Ewan McGregor Christopher Robin

As Disney continues its reign of box office domination, one of the most effective tools in the studio’s arsenal has been the live-action adaptation of a classic animated property. Beauty and the Beast is the latest example, pulling in over a billion dollars worldwide (and counting), but there are plenty more where that came from.

One of the many in development is Christopher Robin, a live-action Winnie the Pooh sequel that follows an adult version of Pooh’s best friend. A new report states that Beauty and the Beast star Ewan McGregor is set to play the title character…does that bode well for a Star Wars spinoff centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi? Read on for the Ewan McGregor Christopher Robin news.
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Beauty and the Beast Theme Song Remake

This month, Beauty and the Beast joins Alice in WonderlandSleeping BeautyCinderella, and The Jungle Book on the list of Disney animated features that have undergone live-action makeovers. And over the next few years, that list is only going to grow. It seems like every week brings a major update on yet another Disney fairy tale, and the studio’s already got several dates set aside for these projects through 2019. Let’s take a look at all the Disney live-action remakes in development right now. Read More »

Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin movie

Disney is preparing to return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Last year the studio put into development a live-action Winnie the Pooh project centering on the bear’s human pal Christopher, who’s now all grown up and many years removed from his adventures with Pooh and friends. Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) was tapped to write, and as of now Marc Forster (World War Z) has been hired to direct Christopher RobinRead More »

Winnie the Pooh inspirations

More than a few people were confused when writer/director Alex Ross Perry signed on to write Disney’s live-action Winnie the Pooh film. Perry is known for his brutal and darkly funny dramas, like the fantastic Listen Up, Phillip, so he isn’t the first name you associate with a property like Winnie the Pooh.

Once you learn what the director’s inspirations are for the live-action Disney film, his involvement in the project makes more sense. After the jump, learn why A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a template for the project.

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Disney sequel spin-off chart

If you’ve been paying attention to movie news over the past year, then you’re probably aware that Disney has been digging around in their vault for inspiration by giving some of their animated classics the live-action treatment with revisionist takes on the same story, or spin-offs following other characters from the movie.

Just this year alone we’ve gotten word of Tim Burton directing Dumbo, Alex Ross Perry writing Winnie the Pooh, and Reese Witherspoon starring in a Tinkerbell movie, not to mention live-action takes on Mulan, Pinocchio, Prince Charming and now an Aladdin prequel called Genies.

It’s a lot to keep track of, but thankfully, a helpful new chart has surfaced online to help Disney fans keep track of all the sequels, spin-offs and remakes from the past and the future, and there’s even some interesting information to be gleaned from the chart as well. Check out the Disney sequel spin-off chart after the jump! Read More »

Winnie the Pooh

Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until they’ve turned every single one of their animated properties into a live-action feature. Just days after they got the ball rolling on a live-action Mulan, the studio is also making plans for a live-action version of Winnie the Pooh.

The real surprise here, though, is who’s behind it: Alex Ross Perry, writer and director of the caustic Sundance indie Listen Up Philip. More on the live action Winnie the Pooh after the jump.  Read More »

The studio that helped pioneer 2D, hand drawn, theatrical animation is currently at a crossroads with the process. At Wednesday’s Walt Disney Company shareholder’s meeting, CEO Bob Iger revealed none of Disney’s animation companies, which includes Disney Animation, Pixar and Disney Toons, are currently developing, or have plans to develop, any 2D, hand drawn animation for the big screen. He’s not ruling it out, but the current slate  – which probably stretches 3-4 years – has none of it.

The only place the company is currently continuing the tradition is on some of their animated television shows.  Read More »

In 2010, only 15 films were eligible for the Best Animated Film Oscar. Under the current rules, at least 16 films have to be eligible to have more than three nominees and this year that’s looking likely. Eighteen films have been deemed eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84rd Annual Academy Awards and it’s a very crowded field. Pixar usually is a sure thing but as their film, Cars 2, underperformed – at least in Pixar terms – that leaves the door open for movies like The Smurfs, Rango, Puss in Boots and Mars Needs Moms. Well, maybe not that last one, but it’s eligible.

After the jump see the full list of eligible animated films and predict which five will get the nomination come January 24, 2012. Read More »

Gallery 1988 Los Angeles will be holding their fifth annual Crazy 4 Cult art show on July 8th 2011, and we have an exclusive first look at art created by Robert Brandenburg for the show. Brandenburg has a very interesting style, taking pieces of existing art or advertising, and giving is a unique pop culture twist. You’ll see what I mean after the jump with his two Crazy 4 Cult pieces based on the films Donnie Darko and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. We also have a few pieces from Brandenburg’s solo show which will be happening in 2012, which includes takes on War of the Worlds, Toy Story and Winnie The Pooh.

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Walt Disney Pictures’ presentation at Cinema Con included footage from Cars 2, The Muppets, Winnie The Pooh and a sizzle reel for The Avengers. After the jump you can read my virtually spoiler free reactions.

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