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Andrew Millstein and Roy Conli are Disney veterans who have been around since the days of hand-drawn features. They tell Kim Masters about the ways in which Disney animation has grown and evolved since adding Pixar and Marvel to the family. They also share why they never start a movie with a sequel already in mind, and how Disney went from being the "aging aunt" of animation, to basking in the glow of "The Frozen Effect."

Photo courtesy of the Angellotti Company

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 7 SEC

Kim Masters and Michael Schneider (TV Guide magazine) discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Golden Globe nominations announced. No major surprises this year, but a major snub for Angelina Jolie and her movie Unbroken.
- The hack attack at Sony continues to wreak havoc at the studio, as more and more personal details and emails between top executives are leaked to the public. 

'Big Hero 6' 20 MIN, 59 SEC

The imaginary city of San Fransokyo, a mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo, is the setting of Disney's latest animated movie, Big Hero 6.

Don Hall and Chris Williams directed the film, which begins by exploring the bond between Hiro Hamada, a brilliant but unmotivated young inventor, and his studious big brother, Tadashi.

Tadashi creates a robot named Baymax, but this is not a menacing, metallic robot. Baymax is friendly, soft, inflatable, and caring.

Of course, life gets complicated for Hiro and Baymax, who team up with Hiro's schoolmates in an epic battle with a mysterious villain.

Our guests, producer Roy Conli and Andrew Millstein, president of Disney Animation Studios, are Disney veterans who were on board in the old days of hand-drawn animation -- long before Disney acquired Pixar or Marvel.


Andrew Millstein

It was in the Marvel library that co-director Don Hall found inspiration for Big Hero 6. The film is loosely based on a little-known comic book, but the Marvel connection isn't promoted in the film or even mentioned in the marketing. From the start, producer Roy Conli says, it was clear that creative control would belong to the animators and directors, despite Marvel's great power at Disney.


Roy Conli

In their conversation with Kim Masters, Conli and Millstein also reflect on the way Disney has changed over the years, and the benefit of regular screenings with a group known as The Story Trust.

Guests:
Andrew Millstein, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Roy Conli, filmmaker

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