Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s animated sci-fi family adventure movie Connected has been one of the many movies delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Sony Pictures held on to the movie with the hopes of releasing it in theaters, but it seems like the possibility of movie theater business being stagnant for at least the first half of 2021 has forced them to send the movie to streaming. Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the film, which has now reverted back to its original title: The Mitchells vs The Machines. Read More »
Netflix’s adaptation of the musical version of Matilda has finally found a young star to take on the lead role of a precocious young girl with advanced reading skills and telekinetic abilities who feels like she doesn’t belong in her family of idiotic gamblers and crooks. Relatively unknown 11-year old actress Alisha Weir has landed the role of Matilda, but there’s already been a change with the casting of one of the other key characters, with Emma Thompson taking the role of the nasty headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Read More »
There are so many superheroes all over movies, TV, video games, and comic books, but there are few as unique as the one at the center of the new Disney+ movie Flora and Ulysses. That’s because Ulysses is a squirrel who just so happens to have superpowes, and he’s about to bring a little adventure and excitement into the life of a young girl obsessed with superheroes. Watch the Flora and Ulysses trailer below to see this squirrel in action. Read More »
Finding ‘Ohana, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jude Weng, clearly has BGE: Big Goonies Energy. The upcoming Netflix movie, which involves a scrappy group of kids and search for a long-lost treasure, is basically a modern version of Richard Donner’s beloved 1985 children’s adventure film, but this one is set in Hawaii. The new trailer, which was released today, combines the state’s beautiful landscapes and scenic backdrops with cheesy interior cave sets and the type of goofy moments you’d expect for a movie aimed squarely at kids. Check it out below. Read More »
Netflix has the rights to 15 stories from Roald Dahl‘s extensive library of works, and one of the earliest out of the gate will actually be a new adaptation of Matilda. While producers are still figuring out who will play the titular role, one of the key characters has just been cast. Captain Marvel and No Time to Die star Lashana Lynch has landed the role of Matilda’s kind and encouraging teacher Miss Honey. Read More »
Over the holiday, around 44 million households tuned into Robert Rodriguez‘s We Can be Heroes, making the new family superhero movie one of Netflix’s biggest hits. And all those parents who plopped their kids in front of the spiritual sequel to Rodriguez’s Sharkboy and Lavagirl for just two hours of peace and quiet can look forward to another kid-friendly sequel from the filmmaker. Yes, We Can Be Heroes is getting a sequel.
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Only one actor has lent his voice to every Pixar Animation feature film since the company broke the animation mold with Toy Story back in 1995: John Ratzenberger. The former Cheers actor, who has given life to Pixar characters like Hamm, P.T. Flea, and The Underminer, continues his streak as the studio’s “good luck charm” by appearing in their newest movie, Soul, which is now streaming on Disney+. But who does he play?
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Soul marks another step forward for Pixar into fascinating narrative storytelling that is not only meant for young children. In fact, this may be the least kid-centric movie they’ve made in quite some time.
Don’t get me wrong – the movie is very good and has plenty of the typical Pixar qualities we’ve come to expect from that studio. But a film about a middle school band teacher who finally gets his big break in music, only to quickly fall into a manhole and be whisked away to another plane of existence to learn how souls work? That’s pretty damn ambitious, and it’s yet another example of how the studio often pushes beyond the most basic version of a story when one of their films is making its way through Pixar’s rigorous process of building, breaking down, and rebuilding a movie to get it right.
A few weeks ago, we spoke with Pete Docter (director/story and screenplay by), Kemp Powers (co-director/story and screenplay by), and Dana Murray (producer) about the clash between creativity and pragmatism, Soul‘s excellent score, and the thought process behind a plot decision which temporarily sidelines the studio’s first lead Black character – a decision which I suspect will generate a lot of discussion in the days ahead. Read More »
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Halsey, Pharrell, and Bono have joined the Sing 2 cast, as have Bobby Cannavale (Master of None, Ant-Man), Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Mangrove), Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show, Man Seeking Woman), and Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Game Night).
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If you pay close attention during the closing credits of Pixar’s Soul, you’ll spot one name that may come as something of a surprise: Ryan Coogler. The director of Black Panther and Creed was never announced as part of the creative team for this film, so what did he do to earn a “special thanks” credit in Pixar’s newest movie? We spoke with the filmmakers behind the movie and asked them that very question, and they explained the Ryan Coogler Soul connection. Learn the answer below. Read More »