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Disney Pictures shelves making of Gigantic

Disney Pictures shelves making of Gigantic

Animation
There may be hardly anyone who must not have loved the fable Jack and the Beanstalk. Going by its popularity with the masses, Disney Pictures had planned to make Gigantic. Now, it is heard that the mouse house has scrapped the making of the film. Initially, the film was originally set to release in 2018, but later it was pushed to 2020. Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, the film was to follow adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl and agrees to help her find her way home. Talking about the project’s collapse, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull said, “It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and some
Mercury Filmworks expands its management team

Mercury Filmworks expands its management team

People
Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada's most prolific independent animation studios is expanding its management team by promoting several key executives and hiring new staff. The studio along with media partners like Disney, Netflix and Amazon have been clamouring for more content and with over 10 projects in the delivery pipeline along with the newly created Lighthouse Studios. The announcement was made today by Mercury Filmworks CEO Clint Eland. “We’re very grateful that our media partners continue to see Mercury Filmworks as a provider of top-tier animation content,” he explains Eland. “Over the past year our company has been able to increase its development and production commitments, creating a robust pipeline that requires a deeper bench of both creative and business executives to su
Disney announces completion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Disney announces completion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Headlines, VFX
Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially complete. So said Rian Johnson, the film’s writer-director on Instagram saying that the eighth chapter in the Star Wars Saga has been officially wrapped up along with the post-production stint. Now  the publicity campaign will start and s also a tour for everyone involved with the next big step being the film’s second trailer which is said to launch on October 9th. In a related news, though not unsurprising, actor and filmmaker Andy Serkis spoke about his time working on the film as the villain Supreme Leader Snoke and confirmed he doesn’t share any scenes with the late Carrie Fisher in the movie. “I had no scenes with Carrie but I did get to know her a little bit. She was an incredible human being with a wonderful personality and she’
Amended suit alleging misappropriation of blockbuster Inside Out filed against Disney, Pixar

Amended suit alleging misappropriation of blockbuster Inside Out filed against Disney, Pixar

Animation
Litigation-focused law firm, Robins Kaplan LLP® has filed an amended complaint detailing allegations that The Walt Disney Company and Pixar misappropriated the central concept and characters behind the animated hit movie Inside Out from a nationally recognized child development expert who had pitched her uniquely original material and characters to top studio executives. One of the plaintiffs, Denise Daniels is a renowned expert in the emotional development of children. Ms. Daniels has worked with children affected by Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. From 2005-09, she and her team held several discussions with Disney executives about developing an animated series focused on emotional intelligence in childre
Disney in early development stage to make new The Rocketeer film

Disney in early development stage to make new The Rocketeer film

Animation
According to a news report that appeared recently, Disney is in an early development stage to make a new The Rocketeer film that was originally released in 1991 as an adaptation of the then-popular 1980s indie comic from Dave Stevens. The film that was homage to the serials of the 1930s and 1940s followed a character named Cliff Secord a stunt pilot who discovered a rocket pack and suit that allowed him to fight against mobsters and Nazis, while also eluding capture by the FBI. The report says that the new The Rocketeer film will be both a sequel and a reboot with the main protagonist being a black female character. Disney has hired Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to pen the script of the film. Of importance at this juncture is that the current working title of the project is The Rocketee
Three-day global fan event celebrating success of Force Friday II kicks off

Three-day global fan event celebrating success of Force Friday II kicks off

Events, Technology
A three-day global fan event made by the phenomenal success of the first Force Friday in September 2015 for The Force Awakens,Disney’s and Lucasfilm’s Force Friday II kicked off yesterday with a wave of new products celebrating Star Wars: The Last Jedi which will release on December 15. Following the breakout success of its BB-8 bot, Colorado-based Sphero has expanded its app-enabled Star Wars line to include beloved Rebel Alliance droid R2D2 and brand-new evil droid BB-9E that can both be controlled through the Droids by Sphero app for iOS and Android devices. In a first for any R2D2 robotics product, Sphero’s R2 unit can go from bipod to tripod stances and also features the droid’s humorous emotive waddles. Additional features include fully functional LED lights, four internal motor
Revival of  Ducks Tales

Revival of Ducks Tales

Animation
In these days of reboots and reconnections, taking inspiration from the ’80s and ’90s has become a common reality for Disney. But for DuckTales producers Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, the idea of bringing Scrooge McDuck back to the small screen came from a particularly heightened place of passion. “The lyrics from the original DuckTales theme song were in my wedding vows, and I dressed up as Dark Wing Duck as a child through to adulthood,” said Angones who serves as co-producer of the upcoming Disney XD series. “You can say that I have an intense personal love for this property,” he added. “We didn’t think, ‘We really need DuckTales because it’s going to fill some slot somewhere’,” adds executive producer Youngberg. “The reason that it’s coming back now is because all of the p
Rainbow signals the arrival of Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends and World of Winx

Rainbow signals the arrival of Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends and World of Winx

Channels
Rainbow, the content company renowned throughout the world for its animated and multimedia productions, has signalled the arrival of its hit live action show Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends and the animated hit World of Winx on Nickelodeon Greece. Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends will air from 4 September weekdays at 10pm. There will also be two shows daily at weekends. The arrival of Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends on Nickelodeon Greece will be preceded by a strong launch campaign for this exceptionally successful show. World of Winx, a new series inspired by the globally successful Winx Club will also air from September. Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends is a live-action dramedy that follows the adventures of Maggie and Bianca – two very different girls who meet at t
30th anniversary of Disney’s Oilspot and Lipstick on July 28

30th anniversary of Disney’s Oilspot and Lipstick on July 28

Animation, Uncategorized
This July 28, completes 30 years of Disney’s first fully-CG animated short Oilspot and Lipstick Many of our readers may not be knowing that thirty years ago on July 28, 1987 at the SIGGRAPH conference  in Anaheim, California, Disney had released its first fully-CG animated short, Oilspot and Lipstick. All these years, the anniversary of the CG animated short with some event or another. But, this anniversary won’t be marked by many people. The short, as far as reports say was not released to the general public. In the animated piece, Oilspot and Lipstick are two small mechanical “junk” dogs who are threatened by a junk monster. The film, directed by Mike Cedeno, had actually been produced a year or two earlier, but released at SIGGRAPH in 1987. Though it was Disney’s first full-CG sh
Beth Parker is chair of Animated Women UK

Beth Parker is chair of Animated Women UK

Animation
Disney’s Beth Parker has been named as the next animation chair of Animated Women UK, a regional support and advocacy network for women working in the visual effects and animation industries. The lady will be stepping into the role in September replacing Animated Women UK founder Lindsay Watson, who will remain on the board but is on the look out to pursue new projects after building up the organization over the last five years. Parker will work alongside VFX chair Louise Hussey, Executive VFX Producer at Double Negative to further the organization’s mission to build a vibrant network that facilitates mentoring, knowledge exchange and education resulting in women in animation and VFX fulfilling their potential. “Having spent over 20 years as a woman working in the creative industries,