moana how far I'll go

I never wrote a full review of Moana, but I very much agree with the rave review published by our own Ethan Anderton. Veteran animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker have taken the Disney formula and polished it to a beautiful sheen, picking and choosing the ripest fruits from across the company’s canon and repurposing them in surprising, funny, and downright lovely ways. And then there’s the soundtrack from Lin-Manuel MirandaOpetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, which makes Moana not just a fine entry in the Disney filmography, but a great musical. I’ll never forgive (the otherwise wonderful) Frozen for loading its first half with great songs and then deciding to stop being a musical in its third act. But Moana doesn’t have that problem.

Anyway, the real news here is that the full “How Far I’ll Go” sequence from the film has made its way to YouTube and you can watch it right now.

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puff the magic dragon

Fox Animation have acquired the rights to turn the Peter, Paul and Mary song Puff the Magic Dragon into a feature film. Trolls helmer Mike Mitchell has signed on to direct the hybrid live action/animated feature which will be produced by Safehouse partners Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold and Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman. Hit the jump to learn more about the planned Puff the Magic Dragon movie.

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Gallery Nucleus - Pixar Animation - The Incredibles

Gallery Nucleus has been host to some pretty cool artwork exhibitions inspired by pop culture. They don’t get featured quite as often as Hero Complex Gallery or Gallery 1988 since they don’t have new pieces available as frequently, but they still have some incredible artwork. A new exhibition opening this weekend is no different with artwork inspired by each of the films of Pixar Animation, from Toy Story to Finding Dory. There’s one for each movie, and what’s awesome is that each piece was handpicked by Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter for the show.

Check out the Gallery Nucleus Pixar artwork after the jump. Read More »

new ducktales logo

We might not be the target audience for Disney’s new DuckTales revival, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have opinions about it. After all, we’re the ones who grew up watching the animated adventures of Huey, Louie, Dewey, and Scrooge McDuck on television. Not to mention, some of us have kids of our own that we plan to share the new DuckTales with.

Fortunately, the DuckTales revival actually seems to be shaping up quite promisingly. The art released so far indicates that Disney has maintained the same general feel of the classic DuckTales episodes, while also tweaking it just enough to make it look fresh and modern. Today’s new image offers our first look at the new version of Launchpad McQuack, who, yeah, still looks more or less like you remember him. And a brief new teaser calls back to that old DuckTales theme song we know so well. So, when exactly will we get to see this new DuckTales? Disney has new details on that, too. Click through for all things DuckTalesRead More »

The Lion King Remake

One of the things that has always impressed me about James Cameron as a filmmaker is how he confronts obstacles to achieving his vision – if current technology can’t help him achieve his vision, then he will help develop brand new technology to actually make it happen, damn it! The line between technician and artist has continued to blend in this way over the past 15 years or so, with filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Robert Zemeckis building entire movies around fresh tech, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing, but always adding more to the conversation.

The last filmmaker I expected to push the technological envelope was Jon Favreau, whose low-key beginnings eventually propelled him into the blockbuster arena, but here we are. After creating photorealistic animal characters and environments in The Jungle Book earlier this year, he’s now talking about how virtual reality tech will influence his upcoming remake of The Lion King.

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Pokemon movie director / Great Detective Pikachu

Legendary Pictures is wasting no time capitalizing on the Pokémon craze. Over the summer, they announced plans to make a live-action film based on Great Detective Pikachu, and a few weeks later they locked down a pair of screenwriters to get the ball rolling. Now they’ve caught themselves a director. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) has just been hired to direct the film.  Read More »

Moana Clip - You're Welcome

If you didn’t catch Moana over the holiday weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies Walt Disney Animation has ever made. It’s an outstanding adventure full of gorgeous animation, a powerful story about identity with a strong female character at its center who doesn’t need romance to have a complete story.

But one of the best elements of Moana is the soundtrack of original songs crafted by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer Mark Mancina and South Pacific fusion musician Opetaia Foa’i. And if you need any more convincing to see Moana, or you just want to watch one of the most fun musical numbers from the movie again and again, we have good news. The entire musical sequence where Dwayne Johnson‘s demigod character Maui sings the song “You’re Welcome,” has been made available to watch online.

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Beauty and the Beast Photo

Fans of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast got quite a glimpse at the live-action remake coming from Disney in the spring thanks to the new trailer that was unveiled not too long ago. It looks very loyal to Disney’s first attempt at telling the tale as old as time, but advanced visual effects gives director Bill Condon an opportunity to tell the story in a new way, and it looks positively fantastic.

Now we get another little glimpse at the movie in the form of a new photo that finally gives us a shot of Luke Evans as Gaston attempting to catch the eye of Emma Watson as Belle. Read More »

Moana Review

With several decades of animated movies in its history, it’s a wonder that Walt Disney Animation can still churn out movies that feel as refreshing and satisfying as their latest computer animated delight, Moana. By meshing their traditional magic and narrative tropes with a stunning change of scenery and rich, exotic culture that has never been featured so prominently or respectfully in family film, Disney has crafted a dazzling adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Matt Damon isn’t even thinking about a new Jason Bourne movie right now.
  • A Spartacus veteran joins the cast of Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.
  • Isabela Moner describes her crazy first day on Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Don’t get your hopes up for The Goonies 2.
  • Chris Tucker says they may get around to making Rush Hour 4 some day.
  • Does a new clothing line tease Space Jam 2 details?

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