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Rapunzel



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapunzel_(film)

Rapunzel is an upcoming American CGI-animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. The story is based on the classic German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm. The film will be the 49th Disney animated feature and will premiere during the 2010 Christmas season.

Doeri Welch-Greiner, the production manager for the movie, says that "The original version was that a girl got pulled from the modern world and replaced Rapunzel, and Rapunzel got turned into a squirrel. But we’re on a clearer, more classic fairy-tale sort of track right now with Dean Wellins as co-director; he was one of the story guys on Iron Giant and a Disney animator for a long time. It really plays on the mystery of the girl in the tower, and I think it’s really going to be great with Dean’s story sense and sense of staging, and the artistry that Glen brings to it, we hope we can bring the artistry of the movie to a different place."

Keane also promises that he’s going back to Rapunzel’s literary origins to do a traditional, character-driven fairy tale that speaks to a modern audience. “It’s a story of the need for each person to become who they are supposed to be and for a parent to set them free so they can become that. It will be a musical and a comedy and have a lot of heart and sincerity. I think that’s what Disney needs to do right now. No one else can do it. We should not be embarrassed or make excuses for doing a fairy tale."

The movie's visual style will be based on the painting "The Swing", by the French Rococo artist Jean-Honore Fragonard. Because director Glen Keane wanted this to be an animated movie that looked and felt like a traditional hand-drawn Disney Classic in 3D, he first had a seminar called "The Best of Both Worlds", where he, with 50 Disney animators (CGI artists and traditional artists), focused on the pluses and minuses of each style. Because of advancements in computer technology, many basic principles of animation used in traditional animated movies but which have been absent in CGI films due to technical limitations are now becoming possible also in this field of animation, where they will be used together with the potential offered by CGI. Keane has stated numerous times that he is trying to make the computer "bend its knee to the artist" instead of having the computer dictate the artistic style and look of the film. By making the computer become as "pliable as the pencil," Keane's vision of a "three dimensional drawing" seems within reach, with the artist controlling the technology. Because many of the techniques and tools that were required to give the film the quality Keane demanded of it didn't exist when the project was started, WDFA had to make them on their own. Among the new tools that are being used is a graphics tablet, first used in Chicken Little, allowing artists to draw silhouettes and sketches of the animated characters (in the same manner and freedom as a computer 3-D animated Disney film) directly onto the computer screen. These hand-created character silhouettes will then be "filled in" with a computer-generated 3-D image, for instance by superimposing the handdrawn image over the 3D model.

To create the impression of a drawing, Non-photorealistic rendering is going to be used, making the surface look like it is painted but still containing depth and dimensions. A short test footage of the film was shown at the Siggraph 2005, where it gained a lot of attention.

The film will be made in CGI, though Rapunzel will resemble traditional oil paintings on canvas: "There’s no photoreal hair. I want luscious hair, and we are inventing new ways of doing that. I want to bring the warmth and intuitive feel of hand-drawn to CGI.

"For inspiration, Keane and his animators are referencing a painting by French Rococo artist Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Swing, applying a certain richness that they have never attained in animation before."

"A fairy tale world has to feel romantic and lush. So we were able to duplicate the shot with the girl on the swing in 3D, to do a dimensional tree where the leaves turn, but it still feels like it has calories if you look at it too long. Very painterly.

"The next step was to do an animated human character: to get a softness, a feel of blood in the veins. I want skin moving across bone and tendon and there’s a subtlety to this. The thing is, I don’t want realism.

"Kyle Strawitz really helped me start to believe that the things I wanted to see were possible… that you could move in a Disney painterly world. He took the house from Snow White and built it and painted it so that it looked like a flat painting that suddenly started to move, and it had dimension and kept all of the soft, round curves of the brushstrokes of watercolor. Kyle helped us get that Fragonard look of that girl on the swing… We are using subsurface scattering and global illumination and all of the latest techniques to pull off convincing human characters and rich environments."

One of the main ambitions of the makers of Rapunzel is to create movements that are just as soft and fluid as of that in the old Disney Classics.

On April 12, 2007 it was revealed that Annie-nominated animator and story artist Dean Wellins will be co-directing the film alongside Glen Keane.

On October 9, 2008, it was reported that Glen Keane and Dean Wellins would be stepping down as directors and would be replaced by a new team of Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, director and storyboard director of 2008s Bolt. Keane would stay on as the Executive Producer and Wellins has moved onto developing other short films and feature films.

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National Treasure 3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Treasure_3#Sequel

Director Jon Turteltaub said that the filmmaking team will take its time on another National Treasure sequel, but Disney has already registered the domains for NationalTreasure3DVD.com and NationalTreasure4DVD.com. Though the second film ended with the question about page 47 of the President's book of secrets, Turteltaub responded in a press interview that the idea was not set in stone as the basis for National Treasure 3.
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Cars 2



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Cars 2 is a computer-animated 3-D film that will be produced by Pixar Animation Studios and is the sequel of the 2006 film Cars. It will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and is scheduled for release in 2011. Ratatouille producer Brad Lewis takes over from John Lasseter as director. Lasseter mentioned, "This time we’re going international." Cars is the second Pixar film to have a theatrical direct sequel, the first being Toy Story. The film was originally scheduled for 2012, but was pushed forward a year. The movie is the first of two films to be released in 2011 for Pixar, marking the first time that more than one film for Pixar will be released in the same year.

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The Bear and the Bow



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bear_and_the_Bow

The Bear and the Bow is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film being produced by Pixar Animation Studios and starring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. It will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and is scheduled for release around Christmas 2011.

In mythical Scotland, Merida (Reese Witherspoon), a member of the royal family, decides to give up her family name for her dream of becoming an archer. Merida makes some kind of reckless choices, resulting in the destruction of her father's kingdom and her mother's life. Merida then struggles to set things right.

The film, Pixar's first fairy tale, is a combination of director Brenda Chapman's love of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, as well as a reflection on raising her daughter.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Fountain of Youth

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As detailed in The Art of the Pirates of the Caribbean, the proposed story for the fourth film was for Sparrow and Barbossa to meet up in the newly founded New Orleans, before they sail to find the Fountain of Youth together. Johnny Depp signed on to return in September 2008, and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio began writing under the guidance of producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The film is set for release in 2012.

Geoffrey Rush has expressed interest in returning as Barbossa. Gore Verbinski feels that "the big danger is diminishing the brand [...] it would have to be a tale worthy of telling" for him to return. If the director returned, he noted that "I would start fresh and focus on the further adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow." Unlike the previous films, he will not do it without a complete script. Keira Knightley has stated that she does not wish to continue playing her character of Elizabeth Swann as she wants to do different projects.

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Newt



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newt_(film)

Newt (stylized as newt) is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film being produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and is scheduled for release in June 2012.

Newt and Brooke live in a community college science lab and don't care for each other, yet as the last remaining blue-footed newts on the planet they are forced to mate and save the species.

Writer and Director Gary Rydstrom explained "Newt is smart but he's never had to think for himself and is pampered. Brooke on the other hand is streetwise and not to be messed with."

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King of the Elves



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_the_Elves_(2012_film)

King of the Elves is an upcoming traditional animation/CGI-animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios scheduled for release during the 2012 Christmas season. It is currently slated to be Disney's 50th animated feature and will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D.

Based on Philip K. Dick's 1953 short story fantasy King of the Elves, the film is about a band of elves and one dwarf living in the modern-day Mississippi Delta who name a local man their king after he helps save them from an evil troll.
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Jungle Cruise

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungle_Cruise#Film_adaptation

The Jungle Cruise is an announced Disney motion picture loosely inspired by the theme park attraction of the same name.

The film, originally scheduled for release in 2007, has experienced various delays and changes. Shooting of the film, originally schedule for 2006, was postponed. Moreover, the original screenplay by Josh Goldstein and John Norville was reportedly rewritten by Al Gough and Miles Millar.

The film follows a group's riverboat journey through a jungle in search of a cure. Further details have not been forthcoming, apart from confirmation that the film is set in the twentieth century. It will also have the name, 'Heart of Darkness'.

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Thank wolfee for all those infos..there is a lot of titles here I have never heard of before until you mention them...one I wish to see when it comes out is the princess and the frog..seems like a pretty funny movie...keep adding more updates on new upcoming disney or pixar...love it! *hugz*
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Another Narnia movie? Hmmm, I hope they don't continue it on for too long.
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CherryScented wrote:

Another Narnia movie? Hmmm, I hope they don't continue it on for too long.


If all of them are good then I would be fine if they did. The 2 now are good. They should do the first book though.
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CherryScented wrote:

Another Narnia movie? Hmmm, I hope they don't continue it on for too long.


If all of them are good then I would be fine if they did. The 2 now are good. They should do the first book though.


I really haven't read the book. -_-
But I don't know. Normally when things go on for too long it becomes inconsistent.

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wolflee wrote:


CherryScented wrote:

Another Narnia movie? Hmmm, I hope they don't continue it on for too long.


If all of them are good then I would be fine if they did. The 2 now are good. They should do the first book though.


I really haven't read the book. -_-
But I don't know. Normally when things go on for too long it becomes inconsistent.



Most of the time, but maybe Disney can destroy that tradition. ^_^
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CherryScented wrote:


wolflee wrote:


CherryScented wrote:

Another Narnia movie? Hmmm, I hope they don't continue it on for too long.


If all of them are good then I would be fine if they did. The 2 now are good. They should do the first book though.


I really haven't read the book. -_-
But I don't know. Normally when things go on for too long it becomes inconsistent.



Most of the time, but maybe Disney can destroy that tradition. ^_^


I hope so, because Narnia has been good so far. It'd be disappointing if it declined.


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CherryScented wrote:


wolflee wrote:


CherryScented wrote:


wolflee wrote:


CherryScented wrote:

Another Narnia movie? Hmmm, I hope they don't continue it on for too long.


If all of them are good then I would be fine if they did. The 2 now are good. They should do the first book though.


I really haven't read the book. -_-
But I don't know. Normally when things go on for too long it becomes inconsistent.



Most of the time, but maybe Disney can destroy that tradition. ^_^


I hope so, because Narnia has been good so far. It'd be disappointing if it declined.




Yeah, but I felt that the last one was sort of risky, seemes like it was not going to live up to standards.
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