Way back in 2012 (or at least it feels way back), Netflix and Disney struck a deal for all of Disney’s movies — including Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm — to stream exclusively on Netflix Instant. According to the terms of their agreement, the deal wouldn’t kick in until 2016, which just so happens to be the year in which we are currently living. As announced today, Netflix will officially begin streaming Disney films in September, but that doesn’t mean the studio’s entire library will magically appear in your Instant browser.
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Although it’s grouped in with Disney’s recent slate of live-action remakes, The Jungle Book is made up almost entirely of CGI, with young Neel Sethi’s Mowgli serving as the only substantial “live-action” element. The studio has released a new series of photos that showcase the insane amount of work that went into the film’s impressive visual effects, and it might make you do a double-take.
As revealed in the video, Nicolas Cantu will play young Force-sensitive Rowan, joined by Glee alum Vanessa Lengies as eldest sister Kordi, and current Arrow star Eugene Byrd as ace pilot brother Zander. Lucasfilm sound editor (and General Grievous’ actual voice) will play the family’s reprogrammed battle droid R0-GR.
Disney is really doubling down on its growing live-action reboot / remake empire, claiming five more release dates for its upcoming projects and officially confirming several previously reported films, including The Jungle Book 2, Maleficent 2, Tim Burton’s Dumbo and more. The studio now has a total of seven release dates set for various live-action projects, and though they have yet to formally attach specific titles to these dates, reports suggest that at least one of the new dates belongs to The Jungle Book sequel.
It’s been some time since we’ve had a noteworthy Simpsons couch gag, and like all animated greats, there’s room to borrow from the classics. If ever you wondered what Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa might have looked like as Disney cartoons, check out the latest gag from a revered Disney animator.
Hollywood recently took a major stand against LGBT discrimination by protesting Georgia’s religious liberty bill. Though the fight was won on Monday when Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed the bill, there are still a handful of states with pending legislation against the LGBT community that Hollywood can and should boycott.
You can’t keep a good brand down. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the very first animated feature by Walt Disney (or anyone else, for that matter). In recent years, Disney has made sequels to just about all of its animated classics, but not Snow White. Still, for a 75 year old movie, the Snow White name maintains some serious cache, as a member of the roster of lucrative Disney Princess, and as the anchor of various amusement park rides throughout the Disney empire. And with the trend toward live-action adaptations of those princesses’ old movies (Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent) it was only a matter of time before someone tried to do the same with Snow White.
We’ve already seen one major tie to the extended Star Wars universe resurfacing in this week’s coming Star Wars Rebels Season 2 finale, and a new clip goes a bit back to the future. See that crossguard lightsaber moment teased in earlier trailers, and meet a brand-new Inquisitor in “Twilight of the Apprentice”!
At last, Star Wars Rebels has reached the final outings of its second season, that all those Force-goodies from the midseason trailer have come home to roost. And where the trailer only teased it, see Darth Maul’s full return in a new clip and photos from Rebels’ Season 2 finale!
Star Wars Rebels has more than distinguished itself from its Clone Wars predecessor, though the Season 2 introduction of Ahsoka Tano guaranteed we’d see the erstwhile “Snips” face off against her former master. That day is soon upon us, but in the meantime, relive their loving mentor-padawan relationship in a new retrospect.