Friday, March 27, 2015

‘Into the Woods’ is on DVD and Blu-Ray; Watch our Movie Review

Into the Woods was released to DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, March 24. So, have you picked up your copy yet?


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With the recent release, I thought it appropriate to finally post and share this video of myself, TDM and our cousin Catie reviewing the movie – even though we videographed this over Christmas break!



And last but not least, to celebrate, here’s a clip from the song we reference in our review: the great “Agony,” which is probably one of the best moments in the film.



I’ll be buying a DVD copy soon! How about you?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Loki Joins Disney Infinity 2.0!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come: Loki has joined the Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel line-up!

Image via diskingdom.tumblr.com

Watch him out in action in this Marvel villains clip from the game:


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Unfortunately, 2.0 figurines don’t work with the original version my family owns, so while I won’t be picking Loki up to play with him, I’ll definitely be picking him up soon as a collectible piece!

Are you going to buy Loki? Have you already purchased him? Tell me in the comments below!

See ya all real soon.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

‘Hunchback’ Musical Opens Today!

Paper Mill Playhouse debuts The Hunchback of Notre Dame tonight. The musical was the first Disney musical to premiere outside the US, having originally opened in Berlin, Germany in 1999. According to Playbill:

Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse, the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame will feature Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Michael Arden as Quasimodo and Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo. Book is by Peter Parnell, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen SchwartzScott Schwartz directs. Performances begin March 4 with an opening date of March 15. Performances run through April 5. See show details.

Check out some of the show’s highlights in the video below:



I don’t know what you think, but it looks pretty fantastic to me! Personally, I believe The Hunchback of Notre Dame to have one of the most beautiful and chilling scores, which I’m glad was highlighted in the video. According to theatermania.com:

At each performance, 32 local choir members from the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus will serve as the onstage choral ensemble.

Let's get this show to Broadway!

Image from Playbill Tumblr

See you all real soon.

New Plot Details for 'Zootopia' Announced

A year from today, Disney’s next animated flick, Zootopia, premieres, as announced via several Disney social media websites.

In one year…#Zootopia. March 4, 2016. The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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This appears to be a change to original plot details given at D23 two summers ago. As taken from IMDB:

In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

Now, it appears the two have already been enlisted to work together on a case, but it could be that the new plot is simply expanding on the original details.

Either way, I can tell you I'm super excited, especially just because I love foxes so much! This movie reminds me a lot of Robin Hood, another Disney movie dear to my heart.

Image via foreverafox.tumblr.com

What are your thoughts?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Meryl Streep Sings ‘She’ll Be Back' in Deleted Scene from 'Into the Woods'!

When Into the Woods was still under development, composer Stephen Sondheim wrote a whole new song just for Meryl Streep (as the Witch) to sing in the movie.

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Eventually, the song and scene got cut, but those who buy the Blu-ray or Digital HD will get to see it!

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Image from Into the Woods official Tumblr.

Disney Movies Anywhere did release a sneak peek at the deleted scene featuring the song. But as director Rob Marshall said: he, Streep, Sondheim and James Lapine all decided that the movie was stronger without the song.



My thoughts: incredible! As a huge Meryl Streep fan, of course I appreciate it just for her performance. But even more so, the way Streep brings out the subtext – the Witch’s longing and uncertainty, trying to convince herself – really blows me away. She’s an amazing actress, as always, and this scene just proves it again.

What are your thoughts?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oscars 2015: Disney Wins Two Awards!

Congratulations to Disney for winning two Oscars during the awards ceremony Sunday night! (Personally, I think Into the Woods and Guardians of the Galaxy were robbed, but I’m glad Disney won at least two.)

Big Hero 6, of course, took home the prize for Best Animated Feature Film – much deserved!

Image via Big Hero 6 Facebook page.

After How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the Golden Globe for the same category, I prayed Big Hero 6 wouldn't get robbed of the Oscar.

And Feast, the short film that premiered before Big Hero 6, took home the companion award for Best Animated Short. Again, well-deserved.

Image via m-magazine.com



Speaking of Big Hero 6 (for the fourth time), today you can pick up your copy on Blu-ray and DVD. I’ll definitely be getting one myself!

See you all real soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Disney Increases Ticket Prices Today

Disney has increased ticket prices for Walt Disney World parks, and the increase is effective today (Feb. 22, 2015). Significant is the fact that Disney is breaking the $100 ticket price barrier, which can mean a lot to some people.

From my agent, Jennifer Hardy:

Effective Sunday, February 22 it will now cost $105 plus tax for a 1-day, 1-park ticket to the Magic Kingdom. That's a $6 jump.  Disney's other three major parks: Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom rise a more-modest $3 from $94 to $97. Full Price breakdown below
 
Here is a list of the new prices:
1-Day, 1-Park Magic Kingdom$105 
1-Day, 1-Park Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, & Disney's Animal Kingdom: $97  
Florida Resident Premium Annual Pass: $649
Florida Resident Annual Pass: $529 
Florida Resident Seasonal Pass$329 before tax, respectively, up from $485 and $319. 
Magic Your Way Passes: 

2-Day $192
3-Day $275
4-Day $305
5-Day $315
6-Day $325
7-Day $335
Note: the  No-Expiration option is no longer offered.
Water Park Hoppers
Mid-May - Sept $58
Other Times of year: $53 (unchanged)
All prices are pre-taxes.
What do you think of the Disney ticket increase?

Photo from my June 2014 trip to Walt Disney World.

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