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)

 

Merchandising: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Exclusives Arrive

Disney’s Aug. 1 release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on DVD and Blu-ray included a couple of retailer exclusives for the movie’s 4K edition.

Walmart offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with exclusive box art and a pack-in enamel pin of the Guardians logo for $37.39.

Walmart’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ 4K combo pack with enamel pin

Best Buy as usual offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the film in Steelbook packaging, for $38.99.

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Another exclusive Steelbook available at Best Buy during the week was the Disney 100th anniversary-themed 4K Blu-ray combo pack of the animated movie Frozen for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Frozen’ 4K Steelbook

Disney+ to Launch Original Series on the Animation Process

Disney+ on April 27 will begin streaming the six-part original series “Sketchbook,” an instructional documentary series exploring the art behind Disney’s famed animated classics.

The series, from Supper Club in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios, will provide viewers with an insider’s look into the animation process as studio artists teach them how to draw beloved Disney characters, including Kuzco from Emperor’s New Groove, Olaf from Frozen, Genie from Aladdin, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Mirabel from Encanto and young Simba from The Lion King.

Each episode focuses on a single artist illustrating characters that either they helped create or inspired them to want to be an artist at the studio. The artists also shared their own stories about how they made their way to Disney and their chosen character. 

“This series is an unprecedented look at what it takes to bring these beloved characters to life,” said Jason Sterman, director and executive producer at Supper Club. “We are honored to feature this incredible group of artists who trusted us not only with presenting their skillset, but with sharing their personal, and often emotional, stories with the world. We’re looking forward to audiences becoming inspired to hopefully pick up a pencil and put it to paper themselves.”

“Think back to your favorite films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, whether from our earliest days, the films of our 1990s renaissance or the award-winning films of today like Encanto and Frozen — every film starts with an idea, a pencil and an artist,” said series executive producer Amy Astley, SVP of publicity and communications, creative legacy and brand strategy for Walt Disney Animation Studios. “And within the thousands of artists who have created our 60 films over the last century, every person has a unique and special story. … With ‘Sketchbook,’ our hope is to demystify the art of drawing, making it accessible for anyone who wants to pick up a pencil and paper while deepening an appreciation for the individuals who contribute to our films.” 

Disney+ Bowing New ‘Frozen’ Short Oct. 23

A new animated short film based on the Olaf character from the “Frozen” movies will debut exclusively on Disney+ Oct. 23.

Once Upon a Snowman will explore the previously untold origins of Olaf, the snowman created by Queen Elsa in the original Frozen from 2013. What happened within the moments after Elsa created him as she was building her ice palace, and when Anna and Kristoff first meet him in the forest? And how did he learn to love Summer?

Actor Josh Gad once again returns to provide the voice of Olaf.

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The short from Walt Disney Animation Studios is co-directed by Trent Correy, animation supervisor of “Olaf” in 2019’s Frozen II, and Dan Abraham, the veteran story artist who boarded Olaf’s “When I Am Older” musical sequence in Frozen II.

“This is an idea that started to form when I was an animator on the first Frozen,” Correy said. “Dan Abraham and I are so grateful and excited to have had the opportunity to direct this short, working with our incredible colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”

‘Frozen II’ Theatrical Success Bodes Well for Home Entertainment

Walt Disney Animation Studios set a global opening weekend box office record with Frozen II, the sequel to the equally successful original Frozen from 2013.

That release went on to generate nearly $1.3 billion at the box office for Disney — the 15th largest worldwide theatrical tally in history — and help launch a global brand across theme parks, merchandise, cruise ships and ice shows.

Frozen II generated $350 million through Sunday, Nov. 24 and is on course to become Disney’s sixth billion-dollar movie in 2019 following a string of Marvel hits and live-action remakes.

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For home entertainment, the initial box office success of Frozen II could portend greener days for transactional retail, including packaged media and electronic sellthrough.

That’s because the 2014 home entertainment release of Frozen generated combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc sales of $335 million from more than 18 million discs, according to The-Numbers.com.

That’s more discs sold than the combined total for the next three years’ top-selling packaged-media releases: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World (2015), Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) and Moana (2017).

The electronic sellthrough release of Frozen also established a record for fastest-selling digital release of all time.

“If Frozen was happily ever after, then Frozen II is the day after happily ever after,” Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed both films, said in a statement.