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.

BIG HERO 6 Comic-Con Panel Recap: Brand New Clips and Big Laughs Thanks to Baymax

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You’d think some of the folks attending the Big Hero 6 panel at New York Comic-Con might be big fans of the source material.  However, when the guy warming up the crowd prior to the panel asked who has read the comic book, hardly anyone responded.  In fact, one of the only audible responses was, “It’s weird.”  Weird or not, Big Hero 6 the movie looks like it’ll be a major crowd-pleaser.  At this point, Walt Disney Animation Studios has unleashed a slew of promotional material and Baymax is absolutely killing it in every last bit of it.

With the film less than a month away from its big debut, directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, producer Roy Conli, and voice actors Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung and T.J. Miller all hit the main stage at the Javits Center to talk Big Hero 6 and show off some unseen clips from the film.  Hit the jump for my Big Hero 6 Comic-Con panel recap, and click here to watch the new trailer.

BIG HERO 6 Comic Con Trailer Opens Up the Epic Scope of the Film

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I had no idea that Disney’s Big Hero 6 was going to be this big.  Everything I had seen so far from the film seemed to indicate that this story about Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada’s (Ryan Potter) would actually be somewhat smaller in scope. But no, the sizzle reel unveiled today at the New York Comic Con changed all of that.  Big Hero 6 is flat out Mario Kart massive. Hit the jump to check out the new Big Hero 6 NYCC sizzle reel.  The film also features the voices of Daniel HenneyT.J. MillerJamie ChungDamon Wayans Jr.Genesis RodriguezJames CromwellAlan Tudyk, and Maya Rudolph.  Big Hero 6 opens in 3D on November 7th.  If you want to know more we’ve got Christina’s interviews with directors Don Hall & Chris WilliamsHead of Animation Zach Parrish, and 24 things to know about the film.

TOMORROWLAND Trailer and Poster: George Clooney Leads Brad Bird’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

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Disney has released the first Tomorrowland trailer for director Brad Bird’s mysterious new sci-fi film.  Scripted by Bird and Lost alum Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’”  And the trailer is great, offering a simple scenario that hints at the film’s possibilities without spoiling too much.  I love Robertson’s reaction to the reveal.

Hit the jump to watch the Tomorrowland trailer and click here to check out Perri’s Comic-Con panel recap.  The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Kathryn HahnTomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22, 2015.  Now that I know what the heck this movie is I’m getting pretty excited for it.  So glad this teaser hints rather than spoils. 

First TOMORROWLAND Images Unveiled; Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof Reveal Story Details for Unique Sci-Fi Film

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Disney’s mysterious Tomorrowland has been one of the more curious projects percolating over the past couple over years, in no small part because it acts as The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird’s second live-action feature and boasts a screenplay from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.  Plot details have been almost humorously non-existent, especially since production wrapped quite a while ago.  What we do know is that the film has a connection to the Disney theme park of the same name and stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson.  However, with more details poised to be unveiled at New York Comic-Con this weekend, the very first Tomorrowland images have arrived along with some exciting revelations from Bird and Lindelof about the pic.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Tomorrowland images and to see what Bird and Lindelof have to say about this sci-fi/fantasy film and its connection to Walt Disney himself.

Is Disney Planning to Reissue the STAR WARS Movies on Digital?

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The Star Wars movies have been reissued time and time again in various forms.  They’ve been on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray, but now that the bounds of physical media are breaking down, it’s likely that the saga could now be headed to digital platforms.  Film Divider came across an Italian TV spot for Disney’s digital service that includes games, apps, and yes, movies.  And to showcase the movies, they used clips from Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope.  With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VII and Disney now owning Lucasfilm, there’s a hope among fans that they’ll get Blu-rays of the original editions of the original trilogy.  It would be nice to see this ad as a hint that these HD original editions are coming, but we’re still a ways off.

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STAR WARS REBELS Renewed For Season 2 Ahead of Tomorrow’s Premiere

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Disney XD is really digging into Star Wars Rebels and have officially renewed the series just a little over 24 hours before it premieres tomorrow night with its kick-off movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion on the Disney Channel (not XD) at 9PM.  I imagine this development has pretty much been on the table all along and was (wisely) timed as a boost to tomorrow’s launch.  Not a bad play.

Star Wars Rebels, the series as we will come to know it, premieres on Disney XD October 13th and features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr.David OyelowoJason IsaacsVanessa MarshallSteve Blum, and Tiya Sircar.  Hit the jump for more on Star Wars Rebels Season 2.  

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