Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Electronic Content, Inc.


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Music Producers Turn To In-home Recording Studios Due to Coronavirus

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Esse Studios Wins Australia’s National Designer Award

SYDNEY — Sydney fashion label Esse Studios took home the 24th National Designer Award at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Announced on Wednesday at the Melbourne flagship of David Jones on the first day of the festival, which runs until March 14, Esse Studios designer Charlotte Hicks will receive a prize package valued at 120,000 Australian dollars or $ 78,823 at current exchange. This includes 10,000 Australian dollars or $ 6,569 cash, business advisory services and the opportunity to develop a capsule collection with award partner David Jones.
A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, Hicks launched her label in 2017 after spending five and a half years as a designer for Sass & Bide and previous roles at companies including Zimmermann. With a focus on denim, cotton and knitwear, Esse Studios specializes in “slow release” editions of small capsule collections.
The judging panel included Vogue and GQ Australia creative director Jillian Davison and Bridget Veals, Eloise Bishop and Chris Wilson, David Jones’ heads, respectively, of women’s wear and accessories, sustainability and men’s wear.
The inaugural Honorable Mention for Sustainability went to Sydney-based activewear line Nagnata.
Previous recipients of the National Designer Award — considered one of Australia’s leading emerging designer prizes — have included

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UK’s Prince Harry meets Jon Bon Jovi at Abbey Road studios

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The Capitol Studios Sessions – Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

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The Capitol Studios Sessions

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 9, 2018

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EXCLUSIVE: Acne Studios Teams With Russell Westbrook for Men’s Capsule Collection

TEAM PLAYER: According to Acne Studios creative director Jonny Johansson, the inspiration for the label’s capsule collection with basketball player Russell Westbrook was simple: “Denim and Russell — nothing more, nothing less.”
After casting the Houston Rockets point guard in its spring 2019 campaign, the Swedish label is continuing its creative partnership with Westbrook by debuting a 10-piece denim-heavy men’s wear collection, which includes outerwear, oversize shirts, jeans and shorts.
Launching Oct. 28, the capsule was teased by Westbrook himself, who wore some of the pieces to attend the Acne Studios men’s spring 2020 show in Paris. Prices start at 280 euros, or $ 310, for a pair of shorts, while jeans are priced at 320 euros, or $ 355, and jackets 550 euros, or $ 610.
In addition to an Eighties-style light blue acid wash denim, the boxy silhouettes were also done in a turquoise version, Westbrook’s favorite color. The hue was used on a half-zip Windbreaker featuring a large patch pocket on the front and drawstring hem as well as a denim utility vest with oversized front pockets and piping along the seams.

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Everything Marvel Studios Revealed About Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi, Blade, And More At San Diego Comic-Con

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Electronic Content, Inc.


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film

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Falcon Studios Group Touts Merch, Pleasure Product Closeout

Falcon Studios Group is touting a closeout sale on a variety of items, including books, apparel and pleasure products, that will not be restocked once they are sold out.

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Film cameras roll again in Damascus studios

New production houses are investing in Syrian drama series being shot inside the country with a local cast.


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The Untold – Secession Studios

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The Untold

Secession Studios

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.90

Release Date: December 20, 2016

© ℗ 2016 Secession Studios

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The Capitol Studios Sessions – Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

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The Capitol Studios Sessions

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 9, 2018

© A Decca Records Release; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

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John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Sneak Into Universal Studios With A Stolen Golf Cart!

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Live at AllSaints Studios – EP – Imagine Dragons

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Live at AllSaints Studios – EP

Imagine Dragons

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: August 4, 2017

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film 

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Stars At Knott’s Scary Farm; Monster Mayhem At Universal Studios Orlando

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film 

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ITV Studios Names David Mott Head of Australian Business


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Slightly Stoopid & Friends: Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios 9.13.11 – Slightly Stoopid

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Slightly Stoopid & Friends: Live at Roberto’s TRI Studios 9.13.11

Slightly Stoopid

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: April 30, 2013


On September 13, 2011, Slightly Stoopid was invited by Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Furthur) to perform at his state of the art TRI Studios. Built by Meyer Sound Labs and utilizing the technology of their new Constellation sound system, Slightly Stoopid had the privilege to invite some of their close friends and family down to “Roberto’s” TRI clubhouse for an unprecedented in-studio performance. Tommy Chong, long time friend of Slightly Stoopid, hosted the event and provided some “Wisdom”. The session also features appearances from the band’s extended family of music guests including Karl Denson, Ivan & Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Don Carlos, and Bob Weir himself! The result is a 32 song acoustic and electric performance. The program also features behind the scenes rehearsal footage and a rare interview segment moderated by Tommy Chong and Bob Weir.

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Public Enemy Announces Album, ‘Live From Metropolis Studios’

Legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy has announced that they will be releasing a new live album, Live from Metropolis Studios. The album was recorded during an intimate two hour long set at a show in London, UK in front of only 125 people. The 21-track effort, which is due out Sept. 4th, features tracks from their nearly three-decades in hip-hop. The album will feature interviews with Chuck D, Flavor Flav and S1W and will come in CD, Blu-Ray, Vinyl and DVD format.

This announcement comes less than a month after they released their 13th studio album Man Plans, God Laughs.

Take a look at the tracklist below.

Live From Metropolis Studios

1. “Intro”
2. “Lost at Birth”
3. “Miuzi Weighs a Ton”
4. “Get Up Stand Up”
5. “Rebel Without A Pause”
6. “911 Is a Joke”
7. “Welcome to the Terrordome”
8. “Hoover Music”
9. “Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos”
10. “Show Em Whatcha Got”
11. “Bring the Noise”
12. “Don’t Believe the Hype”
13. “Can’t Truss It”
14. “He Got Game”
15. “Night of the Living Baseheads”
16. “I Shall Not Be Moved”
17. “Fight t1he Power”
18. “Can’t Do Nuttin’ for Ya Man”
19. “31 Flavors”
20. “Shut Em Down”
21. “Harder Than You Think”

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Porcelain (Air Studios 2013) – Helen Jane Long

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Porcelain (Air Studios 2013)

Helen Jane Long

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 6.93

Release Date: June 24, 2007

© ℗ 2013 BLE Records

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Double Penetration Nation (Double Team Studios) / Double Penetration Nation (Double Team Studios) – Video 2

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios) – Robert Glasper

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Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios)

Robert Glasper

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 11.99

Expected Release Date: June 16, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Blue Note Records

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Musicians sue US film studios for outsourcing

Actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the film 'Interstellar'/Hans Zimmer as a nominee for Best Music Original Score in the film at the 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement, in Beverly Hills, on January 15, 2015Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer — violated a collective bargaining agreement that music for Hollywood films would be produced in the United States or Canada. "The disregard for the livelihood of professional musicians by these companies has to stop," said Ray Hair, president of the 80,000-strong American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The lawsuit pointed to the score for last year's hit science fiction epic "Interstellar," which was directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Matthew McConaughey.



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How Walt Disney Animation Studios Kept Feast From Looking Like a Dog’s Dinner

Patrick Osborne tried something interesting back in 2012: He set up two 1 Second Everyday accounts. With one he used the app to capture brief glimpses of his day-to-day life, and with the other he recorded quick footage of many of the meals he consumed that year.

“And it was the 1 Second Everyday footage of all that food which turned out to be the far more compelling recording,” Patrick explained during a recent phone interview. “There’s something cool about the amount of life you see just in showing your meals, these hints of intriguing and exciting things happening out beyond the edges of the plate.”

Coincidentally, right after Paperman took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short in February 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that it was formally reviving its shorts program. What’s more, studio staffers were then invited to submit pitches to WDAS’ new shorts trust.

“And as I was trying to come up with some ideas for films that I then could pitch to the shorts trust, my mind kept circling back to that 1 Second Everyday recording that I did of all that food,” Patrick continued. “It just felt like that there was something there that I could center a short around. So I started with that concept and then mixed it in with the patterning and the color of different foods placed on the table, just to see what that might be like.”

But in the end, in spite of the obvious potential for doing fun things with sound design and color, Patrick’s app-driven idea came up short, mostly because Patrick’s short idea lacked a through line, a reason for an audience to sit and watch this parade of food go by.

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“But then I thought: What if we put a dog under that table?” Patrick stated. “That’s a character who would be supremely interested in what was being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner within that household. Which then gave us a strong reason to focus on all that food. And what if this dog had been newly adopted by this family? Maybe in the background of all these brief snippets of meals, we could then show how this dog’s relationship with his new family was unfolding.”

This was one of the three ideas that Patrick pitched to WDAS’s story trust. (“John Lasseter won’t allow you to come into a pitch session with just one idea,” he explained. “He doesn’t want you to put all of your creative eggs in one basket. So you always have to come into these shorts pitch sessions with three distinctly different ideas.”) Then he went back to his day job, which was working as the co-Head of Animation of Big Hero 6.

“And then, in October of 2013, they called and said they were going to make my short,” Patrick said. “And then, in an instant, everything changes. I’m no longer working on Big Hero 6, and I now have a deadline for story, which is something that I’ve never done. So I immediately began trying to figure out how I was going to turn my pitch into an emotionally satisfying short film.”

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And given that Feast‘s green light also came with a delivery date (this new WDAS short had to be completed by June 10, 2014, so that it could then have its world premiere at the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France), Patrick didn’t have any time to dither — especially since before production could actually begin on Feast, he and his team first had to nail down this short’s story.

“That’s the real difference between making a full-length animated feature and an animated short,” Patrick explained. “When you work on a feature, a little bit of story gets approved and then moves into production. But when you work on a short, all of your story gets approved at once, which is kind of a blessing and a curse, given that you know as soon as your story gets approved, layout needs to get done by next week.”

Getting that final story approval wasn’t easy, though. The first three Feast story reels that Patrick and his team submitted didn’t pass muster with Lasseter, largely because they hadn’t yet realized the vision for this animated short that he had originally pitched.

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“John was always quick to point out all of the stuff that was already worked,” Patrick recalled. “He loved Feast‘s look right from the get-go, how strong the design of the food was, how you could immediately identify every meal that was being served no matter how briefly that food item was up on screen. But what John really pushed us on was this short’s through line. At every meeting John would remind us that the reason he selected my pitch for development was because something felt emotionally right to him about this story idea. He just kept after us to deliver on the emotional promise of that pitch.”

And in the end Patrick and his storyboard artists did finally find a way to deliver on Feast‘s initial promise. But a lot of that was because of many of the behind-the-scenes creative decisions that these WDAS staffers made as they rushed to put this new animated short together.

Take, for example, Winston, the cartoon canine who serves as Feast‘s central character. Given that this animated short was mostly going to be made up of sequences that were less than five seconds long, it was crucial that audiences be able to quickly find Winston in every single scene. What’s more, audience members had to be able to immediately read all this dog’s emotions.

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“That’s why, after looking at all of these breeds of dog, we decided to make Winston a Boston Terrier,” Patrick said. “Given this breed’s distinctive black-and-white coat, that was then going to make Winston very easy to find in every scene. More to the point, given that Boston Terriers have these big, expressive eyes, that was then going to make possible for audience members to quickly determine what this dog is thinking and feeling.”

Of course, to make sure that audiences absolutely knew for sure what was going on at all times in Feast, Patrick and company did employ a few cinematic cheats, like how Winston is placed in the very center of most shots in this short.

“We also don’t immediately start in with those three- and five-second-long shots,” Patrick continued. “What we learned from our first few story reels is that if we started too quickly, we then didn’t give our audience enough time to get on board with the creative conceit of this short. That’s why Feast‘s first few shots are the longest. We wanted to give the audience a chance to get to know these characters first, let them take in a little of their world and enjoy the performances before this short then really kicks into gear.”

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And to make sure that the cartoon canine at the very center of Feast came across as an authentic dog, WDAS brought in a trio of Boston Terriers — Gizmo, Chibi and Swee’Pea — for Patrick and his animators to observe.

“And we took full advantage of our time with those Boston Terriers,” Patrick laughed. “That scene in Feast where Winston is trying to lick peanut butter off of his muzzle comes straight from the afternoon that our artists spent watching and drawing those dogs.”

And in the end Patrick and his team met their deadline and delivered a fully realized version of Feast just three days before this short was supposed to have its world premiere at Annecy 2013. And to now have Feast screening in front of Big Hero 6 in theaters around the globe little more than a year after this WDAS production was first officially put into development just seems kind of amazing to Patrick.

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“John always says to trust the process,” Patrick said. “But to be right in the middle of that process, trying to get the hang of things like scoring? I won’t lie to you: It was very challenging and often pretty scary. But to be honest, the best part of working on Feast was that the team at WDAS got to build on everything that we’d learned from our last couple of shorts. We got to use Meander again like we did in Paperman, but do it in more of a naturalistic style of shooting film, with a little bit more focus on cuts and cinematography.”

Which is perhaps a polite way of saying that just because Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest short stars a dog doesn’t mean that Feast then had to looks like a dog’s dinner.
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Our Jungle Book Obsession: Two Films Planned by Rival Studios

It may seem a little strange to some, but currently there are two rival Jungle Book films planned. Idris Elba is to voice Shere Khan in a Disney remake, potentially along with Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o. And Andy Serkis is to direct a Warner Brothers version.

Both films are currently at very early stages. We don’t even have release years confirmed for either film, but it will be interesting to see how the companies nod to both Disney’s 1967 classic and Rudyard Kipling’s original stories. It may be even more interesting to see how each production attempts to gain the edge on its rival.

Of course, at this stage, it is impossible to comment on either of these films. There are assumptions in some quarters that the Warner Brothers’ version will be “darker, or more realistic“, but really this displays nothing more than an unfounded prejudice that Disney produces films that are inherently lighter and happier. This is an odd reputation for Disney to have, given the number of psychopathic would-be child murderers and thugs who inhabit so many of its films.

The next Shere Khan.
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Perhaps not everyone considers it “dark” when you make a film about the consequences that befall a teenage girl after her step-mother puts out a hit on her (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), or a girl who is enslaved by her step-mother (Cinderella), or characters who, variously, are under a death curse (Sleeping Beauty, Hercules) or threatened by ruthless villains (The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, The Rescuers, The Black Cauldron, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph). Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway. The Jungle Book that everyone thinks of is of course the 1967 version, which was an enormous box office success in its initial theatrical run. While there is evidence that the film’s success, at least in part, may have been connected to sentimentality triggered by Walt Disney’s death just a few months earlier, it was probably due more to what was seen as a film with great music (“The Bare Necessities” was nominated for an Oscar) and what Richard Schickel described in his 1968 review for Life as Disney doing “what they have always done better than anyone — a succession of hilarious caricatures of anthromorphised animals in rapid, comic motion”.

Rudyard Kipling.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, CC BY-NC-ND

Of course, The Jungle Book has been adapted (and re-adapted) before. A 1942 film starred Sabu, and in 1994, Disney made another version. Nothing is said about these versions in articles about the two upcoming films, a curious omission given the fact that they, like the new versions, are live-action. It could be argued that the reason these are less well-remembered (despite both films being critical and commercial successes when released) is because they just aren’t as charming as the 1967 film.

Some of the criticism online comes from those apparently unaware that the 1967 version is a very loose adaptation (the credits list four Disney story men as the writers, adding in smaller letters beneath their names that the film was “Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling ‘Mowgli’ stories”). The 1942 and 1994 versions, while still loose, are nonetheless more faithful to Kipling.

But of course arguments about “faithful” adaptations are more often manifestations of literary snobbery than useful critiques of a film. Movies must translate a story to an entirely different medium, and that always means changes. More often than some would like to admit, changes are also needed, in many cases, to find a sufficiently-large audience. Each Jungle Book adaptation so far has succeeded in that sense.

So perhaps it isn’t so ridiculous that two major Hollywood studios are both making live-action versions of The Jungle Book. After all, there is a great history of the coincidental release of very similar films. In 1991 we had Robin Hood as well as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. A Bug’s Life and Antz were both released in 1998. Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror were both last year. The list goes on. What is really interesting about this is the question of what is it about today that these new versions of The Jungle Book will address.

If they both are made, it will be interesting to compare them with the other extant Jungle Book films — not as some test of literary “fidelity” to the original, a hierarchical and ultimately meaningless practice — but instead to examine how the film brings to the fore our era’s ideas about colonialism, race, gender and (potentially) animal rights (a theme that made its way into Disney’s 1994 version). But that discussion must wait for the films to be made. Whenever that happens.

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