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Delayed Sequels Have Become Immediate Profits

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Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.

We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.

It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money,
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The Summer That Rebooted the Reboot

Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.

First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap
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Maya The Bee Movie Available On Blu-ray 3D and DVD May 19th

Kids and parents across North America will soon be enamored by the world famous little bee named Maya and her insect friends when the international smash hit Maya The Bee Movie makes its buzz-worthy debut on DVD and on two-disc Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital) from Shout! Factory Kids on May 19, 2015.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy Maya The Bee Movie on the platform of their choice and includes movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a digital copy of the movie.

Already a great box office success in much of the world, Maya The Bee Movie, based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of
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How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels

How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels
Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.

However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.

Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)

The very first
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The ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Sequels That We Already Got (and Can’t Remember)

If It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story actually gets made, it will best Bambi II in creating the longest gap between a feature film and its sequel with at least 68 years spanning between Frank Capra’s joyfully depressing experiment and whatever the rest of the story will be. That is, if you don’t count 1990′s Clarence as a true sequel. Or 1977′s It Happened One Christmas. That’s right. Those pulling their hair out over the announcement of the sequel project might appreciate a terrifying reminder that this particular “sacrosanct” piece of culture has already had two sequels that exactly no one remembers. Granted, both were made-for-tv movies (calling into question their true sequel status, if you’re nasty) and neither were particularly noteworthy for their art. But at the very least, they can offer people slapping their foreheads hope that The Rest of the Story too shall pass. Plus
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Honey of a voice cast for 3D animated movie

Jacki Weaver, Noah Taylor and Miriam Margolyes will lend their voices to Maya the Bee Movie, the first 3D animated feature from Flying Bark Productions.

Directed by Alexs Stadermann, the German/Australian co-production is based on the animated TV series inspired by the book The Adventures of Maya the Bee by Waldemar Bonsels, first published in 1912.

The screenplay by Fin Edquist follows the adventures of Maya, a little bee with a big personality, and the fellow denizens of her hive amid the long-standing conflict between bees and hornets.

Margolyes (Blackadder, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) voices the Queen. Weaver is voicing Buzzlina Von Beena, the hive's royal advisor, who hatches a plan to overthrow the Queen and drive out an invasion of hornets.

Taylor impersonates Crawley, Buzzlina's bumbling, nervous but loyal assistant who wrestles with his conscience when he learns of the plot. Casting of the roles of
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Planes Blu-Ray Flies Home On November 19th

The Planes Blu-Ray has a release date, and you obviously want to get this one on your calendar, both because you know you want it, and because it’s smack dab in holiday buying season.

You may recall that during our Podcast review that covered Planes, I wasn’t all that favorable of it, but that was mostly because I was holding it to Pixar standards. I didn’t exactly dislike it, but you expect so much at this point that I hoped for more. Of course, the kids wanted nothing to do with my snooty, movie critic take on things, and loved it.

You might also recall that I wondered what direction they would take on the bonus features when this one came out, and it looks as though they are going a bit minimalist. A bad move, if you ask me, but it still looks like we have
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Movie Review: Planes Has a Script Made for a Vcr

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Movie Review: Planes Has a Script Made for a Vcr
People above a certain age don't seem to like the Cars franchise very much. Perhaps it's because the first Cars was, for many of us, the first indication that the geniuses at Pixar, for all their artistic accomplishments, were also part of a money-making enterprise; they seemed perfectly content creating a movie that merely entertained millions of kids and sold merchandise by the metric ton. (That said, the less said about Cars 2 — which even my 4-year-old refuses to watch — the better.) Planes was produced not by Pixar, but by the folks at DisneyToon Studios, the folks who for years have been gamely churning out direct-to-video sequels of classic Disney films like Bambi II and Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. So as soon as you see the "World of Cars" logo at the beginning, you can practically smell the corporate synergy.Ironically enough, the plot of Planes feels less like
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Bring The Family To The Special 3D Advance Screening Of Disney’s Planes In St. Louis

Disney’s Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit.

Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

Directed by aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”), produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn (“Return to Never Land,” “Bambi II,” “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” as digital production manager), and executive produced by John Lasseter, the film showcases the crop duster’s desire to do more than what he was designed to do.

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'Despicable Me 2' box office success latest victory for animated sequels: Hooray?

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The record breaking success of "Despicable Me 2" over the Fourth of July holiday weekend is just the latest sign that sequels are the hottest thing in animation today. But is that a good thing or a bad thing for audiences?

Once upon a time, Disney ruled the animated kingdom and the Mouse House strictly avoided wading into the sequel waters. Remember 1990's "The Rescuers Down Under"? It's a rare exception.

At least until the home video explosion made direct-to-video sequels all the rage -- whether they were endless "Land Before Time" movies or Disney's suddenly booming quickie sequel business. "The Lion King II," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame II" and "Bambi II" didn't have splashy theatrical releases but they all exist, seriously.

Still, it wasn't until Pixar's "Toy Story 2" -- one of the best sequels ever made -- was released in 1999 that the animation industry realized sequels could
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Alexs Stadermann to direct Maya the Bee film

Animator and filmmaker Alexs Stadermann will direct 3D Australian-German film Maya the Bee.

He will work with producer Barbara Stephen and line producer Alexia Gates-Foale, reforming the core team which worked on The Woodlies television series and The Woodlies Movie special feature-length episode.

.Alexs Stadermann, Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates-Foale have an enviable work chemistry and energy," Flying Bark Productions managing director Jim Ballantine said in a statement announcing the appointments. "Their collaboration on The Woodlies is testament to their creativity. In addition to their powerhouse dynamic, they will bring their own individual career experience and passion to Maya the Bee ensuring this movie will be a local and global success..

Stadermann has previously worked as unit director on Disney's Bambi II and Tarzan II and supervising animator on Lion King 1½ (also known as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata). He also directed two seasons of Aardman Animation's Planet Sketch,
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Disney 53, Week 5: Bambi

Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are. The really good ones get through more editions than the Star Wars trilogy, and that’s saying something.

This week it’s time to die of adorability with Bambi.

1942/70 Minutes

Directed by James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, and Norman Wright

Budget: $858,000

Box Office: $267,447,150

The world was at war. A second world war. And you better believe that times were tough. Amidst all the death and destruction even cartoon deer couldn’t help being bombs at the box-office. Walt Disney picked up the rights to the 1923 Austrian novel, Bambi: A Life In The Woods by Felix Salten,
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'Guardians' Star Lord Search Down to Two and K-Stew Back for 'Snow White' Sequel

1.) Marvel has narrowed their search for the lead role of Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy down to Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Zachary Levi ("Chuck") and a third mystery contender. Interestingly enough, Levi wasn't one of the five names to appear on a short list for the role last month. He is, however, already filming his role as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World, replacing Joshua Dallas, who played the character in the first Thor film. Seems like it could lead to confusion if Levi winds up playing both Quill and Fandral, but this thing is likely far from over. Marvel is targeting an August 1, 2014 release for Guardians of the Galaxy with James Gunn (Super) at the helm. Variety 2.) Box-office phenom Chad Michael Murray is negotiating to join the ever-selective Nicolas Cage in a remake of the Christian-themed film Left Behind. It would appear the "One Tree Hill" star
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Top 10 Actors Who Almost Voiced Disney Animated Characters


Before the advent of Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios was the leader in quality family entertainment. Now that they're both a part of the same company, it's even better. But back then, the Disney Company attempted to differentiate their movies by asking different famous actors to come in and perform their characters in a film. Inspired by Robin Williams' fantastic performance as the Genie in Aladdin, Disney Feature Animation (at the time) decided to get more ambitious with their casting. These are ten actors who were asked to be a part of a film and never got to make it; either due to scheduling conflicts, money issues or even death!

10. Joe Pesci as Mushu in Mulan

In a weird form of typecasting, Academy Award-winner Joe Pesci was originally cast as the little dragon, Mushu. After a few tries at the character, the filmmakers just felt his voice wasn't appropriate
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Today’s Special: We Don’t Need No Stinking Sequels

Warner has rounded up a new gang for A Christmas Story 2.

Warner has produced a sequel to the now classic 1983 comedy A Christmas Story, which regularly makes the top or close to top spot on Best Christmas Movie lists. A Christmas Story 2 brings up only one thought:


Back when DVD was still relatively new and studios realized people didn’t mind buying movies they hadn’t heard of as long they were familiar and on DVD (which didn’t have the stink VHS had always carried), we got a slew of these films: numerous Bring It Ons, American Pies and others.

Warner even created a division solely to produce these low-budget straight-to-dvd sequels, called Warner Premiere (which made A Christmas Story 2). And the studio wasn’t alone.

At first, Hollywood stuck with sequels of new theatrical hits, but soon they started digging into older titles, like The Scorpion King
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April 30, 2012 update: The Disney vault has closed on these titles!

This Hookup is now closed.

Chicago – In our latest disappearing Disney classics edition of the Hookup, we have 3 prize packs each with 5 classic Disney films up for grabs right before they head back into the Disney vault on April 30, 2012! Each prize pack includes “Bambi,” “Bambi II,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Belle’s Magical World” and “Belle’s Enchanted Christmas”!

Each film for our three Hookup winners will come as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack except for “Belle’s Magical World,” which is a DVD. Featuring heartwarming stories and lovable characters, these classic Disney titles will only be available through April 30, 2012 from Disney – and to three lucky winners in this Hookup!

To win your free disappearing Disney prize pack courtesy of, just answer our question in this Web-based submission form (this Hookup has closed). That’s it!
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Movie Picks of the Emmy Winning Kids of Modern Family

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ABC's "Modern Family" just won its Second Best Comedy Emmy. The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences thinks "Modern Family" is the most entertaining comedy on TV, but what do the kid stars of "Modern Family" think is the most entertaining movie? They tell KidsPickFlicks exclusively:

"Fantastic Mr. Fox is a really great movie and it's all stop motion!" says Nolan Gould (Luke, picture right)." "It really amazes me what some people can do."

Rico Rodriguez (Manny, left) has a few Picks! "Madagascar and the Toy Story movies. I also personally like The Spongebob SquarePants Movie, too!

Ariel Winter (Alex, center) has good reason for her Pick -- she voiced one of the characters! "Bambi II. I love Bambi! It's the cutest little movie!

The new season of "Modern Family" starts this Wed., Sept 21! You can watch full episodes now at:
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Bambi II (Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo) - Blu-ray Review

For a time, Disney was trying to sequel several of its classic properties. Bambi II fares better than earlier ones, but those expecting a great deal of new stuff for the title.s Blu-ray debut will be disappointed. Bambi reunites with his father who must now raise him upon the death of his mother. The Great Prince (voiced solidly by Patrick Stewart) has to teach Bambi (voiced by Alexander Gould who also voiced Nemo in Little Nemo) the ways of the forest. All of the favorite characters from the first film return, Thumper, Flower, and Wise Old Owl. Bambi feels that he has to prove himself to his father and this gets him into some comic adventures. He
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This Week on DVD: The Beaver, Troll Hunter, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Kind of an interesting week for DVD and Blu-ray releases in that it's almost entirely movies that got a very limited theatrical release or no theatrical release at all. The biggest titles include The Beaver starring Mel Gibson, which didn't do very well theatrically but got decent to middling reviews, Win Win starring Paul Giamatti, and Morgan Spurlock's meta-marketing documentary Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Genre fans have a lot to dig into as well including the Norwegian found footage monster movie Troll Hunter, the Jason Statham crime flick Blitz, the killer car movie Super Hybrid, and the Japanese thriller Cold Fish. TV releases include The Event: The Complete Series, and on Blu-ray we have Swingers and Bambi II, plus Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon and Lolita. What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.
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DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: August 23, 2011

A handful of indie movies hit DVD and Blu-ray this week. Each of them earned praise from at least some faction of critics in the industry, marking this week as one of the better ones this month for home video releases.

Gamblers will be extremely happy to see both Rounders and Swingers on Blu-ray this week. Both films bring the world of gambling and casinos to life in fun and/or thrilling ways.

Disney is in the mix as well with the release of Bambi II on Blu-ray. Although it doesn’t live up to the legendary status of the original film, Bambi II has a solid fan base and Disney has given it a thorough Blu-ray release worthy of any animation fan’s eyes.

The following titles can now be found on DVD and Blu-ray.

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