When Disney premiered Sofia the First back in 2012, they pioneered a blueprint on the production of similar 3D-animated series in fantastic settings and starring young female characters that help others and solve problems. The formula was revisited in Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina and now one new show.
Disney Junior has begun work on Mira, Royal Detective – an animated series following in the convention footsteps of Sofia the First. Set in the magical kingdom of Jalpur, which takes inspiration from India, it follows Mira, a young girl who becomes Royal Detective of Jalpur after rescuing the kingdom’s prince.
To fit right into the setting, Disney also cast quite the number of actors and actresses with some Indian heritage in order to provide voice talent, in support of fresh voice Leela Ladnier, 15, who will portray Royal Detective Mira. Here’s the initial cast list:
Leela Ladnier as Mira, Royal Detective
Jameela Jamil as Pushpa, Mira’s Aunt
Freida Pinto as Queen Shanti of Jalpur
Hannah Simone as Pinky, a commoner girl
Kal Penn and…
Utkarsh Ambudkar as Mira’s animal companions, a pair of mongooses
Mira, Royal Detective will premiere on Disney Junior sometime in 2020.
If anybody’s thinking that there’s a lot of Star Wars content being prepped by Disney and Lucasfilm already – animated series, live-action series, and Episode IX among others – then they have underestimated just how many forms of media they can churn out of the world’s greatest space opera franchise at once.
Already word is out that there will be a new web-series coming out called Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures. While earlier series Forces of Destiny focused on female Star Wars characters in action, this appears to be an adaptation of the films themselves, cut down into mini-episodes depicting significant scenes from the eight (plus two) movies that are already released.
Galaxy of Adventures will apparently use authentic film audio while reimagining the visuals with some slick animation that (amusingly) looks more anime than the promised anime style on Star Wars Resistance. Here’s an enumeration of the sequences referred to in the first web series trailer:
Millennium Falcon escaping from the Hoth blockade (The Empire Strikes Back)
Battle of Yavin IV (A New Hope)
Capture of Tantive IV (New Hope)
Search for R2-D2 on Dune Sea (New Hope)
Luke receiving his father’s lightsaber (New Hope)
Yoda vs. Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus (Attack of the Clones)
Luke vs. Vader in Cloud City (Empire Strikes Back)
Luke vs. Vader before Palpatine (Return of the Jedi)
Only a year following the “Colors of the Wind” volume for Disney Sing Along Songs, the long-running home video cartoon karaoke series returned with another collection of songs. Like its immediate predecessor this is primarily tied to another major Disney Classic release during year 1996, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Again, there are significant alterations between the original US version of this Sing Along Songs volume, and those released elsewhere. In fact, the UK and other international versions use the title of the movie this ties to, and some of the songs had lyrics that either got changed or cut.
Without further ado, here’s what to see in the Disney Sing Along Songs: “Topsy Turvy”:
Topsy Turvy (from 1996’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame) – lines with religious references altered; stanza referencing Esmeralda and her pole-dancing scene cut
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (from 1995’s Toy Story)
Stand By Me (Timon and Pumbaa music video produced and directed by Steve Moore)
Streets of Gold (from 1988’s Oliver and Company)
The Dwarfs’ Yodel Song (from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Out There (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame) – Frollo part (also called “Stay in Here”) cut
Family (from 1996’s James and the Giant Peach)
The Unbirthday Song (from 1951’s Alice in Wonderland)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Variant Songs (replacing “Stand by Me”, “The Dwarfs’ Yodel Song”, “Family” and “The Unbirthday Song”)
Father and Son (from 1996’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves)
On the Open Road (from 1995’s A Goofy Movie)
Mine, Mine, Mine (from 1995’s Pocahontas)
Sing a New Song (from “Ariel’s Undersea Adventures” VHS Collection)
Forget About Love (from 1994’s The Return of Jafar)
What’s This? (from 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas)
A few years after British author J.K. Rowling began churning out her Harry Potter books, Irish novelist Eoin Colfer also began his book series Artemis Fowl, featuring the titular protagonist, a child criminal mastermind, and his adventures/misadventures with the underground fairy civilization. Now his story will be told by Disney.
Celebrated filmmaker Kenneth Branagh gets behind the wheel of the film adaptation of the first Artemis Fowl novel, detailing Artemis’ plot to make money from the fairies to fund his search for his missing father by kidnapping a fairy police officer. This magical crime would be the beginning of a grander quest and a most unlikely partnership between different species.
Here is a list of the main cast for the 2019 movie announced thus far:
Ferdia Shaw as Artemis Fowl II, a criminal mastermind aged 12 during the first book, seeking to find his missing father and restore his family fortunes with a heist on the fairy “People” under the earth
Lara McDonnel as Holly Short, fairy and Captain on the Lower Elements Police Recon (LEP-Recon) who is kidnapped by Artemis for a fairy ransom
Nonso Anozie as (Domovoi) Butler, Fowl family butler and Artemis’ bodyguard/muscle
Judi Dench as Root, Commander of the LEP
Josh Gad as Mulch Diggums, dwarf and incarcerated criminal
Miranda Raison as Angeline Fowl, Artemis’ mother grieving for her lost husband
Even in theme park complexes like Walt Disney World there are companies doing business performing necessary services for the endless number of guests coming every day. That includes banks, shops, and even some rental services that provide strollers for parents with young children. And Fantasy Stroller Company has a way to stand out from others.
Though not affiliated to Disney itself, Fantasy Stroller has created two Disney-inspired designs for their children’s strollers that will tickle the fantastical or sci-fi fancies of very young fans. Here’s a list of themed strollers they have to offer guests going to Walt Disney World
Cinderella Carriage – for the little Princesses ($132)
Millennium Falcon – for the young heroes of the Rebel Alliance ($130)
The prices quoted above will make the strollers available to guests for 8 hours, to be delivered by Fantasy Strollers to Disney World upon request. For more details, visit their official Facebook page and official website now.
When Marvel Studios and its fans call their hit superhero film franchise the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that term has quite the literal meaning to it. While it started with a strictly earthbound story in Iron Man (2008), the introduction of Thor (2011) opened the door to a wider fictional setting.
After everybody’s favorite God of Thunder, the MCU went further along, with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and even the Avengers during Infinity War. A redditor named sirvante70 thought it’d be nice to compile a good composite showing all the inhabited and potentially habitable worlds visited during the MCU. To that, we make this list, including a brief on each of the planets/realms in turn.
On Thanksgiving last week, the world was introduced to the first teaser of Disney’s 2019’ adaptation of their 1994 animated classic The Lion King. For anyone who was left utterly hanging following the bare-minimum teaser for Aladdin coming out in the same year, this preview was definitely on another level.
The sequences shown in the Lion King teaser were actually shown well before the teaser premiere, when the whole “Circle of Life” sequence was shown behind closed doors to attendees of the previous D23 convention. The song also takes center stage here, but shares the limelight with a speech from Mufasa and some new scenes.
After the title card, the teaser included a quick sequence showing the names of the movie’s primary cast. Here’s the list:
Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Simba
Seth Rogen as Pumbaa
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange) as Scar
Billy Eichner as Timon
John Oliver as Zazu
Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, a new hyena character replacing Ed from the 1994 film
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala
James Earl Jones as Mufasa, reprising from the 1994 film
Cast members not named in the trailer include:
John Kani (Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther) as Rafiki
Alfre Woodard as Sarabi
Florence Kasumba as Shenzi
Eric Andre as Azizi, a new hyena character replacing Banzai from the 1994 film
By now, Ralph Breaks the Internet is being a hit with audiences as they get to see the fruition of Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope’s adventures online, especially the latter’s encounter with the Disney Princesses, so heavily hyped in the trailers. Who didn’t want to buy the Princesses’ modern clothes afterwards?
While Disney is keeping mum on whether there will be a clothing line featuring the awesome ensembles worn by the Princesses in the film (sucker bet on Elsa’s “Just Let It Go” sweater selling out first), they do have some epic merchandise for Ralph Breaks the Internet breaking (ha-ha) now.
There will be a 13-doll collection featuring Vanellope and the Disney Princesses coming out priced at $99.95 on shopDisney. Quite obviously the Princesses are featured in the modern getups they wore while hanging out with Vanellope in their Oh My Disney lounge. Spoiler alert: they were inspired to make the clothes after admiring Vanellope’s outfit.
Aside from Vanellope, here are the Disney Princesses included in the set, with descriptions on their distinctive clothing logos or slogans, and any accessories included:
Snow White – “Poison” under poisoned apple; with reading glasses
Cinderella – “G2G” on carriage; with glass slipper
Next year, Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will become home to the biggest theme park area based on the epic space opera franchise of Star Wars. This area, to be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will be identical in features on both locations, and will definitely be hits with guests.
Information released thus far reveals at least three significant attractions for Galaxy’s Edge. Two of them are rides and the third being the background music that will be piped into the area all day. Disney Parks and Resorts even released promo videos for all three:
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – trackless dark ride into a Resistance-First Order battle
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – cockpit simulator ride for family-sized groups
Despite current news in the entertainment section about female celebrities expressing their disdain for the more “traditional” characters in the Disney Princess lineup, the fact remains that many more people – children, especially – think Princesses are cool. The recently-released Ralph Breaks the Internet film should only add more fuel to the fire of Disney Princess mania.
In that regard, online cable service database CableTV.com recently did a survey on the most popular Disney Princess according to each of the 50 States, with help from Google Trends. The results were quite eye-opening, and proof perhaps that not everybody has “Let it Go”.
By that, you know who the most popular Disney Princess in the US is. Here’re the rest of them listed:
Elsa – 20 (17 states alone, 3 states tied)
Anna – 11 states (9 states alone, 2 states tied with Elsa)
Snow White – 4 states (3 states alone, 1 tied)
Mulan – 3 states
Esmeralda – 3 states
Jasmine – 3 states
Ariel – 3 states
Pocahontas – 2 states
Rapunzel – 2 states (1 alone, 1 tied)
Belle – 2 states (1 alone, 1 tied)
Cinderella (tied with four Princesses, even)
A few random bits of trivia: Many of the States that named Elsa their favorite Disney Princess gets lots of snow during winter. Two States that voted for Jasmine have desert areas. Tiana is obviously popular in the State where her story takes place. Ariel being top Princess in Florida makes sense with the sun and beaches. Utah… couldn’t seem to make up its mind, with five Princesses tied for favorite.
Finally, only the Princesses up to Merida are officially part of the namesake franchise, “crowned” in Disney theme parks and everything. Anna and Elsa are usually just included despite not being invested, and they are part of the group in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Two of the characters here have never been recognized as Princesses (Esmeralda and Megara). And Moana…hasn’t become popular enough for any one State (even Hawaii!) to vote for her at all.