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To help celebrate the eagerly anticipated release of Cinderella, the spring issue of Disney twenty-three showcases visual-development images, courtesy of the Disney Animation Research Library, that inspired the making of Disney’s 1950 animated classic. We found the artwork so lavish and gorgeous that we wanted to share some more of this art with you. We hope you marvel at these images as much as we do—which we feel provide the perfect mood setting for the live-action Cinderella, which arrived in theaters on March 13.

In the Spring 2015 issue of Disney twenty-three, Cinderella’s talented and award-winning filmmakers, along with the film’s stars, Lily James and Richard Madden, talk about translating the iconic fairy tale—which inspired the classic 1950 Disney animated film—to the big screen as a live-action motion picture. Now the film’s screenwriter, Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass), talks to D23 about taking that rich and beloved source material and translating it to the page.

They say, “Good things come in small packages”. And when it comes to Frozen Fever, the brand-new short from Walt Disney Animation Studios, we couldn’t agree more! Though a short film, Frozen Fever marks the return of our favorite characters from Frozen in an all-new story. It’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa hopes to make up for a lifetime of closed doors by throwing her little sister a party she’ll never forget.

D23 spoke with Frozen Fever’s director, Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho, who revealed that they’d originally thought of focusing on a more “Olaf-centric” idea for the story, before deciding that they wanted the royal sisters of Arendelle to enjoy some quality time together in the short. “Because they’d been separated through most of the movie [Frozen], it was nice to have something re-igniting them,” Del Vecho said. “We realized they actually hadn’t celebrated a birthday together, because they were probably always kept separate, except when they were very young.”

The clock is nearly ready to strike for the debut of the cinematic ball we’ve been waiting for—the release of Disney’s Cinderella, which opens in theaters this Friday, March 13. D23 had the opportunity to speak with the film’s stars, Lily James and Richard Madden, as well as director Kenneth Branagh, and hear what they had to say about re-imagining Disney’s 1950 animated classic and re-introducing this timeless tale to a 21st-century audience.

The Walt Disney Company was feeling a bit romantic recently, and decided to compile a video countdown of the Top 10 First Kisses from some of your favorite Disney films. Which kiss do you think deserves to be #1?

Hollywood's version of science often asks us to believe that dinosaurs can be cloned from ancient DNA (they can't), or that the next ice age could develop in just a few days (it couldn't).
But Pixar's film Inside Out is an animated fantasy that remains remarkably true to what scientists have learned about the mind, emotion and memory.

"It zeroes in on one of the most poignant times in an individual's life, which is the transition to the preteen and early teen years, where kids — and, I think, in particular girls — start to really powerfully feel the loss of childhood."

Who notes Pixar has a reputation for putting a serious amount of research into its productions, whether it be a road trip along Route 66 for Cars, remote areas of South America for UP, or the Psychology department of UC Berkley to get inside the head of preteen girls...

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