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‘Aladdin’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the 1992 Animated Classic!

‘Aladdin’: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the 1992 Animated Classic!
Twenty-five years ago -- November 25, 1992, to be exact -- in the city of Agrabah, a street rat, an outspoken princess and an eager-to-please genie were at the center of another groundbreaking animated musical from Walt Disney Pictures.

Telling the story of a young man who falls in love with a princess and befriends a genie as he aspires for something more in his life, Aladdin quickly became a touchstone in Disney’s canon of animated films. Following the romance-driven The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, the 1992 movie boasted a bigger sense of humor -- largely thanks to Robin Williams’ performance as Genie -- and more action.

Earning universal praise, Aladdin earned $217 million at the U.S. box office and maintains a 94 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But like its predecessors, the soundtrack, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, propelled it to awards success, winning it two Academy
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Blu-ray Review – My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro, 1988.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Tim Daly, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, and Lea Salonga.

Synopsis:

The classic Hayao Miyazaki movie My Neighbor Totoro is on Blu-ray (again) in a new Blu-ray plus DVD edition released by GKids, which has taken over home video distribution of the Studio Ghibli films from Disney.

My Neighbor Totoro is a favorite in my household. Of course, it’s a favorite in many households around the world, and its influence can be seen in many places, such as a cameo by a stuffed Totoro in Toy Story 3. My workplace even has a wall adorned with Totoro artwork.

I’ll confess, though, that when I first saw it, I didn’t appreciate this film as much as I do now. I was too focused on the narrative from a Western perspective – that is, I expected a
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Coming 1/9/18 to DVD/Digital: "Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave And The Bold"

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Scooby-doo! & Batman: The Brave And The Bold

On DVD And Digital Starting January 9, 2018

Together Again After 45 Years In An All-new Animated Film

Burbank, CA (November 1, 2017) – The ultimate crime-solving combination reunites when Batman joins the Mystery Inc. gang to catch a gaggle of villains wreaking havoc in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new original film will be distributed January 9, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on DVD ($19.98 Srp) and Digital.

Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question,
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First Trailer For Scooby-Doo! And Batman: The Brave And The Bold Debuts

When Batman: The Brave and the Bold debuted on Cartoon Network back in 2008, many fans were understandably hesitant when it came to seeing a lighter take on the Caped Crusader than had been witnessed in animation for some time. But lo and behold, said animated series found much success throughout the course of its three seasons by retaining the tongue-in-cheek nature of the TV show starring Adam West and utilizing the vastness of the DC Universe in a way similar to Justice League Unlimited. Really, it’s no wonder why some felt it rivaled Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond in terms of quality.

Since its cancellation in 2011, none of us thought we’d ever be seeing the Hammers of Justice again, especially since no direct-to-video movie swiftly followed the series finale. Now, six years later, the folks at Warner Bros. Animation have decided to dust off the franchise
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Warner Bros. announces Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated movie, watch the trailer here

The Mystery Inc. gang are going to meet the Caped Crusader again this coming January, with Warner Bros. announcing the release of the new animated feature Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold! Check out the first teaser trailer here…

The movie is set to feature iconic Batman Rogues such as the Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, along with Scooby-Doo villains Ghost Clown, Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, and Miner 49er. Batman and the gang will have some help though, with appearances from the likes of Aquaman, Plastic Man, The Question and Martian Manhunter.

Featuring in the voice cast of Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold are Diedrich Bader as Batman, Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne and Black Canary, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Kate Micucci as Velma, Jeff Bennett as Joker, Jeffrey Combs as The Question, John Dimaggio as Aquaman,
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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey

TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is your favorite voice actor for animated characters on TV? Why?

Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD), Collider

My knee-jerk reaction was either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill for their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, because “Batman: The Animated Series” is always on my mind. But thinking a moment more, my favorite voice actor (and arguably the best in the biz) is Frank Welker.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

His name might not be a household one, but with over 800 credits and nearly 50 years in the industry, Welker’s voice definitely is.
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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey

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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is your favorite voice actor for animated characters on TV? Why?

Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD), Collider

My knee-jerk reaction was either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill for their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, because “Batman: The Animated Series” is always on my mind. But thinking a moment more, my favorite voice actor (and arguably the best in the biz) is Frank Welker.

Read More:‘Big Mouth’ Season 1 Voice Cast: A Visual Guide To The Adult Voices Behind The Tweens

His name might not be a household one, but with over 800 credits and nearly 50 years in the industry, Welker’s voice definitely is.
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Interview With Optimus Prime and Megatron Voices Frank Welker and Peter Cullen

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Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the renowned voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron in the Transformers franchise, sat down together to talk about their voice over work in Transformers: The Last Knight which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 26. The veteran voice actors reveals some cool behind the scenes details about their time in the recording booth and what it’s like working with director Michael Bay.

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‘Transformers’: Peter Cullen and Frank Welker on the Evolution of Optimus Prime and Megatron

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Transformers: The Last Knight features the latest clash of Cybertronian combatants Optimus Prime and Megatron, who have been battling it out since the 1984 animated series and the 1986 animated movie. The "Generation One" Transformers may have started it all, but the franchise has evolved in numerous directions over the 30+ years since. A lot of things have changed, but some tenets have actually stayed the same, like the fact that Optimus Prime will always emerge as a hero, Megatron will always attempt to take him down, and that Peter Cullen and Frank Welker will always be the iconic voices …
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Disney's Aladdin Remake Gets Into the Woods Star Billy Magnussen

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Disney's Aladdin Remake Gets Into the Woods Star Billy Magnussen
The cast of Disney's Aladdin remake keeps getting bigger and bigger, with today bringing news that another actor has signed on to play a brand new character that didn't originate in the 1992 animated classic. Billy Magnussen has come aboard to play a character named Prince Anders, although no other details have been given at this time. He will become the second cast member who is playing a character created specifically for this musical, with Nasim Pedrad playing another character named Mara, a handmaiden and friend of Jasmine who wasn't in the original animated classic.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the casting news today, with the report adding that this is not the first time Billy Magnussen has portrayed a Disney prince. The actor portrayed the prince vying for the attention of Rapunzel in the 2014 live-action musical adaptation of Into the Woods. He joins a growing cast that includes Will Smith as the iconic Genie,
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Aladdin Gets Homeland Star as Jafar's Henchman Hakim

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Aladdin Gets Homeland Star as Jafar's Henchman Hakim
Just a few weeks after we reported that The Mummy remake star Marwan Kenzari is in talks to play the villainous Jafar in Disney's Aladdin reboot, it seems the studio has also found the villain's right-hand man. Turkish actor Numan Acar is in talks to portray Hakim, who serves as the "head of the guards" for Jafar in this live-action remake. There was a guard character named Hakim, voiced by Frank Welker, in the original Aladdin movie, but it seems he will be a much more substantial character in this live-action movie.

Deadline broke the news of this casting, but their report did not include Marwan Kenzari as part of the cast, so perhaps his deal has not been finalized at this time. Numan Acar will be joined by Will Smith, who voices The Genie, Mena Massoud as the title character Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Nasim Pedrad as Mara,
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Disney pegs Numan Acar for villainous role in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin

The cast of Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin film continues to take shape, as Deadline reports that Homeland’s Numan Acar has joined the project. The actor will take on the role of Hakim, who the outlet describes as “the head of the guards” and “right-hand man” to Marwan Kenzari’s villainous Jafar.

While Hakim isn’t one of the more well-known Aladdin characters, he did make appearances in the 1994 and 1996 direct-to-video Aladdin sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and the short-lived Aladdin TV show in 1994. Frank Welker, Jim Cummings and Corey Burton have all voiced the character in the past.

Acar’s co-stars include Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), Will Smith (Genie), Nasim Pedrad (Mara) and Jordan A. Nash (Barro).

In recent years, Acar’s been tackling higher-budget, more mainstream projects, including The Promise, The Great Wall and Prison Break. He
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Red-Carpet Video Clip: Megatron Voice Artist Frank Welker for ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

Chicago – “Transformers: The Last Knight” held its star-studded premiere in Chicago on June 20, 2017. On the red carpet, Adam Fendelman of HollywoodChicago.com asked voice artist Frank Welker to jump into character to voice Decepticons including Megatron and Soundwave.

The film, which opened on June 21, 2017, stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock and Stanley Tucci from director Michael Bay. Watch now below!

Interview and edited by: Adam Fendelman, Publisher

Filmed by: Jeff Doles, 238 Studios

© 2017 HollywoodChicago.com LLC
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Second Opinion – Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight, 2017.

Directed by Michael Bay.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Peter Cullen, Ken Watanabe, John Goodman, Tony Hale, Santiago Cabrera, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, Jim Carter, Steve Buscemi, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, Jerrod Carmichael, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Chan, John Dimaggio, Tom Kenny, Jess Harnell, and John Turturro.

Synopsis:

This movie has no plot.

“Move bitch, get out the way” – Sir Anthony Hopkins as an English historian during a high-speed vehicle chase in Transformers: The Last Knight.

If that right there doesn’t tell you just how unbearably awful the latest relentless onslaught of nonsensical epic scale action from director Michael Bay is, then:

“Move your fat ass” – Sir Anthony Hopkins in a rush trying to do something on a submarine (God only knows what anyone is trying to accomplish in this movie besides chasing after deus ex machina objects from thousands of years ago that can save worlds) talking to a citizen in Transformers: The Last Knight.

Need more evidence? Okay, how about the scene where Cade (Mark Wahlberg returning from the previous installment titled Age of Extinction) and Vivian (another highly educated British historian, played by Laura Haddock) are upstairs in Vivian’s bedroom looking for the super secret clue to an ancient staff that somehow can save the world. Nothing out of the ordinary there, but this is a Michael Bay film, which means that downstairs is a bunch of old women hearing noises and gleefully assuming the two are banging. One of them also accidentally inquires if Cade has a sex dungeon.

Somewhere between some of the least funny humor known to mankind is a story buried deep within multiple writers smashing together multiple forgettable characters and equally forgettable action sequences. Transformers: The Last Knight was doomed from the beginning when a Transformer gave a drunk Merlin magic powers and a dragon to help King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table defeat… an army. To be fair, it’s never clear who the hell is fighting who here; it’s just a cacophony of bulky hunks of metal colliding with each other and bullets being fired off from a distance in the background. Anyway, apparently every few thousand years a group of noble and honorable warriors get together to save humanity, which at this point should be taking extreme legal action to ensure that Michael Bay can never make another one of these movies again. I know he says this is the last one for real this time, but society can’t take any more chances.

At this point, I would like to include a tweet from Michael Bay:

Reports of #transformers The Last Knight being over 3hrs is wrong. It's shorter than the last 3 movies by a lot.

Michael Bay (@michaelbay) June 1, 2017

It’s Still 149 minutes and the longest movie I have seen so far this year out of 100 films. Taking a quick glance at upcoming releases tells me that this length won’t be usurped anytime soon. On another note, if Transformers: The Last Knight actually was over three hours I would have drunk myself into a stupor 20 minutes in. Actually, that’s what watching this movie is like. You hear some chatter from other screenings and critics that the movie is an incoherent mess, so you come into the movie challenged ready to prove the rest wrong and proclaim “I understand it, here’s what happened”!. Things are going decently for the first 30 minutes or so, and then things get rocky, and before you know it you literally have no idea what is going on, as if a movie could physically become shit-faced inebriated.

Even the action blatantly steals concepts from previous films, such as military skydiving sequences, because you know, 449 of those in Dark of the Moon wasn’t enough. The more I continue to write this review, the more I began to ask myself how in the blue hell could a movie with so much spectacle just… go on and on without viewers ever once feeling that something cool just happened. I will admit the ending battle featuring a snazzy wide-angle zero gravity segment was something different and refreshing for the franchise, but at over 2 hours in all investment is long gone. Look, Transformers: The Last Knight has impressive CGI and is pretty a look at; that’s a given. However, at some point, viewers have to begin to ask themselves when all the money in the world to create the best effects possible still isn’t enough to push something beyond garbage tier filmmaking. Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t simply a polished turd, it’s like if Hercules took a God-sized shit on Earth and sprayed it with Fabreze.

Even the robots themselves are still lame, racist caricatures uttering stereotypical slang. And if it’s not that, it’s fat jokes about Autobot Hound (John Goodman). As a backhanded compliment, I suppose there is less objectification of primary female characters, but one of the females is presented as 14, and does the movie really deserve a point for, you know, basic human decency? Probably not.

The best and most exciting part of Transformers: The Last Knight was when my food was delivered or the ‘silence your phone’ advert. It certainly wasn’t watching Cade joke around with the robots for 15 minutes in a junkyard, and telling a Dinobot to drop a car from his mouth as if it were a bone. What a disaster of a blockbuster, but at least this one doesn’t have a gargantuan Decepticon with massive robot testicles.

Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ / Movie: ★

Robert Kojder – Chief Film Critic of Flickering Myth. Check here for new reviews weekly, friend me on Facebook, follow my Twitter or Letterboxd, or email me at MetalGearSolid719@gmail.com
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'Transformers: The Last Knight' Review: Michael Bay's Latest Is 2017's Most Toxic Movie

'Transformers: The Last Knight' Review: Michael Bay's Latest Is 2017's Most Toxic Movie
Yes, that's zero stars you see up there. Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. Mark Wahlberg has announced that The Last Knight will be his farewell to the Bay franchise. Quoth the actor: "I get my life back."

Ha! Now Wahlberg knows how sentient film critics feel every time they exit another Bay travesty. Transformers: The Last Knight is all kinds of awful. It's also the worst of the series to date, which is saying something. The year is only half over,
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Lego® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash! Splashes Down in July

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Burbank, CA (May 19, 2017) – Scooby and the gang are back to solve a brand new supernatural crime mystery in Lego® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and The Lego Group, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 11, 2017 on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. As Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party in the Mystery Machine, the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get the party back on track, without missing a beat. This all-new original movie Lego® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash will be available on DVD,
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‘Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital This July

Scooby and the gang are jumping from Lego bricks to the digital world in Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash, an all-new animated story coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this summer.

Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash features the voice cast you've already heard voicing the legendary Scooby gang in Be Cool Scooby-Doo! They include Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Kate Micucci and Matthew Lillard.

The official synopsis for Lego Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash reads:

"Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. As Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party in the Mystery Machine, the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get the party back on track,
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Final Trailer for Bay's 'Transformers: The Last Knight' If You're Curious

"You want to know, don't you? Why the keep coming here..." Yes, I do, but without sitting through another movie - please? Paramount has unleashed one final trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie, titled in full Transformers: The Last Knight. At this point, you probably already know whether or not you're going to see this movie in theaters, and don't need to see any more footage. But this final trailer packs in a whole bunch of epic, VFX-filled eye candy. The huge cast stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. If you're curious to watch even more footage, then fire this up below. Here's the fourth & final trailer for Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, from
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Third Trailer Arrives for Michael Bay's 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

"These are troubled times... without leaders, chaos reigns." Paramount has released the third trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers movie, titled in full Transformers: The Last Knight. The last trailer we posted was focused on the young kids in the movie, but this one gives us a full look at everything going on. These movies (and the robots) keep getting bigger and bigger, with so much epic action it's hard to even comprehend what we're seeing. The huge ensemble cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same Transformer voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. My sci-fi side makes me want to see this just because, but I'm still not that interested in any more Transformers films. I'm on the fence with this. What about you?
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80s fantasy movie moments that terrified us as kids

Ryan Lambie Mar 22, 2017

Fearsome monsters, grasping hands, and a suggestive tree. Here are 10 fantasy movie moments that scarred us as kids...

Sooner or later, you're going to see a scary movie. Whether you sneak down and watch a horror film on late night television, watch a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel round a friend's house or watch clips of slasher movies on YouTube, horror movies are always out there, waiting in the wings for the young and curious.

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But long before most of us graduate to the stage of our lives where we start seeking out 18-rated movies of gore and terror, we reliably encounter scary moments in what might initially seem to be harmless family adventure films.

The 1980s was an
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