In this week’s Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up we’ve got an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit news (Who else is stoked about this one?), Beauty and the Beast updates, and a Magic Camp announcement!
Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up: January 27, 2017
Catch a Sneak Peek of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Beginning February 10th, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to preview a scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast that will be arriving in theaters on March 17, 2017!
This advanced look at the segment from the film can be found in the One Man’s Dream attraction, and it will also include a display featuring a collection of props and costume pieces actually used in the film’s production.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit News
A restored print of Poor Papa(1927), the first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, will be included when the Walt Disney Signature Collection Presents Disney Pinocchio is available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st.
This amazing restoration is sourced from digital scans of a 16mm silent print that was made in 1930 for home use and discovered in the UK. This is one of only three known surviving prints on this title.
Max Lark on D23.com shared a little bit of the history behind the short.
In 1927, while Walt was wrapping up the “Alice Comedies,” his distributor, Charles Mintz, brokered a deal with Universal for Walt to create a cartoon character. That new character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, would go on to star in 26 cartoons from the Disney studio. The series proved popular, and the character was the first to generate Disney merchandise—a candy bar, a stencil set, and a pin-back button!
Poor Papa was the first Oswald cartoon produced, but Mintz felt that Oswald looked “old” so the short was not released. The next Oswald short Walt and Ub produced, Trolley Troubles on September 5, 1927, debuted a redesigned younger version of Oswald. Given this second short’s positive critical reaction by the public, Universal and Mintz ultimately released Poor Papa on June 11, 1928. In this rather charming story, a bunch of storks bombard Oswald with bunnies until our hero figures out a way to thwart them.
All-New Original Song announced for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
Five-time Grammy winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast that is included on the film’s soundtrack.
Written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.
Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again.”
Character Posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
We also got our first look at the character posters for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Walt Disney Studios, and they look PERFECT!!!
Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
And just a reminder of how fantastic Disney’s Beauty and the Beast looks (like anyone needed reminding)…
Disney’s Magic Camp in Production
Production has begun on Disney’s Magic Camp, a live-action comedy starring Adam Devine (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Pitch Perfect”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community,” “Girls”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) directed by Mark Waters (“Bad Santa 2,” “Mean Girls”).
Tambor plays Roy Preston, the owner of a summer camp for aspiring young magicians and Devine is Andy, a former camper whose flailing career as a magician has forced him to return to the camp as a counselor. Also returning to the camp is Andy’s former partner and current nemesis, Darkwood, played by Jacobs, who is now a successful magician. When preparations begin for the end-of-summer magic contest between rival teams of campers, Andy and his team of ragtag misfits must go head to head with Darkwood and her campers. In the process, Andy is inspired by the young campers and rediscovers his passion for magic.
The film is shooting on locations in and around Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in 2017.
That’s it for this week’s Round-Up, but for more Walt Disney Studios news check out our other posts!
- Check out the last Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up from 1/17/2017
- Take a peek at what you can look forward to with the 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate here.