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Disney Animation teams up with Marvel for 'Big Hero 6' -- BREAKING

Walt Disney Studios Animation is officially joining forces with Marvel.

Big Hero 6 is not as well known as The Avengers, but it’s another group of powerful individuals with wildly different histories and powers, united by the Japanese government as a crisis-fighting super-squad.

Disney reps confirmed to EW that the film is in the early stages of development, though they declined to specify which filmmakers are involved. As Hollywood heads into Comic-Con next month, rumors are swirling …

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'Frankenweenie' to receive world premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest

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Fantastic Fest has announced that the opening film of this year’s Austin, Tx., genre movie extravaganza will be director Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. The black and white animated movie is to receive its world premiere on September 20 at the city’s famed Alamo Drafthouse cinema.

“Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema,” Fantastic Fest co-founder and creative director Tim League said in a statement. “To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general.”

The organizers of Fantastic Fest have also debuted this year’s poster, which is the work of artist Mike Saptuo. You can check it out below.

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'Paperman': The future of hand-drawn animation is Disney's new retro short

Behold the face that launched a thousand paper airplanes.

In the romantic animated short Paperman, an office worker tries to get the attention of the woman of his dreams by sailing handmade aircraft across the canyon of a bustling Manhattan street from his skyscraper to hers.

He’s folding a 2-D format into a 3-D shape to make an emotional connection — which is also a good way of describing how Walt Disney Animation Studios created the film.

Paperman is a hybrid that fuses the dimension and depth of digital animation with the abstract warmth of traditional line art. The result is a world seemingly sculpted out of sketches.

Click through to see three new photos, and the movie’s poster.

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'Frankenweenie' trailer: Meet Tim Burton's cute dead puppy

Tim Burton’s recent cinematic output is heavy on remakes. Dark Shadows revisited a beloved soap opera, Alice in Wonderland remixed the surreal Disney cartoon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tried to out-Wonka Gene Wilder, and Planet of the Apes did indeed feature apes on a planet, just like the Charlton Heston sci-fi classic. It seems inevitable, then, that Tim Burton would finally get around to remaking Tim Burton. Hence: Frankenweenie, the tale of a boy who decides to bring his dead dog back to life, based on a short film Burton made back in the ’80s. Frankenweenie marks Burton’s return to stop-motion, and the new trailer also has a definitive madcap-horror Gremlins vibe. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

'Hotel Transylvania' trailer: Adam Sandler is a vampire... who plays the ukulele

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This September, Adam Sandler is starring in a movie that once again pairs him up with his That’s My Boy protegé Andy Samberg — along with sworn Sandler henchmen David Spade, Kevin James, and Steve Buscemi. The twist: It’s an animated movie called Hotel Transylvania. Sandler plays Dracula, the manager of a hotel that caters specifically to monsters, and Selena Gomez is his daughter who’s tired of being cooped up in the castle. Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and all your other favorite public-domain creatures check-in. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jim Parsons, Rihanna to give voice to 'Happy Smekday!' Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Rob Reiner, Edgar Ramirez

• Since we’re discussing DreamWorks Animation projects, Jason Schwartzman has been offered to star opposite Chloe Moretz in the studio’s next film, Trolls. [Deadline]

• Rob Reiner is in negotiations to join Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, playing the father of living-on-the-edge trader Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). Not quite the same resemblance as Martin and Charlie Sheen in Wall Street, but, sure, why not? [THR]

• Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) will play famed 19th century Latin America revolutionary Simón Bolívar in the Venezuelan-Spanish co-production Libertador. Bolívar was instrumental in securing independence from Spain for Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Danny Houston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), and María Valverde (Three Meters Above the Sky) will costar. Albert Arvelo Mendoza (Cyrano Fernández) will direct from the script by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men). [Variety]

Ryan Phillipe will make his directorial debut and star in Shreveport, about a past-his-prime movie star who is kidnapped and tortured while shooting an indie film in the deep south. Phillipe also penned the script with Joe Gossett. [Variety]

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'Monsters University' debuts four new trailers -- each with a slight mutation -- VIDEO

How did Mike and Sulley end up working on the scare floor in Monsters, Inc.?

As the trailer for the new prequel Monsters University suggests, well … maybe they would have landed better jobs if they’d studied more and pranked each other less in college. But hey, who can’t say the same?

Check out some new photos and the trailer(s). Yes, that’s plural … sort of.

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Watch animation of Walt Disney's earliest character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit -- VIDEO

Only hardcore Disney fans, animation history die-hards, and some observant videogamers likely know about Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The floppy-eared black-and-white character was a young Walt Disney’s first major success as an animator-for-hire at Universal. Disney created 26 cartoons featuring Oswald, before parting ways with the studio after realizing his contract meant he could not control the character. This year, Disney is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the character, releasing the earliest known animation by Walt Disney of Oswald to Yahoo! News.

After leaving Universal, the 27-year-old Disney went on to create Mickey Mouse, but it wasn’t until some crafty negotiation by Disney CEO Bob Iger in 2006 that Oswald was able to come back into the warm embrace of Disney’s corporate bosom. The character first popped up in a significant way as an antagonist in the 2010 videogame Disney Epic Mickey, but he figures as Mickey’s buddy in the sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, out Nov. 18.

Check out the birth of Oswald below in a rough cartoon called “Harem Scarem,” and watch the seeds of one of the biggest and most successful media empires in the world:  READ FULL STORY

'Brave' premiere debuts Dolby Atmos system: Is '3-D sound' better than 3-D cinema?

When Dolby took on the theater naming rights to the famed Hollywood venue that was once known as the Kodak, the audio technology company understood that it had a golden opportunity to showcase its brand new “Atmos” acoustic system. Currently employed in 14 theaters in North America, the state-of-the-art system can pump up to 128 separate channels into a single theater, creating a soundscape of unprecedented detail.

So how do bagpipes sound on it?

That was the question hovering in the air (literally!) at Monday night’s premiere of Disney-Pixar’s distaff Celtic animated adventure Brave in the Dolby Theater, the first time Dolby Atmos was put into practical use. READ FULL STORY

Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and more in 'Rise of the Guardians' character posters

Santa Claus has graced the silver screen in countless holiday movies, and this November, he’s back again. But this time, in DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, he’s joined by a crew of other creatures that accompany the visions of sugar plums in children’s heads. Today Paramount, which is distributing the film, released a series of character posters featuring a formidable Easter Bunny, a birdlike Tooth Fairy and four other characters. In the film, these classic characters are all known by nicknames — Santa is North, the Easter Bunny is E. Aster Bunnymund — but on the posters, they went with the better-known names, with the exception of Pitch, the Boogeyman-inspired nightmare-bringer antagonist of the film.

The movie comes from the mind of the man who won this year’s Oscar for best animated short, William Joyce (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore). He penned the Guardians screenplay and the children’s book series from which it is adapted.

See more of Santa — and all the character posters — below:  READ FULL STORY

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