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The Movie: D3: The Mighty Ducks
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max now and Disney+ starting on September 4
The Pitch: After winning the pee-wee hockey championships and the Junior Goodwill Games, it’s time for The Mighty Ducks to grow up. The team has been awarded junior varsity hockey scholarships to Eden Hall Academy, a prestigious prep school that was previously attended by Coach Gordon Bombay. But this time, Coach Bombay isn’t leading the ducks on the hockey rink. Instead, the Ducks have to get used to Coach Ted Orion, a former NHL player who has no patience for the little tricks the team used to pull, while also contending with the contempt and taunts of the varsity hockey team.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: The Mighty Ducks is one of those beloved sports franchises that children of the 1990s adore. D2: The Mighty Ducks ups the ante by taking the team to the global level and having them face off with the best young hockey players the world has to offer, while also adding some players who aren’t from District 5 in Minnesota. The movies have all the cliched lessons you’d expect from these kind of family friendly sports dramas, and while D3: The Mighty Ducks has those too, what makes the sequel stand out is the coming-of-age narrative that finds the characters growing up along with the fans who have been with them since the beginning. Read More »
What I love most about the ever-growing line of Funko POPs arriving pretty much every single month is that they’re willing to give us collectible figures from movies and TV shows that would otherwise never get action figures. Step Brothers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Tommy Boy, Big, Billy Madison, The Sandlot, The Big Lebowski, The Shining and more have been given the Funko POP treatment, and now one of Disney’s most beloved sports franchises will join them.
The Mighty Ducks is one of the best live-action movies Disney has ever released, and Funko POP is finally giving part of the team formerly known as District 5 their due diligence. See which players will be part of The Mighty Ducks Funko POPs roster below. Read More »
Gordon Bombay will lace up his skates once again.
Emilio Estevez has officially signed on to appear in the Disney+ TV continuation of The Mighty Ducks, reprising his role as the former drunken attorney who cleaned up his act and became a beloved coach of a misfit hockey team. To quote Averman from D2: The Mighty Ducks, one of our country’s finest and most well-respected poets, “Quack Attack is back, Jack!” Read More »
The Mighty Ducks are headed to Disney+, and they’ve found their lead. The Mighty Ducks TV series cast just added Lauren Graham as its star, playing the mother of a kid who’s been cut from the Mighty Ducks team. Young actor Brady Noon has also been cast in the role of Graham’s son. The Disney+ series is a continuation of the film franchise that spawned three movies, one animated TV series, and a real-world National Hockey League hockey team. Read More »
Early last year, a report came out revealing that Disney planned to turn its beloved 1990s franchise The Mighty Ducks into a TV series. Last November, word arrived that the show was being configured for the new streaming service Disney+, but things have been quiet since then. Now we finally have some news about the upcoming show, including a logline which lays out how this story will be slightly different than the movies that ’90s kids grew up watching.
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During the 90s, there was an abundance of family friendly sports movies that came from Disney. Sadly, the House of Mouse doesn’t really make movies like that anymore, so today’s generations are still enjoying the likes of movies such as The Mighty Ducks, Angels in the Outfield, Cool Runnings, The Big Green and more. This is all thanks to children of the 90s having kids of their own, and they were likely pretty excited when one of these beloved teams showed up at a real sporting event.
During a recent Anaheim Ducks game, there was a mini Mighty Ducks cast reunion from both the original Mighty Ducks and D2: The Mighty Ducks, and they all even wore jerseys featuring the name of their peewee hockey characters from the Disney sports franchise. Find out who showed up for the Mighty Ducks cast reunion below. Read More »
Gallery 1988 is back with another outstanding art show, and this one continues a splendid collection of trading cards featuring the outstanding illustrations of artist Cuyler Smith.
Trading Cards 3 features a whole new batch of original trading cards taking characters from various sports movies and TV shows. Modeled after real vintage trading cards from decades past, these are meticulously detailed pieces that you can throw in a plastic sleeve like all your other trading cards. Or you can frame them on your wall where they deserve to be displayed proudly. Read More »
For many ’90s kids, The Mighty Ducks were in a league of their own. Disney’s inspirational youth hockey movie about how you too could be cool like Emilio Estevez is reportedly getting a modern makeover as a TV series — though probably without Emilio Estevez.
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Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
These days, Jake Gyllenhaal can get just about any role he wants, whether it’s a broken bruiser in Southpaw or a ruthless reporter in Nightcrawler. But back when he was first starting out as a child actor, he had two big obstacles standing between him and one particular dream job.
Gyllenhaal revealed that he cried when his parents, director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, forced him to turn down a role in 1992’s The Mighty Ducks. Hit the jump for the Jake Gyllenhaal Mighty Ducks quote. Read More »
Sports and movies are incredibly similar. Each are complex with intricate characters, comprised of long, detailed storylines. They can make you laugh, cry, and scream. On occasion either can build to a transcendent moment that you’ll never forget.
Those similarities are why the sports movie is such an enduring sub-genre in cinema. A sports movie can be anything: a dirty comedy, an inspirational drama, a documentary, a kick-ass action movie, a kids movie, it can even be a sci-fi or horror movie. Sports are such a universal language, they can be translated at will and never lose their power.
This week, another film enters the sports movie conversation: McFarland, USA, the true story of a cross country running team from a very poor town in central California. It’s a solid, entertaining sports movie that gets by because it adheres to the beats of the genre while adding a little something extra and different.
Because there’s a new sports movie out this week, I decided to take the occasion to rank my favorite sports movies of all time. Now, these are not the best sports movies of all time. Just my favorites. And there are major omissions, because we all have those. But to me, these are the 15 sports movies I can watch again and again. Read More »