“Big Hero 6″ Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams Talk Disney’s First Marvel Comics Inspired Film

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We’ve only seen two trailers for Disney’s upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, but the marketing team has been quietly making the promotional rounds by holding film panels during the D23 Expo and Comic-Con.  But if you are looking for something more extensive and in-depth, we’ve got it all right here.  Earlier this summer we were invited to Disney Animation Studios in Burbank to look at the animation process that goes into a film like Big Hero 6.  Our behind-the-scenes look also included an interview with directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, and producer Roy Conli.

Hall (Winnie The Pooh) was the first to be named director back in 2011, and Williams (Bolt) was named co-director December 2013. While the two have different aspects from a personality standpoint, the their love of Disney Animation and the source material brought them together for this project.

Our interview reveal a number of things, like did you know that a research trip to Carnegie Hall helped shaped the Baymax character?  How about the number of Japanese Animes that influenced the film?  How they managed to balance the work between two directors?  How many times the story changed throughout the years?  What it was like to work with Marvel on this film?  Read all about that and more after the jump. [Read more…]

100 Fascinating Things You Need To Know About ‘Big Hero 6;’ Plus New Images

BIG HERO 6

A Disney animated Marvel film almost seemed to good to be true.  But when Disney acquired Marvel Comics back in 2009, a collaboration of the two forces was inevitable.  The two would announce Big Hero 6 as their first collaborative project.  But the film wouldn’t be a direct adaption of the comic book of the same name, instead the title would serve as an inspiration for the film, which would have the same characters but a new story and a new setting.  Directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), Big Hero 6 features the voices of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax.

We were invited to visit Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA a few weeks back to learn about the film and watch about 30 minutes worth of footage, both finished and unfinished.  While we saw some of the latter, what we saw was very promising and had that magic Disney touch we all know and love. So out of this studio visit we have 100 things you may not know about the film.  This includes all sorts of facts like trips to Carnegie Mellon to research soft robotics,  new softwares developed to help enhance the visual effects of the film, how many times the story needed to be changed, how the robots in the film can have real world applications but also have that Disney magic touch.

But do you know how many animators have worked on the film?  How many Microbots can be seen in once scene?  What kind of object was the inspiration for Baymax’s face? How Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Head John Lassesseter helped during the writing process? How many storyboards is in one sequence, and how many of those boards are tossed if one sequence is taken out.  You can find out about all of this and more after the jump. [Read more…]

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Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies Of 2014 So Far (Mike’s List)

The Most Disappointing Films of 2014 So Far

We have finally reached the midpoint of the year, and it is once again that time of the year where we take a look back at the best and most disappointing films of the year. If you haven’t seen any one or all of the top ten, then you survived some painful moments, at least in my opinion you did. Of course if you have already, and you share my sentiments, why not revisit the disappointment you felt after watching them. But if you haven’t seen them, I am not saying you shouldn’t see these films, because its easy to say which ones were the worst of the year. Picking the ones that disappointed me the most is a harder task, especially this year since there are no real stand outs on both sides of the spectrum. But these films aren’t entirely bad either, they just are the ones that disappointed me the most. Let me say that again, these are not the worst films, they just really disappointed me.

There were many things to take into consideration before I compiled my list, but the one that is most important is the release. Whether the film was released theatrically or during a film festival, as long as the film was screened between January 1st and June 30, you could end up on this list. So as you can see from the header image, those are the five films that ended up disappointing me this year. Hit the jump to see the rest of the top ten and where they rank. [Read more…]

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Top 10 Things We Learned During The “Muppets Most Wanted” Press Day

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Muppets Most Wanted is the sequel to the hit reboot that was released in 2011. Both Director James Bobin and music and songwriter Bret McKenzie return to continue to make childhood memories or make us reminisce our own memories of the Muppets. But which ever side you sit on, the Muppets are back, and are continuing to put smiles on our faces through comedy and song. MovieViral was invited to one of the press junkets for the film, where we sat down with fellow journalists to talk to director James Bobin, music supervisor Bret McKenzie, and producer Todd Lieberman.

The three talked about the process of making the film, creating the music in a hole in the hole store, filming on stage vs filming on location, and much more. Hit the jump to read the top 10 things we learned about what it was like to make the film. [Read more…]

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Meet the “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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Much to the excitement of many comic book fans, Marvel will be releasing a movie for the franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, starring characters which are not as well known as the likes of Iron Man and Spider-Man. If you worry that you too do not know the characters or what to expect, never fear, for Marvel has a solution to your problem!

Hit the jump to learn more!

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Trailers Weekly: Top 10 Movie Trailers Of 2013

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Trailers Weekly is a feature in which we bring you the most popular and talked about trailers of the week. Sharing trailers is a classic viral practice, and trailers are still the most mainstream way for people to learn about movies. That’s what I have said for the better part of the last two years writing this column.

Since this is the final week of the year, what better way to post a new edition of Trailers Weekly than to post a top 10 list of the year. As you might have guessed, these are the top ten trailers of 2013. Some of these films may have one trailer, while others have more, but what these trailers have demonstrated is that, you have to be entertaining to get people excited. Because if you don’t, why even care. So hit the jump to find out what the top then trailers of 2013 are. [Read more…]

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Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014

We do this every time around this time of the year. The obligatory top of the year lists. So with 2013 coming to a close, we look forward to the new year. We’ve already showed you which movies were disappointing, but now it’s time to move on from that. In 2014 we will see sequels, prequels, movies based on toys we all grew up on, adaptations, international flicks, documentaries, a historical comedy drama, and so much more.

So while it may be easy just to name off the entire list of films that are coming out from IMDB, the MovieViral staff got together to talk about their most anticipated most of 2014. The five images you see in the header are just only a tease of what movies we have high expectations for, and our number one isn’t even in it. So hit the jump to see our top 20 most anticipated movies of 2014, and which movie made the top of our list. [Read more…]

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Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies Of 2013 (Michael’s List)

Most Disappointing Films of 2013

I abhor “worst of list.” It seems a bit arbitrary to make a list about the worst films of the year because of how easy it is to list. Lone Ranger, Movie 43, inAPPproriate Comedy, R.I.P.D., After Earth and The Big Wedding all easily qualify for the worst movies of the year. We all know they are the worst movies, so why even bother giving us the reasons.

A “most disappointing” list seems more appropriate. These 10 films had the potential to be a great and memorable film given the film’s star power, budget, marketing, anticipation, and other factors, but ultimately, they failed to deliver the goods. gooSo here are my top ten most disappointing films of 2013. [Read more…]

Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition’ Is The Best X-Men Film Of The Franchise

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The original cut of James Mangold‘s The Wolverine started out as a PG-13. For obvious reasons an R-rated film for a comic book character wouldn’t be accessible to younger audiences. Luckily, Mangold took the time to research the material, often referring back to the Chris Claremont and Frank MillerThe interpretation of the X-Men member. As a result he crafted the character we have all be waiting to see, a warrior that fit the monkier (and title): The Wolverine.

We were recently invited to sit at a screening of The Wolverine: The Extended Cut, which goes under The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition title, on the Fox Studios lot. I vaguely remember the theatrical cut of the film, but from what I’ve seen from Mangold’s true vision of the film it makes the theatrical one look like it got neutered. There’s blood, action, and f-bombs, which I am sure will delight Wolverine fans and fans of this film even more. While we can all agree that the theatrical cut is perhaps the best representation of the character that can be seen by all audience so far, this Unleashed Extended Edition is a representation that stays true to the character as a whole. Not only that, but it may be the best X-Men film of the entire franchise. Hit the jump to see why. [Read more…]

“Frozen” Interview: Directors Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Talk Casting Kristen Bell And Idina Menzel, Finding The Music, And Walt Disney’s Legacy

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The Frozen portion of the animation panel at the D23 Expo was more than enough to convince people – well Disney fans at least – that Disney’s 53rd animated feature is in a class of its own. It certainly offered more than the trailers could offer. Last month, MovieViral was invited for a special look at Frozen and the animated short Get A Horse. We learned a lot from both of the directors of their respective animated features, and will be posting exclusive looks throughout the coming weeks.

Be sure to look at the top 50 things we learned about Frozen while visiting Disney’s animation studio.

In our interview with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and producer Peter Del Vecho, we talk about the casting process of the film, the research that was conducted to get the scenes right, the recording process, and what it was like to work on a film that Walt Disney wanted to do before he passed. Hit the jump for more. [Read more…]