You’d think it’d be a great party conversation starter. “By the way,” he would casually mention. “Ever seen Bambi? Of course you’ve seen Bambi. Everyone has seen Bambi. Well, I played him when I was 4.” Maybe throw in a “Biiiiiird“ for a good measure.
We typically think Meryl Streep when it comes to Oscar records, with the master thespian having amassed an incredible 19 nominations. But when it comes to actual wins, Streep’s not in the record books. Instead you’ll find names both famous (Walt Disney, John Williams, Katharine Hepburn) and less familiar (art director Cedric Gibbons, soundman Gary Rydstrom). Here are all the folks who have been awarded the most statuettes (we’re only counting “competitive” Oscars and not honorary/memorial recognition).
Walt Disney built an empire on the shoulders of Mickey Mouse, but only after he lost his earlier creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Following extensive digital restoration, it’s now available as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection Snow White release (already out on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, with a Blu-ray to follow on Feb. 2).
It’s hard to believe that the Disney fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is nearly 80 years old. On Jan. 19, Snow White is coming to Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere for the first time ever and will be released in a new Blu-ray combo pack Feb. 2. The release also marks the debut of The Walt Disney Signature Collection, denoting feature films created or inspired by the late animation mastermind.
Here are ten films that were box office smashes when they were released, but are mostly forgotten today. Voiced by a cast of not even vaguely recognisable names, its early CGI visuals were lauded, but the plot damned as 'dull’. Yet somehow, it made £250 million at the worldwide box office. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) This superb drama about World War II veterans struggling to acclimatize to life after war was a worldwide smash hit.
A Disney film thought to be lost 87 years ago has been found at the British Film Institute. The historic ‘Sleigh Bells’ features the house of mouse’s very first animated character, called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The film of the cartoon bunny was made in 1928, and was found when a researcher at the institute was trawling the BFI’s national archive. Disney has now restored the film, and will give it a proper premiere at Christmas.
Yes, we’ve seen copious amounts of ‘Disney princesses as…’ over the years, but seeing them imagined as terrifying horror movie characters is something rather special. Let’s contemplate, if you will, ‘Beauty and the Beast’s’ Belle as the deranged Wolfman. Break.com has published some superbly imaginative efforts that creepily depict various Disney icons, such as ‘Frozen’s’ Elsa and Anna, ‘Sleeping Beauty’s’ Aurora, and Merida from Pixar’s ‘Brave’.
There’s no denying that ‘Inside Out’ has been a huge success and return to form for Disney Pixar. Having amassed $832 million and received rave reviews across the critical board, it’s left some speculating over Pixar’s second film of 2015, ‘The Good Dinosaur’, with some convinced it’ll be overshadowed by the movie set inside a little girl’s mind. It appears Peter Sohn’s tale of when dinosaurs continued to rule the Earth after that meteor narrowly missed might not require any premature sympathy.
It was simply a matter of time, wasn’t it, but Disney has officially announced that they’re in the process of bringing the beloved Mary Poppins back to the big screen. Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Disney is developing a live-action musical film that will feature the iconic character from the 1964 classic. - Actors Who Were Nearly In Fast & Furious - Ron Perlman Reveals Hellboy 3 Plot - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: What We Know So Far ‘Into the Woods’ director Rob Marshall, along with producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt, are on board for this new project that will take place two decades after the original movie. It’ll be based on one of author P.L. Travers’ other Poppins stories and will take place in London during the time of the Depression.
Unless you’ve been living in space this year you’ll be aware of the massive movie hits that’ve hit cinemas over the summer. Notably, ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘’Age of Ultron’ demolished most of the competition, meaning big paydays for both Disney and Universal. - What Will Jurassic World 2 Be About?
During D23 Expo - the Mouse House convention that’s revealed a kingdom full of news and footage from upcoming projects - the studio have announced their plans for a ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ film. Walt Disney Animation Studios shared that they’re working on an upcoming animated film called ‘Gigantic’, which was previously known as ‘Giants’. It’s based on the story of the young boy who, after claiming magic beans, climbs a giant beanstalk he grows in his garden, but will likely have a few tweaks and twists for modern audiences.
It’s been suggested that, according to a panel of experts in a new documentary focusing on the life of Walt Disney, the acclaimed animator wasn’t the anti-Semite many assumed he was. Disney was labelled an anti-Semite throughout his life and long after his death, but ahead of a 4-hour PBS documentary that will be aired this September, several members of the Disney workforce that were close to the visionary animator have dismissed such claims. Richard Sherman (composer on ‘Marty Poppins’ and ‘The Jungle Book’) said to TV critics Sunday that it was “absolutely preposterous to call him anti-Semitic.” Both he and sibling writing partner Robert - both children of Jewish parents themselves - say that Walt treated them as sons.
Conceived as tribute to progress, peace, and prosperity, the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Queens, New York, proved to be a defining moment in pop culture, inspiring a generation with its gleaming structures, idealistic experiences, and futuristic vibe. Walt Disney embraced and embodied that aesthetic.