7 items from 2014
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
Surprise! George Lucas may have washed his hands clean of the “Star Wars” franchise (some will say “thank Christ!”), but that doesn’t mean the filmmaker is sitting on his hands. Evidently he’s been quietly making a movie all this time —or at least he’s written one. It’s a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. called “Strange Magic.” Touchstone Pictures will release the film on January 23, 2015, and it's a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” According to a press release, “popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.” But mostly it’s wild that this picture is coming out so soon and no one really knew a thing about it. It’s interesting to note this was yet »
- The Playlist Staff
Sure, you've seen "The Lion King" dozens of times. You own the soundtrack and you've caught the Broadway show. Maybe you even had "Lion King" sheets and went to bed singing "Hakuna Matata."
And what "Lion King" fan doesn't know about the scene where stars supposedly spell out "Sex"? We bet there are still some things you didn't know about the beloved Disney classic, which turns 20 on June 15.
2. Disney believed that "Pocahontas" (which came out in 1995) would be the bigger, more prestigious film and put all its key animators on it instead. Story artist Brenda Chapman (who went on to direct "Brave" and "The Prince of Egypt") thought the story "wasn't very good" and writer Burny Mattinson declared, "I don't know who is »
- Sharon Knolle
Update: A couple of new details here. You might be wondering, since the original report doesn't mention any story details, how exactly this thing is going to play out. Sources tell HitFix that Condon won't only be drawing from the 1991 Disney film. In his pitch to the studio, the director said he would also include most, if not all, of the Menken/Rice songs from the Broadway musical that ran for 13 years from 1994 to 2007. It will be a "straight-forward, live action, large-budget movie musical," we're told. See below for the earlier story. Earlier: With "Maleficent" hitting big (though, contextually, not as big as the breathless media seems to think), and an "Alice in Wonderland" sequel on the way, it's clear Disney is interested in testing the stamina of the company's intellectual properties in the live action space. Add one more to the schedule: "Beauty and the Beast." Variety reports that »
- Kristopher Tapley
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Let us take this moment, as Disney's "Frozen" becomes the highest-grossing animated film in box office history with $1 billion worldwide-- passing "The Lion King" and entering the top ten of all-time grossers list-- to make note that this princess musical with two female leads plays well to wide audiences all over the world. It is not a sequel. While it boasts a fairy tale pedigree, fair to say this is an original screenplay, and marks the second year in a row that the animated feature Oscar was won by a movie co-directed by a woman, in this case Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck ("Brave" was directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews). The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh billion-dollar release and the first animated feature to cross that mark, “Frozen” has grossed an estimated $398.4 million at the domestic box office and $674 million overseas. In its sights are such iconic blockbusters as "The Dark Knight Rises. »
- Anne Thompson
A Change.org petition for a plus-sized Disney princess, organised by a Us high school student, follows other criticisms of Disney designs
• Frozen in time: when will Disney's heroines reflect real body shapes?
More than 22,000 people have signed a petition for Disney to make its next princess character plus-sized.
Organised by Jewel Moore, a Us high school student, the petition is entitled 'Every body is beautiful'. Moore explains: "I'm a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus-size girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media... it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard."
Moore told Yahoo that another reason for the petition was for "little boys to see plus-size Disney princesses so they don't grow up and think women they date have to look perfect. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
7 items from 2014
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