A high court judge, whose husband is about to embark upon an affair, is called upon to rule in the case of a seventeen-year-old boy with leukemia who refuses a blood transfusion as a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The story of how Walt Disney persuaded P.L. Travers to sell him the movie rights to Mary Poppins is the subject of Saving Mr. Banks. It’s a tale of saving in many respects – it saved Mrs. Travers from bankruptcy; saved Mr. Disney from breaking a promise to his daughters, and its Christmas season release may have saved Disney Studios from missing out on awards nominations – and possible wins. For all that, it’s a remarkably effective, surprisingly direct movie with a lot of superb characters interacting in ways you might not have expected in a Disney movie.
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. The teaser poster features the two familiar stars and two equally familiar silhouettes.
Saving Mr. Banks premieres on December 13, 2013. The film’s official synopsis follow the jump.
Mary Poppins is one of the most beloved films ever made – but it was far from the easiest that Walt Disney ever produced. The story of how Disney came to be able to make the movie is a wonderful story in its own right and the first trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, the movie that tells that story, is now available.
The movie stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as the author of the Mary Poppins stories, P.L. Travers. Check out the trailer after the jump. Saving Mr. Banks will be released on December 13th, 2013.
With its first ‘princess’ movie, Brave, Pixar recovers from the creative (though not financial) disaster that was Cars 2. The story of Merida, the tomboy teen at the heart of Brave, takes familiar princess tropes and spins them enough to feel fresh and fun. And, as always, the animation is stunning.
Unfortunately, Pixar has stiffed DVD buyers with only an audio commentary track and two shorts (one of which is very disappointing).
Princess Merida defies custom and her mother’s wishes to be married. But her recklessness unleashes a horrible curse on her family. With the future of her kingdom is jeopardy, only she can break the curse.
Starring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson.
Written and Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell.
Produced by Katherine Sarafian and John Lassiter.
Genre: Animated Historical Drama.
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For the first time in its twenty-five year history, Pixar is producing a film with a strong female lead – Brave, due for release on June 22, 2012.
The film, which has an all-star cast, follows the story of Scottish Princess Merida [voiced by Kelly Macdonald], whose decision to forsake her royal heritage to become an archer inadvertently places her father’s kingdom at risk. It’s a bit darker and edgier than Pixar’s usual fare, as you can see in the film’s first teaser trailer following the jump.
When Disney/Pixar sends you concept art from an upcoming film, you pretty much have to take a good look at it. When it comes from a story that takes place in a Celtic region – like the Scottish Highlands, here – and it looks as cool as this, well, you’ve just got to share.
Check out three more images – and the accompanying press release – after the jump.