Bridge of Spies probably won’t go down as one of Steven Spielberg‘s most iconic films, but it was still a solid entry in his body of work. Critics embraced it, the Academy celebrated it, and audiences turned out in droves to go see it. And because Spielberg knows a winning ticket when he sees one, he’ll keep the good times going with a new project from the Bridge of Spies team.

Spielberg is set to reunite with Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman and producer Marc Platt for a historical drama about news anchor Walter Cronkite, and the role he played in shaping public sentiment about the Vietnam War.  Read More »

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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