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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Sierra Revived, Restarts "King's Quest" Games

12 August 2014 2:13 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

If you were a kid in the 1980s and early 1990s and if you were into PC video games, one company you knew of was Sierra Entertainment. The video game publisher famous for its point-and-click adventures with a sense of humour.

The result were iconic game series and one-offs like "King's Quest," "Space Quest," "Police Quest," "Leisure Suit Larry," "Quest for Glory," "The Black Cauldron," "Mixed-Up Mother Goose," "Manhunter," "EcoQuest," "The Dagger of Amon Ra," "Castle of Dr. Brain" and many more.

By the late 1990s gamers moved on to different genres and publishers and a buyout essentially scuttled the company. Even so, there's still a lot of respect for the Sierra name which was absorbed into Activision back in 2008.

Now, the company label is being re-activated, with the first game to be a new chapter in the "King's Quest" franchise which will be worked on by The Odd Gentlemen, »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney Classics Getting Blu-Ray Release August 12th – Tarzan, Hercules, And More

6 August 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

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

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I Think I Will Have Seen Everything When I See a “Live-Action” ‘Dumbo’

8 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Ehren Kruger Is Writing A Live Action ‘Dumbo’ Movie

8 July 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ehren Kruger, the screenwriter behind films like Arlington Road, Scream 3 and the last three Transformers movies, has been hired by Disney to write the live-action Dumbo movie. After the massive success of their $600 million-taking Maleficent, which was released earlier on this year, and the future Jon Favreau directed The Jungle Book, the beloved tale of the big-eared elephant is the next classic Disney film to be adapted with real actors. Live-action versions of Cinderella and Beauty And The Beast are also in the works at the studio.

Kruger will also co-produce the film along with Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion).

The announcement of the Dumbo movie definitely makes us ask the question; which property will Disney pick on next? Robin Hood? The Black Cauldron? We can only hope.

Source: The Wrap »

- Paul Heath

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10 Terrifying Disney Animated Moments

23 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

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

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The Chernabog – Scaring Our Inner Child

10 June 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I think we can all agree that monstrosity means something different to kids than it does to adults. As one of our other writers pointed out earlier this month, “The best movie monsters, for the most part, are the ones that take a psychological giant leap from meek to menacing.” However when analyzing monsters in children’s movies we have to take a slightly different approach. The psychological analysis of movie monsters that we see above, the kinds of monsters that represent, “the constant reminder that all men have the potential to release the monster-made impulses from within,” come from a more fully realized understanding of the world than children have.

So the villains in children’s movies have to be less nuanced and more archetypal in their representations. Case and point: the Chernabog from Fantasia. A monster that appeals to primal fears that almost anyone can understand. Speaking personally, »

- Mynt Marsellus

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Sunday Quiz: Do You Know Your Disney Villains?

1 June 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’re kicking off a new regular Sunday quiz feature here at Flickering Myth, and with Angelina Jolie returning to the screen this weekend as the Mistress of All Evil in Maleficent, we thought we’d get things underway by putting your knowledge of Disney villains to the test. So, if you think you know your Scar from your Shere Khan and your Hades from your Jafar, then take the quiz below and see if you can match all 20 Disney villains to their respective films…

Question 1 The Jungle Book The Rescuers The Lion King Mulan

Question 2 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Sleeping Beauty Dumbo The Lion King

Question 3 Peter Pan The Black Cauldron Pocahontas The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Question 4 Hercules Aladdin The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Pinocchio

Question 5 Lady and the Tramp 101 Dalmations The Aristocats Frozen

Question 6 The Sword in the Stone Robin Hood Sleeping Beauty »

- Gary Collinson

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'Maleficent' and the Rise of the Grim Fairy Tale

29 May 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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, »

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See Tim Burton's Early Animated Films That Landed Him a Job at Disney

14 May 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

We always get a kick out of seeing what kind of work our favorite directors were making before they became famous. Master of the macabre Tim Burton started his career at Disney as an animator and storyboard/concept artist, contributing to features like The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Tron, but his gothic style just didn’t jibe with the studio’s wholesome image. In fact, 1984’s Frankenweenie was the short that got him fired from Disney for being too dark and scary for kids. Burton’s career at the Mouse House started after one of his shorts attracted the attention of execs. He made Stalk of the Celery Monster and King and Octopus during his studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California, before graduating in...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Disney to re-release classics with unique 'Villains' artwork

8 May 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney has announced limited editions of many of its classic family movies, with unique artwork inspired by their villains.

A total of 24 films - including The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Aladdin and 101 Dalmations - will be released with a premium metallic sleeve.

Walt Disney Company is 90: Digital Spy staff pick their favourite movies

The 'Disney Villains' special edition collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD at selected UK stores on June 2, days after Maleficent launches in cinemas on May 28.

Below is the full list of movies that are getting the artwork makeover:

1. The Jungle Book

2. Cinderella

3. The Little Mermaid

4. Peter Pan

5. 101 Dalmatians

6. Aladdin

7. Mulan

8. Wreck-It Ralph

9. Pinocchio

10. Tangled

11. Alice in Wonderland

12. The Princess and the Frog

13. Lady and the Tramp

14. Pocahontas

15. Fantasia

16. The Emperor's New Groove

17. Hercules

18. Robin Hood

19. The Black Cauldron

20. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

21. Basil the Great Mouse Detective

22. Enchanted

23. Oz the Great and Powerful

24. 101 Dalmatians (live action, »

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18 great animated films unavailable on Blu-ray

25 April 2014 5:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21

From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...

Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.

When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.

The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »

- ryanlambie

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See More Fantastic Art for Disney Movies from Mondo's Latest Show

7 March 2014 3:26 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The Jungle is Jumpin'! Earlier in the week we posted a batch of artwork from Mondo's spectacular Disney show currently open at their gallery during the ongoing SXSW Film Festival down in Austin, TX. Thanks to art lovers at SlashFilm we now have a look at even more art that debuted at the show, which had a huge line to get in, and if you're a Disney fan, or had a childhood (that means everyone) you have to see these. The show is called Nothing's Impossible - info. There's some art for Pixar's Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, as well as classics like Disney's The Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, The Black Cauldron, and Snow White, plus The Skeleton Dance. Many of these pieces exceed expectations, so take a quick look below. For the full gallery of prints, head to SlashFilm or MondoTees or follow @MondoNews or visit in Austin, TX. The Black Cauldron »

- Alex Billington

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How ‘The Black Cauldron’ Became a Cult Classic

26 February 2014 9:29 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Black Cauldron

Written by David Jonas, Vance Gerry, Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Al Wilson, Roy Morita, Peter Young, Art Stevens, Joe Hale, Rosemary Anne Sisson, Roy Edward Disney, Tony Marino, Steve Hulett, Melvin Shaw, Burny Mattinson, John Musker, Ron Clements, and Doug Lefler

Directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich

USA, 1985

If there is one movie, Disney would like to delete from its animation library, it’s The Black Cauldron. What began as another feather in their animation cap became a perfect storm of misfortune that lead to a box office bomb that put Disney on the edge of disaster. They waited 13 years before releasing the film on VHS, and only because enough fans requested the film be made available. Although The Black Cauldron isn’t considered a Disney classic, it has established itself as a cult classic.

Those looking beyond mainstream animation will find a hidden gem within »

- Elizabeth Rico

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

24 February 2014 3:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy's stylish story of disappearance and changing identity in Singapore is the standout title in a week filled out by Norse gods and Welsh mythology

The Bafta awards have been and gone, and with them the eyebrow-raising announcement that Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón's marvellous Hollywood space spectacle, was the best British film of the year, a classification made possible by its UK-produced effects work. Make of that what you will, but the list of great British (or even part-British) films ignored entirely by awards voters this year is rather a long one, with the under-seen Irish co-production Mister John (Artificial Eye, 15) somewhere near the top.

Husband-and-wife duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy made a startling 2009 debut with Helen, and that film's thematic preoccupation with identities lost and assumed is extended in this even more accomplished follow-up. The superb Aidan Gillen (recently seen leering to delicious »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Fantasia 2000,’ and Why It Should Be Considered Part of the Disney Renaissance

12 February 2014 9:45 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“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

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‘The Jungle Book’ and Racism in Disney’s Animated Features

10 February 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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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28 Days of Disney Animation: ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire,’ Or When Disney Stops Caring About the Child Audience

3 February 2014 9:36 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Written by Tab Murphy

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

Us, 2001

One of the biggest complaints of animated films in North America is that they are undoubtedly targeted solely at children. While Disney and Pixar may occasionally slip adult jokes in to their films, the films are still marketed to children. On weekends when animated films open, it is assumed that they will be successful because they are targeted at kids going with their families. This is why many flock to the films of Studio Ghibli as examples of animated films for adults. However, shortly after the end of the Disney Renaissance (the films between The Little Mermaid and Tarzan), Disney released their most mature film since The Black Cauldron: Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

The film opens with a quote from Plato about the fall of the continent of Atlantis followed by a cataclysmic scene of its destruction. »

- Mynt Marsellus

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'Sleeping Beauty': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Disney Classic

27 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

With anticipation building for Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," due May 30, it's worth noting that the source of her live-action remake, Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty," marks its 55th anniversary this week. Released on January 29, 1959, the movie was only a modest hit at the time, but over the years, it earned acclaim for its gorgeous wide-screen visuals, its memorable music, and its unforgettable villainess.

It's a movie you probably watched many times as a child, and yet there are still some things you probably don't know about "Sleeping Beauty," including its connections to Bugs Bunny, "The Andy Griffith Show," and the British royal family.

Here's a list of 25 such items you can stack on your spindle -- but be careful to shield your fingertip.

1. "Sleeping Beauty" is adapted from both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions of the classic fairy tale. In Perrault, the princess's name is Aurora; in Grimm, it's Briar Rose. »

- Gary Susman

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8 Animated Disney Films That Really Shouldn’t Be Called Classics

15 January 2014 6:44 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Walt Disney Pictures

Ignoring those produced by other animation houses, Walt Disney Pictures have made 53 animated features. Or, as the company likes to phrase it, they’ve produced 53 animated ‘classics’. Now Disney, even for you that’s a little egotistical.

In the early 40′s, Disney was the Pixar of its day, casually churning out hit after hit that could conceivably be called classics; Bambi, Dumbo, Fantasia among others. But there’s been seventy years of development with incredibly mixed results. From short compendiums to The Black Cauldron, Disney have been as well defined by their misses as their hits. So this classic labelling exists for one of two reasons; either the execs have incredibly selective memories or they’re using gross exaggeration to ensure their reputation never takes the same knock in did in the mid-eighties.

If it’s the latter (and of course, we know it is), then it’s been a major success. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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