9 New Films Announced by Walt Disney Pictures

Maleficent 2

On top of the existing news that Disney would be bringing some more of their classic animated films to life, like Peter Pan, the studio has announced plans for 9 new films!

  1. Cruella – Featuring Emma Stone as the leading villain from 101 Dalmatians. 
  2. A Wrinkle In Time – Which will be based on the 1962 novel and will involve Frozen’s Jennifer Lee as script supervisor.
  3. Jungle Cruise – Featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, here’s to hoping for bad puns!
  4. Dumbo – Directed by Tim Burton.
  5. Mary Poppins sequel – Directed by Rob Marshall and starring Emily Blunt.
  6. Maleficent 2 – Angelina Jolie will return to reprise her role as one of Disney’s greatest villains.
  7. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, this holiday tale will be brought to life in Disney fashion.
  8. The Jungle Book 2 – Jon Favreau returns to direct and expand upon the events of the box office hit, The Jungle Book.
  9. Tinker Bell (title not final) – Starring Reese Witherspoon and written by Finding Dory writer, Victoria Strouse.

“The Jungle Book” Review

The Jungle Book Review

Last Friday, Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book hit theaters and it hit hard!

With an amazing opening box office weekend, both domestically and worldwide, fans flooded theaters to see this star studded film which not only brought the story of the 1967 animated version to life but did so in a way that hadn’t been seen before.

With Mowgli (Neel Sethi) being the only non-animated character in the film, audiences were taken on a journey through the jungle where they were introduced to the reimagined animal characters they grew up loving.

Behind each character was a beloved actor who truly brought the role to life. Kaa was portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, Baloo was voiced by Bill Murray, Bagheera was voiced by Ben Kingsley, King Louie was voiced by Christopher Walken and Raksha was voiced by Lupita Nyong’o…this list goes on…

Jungle Book Baloo

Though, for the most part, the story paralleled Disney’s animated feature, Jon Favreau’s directing is truly what set it apart. The jungle was a rich and lavash environment that never seemed to end. What fans may not have known is that the entire film was shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles!

On top of that, the film incorporated some of the original music like “Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”. The the musical numbers didn’t seem to fit the atmosphere of the film at times, it was still fun to hear these songs rerecorded by the new voice actors.

Overall, The Jungle Book is a technological masterpiece with a good story, great acting and a ton of nostalgia.

To really get a feel for what went into this film, I highly recommend seeing it in 3D!

Disney Releases First Photo of Elliot from Live-Action “Pete’s Dragon”

Elliot - Pete's Dragon

Disney has released a first look of Elliot from the upcoming live-action film, Pete’s Dragon.

So far, fan’s reactions have been a bit mixed as Elliot hardly resembles the fun-loving dragon from the original 1977 hybrid animated film.

Elliot - Pete's Dragon 1977

One of our Facebook fans even said:

We finally have the technology to bring Elliot to life, and we get a green dog?

And honestly, we can’t really disagree with her.

Fortunately, the success of Disney’s live-action releases like Cinderella, Maleficent and The Jungle Book have given us a lot of confidence in what the company has been doing and we’re hoping for the same quality family film in Pete’s Dragon.

Pete’s Dragon will be released in theaters this August.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” In Concert Live at Hollywood Bowl

The Little Mermaid - Hollywood Bowl

This week, Disney announced it’s plans to bring The Little Mermaid to life at the infamous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.

Similar to The Nightmare Before Christmas event last Halloween, the film will be projected onto a big screen and a star-studded cast will be performing the music live with a full orchestra.

The Little Mermaid - Hollywood Bowl Cast

The cast will include John Stamos as Chef Louie, Rebel Wilson as Ursula and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Titus Burgess as Sebastian.

The event will also include a fireworks show and a costume contest so Disney fans come dressed in your best and be a part of this world on Saturday, June 4th!

Disney to Open Theme Park on The Moon in 2036

Disney Galaxies

Disneyland, Disney World, it was only a matter of time before Disney took things to the next level by announcing a Disney Park in Space.

Disney Galaxies will be a Star Wars themed park slated to open on The Moon sometime in 2036. The company noted that commercial space travel should be readily available within the next 15 years and it would homage Walt Disney’s love of space and futurism.

There are few details at this time as Disney will likely not start construction until 2025.

Disney to Make Live-Action Film About Snow White’s Sister, Rose Red

Snow White and Rose RedNever heard of Snow White’s sister, Rose Red? Well neither have we.

But after doing some research on the character, we learned of another story, separate from the classic Snow White, the foundation story of Walt Disney’s first feature length fillm, which tells the tale of two sisters who are completely opposite in nature.

Snow-White and Rose-Red are two little girls living with their mother, a poor widow, in a small cottage by the woods. Fair-haired Snow-White is quiet and shy and prefers to spend her time indoors, doing housework and reading. Dark-haired Rose-Red is outspoken, lively and cheerful, and prefers to be outside. They are both very good little girls who love each other and their mother dearly, and their mother is very fond of them as well.

With a release date of 2018, production staff have already been assigned to the film, including Tripp Vinson, who is currently working on a prequel to Aladdin entitled Genie.

Would you be interested in seeing a film about Snow White’s sister?

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Blu Ray Review

Star Wars The Force Awakens Blu Ray

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on an early copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu Ray last week and, having already seen the film 3 times in theaters, I went straight to the bonus content to see what kind of features were included…I was blown away.

Anyone who is a fan of Star Wars, or those who love seeing how films are produced in general, will find themselves in paradise when viewing the bonus content on the SWTFA Blu Ray. A film of this magnitude brought together through a mix of both modern CGI as well as traditional makeup and puppeteering sets the stage for some wonderful content for fans of the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Behind the Scenes

Do you wonder how BB-8 was constructed? How Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm went down? What kind of Lightsaber training went into the infamous “Snow Fight”?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then owning the SWTFA Blu Ray shouldn’t even be a question.

On top of the added features, there are also a bunch of deleted scenes, including a scene where Kylo Ren searches the Millennium Falcon.

There are literally hours of bonus content in addition to the movie itself and the Digital HD copy.

A full list of the bonus content includes: Read the rest of this entry »

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