hercules disney

(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: a look back at Disney’s post-rennaisance animated output, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Hercules.)

When people think of Disney, they often jump to the classics – Bambi, Dumbo, Snow White, and so on. But my generation has a different list. We were raised on the studio’s late ’80s and early ’90s “renaissance” titles, including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King. But after 1995, the seemingly unstoppable Disney animation machine began to slow down. The films of the late ’90s live on as childhood favorites, not undisputed classics.

And that brings me to the question of the moment: some 20 years later, do these later films of the renaissance era hold up? Are their charms enough to cover their bigger flaws? Is it all nostalgia or are some of these true cinematic gems? Please keep your arms, feet and legs inside the vehicle at all times, because we’re about to take a trip to the late-’90s era of the House of Mouse.

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Hulu Disney Movies Deal - The Mighty Ducks

If you’re a Hulu subscriber, get ready to ring in the new year with a bunch of movies from Walt Disney Studios.

The House of Mouse has just signed a new mutli-year deal with Hulu that gives the streaming service the exclusive subscription streaming rights to a bunch of movies from Disney’s library. This includes animated favorites such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mulan, Tarzan, Pocahontas and Lilo & Stitch, as well as live-action movies from Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner such as Gone in 60 Seconds, Pearl Harbor, Con-Air and more.

Find out more about the new Hulu Disney movies deal after the jump. Read More »

The Great Mouse Detective By Tom Whalen

To celebrate the release of Disney’s next animated feature film Moana, Cyclops Print Works is teaming up with Gallery Nucleus to present “An Art Tribute to the Disney Films of Ron Clements and John Musker” gallery show.

For those of you who don’t know, Moana filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker are responsible for some of the best Disney animated films of the 1980’s and 1990’s, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Hercules, in addition to The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film Princess and the Frog. The limited-time art show will open on November 19th, 2016 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA, where the artwork will be on display until December 6th, 2016.

The show features some great artists like JC Richard, Tom Whalen, Mark Englert and more! Hit the jump to get a sneak preview of some of the excellent artwork which will be on display and available at the show.

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Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)

Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastDumboMulanWinnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.

As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »

Worst Movies of 2014

We’ve all chuckled when a terrible movie throws out a line of dialogue that seems to sum up our own dismissal of the film perfectly. That idea is the inspiration for a video that uses dialogue from some of the worst films of 2014 to review the films themselves.

While there’s a movie or two in here that might not quite be among the year’s worst (Monuments Men is too optimistic to really hate, I’d argue, even if it does squander a great cast and premise) there’s nothing quite as apt as seeing dialogue from A Million Ways to Die in the West, Dracula Unbound and, yeah, Winter’s Tale (above) repurposed to talk about the films themselves.  Read More »

hercules imax 3d

Hercules isn’t just a mighty and powerful warrior, he’s one of the mightiest, most powerful warriors of all time. His legend has endured for centuries. He’s half god, for Pete’s sake. Obviously, a regular old 2D screen was never going to be enough to contain him.

So naturally, he’s getting the IMAX 3D treatment. Paramount and MGM have struck a deal with IMAX to release Brett Ratner‘s Hercules on its jumbo screens. Dwayne Johnson plays the iconic hero. Get additional details and read the full press release after the jump.

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Hercules trailer

January’s The Legend of Hercules failed to impress much of anyone when it opened this January. Fortunately for fans of the Greek hero, he gets a second opportunity to make an impression with this summer’s Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner.

Dwayne Johnson plays the title character, here a damaged soul haunted by an incident in his past. He’s called upon to save the world from mythological creatures, or something. The important thing is that the plot gives Johnson plenty of opportunities to wear next to nothing and flex his fearsome muscles. Watch the new full-length Hercules trailer after the jump.

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godzilla The 2014 Summer Movie Wager

Its that time of year again. Jeff Cannata (formerly of the Totally Rad Show, now host of NLB and DLC, and a frequent co-host of the /Filmcast) has thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with him in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film.

This year the contest includes Germain Lussier, Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can watch the full episode of the show with our predictions.

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hercules trailer

The Hercules trailer is upon us. Directed by Brett Ratner, someone known more for comedic action than epic mythological stuff, it features Dwayne Johnson doing what Dwayne Johnson does best – kicking butt and taking names with his shirt off.

With this adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Ratner and Johnson are aiming to bring the mythic hero to the big screen on a scale we’ve never seen before. Did they succeed? Watch the first Hercules trailer below. Read More »

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Rock as Hercules

Thanks to Dwayne Johnson’s social media presence we’ve seen quite a few teasing behind the scenes glimpses of The Rock as Hercules. He’s starring in 2014’s other Hercules movie, the big one, which opens in July. Now we’ve got the first official look at the Rock as the hero of myth and legend. We’ll see a trailer for the Brett Ratner-directed film on Tuesday, but after the break you can see two rather different still images.

Update: The film’s first poster has also been released, and you can see that below.

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