John Lasseter Hired By Skydance Animation

It was announced today by Skydance Animation that the studio has hired ousted Walt Disney Animation Studios/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Lasseter was previously ousted by Disney following an investigation as a result of sexual harassment claims.  The former CCO was placed on a sabbatical in November 2017 when allegations first surfaced.  This led to his subsequent dismissal from Disney his role at several months later. This begs the question in this era of…

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The Walt Disney Company Will Own The 2019 Box Office

Films under the Disney umbrella earned over $3 billion at the box office in 2018 but the company is looking to exceed expectations in 2019. When one looked at the 2018 calendar, Disney films accounted for at least one film every month.  As pointed out by The Big Picture, Disney CEO Bob Iger tightened things down to the point that the studio releases about a dozen films a year or less.  The Mouse didn’t release…

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The Big Picture by Ben Fritz: A Must-Read Book

The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies by Ben Fritz likens the current era of Hollywood to the end of silent film and the studio system. The minute that Netflix decided to pursue original content is the moment that changed things.  For better or worse, Netflix is a player and they’re far from the only content provider from the streaming world.  They’re joined by both Amazon and Hulu as well.  When we…

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Disney Films Come to the Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre in Chicago will close out 2018 and ring in the new year with a number of live-action Disney films, including Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Return to Oz, Newsies, Heavyweights, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. According to the Music Box Theatre, tickets will be as priced: $11 General Admission $9 Seniors $7 for Members & Kids under 12 Film and Showtime Information: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (Robert Stevenson,…

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Enchanted: A Disney Classic

Mixing animation and live-action storytelling, Disney’s Enchanted is a fun homage to all the Walt Disney Animation Studios classics. We start out in the magical land of Andalasia.  This land could be a stand-in for every land ever introduced in a Disney film.  This goes without saying.  It’s here where the evil Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) will do whatever it takes to keep her throne with the aid of loyal henchman Nathaniel (Timothy Spall).  In true Disney…

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Ralph Breaks the Internet is Awesome

Ralph Breaks the Internet takes advantage of the corporate Disney synergy in this awesome, fun, and magnificent sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. It’s been since years since Ralph (John C. Reilly) had a complete meltdown and left his game.   Since this time, Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) have grown to become best friends.  Because she’s been looking for new challenges, Ralph decides to change things in her game.  This is good and all but when those…

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Disney’s Robin Hood at 45

Disney’s Robin Hood holds up quite well as the animated classic celebrates 45 years since hitting the big screen in 1973.  It’s not a perfect film by any means as the film has its faults.  In the time since it’s release, we’ve seen a number of incarnations of the hooded Sherwood Forest outlaw.  This includes another film here in the next few weeks. Disney modeled their version of Robin Hood after Reynard the fox as they…

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Incredibles 2 comes home

While Incredibles 2 is currently available through digital means, the physical copies will be available for fans to purchase on November 6, 2018. The bonus features may vary by retailer.  There are a few shorts that are exclusively solely to the digital copy.  If you purchase the physical media, you can still watch by registering the code on Movies Anywhere. BONUS FEATURES (may vary by retailer) Digital Exclusives: The Coolest Guy in Show Business –…

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Wizard World 2018: Christy Carlson Romano talks Disney, Bear with Us

Even Stevens and Kim Possible star Christy Carlson Romano took some time on Thursday night during Wizard World Chicago to talk with Solzy at the Movies.  Last year, the Disney alumnus starred in Bear with Us directed by William J.  Stribling and co-starring Collin Smith among others. I’m acquainted with William Stribling. Christy Carlson Romano:  I love Will!  That’s awesome.  How did you meet Will? I reviewed Bear with Us last year. Christy Carlson Romano: …

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Aladdin kicks off Tuesdays with Robin

While Aladdin holds up as a beautifully animated motion picture with awesome songs, there’s a major flaw in casting non-Persians. Fresh off of The Little Mermaid, directors Ron Clements and John Musker went to work on Aladdin.  Walt Disney Animation Studios had offered the pair a choice between Swan Lake, Aladdin, and some film about lions in the jungle but they were like, “Who would want to see that?”  The latter of which went on…

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