Brave

So as Pixar fans (like me) know already, Brave will be released on the 22nd of June (which is also my birthday!), 2012. For those who haven’t seen them yet, here are the trailers, and a sneak-peek from “La Luna” (which has been nominated for animated short oscar) which will be shown right before Brave.

Additionally, the synopsis of Brave has also been released for those who want to know more:

“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.”

Tangled

Tangled will be the newest Disney movie. It will be the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, planned for release on November 24, 2010. The story is loosely based on the classic German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

The movie’s visual style will be based on the painting “The Swing”, by the French Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Disney’s previous animated feature The Princess and the Frog in 2009, although being highly critically acclaimed and taking in nearly $270 million worldwide, was not as successful as Disney had hoped. Disney expressed the belief that the film’s emphasis on princesses may have deterred young boys from seeing the film. In order to market the film to both boys and girls, Disney changed the film’s name from Rapunzel to Tangled, while also emphasizing Flynn Rider, the film’s prominent male character. Disney was criticized for altering the classic title and story as a marketing strategy. Floyd Norman, a retired Disney and Pixar animator, said, “I’m convinced they’ll gain nothing from this except the public seeing Disney as desperately trying to find an audience.”

Legend of Korra

Fans of Avatar: the Last Airbender yesterday rejoiced with the announcement of “Legend of Korra” which will be the sequel to the original series. The series takes place 70 years after Avatar: The Last Airbender. Korra is the next Avatar after Aang, “a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl” who is hotheaded, independent and “ready to take on the world”. Korra comes from the Southern Water Tribe, and Aang and Katara’s daughter Tenzin is her Airbending teacher. One of the story’s settings is Republic City, a “metropolis powered by steampunk-type technology,” “inhabited by people from all nations.” Here Korra must deal with rampant crime and an anti-bender revolt.

Although the creators of the show had planned an ending to the show, the success of Avatar: The Last Airbender caused Nickelodeon to ask for more episodes. The creators then came out with this new idea of the next Avatar, this time a girl named Korra. They decided upon a female Avatar after the large audience of females of the original show, and felt it was time to have a big action franchise with a female in the lead instead of the traditional male role.

The show will be darker and more mature than the original show, though the creators are not trying to target a new audience (saying the original was filled with adult themes), with more mature themes, but will also try to balance it out with a similar sense of fun and adventure of the original series.

So, I can say I’m very VERY excited about this! I am a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I’m sure the Republic city will be very interesting since I guess the water and fire nations along with the metal-bending of the earth nation will come together. And the non-bending revolt must be very interesting. Rumor has it that “Aang is featured in the series in the Spirit World, as Roku and past Avatars were to Aang in the Last Airbender.”, and if this is true, that is very sad because in the end of the original series, Aang was only what, twelve? So, 70 years later he is supposed to be like 82, but he dies much longer before that because Korra is a young woman. Remember, the Avatar ability is passed after the previous Avatar dies. So that is very sad. I wonder if we will see any of the older characters, I really hope that Toph and Katara are alive. I’m sure Iroh is dead already though, and that is one of the saddest things too because I really did love him as a character. Interestingly enough, we know that Aang and Katara’s daughter Tenzin will be Korra’s Airbending teacher… So at least airbending is not dead? There are a lot of things we don’t know yet, so bring on the theories! I hope this will be as good as – or even better than the first series!

Beauty and the Beast backgrounds

Remember my old post about the blog, Animation Backgrounds? Well, I really loved the posts about one of my favorite Disney Classics, Beauty and the Beast which was the first movie I ever seen in the theatre, and I still love the song “Beauty and the Beast” which was sung by Mrs. Potts.

Here are the backgrounds from the blog, click to full-view!