From Cinderella to The Jungle Book
Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics
But can they recapture the old magic?
by Patrick Grafton-Green at The Independent
Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever live up to the original
In order to be artistically worthwhile, a remake needs to offer a fresh take, a different perspective on an old tale. In getting the green light, the general hope is they’ll recapture the magic that made the original a success. Throw in a couple of big stars and, commercially speaking, you’re on to a winner. It’s telling, however, that neither Alice in Wonderland nor Maleficient were lavished with praise.
It wouldn’t be fair to completely write off this Disney phenomenon at such an early stage – the prospect of introducing these stories to new generations of cinema-goers isn’t necessarily a bad thing, while the switch from animation to live action leaves room for new vision and invention. Revisiting films that have formed an important part of so many childhoods is dangerous, if probably wildly lucrative, ground.
Cinderella | The Jungle Book | Beauty And The Beast | Cruella | Dumbo
Confirmed: Disney ditching iconic sorcerer’s hat at Hollywood Studios next year
Sources told News 13 the hat will be removed in early 2015
Megan Ribbens at Orlando Business Journal
t’s time to take your final photos and say your goodbyes, as the iconic Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be removed. Walt Disney World confirmed to Orlando Business Journal on Oct. 24 that the 122-foot-tall hat, which has been the centerpiece of the theme park since 2001, will be removed. “Work continues on bringing new experiences to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and we look forward to sharing more information at a later date,” said Disney spokesman Bryan Malenius, who declined to provide more details.
Disney announces 2016 release for animated feature ‘Moana‘
Get ready for another Disney heroine to obsess over
by Esther Zuckerman at Entertainment Weekly
Disney Animation will release its 56th animated feature, Moana, in late 2016. Moana is described as a “a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure,” and takes place in ancient Oceania in the South Pacific. The film will tell the story of its titular character, a teenage girl and “born navigator” who “sets sail in search of a fabled island,” according to a summary from Disney. “During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore,” Disney reveals. Continue reading
New Disneyland Resort Mobile Site
Make the Magic Easy with Disney eTicket and More
by Erin Glover at Disney Parks Blog
Have you checked out the new Disneyland.com on your mobile phone? This all-new mobile experience puts your entire Disneyland Resort visit right in the palm of your hand with features like dining reservations, attraction information and – my favorite new features – the new Disney eTicket and even prepaid parking. This complete planning tool is accessible through your device’s web browser; there are no apps to download.
And here’s the best part. Once your tickets are purchased and you’re ready to begin your Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park visit, you simply scan your Disney eTicket directly from your mobile device right at the park turnstile. No need to print anything or visit the ticket booth!
complete article at Disney Parks Blog
Disney may use drones in theme park entertainment
Drones may be going to Disneyland
by Sally French at MarketWatch
Though they may sound like they could exist only in Tomorrowland, Disney is working on ways to use drones in its entertainment productions. Disney applied for three UAV-related patents, indicating that drones could hold marionette or projection screens for nighttime entertainment. The patents were published Thursday and applied for by Clifford Wong, James Alexander Stark and Robert Scott Trowbridge, all a part of Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney’s design and development arm.
“The inventors recognized that presently there are no mechanisms for creating very large aerial displays such as a display that is reusable/repeatable, dynamic, and interactive,” the patent states. To address that need, Disney’s R&D department is working to create a multi-drone aerial display system and a ground control station that could choreograph repeatable movements.
The three applications are: Continue reading
Steve Martin in talks to star in Disney’s ‘Magic Camp‘
Presto! Steve Martin is returning to Disney.
by Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter
The actor-comedian is in final negotiations to star in Magic Camp, a family comedy that Martin wrote and the studio is developing.
The story tells of a straitlaced banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. This time he is a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition.
The project is in Martin’s wheelhouse as he got his start working at Magic Shop at Disneyland and was a magician in his early days as a comic.