RSS Feed

Tag Archives: Animated Film

July 11

July 11, 2011 – Perry the Platy-Bus Starts Journey with Celebration in New York City

“During ‘Perry the Platy-bus On Tour,’ fans are invited to marvel at nearly 4,000 pounds of Perry (complete with a bill, tail, and googly eyes), come aboard, play the exciting new Unity 3D video game…sing Perry-oke and more.”

On July 11, 2011, a special event was held in New York City to kick off the cross-country tour of Perry the Platy-Bus, a promotional bus designed to look like Phineas and Ferb character Perry the Platypus. Celebrating, and promoting, the upcoming television movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, the bus would make its way from New York to Comic-Con in San Diego. In attendance in New York to wish the bus well on its journey were Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, voice of Perry the Platypus Dee Bradley Baker, and voice of Isabella Alyson Stoner.

February 9

February 9, 2003 – The Jungle Book 2 Premieres at the El Capitan Theatre

junglebook2_premiere

On February 9, 2003, the animated film The Jungle Book 2 had a special premiere at the El Capitan Theatre, the Disney-owned theatre that hosts premieres of Walt Disney Studios films. The film would go on to be released across the country on February 14, 2003. It was the third animated sequel to be released theatrically, following 1990’s The Rescuers Down Under and 2002’s Return to Neverland; like the latter, however, it is not considered a Disney Animated Feature Film. The premiere featured voice actors Haley Joel Osment, John Goodman, Mae Whitman, and Connor Funk, as well as director Steve Trenbirth, producers Chris Chase and Mary Thorne, and a myriad of celebrities, including Melanie Griffith and Marilu Henner.

November 16

November 16, 1990 – The Animated Featurette The Prince and the Pauper is Released to Theaters

vlcsnap-2014-11-16-18h24m50s40

“You needn’t worry about that. To govern, you need to say only one of two things: ‘That’s a splendid idea, I’m glad I thought of it,’ and ‘Guards, seize him!’”

On November 16, 1990, the animated featurette The Prince and the Pauper was released to theaters alongside The Rescuers Down Under. It was based on the classic novel of the same name by Mark Twain. It was directed by George Scribner, with screenplay by Gerrit Graham, Samuel Graham, and Chris Hubbell. It features the voices of Wayne Allwine as Mickey and the Prince, Bill Farmer as Goofy, Arthur Burghardt as Captain Pete, and Tony Anselmo as Donald.

The story begins in England, where times are hard after the good King fell ill and his Captain of the Guard terrorized the people in the King’s name. Mickey Mouse is seen selling kindling in the snow, while Goofy tries to sell snow cones. Mickey cheers Goofy and Pluto up with a song about the life they’ll live one day, just like a king. The Captain passes by with his carriage of drunk soldiers, and Pluto follow after them, spying some food. The door to the castle closes before Mickey can retrieve Pluto, and when he tries to get Pluto back, the guard mistakes Mickey for the Prince and quickly ushers him inside. Inside the castle, the Prince is having his lessons, but yearns to play outside in the snow, and plays pranks on his assistant Donald. The Prince spies the Captain hurting Mickey and Pluto, and orders that Mickey be brought to him at once; the Captain then throws Pluto outside.

Mickey and the Prince have their first meeting, and are surprised at their similarities

Mickey and the Prince have their first meeting, and are surprised at their similarities

After Mickey accidentally knocks down some suits of armor, he and the Prince come face-to-face, and are shocked at how they look so much alike. The Prince thanks Mickey for “saving his life” of boredom, and asks Mickey to switch lives with him. Mickey is reluctant, but the Prince promises to be back as quickly as possible, and takes a special ring with him to prove he is the Prince, in case he should get into any trouble. As the Prince passes by the Captain, the Captain treats him horribly, giving the Prince the first taste of the cruelty his people have endured. He runs into Pluto outside, but Pluto soon realizes that it isn’t Mickey. Mickey soon meets Goofy, but Goofy doesn’t seem to be fazed by ‘Mickey’s’ strange behavior. The two begin the charade with mixed results.

The Prince sees the guards acting cruelly in the King’s name, and demands that they leave the people alone, but all they do is mock him. The Prince decides to reveal his identity to give the food back to the people, but when the guards find him, they decide to arrest him instead. The Prince is able to give them the slip, thanks to the “help” of Goofy, and the Captain is less than pleased when he hears what happens. Unfortunately for Mickey, the King is close to death, and wishes to see his son. Mickey goes in to see the King, and hears the man’s dying wish: rule the land from his heart, justly and wisely. Not knowing what else to do, Mickey promises to do so as the King dies. After he leaves the room, the Captain captures Mickey, and threatens to hurt Pluto if Mickey doesn’t follow his commands. The Prince hears the news as he stays with Goofy, and is heartbroken. He decides to head back to the castle to right the wrongs he’s seen. However, he is captured by the Captain and the guards before he can head back to the palace.

The Captain plans to keep the Prince locked in the dungeon while Mickey takes the crown

The Captain plans to keep the Prince locked in the dungeon while Mickey takes the crown

The Captain throws the Prince into the dungeon with Donald right before the coronation, and the plan that he will take over once Mickey is crowned. Mickey, however, does not want to enter the ceretmony, but is “convinced” by Pete holding up Pluto. While the Prince waits, the executioner appears, although it’s Goofy in disguise, and he helps break them out. They manage to outrun the guards, and make it to the coronation just in the nick of time. The Prince does battle with the Captain, with Pluto, Goofy, and Donald helping to fight the guards off. The Captain and his guards end up thrown out a window, and the Prince is crowned the King of England, much to the joy of the subjects. Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto are made the companions of the Prince, and rules with justice and compassion for all.

October 8

October 8, 2003 – The Dedication Ceremony for the 3-D Film Attraction Mickey’s Philharmagic is Held

mickeys-philharmagic-gallery00

“…things get out of control fast and Donald is unexpectedly plunged into a 3D dream world of classic Disney animated musical sequences.

On October 8, 2003, the opening ceremony was held for the 3-D film attraction Mickey’s Philharmagic. Although the attraction had been open since September 30, 2003, the dedication ceremony made it officially open to the public. It was the fourth show to be housed in its current location, with its history tracing back to the Mickey Mouse Revue from October 1971 to September 1980. The film is a prime example of Disney’s “4-D” film experience, where guests not only experience a traditional 3-D film, but a fourth dimension is added in terms of added effects of wind, bubbles, and scents.

December 13

December 13, 2005 – The Direct to Video Sequel Kronk’s New Groove is Released

KNG_1

“But then he did a whole 180, said vamoose to the shady lady, now he’ll teach your kid to talk like a squirrel.”

On December 13, 2005, the direct-to-video sequel to the 2000 animated feature film The Emperor’s New Groove, titled Kronk’s New Groove, was released. This sequel was nominated for three Annie Awards, including Best Home Entertainment Production, Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production, and Best Writing in an Animated Feature Film. The film overall was panned, as critics considered the storyline weak. It was written by Tom Rogers, Anthony Leondis, and Michael LaBash, and was directed by Elliot M. Bour and Saul Andrew Blinkoff. The film includes the original cast from the first film, including Patrick Warburton as Kronk, Eartha Kitt as Yzma, David Spade as Kuzco, John Goodman as Pacha, and Patti Deutsch as the Waitress; the film also includes Tracey Ullman as Miss Birdwell, and John Mahoney as Kronk’s father.

The film begins with a cheese explosion at Mudka’s Meat Hut, where Kronk is the head chef. Kronk is distressed, as his perfect life seems to have gone awry. He takes the audience back to when his troubles started – earlier that same day. Kronk has changed a lot since the end of his involvement with Yzma, with the whole town adoring him. Kuzco interrupts Kronk’s narration to talk about himself, but explains that the film really belongs to Kronk, but still interrupts here and there. Back at the Meat Hut, Kronk continues his duties as head chef and head delivery boy, and sees his friend Pacha and his family. Soon, an urgent message arrives for Kronk, which he attempts to hide from everyone. He is panicked that his father is coming for a visit, as he hasn’t told his father that he doesn’t have a wife, family, and a house on a hill. His father never approved of his cooking talents, and Kronk feels like he always disappointed his father.

True to form, Kronk misses the signs that he's heading into a dangerous area

True to form, Kronk misses the signs that he’s heading into a dangerous area

Kronk begins telling the story about how he gained and lost his house on a hill to the waitress, where he first goes to the senior citizens home, where the seniors are wishing for a youth potion. He is unaware that he’s being watched by Yzma, who comes up with a trap to catch Kronk. She is no longer a cat, but still maintains some catlike qualities, including a tail. She claims that she has changed and wishes to help others, and takes him down to her secret lair, where she has created a youth potion. She tasks Kronk to sell the youth potion to the seniors, knowing that he needs the money to buy a big house and finally get a thumbs up from his father. Everyone takes the potion, and starts believing they are now young and beautiful, although they are really only having a placebo effect. Yzma soon reveals that she’s been running a scam, as the potion is nothing more than sewer slime.

Kronk soon makes a lot of money, and as the seniors need money to buy more youth potion, they sell Kronk the home. After a while, one of the seniors named Rudy stops by to visit, but isn’t wearing any clothing. Rudy reveals that he had to sell his clothes to buy more youth potion, and Kronk gives him a free bottle. Rudy then goes crazy on receiving the potion, and Kronk realizes that the potion was a fake. Kronk feels incredibly guilty for helping Yzma to cheat his friends, and Rudy reveals that the seniors were ready to elect Yzma as emperor. Kronk exposes Yzma as a fake, and the seniors chase after her. After they catch her, the seniors realize that they’re only as young as they feel, but still wish to get their belongings back from Yzma. She pulls out her most diabolical potion ever, and turns into a fluffy pink bunny, but is soon taken away by a hawk. Kronk then returns his attentions to the problems at hand, and decides to give his house back to the seniors.

Kronk finishes his story, and begins the tale of his lost love

Kronk finishes his story, and begins the tale of his lost love

As Kronk finishes telling the story of how he gained and lost his house on a hill, he starts to cry. The waitress sends Kronk back to work, but he then moves into a story about how he lost his girl. Kronk begins with taking the village children to Camp Chippamunka, competing for best troop for a third year. There, Kronk falls in love with troop leader Miss Birdwell, but thanks to the antics of his troop, the romance between Birdwell and Kronk doesn’t last long, turning into a rivalry between the troops. The two have a fight one night, but come to an understanding and work together to make a treat of raisin bread for their troops, which once again leads to a mutual attraction. The two declare to their troops that they are ending the feud, but are unaware that Tipo from Kronk’s troop is planning on playing a mean prank on Miss Birdwell’s troop. At the final event of the contest, Kronk’s troop performs exceptionally well, and Tipo puts his plan into action, accidentally leaving behind his empty pouch of itching powder in their grip chalk. After discovering Tipo’s bag of powder, marked with Tipo’s name, Kronk steps in to take the blame, and loses the woman he loves. He then goes back to the present, and the waitress points out that his father is on his way.

Kronk then comes up with the idea to borrow Pacha’s wife, kids, and house on a hill. Kronk’s father soon arrives at the restaurant, and Pacha’s family pretends that they are Kronk’s family. However, the idyllic scene is interrupted when Pacha enters the scene dressed as a woman, but Kronk pretends that he’s his mother-in-law. Kronk’s father, thinking Pacha is attractive, starts hitting on him. Kronk also has to pretend that he’s not the chef of the restaurant, and as he tries to balance cooking and meaningful, yet meddlesome, gestures from his friends as they try to assist him, the fondue explodes, bringing it back to the scene at the beginning of the film. Kronk finally explains the truth to his father, and resigns himself to being a failure. Chaca, one of Pacha’s kids, tells Kronk that he has the entire village, which cheers him up. His father finally gives him the thumbs up he’s always wanted, and tells him that he’s proud of him. The movie ends with Miss Birdwell returning, and the two rekindle their romance.