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Your favorite childhood fairytales just got a grown-up new look! Paris-based designer Olympia Le-Tan has released a collection of Disney Princess-inspired handbags, including designs that hark to the film releases of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan. While the collection would cost a pretty penny—certain designs run up to over $1,600—we can't help but fantasize about having every one of these amazing book clutches and crossbody bags in our closets. While Olympia Le-Tan also commands a ready-to-wear line for women, the brand is most known for its line of lust-worthy book clutches and minaudières. Disney collection aside, the brand has »
It was 25 years ago today that Disney’s The Little Mermaid hit theatres, rejuvenating a slumbering animation giant and igniting a new era for the studio that would produce some of its greatest and most beloved hits. The Little Mermaid -- on sale at the Cineplex Store for its anniversary! -- also featured dazzling songs from Alan Menkenand Howard Ashman, helping set a high musical bar for the films that would follow in its wake.
In honour of the film’s anniversary, we are pleased to present a list of the Top 10 Disney songs of all-time.
In the interest of fairness, only one song was chosen per film and the list is restricted to films from Disney Animation Studios.
10. “Heigh-Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Disney’s very first ear-worm, the end-of-the-workday sing-along from the Snow White’s mining companions was one of the earliest examples that Disney »
- Shane McNeil
Hard to imagine, but there was a time, before the release of "The Little Mermaid," when even Disney's own studio chief didn't expect much from the movie because it was a "girl's film." But Jeffrey Katzenberg was happy to be proved wrong when the film was released 25 years ago this week (on November 17, 1989).
"The Little Mermaid" was not only an enormous critical and commercial success, but it also launched a creative renaissance in Disney's animated features (including such modern classics as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") and a wave of princess-mania that continues to this day.
Still, as many times as you or your kids have watched "Little Mermaid" (probably many, many, many times), there's a lot you may not know about it, including who almost starred in it, who the characters were drawn to look like, and what was really up with that scene of the bishop with the bulging pants. »
- Gary Susman
Imagine a musical in which Cinderella’s prince cheats, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel suffer horrible fates, and Jack (of the Beanstalk fame) nearly brings about the end of civilization: It’s not exactly traditional Disney fare.
Yet that’s what moviegoers can expect at Christmas: the Disney-produced “Into the Woods,” director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical that turns “happily ever after” into “be careful what you wish for.”
Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine lead the cast of the season’s most-anticipated musical — by a studio best-known for its sunny, animated fairy-tale characters dating back more than 70 years to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
“It is a very un-Disney film,” says Blunt, who inhabits the critical role of the Baker’s Wife, the character that sets much of the plot in motion with her desire for a child. »
- Jon Burlingame
1915: The Beginning
MIT graduates Herbert Kalmus, Daniel Frost Comstock and W. Burton Westcott used the success of their first business venture – the chemical process development firm Kalmus, Comstock and Westcott – to build upon Kalmus’ prediction that color film was the future of cinema, and on Nov. 19, 1915, Technicolor was incorporated in Maine. The next year, they moved their operations to Jacksonville, Fla., and began production on their first project in their unusual laboratory space.
From Weekly Variety, Dec. 1, 1916: “Kalmus, Comstock & Westcott have bought outright and fitted up as a complete laboratory plant a 72-foot Pullman car. It left Boston Sunday morning for Jacksonville, Fla. There the promised picture, a 7-reeI dramatic subject, will be filmed, developed and made into positives, the railroad car plant doing the work.”
That proposed picture, “The Little Skipper,” would never come to light, but in 1917 Technicolor released its first film, “The Gulf Between.”
- Kevin Noonan
Disney's villains are singing a One Republic hit.
Outraged, the other villains of Disney remade "Counting Stars" as "Counting Scars" – and became a viral hit on YouTube.
The cast of characters banding together for this music video is diverse, from the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Maleficient from the recent Angelina Jolie movie, Hades in Hercules, Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmations, Jafar in Aladdin, Ursula in The Little Mermaid and Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
News: This is Why Disney Characters Rarely Have Moms
They make some key changes to One Republic's lyrics, especially in the chorus: "Lately I been, I been losing sleep dreaming about how evil I could be. But Villains, I been, I been tryin' »
Expectations for the upcoming fourth season of Once Upon a Time have never been higher.
After three seasons of introducing various fairy tale figures from years past—including characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and even The Wizard of Oz—the ABC drama is tapping into a property that was released less than a year ago: The highly popular Frozen.
When Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) returned from their time-traveling journey to the past in the season 3 finale, they unknowingly brought along a stowaway from Rumplestiltskins’s (Robert Carlyle) vault: Frozen’s »
- Natalie Abrams
Women presidents at the Academy: Cheryl Boone Isaacs is only the third one (photo: Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Brad Pitt) (See previous post: "Honorary Award Non-Winners: Too Late for Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich.") Wrapping up this four-part "Honorary Oscars Bypass Women" article, let it be noted that in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 85-year history there have been only two women presidents: two-time Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis (for two months in 1941, before the Dangerous and Jezebel star was forced to resign) and screenwriter Fay Kanin (1979-1983), whose best-known screen credit is the 1958 Doris Day-Clark Gable comedy Teacher's Pet. Additionally, following some top-level restructuring in April 2011, the Academy created the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with the CEO post currently held by a woman, former Film Independent executive director and sometime actress Dawn Hudson. The COO post is held »
- Andre Soares
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
As you know if you watched last year's "Saving Mr. Banks" -- Disney's own Disney-fied version of the creative struggles behind the making of "Mary Poppins" -- the author who created the magical nanny, P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson), didn't much care for the glossy, sugary (well, a spoonful, at least) musical comedy that Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) made from her sharp, astringent novels. But she may have been the only one.
The movie enjoyed near-universal acclaim upon its release 50 years ago this week (on August 27, 1964). It went on to be nominated for 13 Oscars, including Best Picture, and it won five of them, including Best Actress for film-newbie Julie Andrews, in the role that has defined her career ever since. Over the past five decades, "Mary Poppins" has become not only a beloved staple that seemingly every kid has watched, but also proof that the Walt Disney studio could »
- Gary Susman
Here are All 19 movies that joined the Billion Dollar Box Office Club.
This weekend, Transformers: Age Of Extinction joined the prestigious club of movies that have earned over $1 billion worldwide. The club is so exclusive that only 19 films out of the hundreds of thousands that have been released have ever made it to this level.
To celebrate the new addition, let's take a look at every film that captured enough imaginations to earn the gross domestic product of some smaller nations.
$2.78 billion (Directed by James Cameron)
$2.18 billion (Also directed by James Cameron)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King
$1.029 billion »
In the 1930s, movies didn’t open on thousands of screens the same day and suck every dollar they could from moviegoers during their opening weekend. They started out in first-run theaters where, if successful, they were held over for one or more weeks. Then they made their way to neighborhood houses, playing at “popular prices.” Here’s an unusual trio of advertisements touting the Los Angeles run of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which enjoyed an extended stay at the Carthay Circle Theatre before moving to two other prestige houses in the city. These customized ads clearly helped extend the movie’s lifespan, week after week after week. No wonder it was a box-office...
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- Leonard Maltin
PBS and American Experience are taking a look at the man behind the mouse and will air “Walt Disney,” a four-hour, two-night film that aims to explore the life and legacy of the iconic film producer and business magnate.
The film is spearheaded by biopic veterans director-producer Sarah Colt (“Rfk,” “Henry Ford”) and writer Mark Zwonitzer (“JFK,” “Triangle Fire”) and promises to showcase archival footage and interviews with artists who worked with him on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and Imagineers who helped design Disneyland.
“For many Americans — and for me — the twinkle and swish of the Sunday night Disney logo was pure magic. It was an invitation to a special event,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming officer and general manager, general audience programming for PBS. “For my kids, introducing them to animated Disney movies from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to ‘The Lion King’ brought us great joy and taught them life lessons. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Cue the most appropriate tagline: You will believe an elephant can fly! Minus a new version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which it forfeited, Disney seems to be planning a live-action remake of all of its animated classics. The good news is that eventually they’ll get to a proper redo of The Black Cauldron. The bad news is that, yes, it’s raping your childhood, your parents’ childhood and in some cases your grandparents’ childhood. I can only imagine what 80 year olds think of the news that now Dumbo is up on the board for another go, according to The Hollywood Reporter (and honoring the wish of Elle Fanning). I also can only imagine what my two-year-old son, who has already seen Dumbo maybe hundreds of times (thanks Netflix iPad app!), will think when he can comprehend what it’s like to hear that your favorite movie of all time is being remade. Because »
- Christopher Campbell
Though your first reaction to this news may be, “Seriously?”, it’s actually fairly shocking to think that the classic animated Disney movie has never been remade since first being released in 1941.
Dumbo is of course a timeless classic, and numerous home video rereleases mean that you would struggle to find a member of any generation who haven’t grown up watching the movie.
Well, a live-action remake is now in the works at Disney, with Transformers: Age of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger set to pen the screenplay for the studio. He also wrote the previous two instalments in the popular franchise from director Michael Bay, but obviously seems like an odd fit for this type of project!
Dumbo was Disney’s fourth animated feature after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia, and is one of their shortest with a running time of only 64 minutes.
This is »
- Josh Wilding
Disney is developing a live action “Dumbo,” based on the animated classic of 1941.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” scribe Ehren Kruger is writing the script that will build a family tale around the circus elephant who is ridiculed for his enormous ears and learns to fly through the help of his only true friend, a mouse.
The toon was Disney’s fourth animated film after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.” It’s also one of Disney’s shortest animated film at 64 minutes.
“Dumbo” becomes the latest animated film that Disney is looking to bring to the big screen in live action form, after scoring with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Maleficent” is a spinoff of “Sleeping Beauty.”
Kruger, who co-wrote the previous »
- Marc Graser
Disney was built on their animated cartoons and films. They've entertained audiences for years, and have inspired us and sparked our imaginations. Like many of you, I've enjoyed watching these movies and shows since I was a little kid, but holy crap! There are some extremely dark and terrifying moments that could really screw a kid up! Disney did some jacked up stuff. I've come up with a list of ten scenes from these kids movies that are the things of nightmares. I should let you know that I wanted to keep this list strictly Disney, so I did not include any Pixar films. I also didn't include such traumatic scenes such as Bambi's mom and Simba's dad dying. Look over the list and let us know of any other scenes that Disney screwed you up with.
Dumbo - Drunken Pink Elephants
As a kid I had no idea what was going on here! »
- Joey Paur
Whether you want to admit it or not, Walt Disney Pictures has held a monopoly on children's entertainment for the better part of the last century, molding the childhood memories of millions around the globe. While not all of their movies focus on princesses of the like shown above, they still have managed to create some of the most popular and enduring cinematic icons and franchises of all time. It all began with the revolutionary achievement that was 1937's landmark release, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Being the first feature length animated theatrical film, it helped to define what the Disney brand would be over the following seventy-five years. While the story itself is nothing special anymore, the movie did set in place the tropes that would become part of the Disney style; colourful and vibrant animation, imaginative characters in fantasy worlds, and classic music, all of which would »
It is hardly a novel concept to bring up realism when talking about animated films. From noting the “fingerprints” on the toy-based characters of The Lego Movie (2014) to remarking upon Pixar’s advancements in replicating hair and clothing, popular criticism of computer animated movies are as apt to discuss advancements in realistic CGI as they are plot or character development. Throughout the history of feature animation, be it hand drawn, stop-motion, or computer generated, there has been an ongoing endeavor to capture reality. The first animated feature by Walt Disney Studios is no exception. Released in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a technical marvel as much as it was an artistic and financial success. But aside from merely taking steps to emulate reality, Snow White exhibits traits that mirrored emerging trends in realist live action filmmaking, including deep focus photography and simulated camera movement.
Even the plot structure »
- Mallory Andrews
The Lion King turns 20 this week, and we need to celebrate! Among many other things, Disney is genius when it comes to creating catchy, timeless songs in its family films. The company has proven again and again that it's possible to meld brilliant storytelling with even better tunes. Beginning all the way back with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and continuing up to Frozen, here are the songs that you cannot help but get stuck in your head. Source: Disney »
- Maggie Pehanick
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