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Jennifer Lee, Michel Ocelot to Be Honored at Annecy Animation Festival

Jennifer Lee and Michel Ocelot will receive the Annecy International Animation Festival’s Honorary Cristal during the upcoming festival, which will be held June 13-18 in Annecy, France. “The return of the Annecy Festival to its pre-pandemic state is the reason behind awarding two Honorary Cristals, one each to two exceptional personalities who have marked the […]

The Magic Maker: Jennifer Lee’s Plan for Walt Disney Animation — and Finding the Next ‘Frozen’

In early 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer Jennifer Lee was scrolling on her phone in bed when a BBC News video about an African comic book company caught her eye. “I keep telling people this and they laugh at me, but we’re going to kick Disney’s ass in Africa,” Hamid Ibrahim, a […]

Annecy: Disney, Africa’s Kugali Reveal a Futuristic Lagos in ‘Iwaju’

Walt Disney Animation Studios and African entertainment company Kugali revealed new details about a futuristic world of Lagos, Nigeria, that they are creating for their upcoming Disney+ original animated series Iwaju, Wednesday during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Series themes include class divide and inequality. “That’s the everyday reality of life in Nigeria and other parts […]

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Will Not Reopen on Broadway

In the most dramatic sign to date that even the deepest pockets on Broadway will struggle to recover from the extended COVID-19 shutdown that began March 12, Disney Theatrical Productions confirmed Thursday that its opulent stage adaptation of 'Frozen' will not be returning to New York's St. James Theatre when the sector reopens.

Female Directors of Top-Grossing Films Reached 13-Year High in 2019: Annenberg Study

In a study released on Thursday, USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that female filmmakers made up 10.6 percent of the directors of 2019's top grossing movies.

“It’s All Imagination Coming to Life”: Jennifer Lee, Josh Cooley and the Animation Roundtable

Dean DeBlois, Jill Culton and Jinko Gotoh join the conversation on finding the right voice talent, progress on the diversity front and why there’s never been a better time to put an imaginative spin on reality.

‘Frozen 2’ Directors React to Golden Globes Nominations: “It Was the Best Way to Wake Up”

'Frozen 2' picked up two Golden Globe nods, for best animated feature and best original song for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez's showstopper "Into the Unknown."

‘Frozen’: Theater Review

As all things 'Frozen' coalesce into one massive global empire with the release of Disney's movie sequel, the first national tour of the Broadway musical kicks off at the Pantages in Hollywood, where once again, resistance will be futile.

Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Opens to Fiery $130M in U.S., Record $358M Globally

Furthering Disney's domination on the worldwide stage, 'Frozen 2' opened to record $130 million in the U.S. and a fiery $228.2 million overseas for a massive global start of $358.2 million.

Disney Introduces Animated ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ New Songs From ‘Frozen 2’ at D23

Disney on Saturday introduced a new fantasy, 'Raya and the Last Dragon,' which is set for a Nov. 25, 2020, release, as well as new details about its Nov. 22 release 'Frozen 2' at the company's D23 Expo in Anaheim.

Pete Docter, Jennifer Lee to Lead Pixar, Disney Animation

Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee have been named chief creative officers of Disney’s animation divisions, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, respectively, succeeding John Lasseter, who is leaving the company.

‘Frozen’: Theater Review

The top-grossing animated film of all time, 'Frozen,' comes to Broadway as a new Disney musical fairy tale about a queen in icy self-exile and the loving sister who sets out to melt her heart and thaw their kingdom.