Friday, December 20, 2013
Saving Mr. Banks opens wide today in 2,110 theaters according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing well with the critics, earning an 80% at Rotten Tomatoes, where the consensus review of the movie is: "Aggressively likable and sentimental to a fault, Saving Mr. Banks pays tribute to the Disney legacy with excellent performances and sweet, high-spirited charm. Mojo projects a middling weekend with a 5th place finish and $12.4 million.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
From: LAtimes.com - As the respective creators of Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins, two of the most cheerful, beloved characters around, it's odd to imagine studio head Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers quarreling. But that's precisely what happened when Disney tried to persuade Travers to allow her children's books to be made into a musical film.
Their creative dispute is dramatized in the new film "Saving Mr. Banks," starring Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers. Speaking at the Envelope Screening Series, Hanks and Thompson discussed their characters' fractious relationship.
Publicly, Travers didn't care for Disney's film. And, Thompson said, "Privately, she didn't like it as well. She didn't like it at all, ever."
Thompson added, "I think she appreciated the fact that she had enough money [from selling the rights] to keep her house. You have to remember that this is a woman who didn't have any protection: had no family, had no father, had no inheritance, had no husband, had to earn her own living and was running out of money. So that's a very important part of the story."
Hanks, meanwhile, described Disney as a man who was "extremely pragmatic and tight-fisted" and said he "couldn't stand" Travers.
"I think there was a moment at the premiere," Hanks said, "where [Travers] said, 'Oh, we have so much work we have to do, so much work to do, starting tomorrow.' And Walt Disney said, 'Pam, that ship has sailed,' and he walked away from her, and I don't think they ever spoke again."
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Disney announces "Moana" gets 2018 release & Dove Cameron as Maleficent's daughter in 'Descendants'!
Just like 'Pocahontas' and 'Mulan' portrayed princesses of different ethnicities, the Walt Disney Company has named its newest princess of color: a Polynesian girl named Moana.
Hollywood blog Bustle.com reports Moana Waialiki will be the main character of Disney's newly announced film "Moana." As a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators, Moana will set off on an epic journey after finding out that her family needs her help.
The film – which is rumored it will embody a new style of CG similar to the Disney short film "Paperman" – will also include demi-gods and spirits from real Polynesian mythology, according to Bustle.
It is expected to be released in 2018.
And - Last week, Disney Channel announced that it had begun casting , a live-action original movie about the offspring of some of the company’s best-known villains (and heroes). Now the network has revealed who will play Maleficent’s daughter Mal: Dove Cameron, who currently stars on Disney Channel’s . And though is not a musical, we hear that there will be “a lot of singing” in the movie — including by Cameron’s character.
“Dove is a multi-dimensional actress whose undeniable charisma allows her to conjure the many facects of Mal, the sharp-edged yet vulnerable daughter of one of Disney’s most wicked villains,” Disney Channels Worldwide senior VP Judy Taylor said in a statement.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Today marks the 47th anniversary of the death of Walt Disney. December 15, 1966. R.I.P. Walt, thanks for ALL the magic you have left us!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Todays TDDF Fan Article comes from fan and friend Marc Disney! EnJoy! -
Grab your winter coat and snow boots and journey to the icy world of Arendelle as Disney’s 53rd animated feature skates into theaters. Princess Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) has been gifted with the power to create snow and ice, and her younger sister Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) adores it.
The two sisters are extremely close and frequently use Elsa’s powers for fun but when an accident nearly injures Anna, the King and Queen of Arendelle decide to isolate their oldest daughter not only from the world but from her own sister as well. As a result, Elsa grows up lonely and afraid to be herself while Anna longs for her relationship with her sister to be restored. The chance comes when Elsa’s coronation day arrives. During the celebration ball, Elsa’s powers are exposed and she leaves the kingdom out of fear, accidentally unleashing an icy curse upon it. Anna, determine to find her sister and restore peace to her people, leaves to find Elsa. Along the way, she befriends Kristoff(voiced by Johnathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and a comical, lovable snowman named Olaf(voiced by Josh Gad) with an unusual dream. With her new friends by her side, Anna begins her journey to reunite with her sister, mend their bond, and restore Arendelle back to its summertime state. Along way she learns that love is unpredictable, powerful and capable of miracles-even from the most unlikely sources.
In the 1940s, Walt Disney and his team of animators considered making The Snow Queen as part of a series of shorts (much like the Silly Symphonies) that included the Ugly Duckling and the Little Match Girl but, due to story complications (much like the ones his team faced when trying to adapt The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast), this idea was shelved. After 73 years, this classic Hans Christian Andersen story has been introduced to a whole new generation of Disney fans and has been met with critical acclaim.
So what is the secret to Frozen’s overwhelming theatrical success? What does this film contain that has been missing for so long? Well, as with any good film, the story is key and Frozen has an amazing one. The film retain Andersen’s literary blueprint while bringing a fresh new approach to this classic tale. Elements of the Snow Queen, such as her powers and ability seen in the original story are kept while her personality is expanded and given a modern feel that will make her very attainable and familiar to the audience. Anna(based off of the protagonist “Gerda” in the book) retains her optimist worldview while given a spunky awkwardness that allows her to stand out from past Disney Princesses yet effortlessly fit in alongside her “sisters” Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Rapunzel as if she had been there all along. Visually, this film is stunning.
As I watched, I felt like I had traveled to the world of Arendelle and that I could reach out and touch the snow (despite seeing this without the 3D feature added to it). The landscape was beautifully and accurately designed to reflect some of Norway’s most stunning structures. While not the hand-drawn many of us have come to expect from the Walt Disney Animation department, the technology advancements of this film manages to do what I honestly thought wouldn’t be possible-convey emotion without the use in dialog. There are scenes where you can look into Elsa’s eyes and see the anguish she is feeling about wanting to be herself but afraid of hurting others or the loneliness seen in Anna’s body language. Such emotional attributes seemed like an impossibility when the technology was first introduced but Frozen displays those feelings beautifully and flawlessly. The music? Well, let’s just say I haven’t heard music this catchy and enjoyable since musical team of late Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who gave us The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
The songs are memorable, catchy, and contain enough wit and charm to even make you chuckle as some of the lyrics(such as those found in Olaf’s song, “In Summer”). Kristen and Robert Lopez, who had previously written music for “Winnie the Pooh”(2011) are definitely songwriters who will join such a great music teams as Alan and Howard as well as Jerry Livingston Al Hoffman(Cinderella) for their modern but classical approach to the songs that will be sure to have everyone singing when they leave the theater. In conclusion, Frozen is everything it was promised to be and so much more. I truly believe this film, along with previous successes like Tangled, Brave, and The Princess and the Frog could be the beginning of a new age for Disney animation and audiences everywhere are sure to wonder what is next after seeing this film that is destined to join the Disney stories of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Tangled as an instant classic. A is for Arendelle and the rating from the Mickey Mouse Movie House. See you next time at the movies.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Disney fans are going to go crazy over this news from D23 and other fansites, the Mouse House is developing a new Disney channel original movie starring the children of their most evil characters. Descendants, the article notes, is Disney’s attempt to reproduce Monster High’s success. Monster High is a popular toy and movie line following the children of famous horror monsters.
Disney describes the new brand (quite sure that toys will follow) as:
Disney describes the new brand (quite sure that toys will follow) as:
“The film takes place in a present-day idyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making spawn of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power, or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?”The movie will be shot in live action at the end of 2014 and will premiere in 2015. The Internet will probably be buzzing with fan speculation over what these characters will look like and their back stories-especially who would choose to marry one of the villains. Disney has unleashed a year’s worth of fan speculation and the build up will be in its favor for advertising.