You always hear about how "it's a small world," and when it comes to Disney, they pretty much have a lock on the theme song (and ride) for that. Right now, I'm gonna tell you just how small the world really is, and how that plugs into the strange and exciting path that my life has taken over the years. Back in 2008, I met multi-hyphenate (Actor/Writer/Director/Producer) Scott Adsit. By "met," I mean we quickly exchanged a nod and "hello" in passing while headed separate directions at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It was like two seconds - and it feels weird to say it, but we were both "guests" of the same event - Wizard World Chicago. Adsit was there to promote and do a panel for his grownup-aimed [adult swim] series MORAL OREL, and I was there as the Creator/Writer of the grownup-aimed comic book DEATH WALKS THE STREETS, which launched with a Wizard Exclusive Variant at that same event. Fast-forward nearly seven years, and I'm sitting across from Adsit in a room at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, with Scott throwing down some words about his time as the voice of one of Disney's latest icons - the loveable Baymax of the Academy Award-winning BIG HERO 6 (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere).
It's finally here - the official trailer for the new short film, FROZEN FEVER. The official follow-up to Walt Disney Animation's Oscar-winning cultural smash (see all my coverage here) will debut in front of Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios' live-action CINDERELLA (get tix) in theaters everywhere on March 13. I haven't shown this to my girls yet, but what I can tell you is that Olaf steals birthday cake like my oldest does - not-so-stealthily, and in plain sight. Check out the seasonally-appropriate trailer below and start thinking Spring!
"It's just the funniest thing. I think people think when you do movies this, they just throw a bunch of action figures your way," explains actor Daniel Henney with a smile. Casually chatting at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, Henney is with fellow actor Ryan Potter doing press for this week's in-home release of the Academy Award-winning BIG HERO 6 on Blu-ray and DVD. Funny enough, we're talking about action figures... while I sit with a Funko Pop! Vinyl Baymax peeking out of my North Face Surge Backpack - though neither Henney, nor Potter seems to notice as the voice of BH6's Tadashi continues his tale...
When I first heard that Walt Disney Animation Studios' BIG HERO 6 would be preceded by a short film called FEAST, I flashed-back to my horror days and John Gulager's 2005 PROJECT GREENLIGHT creature feature of the same name. Aside from the title, the two have absolutely nothing in common, yet I couldn't get the monster flick out of my head... until I saw Winston, the adorable little terrier at the heart of Patrick Osborne's now-Academy Award-nominated short film about the love of a man as shown through the meals of a dog. So how did FEAST begin?
Sitting down for a chat in the stylish confines of the W Hotel in Los Angeles, Filmmakers Don Hall and Chris Williams are pretty laid-back as they settle-in to talk about their latest effort, BIG HERO 6. The Co-Directing duo of Walt Disney Animation Studios' 54th feature film have much to be excited about, with the press days for the in-home release of BIG HERO 6 coming on the eve of the 87th Academy Awards - a ceremony for which they will enter as nominees, as BIG HERO 6 stares down some steep competition for "Best Animated Feature"- a category that Disney and it's various arms (including Pixar) has dominated in recent years. Should Hall and Williams (along with Producer Roy Conli) take home the gold, BIG HERO 6 will continue the massive roll that started with FROZEN in 2013, and just found the film overtaking BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to become Disney's third-most-successful domestic performer, with only THE LION KING and FROZEN before it. Like all great adventures, the big-screen presentation of BIG HERO 6 started off with some pretty humble beginnings...
Around this same time last year, I sat here in my office looking at the calendar and realized that my travel plans for the year were shaping-up to look an awful lot like routing for a tour. With "The Rock Father" as my moniker, and serving as publisher of this site of the same name, everything came into focus that I should look at my adventures as just that, and the #RockFatherTour was born. By the end of 2014, I'd logged more miles than any other of my 38 years, and my work had morphed from a "U.S." to a "North American" Tour. Of those missions, four of them led me to The Golden State, one of which was my first of the year.
To kick off the 2015 Rock Father Tour, I'm excited and privileged to announce that I'm going back to where it all started almost exactly one year ago, Walt Disney Studios and ABC. My old pal, Mickey Mouse has been kind enough to fund another big adventure (disclosure and all) on which I will be part of a group of 25 entertainment writers and bloggers that will have the opportunity to meet with the talent and creatives behind several new projects from the Disney family of companies including McFARLAND, USA (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST (DisneyToon Studios), BIG HERO 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios), FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC) and BAD HAIR DAY (Disney Channel). While I'll be bringing back some in-depth coverage to be posted as features in the weeks ahead, I'm inviting all of YOU to follow along and take part in the journey online as it happens. Want to know the details?