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Disney News Roundup – The Morning Report

Time to close a few open tabs that I’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t had the chance. Grab something to drink and pull up your chair because these stories are wonderful: First, there is no one who understands Disney theme park design… Read More »Disney News Roundup – The Morning Report

Disney shakes up 2014 move release slate

The Walt Disney Studios has announced a shuffle for the 2014-15 film line up.

THE MUPPETS 2 is now dated on 3/21/14.

MUPPETS 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Marvel) will be available in 3D. Releases on 4/4/14.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER will pick up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film stars Chris Evans in the title role and will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo.

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The Lone Ranger – New Trailer

A new trailer for The Lone Ranger was released today and it reveals a lot more of the wild, gritty world created by the team that brought us the popular Pirates of the Caribbean films. Of course, it’s not just the creative team, but it’s… Read More »The Lone Ranger – New Trailer

Disney Movie Marketing Encounters Another Obstacle

After the movie marketing debacle that was Disney’s John Carter (of Mars) heads rolled around the Walt Disney Studios. Exits included people from the marketing department, including its chief MT Carney, all the way up to studio head Rich Ross. But apparently that wasn’t all… Read More »Disney Movie Marketing Encounters Another Obstacle

The Odd Life of Timothy Green – A Disney Fable That Doesn’t Ask Too Much

Disney’s entry into the feel good family film category this year is “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” It fits the mold very nicely, while at the same time, introducing a little something extra you don’t normally get from those films, metaphor. In fact, not only is the title character who is essentially a metaphor for childhood innocence, the movie itself is also a metaphor for the parental journey and how you deal with life’s struggles and loss.

Those extra layers make this movie more enjoyable for the adults who will be accompanying their kids to the film. But unfortunately, they did not solve some of the other problems.

The movie has that fable feel and doesn’t depart from the script too much. I wish it had departed a bit more. When it does start to explore Tim’s other relationships it gets interesting, but then it becomes afraid to explore those plots too much and instead leaves (sorry) the audience hanging without answers for a lot of the stories told in the film.

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Future Disney and Pixar Films Announced

Today at CinemaCon, Disney Studios’ President of Production Sean Bailey was joined by John Lasseter from Pixar in revealing the slate of upcoming Disney films. Pixar announced that an animated film based around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos is targeted for 2015. Toy… Read More »Future Disney and Pixar Films Announced