Thanks to computer animation’s relatively quick turnaround, Star Wars Rebels will already bring us “The Siege of Lothal” on June 20, picking up Season 2 with Darth Vader (James Earl freakin’ Jones!) firmly on the hunt for the titular Ghost crew. The latest trailer for Season 2 has arrived, along with a new character piece exploring the return of Ahsoka Tano.
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75 years after its release, Fantasia remains one of the most unique animated movies ever made and an anomaly in the Disney canon. There is little-to-no story to be found, just a series of gorgeous and evocative (and unconnected) sequences that dramatize various pieces of classical music. It’s the absolute definition of “movie that would never, ever get greenlit in the year 2015.” Still, that won’t stop Disney from taking one of the film’s most iconic sequences and adapting it into a live action movie. Because why think up a new idea, right?
The modern animated fare of Disney and Dreamworks are no stranger to TV series tie-ins, but rarely to the film’s stars get Tangled up in the effort. The Disney Channel has done exactly that however, roping in Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore for a new Tangled series to debut in 2017.
Marvel and Disney have an understandable habit of tailoring the animated series to match the films (just look at Guardians of the Galaxy), and both Avengers Assemble and Ultimate:Spider-Man are in line for makeovers. Not only will either get new seasons, but they’ll do so as Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6.
Star Wars Rebels feels the force of a largely unexplored period in Star Wars history, but did you know the Disney XD animated series owes quite a bit to Ralph McQuarrie’s original movie concept art? Or that it needs its own continuity expert on the films? These are just some of the Imperial intelligence to uncover in the eighth episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which ignites the spark of Disney’s Star Wars Rebels!
We’ve yet to see how well Star Wars can expand crossovers of its cinematic universe beyond the upcoming films, but we may yet see TV’s Rebels interacting with its big screen brethren. Original Rogue One spinoff writer Gary Whitta has confirmed writing on an upcoming Rebels episode, which could well establish some connective tissue with the larger universe.
Acquiring Lucasfilm and Marvel were just two minor steps in Disney’s grand plan to eventually own everything you love and control your life as Entertainment Overlord Supreme of the Planet Earth. But to be fair, they are a benevolent god. A caring god. A god that wants to make its riches available to you, should you want to indulge yourself. So prepare thyself: TV channels based entire on Marvel and Star Wars content may be coming.
Just when you thought Disney wasn’t milking its ownership of Lucasfilm for all that it’s worth, the corporation that owns everything you love turns around and reveals an Indiana Jones themed restaurant opening this fall at Walt Disney World. And while this is undoubtedly a canny way to squeeze additional dollars out of visiting nerds, the surprisingly subtle theming is going to make any fan of the original movies grin.
It’s a common complaint about modern movies: Between 3D and extensive computer special effects, they all start to look like theme park rides. And while that’s a subjective value judgment, the opposite is increasingly and objectively true; with each passing year, more and more theme park rides start to look like movies.
It was inevitable: Disney is making a live action Winnie the Pooh movie because of course Disney would make a live action Winnie the Pooh movie. The studio’s tactic of bringing their animated properties into the live action realm has already paid off with Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella, so why not pay another visit to the Hundred Acre Wood and let a live action Christopher Robin hang out with a CGI Piglet?