Tag: disney

Now Streaming: THE BLACK CAULDRON, Not Quite Rock Bottom

Directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich, the animated film, now streaming on Disney Plus, finds the studio at a crossroads in the 1980s.

Review: MULAN, Not Quite Equal to an Illustrious Predecessor

Directed by Niko Caro, Disney's live-action adaptation of a classic Chinese tale stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen and Jet Li.

Now Streaming: WALT & EL GRUPO, Disney Vacation With the Boss

Theodore Thomas directed the documentary, now streaming on Disney Plus.

Now Streaming: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, How the Mighty Have Fallen

Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning return in the sequel to a live-action reboot, directed by Joachim Rønning and now streaming on Disney+.

Friday One Sheet: (Minimalist) MULAN

I personally find the 'live action reboot' strip-mining of Disney's back-catalog to be one of the more culturally abhorrent things in the 21st century. That being said, Ignition Creative's key art campaign for the forthcoming Mulan has been rather delightful. This...

Review: FROZEN II, Cold to the Touch Yet Still Irresistible

Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad return for a hotly-anticipated sequel.

Review: THE LION KING Returns, Without Spoilers

Jon Faverau's photo-realistic remake stars Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogan and more.

Review: DUMBO Flies Pretty Well for an Elephant

Tim Burton directs Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Michael Keaton in a live-action Disney remake.

Review: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, Cute Corporate Propaganda

Cute, colorful and cloying corporate propaganda, Ralph Breaks the Internet is occasionally amusing and insightful, but, more often, it's simply noxious, lacking any imaginative reach. Really, it's baffling, because Wreck-It Ralph swam in nostalgia for what it portrayed as the...

Review: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Grows Into Predictability

Perfectly threadbare in its by-the-numbers execution, the new live-action film Christopher Robin delivers one fresh realization: There’s only one A.A. Milne.  This movie, by comparison passed through the creative hands of at least five individuals in its writing phase.  The...

Review: INCREDIBLES 2, Brad Bird Does it Again, Another Excellent Family Superhero Film!

Incredibles 2 picks up from the moment The Underminer makes his appearance at the end of the first film. Yet, failing to stop The Underminer from committing his crime the Parrs and all superheroes are under even more scrutiny than...

STAR WARS: GAME OF THRONES Creators Hired For Another Trilogy

When Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrap up the final season they will begin working on a new trilogy of films set in the Star Wars universe. This brings the current tally of yet-to-be-seen Star Wars...

70s Rewind: Disney's THE RESCUERS, Fun for Kids, Diverting for Adults Too

The theatrical release of Pixar's Coco, distributed by Disney, prompted me to watch The Rescuers (1977), a hand-drawn animated artifact that, it turns out, holds up quite well. As many children of my generation did, I grew up in the...

Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Lovely, Long, Lyrical, Lesser

A tale as old as time is refurbished with new materials for reasons that are not readily apparent in Beauty and the Beast. It's the cinematic equivalent of someone blowing all the dust off a 25-year-old piece of furniture and...

Review: MOANA, Stereotypes Are Overturned, and Also Reinforced, on the High Seas

Spectacular beauty is on display throughout Moana, the 56th theatrical feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Even better, the film's protagonist is an admirable young woman who is determined to come of age on her own terms, without any adolescent...

Classic Animated movie Review: Anastasia, a classic historical musical drama from 1997!

In the 1980s, a new legend in animated movies Don Bluth made his breakthrough with the 1984 classic "Secrets of Nimh" and finished the 80s with a bang with the 1989 classic "Land Before Time".  Don is also the man...

Review: PETE'S DRAGON Doesn't Drag On

Does anyone remember Pete’s Dragon? I’m talking about the original version, an old-school blending of live action and cell animation delivering the titular human kid and cartoon dragon. By all appearances, it was the exact kind of thing that Disney...

THE ROCKETEER to Become THE ROCKETEERS, With Big Changes in Store

Disney is developing a reboot of The Rocketeer, to be headlined by a young African-American woman. Based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens, the 1991 film version starred Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord, a pilot who comes into possession...

Review: In FINDING DORY, Family Reigns Supreme

Floating gently across the big screen, filled with kindness and generosity and nothing at all that could be construed as threatening for anyone anywhere, the latest endeavor from Pixar is a chill pill for adults. Arriving 13 years after Finding...

Destroy All Monsters: Hey Disney, We Need To Talk About The Shitty Experience Your Release Strategy Is Giving Your Customers

What I'll be describing today might genuinely deserve a spoiler warning, even though everything I'll mention is currently well within the public sphere, freely available for anyone who hasn't seen Captain America: Civil War to discover. That group includes me:...