Village Theatre set for Disney double feature

'Toy Story,' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' each represented key moments in studio's history

Danville's Village Theatre and Art Gallery is set to show a pair of movies Saturday that proved to be key turning points for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The double-feature screening begins with Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" at 2 p.m., followed by Disney's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

"Toy Story" was the first fully computer-animated feature-length film upon its release in 1995.

The movie's "unprecedented success convinced Disney to move away from traditional hand-drawn animation and toward computer generated animation," Village Theatre officials noted. The new filmmaking direction helped usher in the "Disney Revival" era that still continues with modern hits like "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6."

Then again, Disney Animation's contemporary success might never have been possible if not for the successful release of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" in 1988, when the combined live-action/animation film helped save the studio after a string of box office duds, theater officials said.

The smash hit helped propel the "Disney Renaissance" era that included movies such as "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King."

"Toy Story" is rated G and runs 81 minutes. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," which runs 144 minutes and is rated PG-13, will begin 15 minutes after "Toy Story" ends on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets for the double feature cost $5. For more info, visit theater website or call 314-3400.

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