Stories about Disney

A Nazi satire, Disney takes the unconventional route with ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Disney is releasing a movie in which a zany version of Adolf Hitler feasts on a unicorn’s head. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d type, yet here we are. Taika Waititi has crafted a madcap adventure that is set during World War II in the shape of his upcoming satirical black comedy Jojo Rabbit. The project, perhaps incongruously, finds itself at Disney following the company’s recent acquisition of the now-defunct 21st Century Fox. Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, the film revolves around a nationalistic young boy, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), whose imaginary friend happens to be a silly incarnation ...

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Lady and the Tramp: Another lazy, opportunistic adaptation

Disney may be raking in billions of dollars with its live-action remakes of animated classic movies, but this string of lazy, opportunistic adaptations isn’t doing much for the company’s image. While these projects have displayed the company’s visual wizardry, the media giant has yet to produce a new iteration that was truly essential. With each unnecessary revisit, Disney seems increasingly uninspired and creatively vacant, reliant primarily on the powers of nostalgia to draw in an audience. This year has already seen the release of three such ventures — Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King — none of which have ...

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The Lion King: Nostalgic but distracting

The success of 2016’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book opened a new dimension for Disney; a dimension in which they could dust off their animated properties from the past and cash-in on the nostalgia through new live-action remakes. It’s not as if they hadn’t done this before with live-action reiterations of Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent). However, the success of Jungle Book consolidated this as a long-term corporate strategy. Since then, live-action remakes of Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo and Aladdin have all hit the big-screen, with remakes of Mulan, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and even Lilo and Stitch already in the ...

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Frozen II: Prepare to be enchanted by some more musical magic this winter

Just when we finally managed to get ‘Let It Go’ out of our heads, Disney has decided to unleash another instalment of Frozen, and the trailer for the upcoming sequel suggests that the past isn’t quite in the past anymore. History, in fact, appears to be of some importance in Frozen II, the much anticipated sequel that continues the tale of Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), the feisty sisters from the Kingdom of Arendelle who won our hearts in 2013 when the original adventure – which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen’ – ...

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Aladdin: all spectacle and no heart

Disney has been busy churning out live-action remakes of its animated classics, and these revisits have been earning tonnes of money despite the fact that they invariably fail to elevate the original material in any significant way. The studio’s latest remake is Aladdin, a live-action adaptation of the beloved 1992 animated film of the same name. And does it exceed or even match the joy of the original? No. No, it does not. The storyline is all too familiar. With his pet monkey and partner in crime, Abu, by his side, Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a street urchin and petty thief, meets and ...

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Stunning and sinister, ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ will be no fairy tale

The teaser trailer of the upcoming film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has been released by Walt Disney Studios, and is a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy movie, Maleficent. The prequel, which was a massive hit, retold the classic Sleeping Beauty story from the antagonist’s perspective, where the dark witch’s character was given redeeming qualities as opposed to the original version of the 1959 Disney classic. Photo: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Photo: Walt Disney Motion Pictures In the film, Maleficent curses Aurora to fall into a deep slumber on her 16th birthday, but this is ...

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Sloppy and grim, Dumbo takes a rather clumsy flight

Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Ehren Kruger’s new version of Dumbo is the latest to get a live-action remake. It is inspired by the 1941 Disney animated classic and based on the original fable written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl in 1939. Burton is the one who started this trend of remakes with Alice in the Wonderland. The film stars Colin Farrell, Deni DeVito, Michael Keaton and Eva Green in pivotal voice-over roles. The 1941’s Dumbo was a soft, simple and adorable fantasy centred on the tale of friendship and maternal love, the tender bond between Dumbo and his mother. The ...

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The Lion King 2.0: Because we can’t resist Disney’s evil sorcery

Me: “These live-action adaptations of animated classics are such a racket. Disney is basically reselling us the same story with these pointless remakes, because why would they spend time and energy on creativity and new ideas when they can just use the powers of nostalgia to manipulate us into giving them all our hard-earned money? Shame on you, Disney!” Can we all make a pact not to see the Aladdin and Lion King reboot so we get something new and original from Disney for the first time in 10 years — Coleo is Cooleo (@coleoisherio) April 11, 2019 Also me: “Oh my ...

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Toy Story 4 may seem unnecessary but we should know better than to doubt Pixar

The Toy Story series is one of the brightest gems in Pixar’s dazzling crown. The acclaimed franchise not only helped the studio establish itself in its budding stages but also ensured that Pixar cemented and maintained its position as an animation powerhouse. From Toy Story (1995), Pixar’s first feature film, to Toy Story 3 (2010) – arguably the best movie of its year, animated or otherwise – the saga of Andy’s anthropomorphic toys has been a delightful, emotional ride that has impressed viewers of all ages. Photo: Giphy Nearly a decade after their last adventure, the toys are now returning to the ...

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A whole new world indeed: Disney’s new Indian-esque Aladdin has left us confused

After leaving viewers less than impressed with the initial teasers for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin, Disney appeared to have upped its game with the full-length trailer for this fantasy revisit. We might not be in masterpiece territory just yet, but things are certainly starting to look a lot more promising for this film, directed by Guy Ritchie. The production, which has been mired in controversy ever since its inception, primarily for its casting choices, finds the studio continuing its trend of turning their animated classics into live-action adventures. We return to Agrabah, as the CGI-filled spectacle reunites us with street ...

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