Disclaimer: Brad Bird is one of my favorite writers/directors OAT—I’m certainly not unique in that regard—so, YES, I wanted to love Tomorrowland long before I saw it. I think that when an artist I oh-so greatly admire believes as strongly in something they’ve created as Bird seems to, I am obligated to try and really grasp their vision before I dismiss it as “muddled” or “preachy,” which are some of the nicer criticisms being spewed about the film. Of course, it is also crucial in forming meaningful opinions to step back and take in the art as executed: the good, the bad and the Clooney.
Make way for Prince Ali on your shelves and hard drives–The Walt Disney Studios has released a slightly revised schedule for the upcoming Diamond Edition release of Aladdin.
D23 Expo 2015 is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center on August 14th-17th, 2015. One of the highlights of the every-other-year event is the Walt Disney Studios’ animation presentation which highlights the latest animated features coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios.
You’re not dreaming — Disney Animation‘s 1959 classic feature film Sleeping Beauty is back on Blu-ray on today (a Platinum Edition Blu-ray of Sleeping Beauty was last released exactly 6 years ago today in 2008). This time, the animated motion picture is getting the Diamond Edition treatment from The Walt Disney Studios with some cool new bonus features along with being available for the first time in Digital HD.
The Walt Disney Studios, which was conspicuously absent from San Diego Comic-Con this summer, is going to be presenting at New York Comic Con this year instead. On the schedule for Thursday, October 9th is a presentation which will highlight two upcoming films: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new feature Big Hero 6 and Disney’s live-action sci-fi pic Tomorrowland.
The Walt Disney Studios has released a new teaser trailer and poster for its upcoming live-action telling of Cinderella. The teaser is, well, truly a teaser. It reveals nothing except that our live-action heroine (played by actress Lily James) must learn to walk in some seriously high (and fragile) heels.
As no-brainers go, this is a 100% lobotomy. Of course Hot Topic is going to carry Disney’s Maleficent products! This is like the culmination of all things Hot Topic—Disney (check!), edgy-borderline goth villain (check!), curious teen tempted by the dark side (check!), possibilities for an infinite amount of dark, cool hipster apparel and accessories from aforementioned checklist (CHECKMATE!).
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that revered animation director Hayao Miyazaki will come out of retirement to direct a remake of Disney’s 1985 animated feature The Black Cauldron. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that Hayao Miyazaki has agreed to lead this exciting project,” said a Disney executive. “The Black Cauldron is one of the films in our canon that, well, could use a reboot. Miyazaki wanted a meaty project, particularly one with an oracular pig, so we decided to give him this one.” Miyazaki had no comment.
The Walt Disney Studios is moving forward with another feature film version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This time, the film is going to be a hybrid live-action/CG film directed by Jon Favreau. British actor Idris Elba is in final talks to voice the villainous tiger Shere Khan. No other casting decisions have been announced. Elba should be a terrific choice for the character who was famously voiced in the 1967 Disney animated feature by the great character actor George Sanders.