The Pitfalls of Live-Action Remakes: The “Dumbo” Edition

Dumbo - And Mother

One of the most magical films in the Walt Disney animated feature canon is Dumbo, written about at length on this very site mere weeks ago. This isn’t to suggest that Dumbo is a perfect piece of animation; arguably, flaws like its expedited and forcibly inexpensive production process contribute to its charms. (As ever, the inclusion of a crow named Jim, voiced by a white actor, does not.) But Dumbo is widely considered to be one of the crown jewels of Disney animation, with its title character having become something of an icon in the intervening decades. In some respects, because it was one of the first five Disney animated features, Dumbo has been fairly untouchable for a long time. Like Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, there has never been a direct-to-DVD sequel of Dumbo, though there were rumors that such a film would be willed into existence had John Lasseter and Ed Catmull not taken charge of Disney’s animation department in the mid-2000s. (Bambi, sadly, was not so lucky.) [Read more...]

‘Big Hero 6′ Cast, New Images Unveiled

Big Hero 6 - Hiro

We are over six months removed from the release of Frozen, the incredibly popular Disney film which continues to rake in money at the worldwide box office, sell through endless merchandise, and just conquer the Internet, placing some pressure on Disney Animation’s next film, Big Hero 6. Although nobody expects the studio’s first Marvel animated film to match the unprecedented success of Frozen, there is renewed interest in seeing what the reinvigorated animation house can accomplish. The voice cast for the film has now been announced, just a few months before the film’s release – take a look at the list of actors and new images of the characters after the break! [Read more...]

Hands-On: ‘Disney Infinity 2.0′

Disney Infinity 2 - Spider-Man and Venom

Recently, I attended Disney Consumer Products’ Holiday Product Showcase, where the group previewed select pieces of merchandise that are expected to be this year’s big hits. In addition to a wealth of Frozen-related products and those involving Disney’s classic line-up of characters (e.g. Mickey, Minnie), I had the chance to get an in-depth preview of the highly anticipated follow-up to Disney Infinity. Although I first got a look at the game at its announcement a few months back, this was my first opportunity at a hands-on. Check out my thoughts after the break! [Read more...]

Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Dumbo’

Dumbo - Baby Mine

Maleficent, a live-action film that tells the tale of the classic Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the iconic villain, has grossed over $630 million worldwide thus far, providing evidence to Disney that audiences may flock to live-action remakes. With a live-action take on Cinderella slated for release next year, and with The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast currently in development, the mouse house is showing no signs of slowing down. Actually it only seems to be speeding up, as we now hear that a live-action Dumbo is in the works. [Read more...]

Adorable Disney Tsum Tsum Plush And App Arrive In The U.S.

Disney Tsum Tsum

Disney Tsum Tsum (Disney Stack Stack if you translate it to English) debuted in Japan in an app similar to Bejeweled. Instead of gems (or candy in that other game that will remain nameless), players have to connect Disney characters. The magic of the game comes in the design of the characters, which are ridiculously adorable with their large heads – actually, the entire design consists almost entirely of the heads. The app proved to be so popular in Japan that physical plush were also released, and they too captured the country’s heart. Now, Tsum Tsum have arrived in the U.S. – take a closer look at them after the break! [Read more...]

‘Once Upon A Time’ Casts Its Elsa

Once Upon A Time - Georgina Haig as Elsa

Well, that did not take long. After Elsa from Frozen made a surprise appearance in the season finale of Once Upon A Time, we learned that Anna and Kristoff would also be joining her. While the two latter characters were cast earlier this week, the actress who would play Elsa was not announced. In the show, only her back was shown, so the producers clearly had not settled upon who would play her just yet – at the time, they solely had the idea that they wanted to add the world of Frozen to the show. Today, we now know that actress Georgina Haig will fill the role. [Read more...]