the nutcracker and the four realms featurette

Disney will never shy away from crafting sweeping fantastical landscape and mythical realms, and with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, they had, well four. The classic ballet gets the Disney big-budget make0ver in a feature film adaptation that expands on a story once limited to the stage.

With the adaptation, The Nutcracker becomes a rollicking fantasy adventure in which our heroine Clara (Mackenzie Foy) must travel through four realms, each more breathtaking than the last. Now Disney has released a new The Nutcracker and the Four Realms featurette that delves into nuts and bolts of creating this magical world.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer

Take a pinch of Alice in Wonderland, a dash of the Chronicles of Narnia, and some Morgan Freeman voiceover, put them in a blender, and you’ll get Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a fantasy film based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairy tale and the famous Tchaikovsky ballet. The final trailer for the film has arrived, whisking us into a magical dimension full of snowflakes, flowers, sweets, and Keira Knightley doing a weird baby-talk voice as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Read More »

the nutcracker and the four realms trailer

Every girl dreams of magical worlds populated by Sugar Plum Fairies, toy soldiers, ballerinas, and gangs of mice, but Mackenzie Foy gets to be the girl who stumbles upon one. In The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, the Interstellar actress plays Clara, a young girl who is swept up into a majestic fantasy world while she is searching for a precious key made by her mother. But upon her arrival, she finds that this beautiful parallel world is threatened by an evil tyrant, Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren). And naturally, Clara is the only one who can save it. And the newest The Nutcracker and The Four Realms trailer reveals just why.

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the nutcracker And The Four Realms trailer

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: someone turned The Nutcracker into a fantasy adventure film. Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms updates the classic story of The Nutcracker into an adventure movie from director Lasse Hallström. The first The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer has arrived just in time for the holidays.

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the nutcracker and the four realms first look

Just in time for the holiday season — when your family will drag you to another local performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker —we get our first look at Disney’s upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

The first look at the House of Mouse’s adaptation of the classic ballet is like if The Chronicles of Narnia met Alice in Wonderland, an epic fantasy. In other words, a visually opulent fairy tale with a lot of snow. And Keira Knightley is wearing a giant pink wig.

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Disney Franchise Timeline

While there are plenty of heavy-hitters at this edition of D23, Disney also used the expo to introduce a film that, while it has a famous title, may not be on as many radars as the movies coming out of Lucasfilm and Marvel. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a fantastical take on an iconic story and the footage screened at the film’s panel suggests something similar to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland…with a lot more dancing.

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The Little Prince Release Date

One week before the animated film was slated to hit theaters in the United States, Paramount Pictures has pulled The Little Prince from its schedule release date of March 18th, 2016. The film has been waiting to hit theaters in the US since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year and hitting various international markets afterwards. It’s already grossed $80 million overseas, but now it will have to wait a bit longer for a debut in the United States. However, the good news is that it sounds like we’ll still see the movie this year. Find out more about The Little Prince release date after the jump. Read More »

The Little Prince

Forget trying to live up to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s original source material. Can Mark BridgesThe Little Prince possibly live up to its enchanting trailers? If it can — if it’s even half as good — we could be looking at an instant classic.

What makes the latest The Little Prince trailer even more appealing to us is that it features the English-language voice cast. That includes Jeff BridgesMackenzie FoyRachel McAdams, and James Franco, with Riley Osborne as the little prince himself. Watch the Little Prince trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Of the five nominees up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar this year, Ernest & Celestine is likely the least known. But it looks every bit as worthwhile as the other contenders, with a pleasingly old-fashioned animation style that stands in stark contrast to the slick CG works by Disney, Illumination, and DreamWorks.

This new trailer isn’t the first look we’ve had at the interspecies buddy comedy, as a French-language promo hit all the way back in 2012. But it’s a fresh cut, with English dubbing and everything. Mackenzie Foy (The Conjuring) voices Celestine the mouse, and Forest Whitaker voices Ernest the bear. Check it out after the jump.

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Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar already includes some of the brightest actors working today, and now it’s added a couple more who could be the hottest young talents of tomorrow. Timothee Chalamet, perhaps best known as Finn Walden on Homeland, and Mackenzie Foy, who recently played Edward and Bella’s daughter in The Twilight Saga and who also appears in The Conjuring, have just boarded the growing cast of the sci-fi movie.

The pair join a cast of Nolan standbys and newcomers including Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and Bill Irwin. Hit the jump to get the details.

Update #1: Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) has also been cast, says The Wrap.

Update #2: Hot on the heels of all the other casting news, TheWrap reports that John Lithgow has also boarded the movie.

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