10 items from 2015
A whole new. . . movie! Disney is gearing up for an Aladdin live-action prequel, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Wednesday, July 15. The new comedy adventure, called Genies, will finally reveal how Genie ended up in the mysterious lamp. The late Robin Williams voiced Genie in Disney's 1992 original classic. The heartwarming tale about a boy pretending to be a prince also featured the voices of Full House alum Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Frank Welker (Abu), and Gilbert Gottfried, who voiced the [...] »
Disney is digging deep into its well of animated movies, putting a live action prequel to the 1992 blockbuster Aladdin into development, entitled Genies. The studio has brought on screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th) to write the screenplay for the project, described as a "live-action comedy adventure" by The Hollywood Reporter. Disney is already planning to have this project, still in early development, spawn a live action remake of Aladdin itself.
The original Aladdin movie is based on a centuries-old Arabic folk tale about a lowly street kid who finds a magical lamp with a genie (Robin Williams), who grants him three wishes, while the nefarious Jafar tries to obtain this lamp to gain power over the land. The prequel Genies is said to focus on the realm of these magical entities, and how Aladdin's particular genie becomes enslaved in this lamp. Aladdin took in an »
Not long ago, voice actors in animated features were as unknown as they were unseen.
The pay wasn't great, but there was a group of vocal pros (from Mel Blanc to, more recently, Frank Welker) who could play every part. But over the last quarter-century or so, thanks to the animation renaissance brought about by Disney and Pixar, animated features have gained prestige, and the anonymous voice pros have largely been pushed aside by A-list actors you'd never have imagined would do cartoons.
- Gary Susman
Everyone’s favorite monkey is back! In Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle, George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, but a little “monkeying around” forces him to crash land in Africa. A worried Man With the Yellow Hat sets out to find George, while George bravely explores the jungle, making new animal friends along the way. When they reunite, the two friends have a memorable adventure with George’s new friends. Angela Basset, John Goodman, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett and Alexander Polinsky provide voices for the movie, and the sound track of this fun-filled family … Continue reading →
The post VOD Spotlight: Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Platinum Games has officially unveiled its upcoming cel-shaded action brawler Transformers: Devastation, which will be released exclusively for PS3 and PS4. Take a look at the E3 teaser trailer here, followed by the official game description below…
Face off against Megatron and battle it out with the Decepticons in Transformers Devastation. Equipped with fast action capabilities, this game allows for instant robot to vehicle attacks, slam downs, counterattacks, and infinite combos for a unique master combat system. Five difficulty levels also deliver hours of intense gameplay.
• Autobots face off against the Decepticons when Megatron discovers a way to harness the enormous power of plasma energy to cyberform Earth
• Platinum Games signature fast action allows instant robot to vehicle attacks, slam downs, counterattacks, and infinite combos for a unique master combat system
• Features 5 playable Autobots including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Wheeljack, and Grimlock
• A deep customization system and 5 difficulty levels »
- Gary Collinson
So if you guys have been around here you know I love Transformers and fo those that don't know I Love Transformers. The toys, the cartoons, the movies...some of them. But one thing the movies did bring was some tie in video games that were not too bad opening the door for a series based on the Great War on Cybertron. Well now Activision with PlatinumGames is realeasing and new game and guys it's G1!
Transformers: Devastation is an all new cell shaded style game harking back to the Idw comic book style. It looks like transforming on the fly from robot to alt mode has returned which was one thing I loved about the previous games. As you play through the game you'll find ways to make your Autobot team stronger to take on threats from the evil Decepticons though I do agree with some of Megatron's points. »
- email@example.com (Jason The X)
Scooby-Doo surprisingly continues to impress, and while further releases stick to the formula, the last few years have seen the gang expand their horizons, and add levels of complexity to their routine. Plus, they play along with the changing times.
Scooby-Doo 13 Spooky Tales: Surf’s Up Scooby-Doo! unfortunately only has one new adventure, but it is a solid collection of old and new. The latest adventure has the gang battling a water monster at a beach resort, and Fred battling a compulsion for nets. But, the collection, all of the episodes having a beach/water/surf theme, isn’t just a new episode with a few throwbacks to reminisce over, it’s a kind of primer on the series spanning decades.
- Marc Eastman
While many of Disney’s recent critical and commercially successful animated features have come from Pixar, the animation juggernaut has proven itself still capable of making an impact with its own features, such as Big Hero 6 and Frozen. Among their recent successful ventures has been the 2010 feature Tangled, which put a new spin on the fairytale of Rapunzel. Disney revisited the world and characters it presented in a 2012 short called Tangled Ever After, and news has now emerged of a TV show revolving around the lead characters of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider that has been greenlit for a 2017 release on the Disney channel.
The show is set to air on the Disney Channel, and original voice stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi have been tapped to reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider respectively. Kevin Kliesch, the score producer for Tangled and the orchestrator for Tangled Ever After, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
One evening in 1994, the BBC screened a documentary simply called Manga. Presented by Jonathan Ross, it showcased the rising popularity of Japanese animation, largely focusing on the output of Manga Entertainment, whose dubbed VHS releases had made a huge impact on anime fans and caused a certain amount of consternation among the mainstream press.
For British viewers, the anime boom took a long time to arrive. In America, Japanese shows like Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor and Astro Boy were a common sight on television in the 1960s, yet it took until the late 70s and 80s, and a string of European-Japanese co-productions, before anime finally began to find a hold on UK television.
As a youngster at the time, I didn't necessarily know »
It's no secret that around here, we're very excited about "Tomorrowland," Brad Bird's new action adventure outing starring George Clooney and loosely based around the land of the same name that can be explored in Disney parks worldwide. What the literal connection between the movie and the "land" remained vague; mostly the connection is spiritual. This is, after all, about that utopian promise that Walt Disney and similar futurists envisioned for the human race. But this new poster, released ahead of a brand new trailer (set to debut on Monday), makes that connection more concrete.
If you look at the poster and look directly to the left of the small, overall-wearing character on the left (initially we thought that this was Raffey Cassidy's young robot character Athena, but it appears to be a child version of Clooney's Frank Welker, played by Thomas Robinson) amidst the glittering skyline is a distinct and memorable building. »
- Drew Taylor
10 items from 2015
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