Ever since its establishment in 1987 the Disney Legend Awards honored people whose works have been integral to the success of the House of Mouse. Whether they were animators, theme park designers, musicians, film/TV production personnel, and artists, many have been named Disney Legends. Now, the 2019 awardees are revealed.
Disney announced the ten names that make up this year’s class of Disney Legends on May 16. Two are from the company’s theme park arm, two are from ABC News. The rest made their marks in Disney films and television. Some of them however, are from the MCU film franchise.
It’s perhaps appropriate that following the decade-one culmination of the MCU storyline, some of its stars will be honored. Some of them will continue with the franchise’s future installments and shows. One however, may have taken his final bow for the MCU. Becoming a Disney Legend makes a proper sendoff.
Here’s a list of the honorees for Disney Legends 2019:
Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man, Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-2019)
Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan, MCU; also film director for “Iron Man” 1-2, “Jungle Book” and “Lion King” remakes (2016, 2019)
Ming-Na Wen – voice of “Mulan” (1998); also Melinda May in ABC-MCU series “Agents of SHIELD”
Hans Zimmer – composer for “Lion King” (animation and remake) and the first four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films
James Earl Jones – voices of Darth Vader (“Star Wars”) and Mufasa (“Lion King”)
Kenny Ortega – film director; currently famous for Disney Channel originals (“High School Musical” and “Descendants”)
Bette Midler – film star for Disney (“Hocus Pocus” and Touchstone label
Robin Roberts – ABC journalist
Diane Sawyer – ABC journalist
Barnette Ricci – Walt Disney Studios President/Show Director
Wing Chao – Disney Parks and Resorts Asia Pacific VP (Development); Disney Imagineering Executive VP
It was bound to happen, that when Disney acquired the 20th Century Fox studio, some film production pruning was necessary. But even then, the expanded umbrella of the House of Mouse has a dominant film slate for several years. For their existing subsidiaries the MCU continues on, while for Fox they have a mind-boggling four sequels for James Cameron’s “Avatar.”
There are a lot of “untitled” movies on that timetable shared by Disney. But at least the year 2020 has finalized the names of the films airing by then. Here’s a chronological list of what Disney fans can expect on the big screen next year:
Onward (Disney Pixar) – March 6, 2020
Mulanlive-action remake (Walt Disney Pictures) – March 27, 2020
“untitled” (Disney Pixar) – June 19, 2020
Jungle Cruisetheme-park ride adaptation (Walt Disney Pictures) – July 24, 2020
The One and Only Ivan (Walt Disney Pictures) – August 14, 2020
“untitled” (Walt Disney Animation Studios) – November 25, 2020
Cruellalive-action “101 Dalmatians” spinoff a la “Maleficent” (Walt Disney Pictures) – December 23, 2020
It’s interesting to note that Pixar has two films slated for next year, more than the expected offering of Walt Disney Animation. Furthermore, no MCU productions have been finalized for 2020 either. Time will tell if these will change, and what the titles of the two mystery films will be.
As everyone already knows, the final segment of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, “The Rise of Skywalker,” premieres this December. Said to take place a year after “The Last Jedi,” it’ll see the last battle between the Resistance and the First Order, as well as between Rey and Kylo Ren.
The movie has been hyped by Lucasfilm to be the definitive end to the generation-spanning saga of the Skywalker Family. But before the conclusion of that tale is told, some side-stories are waiting to be read. By this we mean a number of spinoff books detailing adventures between the films.
Chief among these related print media for the “new” “Star Wars” is the “Journey to” books. Published by Disney-Lucasfilm and various other publishers, they tell of events happening to the sequel trilogy characters before the events of each movie. Just as “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” had them, “The Rise of Skywalker” will have its own books too:
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
A Little Golden Book’s Star Wars: We Are the Resistance – October 4; retells scenes from all three “Star Wars” sequel trilogy films for young listeners
Spark of the Resistance (Justina Ireland) – October 4; in which Rey, Poe and Rose answer a distress call from a planet under First Order occupation, wild flying beasts and a secret weapon
Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-up Galaxy (Matthew Reinhart) – October 8; revisit the whole saga, from prequel to original to sequel trilogies, all presented in interactive pop-ups
Resistance Reborn (Rebecca Roanhorse) – November 12; about the rebuilding of the Resistance following their near-annihilation in “The Last Jedi”
Force Collector (Kevin Shinick) – November 19; about a teenager with awakened Force abilities looking for answers about his past
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Galaxy Needs You (Caitlin Kennedy) – December 17
The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Phil Szostak) – December 20
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Visual Dictionary (Pablo Hidalgo) – December 20
Guess what, it’s May! And three weeks from now Disney’s second live-action adaptation of their Renaissance-phase classic will hit cinemas worldwide. The “Aladdin” remake’s promised us a whole new world for its storyline. We can believe that with the plot tweaks we’ve seen so far in the trailer and TV-spots.
Speaking of which, two more TV spots for “Aladdin” have come out since our last update. They’re remarkably short compared to what’s already come before. Still, they pack some more new scenes, new dialogue, and new fragments of the song number that would establish the Genie’s character for the audience.
These will be short lists, but vital for those who want to dissect every preview before the actual movie premieres:
New scene of Genie (Will Smith) teaching Aladdin how to use his lamp to make wishes on: there are three wishes, and they must each begin with Al rubbing the lamp and starting his request with “I wish”
We got snippets of “A Friend Like Me” from two previous TV spots; now we hear Smith singing the refrain portion (“Mister Aladdin sir, one wish or two or three”)
I supposed it’s obvious now that rather than the straight Broadway-esque treatment by Robin Williams, Smith will be rap-singing his way through “A Friend Like Me”
Genie’s instructions on the limits of his power, though we only catch the second and third; rather than channeling Peter Lorre like Williams!Genie did, Smith!Genie does something else to illustrate “Can’t bring back the dead”
Mena Massoud’s Aladdin apparently has a short attention span; apparently after the song number he again asks how wish-making works; an exasperated Genie exclaims “The whole song was the instructions!”
Remix of earlier scenes that we’ve already experienced in the trailer and other TV spots; some diamonds in the rough/unseen footage is there however
More shots of Aladdin’s entrance into Agrabah as Prince Ali
On what appears to be the welcome banquet for Prince Ali at the palace (we saw him briefly dancing with Jasmine in the trailer), Aladdin impresses the assembly with his parkour-influenced dancing style: even Jasmine can’t help herself but smile
Another snippet from the Cave of Wonders has Abu with a drum rig on his back, cymbals and a kazoo in his mouth; apparently the “A Friend Like Me” sequence just finished and he retains his instruments; interestingly, he somewhat resembles his form as a toy after Jafar zapped him in the original animated film
Genie: We’re gonna need to talk about that monkey later
The Galaxy Far, Far Away that is the setting for the “Star Wars” franchise has always been full of adventures. That’s pretty much been the selling point of “Galaxy of Adventures,” an online micro-series on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel. The show renders iconic scenes from the films in an intensely vibrant anime-like style.
When the micro-series launched on December last year, there were a good number of episodes. Since then, more vignettes in “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures” have been added. Now we will list these new additions for the fans’ quick reference:
A month ago we finally got a good-length trailer for the newest live-action adaptation of a Disney Renaissance animated classic. Said trailer for “Aladdin” did a lot to restore some confidence in this remake by showing a better CGI rendition of Genie, plus live-action performance by Will Smith. The snippets of “A Whole New World” didn’t hurt the presentation either.
Since then, a number of short TV spots have been released to continue hyping Disney’s “Aladdin” for its premier next month. Here’s an outline list of the storyline-relevant ones, with points of discussion for each:
As the original 1992 animated film had a narrator (Robin Williams doubling as Genie and the peddler), so it seems this remake does too (Will Smith?)
New sequences involving the “A Friend Like Me” segment…
The parade from the “Prince Ali” segment (flower camel statue)
Rajah attacking Iago (Alan Tudyk)
Aladdin (Mena Massoud) talks to Genie (Will Smith) about his love, a Princess (“Aren’t they all?”)
Genie tells our hero, “Prince Ali got you through the door. But Aladdin has to open it.”
Will Smith makes the Genie role his own by channeling his character in “Hitch.”
More details from “A Whole New World”
Aladdin and Jasmine on the carpet are being pursued by (a giant?) Iago
Aladdin tells Jasmine (Naomi Scott), “Sometime Princess, you just have to take a risk.”
Rags to Wishes
Original scene of Aladdin sneaking into the palace of Agrabah and into Jasmine’s room, pretending to be a servant
Jasmine: “You cannot just break into a palace like you own the place.”
Aladdin: “If you don’t have anything, you have to act like you own everything.”
Possible “A Friend Like Me” segment where Genie beats up the Forty Thieves (lyrics “A brand of magic never fails…”)
Genie showing off his human form; Aladdin asks, “Do we need the topknot?” to which Genie replies, “That’s my little cherry on top!”
For quite some time now, iconic reality singing competition “American Idol” has had a fruitful partnership with Disney. From 2009 to 2014, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Disney World ran the American Idol Experience that helped participants get into actual “Idol” season auditions. When the show moved from Fox to ABC in 2018, “Disney Night” became a standard episode song theme.
So it was that on Sunday, April 21, the 17th season of “American Idol” had its own Disney Night episode. The 10 contestants sang songs from Disney movies, alongside two non-competition performances. Even Idol judge Katy Perry dressed up as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid.”
That said, here’s the list of songs performed by the contestants and guests for “American Idol” season 17 Disney Night:
We’re now in the home stretch of waiting. After the world premiere this Monday, for the rest of the week “Avengers: Endgame” will start generally premiering around the world. We get our resolution to the threat of Thanos, and with it an ending to the first decade of storytelling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
In yet another celebratory gesture for this obvious upcoming blockbuster, Marvel has collaborated with graphic artist Truck Torrence aka 100% Soft. Those who know Torrence’s stomping grounds will realize what this means: new Twitter emojis.
True, the trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” was the crowning glory of all media previews during Star Wars Celebration. But let’s not forget that there were other reveals that were made for new shows and games in the franchise. Some of these series would be among the first to stream on Disney+.
One of them is the never-expected but now-anticipated seventh season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” We already had a taste of what’s to come thanks to an initial teaser, months ago. This time the trailer, shown during Star Wars Celebration, has more story substance.
The trailer airs during the first few seconds of this Star Wars Celebration video stream. Here’re some things we observed:
Montage of the (un-helmeted) Clone Troopers doing drills while the discussion between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda in “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” is heard.
Yoda’s refuting Obi-Wan’s praise of the Clones and remarking “Begun the Clone War has” rings as the Jedi hold funerals for the Knights and Padawans they have lost fighting the Separatists.
Foreshadowing of Anakin Skywalker’s fall when a vision of Darth Vader’s helmet forms behind him.
Darth Sidious dual wields lightsabers. Is this a reworking of the scene from “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith?”
Flashbacks are seen by Yoda to the Anakin-Ahsoka Tahno duo of Knight and Padawan.
Obi-Wan speaks to Qui-Gon Jin’s Force ghost about Anakin’s training.
A new character dual wields twin lightsabers (four blades).
Anakin duels Count Dooku/Darth Sidious and nearly finishes him? Another “Revenge of the Sith” reworking?
Space battle sees Ahsoka in action.
There’s a ritual involving what appear to be other people from Asajj Ventress’ race.
Anakin is dogfighting in the skies over Naboo. Sequences also show him in combat alongside Obi-Wan, then Ahsoka, and finally all alone.
Plenty of action set pieces are previewed as Anakin looks visibly separated from his fellow Jedi.
Yoda faces a vision of a burning giant. Or is it an actual fire creature.
“Ready, Skywalker is, to teach an apprentice,” Yoda says. “To let go of his pupil, a greater challenge it would be.” It seems Anakin is looking to the constant presence of a fellow Jedi at his side to guide him when he is lost. When even his Padawan leaves, he becomes open to darkness.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” season 7 from Lucasfilm Animation will premiere on Disney+ streaming.
When it premiered in 2017 on Disney Channel, viewers weren’t sure what to think about “Tangled: The Series.” The story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn/Eugene (Zachary Levi) seemed done in the “Tangled Ever After” short after all. But building on its TV movie pilot “Before Ever After,” the show proved popular enough with viewers.
It’s no wonder then that the series received a second season, retitled as “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.” Here Rapunzel decides to actively investigate the black rocks that gave back her long golden (and indestructible) hair. Accompanied by Flynn, Cassandra (Eden Espinosa) and their friends, the long journey will test their determination and trust in one another.
Ultimately things come to a head with season 2’s double-episode finale which aired Sunday, April 14. Flynn discovers his true family legacy, and Rapunzel suffers a most unexpected betrayal. What’s worse, we won’t even know what happens next until the series’ season 3, confirmed but not yet announced for airing.
That all said, here’s a list of all episodes aired for “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” or “Tangled: The Series” season 2:
Beyond the Corona Walls (first half) – June 24, 2018
Beyond the Corona Walls (second half) – double length season premiere
The Return of Quaid – July 1, 2018
Goodbye and Goodwill – July 8, 2018
Forest of No Return – July 15, 2018
Freebird – July 22, 2018
Vigor the Visionary – July 29, 2018
Keeper of the Spire – August 5, 2018
King Pascal – August 12, 2018
There’s Something About Hook Foot – August 19, 2018
Happiness is… – August 26, 2018
Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas – March 3, 2019
Curses! – March 10, 2019
The Eye of Pincosta – March 10, 2019 (start of two-episode airings per week)
Rapunzel and the Great Tree (first half) – March 17, 2019
Rapunzel and the Great Tree (second half) – double length episode
The Brothers Hook – March 24, 2019
Rapunzel: Day One
Mirror, Mirror – March 31, 2019
You’re Kidding Me!
Rapunzeltopia – April 7, 2019
Lost and Found
Destinies Collide (first half) – April 14, 2019
Destinies Collide (second half) – double length season finale (and WHAM! episode)