On June 24, 2014, Walt Disney Records will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney Animation Studios animated classic, The Lion King, with the release of a two-disc set, Stitch Kingdom has learned. Although it appears to have a couple of errors, a listing for the Legacy Collection edition has recently appeared on Amazon for pre-order.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with approximately 24 newly released high-res stills from Maleficent, in theaters May 30, 2014. In addition, we have been provided with several concept art for creatures found in the film. Both the new stills and concept art have been added to the beginning of their respective galleries embedded below.
Via the official StarWars.com website, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced. The news comes just ahead of Star Wars Day (May 4) on which most anticipated the news to be revealed.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Disney Channel announced it will begin production in July on Teen Beach Movie 2, the sequel to last summer’s Teen Beach Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie that ranks as cable TV’s all-time #2 movie in Total Viewers. Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca will reprise their starring roles as Brady, McKenzie, Lela, Tanner and Butchy, respectively. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Teen Beach Movie 2 will premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel.
Disney has launched a new fashion-oriented blog in support of Maleficent at disneymaleficent.tumblr.com which is teased with the tagline ‘Evil is the New Black’ (evilisthenewblack.com also forwards to the blog). Although aside from a couple of obligatory GIFs designed to go viral, the site is primarily offering news and images related to fashion lines inspired by the new film. In addition, to the pro-fashion slant, however, are several images which appear to be concept art for the film, featuring both the Maleficent and Aurora characters (as well as the Moors and its inhabitants). For your convenience, we have gathered these images together into a gallery which you will find embedded below.
Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced that a brand-new short titled Feast will be playing in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7, 2014. They have provided us with this title treatment as well as a high resolution first look teaser at the short which you can find below.
The short, which is being directed by Patrick Osborne, relays the story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. It will make its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2014.
Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
In support of its in-park preview of Maleficent (May 30, 2014) which starts tomorrow at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Disney Parks has released this featurette titled ‘Reinventing the Tale’ which features Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, screenwriter Linda Woolverton and director Robert Stromberg talking about the film. There’s also a bit of new footage in it as well. You can find the video embedded below.
On April 29, 2014, Walt Disney Records will release a three-track digital EP titled ‘Let It Go: Remixes’ according to a new listing on Amazon.
The album will contain the following remixes of the smash hit ‘Let It Go’ as performed in the film by Idina Menzel: Dave Audé Club Remix, Papercha$er Club Remix and DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix.
For more information or to pre-order/purchase ‘Let It Go: Remixes,’ visit Amazon.
I have long been a fan of the (junior) novelizations of the Disney family of films, so when I was offered the opportunity to read the novelization of Maleficent by Disney Publishing Worldwide, I jumped at the opportunity. What I expected was a novelization based on the film; what I did not expect were two novelizations: Maleficent and The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty, both available April 29, 2014.