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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Gets Release Date

31 May

Looks like December 2018 will have another jolly holiday.

Disney announced its Mary Poppins revival will hit theaters Christmas Day 2018. They also released the title: Mary Poppins Returns.

Emily Blunt (Devil Wears Prada, Into the Woods) will star as the practically perfect nanny. Lin-Manuel Miranda, star/creator of the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” and currently crafting music for Disney’s next animated feature Moana, will star opposite Blunt in a Bert-esque role.

The movie will follow a grown-up Jane and Michael Banks in depression-era London. The nanny will revisit the Banks family after a tragedy that deprives the family of happiness, according to the Company’s announcement.

Keep your calendars clear, as Christmas day releases will no doubt start piling back up as 2018 draws nearer.

 

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Live-action ‘Winnie the Pooh’ announced, gets writer

2 Apr

No, this isn’t an extended April Fool’s Day joke. I wish it was.

Deadline reported early this morning that Winnie the Pooh is set to be the next live-action feature film from Disney. Alex Ross Perry, writer-director for Listen Up Philip, is set to pen the script based on A. A. Milnes’s classic.

Image courtesy of Disney

UGH. I adore Pooh. Don’t even get me started on how much The Tigger Movie made me cry (“He is the only one!”). Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl — how can we not adore this crew? The most recent Winnie the Pooh movie (2011) was fantastic, the perfect balance of sentiment and laughter for all ages.

BUT WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER ONE? Also, can this technically qualify as “live-action” if the main characters will be CGI? If the Academy doesn’t count Andy Serkis’s work as live-action, I don’t think CGI stuffed animals (even with a motion capture suit) would qualify.

The upside? This proposal actually has a unique plot! The focus won’t be on Christopher Robin as a boy but as an adult. Hopefully, we’ll find Christopher suffering through a midlife crisis and looking to his beloved playthings for wisdom.

For those of you who’ve lost track of every single live-action reboot the company scheduled, here they are:

1) The Jungle Book

2) Dumbo

3) Mulan

4) Pete’s Dragon 

5) Beauty and the Beast

6) and now Winnie the Pooh.

And, as with all adaptations, there’s the question of casting. Will vocal talent genius Jim Cummings voice both Tigger and Pooh as he does currently? Or will casting look toward bigger names to fill his shoes? What of Christopher Robin? For such a serious topic, will they grab a comedic actor or a more dramatic choice?

More importantly: what will the terrifying Heffalumps and Woozles look like?

So many questions, so few answers.

“DuckTales” Reboot

26 Feb

Scrooge McDuck and the trio of Huey, Dewey and Louie are returning to the silver screen.

’80s babies rejoiced when Disney announced a reboot of “DuckTales” is in the works. The Company reported the start date would be in 2017, and the show would launch on Disney X-D, Disney’s male-focused offshoot.

The original Emmy-winning show chronicled McDuck and the triplets, and a slew of other webbed-footed personalities joined in on the antics from 1987-1990. Disney aired reruns until the mid-1990s, and the show spawned a movie in 1990.

No word yet as to the casting or potential plot lines, but hopefully it’ll be just as engaging as the first series.