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The world is a better place because of films like Taiwan’s Thrilling Bloody Sword and better still because people like Colin Geddes - who owns and has preserved the print screened here in Sitges - and Mondo Macabro’s Pete Tombs and Andy Starke - who presented it to audiences - are here to point the way to find them. A ludicrously unauthorized remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Thrilling Bloody Sword has everything you could possibly want in a cult film: technicolored painted backdrops, evil magicians, a beautiful girl hatched from an egg, palace intrigue, a talking chicken, one-eyed demons, fire breathing nine headed serpents, dwarfs that are nothing but adult men walking on their knees and an invulnerable villain that can be killed only by stabbing him up the bum. I can’t say conclusively that director Cheung San-Yee was consuming large amounts of acid »
- Todd Brown
Robin Hood (1963)
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures Yesterday I received the new Sleeping Beauty (2-Disc Platinum Edition) DVD and I expect the Blu-ray Disc to be in my mailbox soon. In the meantime we had some great animation this summer in Wall E and Kung Fu Panda and we have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Bolt and The Tale of Despereaux to look forward to, but RottenTomatoes is looking backward at the moment and brings us a Top 50 list of the best reviewed animated films. Their intro reads as: Since the earliest days of cinema, animated films have constantly evolved, drawing audiences of all ages looking for a new perspective on the world in which we live. Here at Rt, we've dug deep to bring you our countdown of the best-reviewed animated films of all time. Like the world of animation itself, our list is wonderfully diverse: we've got Disney classics (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs »
- Brad Brevet
Despite the studio.s reputation, Disney never really made all that many fairytales. Of course, they launched their line of animated features with one via 1937.s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but since then, they.ve only produced a few. Of that group, Beauty probably remains the most obscure. Beauty seems to have fallen between the cracks to a certain degree. Of course, its stature as a Disney movie means it.ll always be remembered, but it.s not one that shares the prominence of the others.
Frankly, I can.t argue that it really deserves a greater audience. While the movie certainly displays some excellent elements, it seems somewhat lackluster and unimpressive as a whole.
After a long wait, King Stefan (voiced by Taylor Holmes) and Queen No-name finally bear a child whom they name Princess Aurora. We see a massive celebration in her honor and meet a young Prince Phillip, »
Descriptions of new television shows generally make the shows sound either terrible or patently ridiculous, especially when those descriptions fall into the reductive "It's [blank] meets [blank]." variety. But apparently reducing a show to a long string of meaningless references is the key to selling a show. Well, at least, selling a show to Fox. From The Hollywood Reporter: Heigh-ho! Fox is developing a contemporary take on the classic Walt Disney tale of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"...Tentatively titled "Georgia and the Seven Associates," the hourlong dramedy, produced by ABC Studios, is tonally described as "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Taxi" set in Los Angeles' legal circles. It centers on Georgia Burnett, a young lawyer who is banished from a top law firm run by her stepmother and forced to team up with seven quirky lawyers at a storefront legal office. This is »
16 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Heigh-ho! Fox is developing a contemporary take on the classic Walt Disney tale of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" from producers Chris Brancato and Bert Salke, feature writers David Weissman and David Diamond and director Ken Kwapis.
Tentatively titled "Georgia and the Seven Associates," the hourlong dramedy, produced by ABC Studios, is tonally described as "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Taxi" set in Los Angeles' legal circles.
It centers on Georgia Burnett, a young lawyer who is banished from a top law firm run by her stepmother and forced to team up with seven quirky lawyers at a storefront legal office.
"It is 'L.A. Law' vs. the little engine that could," said Brancato, who is writing the script with Weissman and Diamond.
The associates at the firm will have the personalities of the Seven Dwarfs. For instance, Doc is an ambulance chaser who carries neck braces in his trunk, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
28 August 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Blu-ray Disc juggernaut continues as Disney said Thursday that it will release five more Platinum Collection animated classics on Blu-ray.
The quintet includes "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), the first of Disney's acclaimed hand-drawn animated features. Also in the pipeline are "Pinocchio" (1940), "Fantasia" (1940), "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and "Fantasia 2000" (1999).
Each will be available for a limited time in new multidisc sets featuring hours of bonus materials and rare behind-the-scenes footage.
Disney is launching its Platinum Collection line on Blu-ray with "Sleeping Beauty," which will be released Oct. 7.
Disney is launching its next-generation Bd-Live network, which offers such Web-enabled features as chat rooms and video messaging, in the U.S. only with "Sleeping Beauty." The network will go live worldwide in fall 2009 with "Snow White."
Of the five new Blu-ray releases, "Pinocchio" will be first out of the gate, coming in the spring. "Snow White" is next, followed »
- By Thomas K. Arnold
Ledger's performance in new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, the last movie he completed before his death in January, has been lauded by critics and tipped for an Oscar nomination.
But editors of Moviefone rank him behind Fiennes; James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader; Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West and Sir Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in the onscreen evil stakes.
A Moviefone editor explains the decision to crown Voldemort the most dastardly, "He is the most powerful dark wizard to ever wave a wand. What's more, he schemes to dominate the whole world. Without his slithering presence, would J.K. Rowling be the best-selling author of all time? The answer, a resounding "No."
The top ten is as follows:
1: Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter - Ralph Fiennes
By Matt Singer and Alison Willmore
According to the AFI's latest list, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is the best American animated film, ever, while "Raging Bull" is the greatest sports flick and "Lawrence of Arabia" is the most epic epic. This week on the IFC News podcast, we look over their picks, agree with some, disagree with others, and dissect whether "epic" is really even a genre anyway.
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[Photo: The best American animated film of all time? "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Disney, 1937] »
- Alison Willmore
8 items from 2008
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