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Sketchy goes down a dark road this week to discuss a Disney movie that people Don’T like, which is quite the rarity. It’s The Black Cauldron. Join us in hating it. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
Tim here, to celebrate the silver anniversary of one of the most important films in the annals of American animation. 25 years ago today – some of you are going to have to brace yourselves, because you’re about to feel very old – Walt Disney Pictures released The Little Mermaid, in one fell swoop rewriting the landscape for family entertainment and animation alike.
As hard as it is to believe now, once upon a time, Disney was an embarrassing underdog, whose theme parks were solely responsible for keeping its saggy movie division propped up. 1989 was only four years removed from the disastrous release of the pricey The Black Cauldron, and the takeover of the company by executives Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, who managed to stabilize the live action filmmaking division, while putting the animation studio under the command of Peter Schneider.
It was Schneider who managed an ambitious and terrifyingly foolhardy plan, »
- Tim Brayton
Disney continues its new tradition of unveiling all their classics in digitally restored high-definition with the release of Sleeping Beauty in a Diamond Edition. Having been released already in a Blu-ray format, the new version doesn’t create the same sense of urgency we get when one of the vaulted titles gets its first upgrade. Mouse House devotees will still want to jump up and grab one off store shelves before they disappear.
The evil sorceress Maleficent places a curse on Princess Aurora after being slighted by the royal family. She will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel before her 16th birthday. The king puts his daughter in the care of three fairies who take her into hiding to keep the tragedy from occurring. Maleficent becomes obsessed with finding the girl and fulfilling her evil spell.
Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition is presented in 1080p »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Ashe never got to see a ton of modern classics from his youth, so we’re making him watch them all as a nostalgia-less adult. Check out the inaugural article for more info. Before you get the idea that I skipped out on watching a bunch of Disney movies as a kid, I’d like to point out that I’ve seen most of them, but not all. (How many of you can honestly say you’ve seen The Black Cauldron?) I grew up with three brothers, so I especially missed out on the princess themed ones, i.e., Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty. Disney also had that silly policy back in the 80’s and 90’s where their home videos were only put out in limited releases, which they still do, but I don’t think it’s nearly to the same degree, especially not with piracy as popular as it is. (And »
- Ashe Cantrell
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 »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 4 Hercules Aladdin The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Pinocchio
Question 5 Lady and the Tramp 101 Dalmations The Aristocats Frozen
- Gary Collinson
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, »
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...
- Alison Nastasi
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:
3. The Little Mermaid
4. Peter Pan
5. 101 Dalmatians
18. Robin Hood
21. Basil the Great Mouse Detective
24. 101 Dalmatians (live action, »
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 »
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
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
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
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
“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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