Stories about Disney

Pixar reclaims its place atop the animation throne with its powerful and emotional ‘Coco’

A string of wonderfully creative and thoroughly entertaining films in the ‘00s helped establish Pixar as an animation powerhouse that was creating some of the finest family-friendly animated movies of the decade. But the studio was unable to maintain its momentum as it developed a disappointing case of sequels. Instead of coming up with interesting new releases, the Disney subsidiary chose to build its franchises by revisiting its most popular ideas. This resulted in the making of films that admittedly weren’t bad by any measure but simply lacked the imagination and spark that had made the studio’s best work so ...

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Did Disney just ruin our childhood with its adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time?

If you read Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time as a child (or even as an adult for that matter), then chances are that your mind’s eye probably didn’t conjure up an image of Oprah Winfrey in a blonde wig whenever the character of Mrs Which appeared in the story.  And if you were to come up with a fantasy casting for a movie adaptation of the 1962 classic, then once again, blonde Winfrey probably wouldn’t have been the first person you pictured in that role. Photo: IMDb But that somehow is exactly what we’re getting in the ...

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Dear Disney, casting Naomi Scott as Jasmine just because she’s brown highlights the Orientalist tendency of conflating all brown cultures

Disney recently announced their selections for the cast of the new live-action remake of the 1992 animated movie, Aladdin. The announcement, however, was met with widespread outrage. British actress Naomi Scott of Indian heritage was selected to play Jasmine, and people were furious at Disney’s failure to give the opportunity to someone who is actually Arab. Prior to this announcement, Disney had disclosed that they had been having difficulty selecting Middle Eastern actors for the part. “It can’t be easy to cast a Middle Eastern actor as a terrorist but difficult to cast the same people in a leading role,” the journalist Rawan Eewshah wrote for Allure on ...

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A Bolly-musical combo doesn’t sound quite appealing, but Jagga Jasoos proves otherwise

After three long years in production, Anurag Basu’s directorial Jagga Jasoos finally saw the light of day. First things first, this film is different from other Bollywood movies because it is a musical. Bollywood and musicals doesn’t sound quite right, but Jagga Jasoos proves otherwise. With Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif as the main cast, it created quite a buzz even before the promotions began. This was partly because of the delay and also due to Kapoor and Kaif’s publicised break up. The film, which has opened to mixed reviews, earned over Rs8.57 crore on its first day. Jagga Jasoos features Kapoor as Jagga, a young boy on a quest to find his ...

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If Beauty and the Beast was based in Pakistan, what would Belle’s fate be?

Oh Disney, you and your goo-goo eyed characters and mush-tacular storylines. Here’s the thing – you can’t fool us. We hail from the land of desis. We know what’s up. Just look at Beauty and the Beast. Unrealistic! We can believe the talking furniture and the enchanted experiments in botany, but as desis, we know exactly how it would have happened if Belle lived down the road from us. Our movie opens: The power of reading Gaston spots Belle running around with a book in her hand. This is one of the best things about a woman getting a degree and involving herself in education – ...

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The Boss Baby: Forgetful and predictable

The addition of a tiny new member to a family is bound to change the dynamics of a household. A new-born demands a lot of adjustment from everyone, and this change can often be particularly hard on the firstborn who goes from being an only child to an elder sibling who is no longer the centre of his parents’ world. That’s the predicament that befalls Tim Templeton (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi), a seven-year-old with an overactive imagination, whose life changes with the arrival of his baby brother. Alec Baldwin and Miles Christopher Bakshi in The Boss Baby (2017)Photo: IMDb The ...

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Is Sesame Street the right platform to educate children about autism?

Julia is beautiful. With orange hair and comically large eyes, carrying her toy rabbit with her, she is the adorable new kid on the block. And that is not all! Julia is also autistic. In the current world of oddities, fewer things retain their true vigour. The most colourful street in town, however, remains as true to its purpose as it was 50 years ago. Yes, I am talking about the street that has a ‘Big Bird’ on it, the Sesame Street! Using television to teach children new ideas, basic linguistic and numerical skills was made tangible for the first time on Sesame ...

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Pirates of the Caribbean is back!

Ok now! If you guys still haven’t noticed, the latest fad to hit Tinsel Town is films featuring de-aged actors. We had an extremely young looking Michael Douglas striding into S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters to tender his resignation in the opening sequence of Ant-Man. One of the sequences from Captain America: Civil War featured Robert Downey Junior playing a youthful Tony Stark. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, we also had Anthony Hopkins jumping on the de-aging bandwagon with a scene from the hit TV series Westworld where he is in his younger avatar. The latest in line to go under the ...

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The force reawakens with Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story rests perfectly within the confines of the larger Star Wars universe genre and its related mythos. Directed by Gareth Edwards of the Godzilla (2014) fame, the movie includes a strong female protagonist, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), in the lead role, a first for the Star Wars franchise as well. Also, a first among a series of upcoming stand-alone movies from the Star Wars universe, Rogue One in its own capacity is an enjoyable movie and hits all the right notes when it comes to paying homage to its pedigree and lineage amongst other things. Set amongst the backdrop of the original Star Wars movie that started it all, Episode IV: A New ...

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Moana finds Disney returning to its old formula

The Disney films of the 80’s and 90’s had a very specific formula for success that helped make them very successful for many years. This formula was based on having catchy tunes that would help advance the narrative, while also being a joy to listen to. With stories centering on spirited young protagonists finding their way in the world, usually aided in some part by a cuddly animal sidekick. Moana finds Disney returning to this formula after decades, and not only does Disney manage to revoke so many of the elements that made it work so well in the past, but ...

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