Believe it or not, that Dora the Explorer movie is arriving in theaters late this summer, and we’re about to get a glimpse of what we can expect when the first trailer drops this weekend during the Kids Choice Awards on Nickelodeon. But before the trailer even arrives for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, we’ve already got a perplexing piece of information about the adaptation of the animated series for kids.
Yesterday, along with the first theatrical posters for the Dora the Explorer movie, Machete star Danny Trejo confirmed that he’s providing the voice for Dora’s best animal friend Boots, a money who wears, you guessed it, a machete. Wait. I mean boots! He wears rain boots! But if you look at the Dora the Explorer movie posters, there are no boots to be found on this monkey. Read More »
In our latest Blu-ray round-up, we have two of the best superhero movies from last year, a well-intentioned but slightly forgettable Disney musical sequel, and Crispin Glover chilling out and freaking out with his some rats. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.
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When the first teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 arrived, we were introduced to Forky, the latest addition to the roster of characters in the franchise from Pixar Animation. However, unlike the rest of the toys that Bonnie inherited from Andy at the end of Toy Story 3, Forky wasn’t really a toy. He’s a spork that Bonnie made into a toy by adding some googly eyes, wonky pipe cleaner arms, eyebrows and a mouth made from clay, and feet made from a popsicle stick split in two.
At first, the introduction of Forky seemed like an interesting concept that allowed the Toy Story franchise to dive into thought-provoking areas regarding existentialism and identity. But when the new Toy Story 4 trailer actually showed Bonnie making Forky while at daycare, I realized that this introduces a horrifying new concept into the Toy Story franchise that could make this world as terrifying and perplexing as that of Cars. Read More »
A new Toy Story 4 trailer just arrived, finally keying us into the story that Woody, Buzz and the whole gang find themselves in when Bonnie takes them all on a family road trip. This adventure mostly belongs to Woody (Tom Hanks) as he tries to convince Bonnie’s new makeshift toy Forky (a spork with googly eyes, pipecleaner arms, popsicle stick feet and a clay mouth, voiced by Tony Hale) to accept his life as a toy.
After falling out of the moving RV, Woody and Forky try to find their way back to Bonnie, but there’s a bit of a detour. Woody spots his old girlfriend Bo Peep (Annie Potts) in the window of an antique shop, and she opens up his world to the possibility of having an existence where he doesn’t have to dedicate his life to being just a toy. That also means Woody is meeting a bunch of new toys out in the world beyond Bonnie’s house, and Pixar has announced the voice cast bringing them to life. Read More »
Sweet and sincere, Wonder Park is a spirited animated film that occasionally manages to elicit that titular feeling of wonder. The Nickelodeon film is a strong testament to the power of imagination that veers into moments of magical realism. But there’s something incomplete to this film. Wonder Park introduces broad caricatures and compelling themes, but doesn’t quite follow through — as if the ride stalled right before the finishing loop-de-loop.
This was the moment halfway through Wonder Park when I thought, “Why does this feel like an over-long TV pilot?” Well, because it is. Developed by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, Wonder Park is set to launch a TV series based on the film later this year, making it the third Nickelodeon animated film to spawn an animated series after Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Barnyard. That undercurrent of corporate intent is what makes the earnest emotions and stunning animation in Wonder Park feel a little hollow.
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Get out your 2021 calendar and get ready to block off some family time. Warner Bros. has locked down release dates for both their untitled Sesame Street movie, and the animation/live-action hybrid Tom and Jerry movie. Anne Hathaway is set to star in the Sesame Street movie, which is a musical, while Tim Story will direct Tom and Jerry. Read More »
In Disney’s upcoming remake of The Lion King, director Jon Favreau is bringing back James Earl Jones to reprise his role as Mufasa from the animated original. But no such luck for Gilbert Gottfried, who memorably voiced Jafar’s pet parrot in Disney’s 1993 animated classic Aladdin.
Director Guy Ritchie has hired actor Alan Tudyk to take over the role in the studio’s upcoming live-action remake. Tudyk has become something of a lucky charm for Disney after appearing in several of their recent hits, so we really should have seen this coming.
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Since the animated musical Dumbo hit theaters in 1941, the lovable, big-eared elephant has become an iconic Disney mascot, as recognizable as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck. That can be partially attributed to Dumbo’s outsized presence at Disney Parks, with the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride becoming a longtime hallmark of Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. But the original 1941 animated film also holds a special place in Disney fans’ hearts, not just for the heart-wrenching effect of the film’s famous “Baby Mine” scene, but for Dumbo‘s bolder, weirder sequences, like the trippy pink elephants.
Tim Burton‘s Dumbo pays homage to all of this and more. The film has to fly high while carrying the baggage of expectations before it, but producers Derek Frey and Justin Springer, as well as costume designer Colleen Atwood, told journalists during a visit to the set of Dumbo that this will only make the live-action adaptation soar more.
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“The unique thing about making a movie is making a sort of circus anyway,” Dumbo producer Justin Springer told us and a group of journalists on the set visit to the Disney live-action movie. But Dumbo takes that circus to a whole new level.
The Tim Burton-directed movie has a fantastical bent to it, a “storybook” approach to 1919 that’s seen in the anachronistic elements and the lavish settings. But there’s still a more grounded feeling to Dumbo that Burton and producers Springer and Frey wanted to bring with the involvement of real-life circus performers in the film. Because Dumbo may be a CGI elephant that can fly with the help of his oversized ears, but at least everyone around him can abide by the laws of physics.
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Disney has been slowly rolling out the teasers for Aladdin, all of which have been met with, let’s say, mixed reactions. The first teaser trailer in October featured plenty of the original 1992 animated film’s iconography, but barely featured the titular character played by Mena Massoud, much less the film’s highest-billed actor, Will Smith. But then a special TV spot revealed our first look at Smith as the giant, blue genie, and that wasn’t quite well-received either.
Now, Disney has finally released the first official Aladdin trailer in all its wondrous glory. Watch the first full Aladdin trailer below.
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