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A Look At The World of Disney Animation: ATLANTIS, TREASURE PLANET, SWEATING BULLETS, TOY STORY II and FANTASIA 2000

Hey folks, Harry here with a fantastic report on the future of DISNEY ANIMATION. Personally I'm very excited by some of what I hear in this report, especially some of the voice casting in ATLANTIS and the descriptions of TREASURE PLANET. As for ETCH-A-SKETCH... well, he said he worked in the marketing department, and I heard one of them just left... perhaps he was Etch-A-Sketch.... Whoever he was, is anybody's guess. While reading TREASURE PLANET's description below... let's see how many of you are reminded of that old Japanese film, WAR OF THE PLANETS... a fun as hell ripoff of STAR WARS, but turnabout was fair play when Lucas took the Asteroid sequence in return for EMPIRE... Anyways... Things are looking promising for DISNEY. OH... and as for FANTASIA 2000 being shortened to 77 Minutes... well, you also have to think that this is for IMAX and most of their films are on the short side... Pays for multiple showings. I've seen all the sequences save for the Gershwin bit and ya know... Slow would not be in my descriptive vocabulary to talk of the film. However, if Disney is testing the film young... I'm sure it would be. But FANTASIA was always for the adult medium, at least in my eyes.

One of the benefits of being lucky as hell is that you get to be in the places I get to be, everyday. Sure it took years and years of hard work, a million life drawing classes and anatomy classes. All the years of sketching and studying finally payoff when I can look at my co-workers and wonder which one is Sir Etch-a-Sketch. Harry, you wouldn't believe the hell this place went under while he was leaking information to you. I don't believe they got him, but they must have been close because I haven't seen a report from him in a long time. I saw you ask for him, so I decided to write in, in his good spirit. Let me take you to work with me:

In the Feature Animation Building:

Oh, the coolness that I have seen up on the walls on the top floor! They have many character model sheets, layouts, and paintings on display, and the standouts were for "Atlantis" and a new film called "Treasure Planet"!

Yes, Claudia Christian and Michael J. Fox are doing lead voices for "Atlantis" but even cooler is the supporting character done by Leonard Nimoy (as the wizened Atlantean Elder) and -get this- a comic relief "crotchety old geezer" voiced by none other than Jim Varney! Yes, you can say it... c'mon, I know you're dying to... "Ernest Goes to Atlantis" Hee-hee.

The Michael J. Fox character is smartly drawn. He is lanky, bespectacled and bookish. He looks rather like the kid in Pagemaster all grown up. I expect they'll be playing him up as the 'unexpected hero' character who discovers there's more to him than anyone thought. But the Leonard Nimoy character design is a triumph. He is an old man with a great white beard and mysterious glyphs tattooed on his face. With his staff and solemn gaze he is a hybrid of Gandalf the Grey (from LOTR) and Queequeg (from Moby Dick).

The layouts and scenic paintings are neat. Much of it resembles "Raiders of the Lost Ark", showing the ancient Atlantean ruins, crumbling and moss-covered. Especially evocative are the Ship designs and two monolithic statues that come to life... It gives the impression of being high-caliber adventure with a strong taste of Jules Verne nostalgia.

But what really got my gander up was the artwork for this new "Treasure Planet!" I've never seen anything like it! Take the classic Robert Louis Stevenson "Treasure Island" and cross it with Lucas' "Star Wars"... I was breathtaken! Instead of ships on the ocean, the protagonists sail across the stars in these huge space-vessels that look like galleons. The dramatis personae are mostly demi-human; some with strange alien-characteristics, some with metallic, robot prosthetics. I saw monsters that were chilling, Elvish, sleek villains with strange eyes, and great hulking Space-Pirates with peg-legs!

What's really special is the blend of styles. You have high-tech futuristic trappings everywhere, but it's deeply bedded in the Victorian style of Stevenson's original environment. This combination, though at first incongruous, works like a charm. I am reminded of the rich illustrations in James Gurney's "Dinotopia": not in content, but just in the renderings and style.

I was deeply impressed by the "Treasure Planet" artwork and look forward to a glimpse of more... I only wish I had a scanner to show you!

Their next project coming down the pipe is a western called "Sweating Bullets." I didn't see much from this, just some rough pencil sketches and storyboard frames. I understand Bullets is the name of a young bull, and most of the characters are cattle and other animals you'd find on a ranch. Maybe these things didn't stand out to me because I had just seen an eye-full of groundbreaking development art from the other two films, (or maybe it's because I just don't care for westerns much) but.... Hrrrmm, I felt it was rather flat and uninteresting.

On the Music side I found out that:

1. "Kingdom of the Sun" has changed its title to "IN the Sun"

2. Sting will write a songs for "Kingdom in the Sun" (HARRY NOTE: Actually, he already has)

3. Sarah McLachlan & Robert Goulet will do songs for "Toy Story 2"

4. Kate Bush (yes!) will do a song for "Dinosaur" Being a huge Kate fan, I'm thrilled with this, but I can't imagine what kind of material she'll compose within the context of the film. My mind wanders... Perhaps "the Hounds of Love" will become "the Triceratops of Love"... Oh, dear.

Here's a big one:

5. They finalized the content for "Fantasia 2000" just last week. The segment of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite has been CUT. Recent test screenings rated the film "too long and slow-moving" (and it was only 90 minutes long!) so the Executive Brass came in and said, to that segment. Roy Disney reluctantly agreed and the line-up was changed at the last possible second. Now the only surviving item from the original "Fantasia" is Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The film's running time is down to only 77 minutes (compare that with the 1940 "Fantasia" which ran over 124 minutes). Thus, all the press materials, posters, CD artwork, etc. had to be sent back to the Art Dept so all Nutcracker elements could be removed.

Here is the program:

a) Beethoven's 5th Symphony (just one movement, not the whole piece) -- with geometric shapes and abstract light forms

b) The Steadfast Tin Soldier -- entirely CG animation telling the story of the Toy Soldier and the Ballerina doll he loves

c) Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance -- Biblical tale of Noah's Ark with Donald Duck as Noah's Assistant

d) Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals -- with dancing flamingoes and their yo-yo's

e) Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue -- A day in busy Manhattan with highly stylized animation a la Hirschfeld charicatures

f) Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice -- Classic Mickey

g) Rhespigi's Pines of Rome -- Very lyrical and obtuse segment of humpback whales flying through the heavens

h) Stravinsky's Firebird Suite -- the big finale with a mythological green nymph being "reborn into the world"

Unlike what Corona and other sites have reported, Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours has been CUT and will not be in "Fantasia 2000". The segments will likely be in the order I've listed them. They've been working like an army of ants to reformat the entire film for the IMAX theatres. We can only guess what the aspect ratio was originally.

So that's it Head Geek. Hope you find it interesting.

Bregalad (aka The Tenth Old Man)

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  • Sept. 11, 1999, 1:47 a.m. CST

    TOYSTORY 2

    by Salamander

    Ahem , the TOY STORY 2 bit? What's happening there and does anyone know when the trailer is coming out - can't be far off as the film comes out before Xmas

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Very exciting

    by Simba

    This is all pretty exciting ... a couple of these films I had not heard about ... what's the film "Dinosaur" that Kate Bush is recording a song for. Love Kate Bush and I would really like to see her actually break-through in the U.S. One comment on Harry's observation that Fantasia always skewed more to an adult audience ... that is certainly true (at least in as much as it was adults who later appreciated the film's artistry). But the basis of Disney's success has always been the child/family market and as everyone knows, Fantasia bombed in its first release. Roy Disney has fought for years to get this sequel made. (Disney even admits as much in their own pr materials). And if Disney is finally going to turn Fantasia into the franchise that Walt wanted it to be (how cool would THAT be!), then this version has to succeed. ... Having said all that, your observation that the new film has to fit with in the IMAX time constraints is a pretty good one. I'll miss the "Nutcracker" sequence, but still and all ... I can not wait to see Fantasia on that big ol' IMAX screen. WHEEEEEEEEE!

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 3:25 a.m. CST

    aint THIS cool news!!

    by baff

    i was so happy to see that there was news about these animated movies. oh joy!! it is a shame they have cut it down to just sorcerors apprentice. dance of the hour is an audience favourite and people that dont give a shit about disney history would rather see the fat hippos than the wet mops. atlantis sounds VERY cool and hopefully disney will do ancient greece right (hercules was ok but they did not take advantage of the great material available to them). i think the city will look really cool because i have huge faith in disney artists. i think that treasure planet could turn out being really cool as well because i can see now all the great ways they can blend sci fi and victorian-pirate stuff. harry, if you have seen so much of fantasia 2000, what is your opinion of it? baff

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 3:53 a.m. CST

    NO!

    by Kiwi-1

    They cut Dance Of The Hours? Please let this be wrong. I adore Dance Of The Hours. I'm not too fussed about the Nutcracker Suite, and won't really miss it, but the Dance Of The Hours? I love the open and excessive lechery of the crocodiles. That ain't no kids cartoon. Anyway, only 77 minutes? That's wrong. It must be longer. If they are cutting it for IMAX, then have a shortened IMAX version and a longer normal cinema version. If they are cutting it for the kids, that's really wrong. Remember Disney wanted to make the film to do something other than entertaining kids, to actually use it as an art film. And to trim it down to be more palatable for kids is a mistake. Oh well. Also, like this spy said, what ratio will this thing be in? What will they do with the Sorcerer's Apprentice, which was shot in Academy Ratio (I believe). Will they just trim the top and bottom, or will they do a vertical pan-and-scan type job, or will they just have the one segment in a different ratio, or the entire film in Academy ratio. Anyone know? http://www.homestead.com/vertigofilms/

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Dance waltzed out long ago

    by Simba

    "Dance of the Hours" was cut from Fantasia quite a while back. The latest issue of Disney magazine (which came out at least a month ago) had a feature on Fantasia 2000 and in that it stated there were only 2 segments remaining from the original ... "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Nutcracker" ... I adore Dance of Hours, but, it isn't in the new version ... Again, I hope to see Disney make this into a franchise as Walt envisioned in which new segments and old can be mixed and matched together so that sometime in the future they could throw in "Dance of the Hours" along with some new segments.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Songs?

    by Prankster

    Awww man. What's Toy Story 2 gonna be without Randy Newman songs? And I really hope they aren't going to slap in the characters singing (not likely, but still).

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 8:04 a.m. CST

    got my "gander" up?

    by matrix69

    Pick one you ill-conceived idiot: *either* got my gander (the end) or got my *dander* up. How did you ever get a job at Disney? Never mind. I know.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 8:33 a.m. CST

    What's happening the old version?

    by Drath

    Wait, are they tossing the old sections in to the fire pits? They can't do that. They wouldn't do that! This has never been clear in all the years you've been covering this thing, Harry. Is the old version of Fantasia never ever ever to be seen again? I can't believe Disney would burn their own masterpiece like that. But, if this update is just an additional version then why keep any of the old stuff in it at all? I don't think this sounds good if we are seeing the end of the old Fantasia. That would be a crime beyond description for Disney--worse than their butchering of "The Black Cauldron!" Oh, and "Rite of Spring" was one of my favorites, it wasn't boring. "Ave Maria," the finish of "Bald Mountain," now that was waaaaay boring.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 9:05 a.m. CST

    "The Violentest Place on Earth."

    by Powerslave

    Remember that 'Simpsons' episode from a few years ago that takes place at Itchy and Scratchy Land? In it, there are couple of Disney parodies: "Pin-Itchy-o" and "Scratch-tasia," which parodies "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in typical Itchy and Scratchy ultraviolence. Funny stuff...

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Pines of Roam - YES!

    by MooYork

    This is GREAT news - what a great piece, one of my all time favorites to perform, you all won't be let down!

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 2 Trailer

    by LaDerf

    Was anybody watching the Video Music Awards on Mtv on 9/9/99?? They showed the trailer of Toy Story 2. A couple of really funny scenes, like when they went to the place full of Barbies, were shown. I cant remember the whole thing becuase it was 2 days ago, but i definitely know that i saw the trailer of Toy Sotry 2. I think the VMA's are going to be aired again sometime soon, so keep a watch for it.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 1:19 p.m. CST

    An entire Disney Movie that NONE of you know about...

    by DisneyGuy

    I can't believe that Harry does not know (or has not written about) a Disney FEATURE animated film that is due out very soon after F2K. Here's a challenge, find out what it is and tell the world. Let's see how inside you can get.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 1:23 p.m. CST

    TS2 trailer

    by Aster

    For those of you who haven't seen it, the Toy Story 2 trailer can be found at the Disney web site. Takes a while but is worth it.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Matrix69, please sit down...

    by Bregalad_

    You know better than to speak out loud unless you raise your hand first and Teacher calls on you. Any more outbursts like that and you'll go straight to Principal Skinner's office. Now, 'gander' is often used in colloquial terms like "Take a gander at that" meaning "Observe; use your sight." So let's try this on: in some places "Got my gander up" often means "Caught my eye," or "got my attention." I fell back on a colloquial usage I was familiar with since childhood, so beat me to death with a wet paper bag. I don't assume you're familiar with ALL idioms of speech and ALL regional vernaculars across the country, eh? You are misinformed, but that's okay, it happens to everybody. But try removing some of that condescending arrogance and you'll be much more effective when you issue correctives. NOW, to address Man Alive and Blah Blah: Yes, it's true Randy Newman is coming back to score and write songs for Toy Story 2 (one song is called "Woody's Round-up"). However, McLachlan and Goulet are doing other song recordings as well. Sarah McLachlan is best known for alternative rock albums like "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" and that song she did for "The Brothers McMullen" called "I Will Remember You." She also headed up the all-girl rock fest Lillith Fair for the past 3 years. Robert Goulet became famous for portraying Lancelot on Broadway opposite Julie Andrews and Richard Burton in "Camelot." He was also in "Beetlejuice" and "Scrooged."

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Fantasia 2000...

    by All Thumbs

    Why don't they just not put in ANY old ones and do an entirely new Fantasia? They should also rerelease the original on video around the same time so those of us who missed out on buying it the first time (I can't find it anywhere!) can grab that. And while you're at it, Disney, could you put Beauty and the Beast out on video again because I lost my copy while on vacation about six or seven years ago. Dammit.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 1:45 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by All Thumbs

    I'm so glad to hear Donald Duck is finally getting the feature he deserves. He's the Rodney Dangerfeild of the Disney family, I tell ya.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Fantasia segments, old and new

    by Prankster

    When Walt Disney created Fantasia, he conceived it as the first in a series of special shows, a new art form. He would rerelease Fantasia every five years or so, each time with two or three new segments replacing old ones. Eventually there would be dozens of semgents, and they could mix & match; there were conceptual designs done for several new segments. But the original tanked, big-time. Disney has only now gotten around to showing new segments, and to make up for lost time they've got seven of them. Since Walt's idea was always to combine new ones and old, they've been planning to include songs from the original since the beginning, but one by one they've been cut. (It could be that only the IMAX version will have that many cuts; "Dance of the Hours" and "Nutcracker" might be included in the full theatrical version.) However, I think this leaves them a bit too short, so they've had to keep The Sorcerors' Apprentice in. Anyway, I seriously doubt this means the old Fantasia will be taken away forever. This is a WHOLE NEW MOVIE that just happens to contain a few moments from a classic earlier film.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 2:07 p.m. CST

    toy story 2 trailer

    by ChYLLiN 24/7

    the trailer on toystory2.com is NOT the trailer that aired on mtv... the 1 on mtv was more than the teaser & it looks great.... look 4 it...

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 2:48 p.m. CST

    new old Fantasia segments

    by PoppaPapa

    I'm glad to hear that the number of new segments in F2K has shot up, especially with the addition of the Gershwin number. But I was wondering if in subsequent versions, Diz would ever consider putting in some of the best segments from its other musical compilations, like Bumble Boogie and Blue Bayou to the original score of Claire de Lune.

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Sorry... that's not the movie....

    by DisneyGuy

    Good try... but there is another feature coming out.... ahhh secrets... don't they rock?

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 6:56 p.m. CST

    dear mr disneyguy...

    by baff

    ... who r u and what the fuck is this movie? with a name like that i am hoping you actually work at disney and know what you r talking about rather than just some pre-pubescent prick whose using talkback in a form of abbuse. i hope you are actually talkin about a NEW movie because then i would guess it is beauty and the beast with that extra scene... also, i did not know that etch and scetch was causing such a fuss at disney, maybe the guy who wrote this article IS etch and scetch and just under a new name... interesting... baff

  • Sept. 11, 1999, 9:51 p.m. CST

    The Secret Proyect is...

    by BorinquenSon

    The story of John Henry.. And it is being produced by the Florida studio...

  • Sept. 12, 1999, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Just one comment...

    by Irie

    ...thank GOD for Eric and Sue Goldberg...

  • Sept. 12, 1999, 1:02 a.m. CST

    The SECRET PROJECT is DEFINETLY.........

    by Darth Siskel

    I work at Disney, & I can tell you exactly what the so-called secret project is. It's an animated version of the sequel to Silence of the Lambs. Yes, Disney is doing "HANNIBAL" as a fully animated movie! It took alot of guts for them to make such a controversal book into a movie, but they're going full out. There is so much animated gore in this, that it will probably get an NC-17. But Disney fans need not worry, there are 5 musical numbers in the movie, including a stunning duet between Starling & Lecter called "I eat you, you eat me....sunshine". The movie will be voiced by Foster, Hopkins, & other celebrities including Martin Lawrence & Paul Ruebens as two histerical talking FBI attack dogs, & Ricky Martin will voice Lecter during the singing numbers. You heard it from me first. Remember that.

  • Sept. 12, 1999, 10:08 a.m. CST

    john henry

    by ChYLLiN 24/7

    John Henry is a short that may possibly get paired with Fantasia 2000. So if there is a secret FEATURE-LENGTH project, it isn't that. --brian

  • Sept. 12, 1999, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Hannibal Sings -- : Hannibal sings, terlofpsychlo and sara mcl

    by LOS GORDOS

    Darth Siskel, your post above is some funny ass shit. I laughed so hard I fell off my chair. Thanks -- I needed that. terl_ofpsychlo, I read your post while listening to Roots Manuva and you are actually a very good rapper. To the person above who wondered how Sarah McLachlans music is. Well, it stinks. She is one of the most annoying, cloying singers out there and a fuckin' embarressment to Canada and good musicians everywhere. Her music and lyrics are on the new-agey cry me a river tip and to be avoided at all costs -- unless you enjoy being annoyed by crap. Whoever had the idea of putting her music in TS2 oughta have their freakin' head examined.

  • Sept. 12, 1999, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Hannibal

    by stewdog

    Disney is NOT doing an animated musical treatment of Silence of the Lambs! I happen to know that they balked at the price of buying the rights to the story!

  • Sept. 12, 1999, 9:41 p.m. CST

    what the fuck is john henry????

    by baff

    i have heard a lot about john henry and disney in the same sentence but what the fuck is it. can someone please tell me the storyline. baff

  • Sept. 12, 1999, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Entertainment Weekly about Toy Story 2

    by Droz

    The new issue (9-17-99) of EW reports, "Randy Newman has sung most of the tunes he's written for the movies-five of them Oscar nominated-but we won't hear a peep out of him in Toy Story 2. The animated sequel's big ballad, "When She Loved Me", has been recorded by Sarah McLachlan, warbling on behalf of a doll neglected by a little girl. We'll also hear a reprise of "You've Got a Friend in Me", because "you want to remind people of what fun we had when everybody made half a billion dollars," says Newman. This time it's sung by Wheezy the penguin, a.k.a...Robert Goulet."

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Ok, nits...

    by Teko

    First off, the Big Secret Project is either "Winnie the Pooh and the Family Tree" (a *well-done* Pooh for once, starring Tigger) or "Lelo and Stitch" (the supposedly Spumco-influenced film developed by Andreas Deja for the Florida studio). And second, what's with this talk of Fantasia being "boring"? There's a huge difference between slow & lyrical and 'boring'. The Ave Maria sequence was, indeed, slow and quiet, but it was a thing of beauty, a delicate holy companion to the loud profane craziness of Bald Mountain. I for one will miss it terribly.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 8:23 a.m. CST

    RE:Secret Project

    by dark_saynt

    The project in question is not "Winnie the Pooh and the Family Tree", which by the way is now titled "The Tigger Movie", since it is being produced by Television Animation, not Feature Animation. It will be a theatrical release, however.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 1:02 p.m. CST

    toy story 2 trailer

    by ChYLLiN 24/7

    i repeat: the trailer @ disney's official toy story 2 site is NOT the full trailer that aired on mtv... BUT dark horizons posted a link 2 the trailer that aired on mtv although i havent downloaded it yet so i don't know the quality... here's the link: http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Lot/7653/

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 3:31 p.m. CST

    secret movie

    by Mr Sparkle

    the secret Disney Movie is.... Princess Mononoke? released thru Miramax

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Fantasia 2000 should be all new

    by Thunderball

    I'm confused by what Disney is trying to do to with Fantasia. I thought it was interesting when I first heard they were going to inject a few "new" segments and take out a few "old" ones. But why even bother to save only two segments from the original Fantasia? I would think 50% new with 50% old would have been pushing it but now we're up to about 90% new material. Disney might as well release 2000 as a sequel with all original material.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Your all wrong...I know the secret movie!

    by Jack La Motta

    actually i dont know but i can give a rats ass!!! Disney makes shit, they suck! They might as well make a animated sequel to "Silence of the Lambs", bet it would make money, especially if you throw Ricky Martin in there. Everyone! remember the good old days of Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, those were good movies. Fuck Tarzan, it was decent but cant compare to the early 90's when Disney kicked ass! Here's my advice, make an animated version of Titanic so we can see our precious Leo bit off by Kate Winslet while Billy Zane does him up the butt all while the ship sinks. Now thats movie making. I'd pay 10 bucks to see that! Thats comedy!...and comedy equals money!!! chhhaachingggg!! Tony out! "rat brains"...what the hell is that?

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 8:43 p.m. CST

    by Jack La Motta

    "So we can see our precious Leo get his dick bit off...."

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 8:27 p.m. CST

    No Ponchielli? (sob)

    by 6 of 24

    I guess a devastatingly witty satire of balletic mannerisms is wasted on today's kids (and parents). Their loss! On the other hand, I guess I can live with two completely different movies with one title.

  • Sept. 15, 1999, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Setting myself up for a let down...

    by V-Darn

    Well folks, as many anti-Disney rants as I have loosed upon the world, you know my personal feelings about the mouse and his corprate ilk. I now find myself antisipating actual animation releces from Disney. I can't wait for Fantasia 2000. The orignal Fantasia is still one of the greatest triumphs in animation history (and this is comming from a died in the wool anime fan). Atlantis is another project which has my full attention. I had heard the Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy)has something to do with this project. Please correct me if I am wrong. I am also intrigued with the consept of Tresure Planet. However, I still have scars from Mulan and Tarzan.I keep feeling that the Suits at Disney will have them insert a cute talking animal sidekick voiced by the comedian of the moment, or have them put in five or so horrid songs so they can sell an album or two. Pixar, on the other hand, has never let me down. Toy Story II looks to be a good romp, and Tron 2 just makes me nostalgic. But what hapened to Monsters INC.? I hear one thing about it and then POOF! Nothing more. And on the subject of the unknown animation project. Could it posibly be, with the Buzz around Princess Mononoke, that they might give another Myazaki film the Big Screen treatment? Could it it Porko Rosso, or maybe Laputa, or even...(gasp) Nassuca?

  • Sept. 15, 1999, 8:28 a.m. CST

    This better be THE "secret" movie

    by 1-Long-Dong

    Firstly, I'd like to say to that Disney freak guy that, if, after all this fuss, it turns out that the 'secret' movie you were thinking of is actually NOT a Disney movie, or is NOT a movie in production, or is NOT even scheduled to be in production, but IS a figment of your imagination, then you will get seriously nuked by everyone who has written in this column! Moving along, here's my line up as I know it: Toy Story II Fantasia 2000 *Expedition* <--- "secret" one? Kingdom in the Sun Treasure Planet Atlantis Monsters Inc. Am I correct? Yes? No?

  • Sept. 15, 1999, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Ooooppsss.....

    by 1-Long-Dong

    OK...so I was wrong...Expedition was just a previous working title for Dinosaurs...I forgot...hope I got in before any of you guys told me off for it. So is 'Sinbad' gonna be done by Disney? And wasn't there a rumour about Disney doing 'Cats'? That was a rumour from a couple of years ago I think...maybe both of them were just rumours...? But I'm very interested in the r-r of B&tB...can anyone give me more info on this?

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    She IS rather good at blowing things.

    by Wolfpack