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Long have Muppet fans waited with bated breath to see when our furry, demented pals would make a return to theaters and – more importantly – if they could manage to re-harness the anarchic feeling they’d seemingly lost. For several years news about the project has come and gone, with slacker comedian and Muppet fan [...]

Visualizing Rapunzel

Disney animation story supervisor Paul Briggs has posted a couple of wonderful visual development pieces for Rapunzel (aka Tangled) at his blog. Visual development artwork is typically my favorite element of animation production, and these evocative renderings by Disney artist Kevin Nelson do not disappoint.

Check out Briggs’s site for more of his [...]


Speaking of TRON: Legacy…

Disney has released a brief video clip featuring a taste of the film’s score by French electronica duo Daft Punk. I’m still kind of irritated that Wendy Carlos isn’t involved, but I have to say that Daft Punk proved a logical selection. The piece, Derezzed, is accompanied in this video by [...]

Please Tell Me It’s A Joke.

First, if you haven’t seen it already, go watch the new trailer for Rapunzel.

For years I’ve worried that executives and marketing slobs were ruining Disney animation. Now I’m starting to worry that they already have.

Has the vast studio bureaucracy – ranks upon ranks of Vice Presidents and marketing mavens – really salted the [...]

Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This…

Well, I didn’t intend for this week to become the animation apocalypse, but something seems to really be poking the hornets’ nest in Burbank and Emeryville. Snow Queen is back on the shelf, newt is dead, Rapunzel has been ridiculously rebranded as Tangled, and King of the Elves is either in turnaround or abandoned depending [...]