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VIDEO: New Trailer ‘The Nutcracker and The Four Realms’

New Trailer and Poster Released for ‘The Nutcracker and The Four Realms’

Today Disney released a new trailer and movie poster for The Nutcracker and The Four Realms.  Check out the trailer below!

In Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms,  all Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

You can also check out the new movie poster and stills from the film below.

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms will be released in theaters November 2, 2018.


The Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB Advances the Art of Storytelling Through Next-Generation Technology

From Walt Disney’s early hand-drawn, animated cartoon, Steamboat Willie, to the live-action feature The Jungle Book and the interactive experience Coco VR, The Walt Disney Studios has spent nearly 100 years transporting audiences to new and stunning worlds using groundbreaking technology and a little pixie dust.

“With films like The Jungle Book and our upcoming The Lion King, we’ve seen firsthand the role that technology can play in helping us tell stories in new and powerful ways,” says Sean Bailey, President of The Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production and StudioLAB Executive Sponsor.

To continue in this legacy of innovative storytelling, we are excited to announce the opening of The Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB—a brand-new tech hub focused on advancing the art of storytelling with cutting-edge tools and methods. “StudioLAB is all about giving our storytellers new superpowers,” says Benjamin Havey, Vice President, Technology Innovation Group, at The Walt Disney Studios.

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The Walt Disney Studios is already known for creating high-quality stories with heart, but now, Studio Creatives and production entities will have the space to gather and explore new ways of optimizing their storytelling. And to help bring the lab to life, the StudioLAB team set out to collaborate with Silicon Valley leaders Accenture Interactive, Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), who came on board as inaugural Innovation Partners.

Located inside the famed old Animation building in the heart of the Studio lot, this brand-new, 3,500 square foot facility is both ultra-sleek and reminiscent of the past, with mid-century modern furnishings that call to mind Walt Disney’s original office. This new creative space will enable filmmakers from Disney’s film studios—Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm—to more easily collaborate with one another, explore new technologies and experience the latest projects, content, tools and devices from StudioLAB partners, as well as the broader technology industry. StudioLAB will offer exclusive VR, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality experiences.

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One of the first StudioLAB innovations was Coco VR, recently nominated for the 2018 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program. Working alongside creatives from Pixar, the StudioLAB team was instrumental in producing Pixar’s first ever virtual reality experience.

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“Our vision for StudioLAB was to create a place where our amazing filmmakers and creative executives can engage in hands-on experimentation and exploration of next-generation technologies to push the art of storytelling forward in fresh, exciting ways,” said Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer at The Walt Disney Studios and StudioLAB Executive Sponsor.

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Accenture Interactive, Cisco and HPE each bring their unique expertise and technologies to StudioLAB, which will also help its Innovation Partners develop new and easily adaptable technologies to better meet the needs of the creative community, driving business value for all parties involved.

  • Accenture InteractiveAccenture Interactive and its design and innovation unit, Fjord, will play a lead role in helping to establish StudioLAB, as well as define and develop cutting-edge entertainment technology with an initial focus on immersive entertainment; artificial intelligence; IoT; the future of movie production; and next-generation cinematic platforms. In addition to collaborating on research and development, Accenture Interactive will partner with the Studios to support StudioLAB operations, including co-crafting the new entity’s charter and governance, physical lab design and business operations. The Accenture-StudioLAB partnership will draw upon the extensive experience of Accenture Labs in running a lab to help Disney Studios apply emerging technologies in innovative ways.
  • Cisco—The industry leader in networking brings its hardware and software solutions to StudioLAB, extending to services spanning network, storage, orchestration and collaboration. At the launch of StudioLAB, Cisco is focused on such areas as enhancing the remote collaboration experience for creatives and studio leadership; providing a more seamless and secure connectivity for filmmakers, the studio, and third parties; and offering efficient and reliable ways to deliver data and assets from set to the cloud.
  • Hewlett Packard EnterpriseHPE will use its industry-leading portfolio of servers, GPUs and Memory-Driven Computing platforms to build solutions to transform the filmmaking industry. HPE will apply emerging technologies like AI and deep learning to the filmmaking process and creative workflows. Using the latest server innovations to increase speed and velocity will enhance the Studios’ movie-making process and immersive experiences. HPE will create a technology ecosystem that allows the Studios to share render resources via private cloud and not waste valuable hardware assets. And looking ahead, HPE will simplify traditional, complex IT environments by rethinking how compute evolves the model of how we consume new technology.


Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Name Chief Creative Officers

It was announced today that Jennifer Lee has been named Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pete Docter has been named Chief Creative Officer, Pixar Animation Studios. They will have responsibility for the creative oversight of all films and associated projects of their respective studios, reporting directly to Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” said Horn. “Pete, the genius creative force behind UpInside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking Frozen, has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective. Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture, and values of these renowned animation studios, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them to lead us into the future.”

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Jennifer Lee joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2011 as co-writer of the Oscar®-nominated Wreck-It Ralph. She is the director (with Chris Buck) and writer of the cultural phenomenon Frozen, which won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature and stands as the highest-grossing animated film ever released, and the Tony Award®-nominated book writer of Frozen: The Broadway Musical. Lee played a critical role in the story team of the Oscar®-winning Zootopia and is currently in production on Frozen 2, due out in November 2019. A member of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Story Trust, Lee is an executive producer on the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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Pixar veteran Pete Docter is the director and writer of the acclaimed films Up and Inside Out, which each won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and the Oscar-winning Monsters, Inc. Docter was one of Pixar’s first employees, joining the studio in 1990, and is an original member of its vaunted Brain Trust, contributing to the stories and screenplays of many of the studio’s beloved and award-winning films including Toy Story, for which he was also the supervising animator. He is an executive producer of the Oscar-winning Brave and the Monsters, Inc. follow-up Monsters University.

“I am deeply grateful to everyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Company for this opportunity,” said Lee. “Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and it is with the partnership of my fellow filmmakers, artists, and innovators that we look ahead to the future. My hope is to support the incredible talent we have, find new voices, and work together to tell original stories. The great films of Disney Animation—the films I loved as a kid and my daughter has grown up loving—are magical, timeless, and full of heart, and it is our goal to create films that carry on and grow this 95-year legacy for future generations.”

“I am excited and humbled to be asked to take on this role,” said Docter. “It is not something I take lightly; making films at Pixar has been my chronic obsession since I started here 28 years ago. I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people on the planet, and together we will keep pushing animation in new directions, using the latest technology to tell stories we hope will surprise and delight audiences around the world.”

Jim Morris, President, Pixar Animation Studios, and Andrew Millstein, President, Walt Disney Animation Studios, will continue to report to Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, who reports to Horn.

Production Begins on Maleficent II

Today Disney announced production has officially begun on Maleficent II!  In case you aren’t familiar,  Maleficent followed the story of the iconic Disney Villain and how she came to be.

Angeline Joline and Elle Fanning,  who played Aurora in Maleficent, will be joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Queen Ingrith, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein. The movie will be directed by Joachim Rønning. Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville will be back as the pixies Knotgrass, Thistlewit, and Flittle, respectively.

Take a look at the Instagram posts from Walt Disney Studios below!

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