8 items from 2014
UK and USA, 2013
During its fledgling years as a film studio, the Walt Disney Company helped revolutionize the nature documentary with its True-Life Adventure series. Here, as never before, audiences could thrill to the story of seals, beavers, bears, tigers, and the rest of the creatures sharing space with us on Earth. These days, what is most striking about these early documentaries is less the physical ground they cover, and more that they come from a patient time in filmmaking. Documentaries like The Living Desert and Seal Island featured narration and music, and sometimes attempted to play up the humor of an animalistic situation, but they were still created by people who afforded their presumed audience a base level of intelligence. In some respects, these nature documentaries were born out of the insistence on »
- Josh Spiegel
The quid pro quo thrown down by the Mouse House’s Disneynature series is pretty straightforward: If you can stomach the cheesy narration and the contrived storyline, you get a wealth of fairly glorious wildlife footage courtesy of “Planet Earth” auteur Alastair Fothergill in return. For the series’ latest installment, this proves to be an entirely fair trade. Though still clearly targeted toward the youngest of sensibilities, “Bears” is far less obvious in its pandering and desperate in its anthropomorphism than its 2012 predecessor, “Chimpanzee,” and thanks to its emphasis on actual ursine behavior, it seems unlikely to offend any attendant parents or zoologists in wide release.
Every production helmed by Fothergill (who shares director credit here with Keith Scholey) is bound to include at least one “never seen that before” moment of natural weirdness or grace. In “Bears,” the defining shot is an ultra-slow-motion, ultra-high-def image of an airborne salmon »
- Andrew Barker
Olivia Holt, performer of Bears anthem “Carry On” and Star of Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It,” hosted a special showing of Disneynature’s Bears on the Walt Disney Studios lot and yours truly was there this morning for the family screening.
There was a raffle and giveaway for those who brought a new stuffed bear to donate to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and our tickets, which also doubled as bookmarks, were eco-friendly to be planted later. The logo even reminded me of Disney’s animated Brother Bear.
Check out these photos from this morning’s screening.
In an epic story of breathtaking scale set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, Disneynature’s 2014 big-screen adventure Bears follows a bear family as impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.
- Melissa Thompson
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold.
The world outside is exciting – but risky – as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food – ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run – while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf.
- Movie Geeks
If you've always had a soft spot for Simba, then Mara, the real-life star of the Disneynature feature film African Cats, will melt your heart. But how are these majesticanimals brought to the big screen? And what goes on when the cameras are off? Now is your chance to find out.
Lifting the lid on wildlife filmography, African Cats writer and director Keith Scholey will be presenting a peek behind the scenes of the film's production on 20 March. And as former head of the BBC Natural History Unit and producer of some of the best-known natural history programmes on TV, including Big Cat Diary and David Attenborough's The Private Life of Plants,Scholey is no stranger to capturing footage of both flora and fauna.
Taking place in Claverton, Bath, the event is run by Tusk, »
Gravity and Captain Phillips took home the big feature awards tonight — for Best Sound Effects & Foley work and Best Dialogue/Adr, respectively — as the Motion Picture Sound Editors doled out annual awards recognizing achievement in sound editing. HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s Breaking Bad, FX’s The Bridge and FX’s Sons of Anarchy took home honors on the TV side. Feature films, long- and short-form TV, animation, and docus were on the docket at the black tie affair at L.A.’s Bonaventure Hotel where George Lucas presented the annual Mpse Career Achievement Award to Skywalker Sound’s Randy Thom and Ray Dolby was feted in a special tribute introduced by Walter Murch. Scroll down for full list of winners: Career Achievement Award Randy Thom TV/Feature Animation & Documentary Best Sound & Music Editing: Television Animation Fairly Odd Parents “Dumbbell Curve” (Nickelodeon ) Directed by: Randy Myers, Michelle Bryan Produced by: Butch Hartman, »
- JEN YAMATO
A Witch, a Wolf, A Raccoon, and The Muppets. Everything you’d come to expect from Walt Disney Studios.
Not only did they release their official slate for 2014 on this final day of the year, but the studio also gave us a first look photo along with the official synopsis for director James Gunn’s much-anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Check out the whole kit and caboodle below.
The Wind Rises
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, »
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Pictures is bringing 14 movies to the big screen next year, with the studio releasing their 2014 preview that includes new photos and official synopses for The Wind Rises, Need for Speed, Muppets Most Wanted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bears, Million Dollar Arm, Maleficent, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Big Hero 6, McFarland and Into the Woods.
The Wind Rises - February 21 (limited), February 28 (expanded)
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voiced by Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great »
8 items from 2014
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