17 items from 2014
A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.
The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
I got the opportunity to both play the upcoming Harmonix motion-controlled rhythm game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, at Disney’s E3 booth, as well as talk to some Harmonix employees and obtain more information on the game.
The demo I played, which was running the Xbox One version of the game, had a surprisingly long list of tracks to choose from. I ended up going with “Feel Good, Inc.” by the Gorillaz, since it’s a personal favorite. While song selection can be handled with the controller, gameplay itself is entirely gesture-based via the Kinect sensor. Players have to move their arms to swipe in specified directions or punch forward to the beat of each song, all folowing timed onscreen prompts like most other rhythm games.
Each song will contain within it three unique remixes, which can be switched between at specific prompt points. Other sections will also enable you »
- John Fleury
The first true day of E3 2014 has wrapped and let me tell you, time does fly when you are having an insane time. With so many huge titles announced beforehand, and even more unveiled as the show goes on, playing -- or seeing -- games hands on takes up most of the time.
Today, I started my E3 with Activision and my first stop was 30 minutes playing Destiny, the hot new IP from Bungie. First off, the game sizzles in its smoothness. The textures are wonderful and it felt like 1080p, 60 fps, even on this early build.
My fire team took on the Old Russia map and we were able to run one mission. Our team lead was the artist who actually created the level, Rob Evans. Destiny has an Mmo feel with enemy respawns occurring all the time. We cleared out an old factory and took on a "wizard" which was the level boss. »
The Kinect-based game Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved took a big hit when Microsoft announced that Xbox One without Kinect would arrive in stores this month. Despite the imminent drop in Kinect-based Xbox Ones on the market moving forward, Disney Interactive is moving full steam ahead with the release of their Fantasia-inspired game and will release it to the world on October 21.
To accompany the release date announcement and usher in next week's E3, Disney Interactive has passed along a new trailer dubbed 'The Neighborhood' that explores a previously unseen city realm in the game. This trailer wisely intersperses cuts of an actual person "conducting" the gameplay so what's seen on the screen makes more sense.
The official description of 'The Neighborhood' reads as follows, "In The Neighborhood, players will work their way through a restrained 2D urban cityscape, using music and magic to unleash a vibrant and magical »
The trailers teased glimpses of Sleeping Beauty's iconic villainess, accompanied by a gothic cover of "Once Upon a Dream." Gone were the 1959 animated film's Technicolor wonders, replaced with shades of blacks and blues, while Lana del Rey's vocals enveloped Mary Costa and Bill Shirley's airy duet with jazz-club smokiness. Even when the sneak peek appeared to throw a bone of sympathy towards the titular evil character, it brooded with the faux-angst of 9th grade poetry. This was what you could expect from Maleficent — Disney's early bid for summer-film dominance, »
As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.
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30. Annie (1982)
Directed by John Huston
Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)
Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »
- Joshua Gaul
Los Angeles (AP) — Buzz Lightyear, meet Captain America. The Walt Disney Co. is adding several Marvel superheros to its toys-meets-games series "Disney Infinity." The company announced plans Wednesday to add more than 20 such characters — beginning with "The Avengers" members Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor and Hulk — in a new installment of the franchise. "Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes" is set for release this fall for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The new 2.0 version of "Infinity" will include several updates, including more ways to upgrade characters, new moves and vehicles like motorcycles. "We wanted to take everything that worked so well and make it epic," said Jimmy Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive, during an event Wednesday at Pacific Theatres' Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis is writing original stories featuring the Marvel characters for the game. »
- AP Staff
Trailers from Hell's Mick Garris takes a look at another film by animation legend Ralph Bakshi, "Fritz the Cat," from 1972. Nsfw! The great cartoonist/provocateur Robert Crumb disowned this 1972 film based on his comic strip about the low-down adventures of a randy tom-cat. Clearly a labor of love for director Ralph Bakshi, he spent years finding backing and several more years producing it. With the help of long-time Disney animator Edwin Aardal ("Fantasia"), Bakshi finds a reasonable approximation of Crumb’s densely populated visual style but he doesn’t capture the passive-aggressive humor of the misanthropic artist’s shaggy-dog storytelling. The movie flaunted its adults only rating (“We’re not rated X for nothin’, baby!”), not only to cement its counter-culture cred but to distance itself from more juvenile animation fare. Producer Steve Krantz began his career in animation with the bottom-of-the-barrel syndicated shows, "The Mighty »
- Trailers From Hell
The great cartoonist/provocateur Robert Crumb disowned this 1972 film based on his comic strip about the low-down adventures of a randy tom-cat. Clearly a labor of love for director Ralph Bakshi, he spent years finding backing and several more years producing it. With the help of long-time Disney animator Edwin Aardal (Fantasia), Bakshi finds a reasonable approximation of Crumb’s densely populated visual style but he doesn’t capture the passive-aggressive humor of the misanthropic artist’s shaggy-dog storytelling. The movie flaunted its adults only rating (“We’re not rated X for nothin’, baby!”), not only to cement its counter-culture cred but to distance itself from more juvenile animation fare. Producer Steve Krantz began his career in animation with the bottom-of-the-barrel syndicated shows, The Mighty Thor and Spider-Man in 1966-67. Nsfw!
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- TFH Team
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39
For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...
In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.
Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Ryan Sweeting just might be the happiest people at the Happiest Place on Earth. The adorable lovebirds enjoyed a fun-filled "mini honeymoon" getaway to Disneyland on Saturday. As usual, the Big Bang Theory star documented the magical experience at the amusement park on her Instagram account. "Mini honeymoon at the happiest place on earth! @ryansweething #myhusbandisadisneyvirgin!," the actress captioned one snapshot. The Sweetings are appropriately clad in Disney gear as they pose in front of the well-known Mickey Mouse grass design. Kaley is sporting a cute pair of bright pink polka dot Minnie Mouse ears, while Ryan opted for the blue Fantasia Mickey tall cap. The »
“I think we’re all glad that they changed the name to Fantasia,” states Steve Martin dryly during his introduction of Fantasia 2000 regarding the film’s predecessor, which was originally called The Concert Feature. (Fantasia may be a slightly cooler-sounding title, but it’s not much more inviting to the average audience member than The Concert Feature.) That single line of dialogue represents the key to the creative struggle at the heart of Fantasia 2000, a perfectly entertaining film with no identity of its own. Though Martin is funny in his few moments on screen (all of the celebrity introductions in this new film are mildly charming in their own way, though they vary in tone from Martin’s wacky fourth-wall-breaking humor to regal sincerity, as with Angela Lansbury’s climactic appearance), the fact that a recognizable comedian needs to be one of our ushers into a world of »
- Josh Spiegel
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ catalogue began with an artistic bang when Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio were released to audiences. While not the commercial successes the studio fantasized about, both demonstrated the sharp if simple storytelling and, arguably more impressive, a quality of animation that seemed unparalleled at the time. The issue, alas, was the lack of monetary success (especially with the company’s other 1940 release, Fantasia), a result that discouraged Walt Disney from swinging for the fences with his next outing, Dumbo. As far as the script is concerned, Dumbo performs some extraordinarily unorthodox circus acts to tell what is an extremely simple story, which compensates for the lower quality of the visuals, even though the latter is not quite as bad as it seems upon first glance.
The story begins in Florida, »
- Edgar Chaput
The concept of the work of art that is unappreciated by the masses immediately, but gains a passionate and overwhelming following decades later is almost as old as time itself. A book, or piece of music, or painting, or sculpture, or film is unveiled to an indifferent public, save a few devout fans, and is only revived once newer generations approach it with fresh eyes. So many films we now consider to be the greatest of all time were not as warmly received (if they were received warmly at all) upon their initial release. Some classics, such as Citizen Kane and Vertigo, benefit now primarily from home media releases, repeated airings on Turner Classic Movies, and the impassioned voices of critics and historians to emphasize to general audiences how important and daring and dramatically satisfying these films truly are. Then there are the films that received a second wind of »
- Josh Spiegel
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
The 1970s and early 1980s represent a curious episode in the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ features. The famous studio rarely produces outright poor movies, yet this period is just as rarely mentioned in the same breath as its first decade or so, when classics like Pinocchio, Bambi, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came to be, or the baptized renaissance that began with The Little Mermaid and lasted until Tarzan. It feels as though the aforementioned decade and a half feature a steady stream of decent, generally appreciated outings but nothing most people cite as being their favourite efforts. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood; few if any of these make anyone’s top 5 lists. Neither does the film that opened the 1970s, »
- Edgar Chaput
Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
"Big Bad Wolves" is a dark, unsettling film about revenge, centering on a group of men seeking retribution against a man they believe kidnapped and murdered a child. It is also broadly a film with metaphorical allusions to the Middle East peace process, while equally showcasing the power of a nagging mother on the phone. In short, it's a wonderful mix of the macabre and the darkly comedic, showcasing a gallows humour in this tale of vengeance.
Israeli filmmakers Navot Papushado and Ahron Keshales have crafted a taut film that has done well on the festival circuit. Its unique mix of the horrific with the humorous caught the attention of another filmmaker used to dancing between dark and light -- Quentin Tarantino -- who called "Wolves" "the best film of the year" after a screening in Busan. The movie took home five Ophirs (the Israeli equivalent of the Oscars), and »
- Jason Gorber
17 items from 2014
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