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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Merry Friggin Christmas Robin Williams

Even after his passing, Robin Williams is managing to bring a little levity into our lives. Two clips have just been released for his indie comedy Merry Friggin’ Christmas, the first of four unreleased films he left behind.

Joel McHale and Lauren Graham also star in the indie comedy. Watch the Merry Friggin’ Christmas clips after the jump.

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Robin Williams Left Four Unreleased Movies

Robin Williams unreleased movies

Though Robin Williams passed away this week, we’ll continue watching him onscreen for months to come. His death came in the midst of a busy time in his career, with some four films still awaiting release including Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

In addition, he’d been developing a sequel to Mrs. Doutbtfire that will likely be cancelled now that Williams is gone. Hit the jump for all the details on Williams’ unreleased projects.

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Robin Williams Hook

Even when I didn’t think about it, Robin Williams was always a part of my life. His work was simply a part of everything that made me a person. Whether it was sneaking a peak at Comic Relief on HBO, watching old Mork and Mindy reruns after school, or catching the movies of the early nineties that turned him into a mega-star, Robin Williams was always a constant. If I needed to laugh, sing, be brought to tears or cringe uncontrollably, Williams was the man for the job.

He’s gone now, dead at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide, and it’s a horrible case of “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” I’m filled with emotion. I’m mad, I’m sad, I want to cry. But then I start to think about Williams’ legacy, his films, and what they mean to me, and I feel some comfort. Let’s take a look back at my favorite Robin Williams movies, and more specifically, performances.
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Robin Williams Has Died at Age 63

Robin Williams dead

Robin Williams was found dead today, report authorities in his home town. The report of Williams’ death comes from the Marin County Sheriff department. The department released a statement saying that authorities found Robin McLaurin Williams unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon, CA, and that he was pronounced dead this afternoon. The report says that suicide is suspected, but a true cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Read More »

Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb trailer

Everyone’s favorite museum security guard is at it again in the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer. This time, Larry (Ben Stiller) and his pals are concerned that there’s something wrong with the tablet that brings the exhibits to life every night.

This requires them to travel to the British Museum, where the tablet’s creator (Ben Kingsley) resides, and where they get to meet, among others, the dashing hero Lancelot (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and a very Rebel Wilson-y security guard played by Rebel Wilson. Hit the jump to watch the first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer.

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Mrs Doubtfire 2

Over 20 years have passed since director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams teamed up for the hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. In that time, it’s become a cable staple. A movie some of us have seen dozens of times, whether we wanted to or not. Now, it seems we’ll be seeing more of Mrs. Doubtfire in theaters too.

Fox 2000 has just reignited develop of Mrs Doubtfire 2 with Columbus and Williams attached to direct and star. David Berenbaum, the writer of Elf, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Haunted Mansion and Zoom, is penning the script. Read More »

Robin Williams in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer

New Yorkers aren’t exactly known for our sunny, upbeat demeanor. But even by the city’s surly standards, the character Robin Williams plays in his next movie has an attitude problem. He’s such an obnoxious jerk, in fact, that in the first Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer, he causes his doctor (played by Mila Kunis) to snap and tell him he has 90 minutes left to live.

What ensues is a mad-dash scramble to try and set things right before time is up. Williams’ Henry attempts to quickly mend his relationships with his wife (Melissa Leo), his brother (Peter Dinklage), his son (Hamish Linklater), his friends… it turns out pretty much everyone who’s met him has reason to be unhappy with him. Watch the first Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer after the jump.

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Simon Pegg

Briefly: Before the on-stage Monty Python reunion became a real thing, the film Absolutely Anything seemed like the best hope for Python fans to see the remaining members of the comedy troupe working together once more.

The film features four of the five surviving Pythons, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones, all voicing aliens who give powers to a downtrodden schoolteacher. (Jones is also directing.) Now we know the teacher will be played by Simon Pegg. The film will be a live-action/CG hybrid, with the aliens not standing as the only CG elements — Pegg’s character also has a dog, which will be voiced by Robin Williams, so there’s probably going to be a little CG work there, too.

Back in 2010 John Oliver was going to play the lead role, but with filming now set to start in February 2014, the project has obviously taken longer than expected to come together. Oliver is busy — he’ll be launching his new TV show around then — but Pegg will be more than able to bring the role to life. [Screen Daily]