“Rogue One” Digital/Blu Ray Review

The first full length feature Star Wars film to take place outside of the linear timeline is now available on Blu Ray and Digital!

I’m super excited to be reviewing this film because it was one of my favorite movies of 2016.

For those you haven’t seen it yet, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place in tandem with A New Hope, the original film from 1977.

In Rogue One, we follow a group of rebels who work to acquire the Death Star plans for the Rebellion. Without those plans, Luke Skywalker and crew wouldn’t have had the means to attack the space station and inflict the damage in the infamous trench run scenes.

Rogue One introduces us to a slew of awesome new characters like Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) who fans are sure to fall in love with. other cast members include Donny Yen and Forest Whitaker.

As with all Star Wars and Disney movies, a lot of bonus content is packed in which make purchasing this movie worthwhile over waiting for it to hit one of the streaming services. Though I would have liked to see more commentary features, there is some amazing content packed in to justify the price in my opinion (see below for full list).

I have to admit, when I found out that Disney would be leaving the linear storyline for side stories and character films, I was a bit skeptical. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has proven that you can make a robust film within the Star Wars Universe without having to stick to the main timeline and character lineup.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is available NOW on Blu Ray and Digital. Read the rest of this entry »

“Moana” Digital/Blu Ray Review

Though Moana may not have been my favorite Disney Animation film of the past few years (don’t get me wrong, I still loved it), the recent digital and Blu Ray release definitely has some of the most robust bonus features available for a Disney film.

Whether you’re looking for behind the scenes footage of the filmmaking process, new short content or commentary, there is something for everyone in the Moana bonus features.

As someone who loves to see how much work really goes into these films, I appreciated the features which focus on things like how the character’s hair is animated or how they brought the ocean to life and made it its own character.

Disney has always been an industry leader in animation techniques and are not just an entertainment company but a technology company as well. This goes back to Walt’s creation of the Multiplane Camera which added layers of art to the original Snow White animated feature.

The features on Moana show just how sophisticated the animation process has become and how proprietary software has allowed for breakthroughs in visuals.

Some of the other features include a new short film featuring Maui and Moana entitled Gone Fishing and the short that debuted before the film, Inner Workings.

Whether you’re a fan of feature or a fan of animation and filmmaking in general, Moana is a must-have for your collection.

Moana is available in both digital and Blu Ray now!

Check out our full list of features on the Moana Blu Ray below! Read the rest of this entry »

First Look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins!

New Poster for “Cars 3” Sparks Some Emotion

Cars 3 Poster

Celebrate Halloween with “The Nightmare Before Christmas” As Told By Emoji

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Disney has released their latest video in the “…As Told By Emoji” series that brings a little Halloween (and Christmas) holiday cheer.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas As Told By Emoji brings the story you love to life in a whole new way.

See Jack, Sally and Oogie Boogie in action as adorable emoji in the video below and don’t forget to download the new sticker pack for iOS to add a little Nightmare Before Christmas to your iMessages.

 

Disney Junior to Reboot “Muppet Babies”

Muppet Babies on Disney Junior

Muppet Babies was a traditionally animated series that aired in the 1980s where all of the lovable Muppets you know today were scaled down to toddler sizes and went on imaginative journeys when their nanny, who we only knew by her sock, had left the room.

Disney Junior is relaunching the series as a CGI animated show in 2018 and will be geared towards children between the ages of 4-7.

Debbie McClellan, vice president, the Muppets Studio said:

Bringing Muppet Babies to Disney Junior is a wonderful opportunity to reach a new generation of viewers and to creatively build on the innovative original series. We hope to engage and delight the nostalgic fans while also entertaining new kids, parents and diverse audiences through heart and humor as only the Muppets can deliver.

Disney Removes “Moana’s” Maui Costumes and Clothing from Stores

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This week, the Disney Store removed all traces of Maui costumes and clothing from the upcoming animated film, Moana.

The film takes place in a Polynesian setting where Moana, the daughter of the village’s chief, goes on a sea adventure with her demigod friend Maui in order to save her island.

Though the film is slated to open the week of Thanksgiving, it has created enough buzz to warrant a slew of Halloween costumes…which was immediately followed by controversy.

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A vocal minority felt as though Maui’s skin should not be used as a costume for the sake of cultural appropriation. The tattoos are a major part of Polynesian culture as well as the film itself.

Offended parties took to social media to voice their distaste with the costume and Disney had it removed from both their physical and online stores in about a week.

Do you feel Disney made the right decision?

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