Wednesday, February 2

Upcoming Disney features (2011 and on)

Now I am not talking about Disney/Pixar, I am talking about just Disney. Which stopped traditional animation at Home on the Range in 2004 and went on to do the lack-luster computer animated films Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons (2007), and Bolt (2008). They went back to traditional animation with The Princess and the Frog (2009) but got mixed reviews. The computer animated Tangled (2010) was just a hit. But officially it seems Disney is only planning the traditionally animated Winnie The Pooh (2011).
"King of the Elves, a fantasy based on a story by Philip K. Dick, was originally scheduled for a 2012 release before development was scrapped. Allegations have recently emerged that work has resumed on this project. Even better is the recurring rumor that the film has been retooled as a traditionally animated feature." -
To tell you the truth I confused King of the Elves with Starz Animation's Gnomeo and Juliet. King of the Elves was to be computer animated. Here is the wikipedia page. Originally slated for release in 2012, the film was reported as shelved in December 2009. In July, 2010, it was reported by various sources that King of The Elves is back in development and it is being directed by Chris Williams, co-director of Bolt. It is based on Philip K. Dick's 1953 short story fantasy "The King of the Elves", the film is about a band of elves and one dwarf living in the modern-day Mississippi Delta who name a local human, Calder, their king after he helps save them from an evil troll.

Wreck-It Ralph (Formerly Reboot Ralph and formerly Joe Jump)

And that leaves almost two years before the next announced animated feature, "Reboot Ralph" scheduled for March 22, 2013. I got a lot of people asking if this was the formerly titled: "Joe Jump," and it is/was. -

It seems that there was a film being mulled over for a while called Joe Jump about an old videogame character (maybe from the 1980's) that tries to get into a new videogame. Sounds interesting. It is now called Reboot Ralph.

There were plans in 2003 and 2008 for Snow Queen adapation. Glen Keene had quit on it in 2003. There are rumors it is still being worked on. But no official word. But supposedly it has been canceled. Above picture of her looking like a cook might have helped but that was just one concept, I am sure it would have been great.
This concept art is by Harald Sieperman, a concept artist working on the last iteration.

In December 2011, Disney announced a new title for the film, Frozen, and a release date, November 27, 2013. A month later, it was confirmed that the film will be a 3D CG animated feature. On March 5, 2012, it was announced that actress Kristen Bell will provide her voice to the lead character, and Chris Buck will be directing along with John Lasseter and Peter Del Vecho producing.

And rumors are on Jack and the Beanstalk, as 'boy' films are in demand now and the 'girl' films aren't doing well (Princess and the Frog) and Disney might think since Tangled was a combo of the two, that a 'boy' film is the way to go. More here:
One article did say: "Indeed, Catmull and Lasseter killed two other fairy tale movies that had been in development, "The Snow Queen" and "Jack and the Beanstalk."