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).
39-year-old Tom Ward, from Windsor, had worked as a graphic designer on branding and design projects for companies and organisations for years, and having done a few illustrations for clients in the past, he decided to unleash his ‘inner geek’ and try out some pop culture focused artwork.
On his artwork, in which we see the likes of Cinderella fighting with Prince Charming as he’s more interested in his phone, Princess Jasmine doing housework while Aladdin plays video games and Alice in Wonderland ditching her oversized food for a small salad, Tom says he wanted to bring to life ‘the times we live in and communicate topical issues in a relatable way’.
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.”
On Friday afternoon, Hall D23 became the place to be to learn about what’s next for Disney animation. Pixar CCO John Lasseter hosted a nearly two-hour panel of sneak peeks, teases and guest appearances to showcase upcoming movies from Disney Animation, Pixar and Disneytoon Studios.
A sizzle reels started the presentation, with footage from “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cars 3,” “The Jungle Book, “ and new titles such as “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Black Panther,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
”Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn then took the stage to highlight the morning’s Disney Legends Award Ceremony, and, of course, to talk animation. “None of this would exist without story animation,” he said, speaking of the company’s foundation. Lasseter then took the stage to discuss the Disney’s newest animated movies.
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.
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.
Menken’s music from Beauty and the Beast lives on in Bill Condon’s magical live-action remake, out on Blu-ray and DVD now. MTV News chatted with Menken about the process of writing new music for the record-breaking film, working with Guy Ritchie on the upcoming live-action Aladdin, and what made Disney’s Renaissance era so special.