When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and systematically eradicated most of the ‘Star Wars’ Expanded Universe, the most hardcore fans of the most popular genre franchise on the planet made their displeasure known, but to no avail. To paraphrase one of the greatest Jedi Knights, millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. Disney didn’t buy ‘Star Wars’ so it could navigate a labyrinth of pre-existing novels, comics, and video games. More specifically, Disney didn’t buy ‘Star Wars’ so it could appease the niche group of fans who have kept up with the increasingly complicated Expanded Universe; it bought ‘Star Wars’ to please the much larger audience of everyone else.
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Disney’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ has conjured quite a bit of Original Trilogy magic with appearances from franchise stars Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz and James Earl Jones, and now yet another ‘Star Wars’ classic will grace the ‘Rebels.’ Recognize the foul stench of Grand Moff Tarkin in new clips and photos from this coming Monday’s ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ “Call to Action!”
‘Star Wars Rebels’ has increasingly established itself as a primer for ‘The Force Awakens’ by its original trilogy returns, and whether or not we see Lando Calrissian hanging out with BB-8 or Kylo Ren some day, we’re ecstatic to see the character brought to life by Billy Dee Williams once more. See Lando as a younger, smoother operator with our first footage of Billy Dee Williams joining ‘Star Wars Rebels’!
As if James Earl Jones’ return as Darth Vader and Frank Oz’s Yoda weren’t enough to remind you ‘Star Wars Rebels’ takes place in an era closer to the original trilogy, Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian will seal the deal. The galaxy’s smoothest smuggler will make his debut on an upcoming episode of the Disney XD animated series, but does it mean a trip to Cloud City is in order?
We already knew there were some awesomely nerdy references in ‘Big Hero 6,’ but did you know that Disney’s animated Marvel film also featured some Easter eggs from other animated Disney films? Specifically, if you paid very, very close attention, you probably saw some ‘Frozen’ references in the fictional city of San Fransokyo. If you missed them, this new video is here to point them out.
Disney and Pixar recently announced that they’re working on ‘Toy Story 4,’ which was a little surprising considering that the studios previously maintained that they would not make another ‘Toy Story’ film. And while we’re waiting for the fourth installment in the beloved animated franchise, let’s revisit some unused concept art for ‘Toy Story 3,’ which reveals a totally different sequel than the one that was eventually released in 2010.
t’s not out of the realm of possibility for Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ to receive a couple of Oscar nods this season. It’s likely that Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the classic stage musical will get nominated for production design and/or costumes, at the very least, while star Meryl Streep might—just maybe—receive a nomination for her performance. The latest featurette for the film, which hit theaters on Christmas Day, takes us behind the scenes to show us the magic that went into bringing the woods to life.
As briefly mentioned in that post featuring the new ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ photo, Disney’s 2015 release slate is kind of insane. The studio is releasing 12 new films, averaging out to one new movie per month. If things go well at the box office (and they probably will), they might very well indeed be the highest-grossing studio next year, thanks to releases like ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ two new Pixar movies, and two new superhero films from Marvel Studios.
Disney’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ has quietly been easing us back into the original trilogy in preparation for next year’s ‘The Force Awakens,’ returning James Earl Jones and Frank Oz to their iconic roles as Darth Vader and Yoda. Now, our first clip from 2015's ‘Rebels’ return has arrived, along with Oz’s reprise of Master Yoda’s wise wit.
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.