In the fall of 2013, APCO Worldside surveyed 70,000 people about the world’s biggest brands. They measured their responses in eight different ways—“understanding, approachability, relevance, admiration, curiosity, identification, empowerment, and pride.” The number one most loved company out of 600 choices: Disney.
Recent weeks have seen excitement for Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ somewhat eclipsed by revelations of ‘The Force Awakens’ trailer, but it seems the animated series will seek to establish yet another major connection to the films. Not only will Master Yoda pop up in a future ‘Star Wars Rebels’ installment, but the character will be voiced by his original portrayer and puppeteer, Frank Oz.
Just yesterday came word that Warner Bros. have pushed the release date for ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ back to 2017, giving them a whole two years of breathing room following the release of Disney’s own live-action version of ‘The Jungle Book.’ And right on the heels of that news Disney has released the first official logo for Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book,’ along with some lovely concept art.
When Disney bought the rights to ‘Star Wars’ for $4 billion, they weren’t just buying the right to make new movies. Oh, no. They were buying the rights to a merchandising empire that makes the GDP of some nations weep. The upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is just step one in a massive grand plan, a plan that involves Disney’s beloved theme parks. Just don’t expect them to look into the past with these new rides and attractions. According to a new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, the new ‘Star Wars’ stuff coming to Disney parks will be based on the new movies.
A while back we reported about Sony's plans for a Marvel-style universe of 'Robin Hood' films because a "shared universe" is the current trend in action-adventure franchises. Not to be outdone, Disney also has their own competing Robin Hood movie now in the works—but this one will be much different, drawing comparisons to their successful 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise ... because when you think of Robin Hood and his band of merry men, you definitely think Johnny Depp in a silly hat. Oh no, we just gave them a terrible idea.
Guess what, parents? You're going to see Disney's live-action 'Cinderella' remake in theaters. Possibly more than once. Because that is when you, and more importantly the kids in your life, will be able to see the next 'Frozen' adventure—the short film "Frozen Fever"—for the first time.
Dwayne Johnson has spent the past decade splitting his time between action movies and family fare, so it was only a matter of time before everyone’s favorite muscleman was recruited to voice an animated Disney character.
Disney’s animated ‘Star Wars Rebels’ series has garnered plenty of acclaim in only its first few episodes, exploring a previously-untapped era of the franchise and seemingly setting up a few major ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ plot points, but could Lucasfilm be planning an even bigger animated tie-in? A new rumor suggests ‘Rebels’ could eventually be supplanted by a new animated series, one explicitly set in the era of the newest ‘Star Wars’ movies.
Animated films have long plundered classic fairy tales to build their modern stories (at least four of the Disney Princesses alone are pulled from Brothers Grimm tales), but Hans Christian Andersen’s rise to posthumous family-friendly prominence didn’t come into play until the late eighties, when Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ (which turns twenty-five this week) first swam on to our cinematic shores. The introduction of Ariel also effectively ended a Princess drought – there had not been a new Princess-centric film since 1959, but after Ariel splashed on to the scene, the House of Mouse started churning out a new one with startlingly regularity (four in the nineties alone) – but its real legacy is introducing Andersen to the younger set by way of mainstream animated outings.
Disney's upcoming roster of animated pictures already includes projects like Pixar's long-awaited 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside Out,' and 'Finding Dory.' Now the company has officially dated two more projects from its Walt Disney Animation Studios.