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Meet the Voices Behind the ‘Encanto’ Cast

Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Darrow, Maluma and Wilmer Valderrama, among others, voice the characters in the Oscar-nominated animated Disney film.

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 […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ at 30: Stars Reflect on Disney Animated Film’s Legacy

Disney’s 1991 animated take on Beauty and the Beast, celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, spawned a Broadway musical and a live-action remake and earned nearly $425 million at the global box office as well as a special place in the hearts of fans and the film’s voice cast. Paige O’Hara, who voices Belle, recalled […]

Disney Debuts Stephanie Beatriz as “Not Special Special” Heroine in Enchanting ‘Encanto’ Trailer

In the first teaser trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s upcoming animated feature Encanto, being powerless doesn’t mean you can’t be powerful. Released Thursday, the music-driven peek at the studio’s 60th animated feature introduces the magical Madrigal family, who live in an enchanted village in the mountains of Colombia. Unlike other families, having special abilities and […]

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 Drops ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Trailer

Disney has released the teaser trailer for its animated 'Raya and the Last Dragon."

Hollywood Flashback: Walt Disney Got His First Animation Job 100 Years Ago

The high school dropout replied to an ad for a $40-a-week position at the Kansas City Film Ad Co., where he was tased with drawing and manipulating stick figures used in theatrical cartoons; he opened his own company in Los Angeles three years later.

‘Blindspotting,’ ‘Unlovable’ Filmmakers Among New Directors of Disney’s Upcoming Animated Movies

Walt Disney Animation on Tuesday revealed that four new filmmakers have been appointed to create animated projects for theatrical release.

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.

Pixar Reveals ‘Soul’ Voice Cast, 8 Minutes of ‘Onward’ at D23

Pixar's two-time Oscar-winning director Pete Docter on Saturday revealed the voice cast and story for his next animated feature, 'Soul,' during its D23 Expo presentation in Anaheim.

‘The Lion King’ “Virtual Production” Could Be a Game-Changer for Filmmaking

Disney's digital remake of 'The Lion King' points to a future where VR could reduce the time (and money) it takes to make even the most complex movies "without the physical limitations."

Disney Reveals First Footage of ‘Frozen 2’ in Annecy

Disney debuted key scenes from 'Frozen 2' and shorts 'Exchange Student,' 'Just a Thought' and 'Flower in the Mirror.'