Star Wars Props Auction

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

In this edition, watch as Adam Savage gets up close with some old props from Star Wars, including Chewbacca’s mask from the original trilogy and some lightsabers from Revenge of the Sith. Plus, watch a video essay diving into the Manic Pixie Dream Boy trope that doesn’t get discussed as much as its female counterpart. And finally, watch a comedy showrunners roundtable discussion with the minds behind Ted Lasso, Chad, Pen15, and more. Read More »

Disneyland Immersive Theme Park Expansion - Map

Disneyland could be getting a lot bigger. The theme park has announced their new DisneylandForward initiative, which will see the House of Mouse working with the city of Anaheim to reimagine what the resort district of Disneyland could look like by building what they refer to as a “Immersive Theme Park” expansion.

The hope is for Disneyland to create a more integrated experience between the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks that would also beef up each park substantially by bringing together theme park experiences, hotels, retail spaces, dining locations, and entertainment. This would also include potential new attractions inspired by Black Panther, Frozen, Avatar, TRON, Toy Story, and more. Read More »

Peter Pan and Wendy Production

Disney has officially begun shooting Peter Pan and Wendy, another adaptation of the classic fantasy tale written by J.M. Barrie. With inspiration from the 1953 animated adaptation from Disney, director David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) is at the helm of this new take on the old favorite with Jude Law playing the dastardly Captain Hook. Read More »

Cruella First Look Photo

Update: During today’s Disney investor presentation, the company confirmed that everything in this early report was indeed true – each of these projects will indeed debut directly on Disney+. Our original article continues below.

Disney+ may start becoming the go-to hub for Disney’s future theatrical tentpoles, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wears on. The House of Mouse is reportedly considering pushing the premieres of its upcoming live-action remakes PinocchioPeter Pan and Wendy, and Cruella to Disney+, foregoing a theatrical release completely.

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Come Away trailer

The trick to adapting Peter Pan is embracing that it’s a tragedy at its core. So many children’s stories are sadder and often more horrifying than they appear, though only in ways that become more clear once the reader grows up. Two of the most familiar English-language children’s stories, and among the most frequently adapted, are Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, each of which gets blended into an odd remix in the new live-action fantasy drama Come Away. Some elements of the concept are fascinating, but the way in which the filmmakers treat the stories being remixed as upbeat and magical through and through implies a misguided sense of what these stories are really about.

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disney+ content warning

Disney has had a long history of retrograde depictions of people of color in their classic animated films — an issue that the company has been grappling with for decades. See: the saga of Disney’s famously racist 1946 film Song of the South, which has been both promoted and hidden by the company at various intervals throughout the years.

But unlike Disney’s treatment of Song of the South, which Disney has made a concerted effort to make unavailable on home video and streaming, the House of Mouse is attempting to have a fuller conversation about the racist elements of its beloved classics like Peter Pan, Dumbo, and The Aristocats. The company is expanding is Disney+ content warning to these three films, improving and enhancing its advisory label to include “negative depictions” and deeper dives into the cultural context of the titles.

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peter pan and wendy cast

It’s a pirate’s life for Jude Law. The New Pope actor has signed on to star as the villainous (and in recent depictions, frequently hot) Captain Hook in Disney’s new live-action remake of Peter Pan, titled Peter Pan & Wendy, directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon).

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peter pan and wendy cast

Disney has found its Peter Pan and Wendy. Newcomers Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson have been cast as Peter and Wendy, respectively, in Disney’s live-action Peter Pan remake, titled Peter Pan & Wendy. The pair will be the latest to take on the role after a recent resurgence in Peter Pan films, including Benh Zeitlin’s Wendy and Brenda Chapman’s Come Away.

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wendy first look

It’s been eight years since Benh Zeitlin broke out with his debut feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which earned him numerous accolades and three Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture. Now the director makes an auspicious return with Wendy, a “wildly reimagined” retelling of Peter Pan from the point of view of the titular girl who traveled to Never Land. Fox Searchlight has debuted two Wendy first look images of the second feature film from Zeitlin, as well as plot details of the fantasy-drama.

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The 10 Best Animated Flying Sequences

best animated flying sequences

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best animated flying sequences.)

The best kinds of animated films sweep you away — whether in their dazzling technical craft, their boundless imagination, or their awe-inspiring execution. And the best kinds of animated flying sequences achieve all three.

In honor of the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final film in a franchise that has given us some of the most breakthtaking flying sequences rendered to celluloid, I have compiled the best flying sequences from animated films. Because of my arbitrary decision to limit the definition of “flying” to characters achieving lift for a significant amount of time, it pains me to say that I won’t be including last year’s brilliant Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but honorable mention goes to that leap of faith. Now that that’s all said and done, here are the 10 best animated flying sequences.

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