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When I was a kid and Saturday morning was still appointment viewing for me with hours and hours of cartoons on all three networks, I would frequently get up before the sun was even up. I'd get myself a giant bowl of whatever sugary cereal was my poison of choice at the time and plant myself in front of the set so that I had control over whatever was going to be watched well before my sister woke up. There were many weeks where I was up and ready to go before the networks even began their programming, and by default, I would put on the only cartoons playing at that hour, a giant re-run block of "Rocky & Bullwinkle." At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the lunacy of the Jay Ward productions, and it was only as I got older that I began to understand the silly word play »
- Drew McWeeny
The delightful misadventures of a group of junkies have been bested by dancing queens.
Mamma Mia!, the perennially peppy Abba jukebox musical about an inquisitive young girl whose mother slept around on the Greek Isles, has officially ousted the cult classic musical Rent as Broadway’s ninth longest-running show. With the success of Mamma Mia!, it’s easy to see why the girl on the poster has been laughing for fifteen years.
- Marc Snetiker
We’re always blown away by the pieces the Mondo studio releases, and today is no different. Friday will see the Mondo Gallery, located in Texas, open its doors to their Disney exhibition, with an array of prints celebrating some of the biggest films in animation history as part of South By Southwest or SXSW 2104 as most of us know it now!
I’ve been a Disney fan (particularly Pixar) since I was tiny, so to see these in stunning, high-quality detail is spine-tingling. My favourites include Wall-e and Up by Kevin Tong, and Alice In Wonderland by Ken Taylor. As with most of Mondo’s work, these will probably be up for sale at some point, so if you’re lucky enough to purchase one consider yourself a very lucky film fan.
Winnie The Pooh by Dave Perillo
The Incredibles by Tom Whalen »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Rob Minkoff never intended for there to be a 20 year gap between his last animated feature, “The Lion King,” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” Then again, he never expected it would take more than a decade to get his big screen adapation of Jay Ward's Saturday morning cartoons into theaters. The director spent years securing the support of Ward's daughter Tiffany and shuffling through a series of studio before setting “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” up at DreamWorks Animation, which is releasing it in U.S. theaters Friday. The prospect of expanding Ward's cartoon universe kept him committed during the long development. »
- Brent Lang
Title: Mr Peabody & Sherman Director: Rob Minkoff Voices: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann. Academy Award Winning Director (for ‘The Lion King’) Rob Minkoff, returns to animation with a delicious, cultured and moving flick. ‘Mr Peabody & Sherman’ is based on the characters from the ‘Peabody’s Improbable History’ segments of the 1960s animated television series ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.’ In this feature the talking-Nobel-Prize-winning dog, Mr Peabody, adopts boy Sherman. On his first day of school, Sherman comes into conflict with his classmate, Penny Peterson. This will put Mr Peabody’s father role in jeopardy, when the adoption agency threatens to take the child away [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
As the winter wasteland of cinematic releases begins to clean up, audiences can expect a gradual turnaround in the quality of films being released. The animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman, while uneven, serves as an indicator that decent movies can be found even this early in the year.
Based on the cartoon that first appeared as part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film follows the brilliant dog Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) and his adopted human son Sherman (Max Charles). This is, of course, a thinly veiled commentary on the validity of unconventional families. Something that is commendable and works to an extent, but at times feels heavy-handed.
Aside from the canine/human dynamic, what makes these two unique is the fact that they use a Way-Back machine to venture into different historical time periods. The geeky Sherman has been urged by his father not to speak of their time traveling capabilities to anyone. »
- Justine Browning
Before our very early screening of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," the new 3D adaptation of the Jay Ward characters that originated on "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," director Rob Minkoff addressed the audience (comprised mostly of children). He told us that we were one of the first audiences to see the movie, then told a rambling story about the time he met Billy Wilder in the airport. At some point he revealed that this was his first animated feature since directing "The Lion King" for Disney in the early nineties. It was about the only time in his intro that the kids in the audience actually reacted. And once the movie started, one thing became very clear: "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is no "Lion King."The basics from the "Peabody's Improbable History" sections of the beloved sixties cartoon are here, with Mr. Peabody (here voiced by sitcom star Ty Burell, who replaced Robert Downey, »
- Drew Taylor
Update: We’ve added posters for 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin. Update 2: More posters revealed, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and The Sword in the Stone. Mondo has finally started to reveal the posters from their highly anticipated “Nothing’s Impossible” Walt Disney themed art show, presented by Oh My Disney. After weeks of speculation, posters from Disney […]
The post Updated: Posters From Mondo’s Official Disney Art Show Include ‘Fantasia,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘The Black Hole’ and ‘Up’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
The new animated feature Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been a long time coming. Not just in that the characters were first introduced on television 55 years ago but also in that director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) has been developing it for 12 years. Eventually it was made at Dreamworks Animation, which has since acquired the company that owns these and other classic cartoon characters. Basically, the next movie attempted from a property like Peabody's Improbable History should be a little easier and maybe a lot faster. Classic Media was the name of the acquired library of characters and brands, now renamed DreamWorks Classics, and among its holdings and licensing rights are Mr. Peabody and Sherman's old show mates Rocky and Bullwinkle, as well as Mr. Magoo,...
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This weekend's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a feature-length, 3D animated film from DreamWorks Animation, is already notable in the sense that it's the first film based on characters from the classic series "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" that doesn't look like it's going to be a huge financial disaster.
The spritely story of time traveling dog Mr. Peabody (this time voiced by Ty Burrell) and his "pet" human Sherman (Max Charles) is adapted from the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," and was directed by Rob Minkoff (it's his first animated feature since a movie we've never heard of called "The Lion King").
With "Frozen" finally exiting theaters and "The Lego Movie" losing some of its staying power, it looks like "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a brightly colored, lively movie that will probably rake in some big box office. The premise is appealing and a number of parents »
- Drew Taylor
Here's Jose to talk about a currently odd Broadway trend.
People like to complain about the movies running out of ideas, with only remakes and sequels in production. But the stage is no different.
Here in New York, Times Square can fool you into thinking you've fallen in a time vortex which has dropped you back in the mid-90s. Billboards for Broadway shows adapted from 1990’s movies are all over the place (The Lion King, Aladdin, Kinky Boots) and two of the newest and biggest are for Bullets Over Broadway (which starts previews next week!) and The Bridges of Madison County. The latter makes me ponder the peculiar choices of its leading lady Kelli O'Hara. Is she secretly a cinephile or actressexual?
More after the jump (help us guess what Kelli will star in next!?)
Based on the 1959 cartoon series of Peabody’s Improbable History “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is the perfect mix of smarts and humor in an animated film. Mr. Peabody is a genius dog who adopts a human boy, Sherman. The movie takes you traveling through time and is perfect for kids to learn about important historical events and even reminds us as adults about the things we learned in history class growing up.
The movie is hilarious and appropriate for kids as well as adults. Between the animated versions of King Tut and Leonardo da Vinci and the cat, Peabody and Sherman has you laughing outloud through out the entire film. The cast of the movie includes none other than Modern Family’s Ty Burrell as the voice of Mr. Peabody. Other cast members include Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann.
The director of this film Rob Minkoff was the »
- Dariany Santana
Make no mistake; Disney’s Frozen is a box office behemoth. The film picked up two well-deserved Oscars last night for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and this weekend the pic crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office with $1,000.2 billion. That puts the fairy tale musical at number 18 on the all-time box office chart, sandwiched between The Dark Knight at 17 with $1,004.6 and The Lion King at 19 with $987.5 million. This also makes Frozen the second film of 2013 to join the Billion Dollar Club, as Iron Man 3 (also released by Disney) currently holds the number 5 slot with a whopping $1,215.4 billion worldwide. Broadway veteran Idina Menzel performed the Oscar-winning Frozen song “Let It Go” during the Academy Awards ceremony last night, but it was clear that she had trouble hearing herself in her in-ear monitor, resulting in a sadly disappointing performance. You can watch the "Let It Go »
- Adam Chitwood
There’s nary a person alive in the Western world that isn’t utterly infatuated with at least one of Disney’s animated classics, from 1937′s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, all the way up to the recently released Frozen. But in many cases, what lies closer to the heart is not the events of the movies themselves, but their characters.
The hero, the heroine, the love interest, the helper, the villain, the talking wardrobe; yes, Disney has had them all, and all numerous times over (well, except for the talking wardrobe; thankfully, that was a one-off). But what most of us will probably disregard is that these dynamic, entertaining, life-rendering characters are not fully conceived overnight. Rather, they are meticulously developed over a course of many months, maybe even years, and as changes are made in the narrative or tone of the overall movie, these characters must also be altered accordingly. »
- Gary Hughes
Blockbuster Walt Disney adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen tale skates off with Academy award
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and based on the Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen, Frozen was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and counts Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel among its voice cast. It has been a worldwide commercial hit, with over $980m (£580m) in global box-office takings – just short of the levels recorded by The Lion King, currently Disney's most successful animated film.
The Academy Awards are taking place at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles, and are being hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony »
- Andrew Pulver
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
When I was young and I watched a Disney film, I always rooted for the hero. I wanted Simba to get over his past, and become the king he couldn't wait to be, once upon a time. I cheered for Buzz to fly when he lost his sanity and had teatime in an apron and flower hat. I even hoped that Jack Skellington could retrieve Santa Claus in time for Christmas, despite the fact that it was Jack who ordered his kidnapping in the first place. However, as I've grown older, I've learned to appreciate the antagonists of the Disney kingdom just as much as the heroes, because without them, the stars we hold so dear wouldn't have a challenge to overcome. I've actually found myself relating to these naughty characters, and laughing at their incorrigible nature. With a live-action Maleficent coming out starring Angelina Jolie, I couldn't help but »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Based on the 1959 Us four-and-a-half minute broadcast skits, "Peabody's Improbable History", the film is a father-son bonding adventure film laced with history and time-travel.
From the stable of Rob Minkoff, who had earlier directed "Stuart Little" and "The Lion King", "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is a light-hearted emotionally manipulative film where a super-intelligent talking dog adopts a boy, rears him and educates him in a unique manner on how important events actually happened.
The first twenty minutes of the film explain how, through a judicial precedent of a. »
- Meeta Kabra
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! For much of the year, the Best Animated Feature category was looking like a bit of a problem area: as one studio effort after another met with either an indifferent or disastrous reception, the threat of the weakest field in the award's 13-year history hovered in the air. In the end, however, things picked up: the Mouse House came through in November with a certifiable smash, and the Academy enriched the category by venturing further afield than Hollywood. As it is, it's a respectable enough contest, though a five-nominee field is beginning to look over-generous. The nominees are... "The Croods" (Chris Sanders, »
- Guy Lodge
After three weeks of Lego dominance, first place will go to a new movie this weekend. Liam Neeson action flick Non-Stop has received the broader marketing push, though Son of God has been generating the type of presales that suggest it could be a breakout hit with underserved Christian moviegoers.At 3,090 locations, Non-Stop reteams Neeson with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Since Taken became a surprise hit in 2009, it feels like Neeson has been everywhere; however, the only movies since then that have been sold primarily on Neeson's appeal are Unknown and The Grey. Those opened to $21.9 million and $19.7 million, respectively, and distributor Universal is expecting a similar result for Non-Stop this weekend.There are reasons to think that Non-Stop could open a bit higher than those movies. Marketing has smartly highlighted the movie's intriguing, appealing set-up: can Neeson's beleaguered air marshall solve a whodunit before more airline passengers die? It »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
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