A Joyous Encanto Journey for Kai Martinez

By Courtney Potter Walt Disney Animations Studios’ Encanto—following an extraordinary family and the magic their wondrous house in Colombia provides—is only weeks away, and the excitement is truly palpable. In the studios’ milestone 60th animated feature, the Madrigal clan lives deep in the Colombian mountains in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic …

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Terrific Tales from Encanto’s Vibrant Voice Cast

By Courtney Potter Meet the Madrigals—a family who lives hidden in the majestic mountains of Colombia. Their home is an Encanto, a truly wondrous place brimming with enchantment that’s blessed every child in the clan with a unique gift… well, every child except one: 15-year-old Mirabel (voice of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz). Upon discovering that …

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Open the Door to The Magical World Premiere of Encanto

By Jocelyn Buhlman Last night, Hollywood Boulevard transformed into the Casa Madrigal as the purple carpet unrolled for the world premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 60th feature film, Encanto. The movie follows the Madrigal family, who have been blessed with magical powers thanks to their home in an Encanto—an amazing place filled with heightened …

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7 Spellbinding Stories from the Encanto Press Conference

By Courtney Potter An extraordinary family, and the equally wondrous, life-altering house they live in… Walt Disney Animations Studios’ Encanto—the studios’ milestone 60th animated feature—follows the Madrigals, a clan who live hidden in the mountains of colorful Colombia. Their home is an Encanto, an amazing place filled to the brim with heightened spirituality and more …

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Inside the Imaginative Second Season of Short Circuit

By Zach Johnson Short Circuit, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ innovative and experimental short film program that enables anyone at the Studio to pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create their own short, is marking the fifth anniversary of its inception with the exciting debut of five new shorts, exclusively on Disney+. The shorts …

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Far from the Tree

Disney Animation to Premiere Theatrical Short Far From the Tree at 2021 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

By Beth Deitchman Walt Disney Animation Studios is bringing incredible experiences to the 2021 Annecy International Animation Film Festival next month—including the world premiere of an all-new theatrical short film. The premiere screening of Far From the Tree will cap off the Festival’s 60th anniversary celebration program on Tuesday, June 15. The following day, Walt …

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Walt Disney and the Creation of the Character Model Department

By Nikki Nguyen, Walt Disney Archives Disney animators have been bringing characters to life for decades, skillfully using various mediums to create exciting, immersive worlds with fully-developed characters that generations of fans have grown to love. Let’s take a peek at how Walt Disney created a department to help animators better conceptualize what would become …

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10 Perfect New Ways to Chill Out with Disney Animation

By Beth Deitchman Imagine skimming the ocean waves, gliding over breathtakingly blue water toward the horizon. You hear the crashing sea and the rustle of a gentle breeze. A hand reaches out from your canoe to touch the rushing water. You discover you’re immersed in the world of Moana, and the calming moment you were …

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Every Way to Bring Disney Magic to Your Video Calls

By Beth Deitchman Are you feeling a little bit like Rapunzel right about now? Do you wish you could travel to an exotic locale? Well, how about Zootopia, or Monstropolis, or Hoth? Thanks to a wide array of backgrounds from Disney Channel, Walt Disney Animation Studios, National Geographic, and more, you can add excitement—not to …

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5 Dazzling Details to Discover in Frozen 2

By Beth Deitchman To create the beloved characters and breathtaking visuals in Frozen 2, a collection of teams ventured into the unknown together, bringing with them disparate skill sets that include model-making, character design, and writing code. In any other workplace, these experts in their chosen fields might never even meet—but at Walt Disney Animation …

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Fantasia 2000

Q&A with Eric and Susan Goldberg About the Magical, Musical World of Fantasia 2000

By Jocelyn Buhlman This month, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fantasia 2000, which invited a new generation of Disney animators to showcase their talents as they visually interpreted classical compositions in the style of 1940’s Fantasia. To celebrate this stunning film’s milestone anniversary, we sat down with supervising director Eric Goldberg and with his …

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All of Disney’s Golden Globe® and Critics Choice Nominations for 2019

By Zach Johnson Roll out the red carpet, because awards season is now underway! Earlier today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the nominees for the 77th Annual Golden Globe® Awards. In the film categories, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen 2, Walt Disney Pictures’ The Lion King and Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Jojo Rabbit received …

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Meet the Enchanting New Characters of Frozen 2

By Savannah Salazar For the first time in forever, our favorite characters (and new ones too!) are coming back for a journey beyond Arendelle when Frozen 2 hits theaters on November 22. Picking up three years after Anna and Elsa reunited, the sisters—along with Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven—set off into the enchanted forest where they …

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9 Stories Worth Melting For from the Frozen 2 Press Conference

By Savannah Salazar For directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the ending of Frozen was only the beginning. As Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) came together, that reunion only started a new journey for the sisters—one that Lee and Buck wanted to know about as much as the fans. …

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Every Snow Cool Moment from the Frozen 2 Premiere

By Jocelyn Buhlman Last week, Hollywood was turned into an autumn wonderland complete with trees, leaf-shaped confetti, and the occasional troll or two. Why this sudden seasonal transformation? For the enchanting Frozen 2 world premiere, of course. We hit the red carpet to talk with the cast, crew, and celebrity fans of Frozen 2—and had …

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The New Trailer for Onward is Full of Wonder and Magic

By D23 Team Look around and you might just find a little magic in the new trailer for Disney and Pixar’s Onward. Set in a suburban fantasy world populated with a myriad of mythical creatures, the animated adventure movie centers on two teenage brothers, Ian Lightfoot (voice of Tom Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (voice of …

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Answer the Call with New Frozen 2 Trailer—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter Let go of the past and get reacquainted with some Arendelle favorites, and find out where Disney Cruise Line is sailing in early 2021… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs! New Frozen 2 Trailer Offers a Sneak Peek at Chills and Thrills…  It’s one …

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All the Movie Magic Coming to D23 Expo 2019

By D23 Team It’s here! The month of D23 Expo is here! And we’re wrapping up all of the exciting announcements with a big roundup of some of the amazing panels and presentations! From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios and live-action projects from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, there are tons of …

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6 Enchanting Cinderella Facts Fit for Royalty

By Jocelyn Buhlman Who among us hasn’t been enchanted by the timeless tale of Cinderella? One of Disney’s most treasured animated classics, Cinderella will celebrate 70 lovely years in 2020. In honor of this milestone anniversary, the film is joining the Walt Disney Signature Collection, an assemblage of groundbreaking films, created or inspired by the imagination …

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Did You Know? Seven Swinging Facts About Disney’s Tarzan

By Jim Fanning One of the most iconic heroes ever created swung to dynamic new life when Tarzan was released on June 18, 1999. Disney’s 37th animated feature brought the famed ape-man to life as never before through the art of Disney animation. Tarzan follows the extraordinary adventures of an orphaned infant raised by a …

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Disney Previews Frozen 2, Premieres Three Animated Shorts at Annecy

By Zach Johnson Walt Disney Animation Studios wowed the Annecy crowd in France Friday by offering a first look at Frozen 2, presented by the film’s Head of Animation Becky Bresee and Head of Effects Animation Marlon West, and also by unveiling three new shorts from the experimental Short Circuit program, which will stream on …

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Every Magical Disney Moment from 2018

By the D23 Team Cinematic Sensations We tessered, broke a Kessel Run record, went on another adventure beneath the trees of the Hundred Acre Wood, and tripped more than a few lights fantastic. All of that just in one year! There’s no doubt that 2018 has been one for the books starting off the year …

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Must See Rare Robin Hood Artwork from Disney’s ARL

By Fox Carney On November 8, 1973, Robin Hood premiered, capturing the hearts of audiences all over the world. To celebrate 45 years of this classic film, Disney’s Animation Research Library has opened its vaults, sharing some incredible artwork and stories behind the making of the film. Please enjoy as we take a trip back …

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