Disney Hallmark Ornaments 2019

Yes, we know it’s still summer. But since Christmas in July is apparently a thing, we figured it couldn’t hurt to round up some of the new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that are debuting this year. Previously, we’ve covered new additions to the ever-growing line of decorations with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pixar Animation and more, but today we’re focusing on strictly Disney.

Right now, Hallmark has a bunch of new Disney ornaments in the new 2019 collection featuring characters from their classic hand-drawn animated movies like The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and The Little Mermaid, their holiday favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas, and even their new movies like Moana and Zootopia. Check out the new Disney Hallmark Ornaments 2019 collection below. Read More »

Hollywood Creature Performers

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out what it takes to be a Hollywood creature performer that stands in for computer generated animals on film sets like Dumbo. Plus, listen as stuntmen react to more stunt work in films like Mission: Impossible – Fallout and explain how it’s done, and see how SpongeBob SquarePants star Tom Kenny improvises five new cartoon voices based on a single image of a character. Read More »

dumbo clip

Dumbo flies onto home video release next week, so /Film has an exclusive clip to debut from the impressive collection of bonus features for the Tim Burton Disney remake. Watch the exclusive Dumbo clip below.

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dumbo blu-ray release

The famously adorably flying elephant will soon be flying to your living room screen. While tickets didn’t fly off the shelves for Tim Burton’s remake of Dumbo, perhaps the cute CGI creation will have better luck on Blu-ray and Digital HD when it comes to home video this June. Disney has set the Dumbo Blu-ray release date on the same day as its Digital HD release in several different formats for a variety of devices.

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(Welcome to Classically Contemporary, a series where we explore the ways in which new releases echo classic Hollywood or how classic Hollywood continues to influence modern filmmaking.)

In 1941, in the midst of World War II, the Walt Disney Studios put out a movie about a little elephant with big ears. Dumbo was the savior of the Disney Company at the time, swooping in to save them after a huge financial loss after their experimental musical, Fantasia, the year prior. The film became Disney’s biggest hit of the 1940s, producing an iconic moment with the sweetly tempered “Baby Mine” sequence. With 78 years passed, it’s time to remake Dumbo, at least according to Disney, and Tim Burton’s feature owes more to the circus worlds of his own films (Big Fish) and the studio era than it does to its predecessor.

Somewhat similarly to the original, the film follows a playful pachyderm named Dumbo whose large ears give him the ability to fly. He’s helped in his quest to rescue his mother by the precocious Millie Farrier (Nico Parker), a budding scientist, and her father, former cowboy star, Holt (Colin Farrell).

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Dumbo Box Office

When Disney brings a new movie based on one of their classics to theaters, you can bet they’re going to take the top spot at the box office. That’s especially true when the only real competition is holdovers from the previous weeks. But in this case, even though Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo soared to the top spot with $45 million, it didn’t quite match the expectations put forth by the studio and analysts.

Meanwhile, Jordan Peele’s Us and the Avengers: Endgame predecessor Captain Marvel are still riding their own waves of box office success.  Read More »

Avengers Endgame - Chris Hemsworth as Thor

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the third and final video essay in a series about the limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, watch as Dumbo director Tim Burton and his costume designer Colleen Atwood break down an exquisite scene from the Disney remake, and listen as the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

10 Things I Hate About You Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out a comparison between the 1999 teen romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You and the classic story that inspired it. Plus, learn about the origins and things you might not know about the beloved animated series Futurama, and listen as Dumbo co-stars Colin Farrell and Danny DeVito answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

dumbo

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with producer Justin Springer and screenwriter/producer Ehren Kruger about their new film, director Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo.

During the chat, we talked about the challenges in adapting Dumbo for modern audiences, the progressive animal rights message of the film, making a remake and a sequel at the same time, the possibility of a connected live-action Disney universe, inspiration from Walt Disney’s Disneyland, and more, including updates on Tron 3, which Springer has been developing for years.

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dumbo trailer

Some stories are best left as they are. This is a fairly unavoidable takeaway from Tim Burton’s unnecessary live-action/CG remake of the Disney animated classic Dumbo. Though not remotely as noxious and garish as his 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, Burton has not solved the puzzle of figuring out a halfway decent creative reason for this film to exist. An A-list cast, high budget, and all the other trappings of a modern blockbuster can’t get this thing off the ground.

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