Announced in 2014, given a director in 2015, and cast just months before filming started in 2017, Disney’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo still managed to take everyone by surprise when its first teaser was released this week. It’s likely not to leave a dry eye in many of its viewers.
Here we have a list of all cast members for the Dumbo remake, as well as their roles in the story, now given a narrative tweak by director Tim Burton.
Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier – former Kentucky circus performer and one-armed World War I veteran, working as caretaker for Dumbo, a long-eared baby elephant in Max Medici’s circus
Danny DeVito as Max Medici – small circus owner and ringmaster, Holt’s employer; gets his operation bought up by V.A. Vandemere
Michael Keaton as V.A. Vandemere – entrepreneur and owner of the Dreamland entertainment venue; has some dark secrets and is interested in Dumbo
Eva Green as Collette Merchant – French trapeze artist in Dreamland
Nico Parker and Finley Robbins as Milly and Joe Farrier – Colin’s children and Dumbo’s closest playmates
Alan Arkin as J. Griffin Remington – Wall Street business magnate
Dumbo is a CGI/puppetry elephant
The live-action Dumbo is set to premiere in March 29 of 2019.
Disney on the cable front is currently making big splashes with some of their current animated programming, from the Ducktales reboot to series adaptations of Animated Canon films like Tangled and Big Hero 6. But new shows are always being conceptualized and developed, with some having gotten previews shown recently.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has kicked off in Monday, June 11. While a spot was prominently given to Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Disney also made time to show teaser images of animated series they announced last year, and announce one new show to accompany them.
Vikingskool – newly announced at the 2018 Annecy, an Irish-French-Norwegian co-production; follows the adventures of three Viking friends as they attend the titular Vikingskool, described as a “Top Gun” school for future Viking adventurers; due to premiere in late 2019 in Disney cable channels for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
The Owl House – created by Dana Terrace, it focuses on normal human teen Luz, who stumbles into a portal to the Demon Realm and comes under the care of Eda the Owl Lady, an unconventional witch; despite being a magic-less human, Luz is determined to become a witch and makes herself Eda’s apprentice; will premiere in 2020
The Rocketeer – a younger-oriented adaptation of Touchstone Pictures’ 1991 period superhero film, based on the same-named comic books; Kit Seacourt gets an unusual birthday gift: a rocket pack that marks her as the latest iteration of the retro superhero the Rocketeer; she blasts off for adventure with her gadget inventor friend and aircraft mechanic uncle; coming 2019 on Disney Junior
101 Dalmatian Street – another take on the popular Animated Canon entry, live-action adaptation and earlier animated spinoff; the Dalmatians, all with names starting with “D”, live in North London as interpreted by Disney in super-rich backgrounds; announced last year and set to premiere sometime in 2018
Big City Greens – due to arrive this month on Disney Channel, this series is about naïve troublemaking country boy Cricket Green, who moves to the city with his farming family, and their livestock and everything from home
It’s shaping up to be a great summer if you’re a Marvel fan in France. That’s because Disneyland Paris has for its 2018 summer-wide event perhaps the greatest concentration of Marvel-themed spectacles in any Disney park right now, with attractions and special merchandise aplenty. We’ll list and explain them all.
Note that all these Marvel specials are happening at Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park component, so you know where.
Marvel: Super Heroes United – a live indoor stunt show taking cues from the overall myth arc of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; rather than finger-snap them to oblivion, Thanos mind-controls the Avengers and other heroes to fight one another; it’s up to Spider-Man and Black Widow, who both escaped Thanos’ trap, to keep Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, etc. from killing one another; then it’s on to kick Thanos butt; catch this at Studio Theater
Stark Expo Presents: Energy for Tomorrow – another stunt spectacular, this time outdoors in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel (aka Twilight Zone Tower of Terror); the event, ostensibly an arc reactor tech demo by Tony Stark, gets hijacked by Loki, with – again – Black Widow and Spider-Man taking center stage to take him down
Guardians of the Galaxy Dance-off with Star-Lord and Gamora – yet another outdoor event; Walt Disney Studios Park guests are invited to join in with Quill and Gamora as they throw a dance party to the tune of some familiar music tracks from disco 70s to techno 80s and everywhere in between; the “dance energy” from all willing participants is needed to save the galaxy
Marvel Eat and Greet – Disneyland Paris’ Hotel New York gives their restaurant the Marvel makeover; diners are treated to an appropriately-themed three-course buffet plus get a chance for selfies and groufies with “resident” heroes Cap, Thor…and Black Widow (that’s a hat trick there)
Marvel-themed park snacks and merchandise – various eating places in Walt Disney Studios Park now offer at least one or many more Marvel-themed menu items; sit down and take a break snacking on Iron Man cake pops, Groot shortbread and Avengers-brand shawarma, plus many more
Need time to make your travel plans for Disneyland Paris? Take your time indeed, because these events and specials are at home there until September 30. Consider it a tease for a more permanent Marvel expansion area for the park set to open in 2021.
Two DisneyPrincesses down; now we move onto the third: Princess Aurora of Sleeping Beauty. Much like Cinderella before her, Aurora in the Disney-verse also has live actresses alongside her list of voice talent, so this time we’ll put these together, like the pink and/or blue shades of her gown.
Mary Costa (original 1959 film)
Jennifer Hale (2001-2010) – also served as the voice of Cinderella at the same time, until she began focusing on the latter
Erin Torpey (speaking voice) – for direct-to-video feature Disney Princess Enchanted Tales (2007)
Cassidy Ladden (singing voice) – for the above
Kate Higgins (current voice) – since taking over for Jennifer Hale in 2010
Live Actresses – all appearing on the 2014 film Maleficent
The 1998 entry to Disney’s storied Animated Canon, Mulan, has long been hyped to be eventually given a live-action adaptation, although this project has been under scrutiny too. Chinese audiences back then bemoaned the Disney-style alterations to the Mulan legend; and in response, Disney seems to be altering the story.
One of the most interesting changes between the 1998 animated Mulan and the in-development live-action remake is the removal of the original love interest Captain Li Shang. Instead, an ensemble of new characters has been added to this retold version of the tale. To make things easier, here’s a list of confirmed cast members (so far) for the live-action Mulan.
Liu Yifei/Crystal Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom) as Hua Mulan
Xana Tang as Mulan’s sister
Yoson An as Army recruit Chen Honghui
Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Army Commander Tung
Ron Yuan (Netflix’s Marco Polo) as Army Sergeant Qiang
Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4, The Expendables) as the Emperor of China
Utkarsh Ambudkar as Skatch, conman
Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha) as a witch, main antagonist
Disney’s live-action Mulan won’t hit cinemas for quite a while, not until 2020.
So, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 showed its first good-length trailer recently, and we got to make a list of the Disney Princesses shown in the movie (thus far), plus the self-aware questions they asked Vanellope. But there are other things to list down with that reference-laden film.
Just as the original Wreck-It Ralph had oodles of videogame characters to spot, from the recognizable to the obscure, so too does Ralph Breaks the Internet have an even bigger pool of internet-based companies and brands to populate its cyber-landscape with. How many of these names can you positively identify?
Here’s a “personal best” list of online brands and companies that we here have been able to identify through freeze-frames, if necessary. Note that a number of the brands shown are actually pastiches of real ones, so we didn’t count them (“The Daily Boast” and “Knowsmore” search bar, for instance).
Cisco – during Vanellope and Ralph’s “capsule ride” into the net
Internet Movie Database (IMDb) – first when Ralph and Vanellope land inside the internet, and again as a “building” billboard
Mashable – when Ralph and Vanellope land inside the internet
National Geographic – part of the internet “skyline” view of Ralph and Vanellope (hint: check our top picture in this list)
eBay – auction for “Sorrowful Kitten” painting; Rapunzel’s frying pan is also being bid on in the background
Amazon – a large and wide box-shaped “building”
Twitter – Twitter birds discussing Grumpy Cat
Snapchat – holographic sign
MySpace – billboard
Facebook – “skyscraper”
YouTube – first when Ralph and Vanellope land inside the internet (as YouTube Red), and again as a TV-shaped billboard
Google – tall “skyscraper”
We also didn’t include Disney because it’s too obvious and easy.
The Disney and Square-Enix collaboration game franchise Kingdom Hearts has both enchanted and confused its fans and players with its sprawling world-building – or worlds-building, considering its universe composed of various settings from the many Disney works, plus original realms with elements from Square’s own stable of videogames. It’s really complicated.
Kingdom Hearts II is the third game in this series released in 2005, three years after the original and one after its direct sequel, the Game Boy Advance title Chain of Memories. This game has several new Worlds for Sora and his friends to explore, aside from a returning few.
Now we’ll list down the new gameplay areas of Kingdom Hearts II that Sora, Donald and Goofy explore as they try to confront the machinations of Organization XIII and find their lost friends. We’ll also include the returning World areas.
The Land of Dragons – based on Mulan (1998)
Beast’s Castle – based on Beauty and the Best (1991)
Timeless River – based on classic Disney-Iwerks animation such as Steamboat Willie (1928)
Port Royal – based on live-action film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pride Lands – based on The Lion King (1994)
Space Paranoids – based on live-action sci-fi movie Tron (1982), accessible through the computers of Hollow Bastion
The World that Never Was – original World, headquarters of Organization XIII
Keyblade Graveyard – original World, added in the Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix version
Twilight Town – returning from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, an original area resembling a town with a permanently stuck setting sun
Castle Oblivion – also from Chain of Memories
Hollow Bastion – now expanded to its former form, Radiant Garden
Disney Castle – now fully accessible rather than its dummied-out storyline-only appearance in the first game
Olympus Coliseum – from Hercules (1997), now expanded with Hades’ Underworld
100 Acre Wood
Halloween Town – from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), now expanded with Christmas Town area
Dark Meridian – the World of Darkness from the first Kingdom Hearts game
Following Snow White some time ago, we will now produce a list of official voice actresses for the next Disney Princess to appear in the Animated Canon, and is perhaps a bigger profile for the franchise than Snow White is. We’re talking about the Princess with the glass slippers: Cinderella.
Ilene Woods (original 1950 animated film)
Jennifer Hale (since 2001’s Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, and the current regular voice)
Karen Strassman (Mickey Mouse short series, 2013-present)
Tami Tappan (singing voice in 2007’s Cinderella III: A Twist in Time)
Susan Stevens Logan (current studio singing voice)
We also include as extras the live-action actresses from the 2015 film adaptation.
There’s still a year more to go, and two more movies to view, before we find out what happens next following the catastrophic conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War. We know that quite the number of Marvel heroes we’ve been following in the MCU fell at the cosmic finger-snap of Thanos.
With so many characters lost, and a mad titan still at large with a gauntlet equipped with precious stones that can alter the fabric of the universe, the Avengers are going to be hard-pressed to face him come Avengers 4 in 2019. They’ll need to bring in more hero help.
This week came some artwork that is purported to be official concept designs for how the Avengers might look on their upcoming fourth movie. The roster seems feasible considering those who haven’t died yet. Here’ well list the characters shown in this Avengers 4 concept art, with actors’ names.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers 4 premieres in May 2019. It comes after two other MCU movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp (this July 6) with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, and prequel Captain Marvel (March 2019) starring Brie Larson.
Okay, so the next trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has arrived, and as expected it totally ramps up the references something fierce. Part of the sequence involves Ralph’s little buddy Vanellope Von Schweetz finding her way to Disney online and getting to hobnob with the Princesses.
Yep, we covered the scene with Vanellope and the Disney Princesses in a recent article. Now the trailer expands on what happened next. Since nobody’s authorized to enter the Princesses’ dressing room unless they’re a Princess themselves, the girls proceed to question Vanellope if she’s princess-y enough to join them.
And here’s the list of questions from the Disney Princesses (voiced by their original actresses whenever possible) that would qualify anybody who answers so much as one of them (technically) in the positive as one of them. For more references we’ll also list the Princesses who fall into each question.
Pocahontas Asks: WHAT KIND OF A PRINCESS ARE YOU?
Rapunzel Asks: Do you have Magic Hair? (She does)
Elsa Asks: [Do you have] Magic Hands? (She does, too)
Cinderella Asks: Do Animals Talk to you? (She does, along with Jasmine and Pocahontas)
Snow White Asks: Were you poisoned? (Yes, she was)
Aurora and Tiana Ask: [Were you] cursed? (Yes, they were)
Belle and Rapunzel (again) Ask: [Were you] kidnapped or enslaved? (Both of them were, but less so for Belle, eventually)
And finally, Rapunzel (for the third time) Asks the Clincher Question: Do people assume All your Problems got Solved because a Big Strong Man showed up? (Some of these Princesses do, from a certain point of view; ditto for Vanellope! Yes way)
So, if you answered yes to any of the questions above – especially the last one – then Congratulations! The Disney Princesses think you’re a Princess like them too!
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 premieres just before Thanksgiving, on November 21. Remember, those questions are in-jokes.