The name “Disney” brings to mind images of fair princesses, charming princes, magical fairy tales, and simple happily ever afters. In recent years, though, Disney has begun rethinking their classic properties, and releasing more thematically complex versions of their famous films. Sleeping Beauty became Maleficent, which turned a wicked witch into a sympathetic anti-hero; a whole mess of fairy tales turned into Into the Woods, where happily ever after preceded a whole bunch of death and tragedy. The ranks of Disney Princesses grew to include women like Merida, the bow-slinging heroine of Brave, and Anna and Else from Frozen, who rescued each other from an prince, rather than the other way around. Every value and concept that Disney had established and reinforced through decades of repetition was seemingly up for reconsideration and revision.
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With their new Cinderella just days away, Disney is continuing its streak of turning its animated classics into live-action features with the news, via the Wall Street Journal, that Dumbo is ready to make the transition from animated elephant to ... well, still-animated elephant surrounded by live-action actors. If that idea doesn’t get your ears flapping, maybe this will: the Journal says Tim Burton will be the man who’ll direct the new Dumbo.
Contrary to popular belief (and some comments from actress Idina Menzel), a Frozen sequel isn’t actually in the works yet over at Disney. With the Frozen Fever short set to hit theaters this weekend with the release of the studio’s live-action Cinderella, actual Frozen fever (a real medical condition that I totally did not just make up) has reached an all-time high. Fans want a Frozen sequel, and it seems like an obvious move for Disney, but according to the film’s directors, it’s not happening…yet.
Dan Stevens has quickly become kind of a big deal, and for good reason—the guy has immense charisma and superhero-quality good looks. After turning in great performances in The Guest and A Walk Among the Tombstones, the actor has been picking up high profile supporting gigs left and right. But his latest job is the biggest yet: Disney has chosen Stevens to portray the titular Beast in their live-action update of Beauty and the Beast.
Disney’s Star Wars Rebels only just ended its first season with last night’s revelatory “Fire Across the Galaxy,” but already Season 2 is bigger and Buffy-er than ever. Hera may have competition for Kanan, now that Freddie Prinze Jr.’s real-life wife Sarah Michelle Gellar joins the voice cast in a mysterious new role.
Five years after its initial release, does anyone care about James Cameron’s Avatar or its upcoming sequels? Disney bet countess millions of dollars on a “yes” when it officially broke ground on The World of Pandora, a new expansion to their Animal Kingdom park at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Although the actual park “land” is still a massive dirt pit filled with construction equipment, Disney has released a brief new video showcasing some of the technology and scenery that will be featured in their latest theme park endeavor and we’d be lying if we said it didn’t look awfully impressive.
Disney’s Star Wars Rebels seems ready to light a “Fire Across the Galaxy” by its first season finale, one Darth Vader himself looks to be answering. The newest full trailer for Monday’s finale keeps the main man-machine in the shadows, but offers our longest look yet at Star Wars Rebels‘ defining installment.
If you saw Big Hero 6, you fell in love with Baymax, there's just no way around it. He doesn't just save the day, he’s also lovable and sweet and cuddly. And, that's no accident. Disney animators based a lot of Baymax’s look on a young child. His walk was specifically modeled after a toddler with a full diaper. These are just some of the super duper facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which returns to Disney and Marvel's Big Hero 6!
Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels has built sturdier and sturdier bridges to the Original Trilogy with its multiple guest roles, but with the grand Season 1 finale hitting galaxies far, far away this Monday, The Force’s biggest bad will make a sinister return. The first trailer for Star Wars Rebels’ “Fire Across the Galaxy” has spread, promising Darth Vader’s return!
The breakout success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy all-but assured that the revitalized franchise would next appear in animated form, something Disney XD confirmed at New York Comic-Con. Now, our future Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot have arrived, recruiting Boy Meets World alum Will Friedle and more!