Sometimes great artistry comes from coloring inside the lines.
Walt Disney Animation's newest film, 'Frozen,' does precious little to push the boundaries of narrative storytelling. Indeed, it is a quite predictable – might I even suggest formulaic - culmination of elements. While picking over the bones of a half-remembered Hans Christian Andersen story, 'The Snow Queen,' Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's film expands certain themes, disposes of some characters and, of course, modernizes a bit for contemporary audiences. However, miraculously, this doesn't feel like a Xerox of a Xerox impersonating a classic Disney film. There's precious little winking; hardly any of the 'Shrek'-effect. 'Frozen' has enough of the goods to play it straight and succeed on its own terms. It is a major entry in family-friendly entertainment, one that ought to reverberate for years with tie-in toys and stage productions.
Disney's 'Maleficent' trailer turns the tables on the classic story of 'Sleeping Beauty' and retells it from the vantage point of the wicked witch. And who better to play the title part than Angelina Jolie herself?
Seems like most movies are becoming musicals and stage plays these days -- take, for instance, Tim Burton's 'Big Fish,' which recently prematurely ended its run. Hopefully things fare better for 'The Princess Bride,' as the comedy classic has recently been selected by Disney's Alan Horn to make the transition from screen to stage with a new musical. Who doesn't want to hear the song version of "Mawwiage, Mawwiage"?
The Muppets are back -- and they're not alone -- in the new 'Muppets 2' poster. Funnyman Ricky Gervais of Golden Globes-hosting fame, Ty Burrell of 'Modern Family' and Tina Fey herself make up the non-Muppet cast for the 'Most Wanted' sequel of the coming year.
Disney's 'Maleficent,' a retelling of 'Sleepy Beauty' told from the perspective of the villainous witch, was bumped up from its July 2, 2014 release slot and to May 30 of the same year. First, however, the film has to head back for reshoots, which is a common occurrence with productions. But what isn't is the fact that John Lee Hancock, who helmed the studio's 'Saving Mr. Banks,' will be overseeing the reshoots by original director Robert Stromberg.
Ever since Disney announced that 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' would close down production in favor of the new series 'Star Wars Rebels,' which is set in between the original trilogies, we've been more impatient than Luke Skywalker for a look. Now it seems we may only need to wait until next week, as the first teaser of 'Star Wars Rebels' has been scheduled to air.
In the age of spinoffs and standalone stories, it looks like '101 Dalmatians' villain Cruella De Vil is getting her own spinoff movie at Disney! But Glenn Close will not be starring in this one ... yet, anyway.
Just last week, Disney trekked 'Into the Woods' to start production on its adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's Broadway hit. Featuring a star-studded cast and crew, the film has released its first official image of the lovely Meryl Streep as the not-so-lovely witch.
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