BusinessWorld | John Lasseter: a Disney man to infinity and beyond

Lasseter is widely credited with rescuing Walt Disney Animation from closure when he arrived from its new stable-mate Pixar in 2007 to become chief creative officer for both studios.

It hardly seems conceivable now — with Frozen (2013) among the 10 highest grossing movies in history — but Disney at the time was reeling from the derision heaped on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Brother Bear (2003) and Chicken Little (2005).

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Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Reveal New Details About Their Upcoming Slate At D23 Expo | SEAT42F

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, teamed up with the stars and filmmakers from both studios to present new details, footage, behind-the-scenes looks and images from a host of upcoming films today at D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California.

“I’m so excited about our upcoming movies; they are all hilarious, emotional, beautiful and make you think,” said Lasseter, who serves as executive producer on all animated titles.  “It’s a great mix of incredibly creative and surprising new worlds and characters and stories we love returning to. Our filmmakers are putting so much heart into these films – I can’t wait for people to see them.”

Get all the info on the films in order of release here:   Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Reveal New Details About Their Upcoming Slate At D23 Expo | SEAT42F

New images and untold Disney stories in “Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation” to debut at D23 Expo 2017

Set to debut at D23 Expo 2017, “Ink and Paint” was years in the making. Johnson gathered information for the book by interviewing the family members of women who worked at Walt Disney Animation. Some of the unseen pictures and documents were literally found hidden under beds of relatives of these former Disney employees.

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Fred Seibert on Frederator’s Trendsetting Animation | Collider

During this past weekend’s RTX 2017–Rooster Teeth’s epic fan expo dedicated to movies, TV, video games, and all things Internet-related–I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with legendary producer Fred Seibert. If you’ve watched just about any super-popular cartoon over the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Seibert had a hand in bringing it to your attention. After serving as MTV’s first-ever creative director of MTV and taking Nickelodeon from worst to first among cable networks, Seibert entered the world of animation and has not looked back since. He’s been instrumental in bringing shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, The Fairly OddParents, Adventure Time, and Castlevania into the world.

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Michael Jackson estate plans TV animated Halloween special | The Citizen

An animated television special featuring Michael Jackson will premiere this year for Halloween in the latest posthumous project by the estate of the late King of Pop.

The estate said “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” will air on CBS in the United States around the October 31 holiday dedicated to the ghoulish and supernatural.

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Netflix’s Castlevania is a Triumph for Video Game Adaptations – Geek.com

Castlevania is loosely based on the NES classic, Castlevania III. Instead of being a simple retread of that game’s bare-thin plot, the Netflix series takes its time to flesh out the main characters. In fact, the very first episode is almost solely dedicated to the franchise’s main antagonist, Count Dracula. While there is plenty of monster-slaying action to be found, the series focuses mostly on fighting against Medieval superstitions and the power of a corrupted church. All of these deviations from the sou

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CFx Comics: Animating for a cause one issue at a time

A group of Pakistani illustration designers and conceptual comic artists have come together to use their art to produce comics and animated videos for a local audience with the purpose of addressing issues that challenge the society they live in.CFx Comics is working on communication messaging through comics and animations focusing on social issues.

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New ‘Star Wars’ Cartoon Shorts Debut Online, Bringing Female Heroes in Full Force

Today marks the debut of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a series of original animated shorts set in that galaxy far, far away and focusing on the franchise’s roster of female heroes. The first installment, titled “Sands of Jakku,” covers a moment not seen in The Force Awakens: Rey (voiced by Daisy Ridley) and BB-8 must escape a ravenous, metal-craving Nightwatcher worm (which keen-eyed film viewers briefly spotted early on in the film) on their way to Niima Outpost — the place where they eventually meet Finn.

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Comcast’s NBCUniversal Looks to Storm Disney’s Animation Castle

Until last year, Illumination was Universal’s only animation studio — but that all changed when NBCUniversal, which declined to comment for this story, announced in April 2016 it was acquiring DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for $3.8 billion. It was a hefty fee for the Steven Spielberg-founded animation studio, especially considering its hit-and-miss record over the past five years. Nonetheless, the deal was approved by board members and closed in August.

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