Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, we have a new clip from Disney’s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful. The clip — titled ‘Bananas’ — features a little male bonding between Oscar Diggs/The Wizard (James Franco) and Finley the flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff) as they venture along the yellow brick road in their quest to rid Oz of the Wicked Witch of the West so that Diggs can claim the sea of treasures of the Emerald City as well as ‘appropriately’ pay Finley for his assist in the act. Diggs also gives off the vibe that he’s a bit of a love ‘em and leave ‘em type — surely that can’t can’t come back to bite him in the end.
In the film (which clocks in at 72 minutes in length), the Invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk join forces to save the Earth from its greatest threat yet. When two Hydra scientists try to supercharge a Stark Arc Reactor with Hulk’s Gamma Energy, they unleash a being of pure electricity called Zzzax — and he’s hungry for destruction. Together, Iron Man and Hulk are the only force that stands in the way of the Zzzax’s planetary blackout. But first the super heroic duo will have to get through snarling Wendigos, deadly robots and the scaly powerhouse, Abomination. Can two of Marvel’s mightiest heroes find a way to work together without smashing each other before time runs out?
Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to sit down with Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae, along with John Goodman, for a few minutes as part of a roundtable at the Disney/Pixar presentation at the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Following up on a tip I had received the day before, I took the opportunity to explore what overlap — if any — we might see between Monsters University and the original Monsters Inc. film. Unfortunately Scanlon nearly skirted the question altogether: ‘Well I don’t want to say that, I think you should wait and see. I will say that it’s teeing up to the original film nicely.’
Animation Fascination has uploaded a new featurette/sneak peek at Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, presumed to be included on the upcoming Monsters Inc. blu-ray release. Narrated by director Dan Scanlon, the featurette offers up quite a bit of concept art along with some of the story which involves how rivals Mike Wazowski and James ‘Sulley’ Sullivan were rejected from the prized scaring educational track by Dean Hardscrabble and how Mike concocts a plan to get into the program. To pull it off, they must join the Oozma Kappa fraternity which — although is made up of other scare program rejects — is just OK with us.
Walt Disney Studios Spain has released this trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful. Unfortunately it’s not in English — fortunately there’s very little dialog.
The trailer begins with an extended look of something we’ve already caught a glimpse of: Oscar/Oz (James Franco) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) — along with China Girl (voiced by Joey King) — traveling by bubble to what appears to be Quadling country. After the extended look, we catch glimpses from the film which evoke the scope and grandeur of the land of Oz through the eyes of the camera’s lens, so to speak. One of the highlights appears to be a mid-air duel between Glinda and Evanora (Rachel Weisz), bubbles not required.
Disney announced today that multiple GRAMMY® Award–winning superstar Mariah Carey has recorded the song, ‘Almost Home,’ for Oz The Great and Powerful, the studio’s highly anticipated fantastical adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, releasing in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.
‘Almost Home’ will be released as a single by Carey’s label, Island Def Jam, on February 19, 2013. ward-winning photographer/director David LaChapelle will direct Carey in the music video for ‘Almost Home.’ The two long-time collaborators are reuniting in what LaChapelle describes as ‘a duet between Mariah and the movie.’ LaChapelle photographed Carey previously for album covers, and directed her in the music video ‘Loverboy.’ Disney, Carey and Island Def Jam plan to launch a promotional campaign to support the single, the video and the film.
Just ahead of the 110th annual American International Toy Fair kick-off this Sunday, Disney Consumer Products has shared a sneak peek at just some of the toys coming later this year, representing some of its iconic properties. From Monsters University, Oz the Great and Powerful and Planes to ‘Sofia the First’ and ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ to proven franchises such as Minnie Mouse, Disney Fairies and — of course — the princesses, these toys represent some a new take on classic play, often integrating cutting edge technology to enhance the experience.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with some extremely hi-res publicity images for The Muppets… Again! which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 21, 2014. Among the images are those that appeared in People and Entertainment Weekly along with a couple of others. Like with the ‘original’ film, the group publicity still actually comes in two variants: one with director James Bobin and the other with Sweetums.
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Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.