wonder woman spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.)

It’s astounding that in this day and age, when superheroes are either disillusioned or self-deprecating, that we can have a hero like Wonder Woman. In the bleak DC Cinematic Universe, where nihilism reigns supreme, here we have a hero who champions the ideas of hope, compassion, and goodness.

Diana (Gal Gadot) is not dissimilar from the Disney princesses, who have long been heroes of overwhelming empathy. They are aspirational figures who exist in an elevated reality — fairy tales themselves are metaphorical by nature, and rarely depict anything other than a black and white reality. This is Diana at the beginning of the film, the embodiment of the ultimate Disney princess, for all the gifts and faults that they have — though thankfully without the frequently troublesome depiction of an “evil” mother or stepmother figure commonly seen in fairy tales.

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Tarzan - Disney Easter Eggs

Any Pixar Animation fan can tell you that the computer animation studio loves to sneak characters from their upcoming movies into the preceding releases that hit theaters. We even featured a video that shows off a kind of Russian nesting doll of Pixar characater Easter eggs. But they’re not the only ones to have some fun with their character library.

Walt Disney Animation has been putting character Easter eggs in their movies for years, and a new video points out some of them. It’s not quite as organized like the chronological Pixar video, but it does have some Disney Easter eggs that I wasn’t aware of at all. Watch below! Read More »

First 5 Minutes of Tangled Before Ever After

Instead of giving Tangled a feature film sequel, Disney has opted to continue the story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and her new husband Eugene (Zachary Levi) by way of a TV movie, followed by an animated series.

Tangled Before Ever After is a Disney Channel Original Movie that will act as an extended pilot for Tangled: The Series. For those who aren’t sure what to expect, Disney has put the first five minutes of the TV movie online for your viewing pleasure. Watch the first 5 minutes of Tangled Before Ever After below. Read More »

Tangled Sequel Trailer

Last fall we got a teaser for The Disney Channel’s new Tangled animated series. Instead of being computer animated like the original movie, this is a 2D stylized animated series that takes place after the events of the hit movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios. But before that series begins, it will be preceded by a TV movie, and the first trailer for it has just arrived.

Tangled: Before Ever After has Rapunzel and Eugene back (voiced again by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi), and while the end of the movie saw the long, flowing blonde hair done away with in favor of a short, brunette style, it looks like that doesn’t last long. Some kind of magic gives Rapunzel back her golden locks, but I’m not entirely sure why that’s a bad thing.

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Disney's Tangled: The Series Trailer

Disney Channel has premiered the first trailer for Tangled: The Series, an animated television series based on the 2010 feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. And no, this doesn’t look like one of those cheap television spin-offs from the 1990’s, the animation looks stylized and beautiful. And Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprise their roles, voicing Rapunzel and Eugene (aka Flynn Rider), respectively. The show also reunites the movie’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Hit the jump to watch the Disney’s Tangled: The Series trailer.

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Zootopia - Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (2)

Earlier this week we told you how Zootopia was going to be a different movie, originally following Jason Bateman’s character Nick Wilde and featuring an more-in-your-face message. Well you might be surprised that the original idea for Zootopia was a James Bond parody featuring talking animals. How the that idea evolve into whats now on the screen? Read my exclusive interview with directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore and discover how a story like this evolves within the Disney Animation Studios creative process.

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Tangled: The Musical concept art

In April, we told you that Disney would be producing a stage production of Tangled for their Disney Cruise ships. Tangled: The Musical premiered onboard the Disney Magic this month, and now we have video footage of the hour-long musical’s three new songs composed by Beauty and the Beast/Aladdin composer Alan Menken. Hit the jump to hear the three new songs in the footage from the new musical numbers, as well as get a behind the scenes tour of how they brought the animated world to life on the stage.

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Rapunzel is climbing back down to the small screen. A Tangled TV series is coming to Disney Channel in 2017, with Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi set to reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (a.k.a. Flynn Rider). Get all the details on the Tangled TV series after the jump.  Read More »

Tangled stage musical

Disney is well-known for turning their hit movies into stage musicals. As you read this, not only can you see The Lion King, Aladdin and Newsies on stage somewhere, but The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Frozen are coming too. Now, Disney’s 2010 Rapunzel film Tangled is also getting the live, musical treatment. Unfortunately, you can’t see it on Broadway though. This one you can only see on Disney Cruises. Read more about the Tangled Stage musical below. Read More »

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Frozen Olaf

Disney’s latest family musical, Frozen, is in theaters now and quickly gaining a sterling reputation. Some are comparing it to the classic musicals of the 1990s such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King. Others say it’s better than any film Pixar has released in years. I say it’s probably somewhere in the middle, a delightful Disney animated film that has plenty to remember, but isn’t without an issue or two. [You can watch what is arguably the film’s best moment here.]

As is the case with most Disney movies, which take so long to make, animators love to populate some of the busier frames with Easter Eggs. In Frozen, there are at least three biggies. We’ve seen one that relates back to Tangled, but Wreck-It Ralph, and even an appearance of Mickey Mouse himself are in there, too. Check them out below. Read More »