Beauty into production, he told sequence director Eric Larson, “What we want out of this is a moving illustration. I don’t…

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D23’s FAN-tastic Lineup of Events for 2019

In 2019, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, D23 is adding extra pixie dust to some of its most popular events while introducing exciting new experiences for fans around the country to enjoy. Click here to get more details on upcoming events.

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Get to Know the Animators Behind Your Favorite Disney Films

Celebrate some of the most legendary artists behind classic Disney animated films with this year’s D23 Member Gift.

By Greg Ehrbar

The first “nine old men” were Supreme Court justices—all more than 90 years old—who were trying to block President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” in the mid-1930s. When Walt Disney selected his first-string…

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