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Friday, August 22, 2014

Blu-Ray Review: Once Upon A Time The Complete Third Season

Once Upon A Time: The Complete Third Season brings us another season of fairy tales, folk tales and fables. One of the best stories of the season comes in the form of Peter Pan. This multi-episode story arch takes the story you know and gives it an amazing twist. The other major twist comes in the form of Regina's half-sister, Zelena. Not wanting to give away any spoilers for those that aren't caught up on Season Three, you will just have to watch it for yourself. Trust me, you are in for a great season.

Video:

The video quality of this season exceeds those of the first two seasons with stunning 1080p quality. It makes the TV show feel more like a theatrical experience though the digital effects remind you that this is a TV show.

Audio:

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound is part of each episode. The crystal clear dialogue and rear channel effects add to the immersive quality of the show.

Bonus Features: 

Inside the Writer's Room: See how the shows writers are bringing Frozen into the story.

Deleted Scenes: Twelve minutes of footage from the season. Some of it insightful and some of it not so much.

Wicked Villains: A twelve minute featurette focused on the villains of course.

The Tale of Ariel: Take a look at the development of Ariel, her design, her casting and how she was brought to the TV screen.

The Fairest Bloopers of Them All: Wish there were more bloopers than the actors simply making funny faces.

Audio Commentaries: Four fantastic commentaries on four of the best episodes of the season. You will find commentaries for "Lost Girl," "Think Lovely Thoughts," "The Jolly Roger" and "There's No Place Like Home." Robert Carlyle who plays Mr. Gold/Rumple is featured on the second commentary. I wish they would have more cast members on commentaries. Maybe that will be something in the future.

Conclusion:

A great presentation in terms of video and audio. The bonus features are somewhat lacking but the audio commentaries more than make up for it. Though I would have liked at least one more commentary track. But another great season of Once Upon A Time and something to get you ready for Season Four!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blu-Ray Review: Toy Story of Terror!

The Toy Story gang is back! This Halloween Television special deserves a place in your holiday tradition. There are endless horror movie references to spot, some great laughs and some fun new characters that make this worthy of the Toy Story name.

Our story starts with a flat tire that strands Bonnie and her mom at a roadside motel for the evening. One by one Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Mr. Pricklepants and Trixie disappear, each one a victim, of an unseen beast lurking in the shadows. Jessie meets Combat Carl, a soldier and survivalist. Both also become captured, prisoners of the motel owner Ron and his pet iguana Mr. Jones. With courage and help from some other new friends, Jessie must face her fears and save the day!
Video:
As with any Disney/Pixar release, the 1080p video is pristine! Details such as textures look photorealistic. Wait until you see the scene where Jessie and Combat Carl get captured! This is close to being flawless and can go toe to toe with any Toy Story release!
Audio:
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound track is just as solid as the video presentation. Dialogue is clean and intelligible. The rear channels recreate the sounds of classic horror movie design. The audio landscape is more movie like than television like. Toy Story of Terror! is a treat for your ears!
Bonus Features:

Audio Commentary: Learn about all the easter eggs, horror film references, new characters and fun tidbits from director Angus MacLane, director of photography Ian Megibben and editor Axel Geddes.

Team of Specialists: Director Angus MacLane shows you what a day-in-the-life is like for him during the production of this TV special.

Toy Story Toons: Three shorts "Hawaiian Vacation," "Small Fry" and "Partysaurus Rex" with optional audio commentaries.

Vintage Toy Commercials: Three amazing commercials created for three of the new characters in the TV special. "Old Timer," "Combat Carl" and "Transitron" are all created in the time period that they would have aired if they were real toys.

Deleted Scenes: Three unfinished deleted scenes are shown here, "Pencil Topper Trilogy," "Travel Brochures" and "Road Trip Roulette."

D23 Teaser: a D23 promo

Conclusion:
A wonderful TV Special loaded with some great bonus content! The special is fantastic with stunning video and audio. Toy Story of Terror! feels like it's big brothers in terms of humor, teamwork and of course heart! This is a great addition to my library and to yours as well!

*Disclaimer: A review copy was provided but the opinions are strictly my own.*

First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel's "ANT-MAN"

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON
MARVEL’S “ANT-MAN”

Principal Photography Begins in San Francisco
For July 17, 2015 Release


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.  

Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21”), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”).  The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.  

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.

In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.

In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.

Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com©MARVEL

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jennifer Morrison "Emma Swan" Q&A - Once Upon A Time: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray 8/19


ONCE UPON A TIME: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
Q&A
Jennifer Morrison – “Emma Swan”

Q: Do you think one day Emma and evil queen Regina [Lana Parrilla] will find a way to get along?
A: Maybe in real life that would be possible but with a television show there wouldn’t be much drama if they got along. So much of television is based on conflict, resolving things and coming together, and it all goes in cycles. To keep intrigue going and to keep people tuning in to see what’s going on I think we’re always going to be in cycles of conflict together.

Q: What did you most enjoy about making the third season?
A: Selfishly my favorite part of season three was doing the last two episodes because they were both basically about Emma going on this great adventure. It was really fun. Emma had never been in Fairy Tale Land [aka The Enchanted Forest] before so for her to be there, to see her parents back in time meeting and falling in love, plus all of the journeys and adventures that I got to go on in those two episodes was really fun. Also to wear the gowns and the capes and be a part of that world that Emma had never been a part of before was definitely a fun adventure for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for her when we start filming season four [in July].

Q: What’s been your most memorable on-set blooper?
A: I honestly don’t have one. We get asked all the time ‘What are the laughs on set?’ or ‘What are the jokes?’ but we have to film nine pages a day so there’s not a lot of joking. We all get along and we all enjoy each other’s company but most of the time we’re just trying to stay prepared and be ready for the next thing. There’s not a lot of time to goof around.

Q: So no wardrobe malfunctions in the Fairy Tale Land costumes?
A: [Laughs] Not so far, no, but then I’ve only worn them in two episodes and everything went well.

Q: You directed a short film called Warning Labels. Would you now like to direct an episode of Once Upon A Time?
A: I would love to direct an episode [laughs] but I don’t think they’d let me. It’s usually something that’s contractual; it would need to be in my contract and it’s not, but who knows what the future holds? Maybe if they see the short film and they like it they’ll change their minds. But I definitely will be doing more directing, whether it’s on Once Upon A Time or not.

Q: In the show, your character is grounded in reality, but it must be getting harder for her to stay grounded as the storylines progress. How do you see that evolving on the next season?
A: I don’t know anything about season four yet. I wish I did. [Laughs] I’ve been begging for information and they’re being very secretive so I’m honestly not withholding any information. But I’ve always seen Emma as her own person and also she’s a little bit like the representation of the audience. When people first began watching the show there was no reason to believe in all these crazy things we were proposing so Emma didn’t believe, along with the audience not believing. As Emma started to be convinced and to fall for the truth of this storytelling, then the audience fell for it with her. It needed to happen in season one that she broke the curse, otherwise people would start to get frustrated at her not believing – because she had too much proof that these things were real. She obviously has to deal with the fact that she’s the product of true love and she’s the child of Prince Charming [Josh Dallas] and there’s magic inside her that she doesn’t understand or know how to deal with. That keeps her grounded in a sense.

Q: Do the themes of the show resonate with real life for you?
A: There are parts of ourselves that we don’t understand in real life so it’s a metaphor for me. It’s a metaphor when I’m finding ways to connect with that part of the character. I may be talking about magic but maybe internally I’ll be thinking about love or vulnerability or taking certain risks that I don’t feel comfortable taking in my own life. So I assign the stakes of my own life to the stakes Emma would feel. I try to treat it the way you would if someone just walked up to you and said ‘By the way, you have magic’. I try to assess it as if someone was saying that to me. Near the end of season three, where I start to realize the wicked witch is in town, I’m like: ‘She’s real too? Good lord! What’s going on?’ I think the writers do a really good job of continually bringing Emma back to that place of everything being new and surprising to her. It was fun at the end of season three because there were some pop-culture references where Emma gets to be the one in the know and everyone else is going: ‘Who’s Princess Leah? Who’s Han Solo? Who’s Marty McFly?’ Emma’s the one who has the references and everyone else is confused, as opposed to Emma being confused and everyone else being in the know.

Q: Why do you think there’s such a fascination with fairy tales these days?
A: I think it’s a representation of what’s going on in the world. We’re in a time where information is accessible to everyone so nothing is a secret. We have the Internet, we have news everywhere, everybody knows every single thing that’s going on in the world at all times, and that’s not always been the case. No atrocity is a secret nor is any horrible crisis. We also just went through an economic crisis in most countries in the world and people are dealing with that, plus they’re dealing with personal illnesses, they’re dealing with wars in certain countries, there are all sorts of adversities and obstacles to overcome, and based on that everyone is searching for a place to have hope. The underlying message of fairy tales is that you’re searching for yourself, you have obstacles to overcome, there are journeys you need to take to find out who you really are, but when you overcome those obstacles you hope that life will be good. When we’re facing a lot of obstacles and we’re aware of the whole world facing obstacles maybe we’re all secretly searching for that kind of hope. So maybe Maleficent doing well and Once Upon A Time doing well is not just because there’s something comforting and nostalgic that we remember from our childhoods, it’s because there are underlying metaphors and subconscious meanings that are resonating with people right now.

Q: Do you have any input into the storylines on Once Upon A Time?
A: This is entirely the creation of the showrunners and writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. There are little details occasionally that come up – things like the fact young Emma wears a key around her neck, which is something I found in a bunch of memoirs I read about kids who grew up in the foster program. Depending on which home they were in, they often have a key round their neck and a box of stuff they travel with. I found several consistencies of behavior in the memoirs I read so there are little details in there like that. And when I gave Neil [Michael Raymond-James] the necklace back – when I tore off the necklace he’d given me – it wasn’t originally in the script that it would come up again. So yeah, there are tiny details, not specific plot points.

Q: What do you think about fans revealing plot points and spoilers on social media?
A: I don’t know what to think about that. I miss a sense of mystery in the industry, for sure. There’s something wonderfully magical about keeping some mystery to things and that applies to people’s personal lives and professional lives as well as plotlines. There’s something that’s been lost a little bit without the ability to maintain the mystery. I don’t know what to think about spoilers and things like that because obviously you want people to be excited when they watch in the moment and we’re thrilled that people watch the show when it airs and then start talking about it. But at the same time that might be spoiling the plot for someone who hasn’t seen the episode yet, or for a country where it hasn’t aired. It’s a weird balance. There are good things about it and bad things about it.

Q: Emma has a lot of fears, but what scares you in real life?
A: I have a lot of trouble flying, which is crazy because I spend a lot of my time on planes. I had a crazy flight a few years ago that made me a little phobic about flying, but I force myself to deal with it every time I get on a plane.

I really value my time with my family and friends, especially since I have to be away working so much, so I guess I’m also fearful of there ever being a time where I’d have to be separated from family and friends such as, god forbid, a parent dying. I know eventually it’s a reality we all have to face but that would be at the very top of my list of things I’m terrified of.
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MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON MARVEL'S "ANT-MAN"


MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON
MARVEL’S “ANT-MAN”

Principal Photography Begins in San Francisco
For July 17, 2015 Release


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man”continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.  

Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21”), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”).  The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” onMay 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.  

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.

In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.

In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.

Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com©MARVEL

THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC ALL NEW ABC SPECIAL

THE STORY OF FROZEN:
MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC

All-New Exclusive ABC Special

AN UNPRECEDENTED BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF A MODERN MOVIE BASED ON A TIMELESS TALE, “THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC” PREMIERES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 8:00-9:00 PM ET, WITH A LOOK TOWARD THE NEXT CHAPTER FOR ANNA, ELSA AND FRIENDS

FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK OF “BIG HERO 6,” WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS’ NEXT COMEDY ACTION ADVENTURE & MORE

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®- winning film “Frozen,” now the biggest animated feature of all time.   A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (8:00 -9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 
  
            Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought “Frozen” to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer and artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter -   the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big screen animated musical.   Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of Arendelle - the fictional kingdom - and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.

            This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of “Frozen” and a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit “Once Upon a Time.”

The program will culminate in an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios –under wraps until now – as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.
  
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” features interviews with “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer and “Frozen” executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award®-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6” is presented by the film’s directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon is Senior Executive Producer and Rudy Bednar is Director of “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.”


ABOUT “FROZEN”
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, “Frozen” posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. The film’s Feb. 25 digital debut was the biggest digital release (sell-through) ever; it’s Blu-ray/DVD release on March 18 was No. 1 on the Nielsen overall disc charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks. The “Frozen” soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and spent 31 consecutive weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.2 million units. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed nearly 300 million times on YouTube.

Walt Disney Animation Studios
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013’s Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are CinderellaSleeping BeautyThe Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastThe Lion KingTangled and Wreck-It Ralph.
Lincoln Square Productions:
Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories.  Clients include ABC Television Group, Scripps Networks, Viacom, Discovery Communications, National Geographic Networks, and more.   Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City.


Pumpkin Pie Wontons Recipe


Ingredients:


  • cup
     canned pumpkin
  • tablespoons maple syrup
  • tablespoons brown sugar
  • teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 16 packaged wonton wrappers
  • granulated sugar, for dusting
  • ground cinnamon, for dusting
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. 2
    In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. 3
    Place one wonton wrapper flat on work surface.
  4. 4
    Spoon 1 Tbsp.
  5. 5
    filling into center.
  6. 6
    Moisten edges of wonton with water and fold in half to form triangle.
  7. 7
    Press edges to seal.
  8. 8
    Repeat with remaining filling and wontons.
  9. 9
    Arrange filled wontons on ungreased baking sheet.
  10. 10
    Lightly coat wontons with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle each with sugar and cinnamon.
  11. 11
    Bake until golden, about 16 minutes.
  12. 12
    Turn and bake 2 more minutes.
  13. 13
    Set baking sheet on wire rack to cool.