Disney Geekery http://www.disneygeekery.com Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:02:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 55992796 “Rogue One” Digital/Blu Ray Review http://www.disneygeekery.com/2017/04/04/rogue-one-digitalblu-ray-review/ http://www.disneygeekery.com/2017/04/04/rogue-one-digitalblu-ray-review/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:44:08 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3894 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 …

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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.

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

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“Moana” Digital/Blu Ray Review http://www.disneygeekery.com/2017/03/09/moana-digitalblu-ray-review/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:33:53 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3879 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 …

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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!

  • Theatrical Short Film: “Inner Workings” – With introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his free-spirited, adventurous half. Created by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique, fast-paced style that blends CG and traditional hand-drawn animation, the short explores the importance of finding balance in daily life.
  • Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing” – When Maui decides it’s time to take charge of the ocean and catch his next meal, Moana must show him the error of his ways … with a little help from her friends!
  • Voice of the Islands – An in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures inspired the filmmakers to create the story of “Moana.”
  • Things You Didn’t Know About …
    • Meet the stars of “Moana” in this dynamic Q&A featuring Dwayne Johnson, newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho, and famed animation directors Ron and John.
    • Meet the musical team behind “Moana” in this fascinating Q&A featuring Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Island Fashion – Find out how costume designer Neysa Bové took on the unique challenge of creating costumes using materials and techniques native to the islands of Oceania.
  • They Know the Way: Making the Music of “Moana” – Musicians Opetaia Foa‘I, Marc Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda take us on a personal journey through their involvement in the movie and how it changed their lives.
  • Fishing for Easter Eggs – Dive deep into the ocean and fish for the Easter Eggs hidden by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • The Elements of … – This series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements behind some of the ground-breaking effects used in the film.
    • Mini Maui – Meet “Mini Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick. Animated by legendary hand-drawn animator Eric Goldberg, we explore how the 2D world collides with CG animation to bring the demigod’s tattoos to life.
    • Water – In the movie, the ocean is a character. This piece explores how the water is given a personality, along with the technical feats of creating a believable ocean landscape farther than the eye can see.
    • Lava – Te Kā is a creature made of lava, smoke and fire. This piece dives into the challenges of making an animated creature of massive scale brought to fiery life by character, technical and effects animators.
    • Hair – One of the greatest technical achievements of the film was the animation of the beautiful, curly hair on Moana and Maui. Take a look at the hair-raising detail that goes into animating each strand, adding performance to the movie that has never been seen before.
  • Deleted Song: “Warrior Face” – With introduction by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Deleted Scenes – Ron and John introduce the following deleted scenes:  Race the Wind/Ties that Bind; Discussing Moana’s Future; Under the Sea; Grandmother’s Warning/Legend of Maui; Education of Moana; Father, Daughter, Boat; andCanoe Race.
  • Music Video: “How Far I’ll Go” – Performed by Alessia Cara.
  • “How Far I’ll Go Around the World” – Multi-language reel of the song “How Far I’ll Go.”
  • Audio Commentary – With directors Ron and John.

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First Look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins! http://www.disneygeekery.com/2017/03/03/first-look-emily-blunt-mary-poppins/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:43:48 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3875 The post First Look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins! appeared first on Disney Geekery.

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New Poster for “Cars 3” Sparks Some Emotion http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/11/29/new-poster-cars-3-sparks-emotion/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:59:55 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3849 The post New Poster for “Cars 3” Sparks Some Emotion appeared first on Disney Geekery.

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Celebrate Halloween with “The Nightmare Before Christmas” As Told By Emoji http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/10/31/celebrate-halloween-nightmare-christmas-told-emoji/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:24:17 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3836 Disney has released their latest video in the “…As Told By Emoji” series that brings a little Halloween (and Christmas) holiday cheer. 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 …

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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.

 

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Disney Junior to Reboot “Muppet Babies” http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/10/26/disney-junior-reboot-muppet-babies/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:21:16 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3832 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 …

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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.

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Disney Removes “Moana’s” Maui Costumes and Clothing from Stores http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/09/23/disney-removes-moanas-maui-costumes-clothing-stores/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:40:59 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3824 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 …

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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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First Look at “Descendants 2” http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/09/16/first-look-descendants-2/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:38:30 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3818 Here is your first look at the characters from the Disney Channel original, Descendants 2. The made for TV movie will be a followup to this year’s popular musical feature that showed that the offspring of Disney Villains can still be good at heart! Descendants 2 is slated for release in 2017.

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Here is your first look at the characters from the Disney Channel original, Descendants 2.

The made for TV movie will be a followup to this year’s popular musical feature that showed that the offspring of Disney Villains can still be good at heart!

Descendants 2 is slated for release in 2017.

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African Children’s Choir Brings Belle to Tears at Disneyland http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/09/13/african-childrens-choir-brings-belle-tears-disneyland/ http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/09/13/african-childrens-choir-brings-belle-tears-disneyland/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:02:21 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3814 In one of the most heart warming moments captured at a Disney Park, this one not only have fans around the world filled with emotion, but it even made a Disney Princess tear up. This footage comes from the Fantasy Faire area at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. When the African Children’s Choir sings and dances …

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In one of the most heart warming moments captured at a Disney Park, this one not only have fans around the world filled with emotion, but it even made a Disney Princess tear up.

This footage comes from the Fantasy Faire area at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. When the African Children’s Choir sings and dances for Belle, the actress begins to tear up in what seems like a moment of pure joy.

This is the type of magic we love seeing at the Happiest place on Earth!

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“The Jungle Book” Blu Ray Review http://www.disneygeekery.com/2016/08/25/jungle-book-blu-ray-review/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:26:50 +0000 http://www.disneygeekery.com/?p=3807 If ever there was a Blu Ray movie to invest in for the special features, Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book is certainly it. Jon Favreau continues to push his talents as a Director by creating a vast and immense world that would have audiences believing that the whole film was, in fact, shot in …

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If ever there was a Blu Ray movie to invest in for the special features, Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book is certainly it.

Jon Favreau continues to push his talents as a Director by creating a vast and immense world that would have audiences believing that the whole film was, in fact, shot in a jungle.

When I tell people that it was actually filmed solely in a studio in Los Angeles, their appreciation for the film reaches a new level.

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Imagine watching The Jungle Book for the first time as you marvel at Mowgli as he swims, climbs and jumps through lush vegetation. Now imagine the jungle around him disappears and all you see is a young boy jumping around on a sound stage over green screen boxes and interacting with stand-ins…including Favreau himself.

The bonus features on the digital and Blu Ray versions of The Jungle Book will open your eyes to seeing the movie in a whole different light with new appreciation for its artistic value.

The bonus features include:

  • The Jungle Book Reimagined – Favreau sits down with producer Brigham Taylor and visual effects supervisor Robert Legato to discuss “The Jungle Book” and reflect on the years they devoted to the reimagining of this timeless tale. Discover how Rudyard Kipling’s original stories and the classic animated film influenced their unique approach, witness the technical wizardry that enabled the team to create a believable and thrilling movie-going experience, and learn how they borrowed a page from Walt Disney’s innovation playbook to make it all happen. Lastly, meet the all-star voice cast who help bring the film’s colorful characters to life, as well as the musicians who accent the adventure with a majestic music score.
  • I Am Mowgli – Follow the extraordinary journey of 12-year-old Neel Sethi, who was selected from thousands of hopefuls worldwide to play Mowgli “alongside” some of today’s biggest movie stars. Get a glimpse of Neel’s life before Hollywood came calling, check out his audition that sealed the deal, and see how a close-working relationship with Favreau brought out his best. Plus, Neel shares how filming “The Jungle Book” was one wild ride, from working alongside imaginary animals to performing some super-fun stunts.
  • King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer – So, exactly how do you create a musical number featuring one man-cub, a massive, legendary ape and an army of wild and wily monkeys in the Seeonee jungle? Viewers are granted rare and unique access to the development of the “I Wan’na Be Like You” sequence in which King Louie attempts to coerce Mowgli into giving up Man’s deadly “red flower” (fire). A fast-moving musical progression reel showcases storyboards, animatics, Christopher Walken’s recording session and visual effects layers, which ultimately merge to form one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Favreau delivers his scene-by-scene perspective on the live-action adventure “The Jungle Book” with all the candor and humor you’d expect from this multi-talented actor-writer-director-producer.

I highly recommend home version of this title not only if you’re a Disney fan, or a fan of The Jungle Book, but a fan of the filmmaking process in general.

The Jungle Book is available to own today on Digital HD and will be available on Tuesday on the DVD and Blu Ray format.

Check out our full movie review HERE!

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