Back to neverland

When Disney opened MGM Studios (now “Disney’s Hollywood Studios”) in Orlando Florida, one of the attractions was The Magic of Disney Animation, a Feature Animation pavilion where park visitors toured four connected experiences which explored the legacy of Disney’s hand-drawn animation. I remember visiting the park shortly after it opened as a kid, and one of the highlights was being able to peer through a window into a room of animators who were hard at work on an animated feature film.

The tour started with a short film entitled “Back to Neverland” which featured Veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite giving comedian/actor Robin Williams a tour through the different stages of hand-drawn animation. The short film was informative, but also very funny, with Williams being turned into an animated character, one of the Lost Boys of Peter Pan. Back to Neverland left the parks in 2004 but /Film reader augustesomers alerted me that the short film is available on YouTube. If you’ve never seen it, its worth a watch.

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Encouraged by the success of The Sound of Music Live!, NBC is getting the pieces together for more live musical telecasts in the near-ish future. One of those is Peter Pan, and the first star has just been revealed.

Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the show, which is expected to air in December. Well, it’s certainly better casting than Carrie Underwood as Fraulein Maria. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on the show.

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Joe Wright‘s Peter Pan origin story Pan has a few very recognizable cast members. Hugh Jackman will play Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund will be Hook, and Rooney Mara is in talks to play Tiger Lily. But for Peter, Wright and his producers are looking at younger, new talent. And so Levi Miller, whose most recognizable role at this point is probably an appearance on Terra Nova, has been chosen as the new young Peter. Read More »

Kevin Tong - Wall-E

UPDATE: We’ve added posters for 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin.

UPDATE 2: More posters revealed, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and The Sword in the Stone.

Mondo has finally started to reveal the posters from their highly anticipated “Nothing’s Impossible” Walt Disney themed art show, presented by Oh My Disney. After weeks of speculation, posters from Disney films like Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, The Rescuers and The Black Hole have hit the net, as well as images for Pixar Oscar winners Wall-E, Up and The Incredibles.

Below, check out nine new posters revealed from the show, which opens at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX Friday March 7. Check back later this week for more reveals.

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Bill Murray Peter Pan

After 40 years in television, it takes a lot to confuse David Letterman. But that’s exactly what happened last week when frequent guest Bill Murray flew onto his set as Peter Pan, singing and everything. Check out the video below. Read More »

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Delayed to 2016

Batman Superman

The summer of 2015 just got a tiny bit less crowded. Variety reports that Warner Bros. has just pushed the Man of Steel sequel from July 17, 2015 to May 6, 2016. The new date pits the Zack Snyder-helmed film directly against an as-yet-unnamed Marvel Studios project, though in all likelihood one or the other will move before then.

Joe Wright‘s Peter Pan origin tale will now move into the July 17, 2015 slot, having previously been slotted for June 26, 2015. More, including the official press release from Warner Bros., after the jump.

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Joe Wright in Talks for Peter Pan Origin Story

Joe Wright on Hanna set

The “reimagined fairy tale” genre is getting tired at this point, but when a really interesting director signs on to one it’s tough to complain. Joe Wright is in talks to helm a Peter Pan origin story for Warner Bros., from a script by Jason Fuchs.

Try not to get this one mixed up with the other J.M. Barrie-inspired pic, Disney’s Peter and the Starcatchers, or the other other one, Sony’s Pan. More details about Wright’s version after the jump.

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Aladdin's Genie and Sebastian

Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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