On the Fifth Day ’til Christmas…


As a precursor for a new feature I’m starting in January called “Saturday Morning Cartoon,” I’m going to link a holiday animated treat every day between Sunday, Dec. 20th and Friday, Dec. 25th.

This first one — Prep and Landing — is already being heralded as a “new Holiday classic” by animation fans and critics alike.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios special premiered December 8th on ABC Family, but is available to view on Hulu.com through January 1st, 2010.

The voice cast features Dave Foley as Wayne, Sarah Chalke as Magee, Derek Richardson as Lanny, Mason Vale Cotton as Timmy, Nathan Greno as Dasher, David DeLuise as Dancer, and William Morgan Sheppard as “The Big Guy.”

Hulu also has a behind-the-scenes video featuring voice cast members Chalke, Foley and Richardson. And you can watch a production featurette on TrailerAddict.com interviewing the cast and crew, including Foley, Richardson, Chalke and Executive Producer John Lasseter.

And yes, the “heralded” pun was intentional.

Mandy Moore to Voice Rapunzel for Disney CGI Feature Film


Reuters reports that Mandy Moore has been cast as the voice of Rapunzel for Disney’s “Digital 3D-animated musical action-adventure” currently scheduled for a Holiday 2010 release.

Zachary Levi (star of the sitcom Chuck) was also announced as providing the voice of a “dashing bandit who finds himself on the road with the rebellious teen ‘hair apparent.'”

(This corrects previous reports that these two characters would be voiced by stage stars Kristin Chenoweth and Dan Fogler.)

Rapunzel will be directed by Byron Howard (co-director of Bolt) and Nathan Greno (Bolt writer and story artist) with music by Alan Menken who scored such Disney animated features as Beauty & The Beast, Hercules, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocohantas, and Enchanted.

In related news, Walt Disney Home Studios Entertainment has announced (via Video Business) that it is “expanding its high-end Blu-Ray Disc line, the Diamond Collection,” to include several of their animated classics: The Lion King, Bambi, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Beauty and the Beast.

Disney will release two Diamond Collection titles each year, beginning on 10.06.2009 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Fantasia and Beauty and the Beast are scheduled for release in 2010.

Video Business adds that “each title will be packed with fresh bonus features and will be available for a limited time at retail.” One of the features to be included on Snow White will be a ‘Backstage Disney’ featurette, exploring Hyperion Studios where the film was produced in 1937.

[Source: Toon Zone]