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Moana first look
Ahead of the debut of its first teaser trailer on Sunday, Disney have release a teaser poster for their next animated movie Moana, which will debut in cinemas on the 2nd December.
Dwayne Johnson leads the vocal cast of the film, which is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the legendary filmmakers behind the likes of The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, as well as Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.
Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a long line of navigators she sets off for a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which it hides, all the while learning what the power love between friends can accomplish.
Auli’i Cravalho voices the title character.
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- Paul Heath
As promised last week (see below), the first trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' new release, Moana, landed over the weekend. And you can see it right here...
Moana Poster Release (early June)
To the Disney animation nerds amongst us, the names of directors John Musker and Ron Clements need little introduction. The pair directed Basil The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog for the studio. And now, they’ve got a new film incoming, in the shape of Moana.
A first trailer for the film is due this Sunday, but ahead of that, we’ve got the first poster for the movie, and an official synopsis. You can get a look at that poster in full by clicking on the gallery widget at the top there. And the synopsis reads thus…
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
Moana will also land in UK cinemas this year. We cannot wait, frankly.
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When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
From a ten-minute preview of Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets” to a 27-minute deep dive into Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” this year’s CinemaCon is laying the groundwork for a very competitive animated feature awards race in 2016.
Warner Bros. got the ball rolling Tuesday by presenting a look at “Storks,” from writer-director Nicholas Stoller. The film, co-directed by Doug Sweetland, tells the story of, well, storks, who have transitioned from delivering babies to delivering packages. Complications ensue when an order for a baby appears. Andy Samberg stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Kelsey Grammer and Katie Crown.
(WB also touted the Warner Animation Group, which could land future consideration for everything from “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2” to a new spin on the world of Scooby Doo and friends.)
Sticking with avian themes, Sony Pictures Animation will be releasing “The Angry Birds Movie” later this year. On Tuesday, »
- Kristopher Tapley
This weekend, the smashing success of “Zootopia” confirmed the wisdom of that decade-old acquisition. It continues a string of box office hits such as “Tangled,” “Big Hero 6,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” that might not have been possible had Disney not absorbed Pixar and its brain trust.
Although they were released under the Walt Disney Animation Studios banner, Pixar’s DNA — a double helix of artistic daring and technological innovation — is evident in all of these films. That makes sense given that as part of the Pixar purchase, the company’s leaders Ed Catmull and John Lasseter assumed responsibility for all of Disney’s animated output.
“What they have focused on in each of these films is having an original voice and an original story, »
- Brent Lang
Disney’s “Zootopia” scored the fourth-biggest March opening ever, debuting to $73.7 million over the weekend.
The animated story about a rabbit who joins the police force ranks as the biggest Disney Animation launch (though not the best Pixar debut), outstripping “Frozen,” the 2012 blockbuster that bowed to $67.4 million. With no major family film opening until “The Jungle Book” lands on April 15, “Zootopia” is well positioned to be the de facto choice for moviegoers with children for the next month.
“There’s an absence of competition,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “We are set up to have a big, big run.”
Disney did not release a budget, but most animated films cost in excess of $100 million. “Zootopia” screened in 3,827 locations.
Overseas, where “Zootopia” has been playing for three weeks, the film added another $63.4 million to its haul, pushing its global total to $232.5 million. The film continues a sterling comeback run for Disney Animation, »
- Brent Lang
Sometimes it's worth remembering that Star Wars Rebels is a kids' show with a target audience that hasn't seen these stories before...
This review contains spoilers.
2.13 The Call
Star Wars: Rebels is showing its age. Well into the second season, the characters are well-established and principled, and the show has some things it consistently does well - big vistas and little flairs in action scenes, and Star Wars mysticism. It’s also showing the age of its target audience. The Call seems like it would be best for children - and that doesn’t mean that it is especially simplistic, or goofy. It has a lot of gravitas at moments and builds on the development of the characters. However, it’s derivative, taking some of its lush visuals from Fantasia or Treasure Planet, and might be great, but I felt that it would really be best »
7 items from 2016
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