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With the live, musical stage production of Peter Pan airing on NBC on Thursday, and the recent release of the trailer for the upcoming adventure drama Pan – a re-imagined live-action version of J.M. Barrie's classic tale – it seems that America is once again experiencing full-blown Peter Pandemonium.
And why not? It's fun for the whole family, right? On the surface, Peter Pan is about a young boy leading his friends on the adventure of a lifetime. Like most children's stories, it's a cherished morality tale that teaches kids a lesson while keeping them entertained.
Video: 8 Disney Characters You Forgot Were Voiced by Famous Stars
And, like most beloved children's stories, the familiar tale of Peter Pan is based on a book full of horrible murder and deeply traumatizing acts of depravity. Seriously, children's stories are messed up. To show you what we mean, here are seven beloved (Disney-adapted) tales of fun and adventure that are based »
Snow White was a risk that could have finished Disney. Ryan looks at how the world's first animated feature changed the landscape of cinema
In 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios released Frozen, its 53rd animated feature. With takings of well over $1bn and counting, it ranks as the most successful animated film of all time, eclipsing the previous title holder - Pixar's Toy Story 3 - by around $200m.
For a generation who've grown up with such films as The Lion King and Tangled, Disney probably seems like an immovable cultural force: as recognisable and unchanging as Mount Rushmore or the American flag. But Disney has survived a series of peaks and troughs since its founding in the 1920s, from its decline in the 1970s and early 80s, its revival in the 90s, and its second burst of creative energy in the 2000s.
From its inception, Disney Animation Studios has moved with the times, »
The Disney Channel announced that they are developing a TV special based on their Haunted Mansion Disney Parks attraction. The news comes just one week after director Guillermo del Toro said he may not direct the feature adaptation Haunted Mansion 3D. Take a look at the official announcement from Disney, which also includes details about other Disney Channel pilots that are in production, then read on for more details.
Disney Television Animation is in development on Haunted Mansion, a special for Disney Channel and Disney Xd inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror genre artist and children's book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes) is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of Phineas and Ferb.
The television animation studio continues to add to its deep roster of »
Dick Jones, who provided the voice of the title character in Disney's 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, has died at age 87. The actor, who often went by the nickname "Dickie," passed away on Monday, July 7, after suffering a fall at his home in Northridge, near Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times quoted his son Rick as saying. The official cause of his death was not announced. Jones is also survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty; son Jeffrey, two sisters, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, the newspaper reported. Pinocchio marked Jones' most famous, and only, animated role. In addition to his voice performance as the wooden boy whose nose grows when he lies, the actor also »
Voice actor Richard Percy “Dickie” Jones has died at the age of 87.
Jones began as a child actor and maintained his career into his 30s, becoming a familiar face in TV and low-budget westerns. As “Dickie” Jones, the native Texan landed small parts in films like the Laurel and Hardy classic “Babes In Toyland” (1934) as well as “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” (1939) and “The Adventures of Mark Twain” (1944), where he played a young Samuel Clemens.
Still, Jones is probably best remembered for, at the age of 12, voicing the title role in Walt Disney’s animated classic “Pinocchio” — a film that Variety dubbed its 1939 review to be “a substantial piece of entertainment for young and old.”
Jones’ final screen appearance was in the 1965 western “Requiem For A Gunfighter,” after which he retired from acting to pursue a career in real estate.
Jones passed away at his Northridge, Calif. home of apparent natural causes. »
- Shelli Weinstein
The title star's conscience may have been Jiminy Cricket, but his voice in the 1940 Walt Disney animated feature Pinocchio belonged to 10-year-old Dick Jones, who made millions of fellow youngsters cry when his screen character was reunited with his father and then turned into a real boy. Jones, not only the voice of Pinocchio but the veteran of 40 movies before he landed that role, died Monday night after a fall in his San Fernando Valley, California, home, his son, Rick Jones, told the Los Angeles Times. He was 87. Inducted in 2000 as a "Disney Legend" at the studio that produced the beloved movie (which, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Boy Culture counts down 100 best Golden Girls guest spots - movie stars of yore!
New Yorker thorough piece on the arguments for and against VOD for indies and the question of "cultural endurance" (I'm against VOD in general but I recognize that's probably because I live in NYC where I can actually see the movies and I think moviegoing is so much more immersive than watching things at home)
Me Says considers Notes on a Scandal (2006) the Whatever Happened to Baby Jane of our time
Bad-Ass Digest on Exodus: Gods and Kings' 'white men with bronzer' cast. Will it finally crystallize the white-wash problem for people who still don't get it?
Nathaniel R and have you seen that tacky black&white-in-color poster?
EW Dick Jones the »
- NATHANIEL R
Richard Percy Jones, who gave his voice to an iconic animated character and rode horses in Western movies, died on July 7th at his home in Northridge, California. He was 87.
Jones turned 10 in 1937, the year Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White, came to theaters. Until then, he was billed onscreen as “Dickie” Jones. Afterward, he shortened it to the more grown-up “Dick,” but he will forever be remembered for the boy he voiced in Disney’s second animated feature, in 1940, Pinocchio.
Walt Disney picked Jones for the role at age 11, he told The Telegraph in 2009. “It was like a radio show, »
- Jacob Shamsian
The actor - also known as Dick or Dickie Jones - found fame as a child star in the classic animated 1940 film, and went on to appear in several popular westerns and B-movies.
He died on Monday (July 7) at his home in Northridge, California.
Jones is best known for his starring role as the puppet who wants to be a real boy, and performed the songs 'Give a Little Whistle', 'Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee' and 'I've Got No Strings'.
Some years ago I showed the 1939 classic Destry Rides Again to my class at USC; most of the students had never seen it. Following the screening I introduced Dick Jones, who appeared in the film and was featured in the penultimate scene with James Stewart. We talked about the fact that he worked with Stewart that same year in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and also spent some time at the Walt Disney studio recording the dialogue for Pinocchio. I turned to the class and said, pointedly, “He was the voice of Pinocchio.” This was greeted by a chorus of oohs and ahhs and immediately changed the tenor of the evening. Pinocchio gave Dick a kind of immortality, but if it affected him he...
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- Leonard Maltin
Richard Percy Jones, best known for voicing the wooden puppet “Pinocchio” in Disney's 1940 animated film, has died at the age of 87. According to the Los Angeles County coroner's office, Jones was found dead in his residence in Northridge, Calif. on Monday by a family member. An autopsy is scheduled to take place Wednesday or Thursday, although the coroner's office tells TheWrap there were no signs of foul play, and it appears Jones died of natural causes. Jones had a long and successful career in Hollywood. The actor, who was known »
- Linda Ge
Richard Percy Jones, who voiced the title character in Disney's 1940 animated film Pinocchio, died July 7 at his home in Northridge, Calif. He was 87. Lt. Fred Corral, of the L.A. Coroner's Office investigation division, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that an 87-year-old man was found dead Monday by his wife on the bathroom floor of their Northridge home. She called 911, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Jones voiced the role of the puppet who wants to be
- Kimberly Nordyke
The first man who brought Pinocchio to life on the big screen has died -- Richard Percy Jones passed away at home in Northridge, CA.Jones died Monday night ... apparently of natural causes.As a kid, he was chosen by Walt Disney to provide the voice of the boy puppet for the 1940 animated flick, "Pinocchio." Jones was also a skilled rodeo rider -- appearing in a bunch of B-movies and TV shows. He also had »
- TMZ Staff
There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to society, and generally living happy, semi-fulfilled lives. But whisper a perfectly-timed “mawage” in their direction during a wedding, and the resulting blank stare or awkward chuckle will expose an inconceivable pop-cultural blind spot. Someone failed them when they were growing up.
In many ways it’s too late for them, but we can still save the next generation. The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) is a starting point. This isn’t a list of the 55 “best” kids movies, »
- EW staff
Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer unravels the many layers of 1964's "The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao." "The Circus of Dr. Lao," written by Charles G. Finney in 1935, was a cynical, trenchant satire of the small minds of small town people. George Pal, whose perennially sunny demeanor was in sharp contrast to Finney's curdled comedy, kept his rose-colored glasses firmly in place when he directed his own version in 1964 from a screenplay by Charles Beaumont. Though the pungent atmosphere is missing from Pal's adaptation, several memorable things remain including a bittersweet score from Leigh Harline ("Pinocchio"), an assortment of mythical monsters courtesy of William Tuttle and Wah Chang and, most importantly, a brilliant tour-de-force by Tony Randall as the mysterious ringmaster Lao. Randall possessed one of the most beautiful speaking voices in Hollywood and he uses it to full effect in "7 Faces," inhabiting everything from a wistful Merlin the »
- Trailers From Hell
The Circus of Dr. Lao, written by Charles G. Finney in 1935, was a cynical, trenchant satire of the small minds of small town people. George Pal, whose perennially sunny demeanor was in sharp contrast to Finney's curdled comedy, kept his rose-colored glasses firmly in place when he directed his own version in 1964 from a screenplay by Charles Beaumont. Though the pungent atmosphere is missing from Pal's adaptation, several memorable things remain including a bittersweet score from Leigh Harline (Pinocchio), an assortment of mythical monsters courtesy of William Tuttle and Wah Chang and, most importantly, a brilliant tour-de-force by Tony Randall as the mysterious ringmaster Lao. Randall possessed one of the most beautiful speaking voices in Hollywood and he uses it to full effect in 7 Faces, inhabiting everything from a wistful Merlin the Magician to a spooky drag version of the snake-headed Medusa.
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- TFH Team
Ward Kimball might be the most important name in animation you've never heard: one of Disney's first animators, he worked on the dwarfs for “Snow White,” designed Jiminy Cricket for “Pinocchio” and redesigned Mickey himself in the '50s. Later he became a member of the “Nine Old Men” who advised and counseled Walt and the Disney company for decades. All that, and he mentored Brad Bird, Pixar's presiding genius and one of the most important figures in animation today.Kimball had hobbies too, though, and one of them was trains: he was fascinated by railways and collected railway memorabilia (Kimball is part of the reason Disneyland features lots of train-related attractions). So it's hardly surprising that when Los Angeles' Union Station, the last of the great, palatial American train stations opened in 1939 just down the road from Disney, he was there with a camera, shooting the only known footage of the opening. »
- Ben Brock
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. »
“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
The release of The Jungle Book on Blu-ray today has become, as when Saving Mr. Banks was unveiled a couple months ago, an unplanned forum on a most thorny issue for the Disney uber-fan: was Walt Disney a racist/sexist/anti-Semite, and if so, was he a super-racist/sexist/anti-Semite, or just your average, garden-variety racist/sexist/anti-Semite? Even though the 1967 animated film based loosely on a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling opened months after Disney passed away, this was the last film on which he had any serious impact. And, since Meryl Streep chose to make her speech applauding Emma Thompson for her performance as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks as much about exactly how bad a man Walt Disney was, the issue of his true personal feelings–whatever those may have been–and whether or not they crept into the films he made has become unavoidable as of late. »
- Josh Spiegel
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