From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
Walt Disney Studios UK (via Walt Disney Records) has released an extended clip from Disney’s upcoming film, Frozen (November 27, 2013), which features the full version of the ‘In Summer’ sequence as performed by Olaf in which the snowman ponders how wonderful his life might be during the hottest months of the year. The song — performed here by Josh Gad as Olaf — was written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and can be found on the original motion picture soundtrack (available for pre-order via Amazon and iTunes).
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with seventeen newly released hi-res stills from its upcoming feature, Saving Mr. Banks, which have been added to the beginning of our gallery of images from the film below. In addition to close-ups of several of the main characters such as Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford), Richard and Robert Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak) and Ralph (Paul Giamatti) — the only fictional character in the film — we also get some good looks at Travers’ life as a child as portrayed by Annie Buckley with parents Margaret and Travers Goff (Ruth Wilson and Colin Farrell) and Aunt Ellie (Rachel Griffiths). In addition, we also have a couple of looks at costume designs for Walt Disney and P.L. Travers by Daniel Orlandi.
For the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition, Disney’s The Jungle Book has never looked so lush or sounded so good! Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-the-scenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu-ray a must-have for every family’s classic collection. Now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns ‘The Bare Necessities’ of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie, the orangutan. But watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films — out of a qualifying total of 56 — will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards. Among the shortlisted shorts are Get A Horse! from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which will play ahead of Frozen when it debuts in theaters on November 27, 2013.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with this teaser poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises which will debut in theaters with a limited release on February 21, 2014, followed by a wide release on February 28, 2014 under Disney’s Touchstone banner. In addition, the film will have a week-long award-qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York beginning this Friday, November 8 – 14, which will feature the film in its original Japanese language with subtitles.
The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.
Led by a series focused on Daredevil and followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four thirteen-episode series and a culminating Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
By this time, you can probably piece the entire movie together as the new additions bring the total of our Thor: The Dark World gallery to a staggering 100+ images. Nonetheless, Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios continue to supply us with stills from the new film which opens this Friday, November 8, 2013.
As usual, the new stills have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version, then click the resize arrow to see them at their original resolution.
For consideration of best animated short, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have released the beautiful and poetic — albeit grammatically flawed — pitch script for the short The Blue Umbrella, which played before Monsters University. It can be downloaded in PDF form directly here.
It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas — one blue, one not — fall eternally in love.