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Today is the opening day of Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show from Mondo and Cyclops Print Works at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. We’ve featured a number of pieces from the show on the site already, but now that all of its artwork has been unveiled, I thought it’d be fun to list some of the pieces from the show that stood out to me. So dust off your identity disks, grab your magic lamps, and count down my ten personal favorite pieces of Mondo Disney art below.
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Johnny Depp Disneyland Pirates Jack Sparrow

In 2006, when Disney parks began adding characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean films into the theme park attraction that inspired the successful film series, fans were impressed with the level of realism the Imagineers achieved. But even the coolest animatronics pale in comparison to the real thing, and attendees at Disneyland in Anaheim, California yesterday were surprised to discover actual Pirates star Johnny Depp incorporated into the ride in full Captain Jack Sparrow costume. Watch the Johnny Depp Disneyland videos below.
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Ewan McGregor Christopher Robin

As Disney continues its reign of box office domination, one of the most effective tools in the studio’s arsenal has been the live-action adaptation of a classic animated property. Beauty and the Beast is the latest example, pulling in over a billion dollars worldwide (and counting), but there are plenty more where that came from.

One of the many in development is Christopher Robin, a live-action Winnie the Pooh sequel that follows an adult version of Pooh’s best friend. A new report states that Beauty and the Beast star Ewan McGregor is set to play the title character…does that bode well for a Star Wars spinoff centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi? Read on for the Ewan McGregor Christopher Robin news.
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baby moana

One of the most magical parts of Moana is the very first scene, in which an infant Moana waddles up to the shore and discovers that the Ocean is actually alive. Wordlessly, she coos and plays with the waves, and the waves playfully toss her about as well, leading her observing grandmother to realize that Moana is the Chosen One.

But that gorgeously rendered and enchanting scene almost didn’t make it into the movie. In fact, it was never meant to be in the final film at all, according to directors Ron Clements and John Musker. The scene was originally created as test footage, to see if they had the technology to render a sentient, alive Ocean. But test audiences loved the footage so much that the filmmakers had to find a way to put it in the movie.

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Zootopia - Nick Wilde

We know Walt Disney Animation is fond of dropping easter eggs into their own films as a way to give shout-outs to other projects in the company’s past or ones currently in development. Even though these references are often hidden in the background, most eagle-eyed fans can pick them out if they look hard enough. But I just learned about a Zootopia easter egg in Big Hero 6 that is so obscure, I’m convinced even the world’s biggest Disney fans probably have no idea what it is.
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Mulan remakeWith Beauty and the Beast currently dominating at the box office, we’re looking ahead to one of Disney’s next live-action remakes of their animated classics: Mulan. We found out yesterday that it won’t be a musical, but the new film’s director just revealed what her version of the movie will be, and her description just might make up for the fact that we won’t be hearing “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” this time around.  Read More »

disney buying netflix

I don’t know about you, but when the governments of the world collapse and civilization dissolves into chaos, and we’re reduced to living in a world where the biggest corporations battle for control of the surviving population, I’ll probably end up joining Team Disney. Because if I’m going to die for the glory of a corporate entity, it might as well be for Marvel and Star Wars. I’ll lie there, bleeding out on the battlefield, and look at the Mickey Mouse patch on my uniform and think “Well, at least I didn’t die for AT&T/Time Warner. Screw those guys!”

Anyway, Disney’s next step in becoming the domineering force of the dystopian future involves them possibly acquiring Netflix, a move that would be nothing short of huge for both companies.

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The Simpsons Disney Couch Gag

Over the past two years, The Simpsons really seemed to have upped their game when it comes to delivering unique and bold iterations of their ongoing couch gag in the opening credits. Last year’s couch gags included a tribute to Rick and Morty and an opening from Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. Plus, back in 2014, The Simpsons took a cue from Disney’s animated hit Frozen. Now their latest couch gag reaches back into the history of Disney, thanks to animator Eric Goldberg, the man responsible for bringing Genie to life in Aladdin and much more.

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Lucasfilm Promises Female ‘Star Wars’ Director

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Directors J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) are all white dudes. All very talented white dudes, mind you, but they’re white dudes. This has caused a slight uproar amongst Star Wars fans, but Lucasfilm promises there will be a female Star Wars director. Read more after the jump.

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The Force Awakens Disney trailer mash-up

Back at Comic-Con, director J.J. Abrams said that a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be arriving in the fall. That season has arrived, but we’re not sure exactly when the new trailer will arrive. A smart bet might be The Good Dinosaur, but that’s just speculation on my part.

While we wait, check out this clever Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney trailer mash-up that takes characters and elements from some of the House of Mouse’s classic hand-drawn animated films (and some computer animated too) and puts them in scenes from the second teaser trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars sequel. Read More »