Tagged Disney

Tim Burton’s Dumbo Is Whimsical but Strangely Lukewarm

Translating Disney’s animated classic Dumbo into a live-action film presents a number of issues, from the debate of whether or not to make the animal characters talk to how to inflate what was essentially a one-hour animated movie. It’s certainly a challenge, and director Tim Burton steps up to the plate to give it a shot. Choosing Burton might seem baffling, but it’s a rather sound choice considering he specializes in films about outsiders and creating weirdly compelling visuals....

Why Kairi Will Be Playable in Kingdom Hearts III

Note: At the time of this writing, Kingdom Hearts III is an unreleased game. However, this article discusses content found in trailers and interviews with the game’s director. Fans avoiding these may wish to skip this article. One of the most anticipated video game releases of the new year, Kingdom Hearts III, will return fans to the imaginative universe conceived by Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura, which juxtaposes characters of Nomura’s own design with those of other Square Enix games and of Disney motion...

Incredibles 2 Is Exactly How to Do a Sequel

Fourteen years. Not that I was counting or anything. And I’m being honest: I wasn’t. I’ve been burned by those waiting-for-over-a-decade releases before. (Generally it’s video games, because yes, I had the collector’s edition of Duke Nukem Forever preordered, y’all.) That, and while I adored the original Incredibles, I wasn’t praying to the sequel gods and goddesses for a part two. But here we are, 14 years later, with a part two. And, well, I’m really trying to resist...

A Wrinkle in Time Celebrates Black Girl Magic

Disclaimer: I haven’t read the book. That may stop you from reading this review, but it shouldn’t, because this movie is magical—like, literal black girl magic on the big screen. That’s my primary investment in this story, if I’m perfectly honest with you. I have friends who are excited to see this movie because the book meant a lot to them in their childhood, but while they were praying to director Ava DuVernay to pay proper respects to the...

Pixar’s Chris Bernardi Shares How Art Imitates Life (and Death) in Coco

Pixar’s newest film, Coco, has melted hearts with its stunning visuals and emotional story centered around the celebration of Día de los Muertos in the week since its release. The film’s set supervisor, Chris Bernardi, stopped by the University of Minnesota on November 16 to share what it was like to be part of the creative process, and afterwards he sat down with a few local publications, including Twin Cities Geek. Coco follows the story of Miguel Rivera, a budding...

Disney’s Coco Is a Victory for Mexicans Everywhere

When I first saw the news about Disney/Pixar’s plans to make a movie set in Mexico and based around the Day of the Dead, I was cautiously optimistic. On the one hand, after two too many movies about cars, it was about time they made a movie about at least part of who I am. On the other, I hoped they wouldn’t make a joke or a mockery out of the culture with the movie. I’m happy to say...

How I Learned to Stop Rolling My Eyes and Make Peace with Lego Friends

When the Lego Friends line first came out, I was more than a little annoyed by and derisive of the product. Was a special line really necessary? If they wanted to expand the market, why not do something totally radical, like adding in more female minifigures to the existing sets? Did they have to make them so pink? Why were the minidolls a different scale than the minifigures? I swore that when my then-five-month-old daughter grew older, she wouldn’t...

Star Wars Force Friday II Is Here!

Lightsabers up. Blast shields down. It’s time to become one with the Force! Friday, September 1, is Force Friday II—the kickoff day for the epic reveal of hundreds of new pieces of Star Wars merchandise. Disney and Lucasfilm have coordinated a massive global event in preparation for The Last Jedi’s release this December, and geeks and nerf herders alike are flocking to just about every store on the planet to get a chance at some of the coolest new...

Movies of Mention! Kong: Skull Island, Pete’s Dragon, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and More

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters Beauty and the Beast (Now Playing) There may be something there that wasn’t there before, but it’s certainly not something that was needed. Director Bill Condon does deserve some credit for essentially replicating all the familiar songs, characters, and story beats of the original animated...

Beauty and the Beast Can’t Live Up to the Animated Classic

They say if ain’t broke don’t, fix it. And there’s very little to fix with Disney’s 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Whatever issues it may have are tertiary nitpicks spawned from the endless stream of Cracked and Buzzfeed articles, essays, theories, parodies, and fanfics. The animation was beyond beautiful, the characters lovable, and the songs undeniably catchy. So revered is it that it became the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best...
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