Disney to Release 100 Animated Classics in One Big Blu-ray Disc Boxed Set Nov. 14

In what is likely its most extravagant Blu-ray Disc package ever, The Walt Disney Co. Sept. 10 announced it is releasing 100 classic animated films in a giant boxed set on Nov. 14.

The retail price is $1,500.

The Disney Legacy Animated Film Collection, part of Disney’s 100th birthday celebration, includes films from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar, packaged together in a hardbound, self-standing three-volume set that unfolds into a storybook.

Among the films selected for inclusion are Bambi, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, Toy Story, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, Frozen, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch, Finding Nemo, Mulan, Cars, and the original animated The Little Mermaid (from 1989).

A limited number of sets will be available for advance orders on Walmart.com beginning Sept. 18, each including a numbered certificate of authenticity.

The set includes all 100 films on Blu-ray Disc, digital codes for each title, a copy of the original theatrical poster art, a collectible lithograph from Disney Animation’s new musical comedy Wish, and a collectible crystal Mickey ears hat with exclusive Disney 100 engraving.

The complete list of films:

1.         Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

2.         Pinocchio (1940)

3.         Fantasia (1940)

4.         Dumbo (1941)

5.         Bambi (1942)

6.         Saludos Amigos (1943)

7.         The Three Caballeros (1945)

8.         Make Mine Music (1946)

9.         Fun And Fancy Free (1947)

10.       Melody Time (1948)

11.       The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

12.       Cinderella (1950)

13.       Alice in Wonderland (1951)

14.       Peter Pan (1953)

15.       Lady and the Tramp (1955)

16.       Sleeping Beauty (1959)

17.       101 Dalmatians (1961)

18.       The Sword in the Stone (1963)

19.       The Jungle Book (1967)

20.       The Aristocats (1970)

21.       Robin Hood (1973)

22.       The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

23.       The Rescuers (1977)

24.       The Fox and The Hound (1981)

25.       The Black Cauldron (1985)

26.       The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

27.       Oliver & Company (1988)

28.       The Little Mermaid (1989)

29.       The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

30.       Beauty and the Beast (1991)

31.       Aladdin (1992)

32.       Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

33.       The Lion King (1994)

34.       A Goofy Movie (1995)

35.       Pocahontas (1995)

36.       Toy Story (1995)

37.       James and the Giant Peach (1996)

38.       The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

39.       Hercules (1997)

40.       Mulan (1998)

41.       A Bug’s Life (1998)

42.       Tarzan (1999)

43.       Toy Story 2 (1999)

44.       Fantasia/2000 (2000)

45.       The Tigger Movie (2000)

46.       Dinosaur (2000)

47.       The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

48.       Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

49.       Monsters, Inc. (2001)

50.       Return to Never Land (2002)

51.       Lilo & Stitch (2002)

52.       Treasure Planet (2002)

53.       The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

54.       Piglet’s Big Movie (2003)

55.       Finding Nemo (2003)

56.       Brother Bear (2003)

57.       Home on the Range (2004)

58.       The Incredibles (2004)

59.       Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005)

60.       Chicken Little (2005)

61.       Cars (2006)

62.       Meet the Robinsons (2007)

63.       Ratatouille (2007)

64.       Wall•E (2008)

65.       Tinker Bell (2008)

66.       Bolt (2008)

67.       Up (2009)

68.       The Princess and the Frog (2009)

69.       Toy Story 3 (2010)

70.       Tangled (2010) 

71.       Cars 2 (2011)

72.       Winnie the Pooh (2011)

73.       Brave (2012)

74.       Frankenweenie (2012)      

75.       Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

76.       Monsters University (2013)

77.       Planes (2013)

78.       Frozen (2013)

79.       Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

80.       Big Hero 6 (2014)

81.       Inside Out (2015)

82.       The Good Dinosaur (2015)

83.       Zootopia (2016)

84.       Finding Dory (2016)

85.       Moana (2016)

86.       Cars 3 (2017)

87.       Coco (2017)

88.       Incredibles 2 (2018)

89.       Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

90.       Toy Story 4 (2019)

91.       Frozen 2 (2019)

92.       Onward (2020)

93.       Soul (2020)

94.       Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

95.       Luca (2021)

96.       Encanto (2021)

97.       Turning Red (2022)

98.       Lightyear (2022)

99.       Strange World (2022)

100.     Elemental (2023)

 

Disney+ to Bow New 4K Restoration of Walt Disney’s 1950 Animated Classic ‘Cinderella’ Aug. 25

Disney+ July 12 announced it will release a new restoration of Walt Disney’s 1950 animated classic Cinderella on the Disney+ streaming service on Aug. 25 during World Princess Week, as part of its centennial salute to Walt Disney Animation Studios and the ongoing Disney100 celebration.

The restoration marks the first time that the film will be available to stream in 4K (on a 4K UHD television), and is the culmination of a multiyear effort involving the Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation team, working closely with key players from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The result claims to capture “the film’s original grandeur, authentic to the artistic ambitions of the studio’s creative team.” The restored film had its festival premiere earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it had won a Golden Bear Award 52 years earlier in its international debut.

Kevin Schaeffer, director of restoration for Walt Disney Studios, said the restoration process included pulling the original nitrate negative from the Library of Congress, and scanning the successive exposure color records in 4K. A so-called “cleaning pass” removed dirt and as many artifacts as possible. To make sure the restoration process didn’t lose any of the detail or artistic choices of the filmmakers, Schaeffer said the team turned to Disney Animation experts, including Michael Giaimo and Eric Goldberg.

Their input, and others, proved to be a winning combination. Working with Dorothy McKim (special projects and 2D animation producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios), and Bob Bagley (digital imaging manager for Disney Animation), the team was able to restore and preserve the rich colors, contrast, and accuracy of the original cels (a transparent sheet of celluloid) and artwork.

“Working with our restoration team along with internal technical experts, outside vendors (like Mike Underwood at Picture Shop Hollywood) and advisors from Walt Disney Animation Studios, we were able to make this 1950 classic look and sound better than ever,” Schaeffer said in a statement.

Originally released in 1950, Cinderella was hailed for its stylish and experimental look, sophisticated and expressive animation, and delightful storytelling. It was a major box office hit at the time of its initial release, earned three Oscar nominations, and rescued the Walt Disney Studios from a dire financial situation brought on the challenges of the war years. The film was directed by Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske and Clyde Geronimi.  The voice cast features Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, and Verna Felton. The songs are by Mack David, Jerry Livingston and Al Hoffman.

Disney Movie Club Offering Exclusive ‘Cinderella’ 4K Combo Pack

The new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc of the 1950 animated classic Cinderella will be available to members of the Disney Movie Club months before it makes its way to retail shelves.

Disney is releasing the film on 4K disc for the first time as part of its Disney 100 promotion celebrating the 100th anniversary of the studio. The Cinderella 4K disc is slated for release later this year in Steelbook packaging Aug. 1, with a standard release Oct. 17.

However, the Walt Disney Co.’s online storefront will offer an exclusive combo pack of Cinderella containing a 4K disc, a regular Blu-ray, a DVD and a digital copy code starting March 28.

The combo packs of the widely available retail releases will not include the DVD.

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Disney Movie Club is a membership-based store that sells Disney DVDs and Blu-rays, as well as select merchandise, directly to fans, with deep discounts offered the more they buy. The DMC is frequently advertised on inserts included with Disney Blu-rays and DVDs. To join, fans begin by buying four Disney movies for $1, and then must buy five additional titles at regular price starting at $19.95 each over a two-year period, after which they become VIP members and unlock additional discounts. Each month the club offers members the option to buy a featured title with additional bonuses.

The exclusive Cinderella combo pack is offered with a collectible lithograph of a pencil sketch of Cinderella’s dress transforming for the ball, plus a metal charm. The disc is offered at $29.95, $5 off the suggested retail price, plus shipping. The bundle must be ordered by March 20 to receive the lithograph and charm (the bundle is sent automatically to members who do not opt out by the deadline date). Members can also receive a pin depicting Cinderella’s mouse friends Jaq and Gus through a promotion that gives VIPs free character pins with each order.

Blu-ray bonus materials include an alternate opening sequence, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You” second-screen experience, the featurettes “Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland” and “The Real Fairy Godmother,” and the animated short Tangled Ever After.

‘Mulan,’ ‘Cinderella’ Among Top Content Streaming on Disney+

The Walt Disney Co. has not released sales data for the highly-publicized Sept. 4 release of the live-action remake of Mulan on Disney+ at a premium rental rate of $29.99.

But app research firm Sensor Tower told Yahoo Finance that downloads of the Disney+ app rose 68% between Sept. 4 and Sept. 6 compared with the prior weekend. Consumer spending in the app soared 193%, a gain attributed to the Mulan rental.

Other observers contend the $200 million production ranked among the top titles streaming on subscription streaming video-on-demand service’s top trending content through Sept. 6 — behind the 2015 live-action Cinderella and “The Simpsons” — the latter finishing No. 1, according to blogger WhatsonDisneyplus.com.

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Mulan generated about $6 million in theatrical releases in select foreign regions without Disney+. Heading into last weekend, Omdia found that 17% of survey respondents said they would pay a premium to watch Mulan at home, compared with 21% who said they would rather see the movie in theaters opening weekend. Omdia polled consumers in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Mexico and China.

The Aug. 28 passing of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman resulted in renewed consumer interest in several Marvel movies featuring the late star, including Captain America: Civil War (No. 30), Avengers: Infinity War (No. 28), Avengers: Endgame (No. 13) and Black Panther (No. 6).

Cinderella was added to Disney+ just ahead of Mulan and moved into the second spot, while Mulan was also able to make the podium despite requiring subscribers to pay a significant fee to access the movie ahead of its “free” access on Dec. 4.

Jeremy Conrad with MCUCosmic.com contends Mulan PVOD results could determine whether Disney releases upcoming Marvel’s Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, early direct-to-consumer or in theaters on Nov. 6.

The trending chart with previous-week standings in parenthesis:

  1. The Simpsons (-)
  2. Cinderella (New)
  3. Mulan (New)
  4. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (3)
  5. Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against The Universe (New)
  6. Black Panther (re-entry)
  7. Moana (4)
  8. Phineas & Ferb (-)
  9. Frozen 2 (5)
  10. Jessie (9)
  11. Beauty and the Beast (5)
  12. Frozen (11)
  13. Avengers: Endgame (21)
  14. Hamilton (12)
  15. Toy Story 4 (13)
  16. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (15)
  17. Puppy Dog Pals (-)
  18. Aladdin (23)
  19. Star Wars: The Mandalorian (18)
  20. The One And Only Ivan (2)
  21. Incredibles 2 (7)
  22. The Greatest Showman (10)
  23. Avengers: Infinity War
  24. Toy Story (25)
  25. Onward (14)
  26. Coco (Re-entry)
  27. Alice Through The Looking Glass (Re-Entry)
  28. Avengers (New)
  29. Cars (Re-entry)
  30. Captain America: Civil War (New)

Merchandising: Retailers Deliver ‘Dumbo’ Exclusives

Target and Best Buy offered exclusives for a couple of Disney titles released June 25.

At Target, the live-action version of Dumbo arrived on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a limited-edition filmmaker gallery book for $34.99.

 

Similarly, Target had a limited-edition filmmaker gallery and storybook with the Blu-ray re-release of the animated Cinderella for $28.99.

Target ‘Dumbo’ Blu-ray with booklet

Best Buy had a Dumbo 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook for $34.99.

Target ‘Cinderella’ Blu-ray with booklet

A Cinderella Blu-ray Steelbook was available at Best Buy for $29.99. In addition, a Steelbook of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the 2015 live-action version of Cinderella was available for $34.99.

Best Buy Blu-ray Steelbook for the animated ‘Cinderella’
Best Buy Blu-ray Steelbook for the live-action ‘Cinderella’

Best Buy is also taking preorders for a Toy Story 4 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook for $34.99.

Best Buy ‘Toy Story 4’ Steelbook

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