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Tue
Apr 15 2014 8:00am

Disney Firefly fanart

Awww, Stephen Byrne, you have looked into our hearts and created the thing we most want to see! There’s a horse!!! And Lil’ River!!! And a real firefly!!!

Morning Roundup is still taking a series of deep breaths after that Game of Thrones episode, so you may need to give us a minute. But, we’ve got news about Peggy Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a graphic novel first, and a doc about making it as an illustrator!

[Plus an uninterrupted cover of “Rains of Castamere!”]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 1:30pm

After the massive success of Cinderella, the Walt Disney Corporation continued to issue animated films every couple of years. Most were well received and financially successful. But one, Sleeping Beauty, was a massive box office flop, costing so much that Walt Disney considered shutting down the animation studio entirely to focus on cheaper, live action films instead.

Fortunately, a new product called a Xerox machine cut down significantly on the expenses for the next film, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, which allowed the animation studio to run a profit again. And with those profits, and with the coincidental financial issues facing a certain author, Walt Disney was finally able to respond to the request from his daughters, and bring Mary Poppins to the screen.

[Just a spoonful of sugar makes Walt Disney go round!]

Tue
Mar 18 2014 5:46pm

Maleficent trailer DRAGON

So far the trailers for Maleficent, out on May 30th, have been a little wacky, but that's probably because so far they've avoided showing Maleficent's AWESOME DRAGON FORM.

Take a look at the latest trailer below and then imagine a movie where CumberSmaug and Maleficent fight and snark at each other the whole time, because that is probably the most magnificent movie never made.

[Dragon trailer for Maleficent]

Wed
Mar 12 2014 2:00pm

Playing video games has changed a whole lot since Atari and Nintendo were the kings of pixel play. Games now look and feel more like a big budget theatrical feature than they do a simple game you play, and they often have film-sized budgets as well. They wrap you inside the story they’re trying to tell and create a world that is incredibly immersive and tangible.

Sometimes the games of today are better than the movies of today; with WB Games/Rocksteady’s Arkham series, for example, I get to experience a side of Batman that even film or television cannot offer. I love stories and I love adventure, so of course I love Indiana Jones. And I love playing great games that involve all three of those things, like Sony/Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. Wait, what?

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Tue
Mar 11 2014 5:00pm

Most Americans know about Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but that’s about the extent of their Disney theme park knowledge. If you’re a fan of theme parks then you probably know about Disneyland Paris and a few will also know that there is a Tokyo Disneyland. More knowlegdable Disney fans know about Hong Kong and possibly the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland, but if you’re a avid or hard core Disney fan you know about the hidden jewel that sits next door to Tokyo Disneyland.

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Mon
Mar 3 2014 4:00pm

Fantasia

I love movies; films have been an integral part of my life since I can remember walking. I also am a huge lover of animation—both hand drawn and computer—and especially of Disney Animation. But there are two types of animated films produced by the company that defined animated films. You see, there are “Walt” films and “Disney” films.

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Thu
Feb 6 2014 10:00am

Neflix will soon be a staple in the Marvel diet, so I thought I would take the opportunity to mention what would make a great second course for the binging pay service. The announcement of the four series/one mini-series that Disney recently sold to Netflix will greatly expand the presence of the superhero footprint on the small screen, but there’s always the desire for more before we’ve even gotten what was already promised. What opportunities does Marvel Television have to broaden and expand their relationship with the streaming juggernaut beyond this first tasty bite?

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Tue
Jan 28 2014 4:50pm

Frozen—the Disney film that stars two female leads and openly challenges the fairytale tradition of marrying a dude you’ve known for a day—has just become the highest-grossing animated film of all time* by besting the previous record-holder Finding Nemo. As of this week it's earned over 800 million dollars globally, and it still hasn't opened in China or Japan.

We’ll hold still for a second while you think about that.

This movie, the one with the giant, soaring, gorgeous song about overcoming a bad childhood and tapping into your own unique talents, sung by a woman who doesn’t need a guy at all? That’s the highest grossing animated movie of all time. This means that not only are two female-directed films among the most successful of 2013, but also that apparently films with female leads can do OK at the box office.

Just wanted to make sure everyone knew.

*These numbers reflect non-sequel animated films, in their initial release. 

Mon
Jan 27 2014 12:40pm

The new Maleficent trailer premiered last night! Where the earlier trailer focused on sweet, breathy Aurora, this clip finds Disney (at long last!) owning their true talent and giving us a gleeful, angry villain who lives up to her name. Angelina Jolie is already great in her few moments here, and yes, we know we’re suckers for dragons, but she’s going to make a great dragon.

Just to make sure we know what we’re in for, they’ve added a new version of “Once Upon a Dream”—a song formerly sung to adorable chipmunks and bunnies—performed by Lana Del Rey in all her melancholy glory. There is also a war between good and evil? And we’re not sure whose side... never mind. We know exactly whose side we’re on.

[Click through for the trailer, now with 100% more Lana Del Rey!]

Mon
Jan 27 2014 9:00am

Anaeolist, who we’re pretty sure we want to marry, has created Lady Trek! You guessed it: it’s a Star Trek crew made entirely of women! Oh, and hang on—it looks like none of them are inexplicably wandering the decks in their underwear...

Morning Roundup! That’s what we’re here for. We’ve got Disney princesses that Lena Dunham would love, the confessions of a former Batman, and guided tour of Diagon Alley!

[Plus, some surprising voice actors!]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 2:48pm

Dark Empire 2 cover, Dave DormanNow that Disney owns Lucasfilm, they are continuing to make moves that shore them up for the release of the upcoming film trilogy. Because licensing is now up with Dark Horse, an announcement has been made that Star Wars comics are now moving to Marvel Comics (which Disney also owns). 2014 will be Star Wars’ last year with Dark Horse Comics.

[What does that mean?]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 1:40pm

Frozen, Let It Go

Speaking from childhood experience, nothing is more fun than singing songs from your favorite musical cartoons. And now that Disney’s Frozen seems to have revived the tradition, we’ve got the most adorable recording for you—4-year-old Ella singing Idina Menzel’s number “Let It Go.”

[No heart’s staying frozen while this plays.]

Tue
Dec 31 2013 11:00am

Disney Robin Hood

Disney’s Robin Hood (1973) is the Robin Hood myth at its most mythic. It has the simplest plot (Robin robs and humiliates John so badly that eventually John throws all of Robin’s friends in jail, leading Robin and Little John to stage an epic jailbreak/heist). It’s divorced from historical context, indeed it is divorced from human characters entirely. The Disney version is Robin Hood as fairy tale: John is a lion who taxes his subjects simply because he loves money, and Robin Hood is a clever fox that robs and gives to the poor, because, well, because that’s what Robin Hood does.

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Wed
Dec 18 2013 12:00pm

Disneyland

Oh Disneyland. How I dreamed of you. As a child, I used to wake up wondering if I was going to Disneyland today. Most of the time, the answer was most definitely no. Yet morning after morning, I still awoke hopeful – and every so often, my dreams would come true. We’d get in the car, drive south on the I-5, and spend the day at the Happiest Place on Earth. Thirty years later, I still often think of my life as a series of long waits between trips to Disneyland. And I’m not alone in my nostalgia.

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Mon
Dec 16 2013 1:45pm

Disney, Moana art

Disney's latest venture is set for release in 2018, titled Moana. Said to be the adventures of the eponymous character, Moana is a chief's only daughter from a long line of navigators. Her adventure will take place on the high seas in the South Pacific, set 2000 years ago, and will likely have mythic underpinnings.

It is being directed by John Musker and Ron Clement (Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog), and is said to have the same animation style as the praised animated short, Paperman. Are you excited for this one, or skeptical until you see more?

News via io9.

Mon
Dec 2 2013 1:00pm

Before I discuss Frozen, I feel it only fair to start this review with a disclaimer: Hello, my name is Leah Withers and I am a Disney Fan Girl. Yes, yes, I am one of those. Those 20-something people that re-watch The Rescuers Down Under on a Saturday night, totally sober, and live tweet commentary to absolutely no one. One of those people who falls gleefully down the Tumblr rabbit holes of Disney fanart (ermahgerd have you guys seen Pocket Princesses??) and who may or may not have a dedicated Disney board on her Pinterest… So hop on board good folks, see me after the jump, and let the squeeing commence!

[Mild spoilers ahead!]

Wed
Nov 20 2013 12:00pm

In the 1980s, Disney’s imagination was growing stale. During the era of Walt himself, classics such as Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Peter Pan had made Disney the most respected animation company in the world. But its newer movies—titles such as The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver and Company—seemed to lack the timeless magic of those earlier ones. The company’s theme parks, though profitable, relied heavily on aging characters. And while Disney was still a brand to be reckoned with, it needed to do some serious wishing-upon-a-star when it came to new content.

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Wed
Nov 13 2013 10:35am

Maleificent movie, 2014

Everyone’s been waiting for a glimpse of Disney’s live-action version of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in the titular role. Well, now we’ve got our first peek, and... erm, enjoy?

[Trailer below the cut...]

Fri
Nov 8 2013 11:30am

Maleficent dragon Sleeping Beauty

Villains in animated films tend to have a bit of an edge in the whole Magnificent Bastards department. All the best villainous actors of stage and screen do a fair amount of scene chewing (I’m looking at you, Tim Curry), but animated villains can take things to a whole other level. Disney villains in particular have a way of worming their way into our hearts, thanks in no small part to campy theatrics, quippy dialog, and the occasional musical number. And they often have the sartorial chops to carry it off courtesy of some fantastic design work.

But in order to truly rise to the ranks of magnificent bastardry, a villain needs substance—some motivation or believable character flaw an audience can connect with. We don’t have to actively root for the bastards (though sometimes we do), but we do need to understand their point of view. I mean, we may love to hate Cruella de Vil, but it’s hard to actually sympathize with her end game of acquiring a puppy-coat. So which Disney villains make the grade?

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Fri
Nov 8 2013 10:00am

Lady villains, Regina Mills, Lana Parilla, Once Upon A Time

When highlighting roles that women are historically allowed to occupy in fiction, most will break it down into the trinity—mother, maiden, crone. Have we gained ground recently? The characters on offer for actresses keep improving, but it’s telling that so many them still fall into one of those three categories. Male characters get a more diverse set of labels—rogue, villain, lover, fool, antihero—and even though women occasionally nab parts that fall under those banners, these types remain elusive to them.

Especially when it comes to bad guys.

[They weren’t kidding when they called me, well, a witch...]