Why Do Disney Characters Rarely Have Parents?

set_disney_moms_simbaSnow White, Bambi, Cinderella, Wart, Mowgli, Penny, Todd, Oliver, Ariel, Belle, Aladdin, Simba, Pocahontas, Quasimodo, Kuzco, Jack, Koda, Lewis, Nani & Lilo, Elsa & Anna…

The list of Disney animated characters who are missing one or both parents is almost as long as the list of Disney animated films. Glamour recently asked legendary Disney producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) the reason for this. To read Hahn’s heartbreaking answer, click through…

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Esther Jones: The Original Model For Betty Boop

tumblr_nbcb9uRvpP1sgdch8o2_400thesoftghetto: “We’ve all heard of Betty Boop. But how many of you knew that she was based off of a BLACK woman?

“Yes, Betty Boop was based off of Ms. Esther Jones, [a.k.a.] ‘Baby Esther.’ She was an African-American singer and entertainer of the 1920s. Her singing trademark was ‘Boop oop da doop,’ hence the name Betty Boop!”

To learn more about this often-overlooked icon, click here.

The Inside Scoop On Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’
(Updated On 8/28 With Two New GIFs!)

10It took a little digging (and a helluva lot of YouTube clips), but Skunk has found some short-but-sweet quotes from the voice cast of Pixar’s upcoming animated feature, Inside Out. While the normally outspoken Lewis Black remains mum, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader have all gone on the record regarding their characters.

Curious? Click through…

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Matt Groening’s Animation Inspiration

0“As a child I loved animation and always wanted to try it. I remember watching Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and the scene of the puppies watching television. I was amazed at that image, the kind you can only get with animation and I knew that I wanted to do the same kind of things myself some day.”

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons (via: Animation Scoop)

In Praise Of Nani

0Pasted below are four fantastic quotes detailing why Nani from Lilo & Stitch is one of the BEST Disney characters ever. The quotes were culled from a long and winding Tumblr thread that emerged organically below a small GIFset. (See stills above. See original thread here.)

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The Endless Emotions In A Random Run Cycle

In this music video, a character run cycle is repeated over and over again. Everything else in the frame — the backgrounds, effects, etc. — is completely redesigned each time the run cycle resets. It’s amazing how swapping out these seemingly secondary elements can completely change the emotion of the animation. It’s also a great reminder that EVERY part of the animation process is immensely important!

Note: The song is Transfer, by Livetune, with vocals by Japanese voice actress Nakajima Megumi. The animation was done by Fantasista Utamaro and Kubotabee.

This Totoro Futon Is The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (And On)

0Back to school shopping has begun! You’ve bought your pencils, your erasers and your animation themed laptop decals. But what about your dorm? You want your new roommate to know you’re a cartoon fan, but you also want them to see you as a tasteful decorator. What to do, what to do? Enter the Totoro Double Bed-Sized Futon. It’s cute, cuddly and available on Amazon!

Disney Is Developing A ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated Special

0THR reports: “Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction in a big way. The studio is developing [an] animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction. [...] The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct. Scott Peterson (Phineas and Ferb) will serve as writer, EP and story editor.”

To read the whole article, click here.

Lilo & Stitch Vs. Racist Tourists

This deleted scene from Lilo & Stitch has always impressed me with its attempt to address the casual racism and rudeness often displayed by tourists to Hawaii. But it wasn’t until I was watching this scene again this morning that I noticed another amazing thing about it:

The film’s directors cast themselves as two of the rude racists! Continue reading

Gus Van Sant to Direct ‘Death Note’

0The Tracking Board is reporting that Gus Van Sant will direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Death Note, the starts amazing/ends atrocious manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.

While Van Sant would NEVER have appeared on my mental list of directors a major studio would hire to direct a manga adaptation, I’m delighted by how potentially perfect this pairing is. Anyone who has seen Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, To Die For, Elephant or Paranoid Park knows how skilled he is at bringing nuanced portrayals of the teen angst, anger and confusion to the silver screen. I’m really looking forward to this!

Disney Prepping ‘Enchanted 2’

0Disney has hired J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to write a screenplay for Enchanted 2. Animation fans may know Stern and Weiss from their work on The Smurfs movie and Shrek 2. (Then again, maybe not.) Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) is set to direct.

Animation maestro James Baxter handled the hand-drawn cartooning in the first film, but Baxter now works for DreamWorks, so it’ll be interesting to see who they go with this time around…

Coming Soon: Live-Action ‘Attack On Titan’

0A live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is film currently in production in Japan, with a release scheduled for 2015. It is being directed by Shinji Higuchi, the special effects supervisor on the 90s Gamera reboot and a writer.storyboard artist on The End of Evangelion. The film was written by Yusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama, with Hajime Isayama — the creator of Attack On Titan — acting as supervisor. For casting and shooting info, click here.

Related: WTF – Attack On Titan Merch

Pixar Is Making A Musical Short

0Disney and Pixar have announced their newest animated short, Lava. Directed by longtime Pixar animator James Ford Murphy, Lava is “a musical love story taking place over millions of years that is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.” Lava premiers June 19, 2015 in front of Pete Docter’s Inside Out. Click through for the full poster. Continue reading

First Look: Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye

popeye-image-600x362And…that’s it. For now. The above image is a concept painting by Richard Daskas. Tartakovsky’s CG take on E.C. Segar’s classic character is slated for release sometime in the vaguely worded future. In addition to pre-production on Popeye, Tartakovsky is currently directing Hotel Transylvania 2 and developing a brand new passion project, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?

Kinda makes you feel lazy, don’t it?

My Little Medusa

Sony Pictures Animation has announced their intentions to make Medusa, an original animated comedy that will tell the secret story behind Greek mythology’s sinister, snake-headed seductress. Lauren Faust, the effervescent Emmy-winner responsible for the brilliant My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is attached to direct.

For more info, click here.

(For the adorable inspiration behind this post’s title, click here.)

Recommended Listening: DANGERDOOM

DANGERDOOM’s 2005 album, The Mouse and the Mask, is an amazing example of advertising-as-art. Created by two of music’s more idiosyncratic artists — producer Dangermouse and rapper MF DOOM — it simultaneously served as an extended ad for Cartoon Network’s mid-2000s programming and a truly great rap record. Continue reading

Print ‘N’ Cut Papercraft: Super Stylish Slipcovers For Your Disney Blu-Rays

1Quick show of hands. Who here loves the ugly, off-model artwork Disney uses on their DVD and Blu-Ray releases? Anyone? Anyone?

That’s what I thought.

Artist Miguel Roselló is also not a fan. But instead of just sitting around typing rhetorical questions about it, he’s creating a series of sumptuous slipcovers for your Disney Blu-Rays — and they’re FREE! What’s more, he’s formatted them so that all you have to do is print, cut and insert. How cool is that? Click here to begin.