After occasional teases all throughout this year and the last, Disney is at last ready to reveal the first visual look on another of the latest upcoming live-action adaptations, Aladdin. Due to come out by March next year, the movie has gotten out an initial teaser trailer for our consideration.
The cinematography is rather similar to the first teaser for 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, which was first unveiled the year before that. Sweeping desert vistas with a distant view of Agrabah is then followed by the magical spectacle of the Cave of Wonders, both outside and in, and a closer look at Mena Massoud in character as Aladdin ready to claim the magic lamp.
What’s also attention-grabbing with the Aladdin trailer is the magnificent presence of music cues throughout, sweet orchestrations of the various musical numbers from the 1993 original animated film. They are:
Arabian Nights – desert, Agrabah, Cave of Wonders entrance
A Friend Like Me – Cave of Wonders interior, title, Aladdin before the lamp
Aladdin premieres on May 2019, after the live-action remake of Dumbo in March.
It still feels a long way off before Disney can begin boasting more substantially about its very own digital streaming service. But in the meantime they can drum up more interest from stream watchers by dropping teases on the various original content they have in store, from films to series.
One of their movie projects set to be a launch exclusive on the Disney streaming channel is a live-action remake of the 1955 Disney Animated Canon classic Lady and the Tramp. This is one of several Disney cartoon film remakes in live-action that’s been earmarked for streaming instead of cinemas.
With Charlie Bean (LEGO Ninjago Movie) directing a screenplay by Andrew Bujalski, the Lady and the Tramp reimagining has already gone through an initial round of casting for its characters. Here’s who have been cast.
Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok and Creed) – Lady the Cocker Spaniel
Justin Theroux (Iron Man 2) – Tramp the mutt
Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) – Jackie the Scottish terrier (and gender-bend of original Jock)
Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) – Bull the Bulldog
Sam Elliott (Ghost Rider) – Trusty the Bloodhound
Janelle Monáe – Peg the Pekingese
Kiersey Clemons – Darling, Lady’s mistress
Thomas Mann – Jim Dear, Darling’s husband
Yvette Nicole Brown – Aunt Sarah
Adrian Martinez – Elliot the dog-catcher
Arturo Castro – Marco
The Disney streaming service is due to start its operations by year 2019.
Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with repetition, more so if you can at least do minor tweaks to make it individual enough from its original and be good at presenting it. Take for instance this volume from the second series of Disney Sing-Along Songs, featuring another trip through a Disney park.
Yes, we covered it not long ago in the song list for volume “Disneyland Fun”. This time however, the volume takes its presenters (and the viewers) to the then-recently opened Euro Disney, now called Disneyland Paris. Like its predecessor, this features some songs already found in past volumes, but this time with visuals of various Disney characters (mascots and costumes) having fun in Disneyland Paris.
Well, here comes the list:
Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Step in Time (from Mary Poppins)
I’m Walkin’ Right Down the Middle of Main Street U.S.A. (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Following the Leader (from Peter Pan; Donald Duck in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Peter Pan)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South; fast-paced pop version)
How D’Ye Do and Shake Hands (from Alice in Wonderland)
The Unbirthday Song (from Alice in Wonderland)
Rumbly in My Tumbly (from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
Pecos Bill (from Melody Time)
It’s a Small World (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Grim Grinning Ghosts (music from The Haunted Mansion; Captain Hook in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Jafar and Iago)
The Character Parade (from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
For the next volume in the second series of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs, the production team did as per usual and put the focus on a recent entry of the Disney Animated Canon, 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. And while the same-titled theme song of the movie is plenty popular and well-known, thanks to its interpretation by either Angela Lansbury or Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, the focus song for this volume is the other standout musical number, “Be Our Guest”.
This 1992 volume of Sing-Along Songs was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and was the first to have no repeat numbers from previous entries, and feels entirely original as a result. Volume “Be Our Guest” will also be re-released in 1994. Here are the featured songs:
Be Our Guest (from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast)
A Spoonful of Sugar (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Little Wooden Head (from 1941’s Pinocchio)
Bella Notte (from 1955’s Lady and the Tramp)
Heffalumps and Woozles (from 1968’s Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
Beauty and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast)
The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind (from 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective)
Nobody expected High School Musical on the Disney Channel to become as big a hit as it did following its premiere there in 2006. Still, Disney is never one to miss on an opportunity to capitalize on something big from their productions. Thus was born High School Musical 2, which first aired the following year.
Some interesting trivia about the production and airing of the HSM sequel: while the plot takes place on summer vacation at East High, the TV film was shot during colder weather. It still didn’t stop the production from making things real warm and fun though.
Anyway, while the song numbers featured in High School Musical 2 weren’t about as breakout memorable as the original, they’re still quite great to listen, sing and dance to. So let’s get to listing songs:
What Time Is It? (Main cast) – divided into main part and reprise by a few-minutes dialogue scene
Fabulous (Sharpay with Ryan and the “Sharpettes”)
Work this Out (Main cast except Sharpay and Ryan, with Taylor, Kelsi, Zeke, Martha, Jason)
You are the Music in Me (Troy and Gabriella with Kelsi and other Main cast except Sharpay and Ryan)
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Sharpay with Ryan) – cut in initial airing; deleted scene restored in home media
It’s a new week and here we are again, introducing a new list of songs in yet another volume of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs specials on home video. This one is a return to form of sorts with the first ever volume, because like Song of the South it’s dedicated to another Disney musical film with animation sequences: Mary Poppins.
This volume is notable for switching out longtime “host” Professor Owl (and his class) with classic cartoon duck character Ludwig Von Drake, who debuted as a presenter for the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color anthology era, on a 1961 episode.
Let’s go over the included songs for “I Love to Laugh!”.
I Love to Laugh! (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Ev’rybody Has a Laughing Place (from 1946’s Song of the South)
Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Washing Song) (from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from Mary Poppins)
Quack, Quack, Quack, Donald Duck (from the A Day in the Life of Donald Duck episode of Walt Disney’s Disneyland, the first anthology title)
Oo-De-Lally (from 1973’s Robin Hood)
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (from the classic 1933 Disney short The Three Little Pigs)
The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (from 1974’s Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too)
Pink Elephants on Parade (from 1941’s Dumbo)
Jolly Holiday (from Mary Poppins)
When the this volume of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs was rereleased in 1994, its title was changed to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious“, a more on-the-nose reference to the Mary Poppins film.
While the first “series” of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs home video specials were more coincidental productions that were retroactively grouped together, the second series of the popular Disney music karaoke collection was made precisely as such, multiple consecutive volumes of some of the most memorable music from recent Disney movies, plus those from older films, other Disney-related media and more.
The first volume of the Sing-Along Songs series 2 was released in 1990 to celebrate the premiere of The Little Mermaid only the year before, the film that’s often considered to be the starting point of the Disney Animated Renaissance.
Here are the songs included in the Disney Sing-Along Songs second series volume: “Under the Sea”.
Under the Sea (from 1989’s The Little Mermaid)
By the Beautiful Blue Sea (song from 1914; not used in a Disney production until 2003’s The Haunted Mansion)
Never Smile at a Crocodile (instrumental used in 1953’s Peter Pan)
That’s What Makes the World Go Round (from 1963’s The Sword in the Stone)
Kiss the Girl (from The Little Mermaid)
At the Codfish Ball (song by Shirley Temple in 1936’s Captain January from 20th Century Fox)
Sailing, Sailing and Sailor’s Hornpipe (traditional song melodies on hornpipe)
A Whale of a Tale (from 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
Someone’s Waiting for You (from 1977’s The Rescuers)
The following is a list of original movies that will be among the first offerings of Disney’s upcoming online streaming service, due to start operating in 2019. Some of these stream-only films are adapted from books ranging from classics to modern; others are remakes of past films; and the rest are all-original as they come.
3 Men and a Baby (remake of the 1987 Touchstone comedy film)
Don Quixote (based on the classic book by Miguel de Cervantes)
Father of the Bride (remake of the 1991 Touchstone comedy film)
Flora & Ulysses (based on the 2013 children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (remake of the 1989 Walt Disney Pictures film)
Lady and the Tramp (live-action remake of the 1955 Disney animated film)
Magic Camp (original family comedy from Team Todd and Gunn Films)
Noelle (original Christmas comedy film from Walt Disney Pictures)
The Paper Magician (based on the 2014 book by Charlie N. Holmberg)
The Parent Trap (remake of the Walt Disney Pictures film series)
Stargirl (based on the 2000 young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli)
The Sword in the Stone (live-action remake of the 1963 Disney animated film)
Timmy Failure (based on the children’s book series by Stephan Pastis)
Togo (original movie based on the true story of the 1925 Nome Serum Run, incidentally covered by the 1995 Amblin animated film Balto)
This was a numbered game sequel that was very long in coming. Well over a decade since Disney and Square-Enix brought Kingdom Hearts II to the gaming world, we’re finally edging closer to finding out what happens next on the continuing adventures of the Keyblade Masters against vile Organization XIII.
To hammer home the fact that Kingdom Hearts III is a new installment of the series, many of the various worlds that the party of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy explore are entirely new and never before visited. We’re now going to list down the new “worlds” they’ll venture into.
Kingdom of Corona (based on the 2010 animated film Tangled)
San Fransokyo (based on the 2014 animated film Big Hero 6)
Andy’s House (based on the Toy Story franchise)
Monstropolis (based on the Monsters Inc. animated film franchise)
Arendelle (based on the 2013 animated film Frozen)
There are also areas that have returned from previous installments of Kingdom Hearts, now even bigger and more expanded than ever before.
Twilight Town – the tutorial hub; has two expansion areas large enough on their own
Yen Sid’s Tower
Olympus (based on the 1997 animated film Hercules)
The Caribbean (based on the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise)
Finally, there’s a rumor that one possible area to debut will not be based on a Disney property, but a game by Square-Enix: The World Ends with You, a game created by the developers of the portable spinoff Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.
Shinji Hashimoto, executive producer of Kingdom Hearts for Square-Enix, has also expressed his interest in someday seeing the game-original characters being adapted to Disney Parks, as attractions or character players. Kingdom Hearts III will be released on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January of the following year.
Not just on the big screen, Walt Disney has also mastered the medium of television in his time to show a wide variety of stories on the small screen. This was the advent of the various Disney anthology TV series, which has run almost uninterrupted since 1954 until ending 2008.
Featuring miniseries, made-for-TV movies, snippets from animation and big-screen films and even serving as the network TV premiere venue of many Disney blockbusters, the Disney anthology series has provided some prime entertainment across the many variations of its title. Today, we’ll list all the variations in what the Disney anthology TV series has been called, how many seasons aired under each, and for how long.
Walt Disney’s Disneyland (4 seasons, 1954-1958)
Walt Disney Presents (3 seasons, 1958-1961)
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (8 seasons, 1961-1969) – start of color programming
The Wonderful World of Disney (10 seasons first run, 1969-1979)
Disney’s Wonderful World (2 seasons, 1979-1981)
Walt Disney (2 seasons, 1981-1983)
The Disney Sunday Movie (3 regular seasons plus 1 special summer run, 1986-1988)
The Magical World of Disney (9 seasons, 1988-1997)
The Wonderful World of Disney (10 regular seasons second run, 1997-2008) (branding for special Disney TV events in 2012 and 2016)