Nov. 24, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST
Pretty envious of you right now Quint. And you're right about Pinocchio, it's a beautiful and enduring piece of art.
Nov. 24, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST
don't usually pull this card, but it just rubs me the wrong way. I just can't get into it, though the pigeon bit in the trailer made me chuckle.<p>but this whole piece was fascinating, and I am jealous of all of it! damn cool, Quint.
Nov. 24, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST
by Porco Drunko
When you actually think about what is contained at the DARL there is simply no way to calculate the cost of owning those original cells. Good god just think about how much it would cost to own every frame of the original Snow white. There is no way to put a price on that. Then if you consider the landmark films that disney have created: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice in wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping beauty... and thats just the beginning of whats in there. I mean how do you begin to value something like the jungle book,it's simply beyond comprehension.
Nov. 24, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST
That sound like the most awesome thing ever. I'm so jealous. You lucky bastard!
Nov. 24, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST
I could spend a lifetime pouring through that art in the ARL. Great article!
Nov. 24, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST
... to revive the warm, high-quality, traditional storytelling of Disney animated films. Just having John Lassiter "in-charge" would likely have been enough, but now that Pixar and Disney are so intertwined - espeically where personnel are concerned - well, I think it's safe to "hope" once again about Disney animation (CGI'd and possibly otherwise, someday).
Nov. 24, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST
But Steamboat Willie was not the first appearance of Mickey Mouse. He first appeared in Plane Crazy. Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon of Mickey's to feature sync sound. It's a common misconception, but let's see if we can't fix that.
Nov. 24, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST
Seriously. That walkthrough the Animation archive would be like a dream come true to me. <p> Did you find out if they archive the stuff from movies that never made it? For example, was it Aladdin that they completely reworked?
Nov. 24, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
One of the few to come out of the Hans Zimmer music factory with a genuine gift for melody and drama and orchestration that doesn't just rely on endless techno loops (although he does those very well). His Bolt score is lovely, but the CD is ludicrously short (barely half-an-hour minus the two songs). And everyone go see the movie...it's the best thing Disney has done since Lilo & Stitch, and the fact that it did less than half of Madagascar 2's opening weekend makes me sick.
Nov. 24, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST
The ARL sounds like the Well of the Souls. I would've INSISTED that they take me in blindfolded. Too cool.
Nov. 24, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST
"I have to admit, my palms were getting mighty itchy and if I was unobserved I don’t know if I could have helped myself from “borrowing” some pieces for my own art collection. They were smart enough to keep a close eye on me and take away that temptation." <p> Well, I guess YOU'RE never getting into another Disney building again.
Nov. 24, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST
I'm sure they do. The only things like that I saw were early production art for Peter Pan by a famous painter whose name I can't recall, but it would have been a radically different approach tonally, much darker. I'm fascinated by that kind of thing, so I would love to delve whole-hog into something like that if BurgerTime isn't right in thinking I've completely boned myself out of ever stepping foot in that place again.
Nov. 24, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST
You'll probably get back in. But next time they'll have to fingerprint you, take DNA samples, and will likely ask you to sign over the rights to your first born. :) <p> BTW I would have loved to have read an interview with John Powell. I think he's one of the big emerging greats in the world of film composition. I got the Bolt score from iTunes the other day and I'm in love with a few of the cues. Great work. Can't wait to see the film in 3D.
Nov. 24, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST
Intentional mispelling aside, i am extremely jealous. If anyone form AICN gets a chance to go in there again, could they please try to find the preproduction sketches for "Hiawatha" that was axed in the late 50's or for original "Little Mermaid"? Would love to have seen some of the designs from them... Now if they can just get Rapunzel out, Disney might have a chance to get back in the game again....
Nov. 24, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST
Thank fucking Christ you have class, and stay the fuck away from that shit storm Twilight.
Nov. 24, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
Very nice you got to look around, they could lock me in there for 6 months straight, I wouldn't mind that. Didn't it stress you a bit you only got the chance to look at 0.000000001 % or so of the art pieces that were out there ?
Nov. 24, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST
You have no idea. I was there for probably 2 1/2 hours and I didn't even get the chance to see anything from a dozen movies and shorts I'd flip out for. Six months, 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and you probably couldn't flip through everything you'd want to. It's insane just how much stuff they have.
Nov. 24, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST
But it would have to be handled just right - holding Mickey Mouse hostage isn't something I'd want to see Shawn Levy direct - I'd want it to have some bite - and at the same time, I'd want it to be able to explore the mythology of the company in a pretty thorough, postmodern way.
Nov. 24, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST
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Nov. 24, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST
...Breck Eisner. It might not be a bad idea!
Nov. 24, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST
Mickey Mouse Outfit. That film would have the right sense of adventure, and also a laconic side that could make me laugh in a way Shrek never could. I'd so watch that.
Nov. 24, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST
I truly hope that families take some time this Thanksgiving weekend and go to see Bolt. I think anyone who loves dogs will tear up at this film. Thanks for bringing us behind the scenes Quint. I hope Disney's next animated feature is just as good.
Nov. 25, 2008, 4:14 a.m. CST
Its kind of well publicised that Lasseter had a general disdain for the sort of direct to video sequels Walt would have hated - throughout the late 90's and early 00's. Yet we've just had a CG Tinkerbell movie hit DVD. <P> Did you have any kind of conversation surrounding that? Or are we to suffer a 'Robin Hood 2: The Return of Prince John' anytime soon? <p> As a huge fan of Disney animation I have really hated these straight to video sequels and everything they stand for. They smack of cash-in and just not good enough to have the Disney name attached. Did Lasseter offer any thoughts on this and where they are headed?
Nov. 25, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST
Animation Studios to start making some features.
Nov. 27, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
I saw a documentary not too long ago about how different early Disney features were influenced by different famous artists, and how you can appreciate them on a whole different level when you learn a bit about the art history. The bit about the contrast in style between Sleeping Beauty vs. their other films was really neat, and it all came down to the art influences. It would be wild to see the archive of rejected concepts. In my mind I've got conversations like, "hmm, maybe Salvador Dali ISN'T the direction we want to go for Cinderella, but thanks for the effort!"