Aladdin: A Whole New World in Live Action

It’s a whole new world for Aladdin as the animated classic is the newest film to receive the live-action treatment on the big screen. Much like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin stays true to the animated film in terms of plot.  Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets Agrabah Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and falls in love with her thanks to an assist from the Genie (Will Smith).  There’s the evil Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) trying to steal the…

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Penguins: Ed Helms livens up Disneynature Film

With comedic narration provided by Ed Helms, Disneynature’s Penguins is able to offer some lively insight into the lives of Adélie penguins. Earth Day traditionally means the release of a new nature documentary from Disneynature.  This year’s offering takes us to the cold of Antarctica and go after our funny bone in the way that Helms narrates the film. We’re quickly introduced to Steve.  He is a 5-year-old Adélie penguin making his way back home to Antarctica after…

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A Whole New World of Alan Menken rocks Chicago

Disney Legend Alan Menken took to the stage of the Auditorium Theatre in the Chicago Loop to perform A Whole New World of Alan Menken. If you’re like me, Alan Menken was a large part of your childhood.  After all, Menken would write for so many Disney films!  I couldn’t even begin to choose my favorite Menken song because there are way too many of them.  This truly speaks to his legacy with having written…

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Dumbo gets the Live-Action treatment

The hour-long Dumbo gets the live-action treatment in a film running nearly double the run time of Disney’s 1941 animated classic. Max Medici (Danny DeVito) runs the Medici Bros. Circus and we’re introduced to all the characters moments into the film.  It’s post-war Sarasota, Fla. when Captain Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) returns home to children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins).  Things are much different from when the two children last saw their father.  For…

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Mary Poppins Returns on Blu-ray

Mary Poppins Returns is now available for viewers to bring home in either 4K Ultra HD or Blu-ray with a number of bonus content available. The most interesting decision here is that director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca’s audio commentary is available only as a digital exclusive.  Such commentaries have been a long-time staple of the physical release.  Some previous Disney releases have seen select featurettes available exclusively on digital.  To have the audio…

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The Little Mermaid Celebrates 30 Years

The Little Mermaid will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year but the film joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection with a new edition. Mermaid princess Ariel (Jodi Benson) has a dream of being human.  Much to her father’s dismay, Ariel frequently makes the journey to the surface.  It doesn’t matter that Atlantica King Triton (Kenneth Mars) forbids her from doing so.  Ariel is going to visit the humans because some dreams can’t be overcome. …

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Ralph Breaks The Internet Arrives on Home Media

Ralph Breaks The Internet–Disney’s 57th animated feature–is now available for fans to purchase and bring home on home video. BONUS FEATURES: Blu-ray & Digital: How We Broke the Internet –Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to get an in-depth look at how the filmmakers brought a world to life that billions of people visit every day but never actually see – the internet. Take a front-row seat as the team reveals the inspirations…

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Kim Possible works in Live-Action

Not every animated series or film works in live-action but I feel that Kim Possible was able to pull it off in the newest Disney Channel Original Movie. A quick prologue–serving as a glorified cameo for Professor Dementor (Patton Oswalt)–sees Kim Possible (Sadie Stanley) in action alongside sidekick Ron Stoppable (Sean Giambrone).  The duo are aided by tech genius Wade (Issac Ryan Brown).  This takes place shortly before the duo enter the freshmen class at Middleton…

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Disney’s Frozen 2 Teaser Trailer Shows Little

Disney released the Frozen 2 teaser trailer this morning and offers a few glimpses at what could happen in the sequel to the 2013 animated blockbuster. The film re-teams the Oscar-winning team that gave us Frozen in 2013, including co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck.  At the moment, IMDB credits Allison Schroeder with the screenplay for Frozen 2, based on characters created by Lee.  The voice cast returns Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh…

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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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