The success of its 3D release of The Lion King has inspired The Walt Disney Studios to convert four more of its classic animated titles for re-release in the format: Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid.
The press release – which includes release dates – follows the jump.
With the movie The Muppets only three months away, OK Go – noted for quirky songs and even quirkier music videos – has teamed up with the Muppets for a new take on The Muppets Theme [and a trip through their prior videos]. It’s a marriage of mutually beneficial quirks that just works.
Normally, you would think that releasing a movie on the same weekend as the Harry Potter juggernaut would be nuts, even as counterprogramming – and yet, Disney has done just that. Winnie the Pooh is as unlikely a challenger for box office as you could find in these circumstances, but it’s a charming, whimsical film that is perfectly tuned for a family audience.
Based on the stories by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh is about as unpretentious a film as you will ever see. It’s a collection of three separate, short tales that are blended into a continuous narrative that never feels forced, nor precious – two things it could have easily become.
They’ve taken shots at romantic comedies; they’ve mocked The Hangover Part II; and they’ve taken the pi$$ out of Green Lantern. Now, they come clean in their first full trailer for The Muppets! Prepare yourself – the first legitimate trailer for The Muppets follows the jump!
In Prom, Walt Disney Studios has created a lively, reasonably smart teen film that won’t insult the intelligence of any adults who should happen on it. Sure, it postulates a truly mythical version of high school and prom, but movies are all about the imagination and the Disneyverse lives there.
Marvel Entertainment’s effort to replicate a world where several superheroes exist in the same continuum for the big screen has gotten underway. Led by writer/director Joss Whedon, Avengers began filming today – bringing together the stars of the Iron Man films, Captain America: First Avenger, Thor, and mixing in yet another version of The Incredible Hulk and adding Clint ‘Hawkeye’ Barton, among others, into the mix.
After the jump, check out the Disney press release for details on cast, crew and plot summary.
Disneynature’s third annual nature documentary, African Cats, is both more of the same and a bit different from the usual Disney nature documentary. Its flaws are glaringly obvious, but it its differences strengthen it. The parallel stories told involve two African cats: a lion cub dubbed Mara and a cheetah they call Sita.
They’re lean, mean and fuzzy – except for the aerial reconnaissance guy – who’s a real fly! Three guinea pigs, a mole and the housefly compose the crack team of spies in the Disney/Bruckheimer collaboration, G-Force. Darwin [voiced by Sam Rockwell] is the putative leader; Blaster [Tracy Morgan] is the muscle/driver; Juarez [Penelope Cruz] is the martial artist and self-described “brains of the outfit]; Speckles [Nicholas Cage] is the tech expert, and Mooch [Dee Bradley Baker] is the eyes in the sky. There’s also an unexpected brother, Hurley [Jon Favreau] and a wannabe tough guy hamster, Bucky [Steve Buscemi] to add to the fun.
Created by Ben [Zach Galafianakis], with aid from his assistant Marcie [Kelli Garner], the team goes on unauthorized mission to keep the project from being shut down. They infiltrate the home of the head of the Saberlink Corporation [Bill Nighy] and download the plans to what they believe to a diabolical plan for world domination – code named Clusterstorm. When the file appears to be marketing for a new, glitzy coffeemaker, the project is shut down – but before the team can be caught and exterminated, they are whisked off to a pet shop. Now all they have to do is escape the pet shop, find Ben, and figure out why their stolen file isn’t what it should be. Then they can save the world.