7 items from 2013
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Last week I wrote a long and rant-y column about the Disney Myth, as constructed in Saving Mr. Banks and deconstructed in Escape From Tomorrow. In an effort to prove I’m not the world’s biggest grouch — and because I spent the past week in the metaphorical Disneyland known as “being back home with my family for the holidays” — I decided to try an experiment that »
- Darren Franich
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 05:49
The year of Baggins, Potter and Spider-Man also had a wealth of lesser-known movies. Here’s our pick of 2002's underappreciated films...
At the top of the box office tree, 2002 was dominated by fantasy and special effects. Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers made almost a billion dollars all by itself, with Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets taking second place and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man not too far behind.
In many ways, 2002 set the tempo for the Hollywood blockbuster landscape, which has changed relatively little in the decade since. A quick look at 2013‘s top 10, for example, reveals a markedly similar mix of superhero movies, with Iron Man 3 still ruling the roost at the time of writing, followed by effects-heavy action flicks and family-friendly animated features.
As usual in these lists, we're looking »
Disney toasted 90 years of animation on Dec. 10 with a cocktail reception in the appropriately named Legends Plaza on the Disney lot in Burbank — appropriate because of the many Disney legends in attendance, including 100-year-old artist Milton Quon, who worked on “Fantasia” and “Dumbo,” 103-year-old Ruthie Thompson, who was an inker at the studio for 40 years, and 78-year-old Burny Mattinson, who recently celebrated his 60th year of working at the studio.
Disney topper Bob Iger wanted to open the festivities with a joke about the extremely chilly weather. “I was dying to start with a joke which was to say: ‘Welcome to the Disney lot where its nice to be “Frozen” here on the spot,’ but the heaters kind of did away with that.” Iger went on to extol the importance of animation to the Disney Studio. “Animation really has been the heart and the soul of this company.”
Creative chief »
- Terry Flores
They say three's a crowd, but apparently none of the studios planning movies based on "The Jungle Book" have heard that adage.
Yep, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that the Rudyard Kipling classic has been ordered to a live-action script by Justin Marks, who recently penned an adaptation of "The Raven" as well as a "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and is now on the prowl for a director to attach to the pic.
Disney, of course, housed the beloved 1967 animated and sing-songy adaptation which taught us all about how about how to forget about our worries and strife and so forth as Mowgli and Baloo the Bear pranced around the wilderness philosophizing and otherwise just steering clear of the toothy tiger Shere Khan. Ah, »
- Amanda Bell
Marvel Studios Head Storyboard Artist/Animatics Supervisor Federico D'Alessandro released a five-minute pre-viz animatic that shows an early version of the pivotal scene in Iron Man 3 where Tony Stark's mansion is attacked by The Mandarin. Take a look at this video to see how this action sequence was mapped out, months before shooting even began, then read what Federico D'Alessandro had to say about creating this animatic.
Iron Man 3 - Pre-Viz Animatic of the Mansion Attack
"I met with Shane Black very early during pre-production to discuss this scene. Even in the early stages, the sequence seemed gargantuan. So much needed to happen in a relatively short amount of time, and I knew that this would be my most challenging animatic yet. The beauty of the way Shane works is that he's not only a brilliant storyteller but he's very open to other ideas, and during my time »
Last weekend the wall-eyed animated nightmare The Croods was an unexpected slam-dunk at the box office. Like many of you, we were sent into fits of existential panic over the lumpy, prehistoric countenances of the film's jug-faced-yet-allegedly-lovable lead characters, and probably won't be checking out the film anytime soon. After all, we already have plenty of other kid-targeted flicks to pepper our dreams with flashes of unintended terror. Here are a few of the most scarring examples.
(Note - we're focusing here on kids' movies that are way creepier than they probably intended to be, so classic kid-scarring genre flicks like The Dark Crystal, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Watcher in the Woods, etc. are off the table.)
I remember seeing this bizarre Canadian family film in the theatre when it came out in 1985, and I still have an irrational fear of homeless ghosts, paintbrushes made of human hair, »
Don’t worry, Disney isn’t developing a live-action adaptation of Tangled, or at least not yet. This is just the latest photo in Disney’s Disney Dreams portrait series featuring live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The first batch included Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyonce as Alice in Wonderland. The second batch included Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Whoopi Goldberg as [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
7 items from 2013
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