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April 18, 2014

Disneynature's 'Bears' Roars into Theaters Today

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
From 1948–1960, Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking and produced 13 True Life Adventure films, earning eight Academy Awards. In 2008, The Walt Disney Studios relaunched the tradition of bringing wildlife stories to audiences with Disneynature, the studio’s first new film label in more than 60 years.
April 16, 2014

'Frozen's' Success at the Box Office and Beyond

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
Since bringing its big chill to theaters around the world this past November, "Frozen" has experienced quite a storm of success, earning top marks at the box office and on countless film review lists. See how Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest release continues to break the ice—and recently claimed its place as the biggest animated movie of all time.
April 7, 2014

'Captain America 3' Gets Release Date as Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Sets April Record

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened domestically this weekend with a stellar $95 million for the biggest April debut of all time. Buoyed by $10.2 million in Thursday night screenings, the film set Friday, Saturday and Sunday daily records for the month of April.

April 1, 2014

Disneytoon Executive on the Animation Studio Behind 'The Pirate Fairy' and 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Today, the new Tinker Bell film The Pirate Fairy is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD. The fifth film in the popular Fairies series, The Pirate Fairy is a swashbuckling new adventure from Disneytoon Studios—one of three feature animation studios that call The Walt Disney Studios home.

March 31, 2014

Disney's 'Frozen' and Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Heat Up Box Offices Around the World

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
With a cumulative global gross of more than $1.073 billion, Disney’s "Frozen" passed Disney•Pixar’s "Toy Story 3" over the weekend to become the biggest animated film of all time. It’s also now No. 10 on the list of all-time highest grossing films. "Frozen" opened wide in the U.S. on November 27, spent 16 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and has grossed $398.4 million domestically. Internationally, it has taken in $675.5 million, with its final opening on March 14 in Japan, where it has been No. 1 for three straight weeks and brought in more than $51 million.
March 21, 2014

The Walt Disney Studios' Live-Action Music Department Produces Video for Brand-New 'Muppets Most Wanted' Song

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
As the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational Muppets take their global tour straight to your local theater today in "Muppets Most Wanted," you can get a glimpse at an alternative version of one of the film’s new songs—performed by the songwriter himself.
March 18, 2014

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Update, Pixar Animation Studios Announces New 'Cars' and 'Incredibles' Films and More Studios Announcements

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
Exciting studio news from Disney’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held today in Portland, Oregon! Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that Lucasfilm will start shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII" in mid-May. The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, will continue the "Star Wars" saga, taking place 30 years after the events depicted in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. While the hunt is on for three new young leads to join several familiar faces in the new film, fans will have to wait a little longer for word on who those characters and actors might be, as Bob confirmed the only official cast member so far is R2-D2.
March 5, 2014

The Walt Disney Studios and The Black List Team to Discover Diverse Writers

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
Calling all storytellers: Diversity and fresh perspectives are critical to injecting more creativity into the filmmaking process, and today The Walt Disney Studios and the Black List announced a collaboration to find undiscovered writers with diverse perspectives for the Studio’s Feature Writers Program.
March 4, 2014

Walt Disney Animation Studios Celebrates 'Frozen' on Oscar Sunday

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
On Oscar® Sunday, the "Frozen" team cheered as Disney’s latest animated feature won the Best Animated Feature category. It was a historic night for Walt Disney Animation Studios as they also celebrated their first animated feature Oscar win in the category's 13-year history. Watch the team's reaction in the video above.
March 3, 2014

'Frozen' Wins Two Oscars and Reaches Billion Dollar Mark at Global Box Office

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Yesterday, Frozen celebrated twin (triple?) accomplishments, as it was named Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards® (and also won Best Original Song for “Let It Go”) while it simultaneously surpassed the $1 billion milestone at the global box office!