First Concept Art and Logo Revealed for Disney’s Live-Action JUNGLE BOOK Reboot

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Yesterday we learned that Warner Bros.’ Jungle Book film, Andy Serkis’ motion-capture Jungle Book: Origins, was being pushed all the way to 2017.  Possibly capitalizing on that announcement, Disney has opted to reveal the first concept art and logo for its own Jungle Book adaptation, director Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.  The film will be a blend of live-action and CG animation, with Neel Sethi filling the live-action role of Mowgli while Bill Murray voices Baloo, Idris Elba lends his pipes to Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson brings Kaa to life.  While Disney touts this as a live-action film, I’ll be interested to see just how many live-action environments are used, since almost all of the animals appear to be CG.  Regardless, the film puts Favreau (you know, the guy who made Elf) back in family film territory, so I’m eager to see the results.

Check out the first Jungle Book reboot concept art and logo after the jump.  The film also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Giancarlo EspositoThe Jungle Book opens in theaters on October 9, 2015.

Disney’s STAR WARS Attractions to Be Based on New Sequels and Spinoffs, Not the Older Films

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was obvious that the company would make the most of the acquisition by beefing up the Star Wars presence at the Disney theme parks.  Walt Disney Company chief Bob Iger just reiterated that the film franchise will make its way into parks throughout the world, but he also noted that in order to both “do this big” and do it right, it’ll take time.

Disney couldn’t just jump right into building new attractions immediately after the purchase of Lucasfilm.  The park designers had to wait until J.J. Abrams was ready to reveal plans for Star Wars: The Force Awakens because the new main attractions will be based on the new films, not the old ones.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars theme park attractions.

Enter Our Disney Holiday Giveaway to Win a Blu-ray Combo Pack Including FROZEN: SING-ALONG EDITION, SLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION, and More

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Looking for that perfect gift for the Disney fan in your life?  We can help with that.  To celebrate the holidays, Disney has provided us with a pair of gift baskets packed with DVDs and Blu-rays.  Two lucky readers will win a set of films that include a Frozen Sing-Along Edition DVD, Maleficent Blu-ray, DreamWorks Hundred Foot Journey Blu-ray, and Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray.

Hit the jump to see how you can enter our giveaway and win one of these gift baskets.

Disney Developing Its Own ROBIN HOOD Franchise with NOTTINGHAM & HOOD

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You may remember a couple months ago when we reported on what may go down as the dumbest movie news development of 2014: Sony’s idea for an interconnected universe of Robin Hood films.  Despite the fact that the source material has not produced a good movie since 1993’s Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Sony ponied up a whopping $1 million for a pitch called Hood, which envisions a film that kicks off an Avengers-style universe revolving around Robin Hood’s Merry Men.  Now, not only is Sony moving forward with this idea, but Disney is jumping into the Robin Hood fray as well, positioning Nottingham & Hood as a competing take on the source material.  More after the jump.

FROZEN FEVER Short Film Coming to Theaters in March 2015 with CINDERELLA

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Who knows what’s going on with Frozen 2 - Idina Menzel certainly doesn’t – but that doesn’t mean we won’t see Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Menzel) on the big screen again.  In fact, Walt Disney Studios just announced that the upcoming Frozen short film, Frozen Fever, will hit theaters with Cinderella on March 13, 2015.

Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee returned to helm Frozen Fever, which focuses on Elsa and Kristoff’s (Jonathan Groff) attempt to throw Anna the best birthday party ever.  The piece will also feature a brand new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.  Hit the jump for more on the release of Frozen Fever.

Dwayne Johnson in Talks for Disney’s MOANA; Kerry Washington Set for UNFORGETTABLE; Amber Heard Joins THE DANISH GIRL

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We’ve got a trio of casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Dwayne Johnson is looking to add “Disney Animated Film” to his world takeover plans, as the prolific (and unendingly charming) actor is in talks to voice a role in Disney’s Moana.
  • Scandal star Kerry Washington is in talks to lead the thriller Unforgettable, with Kate Hudson also in early negotiations for a role.
  • Amber Heard is in talks to join Les Miserables director Tom Hooper’s next film The Danish Girl.

More on the aforementioned casting after the jump.

First STRANGE MAGIC Trailer Reveals George Lucas’ New Animated Film; Plus New Images

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With the ever-present nature of the internet, it’s rare nowadays that a movie can somewhat blindside you with its existence.  But that’s just what happened recently when Disney announced not only that an animated feature from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic exists, but that it’s coming out in a little over two months.  The film is based on a story by George Lucas, and today the Strange Magic trailer was released, giving us our first look at some footage.  Though the animation is impressive in some respects, the whole thing feels really dated.  There’s a heavy reliance on widely known pop songs, a trend that was all the range during the time of Shrek—over a decade ago.  The fairy tale revolves around a world filled with goblins and elves and is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it might yet drum up some interest from a (very) young crowd of kids, but I have a feeling parents aren’t going to be crazy about this one.

Check out the Strange Magic trailer and some new images after the jump.  Directed by Gary Rydstrom (Lifted), the voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter StormareStrange Magic opens in theaters on January 23rd.

New CINDERELLA Trailer, Poster, and Images: Disney Classic Comes to Live-Action with Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett

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Disney has released a new Cinderella trailer and poster along with new images for director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action iteration of the classic story.  The movie is the traditional rags-to-riches story we know with a few twists like Cinderella (Lily James) meeting the prince (Richard Madden) before knowing he’s a prince, and the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) appearing in the guise of an old, beggar woman.  But the nefarious evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and wicked stepsisters (Sophie McShera and Holliday Granger) are still in place.  It looks like Branagh has stayed incredibly faithful to the 1950 Disney animated film, and this trailer is basically a condensed, live-action version of that entire movie.  I guess if you’re more into flesh-and-blood actors combined with lots of CG, then this will be the Cinderella for you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Cinderella trailer, poster, and images.  The film also stars Nonso AnozieDerek Jacobi, and Stellan Skarsgard, and opens in theaters on March 13, 2015.

TOY STORY 4 Coming In 2017, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen Return With John Lasseter Directing

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During an investor call today Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Toy Story 4 is indeed on the way and will be released in 2017.  John Lasseter, who helmed the first two installments before giving the reigns to Lee Unkrich for Toy Story 3, will direct.  Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are expected to return as Woody and Buzz Lightyear.  The last one made a ton of money so this isn’t entirely unexpected.  The film will also be in 3D.  The story is being credited to Lasseter, Unkrich, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter.  Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will pen the script.

This makes total sense from a “pleasing shareholders” point of view (as evidenced by the context in which it was announced) but does it compute as an artistic choice as well?  Perhaps.  While Toy Story 3 seemed to be sort of a fitting end to the series, Pixar rarely (note the use of “rarely” instead of “never”) rushes their sequels so there’s little reason to expect that they won’t be able to come up with something quality here (with one notable exception).  Hit the jump for more on Toy Story 4, which will hit theaters on June 16th, 2017.

Disney Registers STRANGE MAGIC Domain Name; Could it be Connected to FROZEN?

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In addition to registering a domain name for the new Star Wars: Episode VII title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney also snagged some for something called Strange Magic.  What is it?  There have never been any reports on a Strange Magic project over at Disney, so we can’t know for sure, but based on the domain names the studio went for, it’s clear that it’s a film: strangemagic-thefilm.com, strangemagic-themovie.com, strangemagicfilm.com and strangemagicmovie.com.

There’s also another little detail that could suggest Strange Magic may be associated with the budding Frozen franchise.  Hit the jump for more on that.

Enter Our Disney Movies Anywhere Giveaway and Win a Nexus 9 Tablet Plus 10 Disney Titles on Digital HD

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After launching on iTunes earlier this year, Disney has now partnered with Google Play to bring Disney Movies Anywhere to Android devices, and in concert with the launch, we here at Collider will be giving one lucky reader a jumpstart on building their own library.  We’re giving away a brand new Nexus 9 tablet (valued at $350), along with download codes for Maleficent, Planes: Fire & Rescue, and 8 other Disney classics on the Disney Movies Anywhere app.  In addition to all of the current Disney, Marvel, and Pixar releases, Disney Movies Anywhere includes a collection of over 400 HD titles, including some films that have never before been released on Blu-ray or even DVD.  DMA on Google Play is actually a neat addition to the ever-growing digital marketplace, as it collects all of Disney’s titles—both old and new—in one convenient location with a surprisingly extensive library.

Find out how to enter our giveaway after the jump.

JOHN CARTER Rights Revert Back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.; New Films Planned

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I like John Carter.  It’s not a perfect film by any means, but Disney spent years trying to get an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of sci-fi novels off the ground, and I think director Andrew Stanton and his screenwriting partners Michael Chabon and Mark Andrews did a swell job of bringing the story to life.  Most strikingly, Stanton’s world building in the film is magnificent; you really feel like you’re on Barsoom for the film’s two-hour runtime.  I was really hoping to spend more time in Stanton’s John Carter world in future sequels, but unfortunately the film failed to catch on with audiences at the box office and its bloated budget made turning a profit near impossible.  Disney’s marketing was all over the place, and many thought the film looked derivative despite the fact that it was Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars that inspired subsequent sci-fi classics ranging from Superman to Star Wars.

However, it now looks as though there’s a glimmer of hope for those keen on seeing more John Carter of Mars movies, as word comes today that Disney’s option of the property has run out and the rights have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., which intends on moving forward with further films.  More after the jump.

Disney Animation Announces New Ocean-Set Adventure Film MOANA for Release in 2016; Concept Art Unveiled

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On the cusp of the release of Walt Disney Animation’s first Marvel adaptation, Big Hero 6, the studio has announced a new animated film for release in 2016.  Moana is described as “a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure” that revolves around a spirited teenager and born navigator who sets out to fulfill her ancestors’ quest.   The filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker is directing, and their previous credits include The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Treasure PlanetMoana takes place in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, and the story finds the titular adventurer teaming up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, and traversing the ocean, encountering many creatures in the process.  We initially heard word of this film last year, with a report saying it would be done in the animation style of the fantastic short Paperman.  The visuals are unconfirmed in today’s announcement beyond the fact that it is CG-animated, but it would certainly be swell to have a uniquely styled animated film in theaters from Disney.

The film will be released in late 2016, but the studio still doesn’t have any film scheduled for release in 2015.  The animal-centric Zootopia is slated for March 4, 2016 and the folkloric Giants is also in development.  It’s possible one of these films could be moved up, or 2015 could be the first year without a Walt Disney Animation film since 2006.  Check out the first Moana concept art and the official synopsis after the jump.

12 Things to Know about SLEEPING BEAUTY and the Art of Disney Animation

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Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty is now available on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, with all-new special features.  While at the home Walt Disney built on Woking Way in Los Feliz, Calif. in 1932, for an event celebrating Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, we learned a lot about the development process and the evolution of the artwork, especially from chatting with Doug Engalla, a staff member at the Disney Animation Research Library since 1990.

During a presentation about the evolution of the 1959 animated favorite, which started down a path to development as far back as 1951 and continued right up until its release, Engalla talked about how the story changed, the evolution of the villain Maleficent, and the exacting nature of the artwork.  Hit the jump to learn more about the film and the art of Disney animation.

Robert Redford in Talks to Star in Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON

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Nearly everything about Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake has pretty unexpected.  First, the studio enlisted David Lowery—the director behind the Terrence Malick-esque crime film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints—to take the helm instead of some studio-friendly journeyman.  Now the studio is surprising once again with its first big cast member, as word comes that Robert Redford is in talks to take on a pivotal role in the picture, which will live-action save for CG effects that will bring the titular dragon to life.  Hit the jump for more on the Pete’s Dragon remake, including how much the story will differ from the 1977 iteration.

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