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9 Things You Never Knew About Disney's Mulan

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Almost 20 years later - yes, 20 years (cries into pillow) - a live-action version of Mulan is in the works with director Niki Caro at the helm and an actress attached to play Mulan. The original animation is extremely empowering to women, so it's awesome that a female will be behind the lens, controlling our favorite childhood warrior princess's portrayal this time around. As we await our modernized heroine, and her potentially CGI-animated companions Mushu and Cri-Kee, we can look back fondly on the Disney original - because let's be real, we all still revert back to our 7-year-old Capri Sun-loving selves when "I'll Make a Man Out Of You" comes on Pandora. Now that we know when the reimagined film will premiere, let's take a look at nine facts you probably never knew about Disney's first Asian princess and Og girl-power-charged badass. The story of Mulan was originally a folk song.
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Animation Vets Launch Astro-Nomical Entertainment To Make Indie Toons

Animation Vets Launch Astro-Nomical Entertainment To Make Indie Toons
Former ToonBox exec Jay Ahn and animation industry veteran Chris Henderson have launched Astro-Nomical Entertainment, a development and production company aiming to make high-quality independent animated family films. Its first project in the works is the feature film Mean Margaret, based on the children's book by Tor Seidler. Mulan co-director Barry Cook is in talks to direct, and Im Global will handle worldwide sales. Astro-Nomical will be backed by China-based…
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Astro-Nomical Launching with ‘Mean Margaret’ Animated Movie

Animation veterans Jay Ahn and Chris Henderson are launching Astro-Nomical Entertainment with “Mean Margaret” as its first project.

The company is touting itself as a full-service development and production company making animated family films. Backed by China-based Characterplan, Astro-Nomical Entertainment is preparing to commence production on “Mean Margaret” and is in talks with “Mulan” director Barry Cook to helm.

Based in Burbank, Astro-Nomical is aiming at mid-budget animated films and franchises, generating ongoing revenue streams across multiple media platforms. It will cater to both the domestic and international markets, with a particular strategic focus on China.

Kevin Niu is on board as the company’s business adviser and industry expert David Alper will also serve as an adviser.

Mean Margaret,” based on the children’s book by Tor Seidler, centers on a cranky toddler from a family of nine who is taken in by two woodchucks and raised as their own.
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‘Household Pests,’ ‘Mean Margaret’ Animated Movies in the Works

Sega’s Marza Animation Planet and Pigmental Studios are developing a pair of animation projects — “Household Pests” and “Mean Margaret” — with IM Global on board to handle sales.

“Household Pests” is based on an original idea by “Despicable Me” co-creator Sergio Pablos about an imaginative boy and his battles with the monsters that lurk under his bed. Pablos of Spa Studios and Marina Martins of Pigmental Studios are producing with pre-production taking place between Spain and Pigmental’s studio in Washington, D.C. and in collaboration with Marza in Los Angeles.

“Mean Margaret” is based on the children’s book by Tor Seidler. Margaret is a cranky human toddler from a family of nine who is chucked out of her home by her beleaguered parents until two woodchucks, Phoebe and Fred, take Margaret in as their own.

Producers are Jay Ahn (“The Nut Job”) and Chuck Williams (“Brother Bear”), who
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‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator to Shepherd Animated ‘Household Pets’

Im Global has come on board to handle sales for animated films from Marza, a subsidiary of Sega, and Pigmental Studios, the company announced Monday. The first two projects under the new deal are “Household Pets,” an original idea from “Despicable Me” co-creator Sergio Pablos, and “Mean Margaret,” an adaptation of the award-winning children’s book series from “Mulan” director Barry Cook. “Household Pets,” from Marza, follows an imaginative boy and the monsters he battles under his bed. Pablos, of Spa Studios, and Marina Martins of Pigmental Studios are producing. Pre-production will take place between Spain, Pigmental’s studio in Washington,
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Im Global in animation sales deal with Marza, Pigmental

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Stuart Ford’s Los Angeles-based company will handle international sales and broker Us deals on animation projects developed by Sega subsdiary Marza Animation Planet and Pigmental Studios.

The first two under the arrangement are Household Pests from Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos and Mean Margaret (pictured) from Mulan director Barry Cook.

Household Pests is based on an original idea by Pablos about an imaginative boy and his battles with the monsters that lurk beneath his bed.

Pablos of Spa Studios and Pigmental Studios founder and CEO Marina Martins producers. Pre-production will occur in Spain and Pigmental’s studio in Washington DC in collaboration with Marza in Los Angeles.

Mean Margaret is based on the National Book Award children’s book nominee by Tor Seidler. The Nut Job producer Jay Ahn will produce and Chuck Williams will manage creative oversight at Marza.

Cook, who directed Walking With Dinosaurs that Im Global sold several years ago for parent company
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Disney adds live action Mulan to its slate

Simon Brew Sep 12, 2016

As Cinderella becomes Disney's latest live action box office hit, the studio is planning a new take on Mulan...

Just a very quick update here. We've heard no more on this version of Mulan since we first reported it in March 2015. But there is now a competing project at Sony...

Right. If we're following this correctly, then Disney is currently working on live action takes on Beauty And The Beast, The Jungle Book, Dumbo (with Tim Burton apparently attached to direct) and a new Alice In Wonderland movie. Throw in the Cruella de Vil film too that's somewhere in development, and that's at least five live action movies it's got on the go, that have a grounding in one of its animated films.

Actually, make that six.

With Cinderella already grossing over $300m in worldwide cinemas (and it's still got some time to go), Disney is pressing
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Disney adds live action Mulan to its slate

As Cinderella becomes Disney's latest live action box office hit, the studio is planning a new take on Mulan...

Right. If we're following this correctly, then Disney is currently working on live action takes on Beauty And The Beast, The Jungle Book, Dumbo (with Tim Burton apparently attached to direct) and a new Alice In Wonderland movie. Throw in the Cruella de Vil film too that's somewhere in development, and that's at least five live action movies it's got on the go, that have a grounding in one of its animated films.

Actually, make that six.

With Cinderella already grossing over $300m in worldwide cinemas (and it's still got some time to go), Disney is pressing ahead with a live action take on Mulan as well. Based around the film directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft, the new take on Mulan has been penned by Elizabeth Martin and Laura Hynek.
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'Mulan' Live-Action Movie Planned at Disney

'Mulan' Live-Action Movie Planned at Disney
Following the success of Disney's live-action takes on Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is developing a remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan. The studio picked up the screenplay by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was at the center of Disney's animated adventure. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce the Mulan live-action remake.

The original Mulan centered on the title character, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place on the battlefield. With the help of her beloved dragon sidekick Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Mulan becomes a brave warrior who becomes one of her country's most honored heroines. The original Mulan voice cast also included Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray, James Hong, Pat Morita, B.D. Wong and George Takei. Mulan earned over
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Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Mulan’

Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Mulan’
Disney is developing a live-action version of its 1998 animated movie “Mulan.”

The project is based on a script by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek focused on the Chinese warrior character Hua Mulan. The project has been set up with Chris Bender and J.C. Spink.

The original “Mulan,” directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, centered on the title character disguising herself as a man to take her father’s place in the army with her dragon friend Mushu. “Mulan” grossed over $300 million worldwide.

Disney’s seen an impressive run with its live-action versions of animated films starting in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” followed by last year’s “Maleficent” and this year’s “Cinderella,” which has topped $336 million worldwide in three weeks. It’s developing a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson with a release already set for March 17, 2017.

Disney is also releasing a live-action version of
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281 days until Star Wars: Twitter had way too much fun naming Episode VIII

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281 days until Star Wars: Twitter had way too much fun naming Episode VIII
Earlier today, Disney announced the line-up for the next couple of Star Wars films, including the release date for "Star Wars: Episode VIII." What they didn't announce was what the title of said episode would be. Have no fear! Creating puns so groan-worthy that even dad jokes would blush is the Internet’s speciality. It took approximately 12 parsecs for Twitter to inundate the world with more terribly hilarious movie titles than you can shake a womp rat at. Be warned: You will laugh, and you will hate yourself for doing so. Star Wars VIII: Better Call Maul #EpisodeVIIITitles — Erika Hayley (@SinCityChiGirl) March 12, 2015 Fear and Loathing on Tatooine #EpisodeVIIITitles pic.twitter.com/EaRt6Ul8GB — Diogenes of Sinope (@hoplitnet) March 12, 2015 Revenge of the Nerfs #EpisodeVIIITitles — Peternal (@braintomahawk) March 12, 2015 Ewok the Line #EpisodeVIIITitles — Dude Churchill (@DudeChurchill) March 13, 2015 Thrawn Momma From The Train #EpisodeVIIITitles — Barry Cook (@bccook) March 12, 2015 #EpisodeVIIITitles Gone with the Windu pic.
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DVD Review: 'Walking with Dinosaurs - The Movie'

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★★☆☆☆Branded after the hugely successful six-part BBC documentary series which aired back in the late 1990s, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Movie (2013) is a live action/CGI hybrid from co-directors Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook, and is released this week on DVD and Blu-ray. It's without doubt technically impressive, featuring some of the most visually lifelike dinosaurs since Jurassic Park (1993). And yet it's botched spectacularly by a paper-thin script and some laughably silly voiceover work from actors as Justin Long and John Leguizamo (of Ice Age fame). We follow the story of the adorably named Patchi (Long), born at the end of the Cretaceous period as the runt of a Pachyrhinosaurus litter.
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Exclusive Clip: John Leguizamo Talks ‘Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie’

For the first time, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you’ve ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.

Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan) and Neil Nightingale (Meerkats: The Movie) Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood’s biggest stars including John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Rio 2) and Justin Long (Alvin And The Chipmunks).

Dino fans of all ages will be “herding” to get their own copy that is filled with immersive special features including “The Ultimate Dino Guide”, “Match
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Walking with Dinosaurs Release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25th

Walking with Dinosaurs Release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25th
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and BBC Earth Films invite you to bring home Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, an awe-inspiring adventure 70 million years in the making, now stomping in just in time for Easter.

Dino fans of all ages will be 'herding" to get their own copy of Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie, releasing on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25. Hailed by viewers for its explosive visual achievements, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie is "Jurassic Park meets The Lion King" (The Today Show) and "...too good a visual treat to miss" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (The Meerkats) and the writer behind the hit film Happy Feet, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood's biggest stars including: John Leguizamo (Ice Age,
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Walking With Dinosaurs Review

Walking With Dinosaurs Review
Film: "Walking With Dinosaurs"; Cast: Karl Urban, Angourie Rice and Charlie Rowe; Voices of: John Leguizamo, Justin Long, Tiya Sircar and Skyler Stone; Directors: Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook; Rating: ***1/2 - - visual delight for kids.

From the hearth of BBC Earth Films, "Walking The Dinosaurs" is an edutainment film

that educates the audience about animals, particularly the dinosaurs that wandered

on the surface of the planet, about 70 million years ago, during the Creataceous

period.

This is not a documentary film. In fact, it is a charming love story bordered around

the hero's journey.
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'Walking With Dinosaurs' - a visual delight for kids (Ians Movie Review)

'Walking With Dinosaurs' - a visual delight for kids (Ians Movie Review)
Film: "Walking With Dinosaurs 3D"; Cast: Karl Urban, Angourie Rice, Charlie Rowe; Voiceovers: John Leguizamo, Justin Long, Tiya Sircar, Skyler Stone; Directors: Neil Nightingale, Barry Cook; Rating: *** 1/2

From the hearth of BBC Earth Films, "Walking The Dinosaurs" is an edutainment film that educates the audience about animals, particularly the dinosaurs that wandered on the surface of the planet, about 70 million years ago, during the Creataceous period.

This is not a documentary film. In fact, it is a charming love story bordered around the hero's journey of existence. It exposes the dinosaurs' survival instincts in a truthful and convincing manner.

The film starts off with a present-day scene, where Paleontologist.
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Movie Review - Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (2013)

Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, 2013.

Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.

Starring Justin Long, Skylar Stone, Tiya Sircar, John Leguizamo, Charlie Rowe, Angourie Rice, and Karl Urban.

Synopsis:

In this tale of prehistoric wonder we follow the life of Patchi and his herd through the years as they journey between warm climates. We see them deal with the dangers of the world around them as they fight for survival in the unforgiving world.

I have to preface this review by saying that I’m a huge fan of Dinosaurs. I was enraptured by them as a child, some of you may remember the series of Dinosaur magazines that were available in the early 90s, so anything with Dinosaurs is going to pique my interest. I thought the television show of Walking with Dinosaurs was excellent and I saw the arena show earlier this year and that was incredible too.
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American Hustle, Anchorman 2, The Harry Hill Movie: new films released over Christmas

American Hustle | Anchorman 2 | The Harry Hill Movie | Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie | Moshi Monsters: The Movie | The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty | All Is Lost

American Hustle (15)

(David O Russell, 2013, Us) Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence. 138 mins

Big, brassy and outrageously coiffured, this crazed 70s crime epic leads you into a maze, then keeps you wondering if it knows the way out. Things starts out small, with Bale and Adams's petty con duo turned by Cooper's ambitious Fed, but stakes escalate, allegiances complicate, and deceptions multiply deliriously, carried along by lovably flawed characters and a manic energy.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (15)

(Adam McKay, 2013, Us) Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd. 119 mins

The hype is over, as Ferrell reunites his news team and drags them into New York, the 80s and the 24-hour era. But this sequel's absurdity, cameo-fuelled mayhem and mild
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Film Review: Even Kids Might Run from ‘Walking with Dinosaurs 3D’

Chicago – “Walking with Dinosaurs” depicts the magnificent titular creatures in stunning realism and 3D vision, and then proceeds to give them line readings with the equivalent sophistication of Archie comics. This adds up to an educational film with a long, dull journey ahead.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

This is geared towards the kiddies, with a flight of fancy that becomes teeth-gnashingly stupid for their adult companions. Its heart is in the right place, as an annoying bird guides the audience through the Cretaceous Era by properly naming all of the species, yet the idea that the production had to “entertain” its young audience with a silly Dino-Shakespearian fight for power – softened for the youthful sensibility – just wasn’t compelling. The kid fidget factor, unless the moppet is a junior scientist, might top out at eleven.

The film starts out with a live action segment, as Uncle Zack (Karl Urban, using his Dr. McCoy
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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D Review

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Roughly a year ago we were treated to an enticing teaser trailer for Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale’s Walking with Dinosaurs 3D; a spin-off from the popular BBC television series. The trailer gave off the impression we’d be in for a mature, grown-up nature documentary of sorts, with a David Attenborough style of narration playing over the top. However regrettably Walking with Dinosaurs offers no such thing, instead adding needless human voices to the dinosaurs and having them interact through speech, as this potentially exhilarating tale has become far too child-friendly, suffering greatly a result.

Narrated by Alex (John Leguizamo), an Alexornis bird, we delve into the life of Patchi (Justin Long), a young Pachyrinosaurus, who gets separated from his family and has to venture through the wild and dangerous dinosaur kingdom, hoping to one day emulate his father, the Alpha male of their herd, who dies courageously in battle.
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