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We Need To Talk About The Word “Remake”

If we’re going to use it as an insult, let’s define our terms.

The film industry seems to have no shortage of words that either serve as synonyms or subsets of “adaptation,” most of which are brought to you by the letter “R”: reboot, reimagining, rendition, redo, revival, retelling, recreation, reanimation (and looking to the other 25 letters in the alphabet, version, homage, makeover, update). One, however, is not treated quite like the others, and that word is “remake.” When filmmakers bring it up by choice, it usually seems to be to explain why their films should not be thought of by that term, thank you very much.

Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or perhaps you think I’m reading far too much into things. After going through over 500 pages of research on remakes and adaptations, I myself thought the latter just as possible as the former.

So
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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Smashes Records With Towering $170 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Smashes Records With Towering $170 Million Debut
This is what makes Disney such a powerhouse.

Beauty and the Beast,” the studio’s latest live action update of a cartoon classic, waltzed its way to a towering $170 million debut this weekend, setting a new record for a March opening and solidifying the Mouse House’s status as the dominant player in the film business. No other company can match the streak that Disney is currently enjoying, thanks to a series of multi-billion acquisitions that put the likes of Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilm in its Magic Kingdom.

Beauty and the Beast” represents another part of Disney’s branded strategy. It’s the latest fairy tale adaptation to hit screens. Others in the lucrative group include “Alice in Wonderland,” which picked up $1 billion worldwide, “Cinderella” with its $543.5 million global haul, and last year’s “The Jungle Book,” which racked up a mighty $966.6 million after finishing its run. Remakes of “Dumbo
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Island Life: Revisiting ‘Lilo & Stitch’ After ‘Moana’

‘Lilo & Stitch’ deserves better.

Lilo & Stitch is the “Barb” of Disney movies. Yes, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet exist. However, neither of those films have seen as much success and then sunk back into Disney-relative obscurity quite like Lilo & Stitch. The film was a full-fledged franchise in its heyday spawning multiple television series, two direct-to-video sequels, a Kingdom Hearts cameo, and its own video game. To be fair, Disney did have a reference to Lilo & Stitch in Moana — early on, Moana helps a baby turtle make its way into the ocean by obscuring it from birds under a palm frond. A solid “save the cat” moment that creates a presumption of goodness and a sly reference to Lilo & Stitch. Stitch, in a post-credit image, is seen shadowing a turtle and its child in the same way. It’s a fun little throwback to Disney’s first foray into depicting Polynesian culture.

Lilo
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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch

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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch
Disney has its fair share of detractors, but few of them would point to the animation studio’s craft when criticizing the occasional sameness of its fairy tales and princess stories. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has put together a six-minute video highlighting some of the best shots from more than 40 animated Disney offerings, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way to last year’s “Moana.” Both the video and a list of the featured movies are below. (via Film School Rejects)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

“Pinocchio” (1940)

“Fantasia” (1940)

“Dumbo” (1941)

“Bambi” (1942)

“Cinderella” (1950)

Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

The Sword in the Stone” (1963)

The Jungle Book” (1967)

“The Aristocats” (1970)

“Robin Hood
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Ron Clements & John Musker interview: Moana, Disney, animation

Den Of Geek Dec 1, 2016

Legendary Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker on Moana, Hercules, Disney and Dwayne Johnson.

Ron Clements and John Musker are movie stars to me. Since I first saw Basil The Great Mouse Detective in my early years, I’ve been a huge fan of their movies. But then their collective CV as directors covers the likes of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog as well. Even in the movies of theirs I warm to less, there’s something I latch on to.

It’s been seven years since the lovely The Princess And The Frog, and the pair finally have a new movie. It’s called Moana, and I got to pretend to be professional, and chat to them about it.

I just about held it together for the full interview too. You’re proud of me, right?

What a human film Moana is.
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Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie

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Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes. Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about […]

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Fantastic Beasts composer James Newton Howard’s 17 greatest scores

With James Newton Howard lending a magical soundscape to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, writer Sean Wilson selects his personal favourites from an extraordinary film score career…

Enveloping muggles and devoted fans alike in a warmly nostalgic air of magic, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has yielded enthusiastic reviews and a strong box office showing. And behind the scenes is one of the greatest magicians of all: veteran score composer James Newton Howard, whose rich array of melodies and themes encapsulate the dazzling world of magizoologist Newt Scamander. To mark this superb score from one of Hollywood’s finest, here’s a rundown of Newton Howard’s greatest compositional achievements.

17. The Sixth Sense (1999)

The composer’s first collaboration with longstanding collaborator M. Night Shyamalan is possibly the most discreet and understated of their team-ups, but no less effective for it.
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Moana Review Roundup: Disney's Polynesian Princess Movie Is a "Tropical Frozen"

Moana Review Roundup: Disney's Polynesian Princess Movie Is a
Meet Moana. Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces its newest princess Wednesday in Moana. The CG-animated movie follows the adventurous teen (Auli'i Cravalho) as she sails out on a daring mission to save her people and find her identity. Along the way, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, the unlikely duo sails across the open ocean, encountering monsters and much more. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (the creative forces behind Disney's The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess and The Frog), Moana features new music from Opetaia Foa'i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda....
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Disney’s Hercules, and the challenge of casting

Simon Brew Nov 23, 2016

Jack Nicholson was originally in line for Disney’s Hercules – but 1989’s Batman movie scuppered it…

If you believe the rhetoric, then between The Lion King and the current resurgence for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney didn’t release an animated movie of any merit. I’ve long been one of those calling bobbins on this. Between The Lion King and, say, Tangled, we had The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Meet The Robinsons and The Princess & The Frog, for example. I’d argue there’s a mix of underappreciated and flat-out excellent movies in that lot.

And we also had Hercules.

1997’s Hercules wasn’t a raging box office success, and it was the first Walt Disney Animation Studios project to fall shy of $100m at the American box office since The Rescuers Down Under in 1990. Granted,
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‘Moana’ Directors Talk ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Influences and Taika Waititi’s Screenplay

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‘Moana’ Directors Talk ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Influences and Taika Waititi’s Screenplay
Over the Summer, I got the great opportunity to talk with filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker about their upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana. Ron & Jon are animation legends, having worked on many great Disney animated movies over the years, including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet […]

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First teaser poster for Disney’s next animated hit ‘Moana’ arrives

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.

More on Moana, including the first
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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

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
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CinemaCon Lays Foundation for 2016’s Animated Awards Race

CinemaCon Lays Foundation for 2016’s Animated Awards Race
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,
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‘Zootopia’ Box Office Success Proof of Disney Animation Renaissance

‘Zootopia’ Box Office Success Proof of Disney Animation Renaissance
With its back to a wall, the Walt Disney Company shelled out $7.6 billion in 2006 to buy Pixar, the animation powerhouse behind “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo.”

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,
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Box Office: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Opens Big With $73.7 Million Debut

Box Office: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ Opens Big With $73.7 Million Debut
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,
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Star Wars Rebels season 2 episode 13 review: The Call

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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
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Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Mitchell And John Lasseter To Present At 42nd Student Academy Awards On Thursday, September 17

Actress Michelle Rodriguez, actor Jason Mitchell and Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, along with Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams, the producing and directing team behind the Animated Feature Film Oscar winner “Big Hero 6,” will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 42nd Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 winning student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.

Rodriguez is a versatile actress whose breakout performance in “Girlfight” (2000) garnered her numerous awards, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance as well as a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance-Female. She went on to star in the multi-billion dollar “Fast and Furious” franchise. In addition, Rodriguez has starred in such film and television projects as “Avatar” for director James Cameron,
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7 New Worlds Perfect for ‘Kingdom Hearts III’

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This past week at the D23 Disney Exposition Event, a ton of news regarding the future of Disney franchises was unveiled including the announcement that a Big Hero 6 world will be featured in Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts III.

With the inclusion of Tangled and Big Hero 6 in Sora’s latest adventure, the speculation of which other Disney franchises could join in on the fun is running wild. Let’s take a look at some of the Disney films that would fit well in the universe of Kingdom Hearts.

We won’t be including acquired franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, Studio Ghibli or the Muppets neither will we be including Pixar films or else the list would be never ending! Rather let’s focus on Disney films which have a big fanbase or a fitting aesthetic that have unfortunately been omitted in previous installments of Kingdom Hearts.
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Dwayne Johnson talks Disney’s Moana at D23

As part of Disney’s D23 Expo yesterday, the studio showcased a number of its upcoming animated offerings, including the CG musical Moana, which is directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog) and will mark the 56th film in the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon. After the presentation, Dwayne Johnson offered up a few words about the film, and you can see what The Rock had to say here…

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Moana is set for release on November 23rd 2016 in the States and on December 2nd 2016 in the UK.
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“Frozen Fever”: New Trailer Now

The trailer for ‘Frozen Fever’ is now available. The highly-anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon Frozen can be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action Cinderella, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13, 2015. In ‘Frozen Fever,’ it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk. · Walt Disney Animation Studios? 2013 feature film ‘Frozen’ won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with ‘Let It Go’) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, ‘Frozen’ posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios biggest opening ever. The
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