Sophie Reynolds - Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Zootopia' held at the El Capitan Theatre - Arrivals at El Capitan Theatre, Disney - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 17th February 2016
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Alberto Rosende - Celebrities attend Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre. at Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Disney, Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 14th December 2015
Here's a snippet of what to expect in the near (and not so near) future.
Walt Disney Pictures have been having a field day with the amount of fairytale re-makes and endless sequels being released and announced recently. No doubt one of the most prestigious film companies in Hollywood, being nearly 100 years old, the unit and its studio parent Walt Disney Studios are responsible for some of the greatest classics ever produced - but what can we expect on our screens in the next 5 or so years?
The Jungle Book is set for release next year
Everyone's excited to see Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the 2017 live action re-make of 'Beauty and the Beast', and we've already received a teaser for Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book' starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray. But did you know Disney are also re-launching the likes of 'Mary Poppins', 'Winnie The Pooh', and 'Pinocchio' with a script from Peter Hedges? As for sequels, 'Toy Story 4' is a no-brainer, and 'The Incredibles 2' and 'Frozen 2' already have a buzz about them, but what about 'Wreck-It Ralph 2', 'National Treasure 3' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'?
Look out parents! Olaf and his friends will be back to torment you and delight your children with a sequel to 'Frozen'.
Well, there can’t have been anybody who seriously wasn’t expecting it to happen. The most obvious movie sequel in the history of film has been confirmed, with the news that Frozen 2 is in the works.
According to CNN Money, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced at an investors meeting on Thursday that work had begun on a follow-up to the insanely successful 2013 original. Along with the studio’s chief creative officer John Lasseter, he also said that much of the team from the first movie, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, had signed on to develop the sequel.
'Frozen 2' is officially in the pipeline, though no release date has been given.
Continue reading: It's Official! Work Has Begun On 'Frozen 2'!
With news that 'The Incredibles 2' is in the pipelines we look at other sequels to animated feature films, including the eagerly anticipated 'Finding Dory'.
You don’t have to be a under 12 years old to be a fan of animated movies (we are probably the best example of this!), so we’re hoping that you lot are as excited as us to hear that The Incredibles 2 is in the works. The Incredibles was first released in 2004 and tells the story of Helen and Bob Parr, ex superheroes who have hung up their capes to lead a suburban life with their children. If there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that superheroes can’t get away from their calling for too long, and before they know it the whole Parr family are donning matching outfits and saving the world. Just your everyday family activity.
Brad Bird is currently penning the script for The Incredibles 2
Director Brad Bird, who was in charge of the first movie, will also be writing The Incredibles 2. Recently Bird revealed, “I have pieces of things that I would love to see in a sequel, but I haven’t got them all together yet.” Get started, Brad, we’re on tenterhooks here!
Continue reading: The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory: Assessing Animated Sequels, Old And New
What makes 'Frozen' so popular with both children and adults and how is it different from Disney's other princess movies?
If we told you that Frozen looks set to overtake Toy Story 3 as the highest grossing animated feature film of all time, would you be surprised? Probably not, the film has been so popular since it’s release in November 2013 you’d have to have been living under a rock to not have at least heard about it.
Not only is the Frozen soundtrack currently in it’s sixth week at number one in the charts, the film is also number one in DVD/Blu-Ray sales and digital downloads. Described by Paul Dergarabedian as “unstoppable”, Frozen has certainly captured the hearts and minds not only of its target audience...but their parents, too.
Continue reading: Is 'Frozen' The Best Disney Movie Of All Time?
The daughter of Walt Disney, Diane passed away in Napa, California
Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney, has died at her home in Napa, California, following complications to her health acquired during a fall in September. The frail 79-year-old's death was confirmed late yesterday (19 Nov.) by a close family friend, Richard Greene, to the Los Angeles Times, with the only insight into her death relating to her September fall.
Diane has remained in close proximity to her home since September, when she was last seen in public at the 10th anniversary gala to commemorate the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall inn Los Angeles. Diane was incredibly vocal and influential in the design and construction of the building that bares her father's name, and it is the result of but one of her many philanthropic gestures from over the years.
“I wanted something that would bear my father’s name, that would come from his wealth but not be commercial,” she said at the September gala. “That would be just a wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul. I think we achieved that.”
Continue reading: Diane Disney Miller Dies, Aged 79
We think Hanks or Thompson could be in for a actor/supporting actor nod at The Oscars 2014
The long-awaited Walt Disney film, featuring Tom Hanks as the controversial man himself, is getting closer and closer, and we’ve got some stills of Hanks in action as well as his co-stars, Emma Thompson, B.J Novak and Jason Schwartzman.
Tom Hanks as the controversial Walt Disney
Saving Mr. Banks, which is to be showcased at Disney's annual D23 Expo, follows the story of Mary Poppins’ journey from page to screen as Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood to see her novel change in front of her eyes. She didn’t want Disney to do whey they did with her creation; wasn’t what she had planned.
Stan Lee Media are to enter litigation against Disney over the rights to some Marvel characters, including Spider Man and Iron Man. The lawsuit is seeking seeking "billions of dollars of profits,” reports Reuters.
Disney bought Marvel Enterprises, which had been renamed Marvel Entertainment, for $4.3 billion 2009, but Stan Lee, a man no longer involved in the company, had created many of Marvel’s most loved characters. The company claims Lee assigned it his rights to those characters in 1998 but then agreed a month later to assign the same rights to Marvel Enterprises. "The Walt Disney Company has represented to the public that it, in fact, owns the copyright to these characters as well as hundreds of other characters created by Stan Lee," the suit alleges. "Those representations made to the public by the Walt Disney Company are false." The suit asserts that Stan Lee Media owns the rights "to the billions of dollars that Disney has generated, or allowed others to generate."
Here’s what Disney have had to say on the matter: "This lawsuit is without merit," they said in a statement. "It arises out of the same core facts and legal claims that have been rejected by three federal district court judges." The Avengers will be heavily implicated, as not only does the film contain most of the characters in question, but it also grossed $1.5 billion in worldwide sales. This could get messy.
Disney's hit film High School Musical is to be transformed into a West End stage show, it has been confirmed.
The musical will open with a ten-week run at London's Hammersmith Apollo in June, though the actors stepping into the shoes of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale are yet to be cast.
Some 250 million viewers have watched High School Musical since its 2006 debut, according to Disney, with the soundtracks for the first film in the franchise and its subsequent sequel becoming global best sellers.
Based on the plot of the first TV movie, the stage show will tell of high school couple Troy and Gabriella, a mismatched pair from different social groups who try out for the lead parts in the school musical.
Commenting on the confirmation of the London show, Disney spokesman Steve Fickinger said: "I think the reason High School Musical has been so successful is that kids really enjoy aspirational stories.
"Like Buzz Lightyear saving the day or Cinderella going to the ball, kids can really relate to that."
The announcement of the ten-week London run comes as the box office opens for the 31-date High School Musical UK tour.
Some £9 million worth of advance tickets have already been sold for the touring production, which begins this week in Bromley, south London.
A third instalment in the record-breaking High School Musical franchise was confirmed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Productions earlier this month.
After the smash success of the first two TV movies, High School Musical 3: Senior Year is to be given a cinema release, making its Stateside bow on October 24th.
As well as launching the careers of leads Efron and Hudgens, the franchise has spawned a staggeringly popular range of merchandise.
Continue reading: Disney Phenomenon High School Musical To Hit West End Stage
Indeed, without Miss White and her band of little men, Disney's moneymaking empire of full-length animated films might never existed. Films that generation after generation of American children has laughed with and cried over might never have been. But Snow White is more than the grandfather of full-length animated films, it is a genuine classic in its own right.
Continue reading: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Review
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