Disney cannot resist cannibalizing itself, even after it’s had a good helping. The existence of Disney+ allows the larger company to continue remaking its animated films in live-action form, or rebooting them, or re-imagining them, or re-whatever-ing them. The new Disney+ film Godmothered would fall into the “re-imagining” camp; it’s not officially a remake of Cinderella, the 1950 film that made the concept of the fairy godmother feel like an iconic Disney creation. Instead, Godmothered is merely inspired by that film. But this movie is just as inspired by fish-out-of-water high-concept family comedies like Enchanted and Elf, both of which are a) not streaming on Disney+ and b) much, much, much funnier, smarter, and more heartwarming.
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Willow, the Disney+ series set years after the events of the 1988 fantasy movie, is currently negotiating with three actresses to play three primary roles in the upcoming show. Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising), and Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) are all in talks to play the female leads, and you can read more about their characters below. Read More »
The Mandalorian season 2 has brought quite an assembly of characters into the story of the bounty hunter Din Djarin and Baby Yoda (who now has an actual name: Grogu). Just this past weekend, The Clone Wars favorite Ahsoka Tano made an appearance played by Rosario Dawson. Earlier this season, Katee Sackhoff brought her animated character Bo-Katan to life in live-action as well, and she brought two other Mandalorian warriors with her. However, that doesn’t mean all of these characters will continue to pop up throughout the rest of the season. In fact, we might already be finished with one of them. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
Godmothered is built on an indelible premise: what if a fairy godmother ventures into our world to prove that we still need magic, only to discover that the little girl she set out to assist has grown into a jaded adult with a couple of kids and loads of emotional baggage? Like Enchanted before it, this film leans heavily on Disney iconography, often playfully poking and prodding it from a thoroughly modern perspective. But in the end, it reveals why fairy tales still continue to resonate – there’s a gentle post-modernism to Godmothered for sure, but it all comes down on the side of magic and why we all need a little bit of it in our lives.
As Eleanor, the fish-out-of-water fairy godmother whose endless supply of pep often proves more powerful than her literal magical abilities, Jillian Bell proves that her scene-stealing comedic stylings remain razor-sharp even in family-friendly fare. And as Mackenzie, the single mother and reporter who finds her life turned inside out by Eleanor, Isla Fisher provides the perfect exasperated foil, asking every question that the viewer would. It’s an unlikely comedic duo, but a lovely one.
We had a chance to speak with Bell and Fisher ahead of Godmothered‘s debut on Disney+ this week, and the topics included the inherent responsibility of starring in a Disney comedy, what movies families should pair with this new release, and, perhaps most importantly, what it’s like to sing poorly for comedic effect.
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Dave Filoni, protege of George Lucas and a shepherd of the future of Star Wars, wrote and directed the thirteenth chapter of The Mandalorian. In this episode, Din Djarin finally makes his way to the forest planet of Corvus and the city of Calodan, and it’s there that we meet a familiar face. Read More »
Along with the excitement of the first live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian arriving last year, fans were treated to a bonus with a full-fledged making-of documentary series called Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. It sounds like Disney will continue the behind-the-scenes sneak peeks as a second season of the documentary appears to be slated to debut after the second season finale, giving fans a nice little Christmas present. Read More »
Last week’s episode of The Mandalorian gave us the latest adorable Baby Yoda scene. We watched the Child admire a pack of blue macarons that a kid was eating, and when they rudely wouldn’t acquiesce to The Child’s desire for one, he rightfully used his Force abilities to snatch them. He even brought them back to the Razor Crest for a space snack (though he ended up throwing them up all over himself). Now The Mandalorian macarons can be yours, but you’re not going to like how much they cost. Read More »
While everyone else has been figuring out how to have Thanksgiving without their family during the pandemic, Taylor Swift has been busy. The chart-topping recording artist put together a new concert special (without a crowd) back in September, where she recorded all of the songs from her most recent album folklore in an intimate recording session that she also directed herself. And it’s coming to Disney+ in less than 24 hours.
Watch the Taylor Swift folklore concert special trailer below. Read More »
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It might be Thanksgiving week, but The Mandalorian isn’t taking a vacation. There’s a new episode of the Star Wars series coming to Disney+ this Friday, but before that, it’s time for another Mando Monday. As usual, there’s a new haul of collectibles that have been revealed, included a couple action figures for The Vintage Collection, a new LEGO set inspired by a recent episode, a batch of puzzles to help pass the time, and a visual guide. Read More »
So far, Marvel’s teases of WandaVision have leaned heavily on the black and white, classic television sitcom world that Wanda Maxmioff and Vision find themselves living within. This makes the upcoming series on Disney+ unlike any Marvel Studios project we’ve seen before, but the emulation of classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy and Bewitched is just the beginning of WandaVision‘s journey through sitcom history.
In a new interview, Marvel Studios boxx Kevin Feige said WandaVision‘s journey through sitcom tropes will take us right up to the popular mockumentary style present in the likes of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family. Read More »