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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen)
For as accomplished as Joel and Ethan Coen’s debut Blood Simple comes across as to a viewer, like any director, they can’t help but recognize their flaws. That’s not to say their newly restored debut, now available on The Criterion Collection, doesn’t look and sound gorgeous — every bead of sweat dripping down M. Emmet Walsh’s face and every »
- The Film Stage
Leading creatives on some of the biggest animated movies of the year as well as some of the top execs in the VFX and gaming industries are among the speakers at the View Conference 2016 next month in Turin, Italy.
The View Conference, set for Oct. 24-28, spotlights the latest in animation, games, VFX, computer graphics and virtual reality with five days of keynote addresses, workshops and master classes.
Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, directors of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming movie “Trolls,” have just been added to the lineup along with “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon; “Kubo & the Two Strings” screenwriter Mark Haimes; Marvel’s executive VP of production Victoria Alonso, who’ll be discussing her work on such films as “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange”: Lucasfilm’s chief technology officer Rob Bredow, who’ll speak about the company’s work with Vr, augmented reality and interactive cinema »
- Terry Flores
When Zootopia scurried into a select number of theaters earlier this year, a scant marketing campaign and the relatively small opening pointed to low expectations both from Disney and audiences across the nation. Imagine our surprise, then, when Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush’s animation broke past all expectations to become the second largest original movie in history – behind only James Cameron’s Avatar.
Featuring newcomer Auli’i Cravalho in the title role and a very boisterous Dwayne Johnson as demi-God Maui, Moana hails from animation wizards Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and is, judging by today’s all-new trailer, on course to send 2016 off on a high-note. Audiences will no doubt compare »
- Michael Briers
With its endearing story, loveable characters and, crucially, $1 billion box office haul, Zootopia is a difficult act to follow.
Yes, the mere fact that Byron Howard and Rich Moore’s animated crowd-pleaser has cemented its place in the history books, becoming the second highest-grossing original film of all time behind only Avatar, ensures that 2016 will stand as an overly successful year for the Powers That Be over at Disney Animation.
But The House of Mouse is nurturing another animated adventure ahead of its theatrical bow in November. Its name? Moana. It’s a coming-of-age tale that revolves around Auli’i Cravalho’s wide-eyed newcomer and her quest across the ocean to pinpoint a mystical island. Teaming with Dwayne Johnson’s larger-than-life demi-god, Moana boasts all the qualities of a family-friendly Disney yarn, including an adorable shot of Cravalho’s heroine as a youngster.
- Michael Briers
Each year we throw an animated movie into the mix of our Best Shot season. It's a handy reminder that Best Shot is about more than just camera work and lighting actors and sets but how filmmaking teams choose to tell the stories they're telling. But even if we think of it only as a celebration of cinematography, animated films have been upping their game there, too, famously hiring high profile cinematographers as consultants as CG animation really took over the world in the last 20 years.
Since we're counting on Zootopia, one of the year's most beloved films, to be one of the nominees (though it's too early to say "frontrunner") for Best Animated Feature we give it pride of place here today now that it's out on BluRay and DVD. My own choice will come tomorrow due to a last minute screening. But please do enjoy these Best Shot »
- NATHANIEL R
Wreck-It Ralph is heading back to the big screen, and this time, he’s wrecking the internet. The Oscar®-nominated Walt Disney Animation Studios team from the original film is reteaming for the follow-up, including director Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “The Simpsons”) and producer Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Bolt”). Phil Johnston (writer, “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” “Cedar Rapids”) joins Moore as director and a writer on the project. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return as the bad-guy-turned-good, Ralph, and the girl with the game-winning glitch, Vanellope von Schweetz. The untitled sequel will hit theaters—literally—on March 9, 2018.
The filmmakers and Reilly made the announcement on Facebook Live today: https://www.facebook.com/Disney/videos/10153760073335954/
“From the moment we started working on the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters,” said Moore, who has been developing it since shortly after the release of the first film, and »
- Michelle McCue
Wreck-It Ralph is heading back to the big screen, and this time, he's wrecking the internet. The Oscar-nominated Walt Disney Animation Studios team from the original film is reteaming for the follow-up Wreck-It Ralph 2, including director Rich Moore (Zootopia, The Simpsons) and producer Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Bolt). Phil Johnston (writer, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, Cedar Rapids) joins Moore as director and a writer on the project. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return as the bad-guy-turned-good, Ralph, and the girl with the game-winning glitch, Vanellope von Schweetz.
The untitled sequel will hit theaters-literally-on March 9, 2018. The filmmakers and Reilly made the announcement on Facebook Live today. To accommodate the new Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Disney has shifted the release date from March 9, 2018 to November 21, 2018. Here's what director Rich Moore had to say in a statement about this upcoming animated sequel, which he has been developing it since shortly after the release of the first film, »
This year's Zootopia was quite the pleasant surprise. Yes, in the past eight years or so, with the involvement of John Lasseter, Disney has been upping their animated game tremendously. From films like Bolt and The Princess And The Frog to Wreck-it Ralph and Tangled, they've certainly managed to make an amazing comeback. With that in mind, I went into Zootopia with a certain expectation of quality: I expected great characters, a tight script, some funny jokes, a decent amount of heart, and beautiful animation.
The movie more than delivered on those expectations without breaking a sweat. But what I did not expect was for Zootopia to be a well-told social commentary that brings awareness to racial stereotyping. From the get-go, that's what the movie set itself up as, and as I got deeper and deeper into the runtime, it became all the more clear that this was a bona fide classic. »
- Joseph Medina
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Due Out: June 7, 2016
Plot (courtesy of Disney Home Entertainment): Directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”), the progressive mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every habitat live side by side and “anyone can be anything.” But when new rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives in town she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of tough, hulking animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack an unsolved, challenging case even if it means working with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. But the »
- Jeff Bayer
Disney Animation does it again with a story that treads familiar thematic ground but serves up a fresh, inventive plot that keeps viewers young and old engaged. This Blu-ray + DVD set also includes a satisfying set of bonus materials.
When Disney bought Pixar several years ago, I was among the fans who feared that the House of Mouse might squash Pixar’s innovative approach and turn the animation leader into a studio tasked with churning out endless sequels and rehashes. And then a funny thing happened: While Pixar is still capable of producing unique new stories like Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, the studio has started to rely more heavily on sequels, and Disney »
- Brad Cook
“I am just a dumb bunny, but, we are good at multiplying!”
When I reviewed Zootopia here at We Are Movie Geeks, I wrote”, the beautifully designed, brightly-hued Zootopia is breezier and bouncier than most. The animation work is dazzling, lovingly detailed without being overdone. I felt like I could reach out and pet these furry critters, especially in eye-popping 3D.” (read all of my review Here)
Now you can own Zootopia on Blu-ray thanks to Walt Disney Animation Studios!
Zootopia has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of Zootopia and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years! »
- Tom Stockman
As Zootropolis crosses $1bn at the global box office, we'll be heading back there on one screen or other in the future...
Zootropolis has proven to be a huge hit for Disney, with the animated flick grossing $1bn in cinemas worldwide. Unsurprisingly, then, plans are afoot for another visit. Co-directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore admit to being just as attached to the city of anthropomorphic mammals they created, and with an overwhelming fan reaction to a film its creators can’t wait to expand on, there’s going the inevitable 'what’s next?' question.
“The fan response is a huge help for that kind of thing” says Howard. “I think we all loved the world so much and got so attached to the characters, that we actually got a little sad when the film finally came out [because] we felt like, well, we’re kind of done with it. »
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About The Film
With an additional $4.4M worldwide this weekend, Disney’s Zootopia has become the studio’s second $1B grosser of the year at the global box office. Judy Hopps & Co have an offshore cume of $662.8M and a domestic take of $337.22M for a total $1,000.020M. This is the 11th Disney film (out of an industry total 26) to ever hit the milestone. Zootopia, from directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, is the No. 1 animated film of the year and the No. 2 movie of 2016. It falls in… »
There's a lot to take in when you're exploring Zootopia. And with six animal-filled burrows—Bunnyburrow, Little Rodentia, Rainforest District, Sahara Square, Savanna Central and Tundratown—rookie police officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) has a lot of ground to cover. Though the eagle-eyed bunny has a knack for spotting trouble, even she might miss the Hidden Mickeys in Walt Disney Animation Studios' buddy cop comedy. Zootopia is currently the second highest-grossing film of 2016, with $984 million and counting. Ahead of its June 7 release on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital HD, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore talked to E! News about how some of the Easter eggs were buried in the »
Featuring a cracking voice cast, lush animation and an entertaining story at its heart, Zootopia not only proved to be one of this year’s early crowd-pleasers, it also soared close to $1 billion at the international box office.
That’s an impressive tally as is, but what really fired Byron Howard and Rich Moore’s animation into the history books was the fact that Zootopia stands as a successful movie, yes, but also an original one. In a report by Forbes, the outlet reveals that Howard and Moore’s adventure is now second only to James Cameron’s Avatar in Hollywood’s ranking of highest-grossing original movies; that is, feature films “not based on a television show, a comic book, a novel, or a stage play.”
This, coupled with the barnstorming success of Captain America: Civil War has ensured Disney’s box office haul for the year is nearing $4 billion in total. »
- Michael Briers
Walt Disney Pictures has announced details of the home entertainment release for Zootopia (Zootropolis in the UK), the blockbuster comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film will hit Blu-ray and DVD in the States on June 7th, although the UK date is yet to be announced.
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Bonus features include*:
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD:
Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation. The Origin »
- Gary Collinson
Richard Adams’ classic rabbit-based novel Watership Down is being adapted into animated form once again. This time, Netflix and the BBC have teamed up to create a four-part CGI-led miniseries, and have assembled an impressive voice cast to fill the manifold furry roles.
James McAvoy will play the heroic Hazel, while Ben Kingsley brings the frightful General Woundwort to life. Nicholas Hoult is Fiver, John Boyega is Bigwig, Gemma Arterton is Clover, Miles Jupp is Blackberry, Freddie Fox is Captain Holly, Olivia Colman is Strawberry and Anne-Marie Duff is Hyzenthlay.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s a synopsis...
“Set in England’s Downs, »
Zootropolis is smashing records all over the place and deservedly so as it’s fantastic. You can see our 4* review of the movie here. The movie has now grossed over $800m globally and features a voice cast which includes Idris Elba, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons Octavia Spencer and Shakira. It’s directed by Byron Howard & Rich Moore and if you
The post Disney Release Zootropolis ‘Easter Eggs’ Photo Gallery – Did you Spot them? appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- David Sztypuljak
Disney has announced that “Zootopia” will cross the $800 million mark in worldwide box office grosses on Tuesday.
The animated comedy reached $276.7 million domestically and $523 million internationally as of Monday.
Disney noted that “Zootopia” is the second highest grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios release of all time in its original release after “Frozen,” and the third-biggest overall after “Frozen” and “The Lion King.” It’s also Disney’s sixth-biggest animated release of all time and the industry’s fifth-biggest original animated film ever.
“Zootopia” has received a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the second-biggest industry release in Russia and has grossed $222 million in the booming Chinese market.
“Zootopia” was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and features the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and Shakira. Goodwin plays a rabbit police officer who teams »
- Dave McNary
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