Posts tagged as disney

Disney to Develop Comedy Projects Through New "Writer Incubator" Program

The Disney Channel has taken a hint from both Fox's new approach to pilot season and NBC's recently enacted "Comedy Playground" initiative by starting its own search for new and professional comedy writing talent. THR reports that the network's newly created initiative, called "Disney Channel Storytellers," aims to "foster creative ideas and develop the next generation of series creators and screenwriters" for both Disney's main channel as well as Disney XD. Disney Channel Storytellers will serve as a 20-week "writer incubator" where three chosen writers will be paid to write and develop Disney programming and also have their own original live-action script developed for pilot [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Wreck-It Ralph'

This week animated Disney feature Wreck-it Ralph comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie boasts a huge cast of comedians, including John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, and more, all as various video game characters living inside their respective arcade games. Everything's okay until one day bad guy Ralph (voiced by Reilly) decides to leave his game in search of something more. The movie is charming and intricate, there are a lot of cameos from famous video game characters (and Skrillex), and also it's probably the only movie you can watch an 8-bit Jack McBrayer fall in love [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Fred Graver, Who Has Done Everything

"[Writing a Choose Your Own Adventure] is very much like writing a video game, and weirdly enough it was very much like writing remotes for Letterman"

- Fred Graver, my guest on this week's Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show

Other things I discuss with Fred in this episode:

  • What it was like writing for Letterman in the 80's when he was still finding his voice.
  • The challenges of writing a Choose Your Own Adventure novel (#35 – Journey to Stonehenge, pictured above).
  • The difficulty of writing for In Living Color and the joy of writing for Cheers.
  • How he ended up spending two years in the 90's at [...]

Seth Rogen Joins The B Team, Disney's New Spy Comedy

Seth Rogen is producing a spy comedy currently in-development at Disney, and he might also star in it. It's about "a top secret agent being kidnapped, leaving his tech support team and researchers to rescue him." Would Rogen play the top secret agent? Probably not. The tech support team? A researcher? WE JUST DON'T KNOW. Oh my gosh, I can already tell this movie is gonna be super suspenseful!

Disney Is Developing a Muppets Stage Show

There may be a Muppets stage show on the way. Variety reports that Disney is working to develop a live show involving Jim Henson's beloved felt creatures, and they recently staged a 15-minute presentation for a prospective show. The short but elaborate test run involved 85 different Muppets and was received well, so we'll just have to see if this becomes a real thing. You can see the Muppets next in The Muppets… Again!, a Europe-sets sequel to Jason Segel's reboot that stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, and not Jason Segel.

Watch Reggie Watts on 'Bill Nye the Science Guy' in 1998

Here's a newly-unearthed video of Reggie Watts (of Conan and Comedy Bang Bang fame) performing a parody song on the PBS/Disney kids show Bill Nye the Science Guy from 1998. At the time, Watts was a 25-year-old alternative musician in Seattle. Bill Nye was also filmed in Seattle and would typically use local musicians for the music videos that closed out each episode. This is Watts's earliest known TV credit and precedes anything on his IMDB by nearly a decade. He wouldn't begin performing solo until 2002. Thanks to Splitsider reader Victor Manuel for sending this in!

John C. Reilly and Jack McBrayer Are Video Game Foes in the 'Wreck-It Ralph' Trailer

Disney's upcoming animated movie Wreck-It Ralph is basically Toy Story with video games. Which isn't a bad thing! As a fan of the Toy Story movies, video games, and the voice cast of this movie — John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, and Jane Lynch — it actually looks pretty damned promising. Especially if there are way more recognizable game characters featured in the game as hinted at in the trailer. I am an easy man to please: give me Bowser and Zangief in therapy together and I don't really care what happens in the rest of the movie. I'm there.

Patton Oswalt on Disneyland's Evil Employee-Harvesting Schemes

Patton Oswalt snuggled his pie-enhanced frame into the chair next to Conan's desk last night to talk about the uncoolness of Weight Watchers meetings compared to AA meetings and his jealousy of other movie stars' weight loss. "If Kevin James or Paul Giamatti drop weight, I'm done," he says. He goes on to uncover Disney's ingenious scheme to humiliate and depress children into becoming future animators by calling them skunks in front of all their friends. Man, there's really no worse possible animal they could've picked, is there? No one wants to be a skunk.

The Complete Guide to Everything: Urban Legends: Disney Theme Parks

This week Tim and Tom deliver a pre-taped episode recorded before their European tour which of course leads with an extensive conversation about the possibility of the episode being automatically released after their inevitable plane crash. Tim also has a lot of questions about the frail old man serving as Tom's personal butler for all of these years.

Some of the many, many urban legends around Disney Theme Park that are addressed this week include the infamous Club 33, the parks' rules around long-hairs, whether or not anyone at the park has ever been pronounced dead on the premises, and some unusual requests in Walt Disney's will surrounding the [...]

Albert Brooks Signs on for 'Finding Nemo 2'

Living comedy legend Albert Brooks has agreed to reprise his role as the voice of a talking fish called Marlin in the upcoming sequel to Pixar's Finding Nemo. Deadline reports that Brooks signed "a fat deal" to return. Ellen DeGeneres and original director Andrew Stanton signed on last year, but Brooks took longer to convince due to his busy career as a novelist (he's currently working on a second novel) and actor (appearing in high-profile movies like Drive and This Is 40). The most exciting part about Brooks doing Finding Nemo 2 is it means he'll probably make another awesome late night talk show appearance.

Let's All Mainline the "Real Housewives of Disney" Deleted Scenes Till We OD

Oh boy, the deleted scenes from last week's "Real Housewives of Disney" SNL sketch are amazing. I would listen to Taran Killam's Prince Charming laugh for literally days. Seriously, if someone configured that part of this video to loop forever and emailed it to me it would be a really effective way to murder me, because I'd just watch it until I starved to death, staring at him and laughing along like some kind of hysterical Narcissus. Overall, though, the best line of this video has to be "Her best friend is a candelabra, if you know what I mean," because I have NO IDEA what it means.