The Disney Channel movie The Descendants – which racked up over 10 million viewers (Live+3) has spawned an animated short-form series that will debut on The Disney Channel and its digital platforms on Friday, September 18th.
Decendants Wicket World will introduce new characters and features a voice cast that includes: Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart reprising their roles from the movie, plus Mitchell Hope, Brenna D’Amico, Sarah Jeffrey and Dianne Doan. Check out a teaser following the jump.
With all the hullaballoo about Sharknado – and all the social media activity – one thing remains true – three Disney Channel movies have kicked the Sharknado Trilogy’s watery behind.
Sure, there are a lot of kids watching the Disney movies, but kids grow up and remember their not inconsiderable spending habits as they enter more eagerly sought after demographics (and how much money is spend by sought after demographics on their kids? Hmmmmm?)
So, while Sharknado 3 boasts its 2.81 million viewers, Disney Channel’s The Descendants (featured the children of four of Disney’s greatest animated villains – Cruella De Vil, Maleficient, Jafar and the Evil queen) quietly racked up 6.6 million viewers – just as the two Teen Beach Movies more than doubled the ratings of Sharknado and Sharknado 2. Follow the jump for the details of the latest no contest.
Seemingly overshadowed by glitz and glamour on the red carpet; the films of the Academy Awards are often overshadowed. But now that the accolades have been doled out, movie lovers across the country start to edit their movie “to watch” lists. After a film is honored with an Academy Award it will start to fly off the shelf and could be hard to come by. Internet, as well as brick and mortar retailers may run dry. Diligent movie buffs will be looking online; sorting through solid deals, the lowest shipping quotes and waiting lists to get their hands on 2011’s greatest films.
With several nods from critics and fans, these two films appear to have been underappreciated by the Oscar committee. Do not be fooled by their lack of awards, as these two movies are dynamite additions to any collection.
The Descendants – Despite having five nominations The Descendants only took home the award for writing. This film is a character study of a family in crisis. Attempting to discover the deep Hawaiian roots that tie them to an important, historical family, the characters ultimately find truths about themselves and their relationships during the quest. Primarily a feel-good tale, this DVD makes for a comfortable companion during family and friend get-togethers.
The Help – Both the leading and supporting ladies received nominations for their engaging performances in this touching tale. Octavia Spencer did win for best supporting actress, but the film was a favorite for best picture and it fell short. The Help is one of the hottest movies of the year and is still on a “long wait” with the top two DVD online rental companies. Full of controversial moments, The Help tackles race relations in a very relatable way. It is a movie you will enjoy watching again and again.
The Big Winners
Both The Artist and Hugo received five Oscars. These megahits are expected to be the most sought after DVD releases. Interestingly, the two top winners are dramatically different each other, and the usual choices made by the committee.
The Artist – A meditation of the nostalgic silent film era, The Artist captivates viewers with plots of love, loss, and hope. Since its premier at the Cannes Film Festival, it has earned a cult following. Its antics readily bring audiences to tears of joy and sadness. Look for the release on DVD in early spring, and discover why this enigmatic work landed five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Hugo – This was Martin Scorsese’s first attempt at an animated/family film with Hugo. a 3-D creation, tells the tale of a French orphan investigating his father’s sudden death with the help of a robot. Winner of Oscars for Cinematography, Visual Effects, Art Direction, and two sound awards, the film is captivating and stimulating to the senses in all respects. Consider investing in the three-part DVDs with Blu-Ray and 3-D versions for the ultimate experience.
Two remarkable movies received nominations in six categories including best picture, but they didn’t take home a statue: War Horse and Moneyball. However, the appeal of these pictures is not lost on disgruntled fans. They come highly recommended as two additional DVDs to consider adding to your must-see list of Oscar candidates.